Unpacked: Average Social Media Accounts per Person

Social media remains a large part of what regular consumers do on a daily basis with their smart device. Like it or not, they play a major role in the connected economy. That is why...

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Ben Bajarin / June 13th, 2016
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Unpacked This Week

Motorola’s Bet on Modular Design may be the Future but not Today – Carolina Milanesi On Thursday at Lenovo’s Tech World, Motorola announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The two high-end devices sport...

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Ben Bajarin / June 10th, 2016
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What the iPhone SE Taught Me about the Smartphone Market

For the past two weeks, I’ve switched from my iPhone 6s Plus to the iPhone SE. Seeing the two devices next to each other, it was hard to imagine a more dramatic change in screen … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / June 9th, 2016

Unpacked: Amazon Echo, Siri, OK Google Frequency of Use

One of the thing we sought to understand in our quantitative study of Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Ok Google was how often people are using their voice to interact with their devices. We...

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Ben Bajarin / June 6th, 2016

The Voice UI has Gone Mainstream

The idea of talking conversationally to computers has been a long time in the works. Science fiction is so often a self-fulfilling prophecy as it provides a vision for humans to chase after with technological … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / June 6th, 2016

Tech.pinions Podcast: Potential Winners and Losers in VR/AR Platforms

Carolina Milanesi, Jan Dawson, and Ben Bajarin discuss who is best positioned to compete in the future VR/AR platform wars. If you happen to use a podcast aggregator or want to add it to iTunes … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / June 4th, 2016

This Weeks News Unpacked

“We’re still committed”, says Jawbone CEO, but it may be time to regroup/rethink – By Carolina Milanesi Late last week, TechInsider published an article on the news that Jawbone was slowing production of its fitness...

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Ben Bajarin / June 3rd, 2016
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Criticizing Apple’s Patience

I’ve noticed an interesting theme from some of Apple’s more prominent and vocal pundits. Perhaps this is a theme that has always been around or is simply a rinse/wash/repeat process. Either way, I’m sensing it...

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Ben Bajarin / June 2nd, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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