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Divining Apple’s Wearable Design

Most of the wearables on the market today are an experiment in artificial stupidity. Rather than solve problems, they create them. Using a wearable today is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

A good design introduces enough unfamiliarity to …

by John Kirk   |   July 12th, 2014
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What it will take to “own” the customer

In the late 1990s, I began a series of lectures at conferences titled “Three Screens of the Digital Lifestyle.” As early as 1991, I was researching how people were using various screens in their lives and made the assumption that, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 11th, 2014

Where the innovation is: brains, inputs and outputs

Most of the devices we use have three essential components: processors, inputs and outputs. What’s interesting is much of the innovation in the consumer technology space at present is happening across these three categories, but the major companies in the …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 10th, 2014

The Awkward Years of Tech

Before we reach maturity, we go through what many refer to as “the awkward years”. It’s a rite of passage as we change from adolescence to adulthood. For most people, the best way to describe those years are with a …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 9th, 2014

Virtualization Reborn

Timing is everything in the tech business and because of that, it’s not uncommon to see old ideas come back to life in new forms. Many important or innovative ideas just reach the market before the world is ready for …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 8th, 2014

The Smartphone Is The Computer

I have spent the past three weeks in Detroit, a city possessing a rich history and an unremitting present. The vagaries of Silicon Valley count for little here. When I heard a young man ask — for real — if …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 7th, 2014
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Three Years of Tech.pinions

Since today is an off day, at least for most Americans, I thought I would write something reflecting on what I have learned since starting Tech.pinions just over three years ago. On June 2nd, 2011 I published this post on …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 4th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple Wearables, Samsung, Digital Identities

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Bob O’Donnell, Tim Bajarin and Jan Dawson discuss three of the recent columns they posted on Techpinions: Tim’s piece on understanding Apple’s wearable strategy, Jan’s column on Samsung, and Bob’s article on portable …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 4th, 2014
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Is Samsung’s Exceptionalism Coming to an End?

I’ve always found it fascinating the two dominant companies in the smartphone market – Samsung and Apple – have such different business models. On the one hand, you have a company that approaches the market in a tightly integrated fashion, …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 3rd, 2014

Why Google should have bought Oculus Rift

After I saw the Oculus Rift at a CES, I jokingly told a friend they would probably be bought by Google or Facebook for billions. This was not a prediction but a real joke in my mind since I thought …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 2nd, 2014

Portable Digital Identities

One of the many hassles of the “multi-device per person” era we now find ourselves in, is the need to constantly log-in to each of our devices and password-protected web sites/online services multiple times a day. Jumping between devices generally …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 1st, 2014
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iOS, Android, and the Dividing of Business Models

Without question the mobile platform wars are over. iOS and Android have both won and have won in very different ways. Granted, with an eventual total mobile addressable market of over four billion people, there is room for more than …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 30th, 2014
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Tim Cook Has The Know-How But Steve Jobs Had The Know-Why

On June 13, 2014, John Gruber posted his epic, “Only Apple.” In part of his article, Gruber focused specifically on the changes occurring at Apple under new CEO, Tim Cook.

Jobs was a great CEO for leading Apple to become big. …

by John Kirk   |   June 28th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Google I/O, 4K, GoPro

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Bob O’Donnell, Ben Bajarin and Tim Bajarin discuss Google I/O, the opportunities for 4K displays and devices, and the GoPro IPO.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 28th, 2014

Understanding Apple’s Wearable Strategy

Someone who I believe has a good sense of Apple’s thinking about wearables told me some months ago that if I wanted to understand part of Apple’s wearable strategy I needed to go to Disney World. When I was at Disney …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 27th, 2014
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Google is trying to drive loyalty to Android, not just Galaxy

Google made a series of announcements at I/O relating to Android and for me, one of the big themes was Google exercising greater control over both the version of Android that runs on smartphones and tablets and the new flavors …

by Jan Dawson   |   June 26th, 2014
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Android and the Next Billion

There are over a billion active users of Google’s version of Android. Add AOSP and we are probably in the 1.6 to 1.7 billion range of users on Android. Both will grow — however, I believe Google’s version of Android …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 25th, 2014
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The Death of Phones, the birth of “And”

I remember my first cell phone. It was a hand-me-down from my father and it looked like this:

As many who had these early cell phones will remember, there was a liberating feeling in the ability to talk to any one, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 24th, 2014

The Future of UI: Contextual Intelligence

Despite all the tremendous developments in the world of mobile devices, there’s one aspect that’s been essentially stagnant for quite some time: a user interface based on grids of application icons. Since the 2007 introduction of the iPhone, that visual …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 24th, 2014
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Mobile Opportunities and Challenges In the Android Ecosystem

The more I study the mobile landscape the more it becomes clear that many companies are competing for what is arguable the most important device for global consumer–the mobile device. Winning mobile, and by that I mean being sustainably relevant, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 23rd, 2014
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Disrupting Apple’s Tao

Clay Christensen’s Disruption Theory has been subjected to severe criticism this past week. If one’s aim is to criticize the predictive power of disruption theory, one of the best ways to do it is to point out Clay Christensen has …

by John Kirk   |   June 22nd, 2014

Disruption Corruption: What Disruption Theory Is And What It Isn’t

Anyone who studies business — and especially those who follow tech — knows Clayton Christensen is the business school professor who developed the theory of disruption. This week, in an article in the New Yorker, Jill Lepore took that theory …

by John Kirk   |   June 21st, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, T-Mobile, Blackberry

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Bob O’Donnell, Jan Dawson and Tom Mainelli debate the opportunities for the Amazon Kindle Fire phone, discuss T-Mobile’s Uncarrier announcements and ponder the fate of Blackberry.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 21st, 2014
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Only Apple, Yes, But Only Tim as Well

John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote a great piece called “Only Apple” where he laid out a solid case that, in many instances, only Apple could deliver the type of experiences and devices that make up a huge part of …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 20th, 2014

Where the Fire Phone sits in Amazon’s strategy

In the run-up to Amazon’s Fire Phone announcement, and especially as it was announced, I saw a wide range of responses from bloggers and others that seemed to fundamentally misunderstand where the Fire Phone sits in Amazon’s strategy. So I …

by Jan Dawson   |   June 19th, 2014