Live the Future Now

By nature of what I do for a living, I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. As a part of that exercise I like to employ a tactic I call live the future now. I’ll explain. Part …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 22nd, 2013

Apple’s Penchant for Sophisticated Simplicity

I mentioned in an earlier column that I had finally figured out why iOS is the mobile operating system of choice for me. I take the time to objectively look at all the flagship devices on the market. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 19th, 2013

Putting Tablets to Work

Tablets are rapidly becoming an integral part of many work forces. Fortune 500 companies are deploying them in the tens of thousands and small business everywhere are integrating them into their workflow. The myth that you can’t be …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 16th, 2013

Should Apple Make A Larger iPhone?

There has been chatter of late around Apple’s plans for the iPhone. Some suggest they need to make a more affordable version of the iPhone. Notice I didn’t say cheap. The logic for a more affordable …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 11th, 2013

The Galaxy Note 2: One Giant Step for Android Phones

If you have read much of what I have written here or at TIME, then you may be surprised at some of the conclusions my analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have yielded. I have not been shy about …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 8th, 2013

I’ll Take My Hardware With a Side of Software

Despite some people loathing CES, I actually happened to enjoy the show this year. I go to CES mostly to meet with our clients, gather data and market intelligence, and search for trends. CES always includes hidden gems; you simply …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 28th, 2013

What Tech Company is Healthier Than Apple?

When it comes to understanding the stock market, I acknowledge I am no expert. I am not a financial analyst and my research is not directed at those making stock bets. Yet if I was to put myself in the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 25th, 2013

Apple’s Transparency

I don’t hear the topic of transparency brought up nearly enough. I asked the question in my column today of what company is more healthy than Apple and now I ask what company is more transparent than Apple? The cost …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 25th, 2013

Why RIM Is Not Dead Yet

I wanted to share some of my thoughts regarding RIM prior to them having their press event next week. I know there are many who have the opinion that RIM has been circling the drain for some time now and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 21st, 2013

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