iPhone 6 Review Round Up

by Marilou Long on September 17, 2014

in lifestyle,Technology

I have linked several reviews for the new iPhone 6 that I found useful.  There is also an article at the end about upgrading your existing phone to iOS 8.

From the Wall Street Journal:

After using both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a week, I can report that Apple has successfully addressed its size deficiency, and much more. The $199 (with contract) iPhone 6 packs a 4.7-inch screen, big enough to get down to business, into the most comfortable smartphone I’ve ever held. And while the iPhone 6 Plus feels too big for my taste, for $100 more its 5.5-inch screen offers an option for road warriors who don’t want to carry a tablet.

From the New York Times:

But after almost a week of trying the phones, it became clear that the hardware was not the best part of the package. In its quest to deliver bigger phones to a market clamoring for them, Apple has made one phone that is actually a little too small and one that’s a little too big. (Apple lent The New York Times an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus under the condition that a review would be not be published before Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.)

The best part of the new phones is actually the new software inside, which is available for some older models, too, starting on Wednesday. The software, iOS 8, combines some of the advanced features of Android with Apple’s ease of use and reliability.

From Walt Mossberg’s Re/Code:

I’ve been testing the more mainstream of the two models, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, for about a week now, and I think it’s a terrific phone. In my view, it’s the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens. That includes a new service called Apple Pay for buying goods in stores and online electronically via the phone; it’s due next month. Apple Pay will only work with these latest iPhones, and Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch.

From CNN on IOS 8:

The update will be available to iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S owners. All iPads except for the first-generation model are eligible for iOS 8. And only the latest iPod Touch users can upgrade to iOS 8.

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The U.S. Consumer vs. The Thrifty Scots

by Marilou Long on September 9, 2014 in currencies

The U.S. markets remain near record levels due to decent domestic economic data and geopolitical uncertainty abroad.  Consumer borrowing in July rose $26 billion, the most since November 2001. On the other side of the pond, the pound sterling and the euro have been falling due to both weaker economic activity and the upcoming vote on Scottish [...]

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When Political Correctness Get in the Way

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on September 3, 2014 in politics

From The National Review’s “Morning Jolt” today regarding the hacked pictures of Kate Upton: Here’s the thing, and the moral betters in the media at large are really going to hate this; People are going to look at the leaked pictures. There’s no grandiose explanation of a larger culture of sexism or war on women [...]

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The “Unconscious Decoupling” of the U.S. and Europe

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on August 28, 2014 in Debt

On Tuesday morning this week, Ed Yardeni had an amusing twist on the phrase used by Gwyneth Paltrow to describe her divorce as “conscious uncoupling”.  Mr. Yardeni said the United States and Europe were economically “unconsciously decoupling”.  The reason for this was interesting, particularly for those of us concerned about excessive government regulation, and the [...]

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There is Always a Bigger Fish

by Marilou Long on August 26, 2014 in lifestyle
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Two Strong Numbers Today

by Marilou Long on August 26, 2014 in Economic Indicators

Consumer confidence rose in August to 92.4 from 90.3 the previous month.  The expectation was for a reading of 89.0.  This number makes sense given the continued progress in the job market. Durable goods orders were the strongest since 1992.  The headline reading of 22.6% was driven by strong orders for aircraft.  If you back [...]

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Why Interest Rates may stay Low for a While

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on August 19, 2014 in Credit Crisis

The following is an excerpt from this morning’s research from Ed Yardeni.  It is a quote from a speech by Janet Yellen from June of 2009. “If anything, I’m more concerned that we will be tempted to tighten policy too soon, thereby aborting recovery. That’s just what happened in 1936 when, following two years of robust [...]

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One more time….The Velocity of Money

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on August 7, 2014 in Banks

In looking back at some June research from Charles Schwab and Company, on the exit from Quantitative Easing and inflation, I found an interesting passage on the relationship between the velocity of money and inflation.  We have previously discussed this on our blog, but it is certainly worth revisiting. “Rather than increase lending and thereby multiply the [...]

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Privacy is Not an Option

by Marilou Long on August 6, 2014 in lifestyle

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today on privacy settings for Facebook.  It then describes all the other advertising companies that track your interests on the internet in order to serve up targeted ads.  I clicked on the link in the excerpt below, and there are 53 companies that follow me on my browser!  [...]

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The Fed and its Sector “Selection”

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on July 31, 2014 in equity market

This morning in our research from Ed Yardeni, there was a commentary about whether or not the Fed should be opining on the value of, or investment merit of, specific sectors in the equity markets.  I thought it was worth sharing because it was also a great reminder of how investors take risk alongside entrepreneurs to [...]

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