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Most Read Columns of 2013: The PC is the Titanic and the Tablet is the Iceberg

During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read columns of our site …

by John Kirk   |   December 26th, 2013
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Or more. Alex Greer posted the following picture on Twitter under the caption: I turn around and find my parents at the kids’ table at the @apple store. ~ @alexpgreer Now what can this picture …...

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by John Kirk   |   December 24th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Android’s Market Share is Literally a Joke

During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read columns of our site …

by John Kirk   |   December 23rd, 2013
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Neverisms: Holiday Etiquette, New Year’s Resolutions & Well Wishes

This is my last article before the holidays, so I thought I’d use it to regale you with some holiday “Neverisms” — things that you should never ortter do. Here’s hoping they’l help you have a happy, healthy holiday.

Holiday Etiquette

HOLIDAY …

by John Kirk   |   December 19th, 2013
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Over-Serving And Under-Serving The Marketplace

Today, I thought I would explore the concepts of over-serving and under-serving the marketplace. The terms “over-serviing” and “under-serving” are used a lot nowadays, but I can’t believe that they’re well-understood, else many more companies would change their current product …...

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by John Kirk   |   December 17th, 2013
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Lessons Learned (And Unlearned) From The iPad’s Success

The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds ~ Mark Twain

I tripped across a January 2010 article that absolutely skewered the introduction of the iPad, and it was just too, too, delicious for me not …

by John Kirk   |   December 12th, 2013
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Tablet Metaphysics

Are you ready for some Tech Metaphysics? “Aristotle drew a distinction between essential and accidental properties. The way he put it is that essential properties are those without which a thing wouldn’t be what it is, and accidental properties are those …...

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by John Kirk   |   December 10th, 2013
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The Mobile Wave

1) We all know that sales of smartphones and tablets are are growing fast, however…

2) Those sales are growing even faster than we may realize, and…

3) The implications of this new wave of computing devices is going to be enormous; …

by John Kirk   |   December 5th, 2013
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It’s Bottoms Up For The Windows Phone

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of upbeat reports regarding Microsoft’s share of the smart phone market. This has been accompanied by claims that Microsoft has finally gotten developers to adopt their Windows Phone 8 platform. Microsoft’s Windows Phone boss, …...

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by John Kirk   |   December 3rd, 2013
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Tech Thanksgiving

In the United States, today is the holiday known as Thanksgiving. So rather than write my normal column, I thought I’d devote today’s article to some of those things that I’m most thankful for — but with a tech slant.

We …

by John Kirk   |   November 28th, 2013
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Further Thoughts On The Future Of Education

On November 20th, fellow Techpinions writer, Steve Wildstrom, wrote an interesting column on Education and the Future of MOOCs. As Steve put it: (MOOCs are) massive, open, online courses that were supposed to replace traditional lectures and recitations and make free, …...

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by John Kirk   |   November 26th, 2013
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Microsoft: Failing By Design

Microsoft Achieved Its Goal

Microsoft had one of the greatest corporate mission statements of all time:

“A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software.”

And guess what? Incredibly, THEY ACHIEVED THEIR GOAL!1 There IS a computer on nearly …

by John Kirk   |   November 21st, 2013
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Mocking Our Customers (Part 2)

Recap

I hate people who are intolerant. ~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter

I hate intolerant people. ~ Gloria Steinem

Last week I wrote about intolerance — how we tend to believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, unless, of course, their …

by John Kirk   |   November 14th, 2013
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Microsoft’s Bing Is Bad Strategy

There’s been a lot of talk, of late, of Microsoft possibly abandoning Bing. Lets’s set aside the reliability of those rumors, the political intrigue involved and the practicality of implementing such a plan and look, instead, at the overall strategy …...

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by John Kirk   |   November 12th, 2013
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Tech Intolerance (Part 1)

There’s something I don’t understand… there is this thing that people do – a lot of people – that I just do not understand and I will likely never understand…it’s been going on for years, almost a decade now, and …

by John Kirk   |   November 7th, 2013
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Apple’s Definition Of “Winning”

We are winning with our products in all the ways that are most important to us, in customer satisfaction, in product usage and in customer loyalty. ~ Tim Cook, Apple earnings call

Customer satisfaction. Product usage. Customer loyalty.

Is Tim Cook right? …

by John Kirk   |   October 31st, 2013
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Tablets: The Future Of Education

“(O)ur share of tablets in education is 94%. I mean, it’s sort of unheard of. I’ve never seen a market share that high before. ~ Tim Cook Which Computing Form Factor Is Most Likely To Dominate Education? Phones? No way. Too small. Notebooks? …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 29th, 2013
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Apple’s Grand Strategy

Grand Strategy

Grand Strategy is not about winning the war, its about winning the peace. It’s not about destroying your competitor, its about preserving who you are. It’s not about moving toward a destination, it’s about knowing what your destination is.

Too …

by John Kirk   |   October 24th, 2013
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Where’s The Hat And Other Miscellaneous Thoughts On Today’s Apple Event

Unmet Expectations

A grandmother is watching her grandson play on the beach when a huge wave comes and takes him out to sea.

She looks up and pleads, “Please God, save my only grandson. I beg of you, my life has no …

by John Kirk   |   October 22nd, 2013
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Human Nature And Nature Of IT

“It is human nature that rules the world, not governments and regimes.”~Svetlana Alliluyeva

It is in our nature to think that what works best for us is what works best for the company we work for. We work very hard at …

by John Kirk   |   October 17th, 2013
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Beware Geeks Bearing Hybrids

Anyone that has been paying attention to the evolution of OS X and iOS will have at some point noticed that the two operating systems are slowly acting more like each other.1 Agreed. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical who recently attempted to …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 15th, 2013
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The Tao Of Apple

“There are three rules for running a successful business.

Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

The Now Of Apple

A man is known by the company he organizes. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Steve Jobs’ Greatest Creation Was Apple Itself

Steve Jobs’s most important, but least …

by John Kirk   |   October 10th, 2013
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Did You Hear The One About How Eric Schmidt Got Hired At Google?

Perhaps you’ve heard that Eric Schmidt called Android ‘more secure than the iPhone.’ Did you hear the one about how Eric Schmidt got hired at Google? Google had a tryout for the leading CEO candidates. They invited the best and the brightest …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 8th, 2013
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Apple To World: “Doomed? I Know What You Are, But What Am I?”

Last week, I talked about Apple: The Splendid Failure. How Apple was viewed as a failure because they prioritized product and customer experience over profits. This week, I try to put things into perspective and demonstrate where Apple really stands …

by John Kirk   |   October 4th, 2013
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Markets, Not Pundits, Matter

pundit |ˈpəndit| noun | An expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public. I write about tech. I like to pretend that I’m an expert. So I guess I …...

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by John Kirk   |   October 1st, 2013
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