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Phablets—aka Pocket Computers—Drive New World Order

I’m writing this week’s column from the comfort of my hotel room in Shenzhen, China where I just witnessed first hand the evolutionary wave that has begun to take over the world of smart connected devices — phablets are king. …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 25th, 2014
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The Unbearable Loneliness Of The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy promises the potential for riches, personal empowerment, new modes of work, and fear, the kind of fear that swells from a livelihood dependent upon algorithms, star ratings, and the feedback of strangers. 

When we imagined the future, certainly …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 25th, 2014
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Tech.pinions Podcast August 23, 2014: Apple Event Predictions: Smartwatch? Phablet?

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Ben Bajarin, Tim Bajarin and Bob O’Donnell offer predictions on what Apple may, or may not, introduce this fall and the potential implications on the wearable and large smartphone markets.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 23rd, 2014
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Dear Smartwatch, thanks for the notification, now what?

Every now and then I try out a variety of smartwatches. The latest I am putting through its paces is one based on Google’s own Android Wear platform. I keep hoping I’ll crack the nut and discover something new that …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 22nd, 2014
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Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing

For those of us who have followed the life of Steve Jobs, we know most of the products he brought to market were ones he wanted to use himself. They came out of his personal life experiences. The iPod came …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 22nd, 2014
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Apple and mobile payments

In last week’s column, I talked about the current state of smartwatches. I described weak demand met by weak supply, and the resulting poor sales of the offerings in the market today. I also talked about what it might take …

by Jan Dawson   |   August 21st, 2014
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A Greeting From the Past

Last spring, after surgery for removal of a brain tumor, I thought I’d be back after a couple of months of recovery. The process however turned out to be much slower and more complex than I expected — to the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 20th, 2014
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Analyzing the Surface Pro 3

I’ve spent the past week with a Surface Pro 3. I’ve used every previous version of Surface and given what the promise of a 2-in-1 PC was supposed to be, the Surface Pro 3 is the closest yet to fulfilling …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 20th, 2014
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Device Usage Diversity

When we think about how devices and their usage are evolving, it’s tempting to talk about the rise of one versus the decline of another. But the reality is much more complex. What’s actually happening is that people are acquiring …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 19th, 2014
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America Needs Entrepreneurs. Instead Of Programming Teach Children Fantasy Football.

America needs entrepreneurs. Men, women, boys, girls, native-born, immigrants, smart, skillful, driven, capable entrepreneurs to propel the economy, create jobs, spur innovation and build something from nothing.

I believe to do this, to create a sizable generation of entrepreneurs, we should …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 18th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Surface Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Microsoft has introduced three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablets called “Power,” “Head to Head,” and “Crowded.” You can view them HERE.

The Good

The ads are well done. Clever, funny, short and to the point.

I’ve seen some griping that …

by John Kirk   |   August 16th, 2014
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Tech.pinions Podcast August 16, 2014: Intel Broadwell Y, 2-in-1s and New Smartphones

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

After taking a summer respite, this week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell and Ben Bajarin discuss Intel’s announcement of their new 14 nm Broadwell Y-based Core M chip, debate the market opportunities for 2-in-1s, and share …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 16th, 2014
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A PC Future With No Wires

I recently spent some time with Intel executives who reiterated that their major push in PCs in the next few years would be around 2-in-1s. They believe this is the next major thing in PCs and believe that 2-in-1s will represent …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 15th, 2014
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What Does This eBay Wearable/Smartwatch Data Tell You

I thought I would do something different and show some charts and let our readers help interpret them and share thoughts on what the data reveals. I found data from a service called Terapeak that provides a range of analytics …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 14th, 2014
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Grading on a curve: Smartwatches in 2014

I’ve just published a new report for my subscription clients on the topic of smartwatches. The report combines consumer research on demand drivers for smartphones, such as fitness tracking and the use of push notifications, with a review of the …

by Jan Dawson   |   August 14th, 2014
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Mobile Focused Podcast: Less Expensive iPhones, and the Globalization of Tech

I’m happy to announce that I am rolling up my podcast with Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans into the Tech.pinions podcast as well. We will shoot to release these discussions between us every few weeks, midweek.

Ben Bajarin and Benedict …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 13th, 2014
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Big Changes at Microsoft: Define “Platform”

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO in Microsoft’s nearly 40 year history. For most of that time, Microsoft followed a fairly simple strategy: license operating system software to OEMs and sell software to consumers, and later, enterprises.

Bill Gates’ Microsoft: …

by Avi Greengart   |   August 13th, 2014
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New Life for PCs

After having been written off as dead more times than I can remember, it seems the PC industry is staging a resurrection of sorts, driven by both businesses and consumers starting to realize that PCs are still useful devices that …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 12th, 2014
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Steve Jobs Reveals The Only Way Forward For Windows Phone

The only way forward for Windows Phone — that is not death — is work. Real work. In the 21st century, real work is inherently collaborative.

Collaboration is the Achilles Heel of all things iPhone, iOS, and Apple.

Steve Jobs, for all …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 11th, 2014
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The Biggest Problem the Tech Industry Must Solve

About a week ago, news broke Google had found inappropriate photos of a child in a man’s Gmail account and turned the info over to the police. This week we found out Microsoft had done something similar when they found two images of …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 8th, 2014
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Margins: Apple, Samsung, and Consumer Electronics

Some recent media has come out stating we need to acknowledge Apple knows what it’s doing as a company and with their strategy. I don’t know any analysts worth their reputation, either on the financial or industry side, who ever …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 7th, 2014
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What Does Cloud-First, Mobile-First Mean for Microsoft?

I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time now but with all the tech news lately I’ve been focused on other things. In Satya Nadella’s first email to employees on the day he took over as CEO, he …

by Jan Dawson   |   August 7th, 2014
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The Regionalization of the Smartphone Market

One of the more interesting things I have been observing for a few years is how the smartphone market has increasingly become extremely regionalized. It is fascinating to analyze the dynamics that have allowed the smartphone market to go global …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 6th, 2014
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Counterpoint: Tablets Were Never Supposed To Be The Next Smartphone

I’m (supposed to be) on vacation this week, but I saw an article by Peter Bright of Ars Tecnica, that got my dander up: “Op-Ed: Tablets really are the new PCs; nobody needs to buy them any more.”

Peter Bright’s …

by John Kirk   |   August 5th, 2014
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Hot Items for the Holidays: Large Phones, Notebooks and Smart TVs

Given that it’s just before back-to-school season, it may seem a bit odd to mention year-end holidays, but throughout the offices, halls and cubicles of all our favorite vendors, the holiday product and marketing plans have been underway for some …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 5th, 2014