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Unpacked: Analysis of This Week’s Top News

Twitter – by Jan Dawson Twitter this week announced that, in the coming months, it will start exempting some forms of content from its traditional 140 character limit, including pictures, usernames, videos, and polls. The...

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Ben Bajarin / May 27th, 2016
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Trends in Social Commerce

“Social commerce” is one of the biggest buzzwords in conversations I have with startups and investors in Silicon Valley. The reason is simple. Peer group influence on product decision making is one of, if not...

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Ben Bajarin / May 26th, 2016
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Unpacked: Global Social Media Usage

Looking at many different social media networks/services from a global perspective, there are a few interesting trends, none larger than Facebook. Literally. On a global scale, Facebook not only has the most active users but...

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Ben Bajarin / May 23rd, 2016
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Unpacked: The Week’s News

Microsoft Sells off Feature Phone Biz – Carolina Milanesi Two years after the acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft has sold its feature phone business to FIH, a subsidiary of Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Foxconn, for $350 million....

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Ben Bajarin / May 20th, 2016
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Google’s Custom Chip may be the Biggest I/O Announcement

Near the end of Google’s two hour I/O keynote, they snuck an announcement in which may be the biggest deal of the whole event. Google officially announced a project they have been working on for...

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Ben Bajarin / May 19th, 2016
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The Big iPhone Debate

In many discussions I’ve had about Apple and their future, the question of the iPhone is always at the heart. Although, as I listen to the tone and specifics of the questions that come my...

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Ben Bajarin / May 17th, 2016
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Unpacked: Apple Invests in China Ride Sharing Platform Didi

News broke late last night that Apple is investing in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing to the tune of one billion dollars. I’m sure this investment will be over analyzed but there are a few...

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Ben Bajarin / May 13th, 2016
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Google, Amazon, the Chinese, and the Hardware Brands of Tomorrow

Google’s hardware strategy has always felt less like a strategy and more like a string of experiments. It is understandable why a company like Google is interested in their own hardware. In many ways, Google...

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Ben Bajarin / May 12th, 2016
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The Conversational IO

Within my industry circles of analyst colleagues, industry executives, and venture capitalists, the idea of next-generation computer interfaces comes up frequently and conversational UI is a main theme. You are going to here quite a...

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Ben Bajarin / May 11th, 2016
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Wearable Market Observations From the Masses

A little over a week ago, I attended the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Thousands of people showed up from all over the country to eat great food and listen to great music. Being an … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 9th, 2016
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Unpacked: The Tablet is more Social Than Personal

The tablet category remains a central part of our analysis amidst the personal computing hardware landscape. I’ve been bullish on this form factor, despite the market issues, and still believe it represents the most approachable...

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Ben Bajarin / May 6th, 2016
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India Bans Second Hand iPhones, the Services Narrative, Hardware Maturity

India will remain a key area of interest in the iPhone narrative. While we can chime in on the big debate of whether the iPhone will see growth again in 2017, we can’t ignore the...

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Ben Bajarin / May 5th, 2016
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Apple’s Uncharted Territory

The more I have reflected on what is happening right now in the consumer technology industry, in particular Apple’s position, the more a key observation hits me. Apple is in uncharted territory. I don’t mean … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 2nd, 2016
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Unpacked: Opinions on Facebook

Facebook is one of the few bright spots, earnings-wise, in the industry this year. It is becoming ever more clear Facebook will be the largest beneficiary of the global smartphone roll-out and that mobile advertising,...

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Ben Bajarin / April 29th, 2016
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Apple Earnings Fact and Fiction

Anyone who follows Apple commentary closely, either by what Apple has said on previous calls, or by the Wall St. analysis, knows this quarter’s YoY decline in revenue was not a surprise. A key point...

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Ben Bajarin / April 27th, 2016
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Google’s EU Antitrust Battle

In a less than surprising move, the EU has declared Google in breach of antitrust regulations and has abused its dominance. There are three major arcs to their claims: In today’s Statement of Objections, the...

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Ben Bajarin / April 21st, 2016
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Remembering Bill Campbell, Magic Leap’s Expose, Intel’s Re-Org Implications

This was written by Tim Bajarin who has been in the industry since 1981 and has had deep relationships with such pioneers as Bill Campbell. One of our industry’s most warm-hearted leaders lost his battle...

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Ben Bajarin / April 20th, 2016
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Apple Security, Smartphones are More Fun Than Driving

I want to share a few more thoughts for subscribers about the briefing I was at on Friday with Apple executives where they gave more depth on their security strategy and philosophy. As I sat...

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Ben Bajarin / April 19th, 2016
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Apple’s Penchant for Consumer Security

At a security “deep dive” at Apple on Friday, executives went into depth on Apple security philosophy and technological approach to the matter. I’ve sat through many technology company’s technical briefings but never one from … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / April 18th, 2016
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Unpacked: Percent of Consumers Interacting with Brands on Messaging Services

With all the talk of bots lately, I thought it would be helpful to look at how many consumers globally are engaging in brand interactions in ways that make sense to integrate a customer service...

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Ben Bajarin / April 15th, 2016
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Facebook and Personal Sharing Decline, Continued PC Decline, Blackberry’s Last Stand

Facebook and Personal Sharing Decline Some interesting, yet not surprising, usage data on Facebook users has surfaced. According to the Information and then picked up by Bloomberg, Facebook users are sharing less personal information on...

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Ben Bajarin / April 12th, 2016
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Unpacked: Snapchat Rising

For whatever reason, over the past few months I’ve observed Snapchat gaining popularity. Between a blend of a noticeable number of people I follow on Twitter saying they are now on Snapchat and friends and...

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Ben Bajarin / April 8th, 2016
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Huawei’s New Smartphones, Samsung’s Q1 2016 Revenue Beat, What Apple Can Learn

Huawei came out of the gate swinging in 2016 with a new lineup of flagship devices designed specifically to start to move their brand into the premium tier. These new smartphones are loaded on paper...

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Ben Bajarin / April 7th, 2016
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Intel’s Executive Shake Up, Apple’s Challenge in India, Twitter to Stream NFL

Anytime a big iconic company has executive turnover or reshuffling, people take note. Yesterday, Intel did just that with some very senior executive movements at the company. There are many ways to interpret this, from...

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Ben Bajarin / April 6th, 2016
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Unpacked: Wearable Tech Adoption

Toward the end of last year, the consensus research suggested wearable penetration in the US was around 20%. In early February, a study we conducted suggested the number had risen to 23% and our most...

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Ben Bajarin / April 1st, 2016
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