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Why The Wheels Are Falling Off Microsoft

-+*This week, highly respected web and technolgy analyst, Mary Meeker, released her end of the year 2012 report on internet trends. The slide deck is 88 slides long and is highly recommended. You can view … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 6th, 2012
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Microsoft’s Strongest Asset is XBOX Not Office

-+*I’m sure if you surveyed many in the industry and asked them what Microsoft’s greatest asset to leverage going forward would be you would get a range of answers. I’m sure people would offer up … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / December 5th, 2012
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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
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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
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The 5 Technologies that Changed My Life

-+*I thought it would be interesting to kick off a series where each of our columnists would share the top 5 technologies that changed and profoundly impacted our lives, along with the reasons why. Technology … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / December 3rd, 2012

The Opinion Cast (podcast): Market Share, Windows 8, and Profits

-+*In this Opinion Cast we discuss a number of important topics related to the industry. Although the year is wrapping up, there is still a lot to discuss and opine about. Here is the topical … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 30th, 2012
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My Notebook and I are Growing Apart

-+*I can’t help but have the feeling as of late that a close friend and I are growing more distant. These feelings are encapsulated with gratitude, sorrow, and also an understanding that it is for … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 30th, 2012
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Why Android’s Market Share Is No Threat To Apple’s iOS Platform

-+*iOS Is Winning The Profit Battles Everyone concedes that Apple’s iOS is currently winning the mobile profit battles. However, many pundits still contend that Apple is losing the mobile wars because Apple does not have … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 29th, 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
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Dear Amazon: You don’t get to use words like “double”

-+*On Tuesday, Amazon issued a press release entitled: “Worldwide Kindle Device Sales More Than Double Last Year’s Record Over Holiday Shopping Weekend.” Here’s the thing, Amazon. You never told us last year’s sales numbers. In … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 28th, 2012
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Black Friday Is Morphing Into Black Week

-+*Margaret Hartmann at New York Magazine postulates that Black Friday is morphing into Black Weekend: According to the research firm ShopperTrak, sales on Friday were down 1.8 percent from last year, which is the first … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 27th, 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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Verizon, Nokia and the Quest for Differentiation

-+*My first portable cellphone was the size of a brick and weighed almost 2 pounds. And it was dumb. All it did was make calls. By the mid 1990’s Verizon started creating what we now … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / November 26th, 2012
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Banking On The iPad

-+*Barclays Bank has ordered 8,500 iPads in what is believed to be one of the largest corporate deployments of the device in the UK. ~ via TUAW This kind of thing has got to be … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 23rd, 2012
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It’s Going To Be A Very Apple-y Holiday Quarter

-+*Tightwads, Value Buyers and Spendthrifts Oscar Wilde once said that cynics know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Similarly, tech pundits are often obsessed with price to the detriment of value. Despite … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 22nd, 2012
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Why Competitors Should Fear the iPad Mini

-+*We have been conducting tiers of research trying to gauge consumer sentiment around tablets and in particular of late, the iPad Mini. Part of my interest with this research is designed to get deeper insight … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 21st, 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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Tips For Technological Living: Own Tech, Don’t Let it Own You

-+*[dc]A[/dc]s technology invades our lives and covers every facet of working, playing, learning and more, we as a culture will need to adjust and find balance so as to not get so lost in the … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 19th, 2012
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The Opinion Cast: PCs are losing, Android is Winning?

-+*Sorry for the long delay in our opinion cast. We are implementing a new model that we believe will make it even better. We have sought professional help and brought on a moderator / host … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 16th, 2012
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Why Android Is Winning The Battles But Google Is Losing The War: Part 5

-+*A Pyrrhic victory (/ˈpɪrɪk/) is a victory with such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat. The phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” is named after King Pyrrhus … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 16th, 2012
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PCs Gone Wild

-+*One of the most exciting things happening in the industry right now is the diverse innovation coming from Windows PC OEMs, who are making every type of form factor imaginable. Looking specifically at the traditional … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 16th, 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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Why Android Is Winning The Battles But Google Is Losing The War: Part 4

-+*A Pyrrhic victory (/ˈpɪrɪk/) is a victory with such a devastating cost that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately lead to defeat. The phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” is named after King Pyrrhus … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 15th, 2012