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  • Apple and the Gravitational Pull Down Dow Jones

    By stefanie soriano - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG, MSFT, SSNLF

    Isaac Newton was a great thinker. When he lying down on the grass under an apple tree and an apple fell beside him, he tried to explain the laws that governed the action. He explained it in one principle—gravitation. This story has been retold to children for them to learn about the laws of physics. I put on my Newton thinking cap and tried to explain Apple Inc.’s more »

  • Eenie, Meenie, Mobile Computing: Who’s the Fairest of them All?

    By stefanie soriano - April 20, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, MSFT

    In the study just released by Gartner, the tablet market is set to overshadow the PC market by 2015. Worldwide mobile device sales are predicted to reach 2.4 billion units this year. The forecasted  numbers are 337.8 million in tablet sales and 292.2 million in combined PC and desktop sales. Cheaper and more powerful tablets are set to dominate mobile computing. The playing field is set for more »

  • Google Emulates Apple and Competes with Microsoft— Will it Boggle the Market?

    By stefanie soriano - April 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Is there something new out there in the technology scene? Like a blockbuster movie which gets rehashed, technology players just do not reinvent the wheel. If the wheel is rolling nicely in the right destination, technology companies make do with what works just fine. 

    Google Glass One Apps Apple

    Creating a new product like Google Glass is one way to innovate. However, Google (NASDAQ GOOG) just followed Apple’s roadmap more »

  • Oh China! Give up Some Slack

    By stefanie soriano - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index is down 0.10% while the NASDAQ is down 0.87% after rallying the past few days. Contributing to the fall of the NASDAQ is the performance of the manufacturing stocks.    

    China is indisputably a large market to contend with. This is the reason why some US companies are rethinking their China policy when it comes to their products and services. Let's take more »

  • The Future of Outsourcing is in the Philippines

    By stefanie soriano - October 26, 2012 | Tickers: ACN, HBC

    It is now 2 am and call center agents in the Philippines are sipping their lattes from Starbucks during a break. Some are smoking their packs of Marlboros and talking about the latest outburst from an irate customer. Welcome to the world of outsourced voice services that are predominant in the Philippines.  The Philippines has overtaken India in 2011 in terms of call center business that has proliferated in the more »

  • The Global Top 20 Brands for 2012

    By stefanie soriano - October 18, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, KO, GOOG, IBM, MSFT

    This is just a hunch but the rise of technology companies must be a juggernaut for Warren Buffett. For a value investor like him with a penchant for investing in what is familiar, technology is making unpredictable market jumps that even him might not be able to predict. According to the Interbrand  Best 2012 Global Brand Report, half of the top 20 global brands are technology companies.

    The top 20 more »

  • Mark Zuckerberg — How Has He Done in the Big Leagues?

    By stefanie soriano - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BRK-A, FB, GOOG, MSFT

    Facebook’s (NASDAQ: FB) IPO last May was anticipated with much fanfare and skepticism. Their CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, pledged $100,000 to charity December 9, 2010 as part of the Gates-Buffet initiative even when he wasn’t worth billions yet. Signatories of that pledge aim to give half of their net worth to charity. Proponents of that generous pledge are Bill Gates of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Warren Buffett of more »

  • Samsung vs Apple—No-Kia?

    By stefanie soriano - October 17, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, MSFT, NOK

    Nokia  (NYSE: NOK) might be a Finnish company but if we split the two syllables, we have two words. One is English and the other is Korean.The word Kia derives from Korean words meaning "to arise to the world from Asia" according to The soul of the matter is that the battle that loomed between Samsung (LSE:SAMC DL) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is not just more »

  • The Mote in Google’s Eye

    By stefanie soriano - October 16, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, FB, GOOG, NOK

    I love Science fiction stories and the title of this article is a spin on SF duo Larry Niven ‘s and Jerry Pournelle’s book  ("The Mote in God’s  Eye"). Is Google godlike in status already to be compared to the duo’s title? It is indeed a behemoth and a powerful force to reckon with. Whatever it eyes, it succeeds in getting. A great visionary company is what more »

  • Plastic vs SIM Card--What’s in Store for Mobile Banking ?

    By stefanie soriano - October 14, 2012 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    The plastic in your wallet or what you use for texting and voice calls? These are the latest contenders in the arena of finance. Credit cards have long dominated the way people purchase items. It is the deferred mode of payment that is the unique selling point of these products. Mobile phones offer an advantage over plastic. Traditional brick and mortar financial institutions do not reach many rural areas in more »

  • Facebook: A Profile of a Prolific Social Networking Site

    By stefanie soriano - October 13, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, KO, FB, GOOG, MCD, MSFT

    On Oct. 4, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) reached its one billion user mark. That’s quite a milestone for the beleaguered company, which started just eight years ago as a Harvard project by Mark Zuckerberg. Nobody is going to ask what Facebook is again. Just like the Coca Cola, McDonalds and Microsoft  brands are part of our daily life.

    The meteoric rise of Facebook can be rationalized in the need for more »

  • Microsoft Marches Forward—the Ides of October is On

    By stefanie soriano - October 12, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) big announcement didn’t come during the ides of March. It isn’t a death march cry but a resounding battle horn of things to come. It came seven months after the ides of March which is the special day of the Roman god, Mars. It is a festive parade of military prowess.  In this October season, it is game on for the big technology players more »