Archive for March, 2013

Apple’s Cloud Conundrum


Apple is really bad at the cloud. And while that is not hurting the company much today, it is going to become a growing problem as users rely on a growing number of devices and come to expect that all …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 29th, 2013

The New Era of “Good Enough” Computing

A few weeks back I was one of the first to write about Windows Blue and in this column I discussed how Windows Blue could be used on tablets in the 7” to 10” range as well as in clamshell’s …

by Tim Bajarin   |   March 29th, 2013

Uniloc v. Rackspace: A Rare Patent Win in East Texas

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has a well-earned reputation as a place where non-practicing entities, more colorfully known as patent trolls, use their dubious patents to extort money from companies that actually do things and make stuff. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 28th, 2013

Tablet Trifurcation

Yesterday, Tech.pinions columnist, Patrick Moorhead, discussed the implications of the growing popularity of the 7 inch tablet form factor.


I think that Patrick’s analysis of the schism between Apple’s iOS tablets and Android tablets was spot on. While Apple encouraged …

by John Kirk   |   March 28th, 2013

What are the Implications of Increased 7” Tablet Popularity?

Last month, DisplaySearch published an analysis, entitled, “Smaller Tablet PCs to Take Over in 2013?”  The report essentially laid out the volume decrease of 9.7-10” displays and the increase of 7.X” displays in January of 2013.  While this …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 27th, 2013

The FCC: After Four Frustrating Years, Tough Work Ahead


Julius Genachowski was one of President Obama’s original tech warriors, so hopes were high when he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in 2009. He leaves the post some modest accomplishments, some bigger disappointments, and a general sense of …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 25th, 2013

When Calculators Had Gears

“Naked” Friden D10 (Photo: Jake Wildstrom)

My son, a mathematician at the University of Louisville, has a new hobby: restoring mechanical calculators. These machines were obsolete long before he was born, but a visit this past weekend brought back a …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 25th, 2013

The Best Innovations are Still Ahead

I enjoy technology industry history. After the dot come bubble burst, I had a conversation with the then-CEO of National Semiconductor, Brian Halla. He’s also a tech history connoisseur and he explained to me what is called the Boom Bust …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 25th, 2013

The Challenge for Smartphone Makers in 2013

I believe we are in new territory for smartphone manufacturers. Although its true that there are still many people on the planet who do not yet have a smartphone, the reality is that the most mature markets are reaching …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 22nd, 2013

Google Keep: Bleeding from Self-inflicted Wounds


I don’t know how much Google is saving by killing off Reader, but it is rapidly becoming clear that it wasn’t worth it.

Most people don’t know what an RSS reader is and Reader never became a popular offering  on the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 21st, 2013

Android’s Penetration Vs. Apple’s Skimming Marketing Strategies

Technology pundits and press, alike, seem obsessed with market share. But obtaining large market share is just one of many successful business strategies. Android follows a penetration pricing strategy. Apple uses a skimming strategy. Neither is inherently superior to the …

by John Kirk   |   March 21st, 2013

Apple: Time To Come Out Swinging

The dominant picture of Apple in the media today is of a company on the ropes: out of ideas, falling behind the competition, stock price battered, doomed. It’s reached the point where the CEO of BlackBerry, of all people, is …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 20th, 2013

Is It a Watch or Something Else?

I was asked to come onto the CNBC Closing Bell segment to discuss the smartwatch hype and rumors. I’m on with my friend and analyst colleague Roger Kay, so that is why he took a friendly jab at me. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 19th, 2013

Are the New Crop of Enterprise Tablets a Threat to Apple?

Over the last three years, Apple has reshaped many industries, including the smartphone, tablet, PC and even SOC industry.  One area of Apple success that was in Microsoft’s own backyard was enterprise tablets, where, according to Apple, …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 19th, 2013

An Overview of How Google Glass Works… A Curse or a Blessing?

Google Glass, Kelli Richards, #ifihadglass

by Kelli Richards   |   March 18th, 2013

Did Steve Jobs Actually Intend For Apple to Live Forever?

Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
– Apple Inc statement upon news of the death of Steve Jobs

What if more than Steve Jobs’ spirit lives …

by Brian S Hall   |   March 18th, 2013

A Killer App for Google Glass

There has been a lot of talk and excitement about Google Glass. This product has caught the imagination of the Technorati and has even garnered feedback from the mainstream media by way of reports that Google Glass would be barred …

by Tim Bajarin   |   March 15th, 2013

Andy Rubin And The Curious Failure Of The Nexus Tablet

On Wednesday, Andy Rubin suddenly stepped down as the head of Android. The reason for this move is obscure. The most telling statement I’ve read on this, so far, comes from Ina Fried, at AllThingsD:

It was certainly a sudden move. …

by John Kirk   |   March 14th, 2013

Will Android Tablets Pass iPad in 2013?

The technical answer is yes. Android AOSP (Android open source project) meaning Android code that can be freely taken and used will be installed on more tablets than iPads in 2013. But the story isn’t that simple or …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 13th, 2013

Startup Highlight: Automatic

Yesterday a company named Automatic launched a very interesting product. They launched a smart driving assistant. Its a product that further emphasizes the point many of us at Tech.pinions make around the smartphone becoming the hub of our digital lives. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 13th, 2013

Dell’s Thinking Outside the Tablet

What is a tablet? Sorry to get philosophical but I think this is an interesting question–especially of late. I sensed from the first early glimpses I got of Windows 8 that we would see hardware that would cause us …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 13th, 2013

Google and Amazon: Doing It All Wrong



By the conventional standards of business, it would be hard to find two companies with a greater tendency to do things wrong than Google and Amazon. Yet both are regarded as outstanding success story. What is going on here, and …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   March 13th, 2013

HP ENVY X2: One Step Closer to the Hybrid Future

As a technology analyst, I spend a lot time analyzing and keeping the pulse on the latest in inflection points, the ones that matter. Modularity is one of those factors and will be an important thing to keep an eye …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   March 12th, 2013

Understanding Android Activations

There are some questions that are worth spending the time to understand. Part of this lure may be due to the elusive nature of how Google reports Android. They make it sound like the game is over, they have already …

by Ben Bajarin   |   March 11th, 2013

Anyone But Google

Carriers are understandably unhappy with today’s mobile platform duopoly. Apple and Google generate demand for data services, and carriers can’t live without them (as T-Mobile USA admitted about Apple late last year). However, Apple extracts enormous subsidies, mandates high minimum …

by Avi Greengart   |   March 11th, 2013