Posts Tagged ‘analysis’

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Shazam! Why iPhone Integration With Shazam Really Is A Big Deal.

I believe most analysts, including those that monitor Apple’s every move, are seriously underestimating the ramifications of Apple baking Shazam’s music identification service into iOS 8.  This is not merely about increasing song downloads. Rather, this move marks Apple’s determined …

by Brian S Hall   |   April 21st, 2014
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VCs On The Wrong Side In The Smartphone Wars

Think of how much better your life is now you have an iPhone or one of its many virtuous progeny…iPad, Android, apps, mobile-optimized games, content and services. Do you want to go back to before smartphones, before tablets? Unlikely. Yet many …

by Brian S Hall   |   April 14th, 2014
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Market Share Is Like A Bikini…

Market Share is like a bikini. What it reveals is suggestive, but what it conceals is vital.1 Market Share by itself means nothing. If it’s not taking you where you want to go, it’s worse than nothing – it’s destructive. Trading profits …...

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by John Kirk   |   March 18th, 2014
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How Is It Possible That Google Is So Bad At What It Should Be Great At?

Mark Zuckerberg cooly plunked down $19 large last week for a SMS-like app that most Americans had never used, probably never will. The move was labelled bold, brilliant, strategic. Zuckerberg branded a badass, a visionary, the next Steve Jobs. I …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 24th, 2014
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Trying To Understand How The iPhone 5c Failed

Failure is fascinating. Failure highlights our limits, our strengths, our mortality. My ‘explorations in failure’ will this week examine the iPhone 5c. At the very moment Apple was about to slice deep into the Android behemoth, offer the world a …...

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by Brian S Hall   |   February 19th, 2014
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The Death Of iPhone. The Death Of Android. The Rebirth Of Facebook.

Well, that was a heckuva week.

Google sells Motorola for billions less than they paid for it. Apple sells millions fewer iPhones than nearly everyone expected, then directs guidance lower. Facebook becomes a mobile first company, for real this time. Amazon …

by Brian S Hall   |   February 3rd, 2014
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Surprise! Apple Execs Use The Mac Anniversary To Dis Microsoft.

When Apple executives speak to the press, pay attention. They may dodge. They may fail to disclose some facts, overemphasize others. But, and this is critical, Apple executives who speak on the record always reveal what they are thinking.

Surprise. Apple …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 27th, 2014
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Is Yahoo Even Worth Trying To Save?

Is there any reason to save Yahoo? I say no. 

What does Yahoo do? What is Yahoo for? What is Yahoo great at? What is Yahoo even good at? 

Yahoo does not have the best technology, nor the best content. Yahoo does …

by Brian S Hall   |   January 20th, 2014
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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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2013 Winners And Losers In Tech

We track, analyze and oftentimes promote technology because of its overarching, mostly positive impact on our own lives and throughout the world. It’s many disparate parts, incorporating intellectual property and global manufacturing, hardware and software, content and creativity, when brought …

by Brian S Hall   |   December 9th, 2013
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Smartphones Are Transforming Retail Not With Technology But With Messy Humanity

I believe a profound transformation in retail is now underway, one set to equal the changes in buying and selling formed during the modern industrial age. Only, it’s not what you think.

It started with Apple, which launched the smartphone wars. With …

by Brian S Hall   |   November 5th, 2013
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Three Key Takeaways From Apple’s Fall Unveiling

When Apple introduced their new products today, it left little doubt that they are in an evolutionary period of their product cycles.

Yes, the new iPad Air is a great design, thinner, lighter and more powerful but still pretty much …

by Tim Bajarin   |   October 22nd, 2013
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The Simple Shocking Failures of Microsoft Google Facebook Apple And Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley companies love to remind us they are on a mission to change the world. Perhaps, although I confess I’m slightly suspicious given their obvious relentless pursuit of funding, acquisitions, getting acquired, going public, and generating piles of cash.

And …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 22nd, 2013
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If Jeff Bezos Is Serious About An Amazon Phone He Better Take Out His Wallet

Over the past several weeks, rumors of an “Amazon Phone” have become more persistent, if no more credible. The rumors stick, of course, because Amazon has years of experience designing, developing, selling (and I assume servicing) personal mobile computing devices — …

by Brian S Hall   |   October 14th, 2013
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Martha Stewart vs Mark Zuckerberg. Seniors vs Silicon Valley.

Help! My iPad’s fallen and it can’t get up!

Much mirth ensued across both Twitter and tech blogs last week when the very entrepreneurial — and very senior — Martha Stewart broke her iPad. Perhaps she only has herself to blame …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 30th, 2013
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Windows Phone And Android Hate

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” 
― Maya Angelou

I want Windows Phone to succeed. More than that, I want Android to fail. I hate Android.

There, I said it. Yes, …

by Brian S Hall   |   September 9th, 2013
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With Help From Silicon Valley, America To Dominate The 21st Century

America will dominate the 21st century – economically and culturally – thanks to our dominance in technology.

Mobile technologies, supplemented by social connectivity, integrated with real-time data, enhanced by location-aware services and all supported by infinitely scalable yet highly personalized digital …

by Brian S Hall   |   August 12th, 2013
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Marissa Mayer Neuters The Cowboy Coder

“All the speed he took, all the turns he’d taken and the corners he’d cut in Night City, and still he’d see the matrix in his sleep, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that colorless void…” 
-Neuromancer (William Gibson)

I suspect we are …

by Brian S Hall   |   July 29th, 2013
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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Blunder

When I first saw the direction Microsoft and their partners were looking to take Windows 8, I was optimistic. Metro sounded good in concept, as did some of the features and functions built into Windows 8. But then as the …...

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by Ben Bajarin   |   July 4th, 2013
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Apple, Diversity, and Why It Succeeds

Quite possibly, the single most important action undertaken by Tim Cook as CEO of Apple was when he fired Scott Forstall - so often referred to as “the next Steve Jobs.” There were likely many reasons for Cook’s move, but the overarching …

by Brian S Hall   |   June 10th, 2013
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The Dividing Line Between Human and Replicant Already Happened

In the film, Iron Man 3, the good guys encase themselves in tech. The bad guys put the tech inside their bodies. This is telling. Hollywood – and most of America – remains oddly uncomfortable with the notion of technology …

by Brian S Hall   |   May 27th, 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
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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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The Terrible Tablet Tsunami and the Future of Computing

IDC just issued a press release updating their expectations for tablet shipments. Here are their numbers, year by year:

2010: 19.5 million tablet shipments.
2011: 69.6 million tablet shipments.
2012: 107.4 million estimated tablet shipments.
2016: 222.1 million estimated tablet shipments.

When looking at the …

by John Kirk   |   June 18th, 2012
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Why Google Should Fear Facebook

I have written quite a bit about my doubts of Facebook’s long term value. And amidst all the recent news about their IPO woes it seems like investors are skeptical as well. Last week I wrote …

by Ben Bajarin   |   May 25th, 2012