Tuesday, January 31, 2012
These sneakers were "sampled" during the playoffs of the year of Jordan's first return (1995). Designer Tinker Hatfield and Nike did not want Michael Jordan playing in them, however, when the sample was completed, Jordan saw it, took it, and said he wanted to wear the shoe. Nike and Hatfield hoped that he would not wear it during the playoffs against Orlando, however, when they tuned in for the game, Ahmad Rashad was holding the shoe for the cameras explaining that they were the "newest" Air Jordan. Hatfield and Nike were highly upset as the shoe was not even in production, and now they would be forced to produce it for the masses. Also to note, Jordan was in violation of the league dress code by wearing the shoes,as his teammates wore all black sneakers. He was then fined $5,000 for not respecting the Bulls colorway policy. After the fining, Nike made him a pair of the shoes in a black/white/concord colorway for the series against Orlando. Jordan also wore this colorway in the movie Space Jam. A similar black/white/royal blue colorway was released to the public at the end of 2000. The colorway was changed for the public release because the concord purple had looked like royal blue on TV.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I would love it if instead of the fake voice that Christian Bale uses in Batman they dubbed in Ray Lewis' voice.
Mr Mara, whose father Wellington once owned the team, said that winning the Oscar would be more of an achievement for his daughter than victory at the Super Bowl.
He confessed that he wept as he watched the announcements of the nominations on television.
"I wasn't expecting it," he said. "I knew she was somewhere on the bubble and I really don't know how these things work, so I let out a pretty loud roar. I cried for a while, then went to church and lit a few candles."
The Mara family has been linked to the Giants for some years. The team is an unlikely Super Bowl contender after struggling all season, and Miss Mara is similarly an outsider for the coveted trophy.
She will go up against with Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Michelle Williams at the award ceremony on February 25.
Mr Mara said he was happy that the event did not clash with the Super Bowl, which takes place on February 5. Earlier this month, he missed the Giants' play-off game against the Green Bay Packers in order to attend the Golden Globes with his daughter.
He said: "I know my daughter would want me to go to the Super Bowl, but I'm glad I don't have to make that decision."
Miss Mara has been praised for her dedication to the role of Lisbeth Salander in the acclaimed adaptation in the Swedish thriller.
Her father said that it was difficult to watch her in scenes depicting torture and rape, but that he was enormously proud of her acting ability.
He added: "It wasn't for the faint of heart, but Rooney blew me away by how good she was. I forgot it was my daughter, and that just proved to me she was Oscar-worthy.
"Rooney had to learn how to kickbox and ride a motorcycle and do so many physical things to get ready for the film. She showed a lot of toughness going through the whole experience."
President Obama: we should support...every risk-taker & entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.
If you were concerned that Apple was all out of surprises, Tuesday put that all to rest. The Cupertino, Calif. tech giant surpassed Wall Street expectations and the amateurs, making analysts fall over themselves describing Apple’s first quarter of 2012 results as “historic.”
In one of the more restrained morning-after descriptions of Apple’s $46.3 billion quarter, UBS analyst Maynard Um writes “the magnitude of upside is quite impressive.” On point after point, Apple exceeded Um’s expectations. UBS had expected a $38.5 billion quarter from 30 million iPhones and 12 million iPads. Instead, the company announced $46 billion on 37 million smartphones and 15.4 million iPads.
Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster writes most of those iPhones sold were upgrades. “Based on our research, we estimate that 70 percent of iPhones sold in the U.S. were upgrades from previous iPhones,” the analyst tells investors. “We believe 30 percent of iPhone sales were from buyers going from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S.” Additionally, 94 percent of iPhones owners plan to buy another iPhone, he said.
What does the future hold for Apple and its product line? The answers were all positive. Um believes Apple is “firing on all cylinders.” The “iPhone has legs into [the March quarter] as supply/demand remains imbalanced exiting December and continued international rollouts” as in China, he writes.
A “new iPad 3 and iPhone 5 will help maintain sales momentum in 2012 and increasing possibility of cash return could re-rate the stock toward IBM’s” price per share and earnings ration, writes Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty.
Barclay’s Ben Reitzes said Apple’s December quarter “was beyond all of our most bullish scenarios, especially for iPhones and iPads.” Reitzes expects Apple will unveil a new line of iPads, the iPhone 5 and new Macs.
But what about the Android threat, which RBC’s Mike Abramsky warned Wednesday could be a risk for 2012? Pshaw, writes BTIG’s Walter Piecyk. “We believe Apple is gaining additional momentum on Android which suffers with a fragmented product portfolio and uneven customer experience.”
Echoing that enthusiasm is Deutsche Bank’s Chris Whitmore who sees Apple’s 2012 product lineup remaining “incredibly strong.” Along with an iPad 3 in early 2012, Whitmore foresees the iPhone 5 in the fall, Macs with Ivy Bridge, Apple TV “set to graduate” from a hobby. He also believes Siri will become the user interface on an iOS device with iCloud syncing redefining smart TVs.
Nearly all analysts are pushing their target price for Apple stock to at least $600 per share. Munster is the most bullish, raising the target price to $670 from $607. Reitzes hikes Apple’s target to $630 from $555, while Whitmore and Piecyk set their target at $600, up from $530 and $580, respectively.
Apple has passed Exxon as the world’s most valuable company before, only to lose the title shortly thereafter, but after last night’s blow-out holiday quarter results, Apple is once again the undisputed king of Wall Street, beating Exxon Mobil’s market cap by a cool $6 billion. Let’s hope this time it lasts!