Archive for September, 2012

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The Future of Apple’s Maps

It looks like the Apple Map story may dominate the conversation today, so I figured I would write something I have been thinking for a while. If you follow much of what I write or much of our …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 28th, 2012
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The Real Reason why Apple Dropped Google Maps

I have been fascinated with all the bluster and vitriol thrown at Apple since they tossed Google Maps in favor of their own Map app without these detractors trying to get to the bottom of why Apple made this move.

If …

by Tim Bajarin   |   September 28th, 2012
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Confessions of a Reviewer: How the iPhone Maps Mess Was Overlooked

How did they miss it?

If you go back and read the reviews of the iPhone 5  published on the first day that Apple allowed recipients of early samples to write, you would be stunned by the furor the soon broke …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Samsung Galaxy Tab

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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4.1 WHERE DOES THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB MAKE ITS MONEY?

When introducing the new Amazon tablets, Jeff …

by John Kirk   |   September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Google Nexus 7

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Google Nexus 7.

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3.1 WHERE DOES THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 MAKE ITS MONEY?

When introducing the new Amazon tablets, Jeff …

by John Kirk   |   September 27th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Amazon Kindle Fire

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We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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2.1 WHERE DOES THE AMAZON KINDLE MAKE ITS MONEY?

When introducing the new Amazon tablets, Jeff Bezos …

by John Kirk   |   September 26th, 2012
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Relax Everyone: The iPhone Is Just a Phone, Apple Is Just a Company

September has been an unusually newsy month, and much of the news has centered on Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5. The run-up to the announcement, the announcement itself on Sept. 12, and the first deliveries on Sept. 21 have …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 26th, 2012
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Of Course HP Will Enter the Smartphone Market Again

Two weeks ago, the industry was abuzz with discussion about Meg Whitman’s Fox Business interview on September 13. There, she said HP must ultimately offer a smartphones. This set off a chain of new stories, some aghast that HP would …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 25th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Apple iPad

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Today there are 5 titans battling to win the tablet wars: Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. When it comes to evaluating tablets, we often focus on the differences between the competing companies’ various tablet offerings in the hope that …

by John Kirk   |   September 25th, 2012
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Business Models, Not Technology Distinguish NY Startups

Last Friday, I headed to the headquarters of IAC in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood for a the demo day for the New York Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s third class of startups. Those of you who have attended Silicon Valley demos might be …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 24th, 2012
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Apple’s 4-Inch iPhone 5 vs. Android 4-Inch Plus Devices

Since June I have been using the Galaxy Nexus 4.65 inch screen smart phone. Upon switching to that device from the iPhone 4S, I was instantly taken by the screen size. It was clear that gaining just over an inch …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 24th, 2012
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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

There was only one real surprise when iFixit.com did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone 4S. Yet despite going to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 21st, 2012
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With Apps, Size Matters

Ben Bajarin has written an important article entitled: “Windows 8 Tablet Fragmentation and the App Dilemma“. I highly encourage you to follow the link and read. it.

His main thesis is so important that I’m re-stating it here in the hope …

by John Kirk   |   September 21st, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablet Fragmentation and the App Dilemma

I was having a discussion with an iPad software developer recently and we were discussing the iPad mini. Interestingly he was still a skeptic about the iPad mini and I thought his reason was interesting. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 21st, 2012
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My Favorite Things About iOS 6

Having used every version of iOS and Android since inception, I am always very excited to jump on the latest and greatest smartphone operating system.  You see, operating systems say as much about a company and about the future as …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 20th, 2012

The Terrible Tablet Tsunami Two

On June 18, 2012, I wrote about the changeover from PCs (desktop and notebooks personal computers) to tablets in an article entitled “The Terrible Tablet Tsunami and the Future of Computing“. Today the trend toward tablets continues — only more …

by John Kirk   |   September 20th, 2012
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Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, but where was the very …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 20th, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablets and Email: A Disaster in the Making

I’m skeptical about Windows 8 as a desktop operating system, but I think it has a lot of potential on tablets. To win a good chunk of the market, however, Microsoft and its OEM partners have to convince buyers, both …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 19th, 2012
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How 7-Inch Tablets Could Help Notebooks Make a Comeback

If you follow much of what I write you may be familiar with the solutions based thinking approach I frequently mention. The fundamental aspect of a solutions based approach to personal computing understands that multiple screens working seamlessly in …

by Ben Bajarin   |   September 19th, 2012
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For Apple’s iOS Owners, It’s Christmas In September

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 iOS 6 will go live. For tech devotees, this is old news. But for the vast majority of iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad) users, iOS 6 will deliver about 200 gifts – some big …

by John Kirk   |   September 18th, 2012

HumanToolz: Making the iPad a Bit More Usable

As much as I love my iPad, I have to admit it has a problem. Holding it gets tedious and is generally impractical while typing. And getting it to sit in a vertical position requires and external support of some …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   September 18th, 2012
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The Significance of Motorola’s RAZR i Announcement with Intel Inside

Today, Motorola Mobility announced the Motorola RAZR i for Europe and Latin America.  The phone is very similar to North America’s RAZR m, but instead of a Qualcomm, ARM-based SOC, it includes an Intel Atom-based X86 processor.   This announcement is …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 18th, 2012
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The iPad Is Selling like Mad And Making The Competition Sad

At the iPhone 5 event held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Tim Cook announced these facts regarding iPads:

1) Last quarter, Apple sold 17 million iPads.
2) Apple sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC lineup.
3) Apple …

by John Kirk   |   September 18th, 2012
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Mac Attack

At the Apple Special Event held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Tim Cook announced these facts regarding Apple’s Mac Computers:

1) Mac notebooks rank #1 in market share in the U.S. for the last 3 months.
2) Mac notebooks had 27% market …

by John Kirk   |   September 17th, 2012
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Re-Thinking The iPod Touch And The iPad Mini

Last week, my colleague Steve Wildstrom asked: “Is There Room in Apple’s Lineup for an iPad Mini?” I had the very same question and I was one of the very first to say so in the article’s comment section. However, …

by John Kirk   |   September 17th, 2012