Archive for November, 2012

Why Android Is Winning The Battles But Google Is Losing The War: Part 2

A Pyrrhic victory (/ˈpɪrɪk/) is a victory with such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat. The phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” is named after King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered …

by John Kirk   |   November 13th, 2012
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The New Myspace: All or Nothing

Ah MySpace, the website that brought social networking and social media into the homes of the masses. Once the king of the internet, valued at $12 billion and becoming the most visited website in the world, it has since been dethroned and fallen from grace. Or has it? It was recently purchased by Specific Media and Justin Timberlake in June 2011 for $35 million with hopes of breathing new life into the company. But will they be able to reclaim the throne in a much more crowded kingdom? The answer to that remains to be scene but based on the preview it looks like something worth getting excited about.

by Kelli Richards   |   November 12th, 2012
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Microsoft’s Retail Gamble

Over the weekend, I went to Microsoft’s large store that is in the Westfield Shopping Center in San Jose. Like a few similar Microsoft stores, it is across from an Apple store and I suspect that Microsoft is hoping to …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 12th, 2012
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Why Android Is Winning The Battles But Google Is Losing The War: Part 1

A Pyrrhic victory (/ˈpɪrɪk/) is a victory with such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat. The phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” is named after King Pyrrhus of Epirus, whose army suffered …

by John Kirk   |   November 12th, 2012
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The Way it Was and the Way it Will Be

My family and I have been up visiting my wife’s grandparents up near the Oregon-California border. We have visited this old-fashioned town many times but today a thought occurred to me as I looked at a dictionary prominently displayed …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 9th, 2012
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How the iPad Mini Could Impact Future PC Sales

[dc]N[/dc]ow that the iPad Mini has been out for a while and many of us at Creative Strategies have been testing them, it is becoming clear to us that this 7.9” form factor or most 7” inch models will literally …

by Tim Bajarin   |   November 9th, 2012
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An iPad Mini Epiphany

So, I’m reading this article entitled: “Physicians excited about lab coat pocket-ability of Apple’s iPad mini” and I suddenly have an epiphany. Or, at least, a mini-ephiphany. Or indigestion. Not exactly sure which.

Anyway, it occurs to me as I’m reading …

by John Kirk   |   November 8th, 2012
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Tech Could Learn from the Election: Big Data Rules

I have wanted to write about the growing importance of big data and analytics for a while, but this is a tech site and I did not want to get it embroiled in the political tempests. But now that the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 7th, 2012

In Praise of Old-fashioned PCs

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I’m a big fan of tablets, especially the iPad. Altrhough I find myself spending more and more time with a tablet and less and less with a traditional computer, I can’t imagine getting by without a Windows PC …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 7th, 2012
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Ten Things I prefer to do on Microsoft Surface versus my Apple iPad

My primary tablet of choice for years has been Apple’s iPad. The iPad, iPad 2, and the New (now old) iPad (3). This is after trying at least 20 other tablets with Android phone, Android tablet, …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   November 6th, 2012
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Why Does Microsoft Make It So Hard?

Are you planning to use a new Microsoft Surface for business? You might want to think again, at least if you are concerned about legal niceties.

At ZDnet, Windows guru Ed Bott examines the strangely complex  legalities of using Microsoft Office …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 5th, 2012
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Let’s Talk About the iPad Mini and Ultra-Mobile Computing

[dc]A[/dc]pple announced today that they sold 3 million iPad Mini (Wi-Fi version) and fourth generation iPads in three days. Through some smart discussions with some folks who track supply chain shipments, I estimate that around 1.7 to 2 million of …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 5th, 2012
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Upside Down Analysis

These thoughts via Business Insider:

According to estimates from Canaccord Genuity, Samsung has shot further ahead of the pack as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, shipping 56.3 million units in the third quarter.

Apple’s consolation is that it still takes a larger …

by John Kirk   |   November 4th, 2012
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When is a Tablet not a Tablet? When It’s a Surface

Let me start this column out with some context on Windows 8. My mind has changed to a degree about Windows 8 and in particular touch based notebooks and UltraBooks. Several of the Windows 8 PCs I …

by Ben Bajarin   |   November 2nd, 2012
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Windows 8′s Greatest Sin

Anyone who is in business knows that once you have made a sale, you want the next sale to become as seamless and as automatic as possible. This is why newspapers and magazines push subscriptions so heavily and why so …

by John Kirk   |   November 1st, 2012