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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
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Business Models, Not Technology Distinguish NY Startups

Last Friday, I headed to the headquarters of IAC in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood for a the demo day for the New York Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator’s third class of startups. Those of you who have attended … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 24th, 2012
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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

There was only one real surprise when iFixit.com did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 21st, 2012
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Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2012
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Windows 8 Tablets and Email: A Disaster in the Making

I’m skeptical about Windows 8 as a desktop operating system, but I think it has a lot of potential on tablets. To win a good chunk of the market, however, Microsoft and its OEM partners … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 19th, 2012

HumanToolz: Making the iPad a Bit More Usable

As much as I love my iPad, I have to admit it has a problem. Holding it gets tedious and is generally impractical while typing. And getting it to sit in a vertical position requires … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 18th, 2012
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Why Apple Couldn’t Go to Micro USB Charging

No feature of the new iPhone 5 has come in for as much criticism as Apple’s decision to drop the venerable 30-pin iPod connector in favor of a new, reversible 8-pin plug called Lightning. Some … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 16th, 2012
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Can iPhone 5 Really Boost Economic Growth? [Not much]

JP Morgan analyst Michael Feroli made some news this week with a three-paragraph research report claiming that the introduction of the iPhone 5 could boost U.S. economic growth by as much as half a percentage point. It … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 14th, 2012

What Do iPhone 5 Critics Want?

Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5 has unleashed a remarkable wailing and gnashing of teeth in the tech media (for example): Apple has failed to hit us with shock and awe. Apple has become the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 14th, 2012
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Is There Room in Apple’s Lineup for an iPad Mini?

The iPhone 5 was the big news from Apple. But the rollout of a new iPad Touch was important in its own right. The big question it raises is whether Apple has left room in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 12th, 2012
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It’s Getting Harder for Apple To Change the World

The last time I felt that an Apple product announcement would fundamentally change the tech landscape was in early 2010 when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, a dramatic new product class at a an unexpectedly … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 12th, 2012
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Apple as Innovator: Four* Contributions That Changed Computing

Reading the comment threads on Tech.pinions’ many posts on Apple v. Samsung and iOS vs. Android, I have been struck by the recurring charge that Apple is nothing but a clever marketer that does nothing … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 5th, 2012

The New OS Wars: The Variety of Android Boosters

The verdict in Apple v. Samsung unleashed a flood of commentary on the relative merits of Apple and Android, and the one thing that has struck me as I read through the posts and comments … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 5th, 2012

A Smartphone Patent Pool: A Way Out of the Litigation Thicket

One major misconception arising from Apple’s legal victory over Samsung is that Apple now has some sort of monopoly over critical components of smartphone touch screen interfaces. Patent lawyer Gene Quinn of IP Watchdog explains the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 4th, 2012

Windows RT Grows More Mysterious as Launch Nears

I expected we would be seeing more clarity on the distinctions between Windows 8 and its Windows RT sibling (for ARM processor devices) as the expected late October launch grows closer. But the picture seems … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 31st, 2012