Business strategy

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

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

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?

Stock Market

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

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.


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

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

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


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

by John Kirk   |   February 28th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

A Quick Take On The Surface Pro

First, let me say that the Microsoft does not get enough credit for the hardware build on the Surface RT. Microsoft had little experience in bringing out a hardware product and they got the hardware right and they did it …

by John Kirk   |   January 23rd, 2013

Putting Together The Pieces of the Personal Computing Puzzle

As I read other’s thoughts on personal computing, I am sometimes struck by the fact that we tend to view the world the way it was rather than the way it is. Not only are we not good at seeing …

by John Kirk   |   January 17th, 2013

An Homage To The Tablet

Tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship, according to NPD


The only thing greater than the resistance to tablet adoption has …

by John Kirk   |   January 10th, 2013

Where’s The Windows 8 “Buzz”?

With all the news coming out of CES this week, I couldn’t help but be struck by the lack of “buzz” surrounding Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft and its partners just introduced a slew of new hardware and software products, …

by John Kirk   |   January 8th, 2013

4 Technology Trends, 5 Technology Predictions

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. ~ Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (1885 – 1962)

Trend #1: Two Seperate And Incompatible Types Of User Interfaces

Personal computing will be divided into two types of user interfaces:

1) Touch; and
2) Pixel-specific (surface-required)

Touch will …

by John Kirk   |   January 3rd, 2013

A Deep Dive Into The Morgan Stanley Holiday Quarter Survey

On December 16, 2012, Morgan Stanley issued the results of a consumer survey.

We surveyed 1,010 US adults between November 26 and December 3 2012. The sample is representative of US individuals (18+) by gender, age, income and geographic regions. Conclusions …

by John Kirk   |   December 20th, 2012

Google’s Directionless Map Strategy

Marco Arment on Google Maps:

What this timing (of Google Maps) really shows is how much Google needs to be on iOS. They’re primarily in the business of reaching as many people as possible so they can build up as much …

by John Kirk   |   December 13th, 2012

How Technology Has Touched My Life

Last week, Ben Bajarin shared the top 5 technologies that changed his life. Yesterday, Steve Wildstrom talkied about how computers had changed his life. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my old technology war stories.


When I was in …

by John Kirk   |   December 13th, 2012