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Apple’s WWDC: Instant Analyses


Through the graciousness of Techpinions and Apple Inc., I was able to attend the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), held this past Monday, June 10, 2013. I have a couple of in-depth articles that I’m working on, but since …

by John Kirk   |   June 13th, 2013
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An Old Mystery Solved: Project C-43 and Public Key Encryption

For most of history, it was believed that the only way a message could be encrypted was if the sender and the receiver shared the secret of srambling and unscrambling the text. That view changed sharply in 1976, when Stanford …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 13th, 2013
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Apple and Microsoft Desktop OSes: Two Models, One Winner

When Apple and Microsoft contemplated software for a new world in which tablets were taking over much of the work once done on traditional PCs, it quickly became clear that they were following very different paths. Microsoft opted for an …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 12th, 2013
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Why I Prefer Convertibles Over Notebooks

Ever since Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at the BUILD event in 2011, it was apparent that the Windows PC future was touch, gestures, tablets, convertibles, and hybrids.    Intel’s unveiling the following year at Computex 2012 with a …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 11th, 2013

iOS 7: A New Beginning for iOS

It took only a few minutes of seeing the iOS 7 preview for me to sarcastically say to myself “yep, Apple’s done innovating.” Something of course I would never be foolish enough to believe, yet so many people seem …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 10th, 2013

Apple, Diversity, and Why It Succeeds

Quite possibly, the single most important action undertaken by Tim Cook as CEO of Apple was when he fired Scott Forstall - so often referred to as “the next Steve Jobs.” There were likely many reasons for Cook’s move, but the overarching …

by Brian S Hall   |   June 10th, 2013

Should Apple Make a Larger Screen iPhone?

One of the things that has become very clear about the smartphone wars is that one size does not fit all. People want choices whether it be a particular smartphone OS, the size, or specific features they want or need …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 7th, 2013
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What the Government Knows About Your Phone Calls

A remarkable story by Glenn Greenwald in the British daily The Guardian yesterday revealed a secret court order requiring Verizon Communications to give the National Security Agency information about every telephone call, international or domestic, made to or from phone numbers in the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 6th, 2013
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Google’s Android Activations Are A Lot Less Cash Cow And A Lot More Bull. And That’s OK.

Author’s note: Many of the commentators aren’t even reading the article but, instead, are basing their comments on the article’s title alone. Let me throw one final analogy into the mix in the hopes of clarifying my position:

Apple is in …

by John Kirk   |   June 6th, 2013
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The Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing

“The age of labor arbitrage is over,” General Electric CEO Jeff Imelt declared at the D11 conference last week.

Signs that he is right are all around us. Today, Lenovo–a Chinese company owned partly by the Chinese government–opened its first U.S. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 5th, 2013

What I Will be Looking For at WWDC

Rather than make some wild predictions about Apple’s upcoming worldwide developer conference, I thought it would be more interesting to share the key things I’ll be looking for that I believe are important strategic themes.

Tighter Integration

Being in the post-PC …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 5th, 2013
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Learning To Love the Chromebook (and Succeeding)

I have been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google announced them. What could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for most of its functionality. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 5th, 2013
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Are the Latest 10”+ Android Devices DOA?

I’ll admit it, I have a love-hate relationship with Android. I love it as a phone choice, love it on 7” tablets, but think it provides a lousy experience on anything 10” display and above. I’m not alone …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 4th, 2013
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Why We Keep Hearing About “Internet of Things”

I must admit I’m really excited about all the dialogue surrounding the Internet of Things. I’ve spent the last eight years focusing on the Connected Home, and now I’m finally seeing some of the use cases from my old …

by Nate Williams   |   June 3rd, 2013
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Platforms, Market Share, Profits, and the Future

If anything, John’s column on Android’s market share has stirred a good discussion around the market share vs. profit share debate. Some may argue that this discussion isn’t relevant to end consumers who really don’t care. To that …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 31st, 2013
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Apple’s Insularity Could Get Dangerous

It started with a question I asked Apple CEO Tim Cook during his presentation Tuesday at the D11 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Noting that Microsoft and Google offered cloud solutions that provided access to a wide variety of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 30th, 2013
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4 Mobile Business Models, 4 Ways To Keep Score

The hundred meter dash, archery, weightlifting and the long jump are four very different Olympic sports with four very different methods of keeping score. The hundred meter dash is scored on speed. Archery is scored on accuracy. Weightlifting is scored …

by John Kirk   |   May 30th, 2013
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Trying To Love Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows 8 in one form or another for well over a year and I keep hoping that it will become as comfortable as every other version I have used, going back nearly a quarter century to Windows …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 29th, 2013

Platform Wars: Some Things Will Never Change

Regular readers of Tech.pinions will know that John Kirk’s column last week on Android’s market share being a joke, went massively viral. As I watched the stats of real-time visitors and new hourly spikes of traffic I was truly amazed. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 28th, 2013
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Microsoft and Google’s Game of “Office Chicken” is Just Alienating Users

Google and Microsoft are battling it out on a lot of fronts, but many times there is little collateral damage to end users. Unfortunately, in a few cases, end users have been cast aside in the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 28th, 2013

The Dividing Line Between Human and Replicant Already Happened

In the film, Iron Man 3, the good guys encase themselves in tech. The bad guys put the tech inside their bodies. This is telling. Hollywood – and most of America – remains oddly uncomfortable with the notion of technology …

by Brian S Hall   |   May 27th, 2013
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The Perils of Market Share

If you’re on this site, you probably know we have had a lively debate going on for the past couple of days about the meaning and value of market share in the smartphone market. I thought it might be valuable …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 24th, 2013
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Apple vs. Android: The Open Factor

Judging by the comments on John Kirk’s post “Android’s Market Share Is Literally a Joke,” we are well into another operating system religious war. As is always the case in religious wars, it’s tough to make sense of the the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 24th, 2013

Why Google is Not the New Microsoft

My history with the PC industry is very long. I got to work on the original IBM PC with Don Estridge’s team in Boca Raton and saw up close and personal how the PC industry developed and how the value …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 24th, 2013
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Apple and the Washington Shakedown

Columnist Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner has a good article on Apple’s problems in Washington, well worth reading is you want to learn something about how the capital really works.

In the popular view of political corruption, lobbyists and PACs shower politicians with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 23rd, 2013