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*+-At Tech.pinions we value and encourage spirited debate in our comments. You can argue with our writers and you can argue with other commenters, even vociferously. But we have a very low tolerance for personal … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 1st, 2013
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J.D. Power Explains Its Inscrutable Tablet Rankings

*+-J.D. Power caused a bit of a stir today when it put out a new survey in which Samsung had displaced Apple as the leader in U.S. tablet satisfaction. While the headline of the McGraw-Hill … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 1st, 2013
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Why Motorola Won’t Offer a Modular Phone

*+-Motorola created a lot of buzz this week with its announcement of Project Ara, a sort of Lego kit mobile phone that would allow users to pick and choose components. I know this is going...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 30th, 2013
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iWork vs. Office: Apple Chooses, Microsoft Faces a Dilemma

*+-Apple took a big step last week when it made its iWorks apps–Pages, Numbers, and Keynote–free to buyers of new iPhones, iPads, and Macs. But the redesign of the programs themselves may have been a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 30th, 2013
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Obamacare: Where Did 500 Million Lines of Code Come From?

*+-Anyone who knows even a little about enterprise software has to be horrified by the events surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Not so much the obvious flaws in the enrollment process, though...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 25th, 2013
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A Better iCloud: Missing in Action

*+-If anyone mentioned iCloud at Apple’s announcement event yesterday, it went by so quickly that I missed it. And that means that a glaring hole will remain in its otherwise strong ecosystem for the foreseeable … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 23rd, 2013
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Apple Drives Consumer Software Prices to Zero

*+-Oct. 22, was not a good day to be in the consumer software business. In addition to a slew of new iPads and Macs, Apple announced the avaibility of new versions of some key software … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 22nd, 2013
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Why Silicon Valley Can’t Fix Healthcare.gov

*+-Senator John McCain is hardly a darling of the tech community. But he expressed a sentiment widespread among techies when he said of the woes of the Obamacare enrollment process: “Send Air Force One out...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 21st, 2013
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Two Cheers for IT

*+-In a new post, my colleague JohnKirk gives IT departments a well-deserved dressing down. I actually agree with everything he says, but it isn’t quite the whole story. I have no love for IT. During...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 17th, 2013
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Tablets, Phablets, and Phones: Microsoft’s Confusion Continues

*+-An update to Windows Phone 8, due to begin rolling out soon, has some good news for fans of really big phones. Devices with 1920×1080 pixel displays will get an assortment of new user interface … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 16th, 2013
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Let’s Stop Talking About Winners and Losers

*+-Enough already. The debate over Android, iPhone,  and occasionally Windows Phone as winners and losers in the smartphone market, being pursued with vigor in the comments  at Tech.pinions as well as nearly  everywhere else in...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 10th, 2013
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The Do-It-Yourself Cloud

*+-My working life depends on cloud storage. I regularly work on two desktops (Windows and an iMac), a MacBook Air, an iPad, and an iPhone, plus whatever I may be evaluating at any given time. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 9th, 2013
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Enterprise and Consumer Tech Are Not Converging

*+-In an important Stratechery post titled “Overstating the Consumerization of IT,” Ben Thompson argued there is a critical difference in how consumers and enterprises (or more broadly, business) approach technology. Consumers are willing to pay...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 3rd, 2013
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Schools and Tech: A Long-Running Tragedy

*+-Last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District had a great idea: Provide all 640,000 students in the system with iPads equipped with custom software from Pearson Education at a cost of $1 billion. Today … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 2nd, 2013
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A Comeback Product for Not-Dead-Yet Real Networks

*+-Younger internet users may never have heard of Real Networks. But the Seattle-based company was once a major media pioneer, inventing postage-stamp-sized streaming video back in the days of dial-up connections and creating Rhapsody, the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 25th, 2013
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Disruption: What Microsoft Got Wrong

*+-Ben Thompson of Stratechery has deservedly been the talk of the tech world this week for his analysis of disruption theory, What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong. Thompson argues (and if you haven;t read his piece … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 25th, 2013
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Sense and Nonsense About Biometrics

*+-Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner seems to have fueled an important but ill-informed and ultimately nonsensical debate about biometrics and privacy. The latest example is this muddled editorial in the Sept. 22 New York Times. The Times editorial, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 22nd, 2013
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BlackBerry: The Last Act of a Grim Play

*+-There will be more stories about the final agonies of BlackBerry, but this is it. The company announced today that it  expects to report a loss of nearly $1 billion in its second fiscal quarter and...

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Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2013
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Apple Maps: Still a Disaster

*+-I was hoping that with the official release of iOS 7, Apple would finally produce some major improvements in Apple Maps. But for all the attention Apple has lavished on other parts of the new … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2013
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Apple Research: An Immodest Proposal

*+-A recent column by Brian S. Hall and a followup conversation in the comments got me thinking about one of his “wild and crazy” ideas for Apple: That the company should fund a research lab in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2013
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Data Broker Acxiom Reveals How Little It Knows About Me

*+-I recently accepted an invitation from Acxiom, the big data broker, to check out some of what they knew about me on a new web site. What I discovered was a considerable surprise; in an...

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Steve Wildstrom / September 17th, 2013
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Apple vs. Microsoft: The Value of Strategic Thinking

*+-Having a strategic plan and following it doesn’t guarantee corporate success. There’s always the possibility that the strategy is bad and fated to fail. But you can rest assured that the lack of a strategy...

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Steve Wildstrom / September 12th, 2013
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Touch ID: A Big Deal If Apple Doesn’t Mess It Up

*+-The Touch ID fingerprint reader could be one of the most important features of the new iPhone 5s. Although it will initially be used only to unlock the phone and to log into the iTunes … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 11th, 2013
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Microsoft and Nokia: A Strategic Blunder

*+-There’s an old military adage, “Reinforce success; never reinforce failure.” By purchasing Nokia’s device business for about $5 billion, Microsoft has just reinforced failure in a big way. It has been three years since Microsoft … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 3rd, 2013
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The End of a Wireless Anomaly

*+-Verizon Wireless has always been a very strange beast. Its DNA incorporates the tangled history of the U.S. phone industry since the 1983 court-ordered breakup of the Bell System. Verizon Communications, which will finally become … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 2nd, 2013