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Tempering expectations for ad-based Chinese tech firms

As major US based tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have all held IPOs, attention has begun to shift to a cadre of Chinese web properties looking to go public. Yahoo’s earnings, reported this week, were entirely overshadowed …

by Jan Dawson   |   April 18th, 2014
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What Mobile Can Learn from the PC Industry

The PC industries doldrums continue yet many seem to be scratching their head as to why. The common answer is to blame tablets. While there is truth to that statement, some important context is still missing from this puzzle. What …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 11th, 2014
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Office For iPad Beats The Hell Out Of Rooming With Paul Thurrott

This is not really a review of Office for iPad. It’s more of a review of Paul Thurrott’s review of Office for iPad. Thurrott has some interesting observations that I think are well worth addressing. So let’s get to it.

Nicely …

by John Kirk   |   April 3rd, 2014
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Better For The World? Apple Or Google?

Arguably, Apple and Google are the largest, richest, most powerful, most influential technology companies on the planet. Across many markets their products, services and technologies directly compete with one another. Yet, in countless endeavors, each benefits the other, enabling both …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   March 19th, 2014
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Bitcoin May Become Legitimate in Spite of Itself

I found it hard to take Bitcoin seriously for a long time. What were you really supposed to say about a payment system and monetary alternative that was the combined delight of extreme libertarians and folks looking for a way …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 5th, 2014
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Windows 8 In Hindsight

On September 13, 2011, Zach Epstein, explained to us us why Windows 8 was the dawning of a new age. And on February 9, 2014, Paul Thurrott explained to us why the sun was prematurely setting on that age.

Calling Windows …

by John Kirk   |   February 20th, 2014
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What I love about Apple’s Strategy

I see many headlines cross my twitter stream that say something along the lines of what Apple should do in 2014. I always find these to be entertaining ramblings that never amount to any useful information about Apple’s strategy …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 3rd, 2014
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Apple’s Most Over-Looked Innovation

Do you own a computer, cell phone, or tablet? Has that device ever stopped working for no reason (or have you ever dropped it in the toilet and not told anyone)? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement …

by Harry C. Marks   |   January 1st, 2014
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Learning to Love Chromebooks and Succeeding

I have been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google announced them. What could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for most of its functionality. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 27th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Android’s Market Share is Literally a Joke

During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read columns of our site …

by John Kirk   |   December 23rd, 2013
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Apple’s Definition Of “Winning”

We are winning with our products in all the ways that are most important to us, in customer satisfaction, in product usage and in customer loyalty. ~ Tim Cook, Apple earnings call

Customer satisfaction. Product usage. Customer loyalty.

Is Tim Cook right? …

by John Kirk   |   October 31st, 2013
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If Steve Jobs Was Alive What Would Steve Jobs Do?

If Steve Jobs was alive I would not need to write this column.

He is not, tragically, and yet as I cover Apple, the smartphone industry, and the rapid spread of mobile personal computing throughout the world, I never hear the …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 24th, 2013
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How Apple Could Lead the Next Big Tech Trend–Security As A Service

Security is a hot topic in many countries at the moment. And it is going to be a hot topic for the foreseeable future, perhaps for reasons you may not even know yet. It is fascinating to listen to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 23rd, 2013
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Time To Reboot Smartphone Benchmarks

Benchmarks are used in every market as one way to show why one company’s widget is better than another company’s widget.  Whether it’s MPG on a car, energy ratings on appliances, or a Wine Spectator rating, it’s …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 26th, 2013
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Time to upgrade Your PC

While preparing for a presentation I was going to give, I looked at some historical data. I like to do that to set the stage for my talks and give the audience a chance to get in synch with my …

by Jon Peddie   |   May 6th, 2013

The Best Innovations are Still Ahead

I enjoy technology industry history. After the dot come bubble burst, I had a conversation with the then-CEO of National Semiconductor, Brian Halla. He’s also a tech history connoisseur and he explained to me what is called the Boom Bust …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 25th, 2013
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Reflecting On 2012

What a year 2012 has been. From some of the most exciting and historical product launches, wild and ill-concieved acquisitions, ugly court battles, and more, has made this year one worth reflecting upon. One thing is certain and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 24th, 2012
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Why The Wheels Are Falling Off Microsoft

This week, highly respected web and technolgy analyst, Mary Meeker, released her end of the year 2012 report on internet trends. The slide deck is 88 slides long and is highly recommended. You can view it here.

As I reviewed Ms. …

by John Kirk   |   December 6th, 2012
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How the iPad Mini Could Impact Future PC Sales

[dc]N[/dc]ow that the iPad Mini has been out for a while and many of us at Creative Strategies have been testing them, it is becoming clear to us that this 7.9” form factor or most 7” inch models will literally …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 9th, 2012
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Windows 8: Back To The Future

[dc]D[/dc]ue to scheduling conflicts I could not be in NYC yesterday for the Windows 8 launch but watched it intently as it was streamed around the world from Microsoft’s Web site. But what I saw was both impressive as well …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 26th, 2012
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Truel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; The iPad, the Surface and the Nexus 7

The Plot

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles. ~ paraphrased from Wikipedia

Apple, Microsoft and Google …

by John Kirk   |   October 18th, 2012
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iPhone Naysayers

It’s interesting to sit back watch tech pundits and some bloggers trip over themselves to write negative articles after an Apple launch. It’s nothing new, it’s been going on for years with the same result — they’re wrong.

The launch of …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   September 14th, 2012
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The Greatest Show In Tech

You can’t tell the players without a program

It’s like the circus has come to the world of tech. Over the next 30 days or so everybody and his brother is going to be announcing a spanking new tech product. And …

by John Kirk   |   September 6th, 2012

The New OS Wars: The Variety of Android Boosters

The verdict in Apple v. Samsung unleashed a flood of commentary on the relative merits of Apple and Android, and the one thing that has struck me as I read through the posts and comments is the passion of Android …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 5th, 2012
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Tech.pinions Recommended Reading

I hope our many American readers are enjoying a day off celebrating Labor Day. To our many readers in other parts of the world happy Monday! Since today is a holiday in the states we didn’t plan an …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 3rd, 2012