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Qualcomm and the Birth of the Smartphone

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs’ appearance on the Charlie Rose Show brought back memories of the earliest days of smartphones. Jacobs told rose that he originally proposed adding a cellular radio to the Apple Newton MessagePad. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 3rd, 2013
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Why Mourn the Death of Pirates?

At some level, I have a bit of grudging admiration for CNET for publishing an article so obviously hostile to the the interests of its corporate parent, CBS. But on the other hand, it is … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / January 1st, 2013
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Maps for iOS: What Does Google Have Against Tablets?

Google’s failure to understand that a tablet is something other than a really big phone is becoming one of the great mysteries of the technology world. The Android tablet business has been crippled by a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 13th, 2012

Google’s Directionless Map Strategy

Marco Arment on Google Maps: What this timing (of Google Maps) really shows is how much Google needs to be on iOS. They’re primarily in the business of reaching as many people as possible so … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 13th, 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

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

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

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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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

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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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 Does Microsoft Make It So Hard?

Are you planning to use a new Microsoft Surface for business? You might want to think again, at least if you are concerned about legal niceties. At ZDnet, Windows guru Ed Bott examines the strangely … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 5th, 2012

Upside Down Analysis

These thoughts via Business Insider: According to estimates from Canaccord Genuity, Samsung has shot further ahead of the pack as the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, shipping 56.3 million units in the third quarter. Apple’s consolation … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 4th, 2012
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A Surface Retail Reality Check

Whatever the buzz that got some people to line upo for the midnight launch of Surface sales at Microsoft Stores last night seems to have dissipated quickly. This afternoon, I stopped by the popup store in Westfield … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 26th, 2012
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Why Apple Is Keeping the iPad 2 [UPDATED]

Some commentators have expressed surprise that Apple is keeping the iPad 2 in its lineup after announcing what it calls the fourth-generation iPad on Oct. 25. The company’s normal practice would be to keep the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 24th, 2012

7 Inch Tablets Employ An Odd Definition of “Success”

TROY WOLVERTON at the San Jose Mercury News, talks 7 inch tablets: Just two years ago, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs mocked small-screened tablets as “tweeners” that were too little to compete with … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 21st, 2012

Rebuttal: Windows 8 “May Or May Not” Be The Disaster This Video Makes It Out To Be

Steve Kovach at Business Insider has a few words of wisdom regarding Windows 8: Microsoft’s new operating system for PCs and tablets, Windows 8, will have a drastic new look. The Start menu you’re used … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 17th, 2012

An Interesting Take on Android in China

Android is doing very well in China. But in something of an exclamation point on John Kirk’s musings on Android’s contribution to Google’s bottom line, Android in China may not be doing at all well … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 16th, 2012

The Microsoft Surface Was Made For Surfaces…But That’s Not What Tablets Were Made For

The first Microsoft Surface Ad is out. It’s called “The Surface Movement” (although it probably should be called “Click”). In his article entitled: Marketing Surface and Windows 8, Ben Bajarin focuses on what the ad … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 16th, 2012
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Why Amazon is Not Interested in TI’s Mobile Processor Group

Some reports have came out that Amazon is interested in TI’s mobile processor division. I find this extremely difficult to believe. I personally, think TI’s move to shift focus from mobile APs (application processors) and … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 15th, 2012

Marketing Surface and Windows 8

The first commercial for Microsoft Surface has aired. After seeing it, I’m not sure Microsoft’s partners should be at all worried about the perceived threat of Microsoft competing with them on the hardware front. The … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 15th, 2012

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

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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