Archive for March, 2012

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Apple Becomes the Number One Consumer Brand in Japan

This is fascinating. I just saw news from Nikkei that Apple is now the number one consumer brand–for the first time–in Japan as picked by Japanese consumers. Last year Apple ranked number 11 and jumped to first place …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 30th, 2012
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Apple Turns Technology Into Art

As I was reflecting on my first experience with the new iPad and its retina display I was intrigued with a thought. There has always been something about the iPhone’s retina display and now with the iPad’s display …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 30th, 2012
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Why Best Buy Is Struggling: A Personal Tale

Best Buy, which has been struggling of late, announced today that it was closing 50 big box stores as part of a restructuring. Some commentators viewed this as a sign that the big box retail model has outlived its usefulness, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 29th, 2012

An iPad Firestorm About Nothing

Apple’s newest iPad hit the market three weeks ago and already their have been a number of controversies surrounding the device. As expected, all of the issues fizzled out because there was really nothing there in the first place.

The first …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   March 29th, 2012
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Android is Losing Momentum

 
I wrote a column earlier this year titled “2012: The Year Google Fixes Android or Loses the War.” In that column I laid out a number of issues facing Android as well as the business reasons why many problems …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 29th, 2012
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Facebook and Employers: Where’s the Beef?

I think it is very wrong for employers to demand a Facebook password so they can check prospective employees’ private pages. But for all the outrage and posturing that the notion has engendered, is this really happening? That is not …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2012
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5 Million Galaxy Note Shipments Proves One Thing

I am actually not surprised at the news that Samsung has shipped (not sold) 5 Million Galaxy Note smart phones. Given that it is doubtful that Samsung will reveal actual sales figures as well as regional breakdowns, my …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 28th, 2012
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Why Microsoft Is Whipping Apple in TV

Farhad Manjoo at Slate has a good piece today on how Microsoft is already delivering many of the expected features of the tech world’s favorite unicorn, the Apple television. The combination of the Xbox and the Kinect sensor, together with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2012
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How Wi-Fi Can Save Data-Guzzling Mobile Devices

It didn’t take buyers of the new iPad long to discover an unpleasant reality about their new toys. The iPad, with its fast LTE data connection high resolution display, can devour data faster than wireless carriers want to supply it. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2012
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What Apple Needs to do to Stay Ahead with the iPad 4

Apple once again delivered a high quality experience with the “new” iPad, aka iPad 3. Like phones, Apple has again managed to deliver enough to stay ahead as they did with the iPhone 4s. The …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 27th, 2012
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How Apple is Cornering the Market in Mobile Devices

I have been speaking with various vendors of tablets lately and more than once, the topic of Apple “iPodding” them has come up. iPodding basically refers to the fact that although Apple has had the iPod on the market for …

by Tim Bajarin   |   March 26th, 2012
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Software Updates: Another Reason iPhone Keeps Winning

When Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 with AT&T as its exclusive partner, it made two revolutionary changes in how mobile phones were sold and managed. First, it was to be sold without a carrier subsidy. Second Apple would control …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 25th, 2012
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Microsoft Needs to Get its Apps Together

Last week in my Friday column I outlined a few of the challenges that I think Microsoft has in front of them with Windows 8. I cited lack of Windows momentum in the market along with changing …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 23rd, 2012
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iPad Nitpickers: Get a Life

Back when I spent most of my time reviewing products for BusinessWeek, I always felt a little dread when I had to deal with anything from Apple. I knew that the slightest criticism would invoke a storm of protest from …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 21st, 2012
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NVIDIA Solved the Ultrabook Discrete Graphics Problem with Kepler

When Intel released their first Ultrabook specification, one of the first component implications I thought of were the impact to discrete graphics.  My thought process was simple; based on the Intel specifications for battery life, weight and thickness, designing-in discrete …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 21st, 2012
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Windows 8, Metro, and Desktop: The ISV App Challenge

Windows 8, at least in its current Consumer Preview form, presents a confusing picture to folks trying it out on a conventional, non-touch PC. It’s one operating system with two user interfaces–the traditional Desktop and the new tabletized Metro–and you …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 21st, 2012
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Why The iPad Will Change How We Work

What is becoming more clear every day is the way in which tablets are changing paradigms of computing that have existed for decades. The entire way we think about computers, and computing in general, is undergoing significant change. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 20th, 2012
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Intel and Microsoft’s Secret Weapon Against Apple

Intel and their partners are about to launch the biggest promotion in a decade for a new product category called UltraBooks. Microsoft is also about to launch a major update to Windows called Windows 8 that introduces a new user …

by Tim Bajarin   |   March 19th, 2012

Why the Next iPhone Should Skip LTE

Battery life will be the undoing of the next generation of smartphones, warns Farhad Manjoo at Pando Daily. He’s right, and that’s why for the next version of the iPhone, probably due out in the fall and probably not to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 18th, 2012
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Why the Latest iPad Forecasts Are Wrong

The recent 2012 WW forecast for tablets from IDC which forecasts sales of 106MM units in 2012 with Apple’s iPad numbers at a little under 60MM has been widely picked up and republished across the internet. The report also predicted …

by Colin Crawford   |   March 16th, 2012

iPad: It’s more than just the hardware

It seems that every time a new tablet comes on the market, people compare the hardware to Apple’s market leading iPad and wonder if this is the one that will dethrone it. The problem with this thinking is that the …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   March 15th, 2012
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Intellectual Property Rights and 3D Printing: A Fight Tech Can Win

Fights over intellectual property rights have become so much a part of the tech scene that it sometimes seems the industry employs as many patent and copyright lawyers as it does engineers. And if the fights over software patents and …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 14th, 2012

Understanding Disruption and How it Can Be Harnessed

Horace Dediu, one of the smarter independent analysts out there in my opinion, wrote a well articulated piece shedding light on how we should understand industry disruption. For those of us who study this industry it is a …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 14th, 2012

Read This: Why I Left Google

If you are a technology news addict then you have probably already come across this article called “Why I Left Google” by James Whittaker. It is a very telling tale with some prize quotes about the industry, Google, and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 13th, 2012
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Why Microsoft Has Big Challenges Ahead

I genuinely desire for Microsoft to succeed with Windows 8 and beyond. I believe it is healthy to have competition in the market of personal computing and I like the way I see Apple, Microsoft, and Google with Android, …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 13th, 2012