The Unbearable Loneliness Of The Sharing Economy

The sharing economy promises the potential for riches, personal empowerment, new modes of work, and fear, the kind of fear that swells from a livelihood dependent upon algorithms, star ratings, and the feedback of strangers.  … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / August 25th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast August 23, 2014: Apple Event Predictions: Smartwatch? Phablet?

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast. This week Ben Bajarin, Tim Bajarin and Bob O’Donnell offer predictions on what Apple may, or may not, introduce this fall and the potential implications on the wearable and … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / August 23rd, 2014

Dear Smartwatch, thanks for the notification, now what?

Every now and then I try out a variety of smartwatches. The latest I am putting through its paces is one based on Google’s own Android Wear platform. I keep hoping I’ll crack the nut … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 22nd, 2014

Why an iWatch is not Apple’s next big thing

For those of us who have followed the life of Steve Jobs, we know most of the products he brought to market were ones he wanted to use himself. They came out of his personal … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 22nd, 2014
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Apple and mobile payments

In last week’s column, I talked about the current state of smartwatches. I described weak demand met by weak supply, and the resulting poor sales of the offerings in the market today. I also talked … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / August 21st, 2014

A Greeting From the Past

Last spring, after surgery for removal of a brain tumor, I thought I’d be back after a couple of months of recovery. The process however turned out to be much slower and more complex than … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 20th, 2014
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Analyzing the Surface Pro 3

I’ve spent the past week with a Surface Pro 3. I’ve used every previous version of Surface and given what the promise of a 2-in-1 PC was supposed to be, the Surface Pro 3 is … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 20th, 2014
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Device Usage Diversity

When we think about how devices and their usage are evolving, it’s tempting to talk about the rise of one versus the decline of another. But the reality is much more complex. What’s actually happening … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / August 19th, 2014

America Needs Entrepreneurs. Instead Of Programming Teach Children Fantasy Football.

America needs entrepreneurs. Men, women, boys, girls, native-born, immigrants, smart, skillful, driven, capable entrepreneurs to propel the economy, create jobs, spur innovation and build something from nothing. I believe to do this, to create a … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / August 18th, 2014
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Microsoft’s Surface Ads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Microsoft has introduced three new ads for its Surface Pro 3 tablets called “Power,” “Head to Head,” and “Crowded.” You can view them HERE. The Good The ads are well done. Clever, funny, short and … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 16th, 2014

Tech.pinions Podcast August 16, 2014: Intel Broadwell Y, 2-in-1s and New Smartphones

Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions podcast. After taking a summer respite, this week Tim Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell and Ben Bajarin discuss Intel’s announcement of their new 14 nm Broadwell Y-based Core M chip, debate the … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / August 16th, 2014
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A PC Future With No Wires

I recently spent some time with Intel executives who reiterated that their major push in PCs in the next few years would be around 2-in-1s. They believe this is the next major thing in PCs … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 15th, 2014
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What Does This eBay Wearable/Smartwatch Data Tell You

I thought I would do something different and show some charts and let our readers help interpret them and share thoughts on what the data reveals. I found data from a service called Terapeak that … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 14th, 2014

Grading on a curve: Smartwatches in 2014

I’ve just published a new report for my subscription clients on the topic of smartwatches. The report combines consumer research on demand drivers for smartphones, such as fitness tracking and the use of push notifications, … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / August 14th, 2014

Mobile Focused Podcast: Less Expensive iPhones, and the Globalization of Tech

I’m happy to announce that I am rolling up my podcast with Andreessen Horowitz partner Benedict Evans into the Tech.pinions podcast as well. We will shoot to release these discussions between us every few weeks, … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 13th, 2014

Big Changes at Microsoft: Define “Platform”

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO in Microsoft’s nearly 40 year history. For most of that time, Microsoft followed a fairly simple strategy: license operating system software to OEMs and sell software to consumers, … Continue reading

Avi Greengart / August 13th, 2014

New Life for PCs

After having been written off as dead more times than I can remember, it seems the PC industry is staging a resurrection of sorts, driven by both businesses and consumers starting to realize that PCs … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / August 12th, 2014

Steve Jobs Reveals The Only Way Forward For Windows Phone

The only way forward for Windows Phone — that is not death — is work. Real work. In the 21st century, real work is inherently collaborative. Collaboration is the Achilles Heel of all things iPhone, … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / August 11th, 2014
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The Biggest Problem the Tech Industry Must Solve

About a week ago, news broke Google had found inappropriate photos of a child in a man’s Gmail account and turned the info over to the police. This week we found out Microsoft had done something similar when … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 8th, 2014
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Margins: Apple, Samsung, and Consumer Electronics

Some recent media has come out stating we need to acknowledge Apple knows what it’s doing as a company and with their strategy. I don’t know any analysts worth their reputation, either on the financial … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 7th, 2014
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What Does Cloud-First, Mobile-First Mean for Microsoft?

I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time now but with all the tech news lately I’ve been focused on other things. In Satya Nadella’s first email to employees on the day he … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / August 7th, 2014
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The Regionalization of the Smartphone Market

One of the more interesting things I have been observing for a few years is how the smartphone market has increasingly become extremely regionalized. It is fascinating to analyze the dynamics that have allowed the … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 6th, 2014
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Counterpoint: Tablets Were Never Supposed To Be The Next Smartphone

I’m (supposed to be) on vacation this week, but I saw an article by Peter Bright of Ars Tecnica, that got my dander up: “Op-Ed: Tablets really are the new PCs; nobody needs to buy … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 5th, 2014

Hot Items for the Holidays: Large Phones, Notebooks and Smart TVs

Given that it’s just before back-to-school season, it may seem a bit odd to mention year-end holidays, but throughout the offices, halls and cubicles of all our favorite vendors, the holiday product and marketing plans … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / August 5th, 2014

iPads At The Border

I believe (nearly) every child that comes to America seeking refuge should be welcome. I fully understand if you disagree. It is a complex issue after all.  We are told tens of thousands of children … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / August 4th, 2014