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The iPad Mini Hits Windows 8 Where It Ain’t

Tim Bajarin muses on whether it was a mistake for Microsoft to focus Windows 8 on the the larger screen sizes: When Microsoft decided to get into the tablet business again, it pretty much committed … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 15th, 2012
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Why a SoftBank Investment in Sprint Could be Disruptive

There were multiple stories over the last few days about a potential investment from SoftBank in Sprint. The idea would be that Softbank could leverage some of Sprint’s technology, especially the Clearwire architecture, for use … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / October 15th, 2012
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Netbooks, Tablets, and Good Enough Computing

You may have caught my title and asked “aren’t Netbooks dead? Why are you bringing them up?” That is an excellent question and while Netbooks are mostly dead (they are finding a role in emerging … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 12th, 2012
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A Message To Eric Schmidt And Android: Put Up Proof Of Profits Or Shut Up

There will be one billion Android devices—smartphones and tablets—in use within a year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said. Schmidt made the prediction during an interview with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the 92nd … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 11th, 2012
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Tablets and Disabilities

Next week I am speaking at the California Educational Technology Professionals Association’s annual gathering. I will be giving several presentations to this technology community specifically about tablets and touch computing. My focus will be how … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 11th, 2012
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Office for iOS and Android Embodies Microsoft’s Strategic Failings [Updated]

Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that (Microsoft) is planning to release native iOS and Android versions of Office 2013 next year. Speaking at a press event in the Czech Republic earlier today, Bobek … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 10th, 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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Google Android Tablet Optimized Apps — Two Years Too Late

On Monday, (Google) published a “tablet app quality checklist” on its Android Developer website that urges developers to build tablet-optimized apps… ~ Wired I’d like to applaud Google for this move, I really would. But … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 9th, 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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HP’s Surprising Tablet Attack

I recently attended HP’s Securities Analyst Meeting (SAM) where HP made its case to Wall Street on why investors should believe in the company and buy the stock. I will write about the conference later … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / October 9th, 2012
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Convince Me Not to Buy an iPad

We at Creative Strategies, as a part of our study of consumer markets, frequently interview consumers in order to get a pulse of the market needs, wants, and desires. To do this we have conversations … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 8th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Lessons Learned And A Look Ahead

RECAP We’ve been looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we wrap up the series by seeing what lessons we have learned and by asking ourselves what the … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 5th, 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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It’s Good to be Back on the iPhone

I wasn’t terribly vocal about this fact but since June I have been using an Android phone exclusively as my smartphone. Which has been by far the longest I have ever used an Android smartphone … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 5th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface

RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. 5.0 Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface 5.1 WHERE DOES … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 4th, 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
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Apple After Steve: One year later

This Friday marks the first anniversary of Steve’s Jobs death. I was going through security at the San Diego Airport when I heard the news and although we all knew the end was coming soon, … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / October 1st, 2012
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The Future of Apple’s Maps

It looks like the Apple Map story may dominate the conversation today, so I figured I would write something I have been thinking for a while. If you follow much of what I write or … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 28th, 2012
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The Real Reason why Apple Dropped Google Maps

I have been fascinated with all the bluster and vitriol thrown at Apple since they tossed Google Maps in favor of their own Map app without these detractors trying to get to the bottom of … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / September 28th, 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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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Samsung Galaxy Tab

RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. 4.0 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.1 WHERE DOES THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB MAKE … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 28th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Google Nexus 7

RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Google Nexus 7. 3.0 Google Nexus 7 3.1 WHERE DOES THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 MAKE … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 27th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Amazon Kindle Fire

RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Amazon Kindle Fire. 2.0 Amazon Kindle Fire 2.1 WHERE DOES THE AMAZON KINDLE MAKE ITS … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 26th, 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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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Apple iPad

Introduction Today there are 5 titans battling to win the tablet wars: Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. When it comes to evaluating tablets, we often focus on the differences between the competing companies’ various … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 25th, 2012
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