uspto-logo2

Patents: That Word Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

*+-Yesterday, the internet was abuzz with reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had “rejected” another Apple iPhone patent. Many commentators jumped to the conclusion that, since this patent figured heavily in Apple’s recent … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 20th, 2012
Crystal ball graphic

The Shape of 2013: Predictions for the Year Ahead

*+-After 15 years of making predictions, with a track record that would have made you rich if you’d bet on them, I’ve been away from the practice for a couple of years. But as the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 19th, 2012
Google maps iPad screenshot

Maps for iOS: What Does Google Have Against Tablets?

*+-Google’s failure to understand that a tablet is something other than a really big phone is becoming one of the great mysteries of the technology world. The Android tablet business has been crippled by a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 13th, 2012
Del XPS Duo 12 Convertible

How To Make Windows 8 Great

*+-There has been a lot of discussion here lately, both in posts such as Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids and Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware? about the failings and the potential … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 12th, 2012
IBM 7090 (IBM Corp.)

How I Met My Computer: Technologies That Changed My Life

*+-I got into computers because I was fascinated by a friend’s programming manual. It was at the University of Michigan, probably in early 1966, when I had my first look at The MAD Manual, a beguiling … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 12th, 2012
Old photo of women on assembly line (National Park Service)

Why Apple Manufacturing Needs Few Workers

*+-Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement that the company would do some Mac assembly in the U.S. brought on a flurry of publicity vastly disproportionate to the importance of the development. It’s good that manufacturers see … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 8th, 2012
Windows 8 screen shot

Why Windows 8 Drives Me Nuts

*+-I had a hard drive fail in a couple-year-old ThinkPad this week, so I decided to use the opportunity to install Windows 8 on a completely clean system. The installation was painless except for a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 7th, 2012
IBM, AT&T, and Microsoft logos

Microsoft, IBM, and AT&T: History Comes Around

*+-In his post “Why the Wheels Are Falling Off at Microsoft,” John Kirk paints a bleak picture of the company’s future. It got me thinking about a relevant bit of history about how rich companies … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 7th, 2012
Photo of Mobile Health summit echibition

Can Big Data Make Us Healthier?

*+-I spent some time this week at the Mobile Health Summit, an annual Washington event featuring the latest in mobile health-related technologies. The exhibition hall was filled with sensor-based devices that can track blood pressure, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 5th, 2012
Martin Cooper photo (S. Wildstrom)

Marty Cooper’s Billion Dollar Spectrum Contest Idea

*+-It has been almost 40 years since Martin Cooper made the mobile phone call that earned him the title of father of the cell phone. Today he is still active in the industry, looking for … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 4th, 2012

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
Screen-Shot-2012-11-26-at-11-26-10.11.11-AM

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
GovBizOpps screenshot

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
staples-win8-display

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
iOS 6 and Android logos (Apple/Google)

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
Windows 8 logo (Microsoft)

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
math

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
Surface with Excel (Microsoft)

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
Photo of popup Microsoft store

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
Microsoft Surface

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
Picture of iPad mini

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
iPad 2

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