Open vs. Closed Systems: What the Future Holds

*+-Since the beginning of the personal computing era. there has been a struggle for dominance between open and closed systems. The early open CP/M computers gave way to the relatively closed Apple ][. The closed … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 28th, 2012
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The Curious Gap Between Android Market Share and Usage

*+-There’s been plenty of debate in these pages and their comments about who is winning and who is losing in the battles between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Asymco’s Harace Dediu takes a close look at … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 26th, 2012
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The BlackBerry Death Spiral

*+-    “Notice of Intent to Sole Source iPhone Devices.” That dry headline, from a National Transportation Safety Board post on the Federal Business Opportunities web site, is news about as grim as it can … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 21st, 2012
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Windows 8: Tepid Marketing–>Slow Sales

*+-Kind of sad, isn’t it? This sorry attempt at a festive display of new PCs at a Micro Center store in Rockville, MD, says a lot about the thud with which Windows 8 seems to … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 21st, 2012

The Autonomy Catastrophe: Going from Bad to Worse at HP

*+-Léo Apotheker’s brief, unhappy tenure at Hewlett-Packard is the gift that keeps taking. The highlights of his 10-month reign, which ended in September, 2011, included a loss of $30 billion in market capitalization, the shuttering … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 20th, 2012
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Of Tablets, Phones, and Apps

*+-This began life as a reply to a comment on Part 4 of John Kirk’s “Why Android Is Winning the Battles, But Google Is Losing the War,” but quickly got out of hand. John’s post … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 15th, 2012
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After Sinofsky Can Microsoft Move Beyond Windows?

*+-The departure of Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, hard on the heels of the release of Windows 8, came as a shock, but not a surprise. But the important question is less what led to the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 14th, 2012
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Tech Could Learn from the Election: Big Data Rules

*+-I have wanted to write about the growing importance of big data and analytics for a while, but this is a tech site and I did not want to get it embroiled in the political … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 7th, 2012

In Praise of Old-fashioned PCs

*+-. I’m a big fan of tablets, especially the iPad. Altrhough I find myself spending more and more time with a tablet and less and less with a traditional computer, I can’t imagine getting by … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 7th, 2012
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Why Does Microsoft Make It So Hard?

*+-Are you planning to use a new Microsoft Surface for business? You might want to think again, at least if you are concerned about legal niceties. At ZDnet, Windows guru Ed Bott examines the strangely … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 5th, 2012

Why Surface Will Be Good for the iPad–and the Rest of Us

*+-For the past 2 1/2 years, iPad as has ruled the world of tablets. Except for Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, both special-purpose devices dedicated to consumption, there has been … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 31st, 2012
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A Surface Retail Reality Check

*+-Whatever the buzz that got some people to line upo for the midnight launch of Surface sales at Microsoft Stores last night seems to have dissipated quickly. This afternoon, I stopped by the popup store in Westfield … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 26th, 2012
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Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface: A Strategy Emerges

*+-Microsoft has begun the tough job of answering three questions vital to its future: Why Windows? Why Windows RT? And why Surface? The arguments given at the Windows 8 launch event in New York on … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 25th, 2012
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The iPad Mini Could Spur an Education Revolution

*+-I have long been a skeptic about the role of personal computing in education, especially for K-12 schools. Yes, the internet has made a wealth of information accessible to students. But the instructional revolution promised … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 24th, 2012
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Why Apple Is Keeping the iPad 2 [UPDATED]

*+-Some commentators have expressed surprise that Apple is keeping the iPad 2 in its lineup after announcing what it calls the fourth-generation iPad on Oct. 25. The company’s normal practice would be to keep the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 24th, 2012

Wireless Charging: It’s Coming, but Probably Not to iOS

*+-Wireless charging has been around for a long time. It’s what powers electric toothbrushes and cordless shavers and well as a lot of medical devices. But it has been very slow to make it to … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 19th, 2012
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It’s Time To Fix DMCA Takedowns

*+-A few days ago, a teacher posted a copyright Pearson Education personality inventory on a blog at Edublogs.org. Pearson served a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice, which set off a series of events that led … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 17th, 2012

An Interesting Take on Android in China

*+-Android is doing very well in China. But in something of an exclamation point on John Kirk’s musings on Android’s contribution to Google’s bottom line, Android in China may not be doing at all well … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 16th, 2012
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How Google Should Fix Android

*+-It’s time for Google to step up and take charge of the Android platform it has created. I know this sounds odd. By at least one standard, Android is a runaway success. It is by … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 10th, 2012
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The Return of the Tablet PC

*+-Microsoft’s decision to offer tablets in two flavors–Intel-powered slates running full windows 8 and ARM-powered units running Windows RT–has created a marketing and branding problem for manufacturers: How these very different products going to be … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 9th, 2012
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Windows 8 Mail App: Better, but Still Bad

*+-The good news is that the lame Mail app in Windows 8 is about to get better. The bad news is that it will still fall well short of any reasonable expectations of a modern … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 5th, 2012
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HP’s Future: Apple, IBM–or Dell?

*+-  On Oct. 3, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will give analysts her strategy for restoring the battered tech giant. A close look at the company’s financials and its business suggests that it has the strengths … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 3rd, 2012

Problem With Tech.pinions Comments

*+-As you may have noticed, articles on Tech.pinions are not currently accepting comments. We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. We appreciate your patience. [UPDATE] Comments are now fixed. Sorry … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 1st, 2012
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Confessions of a Reviewer: How the iPhone Maps Mess Was Overlooked

*+-How did they miss it? If you go back and read the reviews of the iPhone 5  published on the first day that Apple allowed recipients of early samples to write, you would be stunned … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 28th, 2012
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Relax Everyone: The iPhone Is Just a Phone, Apple Is Just a Company

*+-September has been an unusually newsy month, and much of the news has centered on Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5. The run-up to the announcement, the announcement itself on Sept. 12, and the first … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 26th, 2012