Archive for February, 2013

Apple is the World’s Most Valuable Player

As you may recall, the late Steve Jobs was said to have a reality distortion field in the way he saw the world. It was articulated that Steve would create alternate realities which were actually distorted realities. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 28th, 2013
Side by Side Revenue & Profit Comparisons

Comparing The Profits of The Five Titans Of Tech

Introduction

Today’s five Titans of personal computing are Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and Amazon. Horace Dediu of ASYMCO has created a side-by-side comparison of their respective revenues and profits.

Google

Google is a money making machine, but I think that many overestimate its …

by John Kirk   |   February 28th, 2013

How Not To Win in Washington

  In November, a young staffer named Derek Khanna won brief notoriety for writing a report for the House Republican Study Committee urging a change in copyright policy to favor consumers rather than rights holders. The effort got him …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 27th, 2013

Google or Microsoft? That is the Question

If you are a technology company—not named Apple—then the answer to this question is vital to your future. The fact of the matter is that all technology companies, other than Apple, do not solely control their own future. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 26th, 2013

webOS: Phil McKinney Hopes Third Time Could Be the Charm

webOS is the best mobile operating system that never really had a chance. It was developed by a struggling Palm but sank under the weight  of poor execution and inadequate capital. Hewlett-Packard acquired it with great hopes and even greater …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 26th, 2013

Asus FonePad Phone Functionality not as Odd as it Seems

After having spent a few days in Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress, I have had the chance to play around with a few mobile “toys”. A few of these devices caught my eye and the Asus FonePad …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 26th, 2013

The Invasion of Cheap Tablets

Given the massive market demand for tablets and the fundamental shift in consumer sentiment from PCs to tablets, it was only a matter of time before the tablet race to the bottom took place. I wrote about how this was …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 25th, 2013

Why the iPad Needs a File System

Over at Monday Note, the always perceptive Jean-Louis Gassée writes about how the lack of a true user-accessible file system is holding back more intensive use of the iPad as a creation tool. Jean-Louis has been on this kick for …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 24th, 2013

Live the Future Now

By nature of what I do for a living, I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. As a part of that exercise I like to employ a tactic I call live the future now. I’ll explain. Part …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 22nd, 2013
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Does The Rise Of Android’s Market Share Mean The End of Apple’s Profits?

It’s an article of faith in the Church of Market Share that Android is nearing a tipping point where its market share lead will inevitably turn into a developer share lead, too. ~ John Gruber

Matt Asay, writing for Readwrite Mobile, …

by John Kirk   |   February 21st, 2013

Chinese Hacking: What Is To Be Done?

We’ve known for a long time that hackers in China have been responsible for massive intrusions into both government and commercial networks in the U.S. Most recently, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal all reported sustained …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 20th, 2013

HTC One, Android Zero

There was a word missing from HTC’s unveiling of its impressive new HTC One phone. HTC executives talked about the BlinkFeed streaming home screen, the redone Sense user interface, the BoomSound audio system, and the Zoe photo-plus-video app. But there …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 19th, 2013
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The Nvidia Tegra 4i: A Step Forward in Smartphones

Nvidia today announced the Tegra 4i, a smartpone chip with an integrated LTE modem on the same physical die.  This is a follow-on to the Tegra 4 that was announced at this year’s CES 2013.  Nvidia is making some very …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 19th, 2013

Apple’s Penchant for Sophisticated Simplicity

I mentioned in an earlier column that I had finally figured out why iOS is the mobile operating system of choice for me. I take the time to objectively look at all the flagship devices on the market. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 19th, 2013

Apple iWatch vs Google Glasses and the Next UI Battle

Rumors of the Apple iWatch continue to sprout. Google Glasses will soon be for sale. The “Internet of Things” and wearable computers are quickly transitioning from the realm of science fiction into our everyday reality. Very soon, sensors throughout our …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 18th, 2013

Putting Tablets to Work

Tablets are rapidly becoming an integral part of many work forces. Fortune 500 companies are deploying them in the tens of thousands and small business everywhere are integrating them into their workflow. The myth that you can’t be …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 16th, 2013

Spectrum: The Wheels of the FCC Grind Slowly

Remember back at CES in January when Federal communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a plan to free 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band for expanded Wi-Fi? I hope you we’re planning on using it anytime soon.

As …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 15th, 2013

The History and Role of Analysts

Analysts often take a beating by the new media generation. Many simply look at the term analyst and wonder what in the world this community does. More importantly, many in the media use the term analyst liberally and don’t understand …

by Tim Bajarin   |   February 15th, 2013
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Tim Cook Addresses The State Of Apple

On Tuesday, February 12, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Conference and provided us all with some miscellaneous thoughts on the state of Apple. What follows are my thoughts on his thoughts. (All quotes are from Tim …

by John Kirk   |   February 14th, 2013

Spectrum: Multiplication Beats Addition

Martin Cooper recalls the days of mobile radio-telephones before cellular service:

You’d have one station in a city and you could conduct in that city 12 phone calls at one time. During the busy hour, the probability of connecting, of getting …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 13th, 2013
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Will Gen 3 Chromebooks Finally Hit the Mark?

Now on their third generation, Chromebooks have taken a deserved perceptual and business beating over the last few years. Generation one and two were flawed in many basic ways, with high prices, sluggish performance, and lack of robust …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 12th, 2013
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Should Apple Make A Larger iPhone?

There has been chatter of late around Apple’s plans for the iPhone. Some suggest they need to make a more affordable version of the iPhone. Notice I didn’t say cheap. The logic for a more affordable …

by Ben Bajarin   |   February 11th, 2013

Sony’s decline: Have they eaten the poison Apple?

I’m talking of course about Sony and Apple, two companies with storied histories that bare some key similarities to each other. In the successes and failures of each company, the brilliance and blunders seem to be passed back and forth. In order to move forward towards the future, we must look back at the past; so let’s take it from the top.

by Kelli Richards   |   February 10th, 2013

Why I Love My Mac

My aging 27″ iMac, the system I use most for work, had been acting cranky lately but I was busy and ignored the symptoms–until I couldn’t anymore. On Wednesday evening, I tried to reboot it and it just sat there, …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   February 8th, 2013

Opinion Cast: Are Phablet’s For Real? Should Apple Make One?

This week Shawn and Ben discuss Ben’s column about the Galaxy Note 2. Ben goes in to more depth on his thoughts on Phablet’s and what they bring to the table in terms of an experience. We also explore whether …

by The Tech.pinions Team   |   February 8th, 2013