Archive for January, 2012

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2012: The Year Google Fixes Android or Loses the War

The end of 2011 brought about some interesting market developments. Both Nielsen and NPD shared data that the once so dominant Android actually declined in market share over the holiday quarter of 2011. Both Nielsen and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 31st, 2012
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Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves "business-savvy" said it was the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 31st, 2012
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Made in China: Why Boycotting Apple Would be Wrong

If you have been reading the articles from the New York Times about the working conditions at some of the factories that Apple and other big tech companies use to make their products, you can’t help but get upset and …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 30th, 2012
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We Need Electronic Health Records Now: A Personal Tale

Last week, shortness of breath after exertion led to an urgent visit to the doctor. What I first thought was a recurrence of bronchitis turned into an up close a personal encounter with medical technology and a much-maligned system that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 30th, 2012
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Apple’s Enterprise Invasion: Why Winning in Consumer Means Winning in Enterprise

There used to be a time when I would go to tech industry events, trade shows, internal company meetings, etc. and I was one of the few in the room with a Mac. I took great pride in that fact, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 26th, 2012
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Marketing to Moms – a Language Barrier

Before attending the recent CES Show in Las Vegas – my 12th consecutive visit to this, the annual tech pilgrimage. I ventured a prediction to my husband: “As much as I hope this is not the case, based on the …

by Monica Vila   |   January 26th, 2012
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Copyright and 3D Printing: A Fight the Makers Can Win

Will homemade 3D objects be the next intellectual property battleground. Perhaps, bit this time the fight will be very different because the makers, not the owners, have the legal high hand.

The MakerBot Replicator

3D is one of most exciting technologies …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 26th, 2012
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Where Have All The Profits Gone? Gone to Apple, Every One

A few years ago, folks in tech used to worry that all the profits in the PC industry were being scarfed up by Microsoft and Intel and that the crumbs left to PC makers would be insufficient to fund any …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 25th, 2012
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Even With a Huge Quarter, Apple is just getting Started

- Apple’s $13 billion quarterly profit is second-biggest in U.S. history. Only topped by Exxon’s $14.8 billion in 2008

- 97.6 billion in cash that AAPL has is higher than the market value of 476 of the companies in the S&P …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 24th, 2012
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The Dell XPS 13: An Ultrabook that Could Steal Customers From Apple

If you are in the high-tech industry and haven’t heard of the term “Ultrabook”, you’ve probably been on sabbatical or have been living under a rock. Intel introduced an industry-wide initiative to re-think the Windows notebook PC, which they have …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 24th, 2012
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An iOS Laptop is a Compelling Idea

Our friend Harry McCracken wrote in his CNET column yesterday about why he believes the world needs an iOS laptop. James Kendrick of ZNET shared his thoughts on Harry’s article pointing out that it is a good idea …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 23rd, 2012
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Are Netbooks Poised for a Comeback?

The answer to this is no, and yes. Let me explain.

In 2007, Netbooks took the market by storm. These small low-cost laptops hit the market at the beginning of the recession and were instant hits. Although first versions with Linux …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 23rd, 2012
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The RIM Story: In Praise of Mike and Jim

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The departure of Research In Motion co-CEOs Michael Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie was, as amply noted by just about everyone, long overdue. Given the shipwreck that RIM has become, it’s understandable, but more than a little sad, that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 23rd, 2012
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The Potential Losers if Ultrabooks Win

(Originally published on Forbes)

Ultrabooks were one of the most discussed form factors at this year’s CES 2012.  This was due not only to Intel’s CES marketing push, but by all of Intel’s ecosystem demonstrating their prowess by showing their latest and greatest designs. …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 22nd, 2012
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Apple’s iBooks Author EULA Restriction is Dumb, Not Evil

Apple created a fair stir around the internet with a provision in the end-user license for its new iBooks Author software that requires that content created using the tool can only be sold through iTunes. ZDNet’s Ed Bott called the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 21st, 2012
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Looking Forward to the Next Round of Innovation

I was surprised by a number of conversations I had while at this years CES. More than once the conversation turned to the staleness of innovation shown at the show. It is true there wasn’t too much …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 20th, 2012
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Apple Just Re-Invented Books

This morning’s announcement from Apple about creating tools for interactive textbooks is actually a landmark announcement for four major reasons.

The first is how these tools can impact education. Ben wrote a good piece on this so I won’t elaborate on …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 19th, 2012
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How the Apple iTV is Accelerated by Samsung

(originally published at Forbes)

Back in September, I wrote an analysis on why Apple should build an HDTV.   The premise was that there are huge experiential issues Apple could solve and they could strike a deal with the MSO’s and satellite companies.   That was …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 19th, 2012
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Why the iPad is an Investment in Your Child’s Future

Whether or not Apple uses this positioning, it is perhaps one of the best angles for the iPad. When friends, family, colleagues, or anyone who asks me, asks for my recommendation about iPad, I always add the benefit to kids …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 19th, 2012
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Reflections in a Yellow Box: The Inevitable Fall of Kodak

Kodak’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy has inspired a swarm of commentators to blame the company’s management for failing to catch the digital wave, leading to a long decline and possible demise. Kodak’s management was indeed uninspired. But even with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 19th, 2012
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Maybe Apple Can Fix Television; Someone Has To

Not long before his death Steve Job famously told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked” the problem of television. No one knows quite what he meant, and Apple has shed no light on the subject, but for the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 18th, 2012
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How Sony can beat Samsung and LG on Smart TV Interfaces

As I wrote last week, Samsung and LG are following Microsoft’s lead in future interfaces for the living room. Both Samsung and LG showed off future voice control and in Samsung’s case, far-field air gestures. Given what Samsung and LG …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 17th, 2012
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The PC Landscape is About to Change – Here’s Why

One of my favorite quotes about change is:
“Life is a journey, and on a journey the scenery changes.”

The technology industry is also on a journey and on that journey the scenery will change. Whether many industry insiders recognize …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 17th, 2012
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The Simple Reason for Apple’s Success

Back in 1984, one of the major PC companies, who was spectacularly successful with their business PCs, decided that they could be just as successful if they created PCs for consumers. But they wanted them to be different from their …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 16th, 2012
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Lessons for Tech from the SOPA Fight

It’s too early for opponents of new laws giving the government sweeping new powers to fight internet piracy by cutting off access to web sites to declare victory. A my colleague Peter Lewis points out, these forces are in fact …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 13th, 2012