Archive for the ‘Featured Tech.pinions’ Category

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Aisle Check

As a technology industry analyst, I spend a lot of time on airplanes both domestically and internationally—demonstrated by my freshly minted United Airlines Premiere Million Miler Card. On the majority of those flights, I make a point to walk up …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 3rd, 2013

An Open Letter To App Developers

The smartphone has quickly become our primary interface to the world. The app has become our primary interface to the smartphone. Apps matter. Therefore, app developers matter. Unfortunately, too many apps, too many app developers, likely in pursuit of riches that …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 2nd, 2013
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The Dangers of Free Shipping

All this happened, more or less.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving I am sitting in my office when a tall, skinny man wearing glasses comes in delivering my mail. This is unusual because I usually walk out to the front to pick …

by Carl Schlachte   |   December 2nd, 2013
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Solving Twitter’s On-Boarding Problem

Whenever I speak with people on the subject of Twitter I always pick up interesting perspectives. It seems there several groups of people in respect to Twitter. There are those who are on it, have figured out how …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 29th, 2013
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Tech Thanksgiving

In the United States, today is the holiday known as Thanksgiving. So rather than write my normal column, I thought I’d devote today’s article to some of those things that I’m most thankful for — but with a tech slant.

We …

by John Kirk   |   November 28th, 2013
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Wheeler’s FCC: Ring Out the Old Fights, Bring in the New

The list of recent of accomplishments at the Federal Communications Commission is pretty short. Although President Obama and his FCC chief, Julius Genachowski, took office with a lot of bold talk, very little has happened in the past five years. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 27th, 2013
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Android is Eating the World

Benedict Evans has a must read slide deck from his mobile is eating the world presentation. I’m going to piggyback on his title a little and tackle the narrative that Android is eating the world. It is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 26th, 2013

Truth And Lies Of Silicon Valley

It’s a privilege to write here, and a joy to focus on the long-term trends in technology, the rise and fall of companies and leaders, and the impact this region has upon not only America, but the entire world. I …

by Brian S Hall   |   November 25th, 2013
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The Golden Goose and the Process of Innovation

Horace Dediu joined Benedict Evans and I on our weekly podcast. Horace wrote something that got me thinking in his post the innovators curse. In this article he used the analogy of the golden goose. As …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 22nd, 2013

Qualcomm Moves to 4K with Snapdragon 805

Qualcomm Technologies is bringing console quality graphics with 4K capture and display capability to mobile devices. The company has introduced the new Snapdragon 805, expanding the already widely popular Snapdragon applications processor SoC family, and promises to change the landscape …

by Jon Peddie   |   November 22nd, 2013
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Smartphones are Becoming the Hub of our Digital Lifestyles

In 2003 I began a series of lectures at conferences entitled “Three Screens of the Digital Lifestyle.” Starting in 2000 I began researching how people were using various screens in their lives and made the assumption that over the next …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 22nd, 2013
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Microsoft: Failing By Design

Microsoft Achieved Its Goal

Microsoft had one of the greatest corporate mission statements of all time:

“A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software.”

And guess what? Incredibly, THEY ACHIEVED THEIR GOAL!1 There IS a computer on nearly …

by John Kirk   |   November 21st, 2013
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XBOX One: Congratulations Microsoft, You Own My Living Room

While the XBOX One is a great gaming console, it is the other features that have more of my interest. Of course these new consoles will play great games but it was the other parts of the story I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 20th, 2013
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Education and the Future of MOOCs

Maybe online course aren’t going to remake the face of higher education after all.

After a fast start, reality seems to be closing in on the world of the massive, open, online courses that were supposed to replace traditional lectures and …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 20th, 2013

The Quantified Car

It is easy to make the assumption that most if not all electric products will have a companion app or be managed by a software platform in the future by a smart screen of some kind. Trying out these solutions …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 19th, 2013

Truth And Lies About Apple

I regularly provide analysis of the computing market, trends inside Silicon Valley, the current state of the smartphone wars. This week, I offer instead my observations on Apple. Starting now…

The persistent view among analysts that Apple can (magically) go down …

by Brian S Hall   |   November 18th, 2013
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UnderArmour Deal Shows Fitness Tech Going Mainstream

If there was any doubt that fitness measurement, whether using wearable devices or sensor-equipped smartphones, is going mainstream it should have been settled Nov. 14  by UnderArmour’s purchase of startup Map My Fitness for $150 million.

Of course, devices such as the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 15th, 2013
Behind Your Back

Mocking Our Customers (Part 2)


I hate people who are intolerant. ~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter

I hate intolerant people. ~ Gloria Steinem

Last week I wrote about intolerance — how we tend to believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, unless, of course, their …

by John Kirk   |   November 14th, 2013
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How I use the iPad Air

I spend most of my working week being extremely mobile. I spend more time mobile during the work week than I do being stationary. This is why, for me, the iPad Air is the perfect mobile computing companion. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 13th, 2013
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A Sneak Peek at a Super Secret Apple Product Plan!

Way back in 1994 when I was working for Motorola, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a breakfast meeting between the then CEO’s of Apple and Motorola, Michael Spindler and Gary Tooker. A lot of preparation goes into …

by Carl Schlachte   |   November 12th, 2013

Finding God In Our Smartphones

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony.”
- Albert Einstein

Smartphones have changed our world. Wearables will change our selves. Together, these amazing devices represent some of humankind’s greatest work, integrating the absolute leading edge of technical prowess, computer engineering, …

by Brian S Hall   |   November 11th, 2013

Android as the Platform For Commodity Electronics

In the most recent episode of my podcast with Benedict Evans we discussed the post PC era and Android’s role in this post PC era. We touch on a number of points but during the course of the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 8th, 2013
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Tablets and the Decline of TVs

Not long after the iPad came out I began to wonder just how much of an impact the iPad would have on the PC market. For 15 years, much of our research at Creative Strategies has looked closely at what …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 8th, 2013

Apple Support: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Apple is a company that inspires both delight and dismay in its customers, sometimes both in the same person and on the same day.

First the good news. My 27″ iMac had been acting weird since I installed Mavericks. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 7th, 2013
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Tech Intolerance (Part 1)

There’s something I don’t understand… there is this thing that people do – a lot of people – that I just do not understand and I will likely never understand…it’s been going on for years, almost a decade now, and …

by John Kirk   |   November 7th, 2013