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Why Google Will Use Motorola To Become Vertically Integrated

If you look closely at the most successful company in tech today, it is Apple. And they are in this position for a major reason. They are completely vertically integrated. They own the OS, the hardware and the ecosystem. And …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 23rd, 2012
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A Cloud Computing Primer

The DEMO conference may not be the stellar event it with once was, but its still a good indicator of the computing zeitgeist. At least week’s edition in Santa Clara, CA, it was pretty clear that the tech world is …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 23rd, 2012

Apple TV and the Trojan Horse Strategy

Apple TV is one of the things I get asked quite a bit about during my industry analysis presentations. It seems that everyone out there wants to know what Apple has planned for the big screen. Although no …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 20th, 2012
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The Fallacies of How To Compete with the iPad

I take articles like this claiming the iPad will drop below 50% market share by as early as next year with a grain of salt. I don’t want this article to be about all the reasons why we believe the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 20th, 2012
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Ultrabooks, MacBook Air, and the Need for Inspiration

Is the laptop business doomed to slowly ebb away as tablets capture more and more of the mobile market? It’s not hard to see a future where the world is divided into tablets and smartphones for the overwhelming majority of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 18th, 2012

The Case Against a 4-Inch iPhone

As a regular part of my job I evaluate many different devices. I don’t always publish this analysis publicly but nearly every new device passes through our “labs.” When it comes to smartphones, or pocket computers as I like …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 17th, 2012

Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different features and functionalities.  There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT.  One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 versus previous editions …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 17th, 2012

Should Apple Create an iWatch?

Last fall, I wrote an article on our site here suggesting four industries Apple could disrupt and one of the industries I mentioned was the watch industry. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad Nano, he mentioned that one of his …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 16th, 2012
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Why I Wouldn’t Invest in Facebook

First let me clarify that due to my line of work I do not invest personal money into any public tech stock. That being said, even if I did, I would not put my own money into Facebook when …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 12th, 2012

iCloud: The Center of the Universe

Over the past year Apple has given us a glimpse of what iCloud can do, but it’s the service’s potential that has me excited. Even with the small changes we’ve seen, there can be little doubt that the service will …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   April 12th, 2012
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Where in the App Store is Carmen Sandiego?

One of the goals we have in my household is to develop and maintain an inquisitive culture and the desire to learn. Being immersed in the technology industry as I am, I naturally add technology as a part …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 11th, 2012
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Why Siri Won’t Go Beyond the iPhone–For Now

Since Apple launched the Siri app on the iPhone 4S last fall, there has been a widespread assumption that Siri’s voice-driven semantic search might soon find its way to other Apple products. At the top of everyone’s list was the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 11th, 2012
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Facebook is for Old People

“FACEBOOK IS STUPID AND FOR OLD PEOPLE“, my 12 year old daughter texted me yesterday after FaceBook offered to purchase Instagram. If you have teenage or pre-teen girls or boys, this demonstrative behavior isn’t anything new. What I …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 10th, 2012

Is there a future for dedicated eReaders?

When Amazon introduced their first Kindle eReader, there were a lot of articles that suggested that this device represented the future of books. Many wrote that thanks to the Kindle, eBooks would go mainstream and be the most popular way …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 9th, 2012
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We Have Personal Clouds, Now We Need Family Clouds

Prior to the launch of iCloud last year I wrote a column looking at ways that iCloud might work well for families not just individuals. I have a houseful of Macs and other iOS devices and I like …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 6th, 2012
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Why Tech Should Care About the Fate of Obamacare

You probably haven’t heard of Section 10330 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It takes up just one of the law’s 2,700 pages, buried deep in a list of miscellaneous provisions.

But Section 10330, one of the many provisions …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 4th, 2012
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Google Created the Mess and Now Must Fix Android Tablets

Android for phones by any measure has been a success, while Android for “premium” tablets by every measure has been a disaster.  According to IDC, the iPad held 55% market share of all tablets in Q4 2011.  When you remove …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 3rd, 2012

How RIM Changed My Life

During the summer of 1997, I was contacted by the folks at RIM and asked if I would like to be a beta tester of their first Blackberry pager/email device. Up to then, pagers were the darlings of the mobile …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 2nd, 2012
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Apple Turns Technology Into Art

As I was reflecting on my first experience with the new iPad and its retina display I was intrigued with a thought. There has always been something about the iPhone’s retina display and now with the iPad’s display …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 30th, 2012
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Why Best Buy Is Struggling: A Personal Tale

Best Buy, which has been struggling of late, announced today that it was closing 50 big box stores as part of a restructuring. Some commentators viewed this as a sign that the big box retail model has outlived its usefulness, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 29th, 2012

An iPad Firestorm About Nothing

Apple’s newest iPad hit the market three weeks ago and already their have been a number of controversies surrounding the device. As expected, all of the issues fizzled out because there was really nothing there in the first place.

The first …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   March 29th, 2012

Android is Losing Momentum

I wrote a column earlier this year titled “2012: The Year Google Fixes Android or Loses the War.” In that column I laid out a number of issues facing Android as well as the business reasons why many problems …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 29th, 2012

5 Million Galaxy Note Shipments Proves One Thing

I am actually not surprised at the news that Samsung has shipped (not sold) 5 Million Galaxy Note smart phones. Given that it is doubtful that Samsung will reveal actual sales figures as well as regional breakdowns, my …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 28th, 2012
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How Wi-Fi Can Save Data-Guzzling Mobile Devices

It didn’t take buyers of the new iPad long to discover an unpleasant reality about their new toys. The iPad, with its fast LTE data connection high resolution display, can devour data faster than wireless carriers want to supply it. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2012
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How Apple is Cornering the Market in Mobile Devices

I have been speaking with various vendors of tablets lately and more than once, the topic of Apple “iPodding” them has come up. iPodding basically refers to the fact that although Apple has had the iPod on the market for …

by Tim Bajarin   |   March 26th, 2012