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Apple Is The Disney World Of Tech

On Twitter, Ben Bajarin, and others, recently argued that the value in tech tends to inevitably shift from software to hardware and, finally, to services. Hardware to software to services. Apple is in a unique position to capture content. ~ Ben …...

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by John Kirk   |   April 8th, 2014
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Office For iPad Beats The Hell Out Of Rooming With Paul Thurrott

This is not really a review of Office for iPad. It’s more of a review of Paul Thurrott’s review of Office for iPad. Thurrott has some interesting observations that I think are well worth addressing. So let’s get to it.

Nicely …

by John Kirk   |   April 3rd, 2014
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Market Share Metaphysics

Twice before I have used Aristotle’s concept of “Essentialism” to explain why tablets are “real” computers and why OS X will not be merging with iOS. Today, I go to the well one last time1 in an attempt to definitively …...

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by John Kirk   |   April 1st, 2014
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Office for iPad: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Microsoft finally appears ready to launch a version of Office for iPad. A wolf among the sheep? Or a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

Plan A: Ignore The iPad

REALITY

The iPad goes on sale, April 2010.

MICROSOFT’S REASONING

There is nothing to fear from the …

by John Kirk   |   March 27th, 2014
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Rebuttal: Why Android Wear Is Not the Beginning of the Wearable Devices Era

Molly Wood, writing for the New York Times, thinks that Android Wear is the beginning of the wearable devices era. I doubt that. The Line Of Reasoning This is Woods’ argument in a nutshell: 1) Nascent technology needs a platform to be successful. 2) Android …...

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by John Kirk   |   March 25th, 2014
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Rebuttal: 10 Reasons To Not Buy A Windows Tablet

ZDNet posted an article entitled: 10 Reasons To Buy A Windows Tablet Instead Of The iPad Or Android.

If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone, come sit by me. ~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

The ZDNet article proves to me …

by John Kirk   |   March 20th, 2014
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Market Share Is Like A Bikini…

Market Share is like a bikini. What it reveals is suggestive, but what it conceals is vital.1 Market Share by itself means nothing. If it’s not taking you where you want to go, it’s worse than nothing – it’s destructive. Trading profits …...

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by John Kirk   |   March 18th, 2014
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Apple Is The Richest And Most Under-Staffed Company In Tech

Posit: Apple Is The Richest And Most Under-Staffed Company In Tech ~ Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) Anyone who follow Apple closely knows that they are a bundle of paradoxes. One of the most baffling of these is that Apple has literally tens …...

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by John Kirk   |   March 4th, 2014
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Who Won The Mobile Tech Olympics?

Business is a combination of war and sport. ~ André Maurois

The Long Summer Of The Microsoft Monopoly Olympics

Computing was pretty simple for the last 15 years: PC plus a browser. Both are splintering now. ~ Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans)

Once upon a …

by John Kirk   |   February 27th, 2014
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Windows 8 In Hindsight

On September 13, 2011, Zach Epstein, explained to us us why Windows 8 was the dawning of a new age. And on February 9, 2014, Paul Thurrott explained to us why the sun was prematurely setting on that age.

Calling Windows …

by John Kirk   |   February 20th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Puppet CEO

Last week, after a painfully long 6 month search, Microsoft made the transition from Steve Ballmer to Satya Nadella at CEO. As of late, Ballmer had become the master of making nothing happen, very slowly. Microsoft is still cash rich, …...

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by John Kirk   |   February 18th, 2014
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Apple Is Doomed…Yet Again

Yukari Iwatani Kane is a former Apple beat reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Her book, “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” is due out in March.

I respect everyone. I even respect journalists. ~ Alexander Popov

From an article in the …

by John Kirk   |   February 13th, 2014
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A “Healthy” Strategy For Apple’s Wearables

Some smartwatches are dumber than the sundial. ~ chetansharma (@chetansharma) Until recently, wearable computing devices have been fairly uninteresting to me. I’ve read the various articles concerning wearables, but I consider wearables to be in a terribly primitive state — niche, …...

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by John Kirk   |   February 11th, 2014
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Microsoft’s “Super” Ad

Making fun of Microsoft Ads is like hunting dairy cows with a high-powered rifle and scope Microsoft and Apple have been competing against one another in computing for some thirty odd years. Both companies have evolved over the years but, in …...

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by John Kirk   |   February 4th, 2014
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Unified OS Advocates Are Out Of “Touch” With Reality

Last week, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were interviewed as part of the Mac’s 30th anniversary. They — in no uncertain terms — slammed the door shut on the idea that Apple was planning on merging iOS (the …

by John Kirk   |   January 30th, 2014
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Whom Apple Pleases

Premise #1: Apple’s Number One Priority Is To Make Great Products It is key to understand that Apple puts the experience first. Everything else flows from that priority. ~ ßen ßajarin (@BenBajarin) “The most profound contribution that Steve Jobs made was in …...

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by John Kirk   |   January 28th, 2014
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Inverse Innovation Inanity

At Forbes, Chunka Mui1 writes:

If you desire a wise answer, you must ask a reasonable question. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Will Tim Cook Be the Next Steve Ballmer?

His initial premise seems reasonable:

Like Ballmer, (Tim) Cook’s legacy will be defined by …

by John Kirk   |   January 23rd, 2014
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Tech Toy Story

Microsoft’s newest ad campaign is breath taking but not, I think, in the way that Microsoft imagines. “Just a toy“, my ass. ~ Steven Aquino (@steven_aquino) This is why Microsoft will lose. This shows they don’t get it…“ ~ Ben Bajarin (@BenBajarin) Is …...

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by John Kirk   |   January 21st, 2014
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Blind, Deaf, Dumb & Broken Computer Metaphors

In Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge, neurobiologist and Nobel Prize–winner Gerald Edelman1 theorizes that…pattern recognition and metaphor is the basis for all thinking. When we discover something new, unknown or abstract, we use metaphor as a bridge from …

by John Kirk   |   January 16th, 2014
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How The Tablet Made An Ass Of The PC

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. ~ Einstein

Many tech watchers STILL don’t understand what a “disruptive innovation” is. I’m no Einstein, but I’m going to try to explain it in terms …

by John Kirk   |   January 9th, 2014
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Microsoft Windows’ Biggest Problem

Paul Thurrott — a long-time Microsoft booster — has written a devastating analysis of Windows for WindowsITPro. After reviewing Windows’ recent history, he concludes: Windows is in trouble because people simply don’t care about it anymore. It’s ambivalence. (T)he opposite of love …...

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by John Kirk   |   January 7th, 2014
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Some Tech Critics Are Like Eunuchs In A Harem

Some Tech critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They see it done, they see how it should be done, but they can’t do it themselves or derive any pleasure from it, so they conclude that it’s a waste of …

by John Kirk   |   January 2nd, 2014
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Grading My Predictions For 2013

Sigh.

Time to fess up and see how badly I did in last year’s predictions. You can find them all here.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. 
It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. 
It …

by John Kirk   |   December 26th, 2013
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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