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Understanding Apple’s Wearable Strategy

Someone who I believe has a good sense of Apple’s thinking about wearables told me some months ago that if I wanted to understand part of Apple’s wearable strategy I needed to go to Disney World. When I was at Disney …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 27th, 2014
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Google is trying to drive loyalty to Android, not just Galaxy

Google made a series of announcements at I/O relating to Android and for me, one of the big themes was Google exercising greater control over both the version of Android that runs on smartphones and tablets and the new flavors …

by Jan Dawson   |   June 26th, 2014
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Android and the Next Billion

There are over a billion active users of Google’s version of Android. Add AOSP and we are probably in the 1.6 to 1.7 billion range of users on Android. Both will grow — however, I believe Google’s version of Android …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 25th, 2014
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The Death of Phones, the birth of “And”

I remember my first cell phone. It was a hand-me-down from my father and it looked like this:

As many who had these early cell phones will remember, there was a liberating feeling in the ability to talk to any one, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 24th, 2014

The Future of UI: Contextual Intelligence

Despite all the tremendous developments in the world of mobile devices, there’s one aspect that’s been essentially stagnant for quite some time: a user interface based on grids of application icons. Since the 2007 introduction of the iPhone, that visual …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 24th, 2014
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Mobile Opportunities and Challenges In the Android Ecosystem

The more I study the mobile landscape the more it becomes clear that many companies are competing for what is arguable the most important device for global consumer–the mobile device. Winning mobile, and by that I mean being sustainably relevant, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 23rd, 2014
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Disrupting Apple’s Tao

Clay Christensen’s Disruption Theory has been subjected to severe criticism this past week. If one’s aim is to criticize the predictive power of disruption theory, one of the best ways to do it is to point out Clay Christensen has …

by John Kirk   |   June 22nd, 2014

Disruption Corruption: What Disruption Theory Is And What It Isn’t

Anyone who studies business — and especially those who follow tech — knows Clayton Christensen is the business school professor who developed the theory of disruption. This week, in an article in the New Yorker, Jill Lepore took that theory …

by John Kirk   |   June 21st, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Amazon Fire Phone, T-Mobile, Blackberry

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Bob O’Donnell, Jan Dawson and Tom Mainelli debate the opportunities for the Amazon Kindle Fire phone, discuss T-Mobile’s Uncarrier announcements and ponder the fate of Blackberry.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 21st, 2014
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Only Apple, Yes, But Only Tim as Well

John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote a great piece called “Only Apple” where he laid out a solid case that, in many instances, only Apple could deliver the type of experiences and devices that make up a huge part of …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 20th, 2014

Where the Fire Phone sits in Amazon’s strategy

In the run-up to Amazon’s Fire Phone announcement, and especially as it was announced, I saw a wide range of responses from bloggers and others that seemed to fundamentally misunderstand where the Fire Phone sits in Amazon’s strategy. So I …

by Jan Dawson   |   June 19th, 2014

Answering the 64-Bit Question

When Apple announced their latest processor architecture for the A7 was 64-bit based instead of 32-bit, they created the media misunderstanding of the century. Not only were a great many of the media misinterpreting the significance of the new architecture but many …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 18th, 2014

Tech Observations From the Field

Over the past few days, I have been taking notes on my observations of tech, primarily mobile usage, of “regular humans” in the wild. And by that, I mean at Disney World where my family and I are vacationing.

I have …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 17th, 2014
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Moving to Markets of One

The consumer tech industry is reaching a bit of a crossroads as many companies are finding it harder and harder to create megahit products that sell in the tens or even hundreds of millions, such as Apple’s iPad, or Samsung’s …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 17th, 2014

Life Liberty And Pursued By Google

If we do not have a right to be forgotten on the Internet then we have no right to privacy. None. We cannot allow Google and Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales to strip us of this basic protection.

It appears, however, that is …

by Brian S Hall   |   June 16th, 2014

Apple Announces Nothing (New)

“Apple announces NOTHING at developer conference”.

No, seriously, I read it on the internets, so it must be true. You can read it for yourself, here:

Apple Announces Nothing at Developer Conference ~ By Paul “Comic Book Guy” Ausick

Admittedly, that is just …

by John Kirk   |   June 14th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: E3, PCs and Wearables

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Bob O’Donnell, Jan Dawson and John Kirk discuss the game console news from the E3 Entertainment Expo, and debate the state of the PC market and the upcoming opportunity (or not) for wearables.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 14th, 2014

The Enduring Lure of Facebook

When it comes to technology, I am what you would call “old school”. I came out of the PC era and cut my digital teeth in hardware and packaged software and lived in that world exclusively for over half my …

by Tim Bajarin   |   June 13th, 2014
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Apple, Google, Microsoft and ambition

A year ago, during Google’s I/O developer event, I was struck with a sense of Google’s boundless ambition. Here it was, announcing products and features that ran the gamut from desktop search to wearable computing to automated photo editing. And …

by Jan Dawson   |   June 12th, 2014

Man With a Smartphone

I came across a tremendous talk by Steve Jobs on how computers are like “bicycles for the mind”. In this short video, he outlines a report from Scientific American that tested the efficiency of locomotion of different species. Humans didn’t …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 11th, 2014
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Screen Overload To Drive Screen-less Devices

As we move into an increasingly connected world, where the number of devices we own and use continues to rise and the activities we’re trying to track and control continues to expand, there’s at least one obvious challenge confronting both …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 10th, 2014

Back To The Past With Oculus Rift

The pundits tell us Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR is proof virtual reality has arrived, at long last. The future is now.

Except all I can think about is the past.

That’s what I mostly want from Oculus, or from Sony’s Morpheus …

by Brian S Hall   |   June 9th, 2014

Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share and OS Installed Base Statistics

I’ve updated our global smartphone statistics and installed base estimates up to Q1 2014. There are several important observations to call out in the following graphs. First, let’s take a look at the market share of each smartphone vendor going back …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   June 8th, 2014
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Whither Apple Or Wither Apple?

“Whither” means “to what place or state: whither are we bound?” Wither means “dry up; wilt, droop, go limp, fade, perish; shrink, waste away, atrophy.” Following Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), we now know “whither” Apple is headed. Their …

by John Kirk   |   June 7th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple WWDC, Samsung Tizen, Amazon Smartphone

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell, and Ben Bajarin discuss the announcements from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) and Samsung’s Tizen Developer Conference and debate the opportunities for Amazon’s rumored smartphone.

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by Bob O'Donnell   |   June 7th, 2014