Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Netflix Streaming on iPhone and iPad, rumors of Droid

Domination. Being there first, being the standard for every other to follow - if they dare.

Netflix Now Playing on an iPhone Near You

Netflix has been streaming movies for instant viewing of movies for some time on PCs and game machines. As of Thursday, Netflix is on the iPhone as well.

A Netflix app for the iPhone puts movies instantly on the phones of anyone with a least a minimum $8.99 a month Netflix subscription. (That minimum plan also gets you delivery of one DVD at a time.)

The app, however is free. From within it you can browse for films to watch by genre, or do a search for a specific title.

The Instant Queue tab takes you to films you have placed in in your personal queue on the Netflix Web site.

The app works via 3G or Wi-Fi on an iPhone or Wi-Fi on an iPod touch running iOS 3.13 or later. In a test videos played clearly and smoothly even on 3G. (An Android app is rumored to be coming soon.)

If you stop the film midstream, the app recalls where you were and lets you resume from that point. Or, you can also begin from that point on any other device that streams Netflix.

One glaring oversight, while the app lets you watch movies, it doesn’t let you manage your Netflix account. I look forward to the update. Or is that the sequel?

Well - as a user of Netflix on my Wii - I could have told the author that they don't support account management on other devices as well. I'm wondering though regarding the TV-s with pre-installed applications - such as Samsung with Netflix. Can these things get updates/upgrades over the net? Anyways - just seeing Netflix everywhere and on everything makes me certain of their unshaken dominance and stance in the market for the foreseeable future.


Next Free Stocks Ticker features

I'm thinking of adding the following feature on next release of 'Free Stocks Ticker':

* When hovering over a stock quote and showing tooltip, also show latest updated quote (still 20 minutes delayed) with volume and other details...

New version - when I get the free time to develop it and publish. Perhaps next week.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Some scientific scare mongering regarding 2012..

MASSIVE!!! 'Force of 100m bombs' - causing - a few hours of power outage? Some text messages not reaching destination? Surely - no John Cusack using his feet to outrun a super volcano?

Massive solar storm to hit Earth in 2012 with 'force of 100m bombs'
Astronomers are predicting that a massive solar storm, much bigger in potential than the one that caused spectacular light shows on Earth earlier this month, is to strike our planet in 2012 with a force of 100 million hydrogen bombs.

Several US media outlets have reported that NASA was warning the massive flare this month was just a precursor to a massive solar storm building that had the potential to wipe out the entire planet's power grid.

Despite its rebuttal, NASA's been watching out for this storm since 2006 and reports from the US this week claim the storms could hit on that most Hollywood of disaster dates - 2012.

Similar storms back in 1859 and 1921 caused worldwide chaos, wiping out telegraph wires on a massive scale. The 2012 storm has the potential to be even more disruptive.

"The general consensus among general astronomers (and certainly solar astronomers) is that this coming Solar maximum (2012 but possibly later into 2013) will be the most violent in 100 years," News.com.au quoted astronomy lecturer and columnist Dave Reneke as saying.

"A bold statement and one taken seriously by those it will affect most, namely airline companies, communications companies and anyone working with modern GPS systems.

"They can even trip circuit breakers and knock out orbiting satellites, as has already been done this year," added Reneke.

No one really knows what effect the 2012-2013 Solar Max will have on today's digital-reliant society.

Dr Richard Fisher, director of NASA's Heliophysics division, told Reneke the super storm would hit like "a bolt of lightning", causing catastrophic consequences for the world's health, emergency services and national security unless precautions are taken.

NASA said that a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause "1 to 2 trillion dollars in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to 10 years for complete recovery".

Doomsdayers don the darnest titles. Economists, pundits, CNBC hosts, 2012 lunatics, and a few astronomers.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Great, you can't sell your home. Home builders stock up

The stock market isn't supposed to make sense.

Existing Home Sales Hit 15-Year Low; Housing Market Weakens
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes dropped more steeply than expected in July to their lowest pace in 15 years, an industry group said Tuesday, implying further loss of momentum in the economic recovery.

The National Association of Realtors said sales dropped a record 27.2 percent from June to an annual rate of 3.83 million units, the lowest level since May 1995. June's sales pace was revised down to a 5.26 million-unit pace.

Traders site adds:
Housing Stocks Moving Higher Even Though Existing Home Sales Are Horrendous
Let’s get right to the point: There's nothing good that can be said about the report that came out earlier. Existing home sales dropped off a cliff -- it's that simple.

But, once the news broke that homebuyers are nowhere to be found, a strange thing happened; several of the companies within the homebuilders space started to run higher.

Is it bears sensing a 'couldn't get worse' and fleeing their position? Or are they manipulating markets (I have no clue how) - to get a better position to pounce and tear it all to shreds in a way worse than we've seen thus far?


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pre-Order XBox 360 Kinnect Bundle - $299.99

OK dear family, so let's assume you missed my post a few months ago about getting dear Daddy an X-Box, no biggy. The good news? You can still spend your lunch money and allowance to make me a happy Daddy-O.

On Amazon, you can now pre-order for November 4th the brand new XBox 360 Kinnect Bundle. Will cost you (me) $299.99


Saturday, August 14, 2010

EzBackTest version 1.2.0 released

New features include:

* A tool to simulate bull/bear strategy, where different portfolios are purchased based on moving average technical signals.

* Graphs now have markers to show when a re-balance was made. You can also hide the S&P500 comparison red line.

Download here.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Trojan Virus Empties Your Bank Account

From what we're told, it has been active only in the UK in one certain unnamed bank - so it sounds like the virus was on the bank's computers and not at home users'. Stunning and scary.

Pretty sure this won't help anyone but worth mentioning, you can get free anti-virus from Microsoft: Security Essentials.

Also, for USA's Comcast internet customers - you can get Norton anti-virus for free...

Daily Mail: Thousands of online banking customers have accounts emptied by 'most dangerous trojan virus ever created'
* Trojan is still at large and may strike again, experts warn
* Bank affected has still not been named

Thousands of British online banking customers have fallen victim to a sophisticated attack by cyber criminals who have stolen thousands of pounds from their accounts.

About 3,000 online banking customers have been victims of a computer virus attack that empties their accounts while showing them fake statements so the scam goes undetected.

Experts have described the attack using a 'trojan' virus as the most sophisticated and dangerous malware program ever created.

The cyber criminals stole an estimated £675,000 between July 5 and August 4 and the attack is still progressing, experts warn.




Thursday, August 5, 2010

Publicly pondering next EzBacktest feature

I'm thinking of adding yet another tool to allow back-testing a combination of portfolios used under simple technical signals to invest differently for Bear, Bull and Uncertainty environment.

The idea is simple, once SPY breaches 200 DMA the market is either bullish, bearish or uncertain. If this interest you, stay tuned and feel free to comment.

I'd like to thank all those who have recently participated in supporting this software financially. I won't pretend it financed a lot - but it is very much appreciated and encourages me to continue development.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Dow 14000 in 2010?!

Scratching my head, mumbling - are you serious?!

Dow 14,000 in 2011? Battered Bulls Feel Vindicated
A jagged July ends positive, and two battered bulls feel vindicated.

First, a proprietary word: The Hulbert Stock Newsletter Sentiment Index (HSNSI) — which the reflects the average equity exposure among a subset of the short-term market timing newsletters tracked by the Hulbert Financial Digest — stood on Friday night at 35%, down from 47.5% on Thursday.

Earlier this month, Mark Hulbert argued that the HSNSI's relative slow response to the market rebound off its July 2 low was bullish from a contrary point of view.


Cabot is now 65% invested and has added two new buys: Riverbed Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: RVBD - News) and Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM - News)

Cabot concludes with a surprisingly strong (for such a judicious service) endorsement of the venerable "Presidential Election Cycle" theory. It writes: "From the market's low point in the year of the midterm elections (like 2010), to its high the following year (2011), the major averages have averaged a gain of nearly 50%. It's true!"

Based on past performance, it projects: "With a Dow low of 9,687, a rally into 2011 could carry the index well above 13,000 and even to 14,000. It might sound crazy, but history suggests it's not just possible, but likely!

So... the Bush tax cut are set to expire and the market will rally above 14000? I doubt it. But what do I know. At least they didn't say the Volt is going to be a hit - and totally not a waste of tax payer funds...