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I don't know if Apple is really planning to build an electric car, but I know why they might. Here are my first thoughts on this very interesting story that broke late on Friday.
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Maybe this makes me a hopeless Apple fangirl, but that certainly makes me sit up and pay attention. (I probably couldn't afford an Apple car and I'm very fond of my Subaru, but I'd certainly consider it in future.)
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Here are thoughts on the Apple Watch by a professional watch geek -- Benjamin Clymer, founder of Hodinkee, which despite the silly-sounding name is a superb horology blog. Apple invited him to the unveiling, and his perspective is really interesting.
I'm not even sure we can call it a watch. Okay, it goes on the wrist, and it happens to tell the time, but that's about where the similarities between Apple's just announced watch and the hand-assembled, often painstakingly finished mechanical watches we write about, and obsess over, end. I was lucky enough to be invited to Cupertino to witness the announcement of the Apple Watch firsthand, and though I do not believe it poses any thr...
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I sort of get the $28,000 hourglass!  Let's put it this way -- I'd rather have a $10,000 car and a $28,000 hourglass than a $38,000 car.  But I'm unlikely to have either.
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Ok, so professionally, I'm thinking about this ad in terms of Cadillac's emerging market-positioning strategy, in the context of GM's broad effort to establish the brand as a peer of the German luxury marques so as to diversify its profits away from US pickup truck sales, blah blah blah. And it makes some sense: What is Cadillac? It's a brashly American luxury brand. At least it was, and going that way from here probably makes good sense.

But as an ad... um, wow. A Mercedes ad it ain't. What do you think of this?
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Some folks were surprised when General Motors chose Mary Barra as its next CEO. Not me. Here's why. 
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Alas, I'm not quite as well-connected at GM as I am with Ford. I'm working on changing that; hoping to get a few minutes with Barra on-camera in January...
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Video recording apps for iOS? Got one you like? (My new iPhone 5S seems to be auto-compressing my work videos in a way I don't like. Time to find a workaround.)
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After 32 years as an Apple shareholder, I am finally Mac-enabled.
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I have the single MBP, the 2011 model with 16gb ram, and 1.25 tb of disk -- not a bad machine at all! But that said, I'm still running out of space, and those new iMacs do look nice. With IMAP, Dropbox, and svn, etc., it seems like a great idea to me.
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+Rex Moore and I recently spent a day with a brand-new BMW i8, a very cool plug-in hybrid sports car. Here's our report, complete with entertaining in-car video.
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+John Dunkelberg the shifter -- the one on the center console -- felt like an automatic-transmisison shifter in the sense that it was considerably more weighted than a joystick and moving through tracks that offered some resistance. It wasn't hard to move, but it wasn't... floppy, it took deliberate action, and some movements required pushing a button as I moved the lever. The paddle shifters on the steering column had a light-weight action, as you'd expect.
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General social media observation: If you post something asking for advice on buying a car, you will get A LOT of comments from people encouraging you to buy exactly what they have. This is ALWAYS bad advice, even if you do end up buying what they have. There are a lot of good vehicle choices out there nowadays, and I always encourage people to test-drive several (and to consider at least one or two choices outside of the Toyota/Honda/Subaru universe) -- and over and over, I've seen people who had their minds wrapped around one particular model end up buying something else, because after back-to-back test drives, the something-else was a better fit. 
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My car history:
Inherited: Subaru.
I was broke: Pontiac
First job: Toyota
120k + divorce later: Honda
1st hybrids released: Honda
150k miles later: Volkswagen

I went crazy and bought my dream car - a station wagon. True story - with the exception of the Pontiac, I never took a test drive. 
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Just watched a Reuters Insider (paywallled) video featuring a fund manager talking up wearable-tech companies like Fitbit and Jawbone. (They're private, but you can buy into his fund, which has stakes in them.) But... investing in Fitbit (etc) now seems akin to investing in a maker of MP3 players six months before Steve pulled the first iPod out of his pocket -- except this time, we have a pretty good idea that Apple is aiming to re-invent this space. I wouldn't go near those companies right now.
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I wouldn't dismiss Glass yet. It's in beta, which is why they're charging so much, and that's also why it's still largely a toy. Most app developers haven't really acclimated themselves to the new system yet. Remember that Apple took over a year to come out with the App Store after the iPhone came out.

I really wouldn't give Apple the win on wearables before you even see what they come out with. If all they can muster is a retooled iPod nano on a wristband, then that's not going to move the wearable ecosystem anywhere. After the most recent "big reveals" for Apple products, what indication is there that Apple has any big ideas left?
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+Rex Moore and I went to New York yesterday, and this happened. 
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Last night I went to NY, and this happened.
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Was this at the Altman Building on 18th St? 
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I write about auto stocks and the global auto business for The Motley Fool, and occasionally about other stuff in other places.
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Making complicated stuff understandable and occasionally interesting. Managing and mentoring creative talent. Mixing great drinks.
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I'm a "writer/analyst" for The Motley Fool. It's a wonderful gig: I get to spend all day writing and thinking and talking about my life-long obsession, the global auto business.

My readership is surprisingly wide: I've chatted with Alan Mulally, been quoted approvingly by Bob Lutz, and have generally had a blast talking about and interacting with the folks who make things happen in this amazing and complicated business.

I'm also a dad and a cocktail enthusiast and a few other interesting things, and one of these days I'll actually publish the (pretty good) private eye novel that has been sitting on my hard drive for the last few years.
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