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first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Stock manipulation!That was the cry from Apple fanbloggers last month when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had reduced component orders, a possible sign of softening demand for Apple products. That story broke nine days before Apple was to report its earnings, and sent the stock reeling downward.But if that was the case, then who’s manipulating Apple stock now, with this sudden barrage of “leaks” about the iWatch?Does no one else think it’s kind of remarkable that this unreleased product suddenly starts showing up in dozens of blog posts and press stories? And that these leaks happened, coincidentally, right after Apple’s stock endured a brutal slide from just above $700 in September to a low of $435 in January?The last stock plunge took place after Apple reported disappointing earnings for the holiday quarter, and ended up treading water in the $450 range. That was Jan. 28.Note what happens next. On Feb. 5, the Wall Street Journalreports that after taking a beating on Wall Street, Apple has been “subtly increasing some of its PR,” doing things like sending reporters “more favorable third-party reports on the company.”In other words: Apple wanted to get the stock back up, and so its flacks were reaching out to reporters and briefing them on background, trying to convince them that things at Apple were better than what Wall Street believed.(See also Apple May Not Have A Choice But To Release A Watch, by Matt Asay)Anatomy Of A PumpMeanwhile, just as Apple’s flacks have started working the phones, we start to hear drumbeats about a miraculous new product. Wow! What a coincidence.And what is this product? Why, it’s an amazing, life-changing, paradigm-shifting, stolen-from-the-future gorgeously designed product, a product that you’ve always wanted and needed though you never thought about it before, a product that will once again put Apple ahead of everyone else: The iWatch.Bits and pieces about Apple doing a watch have been floating around since at least last year. But suddenly, in the past few weeks, just as Apple has started briefing reporters, this story starts heating up.It begins with things like this post on Jan. 30 by MG Siegler of TechCrunch. Siegler, who basically operates as an unpaid Apple PR guy, says he’s getting a Pebble smartwatch, and then on goes for a couple thousand words about how huge this whole smartwatch thing could be and boy does he want one and man wouldn’t a smartwatch just change everything and wow, I bet Apple and Google are looking at this space, don’t you?Then on Feb. 5 comes this even more incredibly overlong piece by Bruce Tognazzini, a former Apple interface designer, who suddenly, for no apparent reason, feels prompted to wax on for thousands and thousands of words about all the amazing things that Apple’s iWatch (he’s already given it a name and says it “will fill a gaping hole in the Apple ecosystem”) might do.The Story Goes MainstreamThen, on Sunday, the drumbeats turned into something more, when two major newspapers both ran iWatch stories.One scoop came from Jessica Lessin at the Wall Street Journal, the same reporter who wrote about Apple doing more briefings with reporters. (Weird, right?) Another scoop came from Nick Bilton at the New York Times, whose story ran online on Sunday and then had a nice big spot on the front of Monday morning’s Times business section.A big section-front story on a Monday morning in the New York Times! What fortuitous timing! You’d almost think it had been planned. Bilton’s story cited as sources “people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unannounced products.” Wonder who that could be?And what is the significance of the iWatch? “Investors would most likely embrace an iWatch,” Bilton writes, “with some already saying that wearable computing could replace the smartphone over the next decade.”Ah, yes. Investors. Mustn’t forget them. Ahem.Bilton even got an interview with the CTO of Corning Glass Technologies, the company that supplies Apple with glass for the iPhone. The Corning guy doesn’t talk specifically about making a watch, but he says that it could be done. What’s noteworthy here is that this is one of Apple’s big suppliers talking to the press, on the record, about something that brushes up against Apple. If you know anything about Apple you know that this doesn’t happen without Apple’s permission. Don’t believe me? Go try to get an interview with Foxconn, about anything, and see if they’ll do it without Apple’s permission.And We’re OffSo now we’re off to the races. As the Atlantic Wire points out, when the Journal and the Times both run the same story within hours of each other, “The Apple iWatch Rumors Just Became Apple iWatch Reports.”The story has been everywhere. Huffington Post, CBS, ABC. Everywhere. We’ve even seen photos of what it might look like, long descriptions of all the amazing features it might have, and all the problems it might solve. You won’t need passwords! It will have an NFC chip so you can buy stuff with it. It will be a TV remote. It will give you driving directions. It will tell you who’s calling on your phone, and send you reminders.But why is Apple leaking this story now? Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune picks up on the timing and has five theories:To distract people from Google GlassTo boost Apple’s stock priceTo deflect attention from iTV, which isn’t ready yetTo deflect attention from the story about Wall Street demanding Apple distribute some of its huge cash stashTo lower expectations about what an iWatch may do.All great theories. I’ll go with the stock price, thanks.Guess What, It’s WorkingOh, and gosh, look what’s been going on with the stock price in the last 11 days. Why, since bottoming out below $440 on Feb. 4, the stock has been climbing and climbing. Just today it’s up more than $7 to $482 — on the basis of a product that as far as anyone knows does not actually exist, and might never exist.Oh, and goodness me, but today we’re also getting a fresh leak about the iPhone 5S, with photos and everything!All those fanbloggers who were screaming about stock manipulation last month? It takes one to know one, I guess.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Apple#Google#iPhone#iWatch The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan lyons What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

first_imgDelhi Dynamos Football Club has named Spaniard Miguel Angel Portugal as their new head coach for the upcoming fourth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).The former Real Madrid midfielder assumes responsibility for managing the club from Italian legend Gianluca Zambrotta under whom Delhi Dynamos FC managed to make it to the semi-final last season.Speaking at his first ever media-session in India, Portugal said, “I am looking forward to joining the ISL in India. Being involved with Delhi Dynamos FC is a great opportunity to be a part of the growing football revolution that is taking shape in the country. When I was in Algeria, the ISL was always a point of discussion. During meetings with my team, I saw a few of the Delhi Dynamos FC games on video and I was impressed with the players’ attacking football. The club truly plays like a lion and it wasn’t a difficult decision for me to sign up to play my part in shaping the club’s future success.”Miguel Angel Portugal, 61, a Spanish national, has played for many renowned clubs in Spain, including Real Madrid C.F., Valladoid and Rayo Vallecano to name but a few. His illustrious playing career spanned a little over a decade and a half. Portugal was also a part of the Real Madrid team that won the double in 1979 and has been an integral part of the club’s ecosystem since then. Portugal was also a part of the Spanish U23 and amateur national teams in 1979.advertisement”We are very excited to welcome Miguel Angel Portugal as the head coach of our club. As our technical partner, Aspire Academy played a critical role in helping us pinpoint Miguel as the right fit for the club – an individual who is highly regarded on account of his understanding of the game, both as a player and also as coach. His success during his career with Real Madrid as both a player and coach is clear proof of his quality and his knowledge of the game. This is a new season for the Delhi Dynamos FC with a new team and it was extremely critical for us to have someone like Miguel at the helm,” said Rohan Sharma, Director, Delhi Dynamos FC.Ashish Shah, CEO, Delhi Dynamos FC further added, “We are in constant discussion with Miguel over building the very best team here at the club. A key part of that is the decision to review all our options and examine a range of opportunities during the transfer window to build on the team from last season.”Miguel embarked on his coaching career in 1996 with Spanish third division side, Arandina. Though with the club for a relatively short period of time, his coaching abilities were widely noticed and the very next year he was appointed to manage the Real Madrid C team before subsequently assuming responsibility for the Real Madrid B team.Under his leadership, both the Real Madrid B and C teams managed top three finishes in their respective divisions – a long-standing goal for the club. He also worked with Racing Santander, and also served as a technical director of the Real Madrid senior team.Prior to joining Delhi Dynamos Football Club, Portugal was coach of the Algerian premier league club CS Constantinois.last_img read more

first_imgA Sioux City man charged in a shooting earlier this month at the Hard Rock Casino has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him.25 year old Jaret Schnee is charged with nine counts including felony assault, willful injury, going armed with intent, aggravated domestic assault and intimidation with a weapon.Sioux City Police say Schnee was involved in a domestic disturbance with a woman employed by the casino.When a Hard Rock security guard came to the woman’s aid, Schnee allegedly shot the security guard in the leg.Schnee remains in custody at the Woodbury County Jail on $100,000 bond.last_img read more