Archive for November, 2011


Gaming AMD’s 2012 Strategy

AMD intends to pursue “growth opportunities” in low-powered devices, emerging markets and Internet-based businesses.

There’s an awful lot of mis-guided analysis wafting about regarding AMD’s new strategic direction, which the company says it will make public in February. This piece is …

by Peter Kastner   |   November 30th, 2011

Microsoft’s Future in Tablets: Forget Consumers, Go for the Enterprise

Only huge a company with massive cash flow can make a mistake of the magnitude of Microsoft’s error in missing the movement from PCs to smartphones and tablets and survive as a major player. Legacy cash flows allowed IBM to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 30th, 2011

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion May Be RIM’s Future

The flood of iPhones, iPads, and Androids into corporate offices is destroying BlackBerry’s once dominant position in the enterprise. In a bold if-you-can-lick-them-join-them move, Research In Motion is striking back with BlackBerry Mobile fusion, a software and a back-office package …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 29th, 2011

A Scenario Where Smartphones Take Down the PC

If you’ve done any long term strategic planning you know there are few absolutes but, very many scenarios. Tech history shows that even disruptive innovations take time to rollout and many scenarios existed that could have gone both ways. BlockBuster …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 28th, 2011

Who Really Needs a PC Anyway?

James Kendrick at ZDNet wrote a post asking an interesting question: Who really needs a stinking tablet anyway? His post is well articulated but misses the bigger picture of what tablets are and more importantly what they represent. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 28th, 2011

Tech Trends and Disruptors to watch in 2012

You may not know it yet, but when we end 2012, we will look back on it and realize that it was the most disruptive year we will have had in personal computing in over a decade. In the next …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 28th, 2011
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Black Friday and The Philosophy of a “Deal”

Let me try to define a few terms first as I flesh out this idea of the philosophy of a deal.

- A deal is when an objectively better product is offered for a limited time at a lower than …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 25th, 2011

The Flaw in Samsung’s Anti-iPhone Commercial

I have to admit, the new Samsung commercial is one of the better commercials from a marketing standpoint for Android devices and Samsung in particular. If you haven’t seen it I suggest checking it out here.

What has …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 23rd, 2011

Two Phones in One: An Enterprise BYOD Solution

I’m not usually terribly sympathetic to the problems of corporate IT departments. It seems that corporate employees, including senior executives, are no longer willing to accept whatever miserable handset the company designates as its official phone. At the same time, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 23rd, 2011

Facebook and the Future of Web Apps

There was a little company, that I found interesting, called Strobe who was building a platform to help developers build and monetize HTML 5 web apps. I spent some time with their founder Charles Jolley, whom while at …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 22nd, 2011
by Ben Bajarin   |   November 22nd, 2011

The Real Reason Google Released an iOS Gmail App

Last week, Google re-released their much maligned iOS Gmail application. It includes a few features over and above the standard iOS email app, but nothing that is really exciting the wide swath of users if “number of stars” is any …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 22nd, 2011

Apple Should Stay Away from the Wireless Carrier Business

Jean-Louis Gassée’s Monday Notes are some of the sharpest and most insightful commentary on the web. But I have to take issue with his suggestion that Apple should get into the wireless business by becoming a mobile virtual network operator …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 21st, 2011

My Experience with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet

I’d like to start this topic off by making a point. The way most reviewers review technology products is helpful for those to whom technology is well understood and non-threatening. However, I would argue, that …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 21st, 2011

Why Kindle Fire Reviews Are All Over the Place

The Amazon Kindle Fire is having an extremely polarizing effect on reviewers. Most mainstream reviews, like this one from The Wall Street Journal‘s Walt Mossberg, have been favorable with some important reservations. But some, like The New York Times‘s David Pogue were …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 18th, 2011
Tis the Season

Tis’ the Season of the iPad

Nielsen released the findings of a U.S. Survey where they were hoping to discern what electronics products will be hot for the 2011 holidays. Among kids, not terribly surprising, was the iPad atop the list for kids aged 6-12 ranking …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 18th, 2011

Why iPhone Scarfs Up All the Profits

Andrew Kim’s Minimally Minimal blog has a stunning visualization that goes a long way to explaining how Apple’s share of handset profits is vastly disproportional to its market share. If you scroll down a ways in the linked page, you’ll see a graphical comparison …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 17th, 2011

Interactive TV Trends – How the TV Experience is Changing – Part II

This is the second article in a three-part series discussing key trends in TV. The first article looked at how new interface technologies are enabling new ways to control our TVs. This article focuses on how the TV …

by Anthony Simon   |   November 17th, 2011

Where Kindle Fire Fits in My Life

Like most people in this business, I have more gadgets than I know what to do with. Those sent to me for evaluation go back to their makers in due time, but even products I’ve bought often end up collecting …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 16th, 2011

The Nintendo 3DS and Gaming in a New Dimension

Gaming is one of the areas where I hunt for technology and behavioral trends. I really like the category, and it is my desire to look at consumer trends holistically. That is why the new Nintendo 3DS has been on …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 16th, 2011

Four Industries Apple Could Still Impact with iOS, iCloud and SIRI

Over the last 10 years, Apple Inc has done a rather amazing job of disrupting quite a few industries. By my account, it has dramatically impacted the PC, Tablet, CE, Telecom, Music and TV industries in a big way, and …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 15th, 2011
Kindle fire and iPad

Of Course Amazon Kindle Fire Cannibalizes the Apple iPad

One way I test and gauge insights is to engage in and monitor social media.  It’s certainly not the only way, but it is one of many ways.  One very interesting discussion I am monitoring is the Amazon Kindle Fire …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 15th, 2011

How DMCA Became the Tech Industry’s Friend

Who would have thought that the tech industry would every come to regard the digital Millennium copyright Act as its friend?

Just a few years ago, DMCA was widely reviled in the tech world. The main objection was to provisions that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 15th, 2011
by Ben Bajarin   |   November 14th, 2011

The Tech.pinions Amazon Kindle Fire Review Roundup

Well the reviews are out and it seems like they are mostly positive. Other than a few user interface gripes it appears most reviewers believe the Kindle Fire to be a worthy Android tablet competitor but not much …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 13th, 2011