Archive for May, 2012

Phil McKinney to CableLabs: Time for Some Cable Innovation?

In a fascinating move, CableLabs, the non-profit research and development arm of the cable industry, announced today that Phil McKinney, former CTO of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group, was coming aboard is CEO. What makes this interesting is that McKinney is …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 31st, 2012

Dear Apple: Please Keep the iPhone Locked Down

Ever since Apple introduced the iPhone, first with no third-party apps allowed then permitting apps only under Apple’s strict supervision, there has been hand-wringing in some quarters of the tech world about how Apple’s locked-down mentality would stifle freedom and …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 31st, 2012

AMD’s “Trinity” APU Delivers Impressive Multimedia

AMD officially launched its “Trinity” line of second-generation AMD A-Series APUs for notebooks two weeks ago and systems will be hitting the store shelves in a few weeks; desktops are expected later this summer. Reviews are showing …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 30th, 2012

Steve Jobs in Carbonite

Part of Steve Jobs’s brilliance in life was his mercurial nature, sometimes fortified by duplicitousness. He thought an Apple phone was the stupidest idea on earth until the arrival of the iPhone. He made fun of Intel processors  until Apple …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 29th, 2012

Fear and Loathing and Windows 8

An excellent, though very long, post by Michael Mace at MobileOpportunity on the enormous risk Microsoft is taking with Windows 8 and the mixed feelings, and fears, that he shares with many users of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 29th, 2012
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Why Google is Creating Their Own Tablet

It is pretty well known now that Google is about to release a Google branded tablet. Sources tell us that it was designed by Asus and made by Quanta. Most expect it to be shown at Google I/O the last …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 29th, 2012
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Why Google Should Fear Facebook

I have written quite a bit about my doubts of Facebook’s long term value. And amidst all the recent news about their IPO woes it seems like investors are skeptical as well. Last week I wrote …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 25th, 2012

Apple’s iPad will be dominant until…

Watching the professional industry watchers speculate on how long Apple’s iPad will dominate its market segment is kind of funny. Will it be 2012, 2013, no it’s going to be 2015 and then they will fall, right?

The funny part is …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   May 24th, 2012
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Next Time, Samuel L. Jackson Should Try Matzoh Balls

Apple is having some fun with a TV ad in which Samuel L. Jackson tells Siri to remind him to put the gazpacho on ice. Unfortunately, when others try to replicate the experience, Sire is going to leave them with …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 23rd, 2012

Will CableWi-Fi Make Public Wi-Fi Work? We Can Only Hope

The leading cable companies in the U.S. are banding together to set up 50,000 Wi-Fi hot spots. Any subscriber to one cable providers will be able to use the others’ services; for example, a Time-Warner Cable customer in New York, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 23rd, 2012

A Windows 8 Problem I’m Looking Forward To

Windows 8 introduces a problem new to the annals of computing. Systems using the new Uniform Extensible Firmware Interface in place of the venerable BIOS and a solid-state storage device in place of a spinning hard disk may boot so …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 22nd, 2012
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Why Apple is Wrong About Convertibles

On Apple’s last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook responded to a question on Windows 8 convertibles by saying, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” At first glance, this …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 22nd, 2012
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Are Facebook’s Best Days Over or Ahead?

With Facebook’s public offering over, its time to ask the question of whether Facebook’s best days are over or are there any other scenarios that could boost their earning potential and actually let them grow revenue. To date, they have …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 21st, 2012
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3 Columns Skeptical of Facebook’s Long Term Value

In light of Facebook IPO day, I thought I would share three key columns I wrote about Facebook. I remain skeptical of Facebook’s long term value. Specifically the business model and sustainable value to those they depend on to make …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 18th, 2012
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Our Future Smart World

One of the things our firm does for our clients in the technology industry is help them think about the future. This one thing alone is one my favorite things about doing trend forecasting, future scenario planning, and …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 18th, 2012
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Staying in Contact with this Generation of College Students

Lindsay Pund is a junior studying English and Business at Whitworth University. She is completing several writing assignments for a class and was given the topic by the Tech.pinions columnists of how college students stay in touch with friends and …

by Lindsay Pund   |   May 17th, 2012
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Affordable UltraBooks are Coming But They aren’t UltraBooks

There are looming PC wars coming and it isn’t between Macs and Windows based notebooks. If you follow this industry you know that Intel is seeking to rejuvenate the notebook market. They are doing this by putting quite …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 17th, 2012
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NVIDIA GeForce Grid: Killing off Game Consoles?

Yesterday, NVIDIA launched VGX and the GeForce Grid, which, among many things, could render future game consoles obsolete.  This may sound very far-fetched right now, but as I dig into the details of the capability of the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 16th, 2012
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What People Really Think About Online Privacy

Grandstanding politicians are always ready to pillory Facebook and other online services as destroyers of privacy. Silicon Valley tries to avoid thinking about igt. But how do ordinary folks really feel about the issue?

It’s hard to generalize based on a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 15th, 2012
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The Challenge of Competing With Apple

One of the more interesting questions I get asked as an industry analyst, that has followed Apple since 1981, is why Apple is so successful? And another question I often get is, why Apple’s competitors can’t make any headway against …

by Tim Bajarin   |   May 14th, 2012
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Intel Could Use a Dose of Andy Grove

In a presentation to financial analysts on May 10, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said he was not particularly worried about the prospect of Microsoft issuing a version of Windows for ARM processors later this year. “We think [x86 is] a differentiator,” …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 11th, 2012
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Tablet Computing in Portrait Mode

Last week I wrote about my two must have iPad accessories. In that list I included the Logitech Ultra-thin Keyboard Cover. Among the many reasons I like this case over similarly good ones like the Zagg …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 11th, 2012
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DISH Hopper: What Goes Around Comes Around

Satellite TV operator DISH Network got a lot of attention when it announced its new Hopper DVR with a feature that “can automatically skip commercials in primetime TV – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in HD. Only on the Hopper. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 11th, 2012

RIM Needs to Stop Embarrassing Itself

I haven’t seen a company embarrass itself as much as RIM has in the last year or so. From failed products to sad attempts at marketing, it seems that RIM doesn’t know when it’s time to take a step back.

There’s …

by Jim Dalrymple   |   May 10th, 2012
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Back to the Future: Windows RT Browser Wars

This morning, I had the strange feeling that I was back in 1997. With Google cheering them on, Mozilla complained that Microsoft was unfairly excluding browsers other than Internet Explorer from devices, expected to be mainly tablets, running the forthcoming …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   May 10th, 2012