Cheat Sheet Q & A:
Topic: Update on warrantless mobile device searches in
Bottom Line: As a follow up to yesterday’s story regarding the 7 weeks to 4 month backlog of iPhones seized by law enforcement agencies for Apple to decrypt…
A listener brought a recent court ruling in the Florida Supreme Court to my attention (great assist – thank you).
The case was Smallwood vs. State of
For the complete case detail the pdf below is below (copy and paste it if needed to view):
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A first of its kind report – the
Bottom Line: Each month on the Wednesday before the first Friday of the month we receive the
Total gain: +9570
So much like the rest of the country we continue to see the job growth coming from the service sector. On the bright side the April
Bottom Line: Each year the Kaufmann Foundation studies the overall small business friendliness of each state. So how does the Florida Small Business climate look in 2013? Not so great.
In 2012 the Kaufmann Foundation rated the overall small biz climate in
We’re a C at:
Our Best area at a B+ is:
As for the regions of Florida and how they rank for business friendliness is:
For the complete report click here:
We don't do margin around here ok?:
Bottom line: If you’ve been worried about the possibility of a stock market topping or even bubble forming you can use this story as a cog in that argument. We’re seeing near record margin trading taking place in the stock market right now. Margin trading is the practice of borrowing against your investment principal. Not only is this practice extremely risky, as you risk not only losing your principal but also money you’ve borrowed, but it also is playing the odds that aren’t in your favor.
The average market rate of return is 8.4% per year. Typical margin rates even in this low interest rate environment are 7%-10%. That means that one must outperform the market just to break even! This is a practice I don’t believe we should be involved with. Now for the story at hand.
We hit the all time high of margin borrowing in July of 2007 with $381 billion borrowed and invested. The nice investment gains of recent years has led to a renewed interest in margin trading and it appears as though we’ll soon hit a new record as $380 billion is currently margined. If you think about July of 2007, that was three months before the peak of the stock market until this year. The current level of borrowed money in the market could indicate we’re set up for another downturn.
Notebook paper goes high tech:
Bottom Line: So plenty of e-ink devices have been around over the years (devices which record your writing on them). Sony is soon to become the first to replicate the traditional piece of notebook paper using technology.
Yesterday Sony announced a 13.3 inch e-ink tablet. The 13.3 inches matches the size of a traditional piece of notebook paper. As one writes on the e-paper they’ll be able to share the document through Wi-Fi that will be enabled with this device. The docs will convert to PDF’s if so desired. For the prototype click the link below:
Will President Obama switch to an iPhone? Apple's about to arrive in
Bottom Line: It’s been well documented that the President is a big fan of his Blackberry and has been cited with it all over the world over the years. That may soon change – and not just with him. By the end of the week it would appear that the Defense Department will clear Apple mobile devices for use for the first time in the military.
There are more than 600,000 active mobile devices within the Defense Dept. currently so there could be a sizeable win in the offing for Apple here depending upon how many owners of those devices have been waiting for the opportunity to switch.