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Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves "business-savvy" said it was the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 31st, 2012
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Made in China: Why Boycotting Apple Would be Wrong

If you have been reading the articles from the New York Times about the working conditions at some of the factories that Apple and other big tech companies use to make their products, you can’t help but get upset and …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 30th, 2012
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We Need Electronic Health Records Now: A Personal Tale

Last week, shortness of breath after exertion led to an urgent visit to the doctor. What I first thought was a recurrence of bronchitis turned into an up close a personal encounter with medical technology and a much-maligned system that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 30th, 2012
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Apple’s Enterprise Invasion: Why Winning in Consumer Means Winning in Enterprise

There used to be a time when I would go to tech industry events, trade shows, internal company meetings, etc. and I was one of the few in the room with a Mac. I took great pride in that fact, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 26th, 2012
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Copyright and 3D Printing: A Fight the Makers Can Win

Will homemade 3D objects be the next intellectual property battleground. Perhaps, bit this time the fight will be very different because the makers, not the owners, have the legal high hand.

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3D is one of most exciting technologies …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 26th, 2012
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Where Have All The Profits Gone? Gone to Apple, Every One

A few years ago, folks in tech used to worry that all the profits in the PC industry were being scarfed up by Microsoft and Intel and that the crumbs left to PC makers would be insufficient to fund any …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 25th, 2012
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The Dell XPS 13: An Ultrabook that Could Steal Customers From Apple

If you are in the high-tech industry and haven’t heard of the term “Ultrabook”, you’ve probably been on sabbatical or have been living under a rock. Intel introduced an industry-wide initiative to re-think the Windows notebook PC, which they have …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 24th, 2012
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Are Netbooks Poised for a Comeback?

The answer to this is no, and yes. Let me explain.

In 2007, Netbooks took the market by storm. These small low-cost laptops hit the market at the beginning of the recession and were instant hits. Although first versions with Linux …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 23rd, 2012
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Looking Forward to the Next Round of Innovation

I was surprised by a number of conversations I had while at this years CES. More than once the conversation turned to the staleness of innovation shown at the show. It is true there wasn’t too much …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 20th, 2012
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Apple Just Re-Invented Books

This morning’s announcement from Apple about creating tools for interactive textbooks is actually a landmark announcement for four major reasons.

The first is how these tools can impact education. Ben wrote a good piece on this so I won’t elaborate on …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 19th, 2012
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Why the iPad is an Investment in Your Child’s Future

Whether or not Apple uses this positioning, it is perhaps one of the best angles for the iPad. When friends, family, colleagues, or anyone who asks me, asks for my recommendation about iPad, I always add the benefit to kids …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 19th, 2012
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Maybe Apple Can Fix Television; Someone Has To

Not long before his death Steve Job famously told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked” the problem of television. No one knows quite what he meant, and Apple has shed no light on the subject, but for the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 18th, 2012
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How Sony can beat Samsung and LG on Smart TV Interfaces

As I wrote last week, Samsung and LG are following Microsoft’s lead in future interfaces for the living room. Both Samsung and LG showed off future voice control and in Samsung’s case, far-field air gestures. Given what Samsung and LG …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 17th, 2012
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The PC Landscape is About to Change – Here’s Why

One of my favorite quotes about change is:
“Life is a journey, and on a journey the scenery changes.”

The technology industry is also on a journey and on that journey the scenery will change. Whether many industry insiders recognize …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 17th, 2012
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The Simple Reason for Apple’s Success

Back in 1984, one of the major PC companies, who was spectacularly successful with their business PCs, decided that they could be just as successful if they created PCs for consumers. But they wanted them to be different from their …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 16th, 2012
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The Most Interesting Things I Saw at CES 2012

CES is certainly the technology lovers candy store. It is nearly impossible for any one person to see everything of interest at CES. So my approach is to look for the hidden gems or something that …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 13th, 2012
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Going Nuclear to stop SOPA

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The online news site reddit said it will invoke the “nuclear option” on Jan. 18 – next Wednesday — against two pieces of federal legislation, the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its …

by Peter Lewis   |   January 12th, 2012
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Do Nokia and Windows Phone Have Any Hope for 2012?

There were a number of priorities for me at this years CES.  One of my top priorities was to better understand Nokia’s strategy for Windows Phone and the US Market.  Secondarily to Nokia’s US strategy was Microsoft in general and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 12th, 2012

OnLive Brings Superfast Windows to the iPad

I just lost my last excuse for traveling with a laptop.

I usually find myself traveling with my MacBook Air because some tasks, such as writing this post at the Consumer Electronics Show, is just a bit more than I can …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 11th, 2012
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The Day A Smart Phone Changed an Industry

Five years ago today Apple introduced the iPhone. On this day five years ago, Apple opened our eyes to the reality that the devices we considered “smart” were not really smart at all. They re-invented the smart phone and made …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 9th, 2012
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Catching up with Apple – This Years CES Theme

CES hasn’t even started, but after sitting through various pre-show press conferences and meetings, one thing is clear: Apple is casting a very long shadow on this show. And many of the products I have seen have been various …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 9th, 2012
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The ARM Wrestle Match

I have an un-healthy fascination with semiconductors. I am not an engineer nor I do know much about quantum physics but I still love semiconductors. Perhaps because I started my career drawing chip diagrams at Cypress Semiconductor. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 6th, 2012
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Why PayPal Is a Bigger Challenge Than Yahoo

 

A month ago The Wall Street Journal had a big story headlined “War Over the Digital Wallet.” “The subhead: “Google, Verizon Wireless Spar in Race to Build Mobile Payment Services.”

Article mentioned AT&T, T-Mobile, MasterCard, Visa, Citigroup, Sprint, and Apple, among …

by Peter Lewis   |   January 5th, 2012

Mamas (and Dads), Help Your Babies Grow Up To Be Coders

My kids were lucky. They were born at about the same time as the Apple ][ and they grew up during the all-too-brief period when learning to program a computer was considered part of a normal elementary school education. That …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 4th, 2012
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Why Amazon is Not the New Apple

Over the last few months I have heard and read many comments about the idea that Amazon is the new Apple. In fact, in a very good piece in Forbes, E.D. Cain asks if Amazon is the new Apple …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 3rd, 2012