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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

Where the innovation is: brains, inputs and outputs

Most of the devices we use have three essential components: processors, inputs and outputs. What’s interesting is much of the innovation in the consumer technology space at present is happening across these three categories, but the major companies in the …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 10th, 2014

The Awkward Years of Tech

Before we reach maturity, we go through what many refer to as “the awkward years”. It’s a rite of passage as we change from adolescence to adulthood. For most people, the best way to describe those years are with a …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 9th, 2014

Virtualization Reborn

Timing is everything in the tech business and because of that, it’s not uncommon to see old ideas come back to life in new forms. Many important or innovative ideas just reach the market before the world is ready for …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 8th, 2014

The Smartphone Is The Computer

I have spent the past three weeks in Detroit, a city possessing a rich history and an unremitting present. The vagaries of Silicon Valley count for little here. When I heard a young man ask — for real — if …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 7th, 2014
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Three Years of Tech.pinions

Since today is an off day, at least for most Americans, I thought I would write something reflecting on what I have learned since starting Tech.pinions just over three years ago. On June 2nd, 2011 I published this post on …

by Ben Bajarin   |   July 4th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple Wearables, Samsung, Digital Identities

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast.

This week Bob O’Donnell, Tim Bajarin and Jan Dawson discuss three of the recent columns they posted on Techpinions: Tim’s piece on understanding Apple’s wearable strategy, Jan’s column on Samsung, and Bob’s article on portable …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 4th, 2014
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Is Samsung’s Exceptionalism Coming to an End?

I’ve always found it fascinating the two dominant companies in the smartphone market – Samsung and Apple – have such different business models. On the one hand, you have a company that approaches the market in a tightly integrated fashion, …

by Jan Dawson   |   July 3rd, 2014

Why Google should have bought Oculus Rift

After I saw the Oculus Rift at a CES, I jokingly told a friend they would probably be bought by Google or Facebook for billions. This was not a prediction but a real joke in my mind since I thought …

by Tim Bajarin   |   July 2nd, 2014

Portable Digital Identities

One of the many hassles of the “multi-device per person” era we now find ourselves in, is the need to constantly log-in to each of our devices and password-protected web sites/online services multiple times a day. Jumping between devices generally …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   July 1st, 2014
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iOS, Android, and the Dividing of Business Models

Without question the mobile platform wars are over. iOS and Android have both won and have won in very different ways. Granted, with an eventual total mobile addressable market of over four billion people, there is room for more than …

by Ben Bajarin   |   June 30th, 2014