Archive for December, 2011

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New Years Resolutions for the Tech Industry in 2012

We thought we would recommend some new years resolutions for the tech industry at large for 2012. Some of these are company specific and some are general.

From Patrick Moorhead

Tablet OEMs: Invest what it takes to create and market something dramatically …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   December 29th, 2011
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The Top Tech.pinions Columns of 2011

As we bring 2011 to a close we thought we would share the top five most popular columns of 2011. Even though our technology opinion column based website is only 6 month’s old, many of our columns made it …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   December 29th, 2011
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Why Microsoft should buy RIM

Three years ago, in my annual prediction list, I said that Microsoft would buy RIM. However, I also stated that this was a very wild prediction that I doubted would happen.

Last week, All Things D wrote a …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 27th, 2011
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My Favorite Piece of Tech Gear Right Now

I have nearly every gadget and gismo imaginable. Luckily for me, analysts get great gear to review as well. A friend at a party, who knows all to well about all the great tech gear I get …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 23rd, 2011
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The Tech.pinions Predictions For 2012

It’s fun to make predictions. Luckily none of us are in the predictions business but it’s fun to analyze, speculate, and simply hope for interesting things to come prior to each new year. This year, rather than have each of …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   December 22nd, 2011

The NTSB’s Cluelessness Could Actually Hurt Car Safety

In Maryland, where I live, it is illegal to have a phone in your hand to talk or text while driving. But it seems that maybe one in four drivers I see on the road have a phone to an …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 21st, 2011
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Voice Control Will Disrupt Living Room Electronics

In what seems to be a routine in high-tech journalism and social media now is to speculate on what Apple will do next. The latest and greatest rumor is that Apple will develop an HDTV set. I wrote back in …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 20th, 2011

What Next for T-Mobile?

AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA has been unraveling ever since the U.S. Justice Dept. sued to block the deal  and was effectively doomed when the Federal Communications Commission said last month that it also was opposed. So …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 19th, 2011
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Why The Android Update Alliance Was Doomed From the Start

When Google announced the Android Update Alliance, an initiative to bring each new Android OS release to all devices in a timely manner, it was well-intentioned but doomed from the start.

Jamie Lendino over at PC Magazine had a great …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 19th, 2011
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The iPhone May Foreshadow The Future of Personal Computing

In 1989, I wrote a piece in one of my internationally syndicated columns about a mobile computing concept that was very modular in nature. Back then, portable computers were pretty bulky and heavy and having to lug them with …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 19th, 2011
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Why It’s All About the Digital Ecosystem

My firm, Creative Strategies, has been talking extensively about what we call the digital ecosystem for over 10 years now. As we have been analyzing the technology industry and the underlying fundamentals that make it work, we have been trying …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 16th, 2011

With Siri TV, Apple Will Dismantle the TV Networks

VIA All Things D – BY Ben Elowitz

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 15th, 2011

Apple + Anobit: Compeititive Advantage Through Flash Mastery

With its vast cash hoard, Apple could buy pretty much ny company it took a fancy to. But Apple continues to show no interest in making big, splashy acquisitions, concentrating instead on strategic investments that bring the company key technologies …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 14th, 2011

Kindle Fire: The Most Divisive Product of 2011

A month after its launch, Amazon’s Kindle Fire continues to be an extraordinarily polarizing product. Lots of people like it and it appears to be flying off the shelves (though it would be nice if Amazon supplied some actual numbers …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 14th, 2011
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Apple iCloud Shortcomings Provide a Competitive Opportunity

Apple iCloud launched two months ago to huge fanfare and punditry. It’s no surprise given the huge future opportunity with the cloud. Also, it was a big deal for Apple given their past online endeavors had been so unsuccessful that …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 13th, 2011
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Why webOS Deserves Another Chance

My colleague at Tech.pinions, Steve Wildstrom, wrote a great piece last Friday that chronicles Palm’s past and suggested that webOS is at the end of the road. While he may be right, a part of me wants to think …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 12th, 2011

Why Apple may never catch Microsoft in TV

By Tim Carmody, via Wired

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 11th, 2011

Palm: The End of a Long and Troubled Road

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I was delighted back in the spring of 2010 when Hewlett-Packard announced it was buying Palm. I’ve been a fan of Palm for 15 years, but throughout its history, the company has always been hamstrung by a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 9th, 2011
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Analysis: HP Releases webOS to Open Source Community

Today HP made a fascinating decision. One that is disruptive, exciting, and could lead to valuable innovation. HP has decided to release webOS to the open source community. This decision could have significant impact on the mobile landscape …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 9th, 2011
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Open Source webOS: A Nice Gesture, but a Sad End

In the end, Hewlett-Packard could neither use webOS to gain a foothold in the smartphone and tablet market, nor could it sell the operating system it acquired as part of the $1.2 billion purchase of Palm last year. So it …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 9th, 2011
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How Microsoft Can Embrace the Post-PC Era

I truly believe Microsoft is approaching a fork in the road, where some of the decisions made in the next 6-8 months will set the stage for their long-term success or failure. Microsoft is a software company primarily, and many …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 9th, 2011

Part II: Best of Tech 2011 (Gizmos)

In last week’s episode we awarded “Best of 2011” honors to a bushel of Apples: The Macbook Air (portable computer), the iPhone 4S (smartphone), and the iPad 2 (best tablet). Although it wasn’t a category, Apple as a company wins …

by Peter Lewis   |   December 8th, 2011

Why Apple Had To Release Siri Half-Baked

Siri has been having a bad week. Gizmodo’s Mat Honan called Apple’s voice-response service “a lie.” Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, who rarely has bad things to say about Apple efforts, said it “isn’t up to Apple’s usual level of fit and finish, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 7th, 2011
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Let’s Stop Classifying the iPad as a PC

Last month, Canalys reported that “Apple is on track to become leading global PC vendor”. That would be a tremendous accomplishment, given that no reports had Apple in the top 5 at the end of 2010. How will Apple accomplish …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 6th, 2011

How the iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer

VIA Technologizer – BY: Harry McCracken

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 6th, 2011