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Apple’s Free OS Upgrades and iWork Could Leave a Mark on Microsoft

Apple’s announcement Tuesday brought with it many innovations across the span of tablets, notebooks, and workstations. Apple introduced the new iPad Air, updated the iPad mini, redesigned the MacBook Pro, and provided more information on the Mac …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 24th, 2013
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Motorola’s Confusing “X8 Computing System” Actually Qualcomm and TI Silicon

Two weeks ago, I penned the Forbes column, “Google’s Motorola Confuses Everyone With Its ‘X8 Computing System.‘ “My intention was not to ridicule or embarrass anyone, but to point out just how important it is to be factual and …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 4th, 2013
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The Anatomy of an Iconic CEO Firing

Unless you were on vacation in Alaska last week, you know that Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire in 12 months and that a special board committee had been formed to find his replacement.  The departure was positioned …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 27th, 2013
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How FitBit Changed My Life

When technologists and pundits weigh in on technology trends and products, we are always quick to point out that technology needs to meld with our lives as opposed to us changing to fit the device.  In most cases that is …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 20th, 2013
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Is Chromecast Really Android’s Attempt at an Apple TV?

I have been connecting compute devices to my TVs for nearly 20 years, the first being a Compaq Presario hooked to a massive RCA 35” tube TV via an NTSC converter. Back then, there wasn’t online audio …...

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by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 13th, 2013
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What Exactly is Motorola Hiding With the X8?

Last week, Motorola announced their new line of Droid phones for Verizon.  Three of the features they stressed the most were “up to 32-48 hours battery life”, case configurability, and what they called the “Motorola X8 Computing System” for always-on …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 6th, 2013
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Korus: A Superior Multi-Room, Wireless Audio Solution

For the last few years, casual home speakers have seen a resurgence, proceeded by the popularity of high-end headphones used on smartphones and tablets.  Sonos has run away with the wireless, multi-room consumer speaker system market, but the volume driver …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 1st, 2013
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Are The New Nexus 7 Improvements Enough to Dethrone the iPad mini?

It’s hard to believe that 13 months ago, the preferred tablet form factor was 10” and Android was literally nowhere in tablets.  Then came the first Nexus 7 at Google IO in June 2012, Kindle Fire 2 …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 30th, 2013
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Time To Reboot Smartphone Benchmarks

Benchmarks are used in every market as one way to show why one company’s widget is better than another company’s widget.  Whether it’s MPG on a car, energy ratings on appliances, or a Wine Spectator rating, it’s …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 26th, 2013
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Why Windows RT Will Survive $900M Later

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they were writing off $900M in Surface RT inventory.  This is based on price reductions on Surface RT to clear inventory.  If we assume that Microsoft factored in $150 per unit and we do some simple …...

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by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 19th, 2013
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Pebble: The Nerd’s Watch

Ben Bajarin wrote a nice piece last week entitled “The Challenge of Wearable Computing”, where he talks about the challenges of wearables and offers some suggestions to developers to improve their chances for success. In this column, I want to …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 16th, 2013
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The Dell-Icahn Debacle Exemplifies what’s Wrong with Wall Street

There have been a lot of industry and financial discussions lately about Dell’s privatization efforts.  So far, I have stayed out of the fray, but I think it is now time for me to weigh in on …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 9th, 2013
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Windows 8.1 Does Little to Boost Holiday 2013 Sales

Last week, I tuned into Microsoft’s Channel 9 to listen to keynotes and developer lectures for MS BUILD, Microsoft’s developer conference. BUILD attracts Microsoft devotees from its developer community for PCs, phones, servers and even XBOX.

The biggest item …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 2nd, 2013
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What to be Aware of Installing Windows 8.1 Preview

It has been 24 hours since Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Preview and while many have successfully installed it, some have not. I want to share with you my experiences so that it may hopefully save you some time this week. Immediately …...

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by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 27th, 2013
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Instagram Video More a Threat to TV and Camcorders than Vine

Last week, Facebook announced Instagram Video, giving users the ability to take 15 second videos, add special effects and share with their friends. Instagram Video is nearly a feature-by-feature copy of Vine and has been reported …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 25th, 2013
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New Microsoft and Best Buy “Store Within a Store” a Big Step Forward

Last week, Microsoft and Best Buy announced that they will be doing a Microsoft “store-within-a-store”. Essentially, Microsoft will pay Best Buy a large sum of money to “own” part of the store, in a way similar to Samsung and Apple. …...

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by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 18th, 2013
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Why PC Modularity Could Be Successful

Modularity in electronics is defined as being able to transform or extend from one device into another. In smartphones, it has been very successful and for the most part, it has displaced the mp3 player, and GPS. For …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 18th, 2013
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Why I Prefer Convertibles Over Notebooks

Ever since Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at the BUILD event in 2011, it was apparent that the Windows PC future was touch, gestures, tablets, convertibles, and hybrids.    Intel’s unveiling the following year at Computex 2012 with a …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 11th, 2013
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Are the Latest 10”+ Android Devices DOA?

I’ll admit it, I have a love-hate relationship with Android. I love it as a phone choice, love it on 7” tablets, but think it provides a lousy experience on anything 10” display and above. I’m not alone …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 4th, 2013
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Microsoft and Google’s Game of “Office Chicken” is Just Alienating Users

Google and Microsoft are battling it out on a lot of fronts, but many times there is little collateral damage to end users. Unfortunately, in a few cases, end users have been cast aside in the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 28th, 2013
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SKAA: Better Than AirPlay and Bluetooth for Premium Wireless Audio?

Wireless audio speakers and headphones are growing as a consumer category.  Best Buy has 192 different “wireless speakers” on their website, Amazon, 400.  The growth in wireless audio was helped by the growth of the premium music headphone phenomenon, started by …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 21st, 2013
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Only Apple Can Play Apple

It has been a challenging few days in the press for the Microsoft camp. In a positive move, Tami Reller, CFO and head of marketing for Windows, gave more details on how many Windows 8 licenses had …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 14th, 2013
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Big-Box Retailers are Not Helping PC Sales

Last week, I wrote about the “softer” and arguably some of the more important PC attributes. Toward the end of that column, I threw out there a few examples of how U.S. big-box retail isn’t helping …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 30th, 2013
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The Soft Improvements in new PCs Could be their Biggest Draw

Last week was an ugly week for the computer world. The IDC figures that came out for Q1 said that it was the biggest contraction the PC market that had ever been seen since their tracking …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 26th, 2013

Facebook Home’s Uniquely Flawed Experience Examined

Facebook announced last week their new experience for Android smartphones, called Facebook Home. This is Facebook’s first major attempt to control more of the phone’s experience without actually selling a phone.   Facebook Home is pre-installed on the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 16th, 2013