Archive for the ‘Tech.pinions Quick Takes’ Category

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The Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing

“The age of labor arbitrage is over,” General Electric CEO Jeff Imelt declared at the D11 conference last week.

Signs that he is right are all around us. Today, Lenovo–a Chinese company owned partly by the Chinese government–opened its first U.S. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   June 5th, 2013
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A Significant Product Differentiation

Philip Elmer-DeWitt is calling him the man who figures Apple is worth $240 a share. I read his blog post and dove into his theory of ROIC. Something he said stood out to me.

Without significant …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 15th, 2013
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Bloomberg, the Internet, and Trust

We’ve just begun to see the fallout from Bloombgerg LP that, in the word of CEO Dan Doctoroff, “Bloomberg News reporters had access to limited customer relationship management data through their use of the Bloomberg terminal.” In blunter words, Bloomberg …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 12th, 2013
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Tom Wheeler and the FCC: The Challenges Ahead

President Obama announces the nomination of Thomas Wheeler (right)

Thomas Wheeler has been influencing  communications policy in Washington for a long time, but always from the sidelines. He ran what was then the National Cable Television Association and then …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 2nd, 2013
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Windows vs. Mac In Schools: All the Wrong Reasons

The Maine Department of Education announced earlier this week that it was switching from Apple Macintoshes to Hewlett-Packard Windows PCs as the technology behind the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Macs had been used exclusively since the program was started by then-Governor …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 1st, 2013
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Startup Highlight: Curious Tackles Informal Learning

The world of online education is buzzing with talks of MOOCs–massive open online courses–that many see as the future of higher education. MOOCs certainly have a place, though I’m not quite sure yet of just what it is. But there …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 1st, 2013
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Google “Plays” With Android Activation Numbers

“…there are now 1.5 million Android devices being activated every day, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Tuesday. That’s led to more than 750 million Android phones currently in use.” ~ Erica Ogg, Gigaom

Google changed their methodology to only count user …

by John Kirk   |   April 16th, 2013

Office for Tablets: Delay Could Be Death

The usually very well-informed Mary Jo Foley reports at ZDNet that we won’t see major improvement in Microsoft Office for tablets until next year, spring of 2014 for Windows RT and fall for the long-awaited iOS and Android …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 11th, 2013

Fox, Aereo, and the End of TV

News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey’s threat to pull the Fox network from the airwaves if Aereo wins its legal battle to retransmit over-the-air TV signals without paying for them is probably nothing more than bluster. But the fact …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 8th, 2013

Facebook Home: The Death of Android

As a core operating system, Android is thriving. As a brand–and a user experience–it is dead. Facebook just killed it.

Android’s brand demise has been coming for a long time. Phone makers have been taking advantage of Android’s open architecture to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 4th, 2013

Want To Sell Used Digital Content? Not So Fast

Just two week after the Supreme Court stop a publisher’s attempt to impose tight limits on the ability of purchasers to resell books, a federal judge in New York has reminded us of the limits on our resale rights when …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 1st, 2013

Uniloc v. Rackspace: A Rare Patent Win in East Texas

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has a well-earned reputation as a place where non-practicing entities, more colorfully known as patent trolls, use their dubious patents to extort money from companies that actually do things and make stuff. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2013

Google Keep: Bleeding from Self-inflicted Wounds

 

I don’t know how much Google is saving by killing off Reader, but it is rapidly becoming clear that it wasn’t worth it.

Most people don’t know what an RSS reader is and Reader never became a popular offering  on the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 21st, 2013
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Understanding Android Activations

There are some questions that are worth spending the time to understand. Part of this lure may be due to the elusive nature of how Google reports Android. They make it sound like the game is over, they have already …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 11th, 2013

Can We Call Windows RT a Flop Yet?

Windows RT was a bold move by Microsoft to make its mark in the world of ARM-powered tablets. But five months after launch, it is looking more and more like an expensive flop.

The German site Heise Online reports (h/t to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 6th, 2013

Why the iPad Needs a File System

Over at Monday Note, the always perceptive Jean-Louis Gassée writes about how the lack of a true user-accessible file system is holding back more intensive use of the iPad as a creation tool. Jean-Louis has been on this kick for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 24th, 2013

HTC One, Android Zero

There was a word missing from HTC’s unveiling of its impressive new HTC One phone. HTC executives talked about the BlinkFeed streaming home screen, the redone Sense user interface, the BoomSound audio system, and the Zoe photo-plus-video app. But there …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 19th, 2013

The Enterprise Is Important. Let’s Get It Right.

One of the most striking features of much tech writing today is its near total ignorance about corporate software and systems. Except for sites like ComputerWorld and others that specialize in the enterprise, reporting is sparse and when it appears, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 31st, 2013

Apple and Imperfection

Near the end the dot-com bubble, smart investors finally realized that a major problem with tech stock pricing was that dozens of companies were priced to perfection: Their stock prices were so high relative to the underlying financials that only …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 23rd, 2013
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A Quick Take On The Surface Pro

First, let me say that the Microsoft does not get enough credit for the hardware build on the Surface RT. Microsoft had little experience in bringing out a hardware product and they got the hardware right and they did it …

by John Kirk   |   January 23rd, 2013
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Why Hardware, and CES, Still Matter

An odd notion that hardware no longer matters has lately taken hold in the world of tech commentary. For example, in a well-argued piece explaining his decision not to attend the Consumer Electronics Show, Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan  writes:

[S]oftware and services have …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 10th, 2013
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Where’s The Windows 8 “Buzz”?

With all the news coming out of CES this week, I couldn’t help but be struck by the lack of “buzz” surrounding Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft and its partners just introduced a slew of new hardware and software products, …

by John Kirk   |   January 8th, 2013
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Google vs. Microsoft: Just Cut It Out

Hostilities between Google and Microsoft are heating up, and users are being caught in the crossfire.

Microsoft, of course, has spent the last couple of years trying to bring the wrath of the federal government down on Google. This campaign failed …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 5th, 2013
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Qualcomm and the Birth of the Smartphone

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs’ appearance on the Charlie Rose Show brought back memories of the earliest days of smartphones. Jacobs told rose that he originally proposed adding a cellular radio to the Apple Newton MessagePad. When Apple demurred, Jacobs headed …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 3rd, 2013
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Why Mourn the Death of Pirates?

At some level, I have a bit of grudging admiration for CNET for publishing an article so obviously hostile to the the interests of its corporate parent, CBS. But on the other hand, it is long past time for anyone …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 1st, 2013