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A Significant Product Differentiation

Philip Elmer-DeWitt is calling him the man who figures Apple is worth $240 a share. I read his blog post and dove into his theory of ROIC. Something he said stood out to me.

Without significant …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 15th, 2013
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Trouble in the Cloud: Lessons from AP and Bloomberg

Its been a bad week for the cloud. Businesses of all sizes are under a lot of pressure to save money by moving IT operations into the cloud. for many companies, it can be a lot cheaper and more efficient …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 15th, 2013

Only Apple Can Play Apple

It has been a challenging few days in the press for the Microsoft camp. In a positive move, Tami Reller, CFO and head of marketing for Windows, gave more details on how many Windows 8 licenses had …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 14th, 2013
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When Reporting Sales Numbers, Honesty is the Best Policy

Google has activations, Amazon doesn’t release any numbers, Microsoft touts licensees sold. Truly knowing the success of a device or platform is hard when companies selling the devices or supporting the platforms don’t share with us actual sell through …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 13th, 2013
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The Definitive Answer Guide to Which Smartphone You Should Buy

Forget all the rumors of an Apple iWatch. Ignore the surprisingly good reviews of Google Glass. Neither of these will come close to replacing your smartphone. Not for many, many years; probably never. The question is not whether  you will …

by Brian S Hall   |   May 12th, 2013
Bloomberg terminal screen sot

Bloomberg, the Internet, and Trust

We’ve just begun to see the fallout from Bloombgerg LP that, in the word of CEO Dan Doctoroff, “Bloomberg News reporters had access to limited customer relationship management data through their use of the Bloomberg terminal.” In blunter words, Bloomberg …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 12th, 2013

The Rise of “Magging”

Something very interesting is happening in the publishing world, or at least something I think is interesting. The rise of quality digital screens like the iPad and Kindle, along with the ease of distribution through app stores, has …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 10th, 2013

Samsung’s Real Threat to Apple

When the iPhone was introduced, a Sr. Apple exec put the iPhone on a table in front of me and asked me what I saw? I replied by saying that I saw a black piece of glass on the table. …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 10th, 2013

Our New Look

Many of our regular readers may have noticed something different with our site this morning. We have upgraded our look. This is the first major redesign of Tech.pinions since we launched the site in June of 2011. The goal was …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   May 9th, 2013
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Apple Is Playing Chicken With The Mobile Carriers

“The game of chicken, also known as the hawk-dove game or snow-drift game, is an influential model of conflict for two players in game theory. The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to …

by John Kirk   |   May 9th, 2013

Can Microsoft Compete in a Post-PC World?

Microsoft says it sold 100 million licenses for Windows 8 in the six months it was on sale. Not spectacular, but not bad either. But for Windows RT, Widows 8′s tablet-friendly little brother, things haven’t been so hot. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 8th, 2013

The Difference Between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

Yesterday Bill Gates took some heat in the media when he proclaimed that Windows 8 and Surface tablets are giving the masses what they really want in a tablet product. I watched his remarks in the CNBC video and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 7th, 2013
Aspire R7 photo (Acer)

Time to upgrade Your PC

While preparing for a presentation I was going to give, I looked at some historical data. I like to do that to set the stage for my talks and give the audience a chance to get in synch with my …

by Jon Peddie   |   May 6th, 2013

On the Impact of Paul Otellini’s CEO Years at Intel

Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini is retiring in May 2013. His 40-year career at Intel now ending, it’s a timely opportunity to look at his impact on Intel.

Intel As Otellini Took Over

In September 2004 when it was announced that Paul Otellini would …

by Peter Kastner   |   May 6th, 2013
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Re-thinking Winners and Losers In Tech

There are narratives that circle the technology industry that are wearing out their welcome. The primary one, and the one where I wish more intelligent heads would prevail, is the narrative that there can only be one winner in this …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 5th, 2013
Aspire P3 (Acer)

Windows 8: Hardware Innovation Is Outpacing the Software


Windows 8 hasn’t spurred a boom in PC sales, but it certainly is inspiring some unusual hardware designs. The problem, though, is that no one seems able to quite master Windows’ touch and keyboard-plus-mouse dual personality.

Acer is the latest to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 3rd, 2013
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Tom Wheeler and the FCC: The Challenges Ahead

President Obama announces the nomination of Thomas Wheeler (right)

Thomas Wheeler has been influencing  communications policy in Washington for a long time, but always from the sidelines. He ran what was then the National Cable Television Association and then …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 2nd, 2013

FileMaker Can Settle the iPad Productivity Argument

Of all the endless arguments that roil the tech world, there is none I find more tiresome than the endless debate over whether the iPad can be used for “real work.” My iPad has been an indispensable part of my working …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 24th, 2013
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Poll: PC Purchasing Intent

Whether you are in the market for a new PC or not, we would love to hear your feedback on what is keeping you from upgrading your current PC. Feel free to fill in your answer if it is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 23rd, 2013

The PCs New Role as an Appliance

I have written and spoken often about my conviction that the role of the PC is changing. The personal computer as defined by a desktop and clamshell form factor was, for many years, the only PC in our lives. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 22nd, 2013
Time concept: Time for Change on smartphone

The PC Industry of the Past Is Not the PC Industry of the Future

We are, without question, an industry in transition. The 500 lb. gorillas who once dominated the technology industry are experiencing and undergoing major transitions and a new type of growing pain. And for many, this is extremley painful. These titans …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 19th, 2013

The Opinion Cast: The PC Slumps

There are a lot of questions and raging debates about the future of the traditional PC form factor. The Bajarin’s discuss a few recent columns where they have shared thoughts on what they believe will happen going forward.

You …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   April 18th, 2013
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Touch Computing Is Touching Every Part Of Our Lives

We Live In Amazing Times

We live in amazing times. The modern smartphone (really, a portable pocket computer) is only 6 years old. The modern tablet is only 3 years old. Yet the combination of the internet, simplified touch computing, wireless …

by John Kirk   |   April 18th, 2013

Cord-cutters Beware: It’s Going To Get Expensive

The are many reasons why television viewers choose to cut the cord, to be among the 15% or so of Americans who get by without a cable or satellite feed. But probably the most important is the desire to pay …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 17th, 2013

Facebook Home’s Uniquely Flawed Experience Examined

Facebook announced last week their new experience for Android smartphones, called Facebook Home. This is Facebook’s first major attempt to control more of the phone’s experience without actually selling a phone.   Facebook Home is pre-installed on the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 16th, 2013