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Attention Tech.pinions Insiders: We Have Some New Features

As we continue to evolve our Industry Insider analysis service, we continue to get good ideas. Insiders has grown already much faster and much larger than I could have expected from when we launched the service. Thanks to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 7th, 2014
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The Sky is Falling!

If you read too much of the tech media you sometimes get the impression that the tech world is ending. The PC industry is in decline and many are quick to declare it dead. Now, our love affair with …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 7th, 2014

What Kind of a Computer Is That?

This is the question I get asked most when I use my current iPad set up in public.1. People see my iPad and keyboard set up and assume it is some new type of computer they haven’t seen before.
From …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 6th, 2014
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Why Nadella Could Be Poised for Microsoft Success

From left: Chairman John Thompson, CEO Satya Nadella, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer

When Richard Nixon was elected president, Herblock, the ascerbic Washington Post cartoonist who loved to draw Nixon with a menacing 5 o’clock shadow, promised the new president a clean shave. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 5th, 2014
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My Blueprint for the Future of Microsoft

As an analyst I have covered Microsoft close up and personal since 1981. When I first went to visit Microsoft in 1982 they were in their red brick buildings in Bellevue, WA and had less than 100 employees if my …

by Tim Bajarin   |   February 4th, 2014
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Computing Redefined: A Smart Connected Devices Forecast

The market for smart connected devices is changing and it’s doing so at a rate that’s even faster than most people realize. In the process, the whole conception of what computing is, where it happens and even what means is …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   February 4th, 2014

The Death Of iPhone. The Death Of Android. The Rebirth Of Facebook.

Well, that was a heckuva week.

Google sells Motorola for billions less than they paid for it. Apple sells millions fewer iPhones than nearly everyone expected, then directs guidance lower. Facebook becomes a mobile first company, for real this time. Amazon …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 3rd, 2014

Lenovo’s Goal of Tech World Domination

You may not know it yet but Lenovo has grand ambitions to become one of the most powerful tech companies on the planet. Their original move to buy IBM’s PC business set this goal in motion and has become the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 31st, 2014
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Unified OS Advocates Are Out Of “Touch” With Reality

Last week, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were interviewed as part of the Mac’s 30th anniversary. They — in no uncertain terms — slammed the door shut on the idea that Apple was planning on merging iOS (the …

by John Kirk   |   January 30th, 2014

Just A Toy

As part of my Photo 365 project, in which I take a photo every day of the year, I snapped this the other day:

I won’t mention the expletive I used in the photo’s caption, but suffice it to say that …

by Steven Aquino   |   January 29th, 2014
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Cracks Are Growing in the TV Business Model

On the surface, the television business seems to be sailing through stormy seas on a relatively even keel. Viewership is holding up even in the face of ever-growing alternatives. Comcast, in the course of reporting a strong quarter, said that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 29th, 2014

The Apple Problem

Apple’s most recent quarterly earnings, as usual, have generated an enormous amount of press, a staggering amount of pontificating and lots of interesting questions. On the one hand, the initial after hours market reaction has been swift and to the …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   January 28th, 2014

Surprise! Apple Execs Use The Mac Anniversary To Dis Microsoft.

When Apple executives speak to the press, pay attention. They may dodge. They may fail to disclose some facts, overemphasize others. But, and this is critical, Apple executives who speak on the record always reveal what they are thinking.

Surprise. Apple …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 27th, 2014

Mac at 30: The Shadow of a Smile

Ben Bajarin points out that a key characteristic of Apple for the past 30 years has to make things as simple as possible for users and the same spirit that motivated the Mac in 1984 drives the iPad today. I’ll …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 24th, 2014
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The Mac Then and the iPad Now

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Mac. My father was one of the few industry analysts there to witness the the birth of the Mac and wrote a great piece reflecting on the Mac’s role in computing over …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 24th, 2014
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In Defense of Yahoo Tech

Ever since Marissa Mayer took hold of Yahoo, she and her team have been updgrading the company’s online offerings to better compete in a rapidly changing arena. First came Flickr and the Yahoo Weather App, and now the former search …

by Harry C. Marks   |   January 24th, 2014
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Inverse Innovation Inanity

At Forbes, Chunka Mui1 writes:

If you desire a wise answer, you must ask a reasonable question. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Will Tim Cook Be the Next Steve Ballmer?

His initial premise seems reasonable:

Like Ballmer, (Tim) Cook’s legacy will be defined by …

by John Kirk   |   January 23rd, 2014
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Windows 8 is Worse Than Vista (for Microsoft)

Hewlett-Packard created a bit of a stir this week it promoted its PCs by announcing that it was bringing back Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft replaced nearly a year and a half ago. Despite claims such as “HP …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 22nd, 2014
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The 2-in-1s People Might Want

With the PC industry in the doldrums, there’s been a lot of attention focused on new ideas designed to reinvigorate customers’ interest as well as bring some excitement and new sales to the market. One of the most talked-about examples …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   January 21st, 2014

Is Yahoo Even Worth Trying To Save?

Is there any reason to save Yahoo? I say no. 

What does Yahoo do? What is Yahoo for? What is Yahoo great at? What is Yahoo even good at? 

Yahoo does not have the best technology, nor the best content. Yahoo does …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 20th, 2014
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How The Internet of Everything will Impact Healthcare Insurers

If you have been reading my columns over the last few years you know that I have had some serious health problems. In June of 2012 I had a triple bypass and have spent the last 18 months recovering and …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 17th, 2014
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Blind, Deaf, Dumb & Broken Computer Metaphors

In Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge, neurobiologist and Nobel Prize–winner Gerald Edelman1 theorizes that…pattern recognition and metaphor is the basis for all thinking. When we discover something new, unknown or abstract, we use metaphor as a bridge from …

by John Kirk   |   January 16th, 2014
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CES: The Company That Wasn’t There


Steve Ballmer in happier times, at CES 2012

For many years, Microsoft set the tone for CES with a keynote the evening before the annual consumer electronics extravaganza opened. It was always heavily attended and heavily covered, and there was …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 15th, 2014
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The Post-Tablet Era

Coming off what will undoubtedly be the best quarter that tablet sales have ever seen, you might wonder if I’m a bit crazy calling 2014 the potential start of the post-tablet era, but hear me out. In truth, 2014 could …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   January 14th, 2014

The Smartphone Wars Pivot And I Jump To Windows Phone

The smartphone wars are over. Apple won.

They are not the only winner, of course, just the biggest. I confess I do not fully appreciate the many moving parts of a Korean chaebol, nor understand Korean accounting practices. Such caveats notwithstanding, …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 13th, 2014