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Apple - The Forbidden Fruit

Dear ACCA Candidates, 

Today, Apple has made headlines again as the most valuable company on earth. It shares has reached new peak of US$715.24 per share. The paradox is the smarter the phones get, the dumber its user becomes. Particularly the recreational users who are fascinated by games, freebies, videos and all. 

The richer Apple become, the poorer the human brains will be.  

I repeat earlier article- "I absolutely DON'T recommend students ogle over the new IPhone 5. Smart phones are for not so smart people. It distracts you with it many thumb-numbing games. No knowledge or skills are developed as a result.

Still, it didn't prevent Apple from getting a pre-order level of 2 million units.

REWARD yourself with IPhone 6 or 7 when you graduate, or get that other phone, I think its called Samseng Gaga phone. Now its not the time to focus on gadgets that distracts and destructs your chances of success in ACCA exams.

Always concerned Lecturer : Marcus

NEW YORK -- Apple's stoc…

Apple's CEO - A Poor Billionnaire

- Relevant to P1 (GRE) 

Note that Executive Directors' pay are crucial Corporate Governance Tool to align them to shareholders' expectations. The critical role that Remuneration Committee play also must not be overlooked. 
What was done in designing Apple's CEO pay is obviously to reduce the repeat of it collapsing. It did twice since its incorporation. 
Take a look at how the real world design Executives' pay. On a side note, the new IPhone 5 looks slimmer and more attractive design and content. I recommend you don't purchase it because precisely the point that its attractive design and has wonderful content. - Buy it after you graduate ACCA! By then could be IPhone+ISpecs 8. 

Apple’s new iPhone 5—set to be unveiled Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in San Francisco—will have a longer screen. It will have LTE technology for faster data downloads. And it will be packed with vitamins and nutrients to give you hours and hours of energy.��������������������������������…

A Flock of Black Swans

- P3 (BA) candidates better read and understand this!
What was said in my class? 
Last semester ( about February, 2012), I have said in my modest size P3 class in PJ Kasturi that I am more worried about the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Island, Greek and Spain) Government default more than the after effects of Japan's economic effect of tsunami. [PIC 1 & 2] Guess what? That proved true today as Euro currency is losing credibility and the world of retail investors have exited and poured into the world's last safe investment haven, American Bonds. Just last week, report showed that retailers poured $964 billions into US Treasury Market. 

Are these improbable? Actually not, as P3 candidates are introduced through recent Exam article of the Black Swan concept, made popular by Nassim Taleb in his book Fooled by Randomness. 

Black Swan - What is it?Black swan theory was developed by Nassim Taleb [PIC 03-05] to explain:
•    the huge impact of unpredictable, rare events that are outside o…

Serious Humour: Are you ready for lifelong commitment?

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wiped a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room, "Why are you down here at this time of night?"

The husband looks up from his coffee, "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 16?" he asks solemnly.

The wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive. "Yes, I do" she replies.

The husband paused. The words were not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?"

"Yes, I remember" said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continued. &qu…

Diamonds: Not this girl's best friend (Part I & II)

- highly relevant to P1 (GRE) 


Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies. Anglo American portfolio of high-quality mining assets and natural resources spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals – copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals – in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. Anglo American operate in Africa, Europe, South and North America, Australia and Asia.

Anglo American’s diamond interests are represented by 45% shareholding in De Beers, the world's leading diamond company.

The current boss CEO of the London-based diamond-mining firm, Cynthia Carroll, has found herself under concerted attack from shareholders who are angry about the company’s most recent financial results, published two weeks ago. According to the Telegraph, they described the latest figures as a ‘coup de grace’ in a letter to chairman John Parker, and voiced con…


- Highly related to all ACCA Male students.

It'd be nice to think that IQ is not a big determining factor for how successful and happy we are in life.

But not so, several studies will say.

One study by the University of Delaware found that contrary to popular belief, the higher your IQ, the more likely you are socially smart.

Another study, this time Swedish, has drawn a link between lower IQ scores and suicidal feelings, hypothesising that lower IQs mean poorer problem solving abilities, and thus a diminished ability in dealing with stress in difficult situations.

And while genetics make up an estimated 40 to 80 per cent of a person's IQ, there are a number of factors that determine how dumb you get.

Here goes, the TOP 7 Reasons that make men dumb:

FACTOR NO. 7 : Long Management Meetings  

And that those people who spend hours and hours holding long, pointless meetings are not only lacking in EQ, they are probably lacking in IQ as well?

"You may joke about how…