Archive for 2013

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Apple, iPhone, and the NSA: A Tale of Sorry Journalism

Watching CNN on New Year’s Eve, I learned that the National Security Agency was able to snoop on everything I did or said on my iPhone. Actually, I had been reading this for a couple of days on an assortment …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 31st, 2013
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Top 5 2014 Predictions

The next year promises to bring some critical new changes to the world of devices, the software and services that run on those devices, and the usage of those devices in both commercial and consumer environments. In this year-end column, …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 31st, 2013
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Apple To Dominate The Wearable Devices Market

I have written much about “wearables” — wearable computing devices such as the Nike FuelBand, Fitbit Force and Google Glass. Wearables are set to invade consumer markets, healthcare, logistics and other industries, delivering a combination of personalized data, real-time notifications, …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 30th, 2013
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The Decentralization of the PC

I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to articulate what is happening in the multi-screen era we have shifted to. I say shifting because there are many markets where one screen still dominates most consumers connected experiences. …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 30th, 2013
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Understanding the Market for Chromebooks

A few days ago NPD released numbers that caused many media outlets to proclaim the amazing success of Chromebooks as a data point in the market. These numbers were bring used in blog posts to suggest that the rise of …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   December 29th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Learning to Love Chromebooks and Succeeding

I have been a skeptic about Chromebooks since Google announced them. What could you really do on a pseudo-laptop whose only native application was the Chrome browser and which depended on an internet connection for most of its functionality. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 27th, 2013
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Hail and Farewell, All Things Digital

Next Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, will mark the end of one of the most important journalistic tech industry web sites, Dow-Jones’ All Things Digital. Those of you who have been following this drama in recent months know that its disappearance …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 26th, 2013
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Grading My Predictions For 2013

Sigh.

Time to fess up and see how badly I did in last year’s predictions. You can find them all here.

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. 
It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. 
It …

by John Kirk   |   December 26th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: The PC is the Titanic and the Tablet is the Iceberg

During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read columns of our site …

by John Kirk   |   December 26th, 2013
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Or more. Alex Greer posted the following picture on Twitter under the caption: I turn around and find my parents at the kids’ table at the @apple store. ~ @alexpgreer Now what can this picture …...

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by John Kirk   |   December 24th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Apple Turns Technology Into Art

During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read columns of our site …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 24th, 2013
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The iPhone and China Mobile. Impact and Expectations

Yesterday Apple announced that the iPhone will finally come to China Mobile on January 17th. Pre-orders will start on December 25th. The timing of the iPhones availability will coincide with the Chinese New Year. This time of …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   December 23rd, 2013
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Happy Holidays From Tech.pinions

We would like to personally thank our readers for helping make 2013 the best year on record for Tech.pinions in every category. We truly have the best readers and the best commenters of any technology publication. We have …

by Ben Bajarin   |   December 23rd, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Android’s Market Share is Literally a Joke

During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read columns of our site …

by John Kirk   |   December 23rd, 2013
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The Top 10 Silicon Valley Business Memes That Must End in 2013

It’s that time of year when everyone likes to compile a “Best Of” list. Having sat through so many meetings here in the center of the universe known as “Silicon Valley”, I’m offering my Top 10 Silicon Valley Business Memes …

by Carl Schlachte   |   December 20th, 2013
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Microsoft Needs Their Hell Froze Over Moment

In a simple tweet today from Katie Boehret. As she was cleaning out her desk for her transition from the Wall St. Journal to the new venture with the All Things D team, she found a poster from when Apple …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   December 19th, 2013
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Avi Greengart’s Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Every year I try to write my holiday gift guide before the holidays. This year I completely missed Hannukah, but there are still a few days left before Christmas and New Years, so if you’re still looking for a gift …

by Avi Greengart   |   December 19th, 2013
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Neverisms: Holiday Etiquette, New Year’s Resolutions & Well Wishes

This is my last article before the holidays, so I thought I’d use it to regale you with some holiday “Neverisms” — things that you should never ortter do. Here’s hoping they’l help you have a happy, healthy holiday.

Holiday Etiquette

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by John Kirk   |   December 19th, 2013
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Necessary Death and the Strategic Plan

Every strategic plan is an opportunity to kill our company and have it be born anew. This is a necessary thing and a good thing, but of course it does not come without fear. Do not miss the opportunity to …

by Carl Schlachte   |   December 18th, 2013
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A Tale of Two Ads: “Misunderstood” vs. “Scroogled”

If you want to know why Apple keeps winning  in consumer markets and Microsoft keeps losing, you can find much of the answer in the ads the two companies use to present themselves to the world. This week, Apple …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 18th, 2013
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Over-Serving And Under-Serving The Marketplace

Today, I thought I would explore the concepts of over-serving and under-serving the marketplace. The terms “over-serviing” and “under-serving” are used a lot nowadays, but I can’t believe that they’re well-understood, else many more companies would change their current product …...

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by John Kirk   |   December 17th, 2013
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Holiday Shoppers Gifting Themselves

Now that we’re fully in the throes and craziness of the holiday shopping season—just seven shopping days left until Christmas!—it seems appropriate to further investigate how the process really works, especially when it comes to electronics purchases. In fact, I’ve …

by Bob O'Donnell   |   December 17th, 2013
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Glimmers of Hope for the PC Industry

There have been some interesting data points over the past few quarters that I’ve been following. Most of them are related to some specific interplays between the tablet market and the PC market. As many of our readers know, I …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   December 16th, 2013
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Where I Save Windows Phone

My name is Brian and I use Windows Phone.

Confession: I want Windows Phone to succeed. I want it to succeed because I believe users will benefit from Microsoft innovation and renewed market competition. I want Windows Phone to succeed because …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 16th, 2013
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Tech Predictions for 2014

For the last 27 years I have written an annual industry prediction column where I try to forecast what I see happening in the PC and CE markets in the New Year. To be fair, I spend thousands of hours …

by Tim Bajarin   |   December 16th, 2013