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Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different features and functionalities.  There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT.  One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 versus previous editions …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 17th, 2012
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Facebook is for Old People

“FACEBOOK IS STUPID AND FOR OLD PEOPLE“, my 12 year old daughter texted me yesterday after FaceBook offered to purchase Instagram. If you have teenage or pre-teen girls or boys, this demonstrative behavior isn’t anything new. What I …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 10th, 2012
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Google Created the Mess and Now Must Fix Android Tablets

Android for phones by any measure has been a success, while Android for “premium” tablets by every measure has been a disaster.  According to IDC, the iPad held 55% market share of all tablets in Q4 2011.  When you remove …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 3rd, 2012
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What Apple Needs to do to Stay Ahead with the iPad 4

Apple once again delivered a high quality experience with the “new” iPad, aka iPad 3. Like phones, Apple has again managed to deliver enough to stay ahead as they did with the iPhone 4s. The …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 27th, 2012
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NVIDIA Solved the Ultrabook Discrete Graphics Problem with Kepler

When Intel released their first Ultrabook specification, one of the first component implications I thought of were the impact to discrete graphics.  My thought process was simple; based on the Intel specifications for battery life, weight and thickness, designing-in discrete …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 21st, 2012
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Windows 8 CP Tablet Experience: Distinctive yet Risky for Holiday 2012

A little less than a week ago, Microsoft launched to the public the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP). This is a follow-on to the Developer Preview (DP) that I’ve been using on a tablet and all-in-one desktop since it was …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 6th, 2012
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NVIDIA’S Tegra 3 Leading the Way for Smartphone Modularity

I have been an advocate of modularity before it became popular to do so. The theory seems straight-forward to me, in that if the capabilities of a smartphone were outpacing the usage model drivers of a rich client PC, then …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 27th, 2012
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The Case for Intel’s Future Smartphone Success

In my many weekly conversations with industry insiders we discuss Intel’s chances in mobility markets, specifically smartphones. Few people are betting against Qualcomm and for very good reason in that they are entrenched at handset vendors …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 21st, 2012
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Future iPads Will Cannibalize TVs

As ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out, we know absolutely “nothing” about the iPad 3 right now.  While pontificating about future Apple products is a lot of fun, drives many page views and makes web site editors very happy, it’s  just a …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 14th, 2012
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What Intel Must Demonstrate in Smartphones (and soon)

Intel made a big splash at CES 2012 with the announcement that Motorola and Lenovo committed to Intel’s Medfield smartphone solution. This came on the heels of a disappointing break-up between Intel and Nokia as well as a lack …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 7th, 2012
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Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves "business-savvy" said it was the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 31st, 2012
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The Dell XPS 13: An Ultrabook that Could Steal Customers From Apple

If you are in the high-tech industry and haven’t heard of the term “Ultrabook”, you’ve probably been on sabbatical or have been living under a rock. Intel introduced an industry-wide initiative to re-think the Windows notebook PC, which they have …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 24th, 2012
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The Potential Losers if Ultrabooks Win

(Originally published on Forbes)

Ultrabooks were one of the most discussed form factors at this year’s CES 2012.  This was due not only to Intel’s CES marketing push, but by all of Intel’s ecosystem demonstrating their prowess by showing their latest and greatest designs. …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 22nd, 2012
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How the Apple iTV is Accelerated by Samsung

(originally published at Forbes)

Back in September, I wrote an analysis on why Apple should build an HDTV.   The premise was that there are huge experiential issues Apple could solve and they could strike a deal with the MSO’s and satellite companies.   That was …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 19th, 2012
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How Sony can beat Samsung and LG on Smart TV Interfaces

As I wrote last week, Samsung and LG are following Microsoft’s lead in future interfaces for the living room. Both Samsung and LG showed off future voice control and in Samsung’s case, far-field air gestures. Given what Samsung and LG …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 17th, 2012
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Samsung & LG Validate Microsoft’s Living Room Interaction Model

Microsoft launched Kinect back in November 2010 in a  move to change the man-to-machine interface between the consumer to their living room content.  While incredibly risky, the gamble paid off in the fastest selling consumer device, ever.  I saw the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 10th, 2012
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How Intel Could Achieve the 40% Consumer Ultrabook Target in 2012

There has been a lot of industry skepticism since Intel predicted at Computex Taipei 2011 that Ultrabooks would account for 40% of consumer portable sales by the end of 2012. That included skepticism from me as well, and I …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 3rd, 2012
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Voice Control Will Disrupt Living Room Electronics

In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 20th, 2011
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Apple iCloud Shortcomings Provide a Competitive Opportunity

Apple iCloud launched two months ago to huge fanfare and punditry. It’s no surprise given the huge future opportunity with the cloud. Also, it was a big deal for Apple given their past online endeavors had been so unsuccessful that …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 13th, 2011
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Let’s Stop Classifying the iPad as a PC

Last month, Canalys reported that “Apple is on track to become leading global PC vendor”. That would be a tremendous accomplishment, given that no reports had Apple in the top 5 at the end of 2010. How will Apple accomplish …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 6th, 2011
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Windows 8 Desktop on ARM Decision Driven by Phones and Consoles

There has been a lot written about the possibility of Microsoft not supporting the Windows 8 Desktop environment on the ARM architecture. If true, this could impact Microsoft, ARM and ARM’s licensees and Texas Instruments, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm are in …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 6th, 2011
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A Scenario Where Smartphones Take Down the PC

If you’ve done any long term strategic planning you know there are few absolutes but, very many scenarios. Tech history shows that even disruptive innovations take time to rollout and many scenarios existed that could have gone both ways. BlockBuster …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 28th, 2011
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The Real Reason Google Released an iOS Gmail App

Last week, Google re-released their much maligned iOS Gmail application. It includes a few features over and above the standard iOS email app, but nothing that is really exciting the wide swath of users if “number of stars” is any …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 22nd, 2011
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Of Course Amazon Kindle Fire Cannibalizes the Apple iPad

One way I test and gauge insights is to engage in and monitor social media.  It’s certainly not the only way, but it is one of many ways.  One very interesting discussion I am monitoring is the Amazon Kindle Fire …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 15th, 2011
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Quad Core Smartphones: What it Will Take to Become Relevant

There has been a lot of industry discussion on multi-core smartphones in the past year, and the dialog has increased with NVIDIA’s launch of Tegra 3, a quad core SOC targeted to phones and tablets. The big question lingering with …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 11th, 2011