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Unified OS Advocates Are Out Of “Touch” With Reality

*+-Last week, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were interviewed as part of the Mac’s 30th anniversary. They — in no uncertain terms — slammed the door shut on the idea that Apple was … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 30th, 2014
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Whom Apple Pleases

*+-Premise #1: Apple’s Number One Priority Is To Make Great Products “The most profound contribution that Steve Jobs made was in demonstrating a radically new way of a running a company: the goal of the...

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John Kirk / January 28th, 2014
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Inverse Innovation Inanity

*+-At Forbes, Chunka Mui1 writes: Will Tim Cook Be the Next Steve Ballmer? His initial premise seems reasonable: Like Ballmer, (Tim) Cook’s legacy will be defined by whether he successfully launches new post-Jobs killer apps. … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 23rd, 2014
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Tech Toy Story

*+-Microsoft’s newest ad campaign is breath taking but not, I think, in the way that Microsoft imagines. “Just a toy“, my ass. ~ Steven Aquino (@steven_aquino) This is why Microsoft will lose. This shows they...

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John Kirk / January 21st, 2014
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Blind, Deaf, Dumb & Broken Computer Metaphors

*+-In Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge, neurobiologist and Nobel Prize–winner Gerald Edelman1 theorizes that…pattern recognition and metaphor is the basis for all thinking. When we discover something new, unknown or abstract, we use … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 16th, 2014
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How The Tablet Made An Ass Of The PC

*+-Many tech watchers STILL don’t understand what a “disruptive innovation” is. I’m no Einstein, but I’m going to try to explain it in terms that even a six year old could understand (and with pretty … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 9th, 2014
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Microsoft Windows’ Biggest Problem

*+-Paul Thurrott — a long-time Microsoft booster — has written a devastating analysis of Windows for WindowsITPro. After reviewing Windows’ recent history, he concludes: Windows is in trouble because people simply don’t care about it...

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John Kirk / January 7th, 2014
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Some Tech Critics Are Like Eunuchs In A Harem

*+-Some Tech critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They see it done, they see how it should be done, but they can’t do it themselves or derive any pleasure from it, so they conclude … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 2nd, 2014
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Grading My Predictions For 2013

*+-Sigh. Time to fess up and see how badly I did in last year’s predictions. You can find them all here. Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. 
It fulfills the same function … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 26th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: The PC is the Titanic and the Tablet is the Iceberg

*+-During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 26th, 2013
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

*+-Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Or more. Alex Greer posted the following picture on Twitter under the caption: I turn around and find my parents at the kids’ table at the @apple...

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John Kirk / December 24th, 2013
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Most Read Columns of 2013: Android’s Market Share is Literally a Joke

*+-During this holiday week, we wanted to re-showcase some of the most read columns of 2013. Whether you read them before or are seeing them for the first time, enjoy some of the most read … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 23rd, 2013
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Neverisms: Holiday Etiquette, New Year’s Resolutions & Well Wishes

*+-This is my last article before the holidays, so I thought I’d use it to regale you with some holiday “Neverisms” — things that you should never ortter do. Here’s hoping they’l help you have … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 19th, 2013
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Over-Serving And Under-Serving The Marketplace

*+-Today, I thought I would explore the concepts of over-serving and under-serving the marketplace. The terms “over-serviing” and “under-serving” are used a lot nowadays, but I can’t believe that they’re well-understood, else many more companies...

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John Kirk / December 17th, 2013
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Lessons Learned (And Unlearned) From The iPad’s Success

*+-I tripped across a January 2010 article that absolutely skewered the introduction of the iPad, and it was just too, too, delicious for me not to stop and partake of its bittersweet irony. As my … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 12th, 2013
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Tablet Metaphysics

*+-Are you ready for some Tech Metaphysics? “Aristotle drew a distinction between essential and accidental properties. The way he put it is that essential properties are those without which a thing wouldn’t be what it...

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John Kirk / December 10th, 2013
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The Mobile Wave

*+-1) We all know that sales of smartphones and tablets are are growing fast, however… 2) Those sales are growing even faster than we may realize, and… 3) The implications of this new wave of … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 5th, 2013
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It’s Bottoms Up For The Windows Phone

*+-Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of upbeat reports regarding Microsoft’s share of the smart phone market. This has been accompanied by claims that Microsoft has finally gotten developers to adopt their Windows Phone 8...

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John Kirk / December 3rd, 2013
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Tech Thanksgiving

*+-In the United States, today is the holiday known as Thanksgiving. So rather than write my normal column, I thought I’d devote today’s article to some of those things that I’m most thankful for — … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 28th, 2013
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Further Thoughts On The Future Of Education

*+-On November 20th, fellow Techpinions writer, Steve Wildstrom, wrote an interesting column on Education and the Future of MOOCs. As Steve put it: (MOOCs are) massive, open, online courses that were supposed to replace traditional...

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John Kirk / November 26th, 2013
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Microsoft: Failing By Design

*+-Microsoft Achieved Its Goal Microsoft had one of the greatest corporate mission statements of all time: “A computer on every desk and in every home, running Microsoft software.” And guess what? Incredibly, THEY ACHIEVED THEIR … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 21st, 2013
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Mocking Our Customers (Part 2)

*+-Recap I hate people who are intolerant. ~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter I hate intolerant people. ~ Gloria Steinem Last week I wrote about intolerance — how we tend to believe that everyone is entitled … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 14th, 2013
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Microsoft’s Bing Is Bad Strategy

*+-There’s been a lot of talk, of late, of Microsoft possibly abandoning Bing. Lets’s set aside the reliability of those rumors, the political intrigue involved and the practicality of implementing such a plan and look,...

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John Kirk / November 12th, 2013
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Tech Intolerance (Part 1)

*+-There’s something I don’t understand… there is this thing that people do – a lot of people – that I just do not understand and I will likely never understand…it’s been going on for years, … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 7th, 2013
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Apple’s Definition Of “Winning”

*+-We are winning with our products in all the ways that are most important to us, in customer satisfaction, in product usage and in customer loyalty. ~ Tim Cook, Apple earnings call Customer satisfaction. Product … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 31st, 2013