Archive for October, 2012


The Personal Computing Land Grab

It is hard to describe what is happening right now in the personal computing industry than anything other than a massive land grab. The land grab I speak of does not apply as much to traditional “old school” …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 31st, 2012

Why Surface Will Be Good for the iPad–and the Rest of Us

For the past 2 1/2 years, iPad as has ruled the world of tablets. Except for Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, both special-purpose devices dedicated to consumption, there has been no competition worth mentioning. But …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 31st, 2012

Microsoft Pulls it Together (Almost) for Windows 8 Launch

I attended Microsoft’s launch last week for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface. While launch day is only one milestone in a string of milestones, launch day is the one day that everything must come together, the day …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 30th, 2012

Buyers Remorse is a Way of Life in Tech

[dc]H[/dc]ave you ever bought a tech gadget and two weeks later, a better version of it comes out? Or purchased one of the new HDTVs with high resolution and then seen a new version with even higher resolution come out …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 29th, 2012
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A Surface Retail Reality Check

Whatever the buzz that got some people to line upo for the midnight launch of Surface sales at Microsoft Stores last night seems to have dissipated quickly. This afternoon, I stopped by the popup store in Westfield Montgomery Mall  in Bethesda, Md. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 26th, 2012

The Windows 8 Ecosystem, For Experimental Purposes

[dc]I[/dc]n the coming weeks I will do something for experimental purposes that I have not done for over 10 years. I will be immersing myself in the Windows 8 ecosystem entirely. I converted from the Windows ecosystem to …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 26th, 2012

Windows 8: Back To The Future

[dc]D[/dc]ue to scheduling conflicts I could not be in NYC yesterday for the Windows 8 launch but watched it intently as it was streamed around the world from Microsoft’s Web site. But what I saw was both impressive as well …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 26th, 2012
Microsoft Surface

Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface: A Strategy Emerges

Microsoft has begun the tough job of answering three questions vital to its future: Why Windows? Why Windows RT? And why Surface? The arguments given at the Windows 8 launch event in New York on Oct. 25 won’t close the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 25th, 2012

Selling The Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 Is As Silly As Selling Razor Blades To Men Who Love Beards

Gillette, Amazon, Google and Apple

– The Gillette business model is to give away the razor in anticipation of making profits from the sale of the blades.

– The Amazon business model is to give away the Kindle Fire for cost in …

by John Kirk   |   October 25th, 2012
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The iPad Mini Could Spur an Education Revolution

I have long been a skeptic about the role of personal computing in education, especially for K-12 schools. Yes, the internet has made a wealth of information accessible to students. But the instructional revolution promised by technology optimists seems to …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 24th, 2012

Microsoft’s Surface: Less Than A Tablet, Less Than A Notebook PC, Less Than Ideal


I hadn’t planned on writing a review of the Surface today. But after reading over a dozen reviews, a pattern has clearly emerged:

— Excellent hardware
— Not as good a tablet as the iPad
— Not as good a PC as a …

by John Kirk   |   October 24th, 2012
iPad 2

Why Apple Is Keeping the iPad 2 [UPDATED]

Some commentators have expressed surprise that Apple is keeping the iPad 2 in its lineup after announcing what it calls the fourth-generation iPad on Oct. 25. The company’s normal practice would be to keep the n-1 product while dropping anything …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 24th, 2012

iPad Mini: The iPad in the Palm of Your Hand

Today’s Apple event was perhaps one of the more interesting to me for a variety of reasons. Apple made a number of announcements that in my opinion give them a strong lineup for this holiday season. Apple …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 23rd, 2012

Windows, iOS, and Android All Have Something to Prove This Week

Prior to Apple developing iOS and over the last 25 years, there had never been much of a threat to the Windows ecosystem. With iOS, Apple proved many things, including the value of a holistic experience delivered through purpose-built …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 23rd, 2012

Windows 8: It’s Later For Microsoft Than You Think

Microsoft Needs To Hurry

Microsoft has two problems. The first is that they have no presence in mobile and mobile is where it’s at. The second, is that they’ve run out of time.

Run out of time? How is that possible? The …

by John Kirk   |   October 23rd, 2012

Windows 8: Microsoft Is Betting The Company

I am one of those who thinks that this week is a seminal moment in computing history. The introduction of Windows 8 is the most important time for Microsoft since the launch of Windows 95. Microsoft’s actions – and the …

by John Kirk   |   October 22nd, 2012

Windows 8: Get Your Popcorn Ready…

Welcome to Windows 8 week.

On October 26th, Microsoft will be introducing Window 8. Actually, over the next week or so, Microsoft and its partners will be introducing:

— Windows 8 OS for the desktop
— Window 8 OS for Intel tablets
— …

by John Kirk   |   October 22nd, 2012

Chrome OS, Not Android, is Google’s Future

Google recently updated their Chromebook offering and began running new commercials touting the new product. At $249 it is an aggressive price offering, however, the software by way of web apps will be the key. Although, we …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 22nd, 2012

7 Inch Tablets Employ An Odd Definition of “Success”

TROY WOLVERTON at the San Jose Mercury News, talks 7 inch tablets:

Just two years ago, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs mocked small-screened tablets as “tweeners” that were too little to compete with the larger iPad but too big …

by John Kirk   |   October 21st, 2012

Wireless Charging: It’s Coming, but Probably Not to iOS

Wireless charging has been around for a long time. It’s what powers electric toothbrushes and cordless shavers and well as a lot of medical devices. But it has been very slow to make it to mobile electronic devices, but the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 19th, 2012

The BIG Opportunity for the iPad Mini

Let me start this column off explaining why I was skeptical of a smaller iPad in Apple’s offering. I have been bullish on tablets from the beginning. From my first experience with the iPad I knew …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 19th, 2012

Truel: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; The iPad, the Surface and the Nexus 7

The Plot

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles. ~ paraphrased from Wikipedia

Apple, Microsoft and Google …

by John Kirk   |   October 18th, 2012
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A Tale of Two Internet Explorers

I have been playing with Windows 8 on a number of different devices, specifically some touch enabled, and others non-touch enabled. One of the many questions I have been wanting to analyze was how software built for Windows 8 would …

by Ben Bajarin   |   October 17th, 2012

Rebuttal: Windows 8 “May Or May Not” Be The Disaster This Video Makes It Out To Be

Steve Kovach at Business Insider has a few words of wisdom regarding Windows 8:

Microsoft’s new operating system for PCs and tablets, Windows 8, will have a drastic new look.
The Start menu you’re used to is gone, replaced by a touch-friendly …

by John Kirk   |   October 17th, 2012
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It’s Time To Fix DMCA Takedowns

T-shirt at the Techdirt Insider Shop

A few days ago, a teacher posted a copyright Pearson Education personality inventory on a blog at Pearson served a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice, which set off a series of events that …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   October 17th, 2012