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In The Bizarro World In Which We Live, It’s Microsoft That Complains About Monopolies

Apple Inc. won a $30-million contract Tuesday from the Los Angeles Unified School District, paving the way for the company to provide every student with an iPad in the nation’s second-largest school system. ~ Los Angeles Times Microsoft, unsurprisingly, objected to …...

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by John Kirk   |   June 19th, 2013
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Microsoft Has Windows 8 Exactly Backwards

I understand (that Windows 8 is) the same experience across phone, tablet, and desktop…but it’s not the same software, it’s not the same operating system, and it’s not the same apps. ~ Leo Laporte, Windows Weekly Podcast 316 This is a …...

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by John Kirk   |   June 18th, 2013
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Is Apple Making A Play For the PC Market Too?

Everyone knows that Google’s Android operating system dominates phone market share, Apple’s iOS operating system dominates tablet market share (for now) and Microsoft’s Windows dominates PC market share. While Windows is shrinking in overall market share – if you combine …...

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by John Kirk   |   June 17th, 2013
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Apple’s WWDC: Instant Analyses

Introduction

Through the graciousness of Techpinions and Apple Inc., I was able to attend the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), held this past Monday, June 10, 2013. I have a couple of in-depth articles that I’m working on, but since …

by John Kirk   |   June 13th, 2013
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Google’s Android Activations Are A Lot Less Cash Cow And A Lot More Bull. And That’s OK.

Author’s note: Many of the commentators aren’t even reading the article but, instead, are basing their comments on the article’s title alone. Let me throw one final analogy into the mix in the hopes of clarifying my position:

Apple is in …

by John Kirk   |   June 6th, 2013
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4 Mobile Business Models, 4 Ways To Keep Score

The hundred meter dash, archery, weightlifting and the long jump are four very different Olympic sports with four very different methods of keeping score. The hundred meter dash is scored on speed. Archery is scored on accuracy. Weightlifting is scored …

by John Kirk   |   May 30th, 2013
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Android’s Market Share Is Literally A Joke

This is the first of three articles looking at how we measure – and mis-measure – who is “winning” in the mobile sector. Article one focuses on market share and was inspired by an article written by Bill Shamblin, entitled: …

by John Kirk   |   May 23rd, 2013
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Google’s Android And The Path Not Taken

Yesterday, Google held its I/O keynote address. Ben Thompson of “stratēchery” has written an excellent article entitled: THE ANDROID DETOUR. I highly encourage you to take the time to read it. I’m going to re-state and build upon his thoughts …

by John Kirk   |   May 16th, 2013
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Apple Is Playing Chicken With The Mobile Carriers

“The game of chicken, also known as the hawk-dove game or snow-drift game, is an influential model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to …

by John Kirk   |   May 9th, 2013
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Are Google Apps On iOS A Trojan Horse Or A Concession to Apple’s Dominance?

Grin And Bear It

Aside from Google Maps and Google Now, many users would sooner tap on Gmail, Google Chrome, and Google Drive than the apps Apple would much rather you use, and the result is completely antithetical to Apple’s insistence …

by John Kirk   |   May 2nd, 2013
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Apple In Perspective

Apple has been taking a real beating on Wall Street and in the press lately. But are we losing our long-term perspective by focusing so intently on quarterly results?

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The Stock Market is a predictor of future growth, but it …

by John Kirk   |   April 25th, 2013
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Touch Computing Is Touching Every Part Of Our Lives

We Live In Amazing Times

We live in amazing times. The modern smartphone (really, a portable pocket computer) is only 6 years old. The modern tablet is only 3 years old. Yet the combination of the internet, simplified touch computing, wireless …

by John Kirk   |   April 18th, 2013
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Google “Plays” With Android Activation Numbers

“…there are now 1.5 million Android devices being activated every day, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Tuesday. That’s led to more than 750 million Android phones currently in use.” ~ Erica Ogg, Gigaom

Google changed their methodology to only count user …

by John Kirk   |   April 16th, 2013
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Google’s New Android Math Doesn’t Add Up

According to Gartner, Android sold 144,720,300 units in the fourth quarter of 2012. But let me ask you this:

Who cares?

Does Samsung care how many “Android” units were sold? No, they do not. They only care about how many of their …

by John Kirk   |   April 11th, 2013

3 Years Of iPad Schadenfreude and Lessons Learned

On April 3, 2013, the iPad turned three. Jay Yarrow over at Business Insider has put together a great summary of How The iPad Totally Changed The World In Just Three Years. A couple of highlights:

– Apple has sold some …

by John Kirk   |   April 4th, 2013

Tablet Trifurcation

Yesterday, Tech.pinions columnist, Patrick Moorhead, discussed the implications of the growing popularity of the 7 inch tablet form factor.

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I think that Patrick’s analysis of the schism between Apple’s iOS tablets and Android tablets was spot on. While Apple encouraged …

by John Kirk   |   March 28th, 2013

Android’s Penetration Vs. Apple’s Skimming Marketing Strategies

Technology pundits and press, alike, seem obsessed with market share. But obtaining large market share is just one of many successful business strategies. Android follows a penetration pricing strategy. Apple uses a skimming strategy. Neither is inherently superior to the …

by John Kirk   |   March 21st, 2013
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Andy Rubin And The Curious Failure Of The Nexus Tablet

On Wednesday, Andy Rubin suddenly stepped down as the head of Android. The reason for this move is obscure. The most telling statement I’ve read on this, so far, comes from Ina Fried, at AllThingsD:

It was certainly a sudden move. …

by John Kirk   |   March 14th, 2013
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The Late Microsoft Windows 8

In 2008, Microsoft’s Windows OS ran on 95% of all computing devices. By the end of 2012, Forrester estimated that Microsoft’s market share had declined to 30%.

In 2012 there were more Android devices sold than Windows devices. By the end …

by John Kirk   |   March 7th, 2013
Side by Side Revenue & Profit Comparisons

Comparing The Profits of The Five Titans Of Tech

Introduction

Today’s five Titans of personal computing are Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and Amazon. Horace Dediu of ASYMCO has created a side-by-side comparison of their respective revenues and profits.

Google

Google is a money making machine, but I think that many overestimate its …

by John Kirk   |   February 28th, 2013
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Does The Rise Of Android’s Market Share Mean The End of Apple’s Profits?

It’s an article of faith in the Church of Market Share that Android is nearing a tipping point where its market share lead will inevitably turn into a developer share lead, too. ~ John Gruber

Matt Asay, writing for Readwrite Mobile, …

by John Kirk   |   February 21st, 2013
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Tim Cook Addresses The State Of Apple

On Tuesday, February 12, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Conference and provided us all with some miscellaneous thoughts on the state of Apple. What follows are my thoughts on his thoughts. (All quotes are from Tim …

by John Kirk   |   February 14th, 2013
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The Mobile Train Has Left The Windows 8 Platform Behind

Yesterday, Canaccord Genuity, came out with a report on the profits taken in by the mobile phone sector and Canalys came out with a report on the market share in the tabet, notebook and desktop sectors – and all anyone …

by John Kirk   |   February 7th, 2013
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Blackberry: The Charge Of The Light Brigade

Yesterday RIM, now renamed Blackberry, introduced the Blackberry 10. Tech.Pinions columnist, Steve Wildstrom, is cheering for Blackberry as are many Tech.Pinion regular readers and millions upon millions of others. Does the new, re-invented, Blackberry stand a chance? Or is Blackberry …

by John Kirk   |   January 31st, 2013
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Miscellaneous Musings On Apple’s Earnings And The Future Of Personal Computing

Yesterday Apple released their earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012. It is important to note that Apple had 14 weeks, as compared to the normal 13 weeks, in their year ago fourth quarter. In order to equalize results, all …

by John Kirk   |   January 24th, 2013