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The Mobility Myth

The near constant discussion of mobility and various types of mobile computing can easily give people the impression nobody cares about or uses anything but tablets, smartphones and notebooks. In reality however, that viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth, …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   April 15th, 2014
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VCs On The Wrong Side In The Smartphone Wars

Think of how much better your life is now you have an iPhone or one of its many virtuous progeny…iPad, Android, apps, mobile-optimized games, content and services. Do you want to go back to before smartphones, before tablets? Unlikely. Yet many …

by Brian S Hall   |   April 14th, 2014
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TV challenges and opportunities

I spent a couple of days this week at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Vegas. I was there to gather material for a report I’m writing on the future of TV and video services and had lots of …

by Jan Dawson   |   April 11th, 2014
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Home Automation: At the Intersection of HD DVD and Blu Ray

The title to this piece was paraphrased from a recent episode of the Mac Power Users podcast in which special guest Merlin Mann, as well as hosts David Sparks and Katie Floyd, discussed how they’d incorporated home automation products into …

by Harry C. Marks   |   April 10th, 2014
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Say Goodbye To Microsoft

In the beginning, Microsoft’s business model was simple. They made the Windows operating system and licensed it to manufacturers, who then put it on their various computing machines. In the mid-nineties, Windows gained critical mass with businesses which, in turn, …

by John Kirk   |   April 10th, 2014
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BYOD Dilemma: Devices vs. Data

Though we’ve started to see a small bit of retrenchment from the most extreme examples, it’s clear the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon in the workplace is here to stay. Younger and older workers alike have become accustomed to …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   April 9th, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit: Better Together

For the past week I have been using the Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit health and fitness wearable. Both the Samsung GS5 and the Gear Fit highlight some of the ways Samsung is continuing to evolve. The biggest …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 7th, 2014
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Panic Inside Apple and Cheers for Satya

The blogosphere has suddenly discovered the incredible array of products, tools and services Microsoft has long possessed. Better late than never, I suppose. Fact is, their realization of the obvious is in large part due to the accessible dynamism and …

by Brian S Hall   |   April 7th, 2014
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The Danger of Narratives in Tech

Gerald Ford was clumsy, Jimmy Carter was out of touch, Mitt Romney was a flip-flopper. All these characterizations (and many more) were the result of what have been called political “narratives” – stories the media tell about politicians and candidates …

by Jan Dawson   |   April 4th, 2014
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Mobile Changed Everything

When I first started doing industry analysis in 2000, my focus was heavily on mobile computing. Our firm has a legacy of PC industry analysis and, at the time I joined, we were embarking on the major shift from desktop …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 2nd, 2014
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A Wearables Forecast

Analyzing and discussing a product category from afar is always a fun exercise, but for me, the pedal doesn’t really hit the metal until I put together a market forecast. As an industry analyst, building forecasts is part of what …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   April 1st, 2014
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The Computer Chronicles

Why are you here? Why are you even reading this?

Me? I know why and am grateful for the odd, stirring, mostly unplanned path that brought me here.

My father spent over 30 years working inside an auto factory, the first 20 …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 31st, 2014
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Apple: destroyer of fragmentation

With the release of Android Wear, we now have a pretty good idea of how Google intends to target the smart-watch space, and it’s very much about extending a subset of smartphone functionality to peripheral devices. Although today these new …

by Jan Dawson   |   March 28th, 2014
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Office for iPad: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Microsoft finally appears ready to launch a version of Office for iPad. A wolf among the sheep? Or a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

Plan A: Ignore The iPad

REALITY

The iPad goes on sale, April 2010.

MICROSOFT’S REASONING

There is nothing to fear from the …

by John Kirk   |   March 27th, 2014
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Is There Value in Smart Glass on My Wrist?

Last week I talked about health and fitness wearables and my failure to see how they appeal to a broader market. This week I want to talk about the potentially lucrative category of smart watches. If we count Microsoft’s Smart …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 26th, 2014
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Measuring Success In Wearables: It’s Thousands of Thousands

The wearables market continues to capture the imagination of the tech industry, press, and investment community. (A few actual customers also seem interested, although they almost seem secondary at this point…) Even early on, it seems clear that the wearables …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   March 25th, 2014
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Why Bitcoin Still Does Not Matter

You can buy Bitcoin today, swap your next mortgage payment for this aggressively hyped “cryptocurrency,” lose it all to crime, fraud or incompetence, no questions asked. Yet you are still legally barred from even participating in crowdfunded investments of fully …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 24th, 2014
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Content Selection as a Competitive Advantage

Many books have now been written about how globalized our world is, so it’s easy to sometimes forget how local aspects of our digital culture still are. Nowhere is this more obvious than when looking at digital content stores, the disparity …

by Jan Dawson   |   March 21st, 2014
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Rebuttal: 10 Reasons To Not Buy A Windows Tablet

ZDNet posted an article entitled: 10 Reasons To Buy A Windows Tablet Instead Of The iPad Or Android.

If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone, come sit by me. ~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

The ZDNet article proves to me …

by John Kirk   |   March 20th, 2014
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Why Should I Care About Wearables?

I’m as early an adopter as they come. I have about every health and fitness wearable on the market. However, if you ran into me on the street today I wouldn’t have a single one on me. Why? I simply …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 19th, 2014
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IOT: Islands of Isolated Things?

In addition to wearables, the other hot topic in tech these days is the Internet of Things, or IOT. The concept behind IOT is certainly an intriguing one—in the future, there will be tens of billions of devices (about 10x …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   March 18th, 2014
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A Brief (I Hope) Absence

Even though the surgery won’t be until tomorrow afternoon, they have me all prepped. Those funky dots are some sort of MRI positioning indicators–I’m not sure what their precise function is, but they have to do with increasing the surgeons’ …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 17th, 2014
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The Mystery Of Flight 370 And Friends On The Internet I Will Never Meet

My mind continues to reflect back to those with loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370*.  Desperate, hopeful, hopeless, an inexplicable truth staring back at them. What can they do? Wait still more? Call?

I picture each of them picking up …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 17th, 2014
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How Two Cameras ushered in the age of Digital Image and Video Documentation

Not long after my mom and dad died before the turn of the century, we finally got around to looking at hundreds of pictures my parents took from their early days as well as my early childhood. The photos brought …

by Tim Bajarin   |   March 14th, 2014
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How Carriers’ Move Away From Phone Subsidies Could Hurt Them

Over the last several months, we’ve seen moves by the US carriers to introduce a new model for paying for devices in addition to the traditional subsidy model. The new model allows customers to pay for their devices over a …

by Jan Dawson   |   March 13th, 2014