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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
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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