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How many computers do we need?

There was a thought I alluded to in last week’s Tech.pinions podcast I want to expand. It’s the idea we’re now surrounded by many different computers in a variety of form factors and that one of the biggest questions for our …

by Jan Dawson   |   October 9th, 2014
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Samsung’s Cautionary Tale

Yesterday, Samsung issued a Q3 2014 guidance update stating they will miss expectations. The report says profit is down nearly 60%. For many of us, this was entirely expected. If this estimate holds up, Samsung’s operating profit chart looks like …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 8th, 2014

Is Windows Still Relevant?

To say that the past week has been an interesting one for the PC market is one heck of an understatement. Between Microsoft’s first official preview of Windows 10 and HP’s announced split into two companies, there has been an …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 7th, 2014

The Death of the PC Business

Hewlett-Packard’s decision to split the company into two businesses, one selling PCs and printers, the other offering services and high end business network equipment, marks the end of their run in the 35-year computer industry. In a sense, it’s an …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 6th, 2014

I Want It Later! Building The Inconvenience Economy.

As I stood in line with a giddy gaggle of high pants hipsters, each eagerly anticipating the drip, drip of their very own drip coffee from the sainted Blue Bottle, conversations were many and temporary friendships took brief flight.

I looked up …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 6th, 2014
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Tech Geeks, Apple Watch And The Upcoming Fashion Apocalypse

What Is A Tech Geek?

Definition: “Tech Geek”

Someone with ridiculous skills on a computer/phone/iPod/other electronical device and scares us mere earthlings. they have a habit of breaking these after stretching them beyond their ability for normal usage. they also sometimes know …

by John Kirk   |   October 4th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Strategy

This week Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Ben Bajarin discuss the recent news around Windows 10 and what it means for Microsoft’s future. They also discuss some overall PC trends and how they may impact Microsoft’s strategy with Windows as …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   October 3rd, 2014
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In New Job Steve Ballmer Forces Windows on the L.A. Clippers

I was fascinated to read a recent article about Steve Ballmer and how, in his role as owner of the L.A. Clippers, he has told his entire staff to get rid of their iPads. From now on they will be a …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 3rd, 2014

Windows 10: Fixing the Windows 8 Mistake

Back in February, I wrote a post called “The Windows 8 Mistake“, which outlined my perception of the reasons why Microsoft did what it did with Windows 8, why it was wrong to do so, and why Windows 8 was …

by Jan Dawson   |   October 2nd, 2014
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Business Too Good at the Apple Store

I have been visiting Washington area Apple Stores since the first one in the country opened at Tysons Corner, VA. So I was a little shocked today when I discovered a chaotic Apple Store at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 1st, 2014
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Apple Defines Wearables as Fashionable Computing

Apple pioneered the PC, the mouse-driven PC, the digital music player, the modern laptop, the smartphone, and the tablet. Steve Jobs directed the creation of each of these transformative products, collaborating with Steve Wozniak, Jon Rubinstein, Jony Ive, and others …

by Avi Greengart   |   October 1st, 2014

Tablet and Smartphone Futures: Specialization

As the markets for tablets and smartphones continue to mature and saturate, I believe we’re heading towards some important changes. Specifically, I think the time for mass market smartphones and tablets is rapidly nearing an end.

It’s not that we won’t …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 30th, 2014

Mars Needs Indians. Earth Needs Women. The Internet Needs Balloons.

Question: What can a country with over a billion people and a per capita GDP of $4,000 do with the cash it costs to make a middling Hollywood blockbuster?

Answer: Send a spacecraft to Mars! On their first try!

We do not seem to …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 29th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: BlackBerry Passport, iPhone 6 “Bendgate”

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, Jan Dawson and Ben Bajarin discuss the release of BlackBerry’s Passport phone and analyze the impact of the Apple controversies around the bending of iPhone 6′s and glitches …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 27th, 2014
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How Apple’s Business Model Burned Samsung

I have been amused by Samsung’s current TV ads saying they were first to market with a smartphone over 5 inches and staking claim to being the one who blazed the trail and showed the market there was demand for larger …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 26th, 2014
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The man, the boy, the donkey and the iPhone

There’s an Aesop’s Fable about a man, a boy and a donkey. In short form, the story goes like this: A man, his son, and their donkey set off for the market. At first, all three are walking but soon, …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 25th, 2014
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The Communication Possibilities of Digital Touch

It is not hard to look back at technology innovation cycles and see how technology has advanced and impacted how we communicate. From the pencil, to the printing press, to computers, to the internet, and more recently our smartphones, all …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 24th, 2014
Mobile App Ecosystem

Is the App Ecosystem Sustainable?

The focus on mobility and mobile platforms as the growth engines for the tech industry’s future is now so engrained into most people’s heads that it seems nearly blasphemous to suggest there could be faults in that thinking. But there’s …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 23rd, 2014

Thoughts On Apple

Let’s start with the bad news: The Apple Watch. This beautiful, technological marvel is, in my view, the device our future selves point back to as delineating when Apple changed forever.

Not necessarily for the good.

The company long known for delivering …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 22nd, 2014

Apple Watch Claim Chowder

People really love to hate Apple. It should be considered a disorder at this point. ~ J. Gobert (@MrGobert)

The Apple Watch may or may not fail, but the analysis of the Watch has already failed. People just cannot wait to …

by John Kirk   |   September 21st, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple iPhone 6 Launch and Its Impact

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, and Ben Bajarin discuss the impact of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the market and their potential impact on Samsung and others.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 20th, 2014
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Why Apple Never Targeted Sapphire Screens for the New iPhones

When Apple and GT Advanced announced a partnership to make and purchase sapphire screens, most of the media jumped to the conclusion Apple was going to use them in their upcoming smartphones. However, when the iPhones were launched and no sapphire …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 19th, 2014
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Microsoft and Google’s platform problems

Microsoft and Google appear to be moving in different directions when it comes to their platforms and first party hardware, as I’ve written about before. However, in some respects they’re fighting the very same battle when it comes to platforms …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 18th, 2014
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2015: The Battle For Our Body Begins

Much of the battleground of computing throughout tech history has been for our desks, our laps, and our pockets. In 2015, the battleground for our body will begin. It can be argued that battle had already begun but my firm …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 17th, 2014

The Wearable-Identity Connection

Two of the hottest topics in technology these days are smart wearable devices and digital identities. The former, thanks in part to last week’s unveiling of the Apple Watch, has captured the attention of nearly everyone recently, while the latter …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 16th, 2014