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Silicon Valley Owes A Debt Of Gratitude To The Movie Real Genius. We All Do.

I owe much to the movie Real Genius. I think Silicon Valley also owes this great film its gratitude. Indeed, if you love Silicon Valley, its culture, its vision, its bold, disruptive ethos and hacker creed, its belief in the expansive …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 17th, 2014
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My Blueprint for the Future of Microsoft-Part 2

In a recent column I wrote what I called my Blueprint for the future of Microsoft. In it, I proposed that Microsoft be broken into three separate companies or divisions – one focusing on IT, Enterprise and Business; one focusing …

by Tim Bajarin   |   February 14th, 2014
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Facebook and Twitter’s growth challenge

Facebook and Twitter are at different points in their histories: Facebook just celebrated its 10th anniversary, generates profits each quarter, and has become a dominant force in global social networking, while Twitter has a fraction of Facebook’s users, loses money …

by Jan Dawson   |   February 14th, 2014
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Apple Is Doomed…Yet Again

Yukari Iwatani Kane is a former Apple beat reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Her book, “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” is due out in March.

I respect everyone. I even respect journalists. ~ Alexander Popov

From an article in the …

by John Kirk   |   February 13th, 2014
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Google vs. Android

One of the more interesting narratives that is starting to become mainstream is the knowledge that there are versions of Google’s Android operating system which compete directly with Google’s Android operating system. Google offers to the world a clean, and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 12th, 2014
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Why Health Care Is Not the Future for Apple

As Apple looks about for ways to extend the iPhone-iPad ecosystem, personal health care seems like a natural. The iOS devices are already extremely popular with health care professionals, and apps that supply health information to doctors are among the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 12th, 2014

Microsoft and Android

According to this report Microsoft is pulling in healthy revenue from Android. We knew that Microsoft was holding on to patents which many Android OEMs are using and now paying Microsoft a fee. Microsoft may very well be making nearly …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 11th, 2014
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The Multi OS Conundrum

The worldwide market for smart connected devices continues to be a battleground not only for device makers, but for the companies that create the operating systems and ecosystems that power those devices: most notably, Google, Apple and Microsoft. Each of …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   February 11th, 2014

Why Does Tim Cook Even Bother?

Now that the world no longer has Steve Ballmer to kick around, I think it’s time we direct our focus toward Apple’s Tim Cook. After all, just like Ballmer, Cook had to follow a legendary, visionary founder. Just like Ballmer, …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 10th, 2014
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Attention Tech.pinions Insiders: We Have Some New Features

As we continue to evolve our Industry Insider analysis service, we continue to get good ideas. Insiders has grown already much faster and much larger than I could have expected from when we launched the service. Thanks to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 7th, 2014
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The Sky is Falling!

If you read too much of the tech media you sometimes get the impression that the tech world is ending. The PC industry is in decline and many are quick to declare it dead. Now, our love affair with …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 7th, 2014

What Kind of a Computer Is That?

This is the question I get asked most when I use my current iPad set up in public.1. People see my iPad and keyboard set up and assume it is some new type of computer they haven’t seen before.
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by Ben Bajarin   |   February 6th, 2014
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Why Nadella Could Be Poised for Microsoft Success

From left: Chairman John Thompson, CEO Satya Nadella, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer

When Richard Nixon was elected president, Herblock, the ascerbic Washington Post cartoonist who loved to draw Nixon with a menacing 5 o’clock shadow, promised the new president a clean shave. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 5th, 2014
Businessman looking at Innovation plan.

My Blueprint for the Future of Microsoft

As an analyst I have covered Microsoft close up and personal since 1981. When I first went to visit Microsoft in 1982 they were in their red brick buildings in Bellevue, WA and had less than 100 employees if my …

by Tim Bajarin   |   February 4th, 2014
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Computing Redefined: A Smart Connected Devices Forecast

The market for smart connected devices is changing and it’s doing so at a rate that’s even faster than most people realize. In the process, the whole conception of what computing is, where it happens and even what means is …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   February 4th, 2014

The Death Of iPhone. The Death Of Android. The Rebirth Of Facebook.

Well, that was a heckuva week.

Google sells Motorola for billions less than they paid for it. Apple sells millions fewer iPhones than nearly everyone expected, then directs guidance lower. Facebook becomes a mobile first company, for real this time. Amazon …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 3rd, 2014

Lenovo’s Goal of Tech World Domination

You may not know it yet but Lenovo has grand ambitions to become one of the most powerful tech companies on the planet. Their original move to buy IBM’s PC business set this goal in motion and has become the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 31st, 2014
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Unified OS Advocates Are Out Of “Touch” With Reality

Last week, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were interviewed as part of the Mac’s 30th anniversary. They — in no uncertain terms — slammed the door shut on the idea that Apple was planning on merging iOS (the …

by John Kirk   |   January 30th, 2014

Just A Toy

As part of my Photo 365 project, in which I take a photo every day of the year, I snapped this the other day:

I won’t mention the expletive I used in the photo’s caption, but suffice it to say that …

by Steven Aquino   |   January 29th, 2014
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Cracks Are Growing in the TV Business Model

On the surface, the television business seems to be sailing through stormy seas on a relatively even keel. Viewership is holding up even in the face of ever-growing alternatives. Comcast, in the course of reporting a strong quarter, said that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 29th, 2014

The Apple Problem

Apple’s most recent quarterly earnings, as usual, have generated an enormous amount of press, a staggering amount of pontificating and lots of interesting questions. On the one hand, the initial after hours market reaction has been swift and to the …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   January 28th, 2014

Surprise! Apple Execs Use The Mac Anniversary To Dis Microsoft.

When Apple executives speak to the press, pay attention. They may dodge. They may fail to disclose some facts, overemphasize others. But, and this is critical, Apple executives who speak on the record always reveal what they are thinking.

Surprise. Apple …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 27th, 2014

Mac at 30: The Shadow of a Smile

Ben Bajarin points out that a key characteristic of Apple for the past 30 years has to make things as simple as possible for users and the same spirit that motivated the Mac in 1984 drives the iPad today. I’ll …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 24th, 2014
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The Mac Then and the iPad Now

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Mac. My father was one of the few industry analysts there to witness the the birth of the Mac and wrote a great piece reflecting on the Mac’s role in computing over …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 24th, 2014
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In Defense of Yahoo Tech

Ever since Marissa Mayer took hold of Yahoo, she and her team have been updgrading the company’s online offerings to better compete in a rapidly changing arena. First came Flickr and the Yahoo Weather App, and now the former search …

by Harry C. Marks   |   January 24th, 2014