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Avi Greengart’s Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Every year I try to write my holiday gift guide before the holidays. This year I completely missed Hannukah, but there are still a few days left before Christmas and New Years, so if you’re still looking for a gift …

by Avi Greengart   |   December 19th, 2013
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Neverisms: Holiday Etiquette, New Year’s Resolutions & Well Wishes

This is my last article before the holidays, so I thought I’d use it to regale you with some holiday “Neverisms” — things that you should never ortter do. Here’s hoping they’l help you have a happy, healthy holiday.

Holiday Etiquette


by John Kirk   |   December 19th, 2013
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Necessary Death and the Strategic Plan

Every strategic plan is an opportunity to kill our company and have it be born anew. This is a necessary thing and a good thing, but of course it does not come without fear. Do not miss the opportunity to …

by Carl Schlachte   |   December 18th, 2013
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A Tale of Two Ads: “Misunderstood” vs. “Scroogled”

If you want to know why Apple keeps winning  in consumer markets and Microsoft keeps losing, you can find much of the answer in the ads the two companies use to present themselves to the world. This week, Apple …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 18th, 2013

Holiday Shoppers Gifting Themselves

Now that we’re fully in the throes and craziness of the holiday shopping season—just seven shopping days left until Christmas!—it seems appropriate to further investigate how the process really works, especially when it comes to electronics purchases. In fact, I’ve …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 17th, 2013

Where I Save Windows Phone

My name is Brian and I use Windows Phone.

Confession: I want Windows Phone to succeed. I want it to succeed because I believe users will benefit from Microsoft innovation and renewed market competition. I want Windows Phone to succeed because …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 16th, 2013
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Tech Predictions for 2014

For the last 27 years I have written an annual industry prediction column where I try to forecast what I see happening in the PC and CE markets in the New Year. To be fair, I spend thousands of hours …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 16th, 2013

Personal Computers: Defined by Possibilities

There continues to be a great deal of mis-understanding within the discussion of the PC vs. the tablet. It is easy to say that no one wants a PC and everyone wants a tablet. The reality is that …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 13th, 2013
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Attention Developers and Publishers: Apple is Not Your Publicist

Apple’s App Store is a boon for many developers and budding entrepreneurs. It offers individuals the ability to create something from nothing with a worldwide distribution channel that costs them $99 per year to use. Apple is the portal. It …

by Harry C. Marks   |   December 13th, 2013
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Lessons Learned (And Unlearned) From The iPad’s Success

The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds ~ Mark Twain

I tripped across a January 2010 article that absolutely skewered the introduction of the iPad, and it was just too, too, delicious for me not …

by John Kirk   |   December 12th, 2013
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Hits, No Errors: The Secret of Mobile Success


When Jeff Hawkins was designing the original Palm Pilot, he had a simple rule for his team. If a feature was generating error messages, it either got fixed fast or it was removed.  The Palm user experience was designed to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 11th, 2013
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Multi-Device, Multi-Platform, Companion Apps

The heart and soul of any good piece of application software—regardless of the device on which it runs—is its ability to allow you to achieve a task, find a piece of information or essentially get something done. Well-written software is …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 10th, 2013

2013 Winners And Losers In Tech

We track, analyze and oftentimes promote technology because of its overarching, mostly positive impact on our own lives and throughout the world. It’s many disparate parts, incorporating intellectual property and global manufacturing, hardware and software, content and creativity, when brought …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 9th, 2013

From the Archive: The iPhone is My Midwife

I wrote this article for The Magazine which is available on iPad. I’m sharing it with our readers to give you a glimpse into my somewhat analogue life.


It’s the first time for both Betsy and me: she’s …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 7th, 2013
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Low-Cost Tablets are the Netbooks of the Tablet Category

The tablet category is quickly becoming a tricky one to analyze. As in the early stages of any technology category we are seeing the tablet market segment or splinter into separate markets.

While I like to point out how large the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 6th, 2013

The Mobile Wave

1) We all know that sales of smartphones and tablets are are growing fast, however…

2) Those sales are growing even faster than we may realize, and…

3) The implications of this new wave of computing devices is going to be enormous; …

by John Kirk   |   December 5th, 2013

Apple’s Vision of Computing is a Lot Simpler Than We Realize

With the introduction of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple has given customers more freedom than it (as well as other manufacturers) ever did with desktop computers. It’s not freedom of choice, but rather freedom from …

by Harry C. Marks   |   December 4th, 2013
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The Pitfalls of Techno-optimism (and the Ambition of Amazon)

Jeff Bezos’ interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes accomplished three things. It told the world that Amazon is a true technology company, not just a giant retailer.  It took attention away from unpleasant subjects, such as working conditions in Amazon’s fulfillment …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 4th, 2013
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Aisle Check

As a technology industry analyst, I spend a lot of time on airplanes both domestically and internationally—demonstrated by my freshly minted United Airlines Premiere Million Miler Card. On the majority of those flights, I make a point to walk up …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 3rd, 2013

An Open Letter To App Developers

The smartphone has quickly become our primary interface to the world. The app has become our primary interface to the smartphone. Apps matter. Therefore, app developers matter. Unfortunately, too many apps, too many app developers, likely in pursuit of riches that …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 2nd, 2013
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The Dangers of Free Shipping

All this happened, more or less.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving I am sitting in my office when a tall, skinny man wearing glasses comes in delivering my mail. This is unusual because I usually walk out to the front to pick …

by Carl Schlachte   |   December 2nd, 2013
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Solving Twitter’s On-Boarding Problem

Whenever I speak with people on the subject of Twitter I always pick up interesting perspectives. It seems there several groups of people in respect to Twitter. There are those who are on it, have figured out how …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 29th, 2013
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Tech Thanksgiving

In the United States, today is the holiday known as Thanksgiving. So rather than write my normal column, I thought I’d devote today’s article to some of those things that I’m most thankful for — but with a tech slant.

We …

by John Kirk   |   November 28th, 2013
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Wheeler’s FCC: Ring Out the Old Fights, Bring in the New

The list of recent of accomplishments at the Federal Communications Commission is pretty short. Although President Obama and his FCC chief, Julius Genachowski, took office with a lot of bold talk, very little has happened in the past five years. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 27th, 2013
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Android is Eating the World

Benedict Evans has a must read slide deck from his mobile is eating the world presentation. I’m going to piggyback on his title a little and tackle the narrative that Android is eating the world. It is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 26th, 2013