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Why Google Should Fear Facebook

I have written quite a bit about my doubts of Facebook’s long term value. And amidst all the recent news about their IPO woes it seems like investors are skeptical as well. Last week I wrote …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 25th, 2012

Apple’s iPad will be dominant until…

Watching the professional industry watchers speculate on how long Apple’s iPad will dominate its market segment is kind of funny. Will it be 2012, 2013, no it’s going to be 2015 and then they will fall, right?

The funny part is …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   May 24th, 2012

Will CableWi-Fi Make Public Wi-Fi Work? We Can Only Hope

The leading cable companies in the U.S. are banding together to set up 50,000 Wi-Fi hot spots. Any subscriber to one cable providers will be able to use the others’ services; for example, a Time-Warner Cable customer in New York, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 23rd, 2012
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Why Apple is Wrong About Convertibles

On Apple’s last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook responded to a question on Windows 8 convertibles by saying, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” At first glance, this …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 22nd, 2012
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Are Facebook’s Best Days Over or Ahead?

With Facebook’s public offering over, its time to ask the question of whether Facebook’s best days are over or are there any other scenarios that could boost their earning potential and actually let them grow revenue. To date, they have …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 21st, 2012
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3 Columns Skeptical of Facebook’s Long Term Value

In light of Facebook IPO day, I thought I would share three key columns I wrote about Facebook. I remain skeptical of Facebook’s long term value. Specifically the business model and sustainable value to those they depend on to make …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 18th, 2012
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Our Future Smart World

One of the things our firm does for our clients in the technology industry is help them think about the future. This one thing alone is one my favorite things about doing trend forecasting, future scenario planning, and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 18th, 2012
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Affordable UltraBooks are Coming But They aren’t UltraBooks

There are looming PC wars coming and it isn’t between Macs and Windows based notebooks. If you follow this industry you know that Intel is seeking to rejuvenate the notebook market. They are doing this by putting quite …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 17th, 2012
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NVIDIA GeForce Grid: Killing off Game Consoles?

Yesterday, NVIDIA launched VGX and the GeForce Grid, which, among many things, could render future game consoles obsolete.  This may sound very far-fetched right now, but as I dig into the details of the capability of the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 16th, 2012
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What People Really Think About Online Privacy

Grandstanding politicians are always ready to pillory Facebook and other online services as destroyers of privacy. Silicon Valley tries to avoid thinking about igt. But how do ordinary folks really feel about the issue?

It’s hard to generalize based on a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 15th, 2012
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The Challenge of Competing With Apple

One of the more interesting questions I get asked as an industry analyst, that has followed Apple since 1981, is why Apple is so successful? And another question I often get is, why Apple’s competitors can’t make any headway against …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 14th, 2012
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Tablet Computing in Portrait Mode

Last week I wrote about my two must have iPad accessories. In that list I included the Logitech Ultra-thin Keyboard Cover. Among the many reasons I like this case over similarly good ones like the Zagg …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 11th, 2012

RIM Needs to Stop Embarrassing Itself

I haven’t seen a company embarrass itself as much as RIM has in the last year or so. From failed products to sad attempts at marketing, it seems that RIM doesn’t know when it’s time to take a step back.

There’s …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   May 10th, 2012
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Mobile TV May Make A Comeback

I have been tracking the mobile TV space since the early 2000′s and mostly given up after the last push, using DVB-H failed. I tracked quite a bit of research around mobile TV in North America and we performed our …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 9th, 2012
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The Spectrum Shortage That Isn’t

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If you listen to wireless operators, their industry is on the brink of a catastrophe caused by success. “Innovation is at risk today due to the spectrum shortage that we face,” Verizon Wireless President Daniel S. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 9th, 2012
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Why Facebook Might Make A Smartphone

There have been a lot of rumors flying around these days that Facebook could be bringing out a smartphone of their own and that HTC is making it for them. Facebook has denied they would do a handset, but rumors …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 7th, 2012
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Dear Industry: Focus on Profit Share Not Market Share

The interest in the tech media world around market share is fascinating. Each quarter reports come out, for the quarter only, pointing out different vendor and software platform market share for things like tablets and smartphones. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 4th, 2012
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Tablets: Numbers and Observations

Both IDC and Display Search released updated numbers for the tablet segment. There are some interesting key take aways from both sets of numbers.

IDC confirms Apple’s dominant position with regards to iPad share and points to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 3rd, 2012
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The iPad May Kill Laptops and Save the Desktop

The iPad–and other tablets if we ever get some good ones–poses an existential threat to the laptop. But it might provide a new lease on life for the much-ignored desktop PC. My colleague Ben Bajarin touched on this theme in …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 2nd, 2012
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My Two Must Have iPad Accessories

Accessories are a key part of any platforms ecosystem. I was at the Apple store in a mall in San Jose recently and I couldn’t believe the amount of accessories for iPad now on the market. I was …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 1st, 2012
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Would Hemingway have used an iPad?

For most of the week I have been in Paris, a city that I have traveled to regularly since 1971. Back then, communications to the US was dismal and a letter sent from here could take 2 weeks to get …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 30th, 2012
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Notebooks are the Past, Tablets are the Future

This may be one of the more controversial columns I have written in sometime, although my goal is not to be controversial but to spur thought- so please hear me out. It is no secret that I am …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 27th, 2012
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Reports of Apple’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated

The past few weeks have brought out some interesting commentary around the imminent decline of Apple. Yesterday perhaps the most forceful view yet came from Forrester’s CEO, George Colony.

George and others root their argument on the absence of Steve Jobs …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 26th, 2012
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East Coast, West Coast: The Startup Difference

Last week I watched several dozen launch demos at the DEMO 2012 conference in Santa Clara. Yesterday, I watched 10  startup pitches at  the New York Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s Demo Day, and was struck by a dramatic difference in style …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 26th, 2012
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An Act of Folly: Smartphones in Five Years

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Let’s take a quick trip in our time machine to survey the smartphone market in the spring of 2007, five years ago. The iPhone had been announced but not yet shipped, and many were skeptical about its …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 25th, 2012