Archive for the ‘Tech.pinions Quick Takes’ Category

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Windows 8 Mail App: Better, but Still Bad

The good news is that the lame Mail app in Windows 8 is about to get better. The bad news is that it will still fall well short of any reasonable expectations of a modern mail client.

As the Oct. 26 …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 5th, 2012
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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

There was only one real surprise when iFixit.com did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone 4S. Yet despite going to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 21st, 2012
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My Favorite Things About iOS 6

Having used every version of iOS and Android since inception, I am always very excited to jump on the latest and greatest smartphone operating system.  You see, operating systems say as much about a company and about the future as …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 20th, 2012
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Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, but where was the very …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 20th, 2012
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For Apple’s iOS Owners, It’s Christmas In September

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 iOS 6 will go live. For tech devotees, this is old news. But for the vast majority of iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad) users, iOS 6 will deliver about 200 gifts – some big …

by John Kirk   |   September 18th, 2012
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The iPad Is Selling like Mad And Making The Competition Sad

At the iPhone 5 event held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Tim Cook announced these facts regarding iPads:

1) Last quarter, Apple sold 17 million iPads.
2) Apple sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC lineup.
3) Apple …

by John Kirk   |   September 18th, 2012
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Mac Attack

At the Apple Special Event held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Tim Cook announced these facts regarding Apple’s Mac Computers:

1) Mac notebooks rank #1 in market share in the U.S. for the last 3 months.
2) Mac notebooks had 27% market …

by John Kirk   |   September 17th, 2012
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Why Apple Couldn’t Go to Micro USB Charging

No feature of the new iPhone 5 has come in for as much criticism as Apple’s decision to drop the venerable 30-pin iPod connector in favor of a new, reversible 8-pin plug called Lightning.

Some people, especially those with a lot …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 16th, 2012
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Ultimately, HP, You’ve Got To Do Something

Via All Things D:

“We have to ultimately offer a smartphone…” ~ Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman

When exactly is this “ultimately” going to be?

“My mantra to the team is: ‘Better right than faster than we should be there.’” ~ Meg Whitman

What? Say …

by John Kirk   |   September 14th, 2012
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Can iPhone 5 Really Boost Economic Growth? [Not much]

JP Morgan analyst Michael Feroli made some news this week with a three-paragraph research report claiming that the introduction of the iPhone 5 could boost U.S. economic growth by as much as half a percentage point. It would be really great if …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 14th, 2012
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Why The New iPhone Will Be Roundly Panned And Why It Will Still Sell Like Crazy

What would you say the new iPhone’s greatest feature or features will be? Will it be the hardware? The operating system? A new service like maps or passbook? Nope. It won’t be any of those things. The truth is, the …

by John Kirk   |   September 11th, 2012

A Smartphone Patent Pool: A Way Out of the Litigation Thicket

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One major misconception arising from Apple’s legal victory over Samsung is that Apple now has some sort of monopoly over critical components of smartphone touch screen interfaces. Patent lawyer Gene Quinn of IP Watchdog explains the problem with this …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 4th, 2012

Windows RT Grows More Mysterious as Launch Nears

Microsoft’s Surface Windows RT Tablet

I expected we would be seeing more clarity on the distinctions between Windows 8 and its Windows RT sibling (for ARM processor devices) as the expected late October launch grows closer. But the picture seems …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 31st, 2012
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A Cautionary Tale About Market Share

via spaziodigitale.net

My colleague John Kirk’s series of posts about Android, iPhone, and the importance–or lack thereof–of market share brought back memories of some fights over share in the PC business. The moral  of all the stories is that companies …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 30th, 2012
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What if Samsung Was a Band?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles the last few days all on the degree in which Apple’s success in a US court over Samsung is good or bad for the industry. In the midst of all of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 28th, 2012
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Patents: Who Has a Portfolio With Clout

One thing that put Samsung at a serious disadvantage in its patent fight with Apple was the weakness of its own portfolio of relevant patents. Conflicts between companies with roughly comparable portfolios almost always end in a cross-licensing agreement. A …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 28th, 2012

Verdict

Apple just gave the rest of the industry 1 billion, 49 million, 353 thousand, 540 reasons why they should not drift too close to Apple’s patents or designs.

by John Kirk   |   August 24th, 2012
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What Does Microsoft Have Against Email?

Email in Windows 8 is a catastrophe.

I know the cool kids think email is last decade’s technology, but the fact is that it remains a vitally important communications tool for both businesses and consumers. But it gets no respect from …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 24th, 2012
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The Twitter Kerfluffle: You Gets No Bread With One Meatball

The world of Twitter has been a-twitter for the last few days over changes the microblogging service is making in the third-party access to Twitter APIs. In general, the rules restrict or outright block the access of many third parties. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 23rd, 2012
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Why We Hate Carriers (AT&T Edition)

Watching folks try to untangle themselves from messes of their own making is often painful. No, I’m not talking about Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, but AT&T and the trouble it has made for itself by restricting the use of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 22nd, 2012
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The Windows 8 UI: Microsoft Makes a Tough Marketing Problem Worse

Over at ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, master of all things Microsoft, reports sources tell her that having lost the name Metro in an apparent trademark dispute, Microsoft will call the new tile-based user interface for Windows 8 the Windows 8 UI. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 9th, 2012
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Boingo+Cloud Nine=Free Wi-Fi+Ads

Wi-Fi service provider and aggregator Boingo announced today is was acquiring privately held Cloud Nine Media, a Wi-Fi add network. The result is likely to be growth Wi-Fi services that are free- but supported by ads.

Free Wi-Fi is understandably popular …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 8th, 2012
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Is There No One At Google Who Knows How To Say “No”?

Google, in an email to those that pre-ordered a Nexus Q:

We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch …

by John Kirk   |   August 1st, 2012
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The New Mac Ads: If Tech Companies Were Cruise Lines

There has been a real kerfuffle caused by the new Mac Ads.

Some people dislike them. Others hate, hate, hate them.

On the other hand, some people like them…or, at least, they tolerate them.

MAC OWNERS AND MAC HATERS ARE NOT THE …

by John Kirk   |   July 30th, 2012
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The Swedish Surface and the Pathetic State of Online Journalism

Yesterday, an obscure–outside Sweden, at least–web retailer, webhallen.com, published a page that purported to give the still unannounced pricing for Microsoft’s Surface tablets. The surface was quoted at a ranged from $1,000 for a minimal ARM version to $2,100 for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   July 26th, 2012