Archive for September, 2011

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Unanswered Questions about the Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon threw their axe into the tablet sea Wednesday with the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire. On paper, the Kindle Fire seems like a killer value proposition. For $199, you get continuous computing access to 18 million books, movies, …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 30th, 2011

Was Android a Big Mistake for Google?

By many standards, Android is a huge success. It has become the top-selling smartphone operating system and is on a growth path to increase its dominance. But there is a significant question of whether it has done any good for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 30th, 2011
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What if Amazon Bought webOS?

MobileBeat has an interesting article this morning reporting that Amazon is apparently in talks to buy webOS from HP.

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Although this deal could make a fair bit of sense I don’t see the immediate need for …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 30th, 2011
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Why China is Apple’s Land of Golden Opportunity

Last fall, when I was in Beijing, I noticed that Apple’s iPhones seemed to be just about everywhere I turned. I was on the campus of one of the major universities and an abundance of students there had an iPhone. …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 30th, 2011
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The Sony NEX-C3 is an Amazing Camera

I recently attended Sony’s annual analyst day where they gave us their new NEX-C3 digital camera. The NEX-C3 fits into a category that the industry is calling mirror-less interchangeable lens cameras.

The only real difference between these cameras …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 29th, 2011

Kindle Fire Threatens Google More Than Apple

Much of the coverage of Amazon’s announcement of the Kindle Fire has, understandably, focused on the potential competition with Apple’s iPad. While the two products are clear competitive in the sense that some consumers will pick one and forego the other, it is entirely possible …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 29th, 2011
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Is There a Technology Race to the Bottom With Price?

I have been surveying the collective schools of thought related to the Amazon Kindle Fire launch. One thing that many writing publicly on the matter emphasize is the price of the Fire and rightly so. $199 is an …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 29th, 2011
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Why Amazon’s Silk Browser is a Big Deal

In my opinion what Amazon has created with their Silk browser is the most interesting part of their Kindle Fire announcement.

One of the key reasons is because it is an example of the kind of differentiation I have …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 28th, 2011

AWS: Amazon’s Secret Weapon

Most consumers think of Amazon.com as a company that sells books and a whole lot of other stuff. But it is also a deep technology company that has turned its technology both into a product and a big competitive advantage.

Amazon …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 28th, 2011

Kindle Fire: The Disruptive Power of Amazon

Amazon.com launched its long-awaited tablet, the Kindle Fire,  today and once again established its place, alongside Apple and Google, in the Bit Three of economic disrupters.  My colleague Tim Bajarin has written about the details of the $199 tablet and …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 28th, 2011
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The Kindle Fire is a Game Changer

After months of speculation, Amazon finally rolled out the Kindle Fire this morning, their version of a cross between a super eBook reader and a small tablet. But make no mistake, this product is a game changer. And it …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 28th, 2011

Industry Collaboration Could Speed Next Generation of Chips

At a time when the federal government can’t seem to agree with itself that today is Wednesday, it’s a good thing to see New York State  get together with the largest chip makers to spur the next generation of chipmaking. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 28th, 2011

Reading the Signs: The iPhone and Semiotic Silliness

Now that Apple has ended speculation about when it will make its long-awaited iPhone announcement, pundits, deprived of any actual news, have been trying to divine the hidden meaning in Apple’s clever invitation to the Oct. 4 media event.

The prize …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 27th, 2011
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10-4, Good Buddies

It’s official: Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 on Oct. 4.

But it is widely expected that they’ll make an announcement for the iPad, too:

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would probably introduce an iPad …

by Peter Lewis   |   September 27th, 2011
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10 Days, 10 Questions About Windows 8

Last week, I wrote about the many positive experience aspects of the Windows 8 developer tablet. There are, however, experience areas that are difficult to evaluate, either because Windows 8 is only a developer version and not final product, or …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 27th, 2011

Many Windows, One Login

A post at the official Building Windows 8 blog outlines a potentially very cool feature in Windows 8. You’ll be able to set up any Windows 8 system, conventional PC or tablet, to use a Windows Live ID as a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 27th, 2011

The Amazon Tablet: Less Could Be More

M.G. Siegler at TechCrunch has some interesting tidbits on the tablet that Amazon.com is expected to announce at a media event on Wednesday. The most interesting news, other than the name of “Kindle Fire,” is that the tablet won’t ship …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 26th, 2011
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Why The iPad Could Be Huge in China

I’ve stumbled across some interesting research from Citi Group Financial’s internal research group. The research report was specifically about tablets but the part I found interesting was their research related to tablets and China.

Citi surveyed almost 2000 …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 26th, 2011
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Tech.pinions: The Podcast – Week of Sept 19th 2011

Welcome to the first installment of the Tech.pinions Podcast. Tim Bajarin, Steve Wildstrom and Ben Bajarin opine on the latest technology industry developments for the week of September 19th 2011.

We talk HP’s firing of Leo Apotheker …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   September 23rd, 2011

Will Amazon Announce the un-iPad?

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Amazon.com has called a press conference for next Wednesday and all expectations are for an announcement of the long-awaited Amazon tablet. You’re going to read a lot of stupid stuff in the next few days speculating about whether …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 23rd, 2011
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5 Reasons Why Amazon’s Tablet is the Only Real iPad Alternative

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by Ben Bajarin   |   September 23rd, 2011
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10 Days with Windows 8 Developer Tablet- the “Plusses”

It has been ten days since I attended Microsoft’s BUILD developer forum where I listened to many of the public details on Windows 8. The most valuable time I spent was that with customers, developers, press and analysts to share …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 23rd, 2011
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Dear Industry: Dare to Differentiate

Why should I (or anyone) buy your product or service over another? This is one of the most important questions any company in business should be asking. Right now it seems in the consumer and personal electronics industry …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 23rd, 2011
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Is Meg Whitman the Right Choice for HP now?

If you have followed HP over the last 12 months, you know that they have had, should we say, some serious missteps in the marketplace. Investor confidence was down and consumers were confused about their strategies, products and future.

The way …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 22nd, 2011

Lack of iPad Competition: A Tale of Missed Opportunity

In a new report on the tablet market, Gartner predicts that the iPad will account for two-thirds of the 103.5 million units it expects to be sold next year and nearly half of the 326 million units in 2015. While …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 22nd, 2011