Archive for the ‘The Daily Techpinion’ Category


The Wearable-Identity Connection

Two of the hottest topics in technology these days are smart wearable devices and digital identities. The former, thanks in part to last week’s unveiling of the Apple Watch, has captured the attention of nearly everyone recently, while the latter …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 16th, 2014

Are Dogs Even Necessary In An iPhone World?

Does the iPhone hate dogs?

I know, that’s not a fair question. Still, I can’t help but wonder if the iPhone, if all smartphones, will fundamentally alter our relationship with our most trusted, faithful, ready-to-die-for-us-but-until-then-let’s-go-for-a-walk companions.

The arrival of the iPhone has, …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 15th, 2014

I Shall Now Make My Apple Event Predictions!

I always like to make my predictions AFTER the fact. Improves accuracy. Yet I’m still bound to get a few things wrong.

You can only predict things after they have happened. ~ Eugene Ionesco

Truth be told, I’m working on some massive …

by John Kirk   |   September 14th, 2014
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The iPhone 6 Size Conundrum

Since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, the size of the screen on each version was the same. For the first five years, the screen on the iPhone was 3.5 inches. Then they moved to a 4 inch screen with the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 12th, 2014
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Apple Watch will finally move the needle on smartwatches

A few weeks ago, partly in anticipation of Apple’s big event this week, I published a report on market prospects for smartwatches, and wrote a companion piece here on Tech.pinions on the topic. The title of the piece was “Grading …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 11th, 2014

Apple Payments and Smart Watches: Just the Beginning

Over the past few years, Apple has been building a loyal user base. Zero sum game analysis of market share is irrelevant to the market dynamics playing out in mobile. So when it relates to Apple, my analysis centers on …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 9th, 2014

The Password Dilemma

Security-related issues have come to the fore recently and focused a harsh light on some of the methods that companies use to try and protect your data and/or identity. The consistent theme throughout virtually all these methods is the use …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 9th, 2014

I Was Wrong And The iPhone 5c Is Still A Failure

The best way to defeat the iPhone is to create a superior alternative to the app ecosystem. With widgets, notifications, continuity and inter-app processes in iOS 8, Apple did just that. Woe to Android, Windows Phone and anyone who hopes to see …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 8th, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Business Models

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much.

Business Models

No one gets more bad advice than …

by John Kirk   |   September 6th, 2014
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The Doctor-Patient Health Tracker Data Dilemma

In my column last Friday, “Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing“, I pointed out I believed Apple is doing less an iWatch and more a wearable with a narrower focus around fitness and health care.

Of course it will tell time, but I suggested …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 5th, 2014
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Five Thoughts on Privacy and Security

Apple’s been in the news this week because hackers apparently forced their way into various celebrities’ iCloud accounts and stole photos, which have now been released to the public. It’s still not clear exactly how the hacks were perpetrated, although …

by Jan Dawson   |   September 4th, 2014

If the World Was a Village – Tech Edition

Bob’s column yesterday brought back into attention some of the things I discussed in this article called Computing’s S-Curve. We are on the path to connect the planet via a pocket computer. This is so incredibly significant it is difficult …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 3rd, 2014

Smart Connected Devices: A New Forecast

As an analyst, one of the first things I was ever asked to do was put together a forecast. In fact, a key part of an analyst’s job is to dive deeply into a market, learn as much as you …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   September 2nd, 2014

The 5.5 Inch iRemote For The Apple Home

You want to talk about Apple. I understand. They are the biggest tech company in the world. Their products are used by hundreds of millions. Oh, and next week there’s — OMG! — a major Apple event, not at Moscone …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 1st, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Introduction

Apple has scheduled an Event for Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Apple’s Events attract critics the way a trailer park attracts tornados. Good analysis and insightful critiques are expected and welcome, however many critics merely repeat the same discredited arguments over …

by John Kirk   |   August 30th, 2014

How Microsoft and Apple’s Ads Define Their Strategy

Recently, after spending a lot of time with many of Microsoft’s OEM partners and looking at their overall strategic view of the PC and tablet markets of the future, it has become clear to me there really is a huge …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 29th, 2014

Who Apple, Google and Microsoft Should Acquire Next

On Tuesday night, TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm asked on Twitter:

If you were Microsoft/Google/Apple what company would you buy?

— Alex Wilhelm (@alex) August 27, 2014

It was late and I fired off a quick response but I thought it was a question interesting enough to …

by Jan Dawson   |   August 28th, 2014
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Mac vs. PC All Over Again

The latest round of company quarterly financial results illuminate three trends in the device market:

Apple continues to generate record profits largely due to growing iPhone sales (iPad sales are slowly declining, Macs are growing, iPod sales are mostly gone, and …

by Avi Greengart   |   August 27th, 2014

Phablets—aka Pocket Computers—Drive New World Order

I’m writing this week’s column from the comfort of my hotel room in Shenzhen, China where I just witnessed first hand the evolutionary wave that has begun to take over the world of smart connected devices — phablets are king. …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 25th, 2014

The Unbearable Loneliness Of The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy promises the potential for riches, personal empowerment, new modes of work, and fear, the kind of fear that swells from a livelihood dependent upon algorithms, star ratings, and the feedback of strangers. 

When we imagined the future, certainly …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 25th, 2014

Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing

For those of us who have followed the life of Steve Jobs, we know most of the products he brought to market were ones he wanted to use himself. They came out of his personal life experiences. The iPod came …

by Tim Bajarin   |   August 22nd, 2014
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Apple and mobile payments

In last week’s column, I talked about the current state of smartwatches. I described weak demand met by weak supply, and the resulting poor sales of the offerings in the market today. I also talked about what it might take …

by Jan Dawson   |   August 21st, 2014
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Analyzing the Surface Pro 3

I’ve spent the past week with a Surface Pro 3. I’ve used every previous version of Surface and given what the promise of a 2-in-1 PC was supposed to be, the Surface Pro 3 is the closest yet to fulfilling …

by Ben Bajarin   |   August 20th, 2014
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Device Usage Diversity

When we think about how devices and their usage are evolving, it’s tempting to talk about the rise of one versus the decline of another. But the reality is much more complex. What’s actually happening is that people are acquiring …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   August 19th, 2014

America Needs Entrepreneurs. Instead Of Programming Teach Children Fantasy Football.

America needs entrepreneurs. Men, women, boys, girls, native-born, immigrants, smart, skillful, driven, capable entrepreneurs to propel the economy, create jobs, spur innovation and build something from nothing.

I believe to do this, to create a sizable generation of entrepreneurs, we should …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 18th, 2014