Archive for the ‘Tech.pinions Quick Takes’ Category

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Apple’s iPad Trademark Is Not in Danger

When I was an editor, I used to regularly receive form letters from corporate lawyers complaining about the use of “xerox” to describe copying or, my favorite, “realtor” rather than “Realtor®.” I threw them away, and never heard anything further. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 9th, 2012
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Internet Voting Is Years Away, And Maybe Always Will Be

In today’s New York Times Magazine, political writer Matt Bai grumbles in a short piece about his inability to vote online in an era where nearly everything else can be done over the Internet. “The best argument against Internet voting,” …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 8th, 2012
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Men of Modern Mathematics Lives!

In 1961, IBM commissioned designers Charles and Ray Eames to assemble a museum exhibition entitled “Mathematica: A World of Numbers …. And Beyond.” It was widely seen, probably most widely in a display at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. In …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 5th, 2012
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U.S. Government Support Won’t Save BlackBerry

The fact that the U.S. government is not about to abandon the BlackBerry as its smartphone of choice is a bit of good news for Research In Motion, a company that hasn’t had much to cheer about lately. But it …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 5th, 2012
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Happy Birthday, OS/2

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of IBM’s OS/2 operating system. At Time Techland, Harry McCracken has an excellent account of how OS/2 failed to head off Windows, but ended up as a strange zombie operating system. But …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 2nd, 2012
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Apple Becomes the Number One Consumer Brand in Japan

This is fascinating. I just saw news from Nikkei that Apple is now the number one consumer brand–for the first time–in Japan as picked by Japanese consumers. Last year Apple ranked number 11 and jumped to first place …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 30th, 2012
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Facebook and Employers: Where’s the Beef?

I think it is very wrong for employers to demand a Facebook password so they can check prospective employees’ private pages. But for all the outrage and posturing that the notion has engendered, is this really happening? That is not …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2012
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5 Million Galaxy Note Shipments Proves One Thing

I am actually not surprised at the news that Samsung has shipped (not sold) 5 Million Galaxy Note smart phones. Given that it is doubtful that Samsung will reveal actual sales figures as well as regional breakdowns, my …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 28th, 2012
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Why Microsoft Is Whipping Apple in TV

Farhad Manjoo at Slate has a good piece today on how Microsoft is already delivering many of the expected features of the tech world’s favorite unicorn, the Apple television. The combination of the Xbox and the Kinect sensor, together with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2012
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iPad Nitpickers: Get a Life

Back when I spent most of my time reviewing products for BusinessWeek, I always felt a little dread when I had to deal with anything from Apple. I knew that the slightest criticism would invoke a storm of protest from …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 21st, 2012

Why the Next iPhone Should Skip LTE

Battery life will be the undoing of the next generation of smartphones, warns Farhad Manjoo at Pando Daily. He’s right, and that’s why for the next version of the iPhone, probably due out in the fall and probably not to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 18th, 2012
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The Importance of Vision in the Technology Industry

I came across this article in the TabTimes written by my friend Dave Needle. What the article points out is an interesting video that was posted on YouTube showing Roger Fidler and his Information Design Lab putting quality …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 10th, 2012
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The iPad and The Simplicity of the Name

What Apple did by eliminating the numeric moniker was the right thing to do, in fact it may even be brilliant. The fact of the matter is numeric values that specify product generations simply can not last forever. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 9th, 2012
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Google Play: What Game is Google Playing?

With the news today that Google is re-branding the Android Market as Google Play, I am forced to wonder what that says about their strategy. Is playing all Google is really focused on? I also wonder if this …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 6th, 2012
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HTC One X: A Big Win for Nvidia’s Tegra 3

At this years Mobile World Congress HTC made an announcement that I found interesting. They announced that their latest and greatest smart phone the One X will run Nvidia’s latest processor named Tegra 3. Granted, Tegra …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 5th, 2012
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Tech Writers: Stow Your Snark, Do Your Homework

It’s all too common in tech writing these days for online journalists to post a story without taking the time for even minimal efforts to check the facts. Under the headline “USAF Command Signs Big iPad 2 Deal, Fails to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 2nd, 2012
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The Logistic Principle, Not the Law of Large Numbers, Will Slow Apple’s Growth

I cringe whenever I see a reference to the “law of large numbers,” knowing that it is almost certain to be incorrect. Blogger Dr. Drang has already done an  excellent takedown of the New York Times‘ James B. Stewart for a silly …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 25th, 2012
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OnLive Desktop Launches Super-fast Browsing for the iPad

One of the most interesting announcements at CES in January, OnLive Desktop, largely got lost in the noise of the annual gadget-fest in the desert. But this brainchild of online games wizard Steve Perlman is moving forward with an enhancement …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 22nd, 2012
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Mountain Lion’s Gatekeeper Is Not a Slippery Slope

Apple’s announcement of Gatekeeper, an anti-malware component of the new version of OS X, has set off the predictable horrified reactions among tech bloggers. Many are warning that this is a step in Apple’s plot to turn the Mac into …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 17th, 2012
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LightSquared, Spectrum, and the Dilemma of Competition

LightSquared, the company that wanted to turn satellite communications spectrum into a wholesale land-based wireless broadband network has hit the end of the regulatory road. The National Telecommunications & Information Agency is convinced that Lightsquared’s technology cannot avoid interfering with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 15th, 2012
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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Commercial–Best Droid Marketing Yet

When I met with Motorola at CES and they showed me the Droid Maxx I suspected they were on to something. What is interesting to me as an analyst about this device is that it is not just …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 15th, 2012
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Did Engineering Blind RIM to iPhone’s Assault?

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Research In Motion board member Roger Martin offered the Globe and Mail a passionate, though rather odd, defense of of RIM’s actions in the long decline that led up to the departure of co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 13th, 2012
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Windows on ARM to Include Desktop Office. But What About Outlook?

While Microsoft has said a lot of Windows 8, it has revealed very little about its almost equally important software partner, Office 15. In in a post on the Building Windows 8 blog today, Windows boss Steve Sinofsky disclosed a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 9th, 2012
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Apple’s Quiet, Brutal War on Wireless Carriers

Steve Jobs made no secret of his disdain for wireless carriers. In 2005, when Apple was still denying any interest in getting into the phone business,  Jobs sneered at the four major U.S. carriers as the “four orifices” through which …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 8th, 2012
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Even With a Huge Quarter, Apple is just getting Started

- Apple’s $13 billion quarterly profit is second-biggest in U.S. history. Only topped by Exxon’s $14.8 billion in 2008

- 97.6 billion in cash that AAPL has is higher than the market value of 476 of the companies in the S&P …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 24th, 2012