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The World Has Gone Mobile

I very seldom recommend a conference to my friends and colleagues but a note about a special mobile conference came to my attention recently that I highly recommend to our industry readers.

One of the smartest guys I know covering the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 29th, 2013
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Ballmer: The Good, The Indifferent, The Bad and The Analysis

QUESTION: Why is it when birds fly in a “V” shape one side is longer?

The answer will be provided, below.

Part 1 of 2

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is going to retire within the next 12 months. There’s a lot of ground to …

by John Kirk   |   August 29th, 2013
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TV: A Faster Slow Death

Television as we know it is doomed and has been for some time. But I thought  broadcasters and cable operators would be able to hold off the inevitable for a long time because their business model, antiquated as it is, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 28th, 2013
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer displays the new Windows Surface tablet at the Qualcomm pre-show keynote at the CES in Las Vegas

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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iTunes Radio: Apple’s Dark Horse for Streaming Music

After Apple’s keynote at WWDC 2013, all anyone could talk about was iOS 7. “It’s so different,” they gasped and everyone carried on about it for weeks. Unfortunately, they disregarded another important announcement from the event: iTunes Radio, the company’s …

by Harry C. Marks   |   August 26th, 2013
1984 redux

My Mad Crazy Brilliant Ideas To Save Apple From Certain Doom

Apple is doomed. No innovation, no market share, no new products, no Steve Jobs. Death  – soon — is all but certain.

This is the consensus, at least, from mobile analysts, Nobel-winning economists and tech bloggers alike. It’s nonsense, of course, the …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 26th, 2013

If Only Steve Jobs Were Alive To Witness The Final Destruction Of Microsoft

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, is officially out — sometime in the next 12 months. Another victim of Steve Jobs and the iPhone.

Blame that crazy, rebellious vision of Jobs which somehow changed the world, rendering Microsoft and the once impervious Windows …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 23rd, 2013

Ballmer is Retiring. A Look Back and A Look Ahead for Microsoft

When I first went to visit Microsoft, the company had only 28 people. In the early days of the PC industry there were no official PC analysts. I happened to be one of the first by default since …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 23rd, 2013
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Who’s The Gorilla And 8 More Questions About the iPhone 5C

Question #1: Is The iPhone 5C coming?

Sure looks that way. The rumors have grown so loud that they’ve become deafening. Let me put it this way: If the iPhone 5C is NOT announced on September 10th at the upcoming Apple …

by John Kirk   |   August 22nd, 2013
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Fear and Loathing and the NSA

In the couple of months since the flood of revelations about National Security Agency internet snooping was unleashed by Edward Snowden, we have seen a great deal of knee jerk reactions on all sides punctuated by an occasional burst of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 21st, 2013

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

I Love The App Store. I Hate The App Store. I Love The App Store. I Hate The App Store.

Apple’s App Store is a bloated, visually appealing, industry-shifting revolution. Forget tales of Google Glass, the Internet of Things or talk of HTML5. The App Store — the home of the humble app — has only just begun to completely …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 19th, 2013

The iPhone’s GOLDEN Opportunity in China

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We are at the point in time with relation to Apple’s September 10th event that we have to start taking …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 18th, 2013
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Why Larry Ellison is wrong about Apple

In a recent TV interview with Charlie Rose, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison raised a few eyebrows when he suggested that Apple best days are over since Steve Jobs is no longer there to be its guiding light. When asked about …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 16th, 2013
Internet Security

The Limits of Cloud Encryption

Revelations of National Security Agency snooping on email and other internet traffic has inspired long-overdue concern about privacy and security–and set off a wave of opportunistic announcements of encrypted services. Adding encryption is a good thing, but you have to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 15th, 2013

The Microsoft Surface is (French) Toast

The Apology

Please allow me to begin by apologizing for the saucy language you are about to encounter. There is simply no way for me to tell the following joke without cursing. I really don’t like cursing (although, I do so …

by John Kirk   |   August 15th, 2013
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The Feature the Next iPhone Should Have

I know nothing about what Apple is going to announce at an iPhone event expected on Sept. 10. But I do know about one feature the is a strong candidate and definitely should be included in the next generation of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 14th, 2013
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Customer Acquisition and the Entry Level iPhone

From an industry and market standpoint, a lower-cost iPhone certainly has the potential to shake up the market. In what ways we can only speculate but there are a few points about an entry level iPhone that are worth …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 13th, 2013

With Help From Silicon Valley, America To Dominate The 21st Century

America will dominate the 21st century – economically and culturally – thanks to our dominance in technology.

Mobile technologies, supplemented by social connectivity, integrated with real-time data, enhanced by location-aware services and all supported by infinitely scalable yet highly personalized digital …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 12th, 2013

The Great Wall of Amazon

I love shopping from Amazon. I always have and as long as they are around–which will be a long time–I always will. There are aspects of this statement I just made that need to be analyzed from a market …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 9th, 2013
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NSA, Google Glass, and Confirmation Bias

Two stories that were literally too good to be true made news this week, one of them silly, the other much more serious. But the fact that both got wide circulation before being corrected shows once again the serious flaws …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 8th, 2013
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“Android Dominance” Is An Oxymoron

Alarm Bells Should Be Ringing At Apple: It’s Getting Absolutely Creamed By Android, Which Now Controls ~80% Of The Smartphone Market ~ Jay Yarrow, Business Insider

No, it’s not.

Definition of an oxymoron:

A figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear …

by John Kirk   |   August 8th, 2013
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Bezos and The Washington Post: Mr. Disruption Buys a Newspaper

You’d think a newspaper would be the last business in need of disruption. Yet Jeff Bezos, whose is the most disruptive force in retailing and perhaps in all of American business, has just plunked down $250 million of his …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 7th, 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

Steve Jobs And The Radical Innovation Of Fair Prices For Great Products

I’ll trade you one Twitter re-tweet and a Facebook Like for two LinkedIn endorsements. Deal? How about if I throw in a recommendation on Yelp?

In a world where it seems as if everything has a value, adjusted in real-time, tailored …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 5th, 2013