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Bill Gates is wrong

In an interview with Charlie Rose earlier this week, Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates said it is “a strong possibility” that Apple may have to create a Surface-like device. Gates also said the introduction of Microsoft’s Surface tablet “is a seminal …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   July 5th, 2012
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Dumb or Disrupted? The Demise of RIM

Poor, dumb, old RIM

There sure has been an awful lot of talk of late about just how awful things have gotten for poor, dumb, old RIM. Some of the talk is sympathetic: “How could it have come to this?” A …

by John Kirk   |   July 3rd, 2012
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Further Thoughts on Apple and Investors

In a post this morning, Ben Bajarin speculated on what it is in investors’ thinking about Apple that keeps the stock price relatively depressed. Like Ben, I am not a financial analyst, but I think the mystery is even deeper …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 2nd, 2012
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Do Investors Truly Believe in Apple?

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I am not a financial analyst and I don’t do the kind of analysis solely to be used for making short or long term investment calls. I have provided analysis for some financial institutions as a …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 2nd, 2012
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Why is Microsoft’s Surface obsessed with Keyboards?

IS THE KEYBOARD THE KEY TO THE SURFACE?

On June 18, 2012, Microsoft announced it’s new Surface Tablet. There are many questions swirling around the Surface, but one the more subtle, yet more important, questions is why Microsoft is so obsessed …

by John Kirk   |   June 28th, 2012
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Android’s 7-Inch Tablet Future

It wasn’t a secret that Google was going to announce a 7-inch Nexus tablet made by Asus and running Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset. And announce it Google did yesterday to much applause and fan fare. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 27th, 2012
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Surface vs. UltraBooks

Last week I pointed out the competitive dilemma for OEMs when it comes to Surface. A key point in my mind is how tablets are becoming the next generation computers for the mass market. What I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 26th, 2012
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Why I Love Twitter

I don’t expect everyone to love twitter. In fact I anticipate that many have mixed feelings about the service. Twitter is one of those things that I believe works great for some people but not everyone. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 25th, 2012
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Usefulness Is the Greatest Feature of All

“The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.”

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”

- John Maeda from his book The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life

Years back Palm had a slogan I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 22nd, 2012

The Surface and the iPad

I have ridiculed companies like Samsung for simply copying Apple’s tablet strategy and for not showing any vision, so I’ll give Microsoft credit for at least coming out with some new ideas with the Microsoft Surface. However, I’m not sure …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   June 21st, 2012
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Microsoft Surface and the OEM Dilemma

On Tuesday Patrick pointed out that the dynamic between OEMs and Microsoft may be forever changed. The primary reason for this being that Microsoft has signaled intent to compete directly with their partners in the tablet PC arena. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 21st, 2012
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The Apple iPad Tablet vs. the Microsoft Surface Anti-Tablet

Last night, Microsoft introduced us to the their Microsoft branded Surface Tablet. Never have we seen such a clear line of demarcation between Apple’s and Microsoft’s visions of what a tablet should be. And at the end of the day, …

by John Kirk   |   June 20th, 2012
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Microsoft Surface Reveals the Cost of HP’s webOS Folly

With Microsoft’s planned launch of the Surface tablet, the full cost of Hewlett-Packard’s grotestque mishandling of the purchase and abandonment of Palm’s webOS has become clear.  HP’s Personal Systems Group now finds itself in the worst of all possible worlds, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 20th, 2012
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Microsoft Should License Surface Technology and Brand to Partners

Microsoft’s Surface PCs are yet to hit the market so it may sound odd for me to propose what I am about to propose. However, the potential impact of a Microsoft branded tablet for their partners is significant …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 18th, 2012
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The Terrible Tablet Tsunami and the Future of Computing

IDC just issued a press release updating their expectations for tablet shipments. Here are their numbers, year by year:

2010: 19.5 million tablet shipments.
2011: 69.6 million tablet shipments.
2012: 107.4 million estimated tablet shipments.
2016: 222.1 million estimated tablet shipments.

When looking at the …

by John Kirk   |   June 18th, 2012
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The One Thing I Want to See from Microsoft

I have been following the news coming out of Microsoft’s TechEd conference closely. I was scheduled to attend the event but family circumstances altered my plan. There are a host of things that are of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 13th, 2012
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Why We Started Tech.pinions

June 13, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of our site, Tech.pinions. In light of its anniversary, I thought I would share why we felt compelled to attempt something different within the public tech media forum, namely to start a website …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 13th, 2012
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Does Apple Love PCs More Than Microsoft?

Does Apple, the post-PC company, have more faith in the future of PCs, than Microsoft?

Mac Book Pro 15 with Retina Display

The idea may seem a stretch, seeing how Apple’s business is now dominated by iPhones and iPads, but it …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 13th, 2012
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The Apple Promise To Their Customers

I don’t normally put out an article about another article I have written but for this particular one I wanted to share it. In my weekly column for the tech section of TIME.com I wrote about what I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 12th, 2012
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The Most Amazing Notebook Yet

It is possible that for many tech industry enthusiasts and followers that by my title alone you know what product I am talking about. In case you don’t know I am talking about Apple’s newest hardware innovation released …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 11th, 2012
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The Apple Ecosystem Just Got Stronger

Apple today at their World Wide Developers Conference released a number of things that have made their ecosystem even stronger. I am of the opinion that one of the best ways to analyze computing platforms is to look …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 11th, 2012

Following Up: Equal Access To Television

At a panel on wireless spectrum that I moderated yesterday at the Tech Policy Summit in Napa, I raised the idea of repurposing the 294 MHz* of spectrum devoted to over-the-air television for wireless data. Larry Irving, former Assistant Secretary …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 8th, 2012
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Why We Need More Specialty Tech Retail

Big box tech retail had its time but for certain types of technology I am convinced there is a better way to sell. I am convinced this is the case because big box retail simply offers too much choice. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 8th, 2012

Apple’s Television

People have been talking about an Apple television for the last couple of years, but nobody knows for sure if the company will actually make one or not. I wouldn’t count Apple out of that market.

I’ve long held that Apple …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   June 7th, 2012

It’s Time To Kill Off Broadcast TV

It’s time to take over-the-air television out and shoot it.

You may have noticed that there’s a war over wireless airwaves. Electromagnetic spectrum is a finite resource and those that have want to keep, but many who have also want more. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 6th, 2012