Archive for the ‘Tech.pinions Quick Takes’ Category


HP’s Never Ending Drama: Blame the Board

I don’t pretend to know what is going to happen next at Hewlett-Packard, but both Bloomberg and All Things Digital report that the board is meeting to consider ousting CEO Léo Apotheker and perhaps replace him with former eBay CEO …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 21st, 2011

Is Apple Stock and Customer Satisfaction Tied Together?

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) recently released their findings across multiple industries. Unsurprisingly Apple continues to reign supreme when it comes to customer satisfaction. In fact according to the release Apple’s …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 20th, 2011

How iWant drives iRumors

I got a kick out of an AllThingsD headline that said “No iPad until 2012.”

Serious Apple watchers know full well that Apple’s cadence with almost all of their products are done on a yearly basis and there is a …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 19th, 2011
Learn & Lead

How Google Can Learn From Microsoft

There has been some interesting commentary around how different the approach between Microsoft and Apple is as it relates to their developer conferences.

It is certainly true that these two companies approach them differently but as …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 15th, 2011

Why Microsoft’s Development Must Be More Open Than Apple’s

Matt Rosoff at Business Insider writes that a principal reason why Microsoft reveals a lot more about its development process than Apple does is that Apple is a consumer products company while Microsoft is a technology company.That’s somewhat oversimplified, but …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 14th, 2011

Should Apple Fear HTML 5? Not a Chance

IDG News Service’s Leok Essers has an article in which a couple of financial analysts predict dire consequences for Apple from the growing adoption of HTML 5, a technology that allows web pages to behave much more like native apps.

Toni …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 12th, 2011

Mozilla Gets Tough on Digital Certificates

In a preemptive step to protect users from possible attacks based on fake digital certificates, Mozilla has given certificate issuers a week to present proof of security measures they have taken or have their certificates rejected by Firefox browsers.

Digital certificates …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 9th, 2011

America Invents: A Step Toward Patent Reform

The America Invents Act, now awaiting President Obama’s signature, will not solve the most serious problems of the U.S. patent system, especially the ugly mess of vague and dubious software patents. But it is a welcome step on the long …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 9th, 2011

Google’s Purchase of Zagat Proves They Are A Content Company

As a serious foodie and a fan of Zagat’s Restaurant guides, I was rather intrigued by the fact that Google has decided to buy this popular product. Tim and Nina Zagat have worked tirelessly for decades to create what …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 9th, 2011

iOS is Still The Best Choice For Developers

Yesterday The Yankee Group released an interesting set of findings from a research study they conducted. The crux of the article was around how Android app piracy is hurting Android developers. The report claims that because …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 9th, 2011

It’s the User Experience, Stupid; How iPhone Critics Miss the Point

The title tells it all: 10 Reasons Why iPhone 5 Doesn’t Stand a chance Against Motorola Droid Bionic. The article, by Elias Samuel in International Business Times, not surprisingly, lists 10 ways in which the Droid Bionic, just announced for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 8th, 2011
Microsoft Yahoo

What is Yahoo’s Fate?

I wish I could confidently proclaim that Yahoo’s best days are ahead or them. The fact of the matter is they are in a hole in which they can not emerge without serious help.

Yahoo like most …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 8th, 2011

Is it Time for RIM to be Acquired?

The short answer is yes. And it seems like RIM’s investors are starting to chime in and suggest the company look for a suitor.

The technology industry landscape has changed drastically in the last few months. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 6th, 2011

Why No One Can Match the MacBook Air

Peter Bright at Ars Technica has a feature about his frustrating search for a Windows notebook that can match the MacBook Air–and how difficult it will be for Intel to pull off its quest for Air-like Ultrabooks. The big questions …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 6th, 2011

Amazon Plans on Stealing Android Developers From Google

You may think such a statement sounds absurd. However if a recent report from MG Siegler at TechCrunch is true then Amazon wants to lure Android developers for their own version of Android and Kindle products.

Tim Bajarin in an …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 2nd, 2011

Netflix vs. Starz: Hollywood Keeps a Tight Rein on Content

In a short article today, The Los Angeles Times sheds some fascinating light on the failed negotiations that will result in Netflix losing streaming movie and TV content from Starz at the end of February.  Nextflix, the paper said, offered …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 2nd, 2011

Spectrum Wars: The Bleak Outlook for Wireless

In a post at TechCrunch, Frank Barbieri argues that the entire dispute over the AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile is really about the failure of spectrum allocation policies in the U.S. He’s right although AT&T’s short-term case would be stronger if …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 2nd, 2011

Android Hardware Is Too Saturated For Its Own Good

The plethora of Android devices on the market was added to in a variety of ways today with news from IFA.

My friend Evan Selleck asks a good question over at PhoneDog. Is the market being saturated with Android …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 1st, 2011

HP Executive Drama Drags On

After Wall Street Journal columnist Al Lewis’s scathing and all-too-true assessment of Hewlett-Packard’s year-long campaign of self-destruction gained wide attention, you’d think the company’s executives might just go to ground for a while. That doesn’t seem to be happening.

Todd …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 30th, 2011

Geek Culture: Screenshot of Steve Jobs’s Calendar on Day 1 as Ex-CEO

Nitrozac & Snaggy’s “The Joy of Tech” is such a geeky pleasure. Here’s today’s, a screenshot of Steve Jobs’s calendar on his first day as former CEO of Apple:

Copyright 2011, Geek Culture

by Peter Lewis   |   August 29th, 2011

Here’s a Ridiculous Idea-Split Apple in Two

I saw a story earlier today that said that some on Wall Street have suggested that Apple should split their business in two- A Mac business and the more profitable iOS business.

I normally don’t criticize my brethren on …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 29th, 2011

Why Apple Still Shouldn’t Make Televisions

Ryan Block at gdgt has dusted off a six-month-old post to respond to the latest rumors about Apple getting into the business of making TV sets. His arguments about why this won’t happen as as good and succinct as ever.

Apple …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 28th, 2011

Correction: The future of webOS

In a post yesterday, I mistakenly attributed views on the future of webOS to HP’s Richard Kerris. The article referred to was actually written by  Derek Kessler of PreCentral. I apologize for the error.

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 26th, 2011

Think Different

My favorite Apple marketing campaign by far was their “think different” campaign. I felt like that campaign profoundly spoke to me and I am a sucker for great marketing.

That slogan, I always believed, summed up Apple eloquently. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 24th, 2011

The NSA Wants Your Home Network To Be Safer

The National Security Agency is best known for its global communications snooping, but it is also responsible for helping to keep the nation’s computers safe from attack. Most of that effort is focused on government systems and large corporate networks, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   August 24th, 2011