Archive for October, 2011

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Apple is Still the #1 Smartphone Vendor

There has been quite a bit of interesting media and headlines this last week pointing to data related to Samsung’s latest earnings and smartphone shipments. Many are making the claim that Samsung is now the number one …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 31st, 2011
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Dan Lyon’s Newsweek discussion with Steve Jobs’ Biographer Walter Isaacson

One of the best tech writers I know is Dan Lyons also known for his Fake Steve Jobs column that over the years that comically portrayed Steve Jobs blogging about his views of life and tech. Earlier this week, …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 29th, 2011
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The Pandora Box of Mobile – The Sky’s the Limit

If you were at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco last week, you probably heard Pandora Founder Tim Westergren share that SEVENTY PERCENT of their usage is through mobile venues. Yes. 70%. And having created a super-successful digital space for themselves, Pandora doesn’t see Spotify, iTunes, or any other competition eating their lunch any time soon.

by Kelli Richards   |   October 28th, 2011

The Slow, Sad Death of webOS

When Hewlett-Packard killed off TouchPad and Pre hardware in August, executives said that the webOS software that powered them would, somehow or other, be kept alive. At the time, I was skeptical if for no other reason than that HP …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 27th, 2011
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Give Your Smartphone Room to Stretch

As convenient and versatile as mobile devices have become, there are still times when that little 4-inch, 7-inch, or even 10-inch screen just isn’t enough. Maybe you want to enjoy your mobile apps and content with friends or colleagues – …

by Tim Wong   |   October 27th, 2011

Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support

VIA The Understatement – By: Michael Degusta

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 27th, 2011
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Has Nokia Raised the Bar Enough?

Yesterday in London at its big conference. Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop announced its next generation phones, Lumia (Windows Phone 7.5 based) and Asha (S40 based), which we were told means “Hope” in Hindi. Although Asha is an interesting device for …

by Jack Gold   |   October 26th, 2011
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Why Nokia is Interesting

What if I was to tell you that the global handset war of the future will be between Apple and Nokia? On a global scale this may very well be the case as I am convinced now that, from a …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 26th, 2011

What It Will Take for Apple to Crack TV

Steve Jobs posthumously set off a new round of speculation about that perennial object of desire, the Apple television, by telling biographer Walter Isaacson: “I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 26th, 2011
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An Intimate Chat with Tech Pioneer, Thomas Dolby

This week’s “Fireside Chat” with Kelli Richards was with the Iconic ’80s electronic music and MTV pioneer,Thomas Dolby. Best known for his hit, “She Blinded Me with Science,” Thomas Dolby is much more than a recording artist, he’s also a Producer and the Music Director for TED. In fact, he’s STILL leading the tech revolution with his interactive game, Floating City, which reacts to player contributions, eventually granting access to Thomas’ newest music.

by Kelli Richards   |   October 25th, 2011

Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s Dilemma

VIA Harvard Business Review Blog – By James Allworth

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 24th, 2011

Say it “Ain’t” So: Google Kills the Plus Sign

News comes via Search Engine Land that Google has up and killed the “+” operator in searches. From the beginning of search, or at least from the beginning of Google, putting a plus sign in front of a word in a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 24th, 2011
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Why Google and Microsoft Hate Siri

As I watched Andy Rubin’s interview at the WSJ D Asia conference I became highly intrigued by the comments he made about Apple’s Siri. Rubin told Walt Mossberg “ I don’t believe your phone should be an assistant…Your phone is …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 24th, 2011

iPad’s Market Share Will Crater, but You Shouldn’t Care

Research firm Strategy Analystics got some attention with a report that showed Android accounted for 27% of the tablet market in the quarter ended Sept. 30. The report raised a lot of eyebrows.Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOm did some digging …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 23rd, 2011

The Apple User Experience: Integration Is the Key

In a recent post, my colleague Ben Bajarin wrote a post on how the seamlessness of Apple’s iCloud is a bit like Amazon’s WhisperSync in the way it invisibly does its job. I’d like to take a deeper look at …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 21st, 2011

Yes, You Need More Gadgets

VIA Harvard Business Review By MICHAEL SCHRAGE

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 21st, 2011

We Need A Third Horse In the Mobile Race

VIA ZDNet by James Kendrick

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 21st, 2011
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How iCloud is Like Amazon’s WhisperSync

One of the interesting features I am picking up on iCloud is not the usual data syncing but how some apps are integrating iCloud. A good example of this is with games that are built to support iCloud. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 21st, 2011
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The Big Questions for Nokia to Answer at Nokia World

Ever since Nokia made the decision to partner with Microsoft and standardize on Windows Phone software to drive Nokia hardware, I have become more optimistic on Nokia’s future.

Enough so that I felt compelled to attend Nokia World in …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 21st, 2011

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9: Why Tech Should Pay Attention

This site doesn’t usually cover politics  and I promise we won’t make a habit of it. But in a previous life, I used to write about tax policy and I still follow the topic closely. I’ve been intrigued by Republican …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 20th, 2011
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How My iPad is Taking Over My TV

I have been enjoying the new AirPlay iPad and iPhone mirroring a little too much. Every since updating to iOS 5 on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone, I have been using the AirPlay mirroring function every chance I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 20th, 2011

How C Spire’s iPhone Serves AT&T

By Sascha Segan via PCmag.com

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 20th, 2011
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Highlights of KPCB’s Mary Meeker Presentation at Web 2.0 Summit

One of the smartest people covering our industry is Mary Meeker, formerly of Morgan Stanley and currently with VC giant Kleiner Perkins. This week she gave a major presentation at the Web 2.0 summit and as usual, here material …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 20th, 2011

Apple’s iPhone 4S Cracked Open, Money Falls Out

By Arik Hesseldahl via AllThingsD

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 19th, 2011

How Amazon’s Silk Will Treat Your Privacy

Debates in tech land all too often degenerate quickly into name-calling cat fights among partisans. So it’s rare, and gratifying to see two sides naturally skeptical of each other engage in a dialogue that actually enlightens rather than inflames.

The Electronic …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 19th, 2011