Egg on My Face

Apple Watch from Reuters video, Jim Wilson, New York Times September 9th, 2014
Well, I have egg on my face – I overestimated Apple! Home automation was not the focus of Apple’s September 9th, 2014 announcement! The live stream is in, and it includes:

Apple introduced Apple Watch, which is a smartwatch with health and fitness monitoring, and capabilities like maps. As Brian X. Chen of the New York Times notes, “Samsung, Pebble and Sony lead the pack of companies producing these new devices.” Three versions will become available, “Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition . . . pricing would start at $350.”

Aside from the Apple Watch, “two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally; the most recent iPhones measure 4 inches.” An interesting feature allows the picture to slide down, so that the user can reach over with one hand to tap something. It is called, Reachability.

i-Phone 6 September 9th, 2014, courtesy of the New York Times, photo: Jim Wilson
In addition to the above, the new phones have NFC, and allow in-store payment, called, Apple Pay.

It is a big disappointment Apple is not yet poised to dive into the home automation department. Perhaps it has to get the NFC phones into the hands of users, to offer the full potential of an all-in-one remote.

Therefore, now is not the time for Apple stock to spike, IMO.

Ref: Apple Goes Big With iPhone 6, and Small With a Smartwatch – NY Times

09. September 2014 by Louise
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Party’s On, and Party’s Over! Apple Plans Historical September 9th Announcement

September 9 Apple Invite - Forbes
Who remembers being a teen in the early 80′s, when the parents weekend getaway meant the party was on? In a town with not alot of entertainment – one movie theater, no skating rink, no bowling alleys, or nightclubs – throwing a party was almost obligation. Our high school was hard. It was more like junior college – college preparatory – with 80% of its graduates going to college. Even I looked forward to relaxing with like-minded students and downing a couple brews! The hardest course I ever took was high school astronomy. It wasn’t all bad – it was exhilarating, learning new concepts, and watching stars and constellations on visits to the planetarium . . . High school parties in the early ’80′s featured beer, music – recorded, or a local live band. If outside, there might be barbeque. Some homes had a pool. That was nice in the hot New England summers. Partygoers showed up the next day to help clean and hide the evidence, to keep the parents in a calm mood.

With Apple’s pending announcement, parent’s having a weekend away no longer automatically means their kids will party – it’s over, Rover!
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01. September 2014 by Louise
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Million Dollar Performance

Enjoy this amazing live performance of Million Dollar Man

Savor this live performance of Lana Del Rey . . . one for the books, as Lana Del Rey confidently near silences a rowdy Philadelphia crowd with subtle lingering notes and rhythm change-ups on her popular standard, Million Dollar Man. The tough Philly audience went bonkers as Byron Thomas set the tone laying down bluesy keyboard improvisations. The audience knew it was in for something special! The songstress built up to the climax, changing up the rhythm on some phrases, lingering on a note here and adding unexpected emphasis there, until her powerful contralto cut through the sing along voices from seemingly out of nowhere, and blew the roof off and caved the walls in! See if you can spot the place . . . Her fellow musicians were enjoying the performance, too, as Blake Lee right behind her shook his head. Lana’s voice, which is soft and ethereal in parts, isn’t drowned out by the layered orchestation delivering the final sonic punch line. Thanx to the wonderful fans who post videos of the live performances on Youtube! Annie Ta posted almost the entire live performance at the Skyline Stage at the Mann theatre in Philadelphia on May 11th, 2014, with setlist linked song by song to the video, so you can choose your favorite song. Thanx, Annie Ta!

Ref: Annie Ta Youtube channel
Matt Cutts Blog – Start an embedded YouTube video at a certain timestamp
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24. July 2014 by Louise
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Bitcoin Domain Sales Parallel Current Events


Thanx to Michael Berkens to highlight BitCoins’ explosive popularity, and to theDomains for the references on sales and Boston registratrions, in two years of Coin domain reported Sales:

Nov 2011
flipthecoin.com $1,200.00
Dec 2011
coinflip.it 8,000 EUR
Jan 2012
bitcoin.info $2,500
CoinMint.com $11,000
buycoins.co.uk 750 GBP
Feb 2012
insertcoins.com $2,200.00
March 2012
coingames.com $3,000
April 2012
coininvest.com 5,500 EUR
May 2012
coininvest.de 1,100 EUR
coinbase.com 1795 USD
August 2012
bitcoinpay.com 1,600 USD
coinss.com $2,000.00
September 2012
coinflip.us 1,200 USD
December 2012
e-coins.com 3,700 USD
Godaddy auction: coins.INFO Auction is open 505 505 21
January 2013
bitcoincentral.com 1,000 USD
bitcoin.us $17,500.00
bitcoin.be 1,500 EUR

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26. November 2013 by Louise
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The Seductive SoundIO of BellagIO


The pleasant-sounding “io” vowel couple is popular to add to the end of a word to create a unique brand. The dot io – British Indian Ocean ccTld – joins list of favored extensions among startups.

Besides Indian Ocean, IO stands for input/output, industrial organization, and is the name of one of Jupiter’s moons.

The “io,” ends many words, giving them a nice “ring,” and a pleasant connotation to the “io” sound:

Rio
Radio
Audio
Studio
Portfolio
Video [sound]
DiMaggio [Americans know as, DiMaggEE-O]
Pistachio
San Antonio

The first two of these io dot coms recently sold at auction are Italian. The rest are invented brands:

rimedio.com [remedy / Italian] $3,688.00
divorcio.com [divorce / Italian] 250 EU
contrario.com $4,188
citrio.com 1,800 USD – browser
solemio.com 2,999 USD – clothing
celebrio.com 2,000 USD
wisio.com 999 USD – software company
vecio.com 999 USD
empio.com 999 USD
globelio.com 941 EUR
fodio.com 800 USD
asanio.com $1,800
pubfolio.com $2,000.00
familyfolio.com 899 USD
Gezio.com $1,000.00
captio.com 3,000 EUR
coupio.com 1,500 USD
mapio.com $1,877.00
synergio.com $1,800.00
quotefolio.com $1,500
ophio.com $4,488
nusio.com $1,500
solucio.com 900 USD
tribio.com $1,800

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01. June 2013 by Louise
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Apple Shares To Exceed $1,000 Prediction Is Proved Wrong

Person[s] who predicted Apple shares would break $1,000 missed the boat on gesture control:

NASDAQ: AAPL – $1000 Apple Inc Stock Forecast: What The Analysts Miss

Apparently this future trend prediction:

When we first forecast the stock at $1000, on December 25th,2011, the stock stood at $410, and now just 59 days later it’s gained 25% at $545, with mainstream analysts like UBS, betting it at $710 by the end of this year on iPhone strength.

That’s all before the new products roll out including game-changing Apple TV. Apple TV in its current form is already sold out at 98% of Apple Stores.

It sounds crazy that a stock could reach $1000.

In view of Apple’s consumer-unfriendly lawsuit against Samsung, the prediction that Apple stock value would exceed $1000.00 – voiced several times! – was over-optimistic. Apple has lost its cool factor with its courtroom win against Samsung.

Although Apple stock indeed peaked higher than its close the date of the linked-to article, above, of March 9th, 2012, of $545.17, when it soared to $702.10 September 19th, 2012, the August 24th, 2012 US Verdict against Samsung set the stage for Apple’s decline. Apple was awarded over $1 billion in damages from Samsung for violating patents on trade dressing. This undermined Apple’s appeal with the general public.

Stock prices may be the ultimate expression of the public’s favor of a company. The public’s disgust for Apple’s lawsuit manifests itself in the decline in Apple stock prices from the September peak until now. Today’s close of Apple stock is: $449.98.

There are two lessons:

      Choose your battles re litigation. You can win the battle, but lose the war, meaning, you can win a lawsuit, but anger the consumer.
      2nd, keep on guard against “experts” who dole out market advice.

The author who appointed himself Apple expert, or person-in-the-know, in the article linked, above, would have done better to appreciate the progress of ALL the television and electronics companies: Sony, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Leap Motion, LG, and Panasonic, in the area of gesture control and voice control as a replacement for simple touch control, touched on at EmergingDomains website, ResponsiveTV.com.

Ref: Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. – Wikipedia article

NASDAQ: AAPL – $1000 Apple Inc Stock Forecast: What The Analysts Miss – Fragor Factor blog

APPL on finance.yahoo.com

ResponsiveTV.com

04. May 2013 by Louise
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Go Mobile ‑ Try a Responsive Theme!

Announcing ResponsiveWebDesignExamplesdotCOM
Responsive themes fit any screen size.

Mobile is taking over . . . There is a need for a one-size-fits-all theme to view the same content across multilple screens. It’s called, “responsive theme.” Domain blogger Morgan Linton has migrated to a responsive theme. Former TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacy has built her blog, PandoDaily on a responsive theme. Engadget is the latest tech blog to migrate over. JW.org serves content using a responsive theme.

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29. January 2013 by Louise
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Google Execs Must Be Reading theDomains!


Google execs must be reading theDomains popular domain industry blog! It announced its new augmented reality game, Ingress, and actually put the download page for the app on (drumroll, please) ……………….

Ingress.com

Nice graphics and single word dot com, to launch a groundbreaking game, that represents real advancement in gaming based on mobile device usage, not just adapting desktop games to mobile!

Ingress means: 1) n. entrance. 2) the right to enter. 3) v. the act of entering. Often used in the combination “ingress and egress” which means entering and leaving, to describe one’s rights to come and go under an easement over another’s property (See: egress, easement), according to the Free Dictionary at Legal-Dictionary.com. This is fitting, since it is a game about mind control!

More than one company must be heeding the observations and advice of @MHB and the domainers who comment here, as other companies purchase the dot com of the new product or campaign they are launching in advance of launch, such as Microsoft’s

Surface.com

16. November 2012 by Louise
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Keyword Importance and the Brandability of Dot TV

Domain names may be thought of as an alternative investment vehicle.

Some say, “Books.com . . . it will NEVER be used as a primary site. It’s just traffic.” A business needs its catchy name, AND it needs its keyword traffic domains, either to direct to a subdomain of the primary domain, or to lead to a page of content which references the company site. Like the tentacles of an octopus, which lead back to the head.

I DO suggest that B&N survived, and Borders didn’t, because of the traffic from Books.com, and more. It’s a combination of adapting to digital early on: more sophisticated, internet-ready inventory software (while Borders was glitchy and couldn’t function in real time), Barnes and Noble’s early adoption of the eReader with the release of the Nook, and several great books domains, such as Books.com, the singular, Book.com, and more I can’t remember. Barnes and Noble has BN.com and Nook.com – it has done many things right! Also, it bought Borders.com and its domains, so that Borders.com redirects to Barnes and Noble. It kept up with digital, so that is perhaps its primary business now! Or its most valuable business. Maybe the in-store part is fading, and it will close some stores, like K-mart.

Some suggest people do not trust keyword domains anymore. Funny! But savvy startups realize the need to own the correct spelling/non-hyphen dot com of the company name. Flickr finally bought Flicker.com to control bleedoff. If they’re smart, people who market businesses realize they should own some search term keyword domains on which small webpages are built which link to the primary business. See guestpost venerable domainer Stephen Douglas wrote on: Finally, A Writer Outside the Domain Industry GETS IT!

Many agree a short, memorable domain is better for branding. Few one-word dot coms fit that bill . . . that are both meaningful and catchy. Maybe that is more significant as regards the dot tv extension, since it doesn’t rank as well for keyword . . . Personally, I took someone’s advice to register a short, more easily spoken dot tv to build on, instead of the more popular search keyword. I don’t have that talent to come up with a catchy name. Candy.com may be an exception of a meaningful, descriptive keyword domain which works well as a brand. Congrats to Joe Melville, CEO of Melville Candy Corporation & Greg Balestrieri, Vice President of Melville Candy Corporation on the purchase of Candy.com, and Rick Schwartz for its sale. A domain such as, WashingMachines.com, is large enough category search term to bring value to Whirlpool. It’s the concept Marketing Strategist Ivana Taylor promotes in her article, Why You Need Multiple Domain Names.

The conclusion is: you need your brand, then you need to market under the product/service keywords people are searching to find your product, the generic, until your brand becomes synonymous with the generic, I suppose, like Kleenex. Those are few and far between.

Amazon paid big bucks for Soap.com and Diapers.com for a reason! It created separate sites for each domain. Designing pages is more creative than just redirecting. As Stephen Douglas points out, better to keep your competition from using the domain. It must be better to own it and redirect, than allow your competition to own a popular keyword type-in generic! Bras.com redirects to Calvin Klein, but it’s better than allowing someone else the domain!

The climate is changing. Google announced it would give less authority to keyword domains in its pagerank algorithm. Often, people aren’t used to seeing actual great content on a great domain. Great content on a great domain is notable and rare. Business has come up with workarounds, and Google respects that. Now, there is less demand.

It is thought CatFood.com sold low at $40,000 instead of six figures, because generics are on their way out. That has some truth. Recently, OrangeJuice.com sold for about $25,000 after it was put at auction at zero reserve. That is an example! Type in traffic isn’t the selling point of dot tv, as far as I ever heard. But dot tv is short and makes a keyword a brand. Seems like lots of companies are building their brand on a one-word dot tv, that wouldn’t make sense as a dot com, such as: Spaghetti.tv, Drastic.tv, Umbrella.tv, Gestahlten.tv, Medici.tv, even Ora.tv. That is, those one-word dot tvs have a different meaning from what the company is about. Those are some that I came across.

On a positive note for keyword dot tv, there is a nice site on Shoes.tv, which is affiliate for different shoe companies.

In conclusion, short or one-word dot tv domains are brandable, even if the meaning of the word doesn’t have anything to do with the company. Dot tv is very brandable. But generic dot com and long tails still have their place, as long as they are exact match for type-ins or searches, which inform as to product or service.

The content I post on MobileTech.tv is what raises the brand of MobileTech.tv. It’s like creating value the old-fashioned way!

15. July 2012 by Louise
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Move Over Credit Cards, Make Room for Mobile Wallet

Move Over Credit Cards, Make Room for Mobile Wallet! Mobile Wallets – or Digital Wallets – using near field communication (nfc), are the credit cards of the future! The portfolio holders listed on Emerging Domains are more than happy to supply you with your domain name needs, including Stu of Wallet Domains. Stu has previous success selling future trend domain names which he personally selected, including, PalmTopTheater.com, SolarPhone, 3DConsole, and CloudTribe. Domains in Stu’s portfolio currently include 3DSmartphone.com, Holo.co.uk , HoloStore.com & HolographicMap.com. It shouldn’t be long before we hear a great announcement about the sale of one or more of his mobile wallet domains! Mobile Wallet Domains features one of the finest collection of mobile wallet domains, including:

DigiWallets.com
MobiWallets.com
MobileWalletHelp.com
MobileWallet.net
MWApps.com

among my personal favorites!

On a sidenote, ALL the domains listed on Emerging Domains are researched and carefully chosen by educated professionals, who WANT to do business, and don’t seek to retire on the sale of a domain name. So go speak to the owner with optimism you will come away with a new brand in the form of a domain name.

24. October 2011 by Louise
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