Archive for April, 2012

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It’s Not Apple’s Responsibility To Pay More Taxes

Most of the response to The New York Times‘ takeout on how Apple avoids billions of dollars in taxes has implied that Apple is doing something wrong and somehow has a moral responsibility to be paying more. Nonsense. As Arik …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 30th, 2012
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Would Hemingway have used an iPad?

For most of the week I have been in Paris, a city that I have traveled to regularly since 1971. Back then, communications to the US was dismal and a letter sent from here could take 2 weeks to get …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 30th, 2012
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Notebooks are the Past, Tablets are the Future

This may be one of the more controversial columns I have written in sometime, although my goal is not to be controversial but to spur thought- so please hear me out. It is no secret that I am …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 27th, 2012
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Reports of Apple’s Demise are Greatly Exaggerated

The past few weeks have brought out some interesting commentary around the imminent decline of Apple. Yesterday perhaps the most forceful view yet came from Forrester’s CEO, George Colony.

George and others root their argument on the absence of Steve Jobs …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 26th, 2012
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East Coast, West Coast: The Startup Difference

Last week I watched several dozen launch demos at the DEMO 2012 conference in Santa Clara. Yesterday, I watched 10  startup pitches at  the New York Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s Demo Day, and was struck by a dramatic difference in style …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 26th, 2012
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An Act of Folly: Smartphones in Five Years

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Let’s take a quick trip in our time machine to survey the smartphone market in the spring of 2007, five years ago. The iPhone had been announced but not yet shipped, and many were skeptical about its …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 25th, 2012
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The Curious Case of Microsoft Marketing

Is it just me or am I missing or not seeing much marketing effort by Microsoft these days? Generally I am very observant to marketing campaigns within our industry due to my conviction of its importance. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 24th, 2012
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Yahoo!: Tactics Masquerading as Strategy

Last week on Yahoo!’s earnings call, CEO Scott Thompson outlined six points the company would pursue to return the company to a proper focus. When I looked at the list, they all made sense as operational principles or even action …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 24th, 2012
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Why Google Will Use Motorola To Become Vertically Integrated

If you look closely at the most successful company in tech today, it is Apple. And they are in this position for a major reason. They are completely vertically integrated. They own the OS, the hardware and the ecosystem. And …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 23rd, 2012
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A Cloud Computing Primer

The DEMO conference may not be the stellar event it with once was, but its still a good indicator of the computing zeitgeist. At least week’s edition in Santa Clara, CA, it was pretty clear that the tech world is …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 23rd, 2012
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Apple TV and the Trojan Horse Strategy

Apple TV is one of the things I get asked quite a bit about during my industry analysis presentations. It seems that everyone out there wants to know what Apple has planned for the big screen. Although no …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 20th, 2012
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The Fallacies of How To Compete with the iPad

I take articles like this claiming the iPad will drop below 50% market share by as early as next year with a grain of salt. I don’t want this article to be about all the reasons why we believe the …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 20th, 2012
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Why My Next Tablet Will Run Windows 8

I’ve been using Windows-based tablet computers for almost a decade. I was hooked the moment Bill Gates trotted out Microsoft’s first prototype tablets at a developer event in mid-2001. I got my first tablet, a Fujitsu Stylistic, in 2003 and …

by Nathan Brookwood   |   April 19th, 2012
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Ultrabooks, MacBook Air, and the Need for Inspiration

Is the laptop business doomed to slowly ebb away as tablets capture more and more of the mobile market? It’s not hard to see a future where the world is divided into tablets and smartphones for the overwhelming majority of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 18th, 2012
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The Case Against a 4-Inch iPhone

As a regular part of my job I evaluate many different devices. I don’t always publish this analysis publicly but nearly every new device passes through our “labs.” When it comes to smartphones, or pocket computers as I like …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 17th, 2012
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Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different features and functionalities.  There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT.  One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 versus previous editions …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   April 17th, 2012
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Windows on ARM May Get Its Own Brand

The Wall Street Journal‘s Don Clark is reporting that Microsoft is considering calling the version of Windows that will run on ARM chips something other than Windows 8, the  name expected to be used for the Intel/AMD version. But I can …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 16th, 2012
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Should Apple Create an iWatch?

Last fall, I wrote an article on our site here suggesting four industries Apple could disrupt and one of the industries I mentioned was the watch industry. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad Nano, he mentioned that one of his …

by Tim Bajarin   |   April 16th, 2012
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Why I Wouldn’t Invest in Facebook

First let me clarify that due to my line of work I do not invest personal money into any public tech stock. That being said, even if I did, I would not put my own money into Facebook when …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 12th, 2012

iCloud: The Center of the Universe

Over the past year Apple has given us a glimpse of what iCloud can do, but it’s the service’s potential that has me excited. Even with the small changes we’ve seen, there can be little doubt that the service will …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   April 12th, 2012
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Antitrust: Apple Could Lose by Winning

A Cnet analysis by Declan McCullagh and Greg Sandoval of the antitrust suit against Apple and several book publishers concludes that the case against Apple seems particularly weak. But it rather curiously begins by citing the ultimate failure of previous antitrust …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 12th, 2012
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Word Should Live–But We Need Something Else

Deadspin editor Tom Scocca has written a rant for Slate calling for the death of Microsoft Word. Many of his complaints are well grounded, but miss the point. what we really need is not to get rid of word, which …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 11th, 2012
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Where in the App Store is Carmen Sandiego?

One of the goals we have in my household is to develop and maintain an inquisitive culture and the desire to learn. Being immersed in the technology industry as I am, I naturally add technology as a part …

by Ben Bajarin   |   April 11th, 2012
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Why Siri Won’t Go Beyond the iPhone–For Now

Since Apple launched the Siri app on the iPhone 4S last fall, there has been a widespread assumption that Siri’s voice-driven semantic search might soon find its way to other Apple products. At the top of everyone’s list was the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 11th, 2012

Apple Will Sell Exactly 169,652,000 iPads in 2016

Need a lesson in the difference between precision and accuracy? Head over to the Gartner web site for the latest predictions of tablet sales over the next four years. With precision down to the nearest thousand–and I suspect that only …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   April 10th, 2012