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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

Toward a More Informed Discussion on Android

There are a lot of things that bother me about the discussion among the pundits related to Android. John Kirk has done a great job looking at the business issues around Android from a business … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / December 10th, 2012
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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
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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
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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

Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids

[dc]W[/dc]hen Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, he went to great pains to emphasize that the iPad was mainly for content and media consumption. Interestingly, he never even suggested that it could also be … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / December 7th, 2012

Macs Were Already Being Assembled in the USA

News about Apple looking to have more of their Mac line of products assembled in the USA made for interesting headlines today. What is interesting is that some amount of Macs were already being assembled … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / December 6th, 2012

More Amazing Amazonian Mathematics

Amazon announced today that “[a]pp downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.” ~ via Gigaom Of course, we don’t know 500% of what, but what the hey, 500 … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 6th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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