Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
From 3PM - 4PM ET this afternoon, Motorola held another sale for their 2013 flagship, Moto X. During that time, you could cruise over to Motorola's site and fill out a form that would land you a Discount code for $100 off a device. For those who managed to sign-up during that short 1-hour window, you should have already received your code that is good until February 3 at midnight.
With $100 off of a full retail Moto X, you are looking at a starting price of just $299 (MotoMaker included). If you upgrade features, like say the storage to 32GB, you could still get into a brand new custom designed Moto X for as little as $349. Or better yet, the Developer Editions were also down to $349 with this deal. Talk about a steal.
Since the sale happened during the middle of the day, we can imagine that many of you didn't have a chance to reserve your promo code before the hour was up. For those who missed out, we thought we'd put together another spot for DL community members to share codes that they don't plan on using. We have done this in the past and always seem to see plenty of love being tossed around.
So if you need a code or have an extra lying around, feel free to share in the comments.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
An intriguing new video claiming to show off the casing of the upcoming iPhone 6 is the hot rumor making rounds on tech sites today. The video, from ConceptsPhone, is the second iPhone 6 leak, following a video posted earlier this month by C Technology.
The most recent alleged leak shows off the future iPhone's front, while the previous video gave an early look at the chassis' back. As with all leaks at this stage, it's sketchy and very difficult to tell whether or not it holds any actual value. The anonymous leaker claims that the video was shot at "the Apple Factory," but unfortunately there are no other objects in the video to gauge the size of the parts, making it impossible to know if this is for one the larger-display iPhone 6 models that The Wall Street Journal reports will become available later this year.
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Considering the nature of the leak, it comes as no surprise, especially considering the uploader's channel name is "ConceptsPhone," that some believe this just a trick to get eyeballs for a new iPhone 6 concept.
UPDATE: MacRumors' Eric Slivka recently tweeted that he believes the alleged iPhone 6 chassis is actually an iPhone 4S part:
"Video of "iPhone 6 chassis" starting to make the rounds. It's an iPhone 4s part,"- Eric Slivka @WildCowboy.
Check it out for yourself below:
A new investors note from Cowen and Company managing director Timothy Arcuri claims that supply chain sources said that the upcoming iPhone 6 is 'locked in' at 4.8 inches and the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.
The upcoming next-gen iPhone will feature "hardware and design tweaks" along with some exciting software changes that will integrate iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook "as part of a push into new services with mobile payments," Arcuri claims. He believes that the iPhone 5S was a "set-up" for the iPhone 6, along with the new iOS version it will launch.
As for the smartphone's 'locked-in' 4.8-inch screen, the question remains whether Apple will step up the phone's pixel per inch resolution or opt for for the same 1136-by-640 proportion featured in its predecessors, giving it a slightly smaller ppi. It certainly seems more likely that Apple would increase the ppi density, rather than take a step back with their new model, Forbes reports.
The iPhone 6's upgraded Wi-Fi capabilities would match it up to the upgraded 2013 Mac desktop. The 5S only supports the 802.11n standard.
Arcuri also claimed that Apple will release a 13-inch iPad in 2014, rumored to be dubbed the "Pro," that will "blur the lines between tablets and PCs."
Apple may be readying two 6 models for 2014, but according to a new report, consumers expect the smartphones to debut together.
reports that Apple will launch the 6 this summer, with the model releasing sometime during the fall. chinese free new year cards designs analyst Sun claims that trial production of the variant could start as soon as next month. Should everything go as planned, mass production would then kick off in May, suggesting an announcement at the conference in June.
also states that the 6 will feature the same pixel screen resolution as its predecessor, 1136×640 , while the higher resolution displays will be reserved for the model.
Could users finally get NFC this May?
A recent Apple patent filing suggests the upcoming 6 could finally include the feature, which has debuted on many Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone devices in the past year. The smartphone payment integration patent is one of two that Apple filed for, according to Geek.
The new patent focuses on mobile payments, where NFC would be used through Passbook, which already allows users to store cards and tickets digitally.
The inclusion of NFC would appear more likely if the next is indeed dubbed the 6, as it would feature an updated hardware design that could support the NFC chip, Geek reports.
The next-generation Apple flagship has been largely rumored to be first bout with the '' competition, but by offering two models, it would appear the Cupertino-based tech giant is still offering a bit of variety for consumers who may not want a phone with a large display size.
According to DisplaySearch's research, the model will come with resolution, and LCD display technology, while the model will launch with resolution at 401 and the same display technology.
Apple will release the 6, in May and a large tablet, the Max, in October, according to a new report by .
The report cites "sources from the upstream supply chain," which told the website that China Mobile deal has made it apparent that the Cupertino-based company needs to unveil a -sized smartphone to compete with in the Asian market. The release of the 6 would also help make the more "affordable and attractive" to the Chinese market, where it has been a disappointment for its higher-than-expected price, Forbes reports.
adds that the Max will release in the fall "targeting North educational market [and]... manufactured by Quanta Computer." The tablet would arrive as a competitor to 's rumored 12 to tablet and feature new cases with integrated keyboards and batteries, according to the report. The Max will be best-suited for high school and college students that require a tablet that can 'do work,' Forbes reports.
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Newark, DE -- ( SBWIRE) -- 01/22/2014 -- JCPenney or JCP, is a large chain of American department stores. They operate over 1,100 department stores across all 50 US states, as well as previously operating a catalogue business. As well as selling conventional merchandise, JCP stores also often house leased departments such as "Seattle's Best Coffee", portrait studios, and jewellery repair. JCPenney stocks a huge range of clothing for men, women and children, as well as a department for home items such as furniture, decorations and accessories. With such a huge range of products available from JCPenney, it's no surprise that they have literally dozens of top coupon codes on offer at any given time to save their customers money on their purchases.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Monday, January 20, 2014
Fresh off a record year, Airbus this week announced new prices on its line of passenger jets, raising them by an average of 2.6 percent based on its standard escalation formula.
Airbus' prices were already higher than rival Boeing's on most comparable aircraft, a gap that now widens from where it was when Boeing raised its prices in August 2013.
Airbus COO of Customers John Leahy said in a press release that the new pricing "reaffirms the unbeatable value of Airbus' modern, fuel-efficient aircraft family."
Fuel is an airline's biggest expenditure, so the operating cost over time has to be factored into what they are willing to pay for an aircraft.
We'll leave fuel-efficiency claims for another day and for now focus on just the listed Review of comparable aircraft.
Boeing, it should be noted, also had a record year in 2013 in terms of both deliveries and total backlog.
It bested Airbus on deliveries - 648 to 626 - while Airbus held the edge in backlog with 5,559 unfilled orders to Boeing's 5,080.
Airbus also came out ahead in terms of net orders, 1,503 to 1,355.
Those numbers all show increasing demand for both company's passenger jets, many of which carry Wichita-built or designed components.
So, click through the adjoining slideshow to see how some of Boeing's average prices compare to the new prices from Airbus. Seating capacity can vary depending on the layout of the aircraft. Where available, this comparison lists capacity in a typical two-class layout.
Both companies list their average prices on their websites, though customers typically buy aircraft from both at discounted prices.
You can also take a look back here to see what those Airbus prices were before.Daniel McCoy covers aviation, manufacturing and automotive.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Dynamic quarterbacks, punishing defenses, crowd noise that shakes buildings. The two best teams in the NFC in another grudge match. So, no, coffee won't be needed for this one.
Today's NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and Seahawks would be compelling even if Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll were friends. Lucky us, they're not.
The coaching adversaries – who conveniently work in the same division – face each other for a third time this season in a game that will determine which team advances to the Super Bowl and which team will seek cover, somewhere, anywhere, preferably under the nearest pile of rocks.
That's not just compelling, that's irresistible. Pro sports hasn't witnessed a clashing-egos, big-stage collision like this since Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. Or Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. Or, for that matter, Phil Jackson and anyone.
While Harbaugh continues to downplay the rift in the walkup to the game, insisting Wednesday that the two coaches share "football, competition, winning," he hasn't been so inclined to turn the other cheek in the past.
Where do you start with these two? In the womb?
Tension either erupted (or became apparent) while Harbaugh and Carroll were transforming their respective programs at Stanford and USC. Harbaugh, who in 2007 predicted Carroll would soon abandon the Trojans for the NFL, furthered the rivalry when the teams played on Nov. 14, 2009.
What happened that day in the Los Angeles Coliseum probably should have taken place in Rome. With Stanford leading 48-21 and on the verge of ending USC's 35-home game win streak, the Cardinal went for a two-point conversion.
"What's your Promo Codes?" Carroll asked Harbaugh in their famous postgame exchange.
"What's your deal?" Harbaugh retorted.
Left unsaid was this: Stanford was clean, USC was not, and everyone knew it. A four-year NCAA investigation concluded that running back Reggie Bush had received improper payments and benefits, and the Trojans were stripped of their 2005 national championship and banned from the postseason for two years.
By then, Carroll had left for the NFL, only to be reunited with Harbaugh one year later – and Harbaugh's sharp memory and hard feelings. The Seahawks' recurring issues with performance-enhancing drugs prompted another famous dig from the 49ers coach last summer: "Play by the rules. And you always want to be above reproach. Especially when you're good, because you don't want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they're cheating.' We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules."
So, no, these coaches don't want to be in the same room, never mind the same stadium. Again, lucky us. Harbaugh vs. Carroll wasn't nearly as much fun when Harbaugh was tutoring Andrew Luck in Palo Alto and Carroll was struggling to turn around the Seahawks.
Rivalries generally require three elements: willing participants, contrasting personalities and winning records. Harbaugh vs. Carroll meets all three, and Harbaugh holds the overall edge.
He wins, everywhere. There he was at quaint University of San Diego (2004-06), in baseball cap, sweatshirts and khakis, winning 22 of his last 24 games and guiding the Toreros to a 29-6 record. There he was at Stanford (2007-10), his shocking success including victories over Carroll's Trojans (who had been favored by 41 points) and a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl win to close out his college coaching career.
Now here he is back in the pros, a high-wire act on the sideline, sharp-tongued at times, evasive and entertaining at other times, his career a continuing blur; this is all happening so fast.
Harbaugh, 50, is the first coach in the modern era to lead a team to the conference finals in his first three years. A victory today would put his 49ers in the Super Bowl in two consecutive seasons, another first for an NFL coach in his first three years, and more importantly, provide a reason to forget all about last year's loss to his brother and the Baltimore Ravens.
"I was thinking of the things I would trade to be able to compete as a player in these games," Harbaugh reflected Wednesday.
His college degree, for sure. His house, absolutely.
"I was thinking like a body part," he added. "Could I do without an arm?"
We think he was kidding. We think.
Harbaugh is a terrible loser. Losing to Carroll would be worse than losing to his brother.Call The Bee's Ailene Voisin, (916) 321-1208.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Beyond Compare: Online Retailer Assessed Multi-Million Civil Penalty In California For Allegedly Deceptive Price Comparisons - Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment - United
A recent California state court held that Overstock.com, Inc. ("Overstock") must pay the Deal Of The Day for its allegedly deceptive pricing practices. Seven district attorneys throughout California brought a complaint against Overstock in 2010, alleging five separate violations of state law. The focus of these claims was that Overstock allegedly made false and misleading statements in reference to the "advertised reference price" ("ARP") that appeared on its website. Specifically, the attorneys general stated that Overstock was deceiving consumers about the savings the company promises by routinely fabricating or inflating the prices its competitors reportedly charge, and that where Overstock did examine the competing prices for a certain product, it deliberately lists the highest retail price rather than the price most often encountered. Last week, the trial court issued an injunction against the online seller, and assessed an approximately $6.8 million civil penalty.
In examining the claims, the court paid special attention to Overstock's terminology on its website, as well as its pricing policies. First, it distinguished between Overstock's use of the term "list price" from its later use of the phrases "compare" and "compare at." It also noted that until September 2008, Overstock had no processes or procedures in place to confirm that for any given list price there was in fact at least one instance of a sale at this price. However, at that point Overstock created a "Pricing Validation Team" to document the sources of ARPs. Still, Overstock would seek and use as the ARP, the highest street price it could find.
The court explained that the analysis differs depending on whether the ARP was described as "list price" or "compare" price. When called a "list price," the court found that Overstock was making a false representation because this price was not always the actual list price of the product being sold. Rather, it sometimes was a price based on a formula or the price of a similar but non-identical product.
For the "compare" and "compare at" eras, while not literally false, the court found Overstock's practices were misleading in certain circumstances. The court held it was misleading to use formulas or similar products to set ARPs, and that it is misleading to set ARPs based on the highest price found without disclosing that practice. The court went on to provide examples of what acceptable disclosures should entail:
- If using MRSP as the ARP, the disclosure should say "compare MSRP." (It is interesting to note that the NAD has suggested that use of MSRP as a reference price if it is not a prevailing price paid by consumers in the market is deceptive. See here and here.)
- If an online retailer uses non-sale department store prices as ARP, the disclosure should say "compare regular department store."
- If making an unqualified use of "compare," you must either use a range of prices of what is commonly found on the Internet ("compare at $X to $Y") or make an effort to identify and use the prices it finds at one or more of the major online retail sites.
The court then issued an injunction that would:
- Prohibit the use of ARPs based on a formula or a similar but non-identical product;
- Prohibit the use of the highest price found anywhere unless the basis of the comparison is adequately disclosed (as described earlier);
- Allow the unqualified use of "compare" language only if there is a good faith effort to determine the prevailing market price of the product;
- Require a hyperlink defining any term used associated with an ARP (e.g. "MSRP"); and
- Set a 90-day limit as the maximum period the ARP may remain posted before it must be validated as a posted price.
The court denied the restitution request for consumers who were misled by Overstock's pricing practices, but did hit Overstock with a stiff civil penalty. The court assessed a daily civil penalty of $3,500 from March 24, 2006 September 24, 2008 (the approximate date of the pricing validation team implementation), and a daily penalty of $2,000 thereafter. The total civil penalty assessed was therefore $6,819,000.
Overstock has already said it plans to appeal both the injunction and the amount of the penalty. And we are glad. This is one of the few litigated cases involving allegations around sales pricing claims. And while we are all opposed to fraudulent pricing claims, as we have written before, these laws and enforcement of them really seems to deter good faith discounting, as well. Marketers discount their prices only if it will promise more traffic in their stores. And more traffic can only be generated if the price savings is advertised. The investigatory hurdles set up by this decision may make offering legally compliant sales an impossibility for all but the most sophisticated retailers. And even for the big guys, the cost of such a compliance program would surely mean consumers are paying more. But in the meantime, discounting retailers would do well to pay attention to these California developments.The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.
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Monday, January 13, 2014
Jeff Reeves, Editor of InvestorPlace.com
Finding cheap stocks to buy is no easy task in any market. But after a 30% run-up for stocks in 2013, many of the Deal News cheap stocks have climbed so much that they are no longer so affordable.
But if you know where to look, you can still uncover cheap stocks to buy under $10 per share that hold significant upside in the new year. Sure, some of these cheap stocks are underperformers waiting for their turnaround. But there are a number of stocks out there that started 2013 at $5 but still trade easily under $10 a share - and have serious momentum on their side.
Buying the best cheap stocks involves much more than simply looking for a low stock price, however.
Here are 10 cheap stocks under $10 I have my eye on because they have specific strengths that look to capitalize on the current market rally in 2014:
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Sunday, January 12, 2014
A primary reason that retail investors still flock to tobacco companies is that they pay large dividends. Altria Group ( ) , Philip Morris International ( ) , Lorillard ( ) , and Reynolds American ( ) have paid above-average dividends for years.
However, too many individual investors focus only on the dividend history instead of each company's ability to raise its dividend in the future. By taking a deeper look at the factors that affect dividend payouts, investors can find the most promising dividend stock.
Since tobacco companies tend to have liberal dividend policies and limited growth prospects, they usually offer above-average dividend yields. The average S&P 500 index company yields approximately 1.9%. Altria, Philip Morris International, Lorillard, and Reynolds American each exceed the average by a factor of two.
If you only look at the dividend yield, they all look pretty similar. But once you dig deeper, you will find that there is a bigger difference between the Deal Today dividend and worst dividend than their yields suggest.
Which stock has the best ability to raise its dividend?
For dividend investors, the most important aspect of a stock is its ability to increase the dividend in the future. One way to determine how much management can increase the dividend is to look at the payout ratio -- calculated as dividends paid divided by earnings. The lower the payout ratio, the greater the company's ability to increase the dividend.
An even better metric to examine than the payout ratio is to look at three-year average cash flow from operations divided by the dividend payment. This metric is better than the payout ratio for two reasons. First, it uses cash instead of earnings to calculate dividend coverage. Companies pay dividends in cash, not earnings, so knowing how much cash is coming in relative to the dividend is an important consideration. Second, it uses average cash flow, which gives a much better picture of normal cash flow than any one year.
Over the last three years, Altria averaged $3.4 billion in cash from operations. It paid $3.5 billion in dividends over the last four quarters. Altria is pushing its dividend to the limit by aggressively paying out its cash flow. On the other hand, Philip Morris International and Lorillard generate significantly more cash than they pay in dividends, meaning that they have room to raise their dividends in the near future. Reynolds American is in a position similar to Altria and will need to continue growing cash from operations in order to increase its dividend.
One of the reasons Altria can pay such an aggressive dividend is that it has a lot of cash on its balance sheet. As of its most recent quarterly filing, Altria has $4.2 billion in cash and equivalents on its balance sheet -- close to 1.2 times its last four quarters of dividend payments. Cash on hand gives it the ability to keep paying its dividend even if cash from operations comes in below expectations.
However, investors should prefer cash coverage like that of Lorillard and Reynolds American, which could close down for two years and still maintain their dividends. Philip Morris International does not have much cash on hand relative to its dividend, but its cash from operations is so high that there is little doubt about its ability to increase its dividend in the future.
Competitive position and market opportunity
Intense regulation of the tobacco industry has solidified the big tobacco companies' respective market share. Altria is the largest player in the U.S. market. Its Marlboro brand captures a 42.6% market share, bringing the company's total market share to slightly less than 50%. Philip Morris International, the international distributor of Marlboro, has a 29% global market share excluding China and the U.S. Lorillard's Newport brand dominates the U.S. menthol market; Newport has a 37% share of the U.S. menthol-cigarette market and Lorillard has a 40.4% of the U.S. menthol market overall.
Finally, Reynolds American is the No. 2 U.S. cigarette manufacturer, behind only Altria, and owns five of the top 10 U.S. brands. The majority of its sales come from the more profitable premium category. Since severe advertising restrictions make it difficult for any company to steal significant market share, none of these companies is at significant risk of losing ground.
Moreover, all four companies have an opportunity in e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are purported to be much safer than traditional cigarettes and could soon become an important part of the cigarette market. All of the big tobacco companies could easily dominate the e-cigarette market by adding line extensions to their traditional cigarette brands. This will enable them to boost free cash flow and pay higher dividends.
Of the four companies discussed, Philip Morris International and Lorillard have the most attractive dividends. They both yield more than 4% and have significant cash coverage. Altria and Reynolds American are the most generous dividend payers, but their ability to raise their dividends in the coming years will be hampered by low cash coverage.