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iPads: The Bad, The Good And The Takeaway

Tablets, in general, and iPads, in particular, seem to be getting a bad rap nowadays. So I thought I’d take a look at both the bad and the good, and see if that provided us with any meaningful takeaways.

1) The …

by John Kirk   |   October 19th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple iPads, iMac Retina, Apple Pay

Welcome to the weekly Tech.pinions podcast. This week Bob O’Donnell, Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson and Carolina Milanesi chat about Apple’s recent event, discussing the new iPads, the iMac with the 5K retina display and Apple Pay.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 18th, 2014
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The Apple Announcement and the Future of Modesty

Apple’s latest product announcements were improvements to existing iPads and iMacs. This, not surprisingly, caused mild disappointment among those who had no reason to expect more but somehow felt they’d be surprised anyway. The fact is, modesty is the reasonable …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 17th, 2014
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Why the New 5K Retina iMac is a Game Changer

On the second day Steve jobs was back at Apple I had a chance to sit down with him and ask him about how he planned to rescue Apple. At the time, Apple was $1 billion in the red and we …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 17th, 2014
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Did Apple Do Enough?

At Today’s Apple’s Event, I got a question over and over again. I thought I would share my thoughts on it. First off, the question, “Did Apple do enough?” is the wrong question. The correct question is, “Did Apple release …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 16th, 2014
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What I Learned About the Smart Home From Building a Home

We just finished having a new home built and moved in this past weekend. I’m a technologist by trade and have always loved gadgets. With a green field site, high tech awareness and a love for gadgets, you’d think my new …

by Jan Dawson   |   October 16th, 2014
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India and the Digital Age

When it comes to the computing products I study — TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs — I tend to talk primarily about what is happening in China and the US/Europe. Mostly because, for most consumer tech products, China and the US …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 15th, 2014
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Video Analysis: Mac vs. PC With Some iPad Help

Thanks for the feedback on my last Padcast on Xiaomi. This will likely be the last one I do for free for a while. I will do more of these for our subscribers on key industry points. If you liked …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 14th, 2014
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Does Big Data Equal Big Brother?

One of the hottest topics in the world of enterprise IT for the last several years has been big data. The idea behind it is relatively straightforward: in our increasingly connected world, it’s possible to collect a lot of information …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 14th, 2014

Technological Patriotism

Technology is breaking down barriers throughout the world. Conversely, a form of technological nationalism has taken hold, limiting tech’s rise. Expect such nationalist fervor to become more widespread, more virulent, probably more unfair. 

Technology is the new oil. It’s vital to our lives, …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 13th, 2014

Samsung Schadenfreude And The Fall Of The Church Of Market Share

Schadenfreude |ˈSHädənˌfroidə | noun | pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. ORIGIN German Schadenfreude, from Schaden ‘harm’ + Freude ‘joy.’

Samsung has reported a 60% fall in quarterly profits. Just three years ago, Samsung rose from seemingly nowhere to …

by John Kirk   |   October 12th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple Event Predictions, Windows Relevance, USC Body Computing, Uber

Welcome to the weekly Tech.pinions podcast. This week Bob O’Donnell and Ben Bajarin offer predictions about what will be unveiled at next week’s Apple event and discuss Bob’s column on the relevance of Windows, Tim Bajarin’s column on the challenges …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 11th, 2014
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Video Analysis: Xiaomi in Focus

I have the ability to record and broadcast presentations I give through my primary presentation tool Perspective. So I thought it would be interesting to try something different and create a quick analysis of some of my data and add …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 10th, 2014

A Worrisome Tech Trend

I had the chance to use Uber for the first time when I was in Seattle recently. Unfortunately, my first experience with this service was not great. The driver had trouble finding me at the hotel I was at and, even …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 10th, 2014
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How many computers do we need?

There was a thought I alluded to in last week’s Tech.pinions podcast I want to expand. It’s the idea we’re now surrounded by many different computers in a variety of form factors and that one of the biggest questions for our …

by Jan Dawson   |   October 9th, 2014
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Samsung’s Cautionary Tale

Yesterday, Samsung issued a Q3 2014 guidance update stating they will miss expectations. The report says profit is down nearly 60%. For many of us, this was entirely expected. If this estimate holds up, Samsung’s operating profit chart looks like …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 8th, 2014

Is Windows Still Relevant?

To say that the past week has been an interesting one for the PC market is one heck of an understatement. Between Microsoft’s first official preview of Windows 10 and HP’s announced split into two companies, there has been an …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 7th, 2014

The Death of the PC Business

Hewlett-Packard’s decision to split the company into two businesses, one selling PCs and printers, the other offering services and high end business network equipment, marks the end of their run in the 35-year computer industry. In a sense, it’s an …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 6th, 2014

I Want It Later! Building The Inconvenience Economy.

As I stood in line with a giddy gaggle of high pants hipsters, each eagerly anticipating the drip, drip of their very own drip coffee from the sainted Blue Bottle, conversations were many and temporary friendships took brief flight.

I looked up …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 6th, 2014
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Tech Geeks, Apple Watch And The Upcoming Fashion Apocalypse

What Is A Tech Geek?

Definition: “Tech Geek”

Someone with ridiculous skills on a computer/phone/iPod/other electronical device and scares us mere earthlings. they have a habit of breaking these after stretching them beyond their ability for normal usage. they also sometimes know …

by John Kirk   |   October 4th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Strategy

This week Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Ben Bajarin discuss the recent news around Windows 10 and what it means for Microsoft’s future. They also discuss some overall PC trends and how they may impact Microsoft’s strategy with Windows as …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 3rd, 2014
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In New Job Steve Ballmer Forces Windows on the L.A. Clippers

I was fascinated to read a recent article about Steve Ballmer and how, in his role as owner of the L.A. Clippers, he has told his entire staff to get rid of their iPads. From now on they will be a …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 3rd, 2014

Windows 10: Fixing the Windows 8 Mistake

Back in February, I wrote a post called “The Windows 8 Mistake“, which outlined my perception of the reasons why Microsoft did what it did with Windows 8, why it was wrong to do so, and why Windows 8 was …

by Jan Dawson   |   October 2nd, 2014
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Business Too Good at the Apple Store

I have been visiting Washington area Apple Stores since the first one in the country opened at Tysons Corner, VA. So I was a little shocked today when I discovered a chaotic Apple Store at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 1st, 2014
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Apple Defines Wearables as Fashionable Computing

Apple pioneered the PC, the mouse-driven PC, the digital music player, the modern laptop, the smartphone, and the tablet. Steve Jobs directed the creation of each of these transformative products, collaborating with Steve Wozniak, Jon Rubinstein, Jony Ive, and others …

by Avi Greengart   |   October 1st, 2014