For Now, Marketing is More Important Than Innovation

It seems as though the past year I’ve heard a lot of people with early adopter tendencies, especially the media, complain about the lack of innovation coming from the tech industry. It again up again at CES this year. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 14th, 2013

Introducing the Chinese Grey Market Android Tablets

Buckle up because this is going to get interesting. What I am going to elaborate on is perhaps one of the most disturbing and potentially disruptive things that I picked up on at CES. As many …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 11th, 2013

Conflicting Data

As an analyst I continually come across data. Much of it is often conflicting and discerning what is an accurate reflection of the market is not always easy. Such data has come out today that I think is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 7th, 2013

Technology Predictions for 2013 – The Year of Going Vertical

The theme for my 2013 predictions is going vertical. The writing on the wall has been seen for some time now and I believe 2013 is the year we will see it officially come to fruition. There is absolutely no …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 31st, 2012
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Reflecting On 2012

What a year 2012 has been. From some of the most exciting and historical product launches, wild and ill-concieved acquisitions, ugly court battles, and more, has made this year one worth reflecting upon. One thing is certain and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 24th, 2012
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Despite Competition, Apple’s US Market Share Gains

Happy Friday to anyone working today–or not working–and poking around the inter webs. Although it’s the Friday before the holiday break, some interesting data came out from the Kantar Worldpanel today that I thought I would highlight. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 21st, 2012

Android, China, and the Wild Wild West

Last week, I talked about the importance for us industry observers, analysts, media, etc., to have a more informed discussion when it comes to Android. I think it is important when we analyze, from an industry and market …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 17th, 2012

The Opinion Cast: How Does Microsoft Move Forward?

In this Opinion Cast we focused mostly on Microsoft and what they need to do going forward to continue to compete. We also got to talking about what it means that Apple will start ramping up their efforts to assemble …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 13th, 2012

Toward a More Informed Discussion on Android

There are a lot of things that bother me about the discussion among the pundits related to Android. John Kirk has done a great job looking at the business issues around Android from a business perspective so I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 10th, 2012

Macs Were Already Being Assembled in the USA

News about Apple looking to have more of their Mac line of products assembled in the USA made for interesting headlines today. What is interesting is that some amount of Macs were already being assembled here in the USA. iFixit, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 6th, 2012

Microsoft’s Strongest Asset is XBOX Not Office

I’m sure if you surveyed many in the industry and asked them what Microsoft’s greatest asset to leverage going forward would be you would get a range of answers. I’m sure people would offer up Windows or Office …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 5th, 2012

The 5 Technologies that Changed My Life

I thought it would be interesting to kick off a series where each of our columnists would share the top 5 technologies that changed and profoundly impacted our lives, along with the reasons why. Technology has shaped and is shaping …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 3rd, 2012

The Opinion Cast (podcast): Market Share, Windows 8, and Profits

In this Opinion Cast we discuss a number of important topics related to the industry. Although the year is wrapping up, there is still a lot to discuss and opine about. Here is the topical overview from …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 30th, 2012

My Notebook and I are Growing Apart

I can’t help but have the feeling as of late that a close friend and I are growing more distant. These feelings are encapsulated with gratitude, sorrow, and also an understanding that it is for the better. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 30th, 2012

Why Competitors Should Fear the iPad Mini

We have been conducting tiers of research trying to gauge consumer sentiment around tablets and in particular of late, the iPad Mini. Part of my interest with this research is designed to get deeper insight into the 7″ …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 21st, 2012

Tips For Technological Living: Own Tech, Don’t Let it Own You

[dc]A[/dc]s technology invades our lives and covers every facet of working, playing, learning and more, we as a culture will need to adjust and find balance so as to not get so lost in the digital world that we lose …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 19th, 2012

The Opinion Cast: PCs are losing, Android is Winning?

Sorry for the long delay in our opinion cast. We are implementing a new model that we believe will make it even better. We have sought professional help and brought on a moderator / host Shawn King to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 16th, 2012

PCs Gone Wild

One of the most exciting things happening in the industry right now is the diverse innovation coming from Windows PC OEMs, who are making every type of form factor imaginable. Looking specifically at the traditional PC industry and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 16th, 2012
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The Way it Was and the Way it Will Be

My family and I have been up visiting my wife’s grandparents up near the Oregon-California border. We have visited this old-fashioned town many times but today a thought occurred to me as I looked at a dictionary prominently displayed …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 9th, 2012

Let’s Talk About the iPad Mini and Ultra-Mobile Computing

[dc]A[/dc]pple announced today that they sold 3 million iPad Mini (Wi-Fi version) and fourth generation iPads in three days. Through some smart discussions with some folks who track supply chain shipments, I estimate that around 1.7 to 2 million of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 5th, 2012

When is a Tablet not a Tablet? When It’s a Surface

Let me start this column out with some context on Windows 8. My mind has changed to a degree about Windows 8 and in particular touch based notebooks and UltraBooks. Several of the Windows 8 PCs I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 2nd, 2012

The Personal Computing Land Grab

It is hard to describe what is happening right now in the personal computing industry than anything other than a massive land grab. The land grab I speak of does not apply as much to traditional “old school” …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 31st, 2012

The Windows 8 Ecosystem, For Experimental Purposes

[dc]I[/dc]n the coming weeks I will do something for experimental purposes that I have not done for over 10 years. I will be immersing myself in the Windows 8 ecosystem entirely. I converted from the Windows ecosystem to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 26th, 2012

iPad Mini: The iPad in the Palm of Your Hand

Today’s Apple event was perhaps one of the more interesting to me for a variety of reasons. Apple made a number of announcements that in my opinion give them a strong lineup for this holiday season. Apple …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 23rd, 2012

Chrome OS, Not Android, is Google’s Future

Google recently updated their Chromebook offering and began running new commercials touting the new product. At $249 it is an aggressive price offering, however, the software by way of web apps will be the key. Although, we …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 22nd, 2012