Archive for January, 2013

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Introducing the Chinese Grey Market Android Tablets

Buckle up because this is going to get interesting. What I am going to elaborate on is perhaps one of the most disturbing and potentially disruptive things that I picked up on at CES. As many …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 11th, 2013
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Why Hardware, and CES, Still Matter

An odd notion that hardware no longer matters has lately taken hold in the world of tech commentary. For example, in a well-argued piece explaining his decision not to attend the Consumer Electronics Show, Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan  writes:

[S]oftware and services have …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 10th, 2013
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An Homage To The Tablet

Tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship, according to NPD

Amazing.

The only thing greater than the resistance to tablet adoption has …

by John Kirk   |   January 10th, 2013
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The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: Windows 8 Is Tough Even on a Great Windows 8 Laptop

I have been using Windows 8 through its several beta and preview versions on equipment designed for earlier editions, and I have been wondering for many months whether my unhappiness with it resulted from shortcomings of the hardware. I’ve now …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 9th, 2013
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Where’s The Windows 8 “Buzz”?

With all the news coming out of CES this week, I couldn’t help but be struck by the lack of “buzz” surrounding Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablets. Microsoft and its partners just introduced a slew of new hardware and software products, …

by John Kirk   |   January 8th, 2013
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NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD Connects Disparate Gaming Worlds

Even before CES 2013 officially began, NVIDIA announced a new product that rocked the gaming world.  NVIDIA announced Project SHIELD, an NVIDIA-branded mobile gaming device that connects different world of gaming, across modes, displays and content.

My first visual impression of …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 8th, 2013
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Conflicting Data

As an analyst I continually come across data. Much of it is often conflicting and discerning what is an accurate reflection of the market is not always easy. Such data has come out today that I think is …

by Ben Bajarin   |   January 7th, 2013
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Big Thinkers, Disruptive Technologies at CES

This will be my 10th year moderating a Super Session at CES called “Big Thinkers, Disruptive Technologies.” Anyone going to CES can attend any Super Session’s as these are the only major conference sessions open to all attendees. http://cesweb.org/Conference-Program/SuperSessions.aspx

Each year …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 7th, 2013
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Google vs. Microsoft: Just Cut It Out

Hostilities between Google and Microsoft are heating up, and users are being caught in the crossfire.

Microsoft, of course, has spent the last couple of years trying to bring the wrath of the federal government down on Google. This campaign failed …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 5th, 2013
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Should Apple Make a Hybrid or Convertible PC?

In a Tech.pinions piece I wrote a few weeks back, I stated that in our talks with IT directors they have been sharing with us their interested in the hybrids or convertibles that are just starting to get into the …

by Tim Bajarin   |   January 4th, 2013

The Opinion Cast Round Table: 2013 Predictions and CES

Steve, Tim, and Ben discuss their tech predictions for 2013 and give some insight into this years CES. We are looking forward to an exciting 2013!

As always, we would love any comments or feedback on our Opinion Cast. …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   January 3rd, 2013
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Qualcomm and the Birth of the Smartphone

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs’ appearance on the Charlie Rose Show brought back memories of the earliest days of smartphones. Jacobs told rose that he originally proposed adding a cellular radio to the Apple Newton MessagePad. When Apple demurred, Jacobs headed …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 3rd, 2013
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4 Technology Trends, 5 Technology Predictions

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. ~ Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (1885 – 1962)

Trend #1: Two Seperate And Incompatible Types Of User Interfaces

Personal computing will be divided into two types of user interfaces:

1) Touch; and
2) Pixel-specific (surface-required)

Touch will …

by John Kirk   |   January 3rd, 2013
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CES 2013: Where’s the Excitement?

Next week, as I have in early January for I can’t remember how many years, I’ll head for Las Vegas and the International Consumer Electronics Show. I’ll admit I don’t much like either Vegas or CES, but this year, I’m …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 2nd, 2013
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Why Mourn the Death of Pirates?

At some level, I have a bit of grudging admiration for CNET for publishing an article so obviously hostile to the the interests of its corporate parent, CBS. But on the other hand, it is long past time for anyone …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 1st, 2013