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The Disappeared

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
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In Praise of Computational Complexity

Nvidia Fermi GPGPU processor

In our fascination with tablets and smartphones, new paradigms have drastically simplified the way we interact with our daily technology. But have we forgotten how much of the growing capability is based on soaring computational capability …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 12th, 2014
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Wearables Cautionary Tale

Like many new industries, the smart wearables market is filled with lots of startups looking to create interesting new products and build a successful business. Unlike previous hot trend markets, however, the launch of the wearables market also happened to …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   March 11th, 2014
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Why I Fear Apple CarPlay

I am excited by Apple CarPlay. But mostly terrified. 

Excited, because I love constant, unbroken access to my phone, music, apps, maps, search, contacts, tweets, email — everything on my smartphone, in fact.

Terrified, because I have significant doubts that …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 10th, 2014
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Milk: Samsung Shows its Software Chops

Samsung is introducing a new Internet Radio service called Milk. I had the opportunity to get some hands on time with the service and speak with Samsung executives about the new product and strategy. There are a number of important …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 7th, 2014
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In iCloud I Trust

Given the beating Apple’s cloud services often take, I am sure you will be surprised at what I am about to say. I like iCloud. I rely on it quite a bit. What’s more, I trust iCloud. My expectations for …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 7th, 2014
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Future PC Part 2: Evolution and Resurrection

Apu Kumar has held senior leadership roles at iconic technology brands as well as early stage start-ups, Hewlett-Packard, Phoenix Technologies, CNET.com, mySimon and is currently the SVP, Chief Deal Hacker at BlueStacks – GamePop. This is part 1 of a …

by Apu Kumar   |   March 6th, 2014
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Taking Apple TV beyond a hobby

Apple’s TV device made the headlines again this past week when Tim Cook mentioned at the annual shareholder event that it was a billion-dollar business for the company in the last fiscal year. Apple subsequently made clear that this included …

by Jan Dawson   |   March 6th, 2014
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Does India Exist for Apple?

India is considered to be the next big superpower and second largest market for smartphones. It is a country Apple often ignores in their giant plans to get iOS to concur the smart phone world. Sure, bureaucratic hurdles do exist, …

by Berges Malu   |   March 5th, 2014
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The Future PC

Apu Kumar has held senior leadership roles at iconic technology brands as well as early stage start-ups, Phoenix Technologies, CNET.com, mySimon and is currently the SVP, Chief Deal Hacker at BlueStacks – GamePop. This is part 1 of a 2 …

by Apu Kumar   |   March 4th, 2014
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The New Platform Battle

For decades now, debates have raged, developers have been wooed and dollars have been spent trying to convince the world of the value of various consumer-focused computing platforms. From the early days of Apple DOS, AmigaOS, Atari TOS, and MS-DOS; …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   March 4th, 2014
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But Apple Is For Old People! Where iWatch And Apple Have The Last Laugh.

Anybody still recall when Apple’s chief competitors went about mocking the company for being, well, technology designed for older people? Those attacks came to an abrupt end in large part because Apple kept on printing money. I suspect, however, there …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 3rd, 2014
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I’m Back, But What an Interesting Week It Has Been

Reading my reports here and there, probably mostly on Facebook, you may have heard the stories about me, so I’ll fill in quickly. I only had a very slight headache, but on Sunday afternoon, I started pronouncing some things very …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 28th, 2014
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How to make Devices and Services work for Microsoft

Back in 2012, Microsoft’s then CEO Steve Ballmer started talking about Microsoft as a Devices and Services company rather than as a software company. This was a major strategic shift, and it was behind major moves like the launch of …

by Jan Dawson   |   February 28th, 2014
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Who Won The Mobile Tech Olympics?

Business is a combination of war and sport. ~ André Maurois

The Long Summer Of The Microsoft Monopoly Olympics

Computing was pretty simple for the last 15 years: PC plus a browser. Both are splintering now. ~ Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans)

Once upon a …

by John Kirk   |   February 27th, 2014
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A Technological Worldview

Webster’s dictionary defines a worldview as the way someone thinks about the world. Everyone has a worldview whether they know it or not. This word came up often during many of my sociology and psychology classes. It came up even …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 26th, 2014
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Watch What Happens

One of the hottest topics in personal technology these days is the smart watch, one of several new categories of smart wearable devices. The idea with a smart watch is to offer tidbits of “glanceable” information and various types of …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   February 25th, 2014
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Nokia’s Bold Move Supporting Android

Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced a new family of affordable smartphones called the Nokia X. What is notable is that these devices are not coming from Nokia’s Smart Devices group which creates the Lumia and ships Windows Phone …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 24th, 2014
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How Is It Possible That Google Is So Bad At What It Should Be Great At?

Mark Zuckerberg cooly plunked down $19 large last week for a SMS-like app that most Americans had never used, probably never will. The move was labelled bold, brilliant, strategic. Zuckerberg branded a badass, a visionary, the next Steve Jobs. I …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 24th, 2014
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iWatch: It’s About The Ecosystem

When you are as big as Apple only certain markets work because real growth must come in staggeringly huge increments. Only platforms matter—not technologies—because platforms become ecosystems; properly nurtured, they are self sustaining. Witness the iPhone: a radio, a screen, …

by Carl Schlachte   |   February 21st, 2014
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The Windows 8 Mistake

The CEO succession at Microsoft and the approaching Build conference have made Windows 8 a hot topic again, raising lots of questions about where the OS goes from here. While there are lots of theories, few people seem to be …

by Jan Dawson   |   February 20th, 2014
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Cable and the Internet: A Strange, Unraveling Future

What a crazy world has been created by the dealings of giant telecommunications companies and cable operators, not to mention broadcasters, video producers, content creators, and internet subscribers. It is almost impossible to predict what the situation will be five …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 19th, 2014
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Talkin’ ’bout Touchpads

A great deal has been written recently about the challenges that the PC market faces in comparison to other product categories, such as smartphones and tablets. But there hasn’t been much discussion about some of the self-inflicted wounds that PC …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   February 18th, 2014