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My Tech Industry Predictions for 2013

Each year, about this time, I put out a list of predictions for the coming year. I have been doing this for 23 years and over that time have I have had a reasonable level of success with these predictions. …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 14th, 2012

The Opinion Cast: How Does Microsoft Move Forward?

In this Opinion Cast we focused mostly on Microsoft and what they need to do going forward to continue to compete. We also got to talking about what it means that Apple will start ramping up their efforts to assemble …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 13th, 2012
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Maps for iOS: What Does Google Have Against Tablets?

Google’s failure to understand that a tablet is something other than a really big phone is becoming one of the great mysteries of the technology world. The Android tablet business has been crippled by a lack of dedicated tablet apps, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 13th, 2012

Google’s Directionless Map Strategy

Marco Arment on Google Maps:

What this timing (of Google Maps) really shows is how much Google needs to be on iOS. They’re primarily in the business of reaching as many people as possible so they can build up as much …

by John Kirk   |   December 13th, 2012

How Technology Has Touched My Life

Last week, Ben Bajarin shared the top 5 technologies that changed his life. Yesterday, Steve Wildstrom talkied about how computers had changed his life. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my old technology war stories.


When I was in …

by John Kirk   |   December 13th, 2012
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How To Make Windows 8 Great

There has been a lot of discussion here lately, both in posts such as Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids and Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware? about the failings and the potential of Windows 8. So inspired …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 12th, 2012
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How I Met My Computer: Technologies That Changed My Life

I got into computers because I was fascinated by a friend’s programming manual. It was at the University of Michigan, probably in early 1966, when I had my first look at The MAD Manual, a beguiling guide to the Michigan Algorithm …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 12th, 2012

Toward a More Informed Discussion on Android

There are a lot of things that bother me about the discussion among the pundits related to Android. John Kirk has done a great job looking at the business issues around Android from a business perspective so I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 10th, 2012
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Why Apple Manufacturing Needs Few Workers

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that the company would do some Mac assembly in the U.S. brought on a flurry of publicity vastly disproportionate to the importance of the development. It’s good that manufacturers see opportunities for U.S. operations for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 8th, 2012
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Why Windows 8 Drives Me Nuts

I had a hard drive fail in a couple-year-old ThinkPad this week, so I decided to use the opportunity to install Windows 8 on a completely clean system. The installation was painless except for a bit of difficulty in getting …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 7th, 2012
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Microsoft, IBM, and AT&T: History Comes Around

In his post “Why the Wheels Are Falling Off at Microsoft,” John Kirk paints a bleak picture of the company’s future. It got me thinking about a relevant bit of history about how rich companies handle existential challenges. Around 1990, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 7th, 2012

Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids

[dc]W[/dc]hen Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, he went to great pains to emphasize that the iPad was mainly for content and media consumption. Interestingly, he never even suggested that it could also be used for any form …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 7th, 2012

Macs Were Already Being Assembled in the USA

News about Apple looking to have more of their Mac line of products assembled in the USA made for interesting headlines today. What is interesting is that some amount of Macs were already being assembled here in the USA. iFixit, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 6th, 2012

More Amazing Amazonian Mathematics

Amazon announced today that “[a]pp downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.” ~ via Gigaom

Of course, we don’t know 500% of what, but what the hey, 500 is a big number, right? We …

by John Kirk   |   December 6th, 2012

Why The Wheels Are Falling Off Microsoft

This week, highly respected web and technolgy analyst, Mary Meeker, released her end of the year 2012 report on internet trends. The slide deck is 88 slides long and is highly recommended. You can view it here.

As I reviewed Ms. …

by John Kirk   |   December 6th, 2012

Microsoft’s Strongest Asset is XBOX Not Office

I’m sure if you surveyed many in the industry and asked them what Microsoft’s greatest asset to leverage going forward would be you would get a range of answers. I’m sure people would offer up Windows or Office …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 5th, 2012
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Can Big Data Make Us Healthier?

I spent some time this week at the Mobile Health Summit, an annual Washington event featuring the latest in mobile health-related technologies. The exhibition hall was filled with sensor-based devices that can track blood pressure, body weight, blood glucose, pill-taking …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 5th, 2012
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Marty Cooper’s Billion Dollar Spectrum Contest Idea

It has been almost 40 years since Martin Cooper made the mobile phone call that earned him the title of father of the cell phone. Today he is still active in the industry, looking for ways to make mobile better. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 4th, 2012

The 5 Technologies that Changed My Life

I thought it would be interesting to kick off a series where each of our columnists would share the top 5 technologies that changed and profoundly impacted our lives, along with the reasons why. Technology has shaped and is shaping …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 3rd, 2012

The Opinion Cast (podcast): Market Share, Windows 8, and Profits

In this Opinion Cast we discuss a number of important topics related to the industry. Although the year is wrapping up, there is still a lot to discuss and opine about. Here is the topical overview from …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 30th, 2012

My Notebook and I are Growing Apart

I can’t help but have the feeling as of late that a close friend and I are growing more distant. These feelings are encapsulated with gratitude, sorrow, and also an understanding that it is for the better. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 30th, 2012

Why Android’s Market Share Is No Threat To Apple’s iOS Platform

iOS Is Winning The Profit Battles

Everyone concedes that Apple’s iOS is currently winning the mobile profit battles. However, many pundits still contend that Apple is losing the mobile wars because Apple does not have the most market share. How can …

by John Kirk   |   November 29th, 2012

Open vs. Closed Systems: What the Future Holds

Since the beginning of the personal computing era. there has been a struggle for dominance between open and closed systems. The early open CP/M computers gave way to the relatively closed Apple ][. The closed Mac was beaten by the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 28th, 2012

Dear Amazon: You don’t get to use words like “double”

On Tuesday, Amazon issued a press release entitled: “Worldwide Kindle Device Sales More Than Double Last Year’s Record Over Holiday Shopping Weekend.”

Here’s the thing, Amazon. You never told us last year’s sales numbers. In fact, you never told us ANY …

by John Kirk   |   November 28th, 2012

Black Friday Is Morphing Into Black Week

Margaret Hartmann at New York Magazine postulates that Black Friday is morphing into Black Weekend:

According to the research firm ShopperTrak, sales on Friday were down 1.8 percent from last year, which is the first dip since the recession hit in …

by John Kirk   |   November 27th, 2012