Archive for the ‘Featured Tech.pinions’ Category


Hot Items for the Holidays: Large Phones, Notebooks and Smart TVs

Given that it’s just before back-to-school season, it may seem a bit odd to mention year-end holidays, but throughout the offices, halls and cubicles of all our favorite vendors, the holiday product and marketing plans have been underway for some …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 5th, 2014

iPads At The Border

I believe (nearly) every child that comes to America seeking refuge should be welcome. I fully understand if you disagree. It is a complex issue after all. 

We are told tens of thousands of children are showing up at America’s southern …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 4th, 2014
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Raising Digital Natives

Every generation faces new challenges raising their children as society and culture changes — from the time they are kids to the time they are parents. Looking back, it seems as the past century saw more generational changes than the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 1st, 2014

The cost of international growth

With Amazon in the news this past week, the idea of growth at the expense of margins came to the fore again. Amazon’s financials over the last several years look like this:

Amazon is clearly prioritizing growth at the cost of …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 30th, 2014
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The Quest to keep Tech Customers Loyal

As early as 1999, I started looking closely at the concept of customer loyalty and, more specifically, what would it take to keep me loyal to a particular OS or service.

As a heavy technology user going back to the early 1980’s, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 30th, 2014
Smartphone Remote

Smartphones: Life’s Remote Control

The growing use of smartphones in more and more activities has led me to realize that, in essence, they’ve become the primary tool through which we run our lives: a personal remote control. Like a remote control, they’re (generally) convenient …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 29th, 2014

Thoughts On iPhone Inc

The iPhone is bigger than McDonald’s. That seems a useful demarcation for how we should view the iPhone in particular and Apple in general.

The iPhone is that once-in-a-generation product that alters daily reality for at least a century. The Model …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 28th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Business Model Ménage à Trois

Ben Thompson of Stratechery wrote yet another brilliant article on Microsoft entitled: “It’s Time To Split Up Microsoft“. Highly recommended reading. I agree with Thompson in part, and I disagree with him in part. Let’s start with the parts where …

by John Kirk   |   July 26th, 2014

The Tech.pinions Podcast: Earnings Season for Apple, Facebook, and Amazon

This week Jan Dawson and Ben Bajarin discuss key observations and takeaways from the earnings results from Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

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by Ben Bajarin   |   July 25th, 2014
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The Major Industry Battle Brewing Between Samsung vs Google

Over the last five years, Samsung has become a behemoth in the tech marketplace. Their smartphones dominate the tech landscape and their profits have been relatively good until recently, considering the fact they still make most of their money on hardware. …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 25th, 2014

Hitting for the cycle: why Apple should move its product launches

Apple’s earnings for their last financial quarter came out on Tuesday. I reviewed them here (and talked about the iPad specifically here) but wanted to address something more long term in my column on Tech.pinions this week. The issue I’d …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 24th, 2014
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The Great Tablet Segmentation

The tablet category is getting quite a bit of press lately. Apple’s iPad is a solid barometer for the category. With Apple’s latest few quarterly results showing the slowing of the growth of the tablet sector, many are left scratching …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 23rd, 2014

The Joy of Vintage Tech

Our general obsession with all the latest technology and gadgets is a relatively natural phenomena that reflects our interest in keeping up with what’s new. Unfortunately, it also tends to imply older technology isn’t very good, with value considered to …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 22nd, 2014

Deconstructing Satya. Episode II. The Empire Strikes Back.

Last week before the news broke, I warned Microsoft employees, all of them, to “get to work on your resume.” Change was coming, major change, and that always always always begins with a bloodletting.

Indeed, as others were decrying the word …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 21st, 2014

The Tech.pinions Podcast: Our Takes on this Week’s Tech News

This week Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and John Kirk discuss the IBM+Apple partnerships, Microsoft’s predicament, Google’s earnings, and Samsung’s challenges.

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by Ben Bajarin   |   July 19th, 2014

The Smartphone Is Not Merging With the PC

Behold the pot, bathtub and swimming pool. They all contain water. They are the same. ~ Horace Dediu (@asymco)

On July 9, 2014, Walt Mossberg published an article entitled: “How the PC Is Merging With the Smartphone.”

(I)n the past month, it …

by John Kirk   |   July 19th, 2014

Why Has the Growth in Tablets Stalled?

When Apple released their Q1 earnings in late April, they reported sales of iPads were down substantially over last year’s same quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated part of the reason for a decline in iPad demand this year is, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 18th, 2014

When Your Users Aren’t Your Customers

A lot of the analysis I do revolves around business models and how companies I cover in the consumer technology market make money. The reality is there are three major business models in use in the consumer technology market for …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 17th, 2014
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The Naked Wrist

As you wander about your world, casually observe what people wear on their wrists. You will notice the most common wrist worn device is a wristwatch. But you will also notice most people have nothing on their wrist. If you …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 16th, 2014

Apple and IBM Storm the Enterprise

The news Apple and IBM have joined forces to deliver a powerful new business approach to the enterprise is the shot heard round the IT world. This global deal, where IBM in essence becomes a VAR (value added reseller) for …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 15th, 2014

Digital Generation Gap

Most people who follow the technology industry have a general sense there are important differences between younger and older people when it comes to what technology products they buy and how they’re used. Heck, those of us who are parents …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 15th, 2014
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Deconstructing Satya

Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella laid bare his vision for the tech giant. It is borderline revolutionary.

From its early days, Microsoft has focused on using software and computing to empower people and businesses around the world. Nadella still clings …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 14th, 2014
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Snippet: Design Is The Difference Between Choice and Decision

Yesterday, I reviewed some of Dieter Rams’ Design philosophies and tried to apply them to existing and potential wearable products. I decided to leave out the following section on the difference between Choice and Decision because it didn’t quite fit …

by John Kirk   |   July 13th, 2014

Divining Apple’s Wearable Design

Most of the wearables on the market today are an experiment in artificial stupidity. Rather than solve problems, they create them. Using a wearable today is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.

A good design introduces enough unfamiliarity to …

by John Kirk   |   July 12th, 2014
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What it will take to “own” the customer

In the late 1990s, I began a series of lectures at conferences titled “Three Screens of the Digital Lifestyle.” As early as 1991, I was researching how people were using various screens in their lives and made the assumption that, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 11th, 2014