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The Terrible Tablet Tantrum, Part 2

*+-Yesterday, in The Terrible Tablet Tantrum, Part 1, I raged at the notion that tablets were dead and enumerated facts that refuted that erroneous contention. Today, I take a deep dive into the two philosophical...

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John Kirk / June 1st, 2014
Anger

The Terrible Tablet Tantrum: Part 1

*+-In the first quarter of 2014, Apple sold 16.4 million iPads, a 16% drop compared to the number of units sold in the same quarter one year ago. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, explained the news … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 31st, 2014
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Rock, Paper, Scissors And The Fly That Microsoft Swallowed

*+-On Tuesday, May 20, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3 Tablet. You can view the webcast here. Yesterday I reviewed and analyzed the introductory comments of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. In essence, I concluded Microsoft...

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John Kirk / May 25th, 2014
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Microsoft Is At War With Itself

*+-On Tuesday, May 20, Microsoft held an event to unveil the Surface Pro 3 Tablet. You can view the webcast here.1 NOTE: The quotes, below, are time stamped so you can locate them on the … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 24th, 2014
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Microsoft Needs To Burn More Bridges, Faster

*+-I have been one of Microsoft’s most vocal critics (although, to be fair, just one of many). With profits as their north star, Microsoft has spent the past 15 years adrift. lost at sea, subject...

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John Kirk / May 19th, 2014
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Apple, the Cloud and Two Jewish Chickens

*+-On May 12, 2014, Ed Bott posted an article entitled: “Apple and the cloud: A magnificent missed opportunity“. It is a scathing critique of Apple’s efforts to master the cloud. It’s very well written and...

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John Kirk / May 17th, 2014
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What Is Apple Up To? Beats Me

*+-Shooting Down Trial Balloons On Thursday, May 8, 2014, a strongly supported rumor stated Apple was preparing to purchase Beats Electronics for 3.2 billion dollars. As the news flooded the technosphere, it seemed as though...

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John Kirk / May 14th, 2014
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Microsoft: Point and Counter-Point

*+-On April 10, I wrote: Say Goodbye To Microsoft. On April 17, I wrote Say Hello To Microsoft 2.0. The two articles, when taken as a whole, argued that: 1. In the beginning, Microsoft’s business … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 1st, 2014
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Why Apple Is Not Like A Movie Studio

*+-On April 22, 2014, Walt Mossberg wrote an article entitled: “Why Apple Is Like A Movie Studio.” Is This The Beginning Of The End? “Some have argued that Apple’s era of greatness is over, that … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 24th, 2014
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Say Hello To Microsoft 2.0

*+-Last week I said goodbye to Microsoft. This week I say hello to Microsoft 2.0. But before we look at where I think Microsoft is headed, let’s take a quick look at where they’re coming … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 17th, 2014
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Say Goodbye To Microsoft

*+-In the beginning, Microsoft’s business model was simple. They made the Windows operating system and licensed it to manufacturers, who then put it on their various computing machines. In the mid-nineties, Windows gained critical mass … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 10th, 2014
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Apple Is The Disney World Of Tech

*+-On Twitter, Ben Bajarin, and others, recently argued that the value in tech tends to inevitably shift from software to hardware and, finally, to services. Hardware to software to services. Apple is in a unique...

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John Kirk / April 8th, 2014
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Office For iPad Beats The Hell Out Of Rooming With Paul Thurrott

*+-This is not really a review of Office for iPad. It’s more of a review of Paul Thurrott’s review of Office for iPad. Thurrott has some interesting observations that I think are well worth addressing. … Continue reading

John Kirk / April 3rd, 2014
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Market Share Metaphysics

*+-Twice before I have used Aristotle’s concept of “Essentialism” to explain why tablets are “real” computers and why OS X will not be merging with iOS. Today, I go to the well one last time1...

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John Kirk / April 1st, 2014
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Office for iPad: A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

*+-Microsoft finally appears ready to launch a version of Office for iPad. A wolf among the sheep? Or a sheep in wolf’s clothing? Plan A: Ignore The iPad REALITY The iPad goes on sale, April … Continue reading

John Kirk / March 27th, 2014
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Rebuttal: Why Android Wear Is Not the Beginning of the Wearable Devices Era

*+-Molly Wood, writing for the New York Times, thinks that Android Wear is the beginning of the wearable devices era. I doubt that. The Line Of Reasoning This is Woods’ argument in a nutshell: 1)...

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John Kirk / March 25th, 2014
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Rebuttal: 10 Reasons To Not Buy A Windows Tablet

*+-ZDNet posted an article entitled: 10 Reasons To Buy A Windows Tablet Instead Of The iPad Or Android. The ZDNet article proves to me you’re never too old to learn something stupid. The justifications used … Continue reading

John Kirk / March 20th, 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...

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John Kirk / March 18th, 2014
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Apple Is The Richest And Most Under-Staffed Company In Tech

*+-Posit: Apple Is The Richest And Most Under-Staffed Company In Tech ~ Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) Anyone who follow Apple closely knows that they are a bundle of paradoxes. One of the most baffling of these...

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John Kirk / March 4th, 2014
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Who Won The Mobile Tech Olympics?

*+-Business is a combination of war and sport. ~ André Maurois The Long Summer Of The Microsoft Monopoly Olympics Computing was pretty simple for the last 15 years: PC plus a browser. Both are splintering … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 27th, 2014
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Windows 8 In Hindsight

*+-On September 13, 2011, Zach Epstein, explained to us us why Windows 8 was the dawning of a new age. And on February 9, 2014, Paul Thurrott explained to us why the sun was prematurely … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 20th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Puppet CEO

*+-Last week, after a painfully long 6 month search, Microsoft made the transition from Steve Ballmer to Satya Nadella at CEO. As of late, Ballmer had become the master of making nothing happen, very slowly....

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John Kirk / February 18th, 2014
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Apple Is Doomed…Yet Again

*+-Yukari Iwatani Kane is a former Apple beat reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Her book, “Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs,” is due out in March. I respect everyone. I even respect journalists. ~ … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 13th, 2014
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A “Healthy” Strategy For Apple’s Wearables

*+-Until recently, wearable computing devices have been fairly uninteresting to me. I’ve read the various articles concerning wearables, but I consider wearables to be in a terribly primitive state — niche, at best, gimmicks at...

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John Kirk / February 11th, 2014
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Microsoft’s “Super” Ad

*+-Microsoft and Apple have been competing against one another in computing for some thirty odd years. Both companies have evolved over the years but, in many ways, their personalities remain the same. Nowhere is this...

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John Kirk / February 4th, 2014