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Microsoft Is (Sorta) Doomed

On October 27th, 2014, Techpinion’s very own, Brian S. Hall, wrote an article entitled “Microsoft Is Doomed. Doomed!” Brian was, of course, being facetious. Far from predicting doom for Microsoft, he was mocking the Microsoft … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 16th, 2014
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Apple’s Design: The Gift That Keeps Giving (2 of 2)

This is part 2 of a 2-part article. Part 1 can be found here. Recap Market Research gives the customer what they ask for. It’s like giving a gift from a list. Great design is … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 8th, 2014
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Phone, Tablet, Desktop Usage

I’ve been staring at the above chart and I think there’s a lot we can learn from it. 1) Facts 1.1) Desktops are used most during working hours and their usage tails off at night....

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John Kirk / November 2nd, 2014
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Apple’s Design: The Gift That Keeps Giving (1 of 2)

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article was inspired by an analogy used by Ben Thompson in his wonderful article entitled “Christmas Gifts And The Meaning Of Design.” His article can be found here. Part 2 of this … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 1st, 2014
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The Microsoft Surface Is A Yachting Cap, Not A Yacht

Following Microsoft’s Earnings, a lot of people started talking about how “successful” the Surface 2-in-1 computer was becoming. That reminded me of the following anecdote: Tristan Bernard (1866–1947), was a French dramatist and novelist. A...

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John Kirk / October 26th, 2014
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The Apple Mac Takes Its Place In The Post-PC World

PC Resurgent The PC market turnaround is real. ~ Bob O’Donnell (@bobodtech) 10/15/14 Q: IS THE PC MARKET TURNAROUND REAL? A: No. Macs are resurgent. Google Chrome is slowly gaining ground. However, sales of traditional … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 26th, 2014
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iPads: The Bad, The Good And The Takeaway

Tablets, in general, and iPads, in particular, seem to be getting a bad rap nowadays. So I thought I’d take a look at both the bad and the good, and see if that provided us … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 19th, 2014
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Samsung Schadenfreude And The Fall Of The Church Of Market Share

Schadenfreude |ˈSHädənˌfroidə | noun | pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune. ORIGIN German Schadenfreude, from Schaden ‘harm’ + Freude ‘joy.’ Samsung has reported a 60% fall in quarterly profits. Just three years ago, … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 12th, 2014
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Tech Geeks, Apple Watch And The Upcoming Fashion Apocalypse

What Is A Tech Geek? Definition: “Tech Geek” Someone with ridiculous skills on a computer/phone/iPod/other electronical device and scares us mere earthlings. they have a habit of breaking these after stretching them beyond their ability … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 4th, 2014
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Apple Watch Claim Chowder

People really love to hate Apple. It should be considered a disorder at this point. ~ J. Gobert (@MrGobert) The Apple Watch may or may not fail, but the analysis of the Watch has already … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 21st, 2014
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I Shall Now Make My Apple Event Predictions!

I always like to make my predictions AFTER the fact. Improves accuracy. Yet I’m still bound to get a few things wrong. You can only predict things after they have happened. ~ Eugene Ionesco Truth … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 14th, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Business Models

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Business Models … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 6th, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Evolutionary Or Revolutionary

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Evolutionary Or … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 4th, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Product

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Product Apple’s … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 3rd, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Cynicism

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Cynicism All … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 2nd, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Killers

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Killers There … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 1st, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Events

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Events A … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 31st, 2014
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Apple Claim Chowder: Introduction

Apple has scheduled an Event for Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Apple’s Events attract critics the way a trailer park attracts tornados. Good analysis and insightful critiques are expected and welcome, however many critics merely repeat … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 30th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Surface Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Microsoft has introduced three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablets called “Power,” “Head to Head,” and “Crowded.” You can view them HERE. The Good The ads are well done. Clever, funny, short and … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 16th, 2014
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Counterpoint: Tablets Were Never Supposed To Be The Next Smartphone

I’m (supposed to be) on vacation this week, but I saw an article by Peter Bright of Ars Tecnica, that got my dander up: “Op-Ed: Tablets really are the new PCs; nobody needs to buy … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 5th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Business Model Ménage à Trois

Ben Thompson of Stratechery wrote yet another brilliant article on Microsoft entitled: “It’s Time To Split Up Microsoft“. Highly recommended reading. I agree with Thompson in part, and I disagree with him in part. Let’s … Continue reading

John Kirk / July 26th, 2014
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Microsoft Removed Chesterton’s Fence

On Saturday, I explained why The Smartphone Is Not Merging With the PC. Apple and Google are moving in almost opposite directions from one another. But Microsoft? Their personal computing design philosophy is taking them...

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John Kirk / July 21st, 2014
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The Smartphone Is Not Merging With the PC

Behold the pot, bathtub and swimming pool. They all contain water. They are the same. ~ Horace Dediu (@asymco) On July 9, 2014, Walt Mossberg published an article entitled: “How the PC Is Merging With … Continue reading

John Kirk / July 19th, 2014
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Snippet: Design Is The Difference Between Choice and Decision

Yesterday, I reviewed some of Dieter Rams’ Design philosophies and tried to apply them to existing and potential wearable products. I decided to leave out the following section on the difference between Choice and Decision … Continue reading

John Kirk / July 13th, 2014
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Divining Apple’s Wearable Design

Most of the wearables on the market today are an experiment in artificial stupidity. Rather than solve problems, they create them. Using a wearable today is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef. A … Continue reading

John Kirk / July 12th, 2014