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How Google Should Fix Android

It’s time for Google to step up and take charge of the Android platform it has created.

I know this sounds odd. By at least one standard, Android is a runaway success. It is by far the world’s most popular smartphone …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 10th, 2012
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Google Android Tablet Optimized Apps — Two Years Too Late

On Monday, (Google) published a “tablet app quality checklist” on its Android Developer website that urges developers to build tablet-optimized apps… ~ Wired

I’d like to applaud Google for this move, I really would. But let’s put this in context:

– Google …

by John Kirk   |   October 9th, 2012
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The Return of the Tablet PC

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Microsoft’s decision to offer tablets in two flavors–Intel-powered slates running full windows 8 and ARM-powered units running Windows RT–has created a marketing and branding problem for manufacturers: How these very different products going to be distinguished for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 9th, 2012
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HP’s Surprising Tablet Attack

I recently attended HP’s Securities Analyst Meeting (SAM) where HP made its case to Wall Street on why investors should believe in
the company and buy the stock. I will write about the conference later when I have thought through …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 9th, 2012
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Convince Me Not to Buy an iPad

We at Creative Strategies, as a part of our study of consumer markets, frequently interview consumers in order to get a pulse of the market needs, wants, and desires. To do this we have conversations with groups of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 8th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Lessons Learned And A Look Ahead

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We’ve been looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we wrap up the series by seeing what lessons we have learned and by asking ourselves what the various business models can tell us …

by John Kirk   |   October 5th, 2012
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Windows 8 Mail App: Better, but Still Bad

The good news is that the lame Mail app in Windows 8 is about to get better. The bad news is that it will still fall well short of any reasonable expectations of a modern mail client.

As the Oct. 26 …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 5th, 2012
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It’s Good to be Back on the iPhone

I wasn’t terribly vocal about this fact but since June I have been using an Android phone exclusively as my smartphone. Which has been by far the longest I have ever used an Android smartphone for any length …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 5th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface.

5.0 Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface

5.1 WHERE DOES WINDOWS 8 AND THE MICROSOFT SURFACE MAKE ITS …

by John Kirk   |   October 4th, 2012
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HP’s Future: Apple, IBM–or Dell?

 

On Oct. 3, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will give analysts her strategy for restoring the battered tech giant. A close look at the company’s financials and its business suggests that it has the strengths to stay around for a long …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 3rd, 2012
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Apple After Steve: One year later

This Friday marks the first anniversary of Steve’s Jobs death. I was going through security at the San Diego Airport when I heard the news and although we all knew the end was coming soon, the finality of it struck …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 1st, 2012
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The Future of Apple’s Maps

It looks like the Apple Map story may dominate the conversation today, so I figured I would write something I have been thinking for a while. If you follow much of what I write or much of our …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 28th, 2012
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The Real Reason why Apple Dropped Google Maps

I have been fascinated with all the bluster and vitriol thrown at Apple since they tossed Google Maps in favor of their own Map app without these detractors trying to get to the bottom of why Apple made this move.

If …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 28th, 2012
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Confessions of a Reviewer: How the iPhone Maps Mess Was Overlooked

How did they miss it?

If you go back and read the reviews of the iPhone 5  published on the first day that Apple allowed recipients of early samples to write, you would be stunned by the furor the soon broke …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Samsung Galaxy Tab

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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4.1 WHERE DOES THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB MAKE ITS MONEY?

When introducing the new Amazon tablets, Jeff …

by John Kirk   |   September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Google Nexus 7

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Google Nexus 7.

3.0 Google Nexus 7

3.1 WHERE DOES THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 MAKE ITS MONEY?

When introducing the new Amazon tablets, Jeff …

by John Kirk   |   September 27th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Amazon Kindle Fire

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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2.1 WHERE DOES THE AMAZON KINDLE MAKE ITS MONEY?

When introducing the new Amazon tablets, Jeff Bezos …

by John Kirk   |   September 26th, 2012
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Relax Everyone: The iPhone Is Just a Phone, Apple Is Just a Company

September has been an unusually newsy month, and much of the news has centered on Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5. The run-up to the announcement, the announcement itself on Sept. 12, and the first deliveries on Sept. 21 have …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 26th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Apple iPad

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Today there are 5 titans battling to win the tablet wars: Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. When it comes to evaluating tablets, we often focus on the differences between the competing companies’ various tablet offerings in the hope that …

by John Kirk   |   September 25th, 2012
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Business Models, Not Technology Distinguish NY Startups

Last Friday, I headed to the headquarters of IAC in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood for a the demo day for the New York Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s third class of startups. Those of you who have attended Silicon Valley demos might be …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 24th, 2012
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Apple’s 4-Inch iPhone 5 vs. Android 4-Inch Plus Devices

Since June I have been using the Galaxy Nexus 4.65 inch screen smart phone. Upon switching to that device from the iPhone 4S, I was instantly taken by the screen size. It was clear that gaining just over an inch …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 24th, 2012
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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

There was only one real surprise when iFixit.com did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone 4S. Yet despite going to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 21st, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablet Fragmentation and the App Dilemma

I was having a discussion with an iPad software developer recently and we were discussing the iPad mini. Interestingly he was still a skeptic about the iPad mini and I thought his reason was interesting. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 21st, 2012

The Terrible Tablet Tsunami Two

On June 18, 2012, I wrote about the changeover from PCs (desktop and notebooks personal computers) to tablets in an article entitled “The Terrible Tablet Tsunami and the Future of Computing“. Today the trend toward tablets continues — only more …

by John Kirk   |   September 20th, 2012
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Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, but where was the very …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 20th, 2012