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thanking Ashton Kutcher

August16

 Ashton Kutcher is now one of my heroe’s.

Brian Patrick Cork:  so… I watched Teen Choice Awards last week with my eleven year old Emma Jo.

I was so incredibly inspired by Ashton Kutcher’s grace and the manner in which he seized the moment to turn his accomplishments into a meaningful message for our youth.

he told his young audience the truth.

I can see why both adults and kids like him. Kutcher is earnest, affable, lanky, good looking and obviously bright and ambitious.

he is not only the terrific choice to portray one of my life-long heroes Steve Jobs, he is now in the small company of people in his own right.

the 2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013, http://bit.ly/11XZB2X, featured a spell-binding Ashton Kutcher. Choice Music Group: One Direction Choice Summer Song: “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus Choice Summer Tour: One Direction Choice…

Ashton Kutcher won the ‘Ultimate Choice Award’ at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.

Kutcher referred to the Teen Choice Award as the ‘old guy award,’ before offering us his inspirational, amazing speech. Kutcher told the audience he feels like a “fraud” and told the audience his real name is Chris, and there were some really amazing things he learned as Chris. for example, he learned three things – opportunity, being sexy, and life.

on Opportunity, Ashton said,

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. (He went on to explain all the hard work he did). I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job before I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.”

on Being Sexy, he posited,

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful and be generous.”

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“The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to be told that the world is the way that it is and your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in trouble and maybe get an education and make some money and have a family. Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things and you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life, don’t live one, find your opportunities and always be sexy.”

throughout his entire acceptance speech the crowd of youngsters reacted enthusiastically to his words, which was pretty amazing. this included my Emma Jo. she was really listening. and, I believe she picked-up on the intensity with which I was focused on Kutcher’s every word.

I’ve walked with men that have changed the world (like the man Jobs, himself), and few have ever demonstrated the poise and relevance of the moment like Kutcher did on that stage. perhaps the smartest things I did not do, myself, was attempt to convert it into my own version of a life lesson with Emma Jo. instead I am trying each successive day to think of examples based on what he offered, and discuss them with her with good timing – mostly in the car on the way to Soccer practice.

I think its working. most teenagers do not want to hear a over-thirty’s idea of success or what the secret of it may be. at that age, and we were all there at one point in our lives, teenagers (and pre-teens) believe that they have a much better idea of what is going on than the older folks.

now, Emma Jo has something of a likable road map.

thank you Ashton Kutcher. Steve Jobs would be proud. I’m grateful.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

you can eat an Apple but be careful not to choke on Google

October18
ha! coming up with the titles of my Blog posts is almost as much fun as writing the piece, itself.so…I got called-out over my most recent post comparing Apple and Google: Apples are good for you Androids not so much. or, just push your browser down half a foot and read it that way. do it!

you can read, with rapt attention, about all of this in the comments. but, I just felt like relaying it in a separate Blog because my antagonist, whom I hold in a great deal of genuine affection, set a great stage for me.

… a lovely pudding, actually.

mine is only an opinion in which I do use facts, as leveraged in the very post that gives rise to [those] exploratory comments.

that said, I don’t feel “hate” in my heart or opinion for Google. And, I’ll stand hopeful that I’ve not used that word against the Company on this Blog. Facebook, certainly. not only do I “hate” that Company, but I could very well add “detest” to a long list of negative words that aptly describe not only my opinion, but firm conviction.

so… I’ve taken a moment to revisit and ponder this post.

I stand by the facts offered.

my position remains that the Samsung Nexus Prime device running the latest Android Operating System is [pretty] good, and the Operating System “vibrant” (but, an OS that integrates mobile devices is not innovative, only slick – and, already accomplished by the Apple iOS). I’ll add that my numbers extolling Google’s revenues off Mobile devices are accurate and aligned with the fact that roughly five-hundred thousand (500,000) Android handsets are activated [daily, weekly, monthly – I can’t recall] on a regular basis. however, as stated in other posts, Google’s revenue for that effort pales in comparison to Apple’s revenue off much fewer units sold. that is certainly factual.

I prefer substance over fluff, and believe that making money is part of best practices. and, being able to say that, as a shareholder, we get more “bang for our buck” is good and cool. also, in a word of my friend, if Apple only carries a “niche” (for a market), but takes that to the bank at one thousand dollars ($1,000) a share, that’s okay – and, a long-standing prediction of mine. as a matter of fact, most Apple evangelists understand that Apple products are for the discerning, and the masses, not so much. I’ve certainly made that point repeatedly, and sincerely like it that way. I’m less so snobby than I am grimly satisfied for being proved right every single day by Apples Halo Effect.

by the way… Any time Google’s stock is over $475 a share, I “like” that.

what!?

I’ll always freely admit that Google rocks and owns online-oriented advertising. I suspect they cheat. But, that’s not proven, yet. and, I’m not going to bother with that, today. but, I use Apple products for one purpose, and (now/ again) Google’s stock for another. but, that’s just me being practical.

in any event, I have to appreciate Google for it’s comparison to Apple (If I’ve not made that clear in the past I will work to do so more in the future). the stories, of the Companies, their founders and products, are very different by contrast – in almost every conceivable way. many people (not just me, certainly) point to Steve Jobs and Apple as great examples of innovation and heroic deeds. Not so Larry Page and the people around him that have very different DISC and HBDI profiles than Apple employees. Page recently bragged about casting-off unprofitable business units, but spent a lot of money wasted on acquisitions that made little or no sense. we’ll see about Motorola (that was really interesting). don’t bother asking me how I know all of that. I’ll run the risk of ignorant (make sure you [collectively] know the nuance associated with that word) derision, and remain satisfied with my own information.

NOTE: my friend knows that I went out of my way to work with an Android device for almost six months (I even bought two for my daughters, and you) before I went back to the iPhone. I covered much of that with fairly glowing reports, didn’t I? I felt I needed to experience the technology so I could leverage an honest assessment. and, so I have. but, my buddy has almost no experience with an iPhone, and yet remains evangelical over Google without valid comparison.

that post really wasn’t about Google, or Android. and, it’s not about me or feelings. it was meant to be about how Sprint Nextel Corporation see’s a path to market-share and profitability by betting on Apple and the iPhone (current and next generation models.

by the way… I’ve never said Android devices will “fail”. I do believe there is a vital market for those products.

if I need to be clear, or clarify a pst discussion, I will say that Google’s Android Operating System that drives mobile devices has failed to meet Apple standards that include, but are not limited to quality.

NOTE: I want everyone to win and have the type of great experience with products that I and Apple-users vitally enjoy.

ideally, as Google (Android gets cleaner), pushes other companies through competition, including Apple to get better as well. That’s how Steve Jobs would see it, I’m certain.

in closing, I probably could have kept this simple by just writing something like: “I don’t hate Google, I just really like Apple by comparison”. had I been advised to state that, I’d probably have followed along.

…I’m also right about China.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

Apples are good for you Androids not so much

October13

last week I saw the new Samsung handset that is running the latest Google Android Operating System: “Ice Cream Sandwich”.

it’s a good device.

…seriously.

solid. and, the OS feels vibrant.

here is some recent press that adds some relevant perspective:

“Google is also helped by its expansion into mobile phones with its popular Android software. The company’s mobile revenue is now running at about $625 million per quarter, a crowing [Larry] Page said Thursday. He sounded confident that mobile will become an even bigger moneymaker with next week’s scheduled release of updated Nexus phone from Samsung and Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Inc.”

but,  all that said, there’s been some media “stuff” around Samsung and Google holding-off from announcing the Samsung device running the newest Android Operating System out of respect for Steve Job’s recent passing.

that’s rubbish.

and, it’s “reverse marketing” with them trying to come-off like nice guys. the reality is Steve would have RELISHED the competition, and APPRECIATED any announcement coming out, even at his service, because he believed with all his heart that ANY innovation was great for us all. he was confident in his own vision-driven road-map to stand before all-comers.

see a pending Blog post for more. but, of miner consequence, here is a recent article from the The Milton Herald that includes a few quotes from me around Jobs.

now we have even more perspective as to why Apple stuck to it’s standard product roll-out strategy in rolling with the “4S” and not appeasing some people with a preemptive “5” (well… other than the fact that Apple always sticks to it’s, collective, guns). ha! once people see the iPhone 5 (the iPhone 4S is really is already quite a remarkable upgrade), Android will have to stop trying to compete.

and, for the record, the following press offers additional, and relevant, perspective…

Apple has claimed that pre-orders of the iPhone 4S are breaking prior records.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year’s model.

Apple Inc. and various phone companies started taking orders for the phone only last Friday. the new iPhone hits stores today. it looks the same as the base “4”. but, in truth, it’s a significant upgrade – but barely heralds the great promise of the iPhone 5.

so… first-day orders for the iPhone 4 were 600,000 when it launched last year (that puts the numbers above around Google in it’s place. “crowing”, indeed.). and, as most of you know, it was then sold in the U.S. only by AT&T Inc. now, the iPhone 4S is also sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp.

keep watching Sprint. as I predicted several weeks ago, it’s offering unlimited DATA for Apple’s iPhone users, something AT&T and Verizon can’t and won’t do, [yet]. I’m planning on making the jump to Sprint, myself. and, Sprint has something up their sleeve. look at China as part of the plan. any Android device strategy is going to be kicked-in-the-teeth.

it’s now no secret that Sprint has made what appears to the unwashed unknowing, a Risky $20 billion bet on the iPhone: http://mashable.com/2011/10/03/sprint-20-billion-iphone/?utm_source=iphoneapp.

twenty billion is a debatable figure. or, maybe it’s relatable. but, to be clear, Sprint has reportedly agreed to purchase 30.5 million iPhones, regardless of whether it can find customers that will buy them. in fact, for the moment, Sprint does not, currently, have anything near that size in terms of smartphone customer-base.

but, that public information is a bit misleading.

my take?

watch what happens with Sprints indirect “partners” in China. this way you (as defined by those that do the research) won’t be surprised by the nationalization of the cellular industry and where the supply of iPhones comes from.

the demand for iPhone (and, NOT Android devices) coming from that region is going to be insatiable.

consider this for additional perspective (I know I’m probably over-using the word: perspective. but, it’s working, today)…

Sprint did not commit to buying $1 billion dollars worth of Android devices.

the companies CEO is betting the house, and his reputation on Steve Jobs’ (and, that of new CEO Tim Cook) go-forward thinking. I’ll be covering this in a great amount of detail in just a few weeks. first, I’ve got some meetings on the West Coast, and some intelligence gathering  work afoot outside of Shenzen, China to work through. but, just be ready. do it!

Larry Page may be crowing today. that’s fine. but, Steve Jobs is likely beaming. and, more of us are with him every day.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

looking at Apple: 08/25/2011

August25

obviously a great many people are looking to me to address Steve Jobs stepping down as the CEO at Apple.

but look… it’s the wrong time to ask questions. that period has run it’s course.

I’ve warned you for two years that Jobs has his days numbered. he is ill, even while his company grows all the more robust.

remember this day, and mark my words: 08/25/2011.

shareholders and consumers, alike, will continue to be rewarded because Apple’s Product road-map extends over six years, and is naught less than brilliant. Tim Cook has, essentially, been running the company since 2004, driving a vision inspired by Jobs and an incredible team of people that see the world and its voracious appetite for best-of-class products much like Jobs does, himself.

Apple is ready for what is happening, even if a fragile world desperate for heroes does not understand it is as well.

the stock has dipped a bit. I’ll buy more with a quiet thank you to Jobs and company. it’s simply another opportunity every bit delicious as hot Apple pie. we, collectively can’t wait to see what’s cooking.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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