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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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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Integration Gives iPhone an Unbeatable Advantage

There was only one real surprise when did its by-now ritual teardown of the new iPhone 5. The phone sports a 1440 milliamp-hour battery just a hair bigger than the battery in the  iPhone … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 21st, 2012

My Favorite Things About iOS 6

Having used every version of iOS and Android since inception, I am always very excited to jump on the latest and greatest smartphone operating system.  You see, operating systems say as much about a company … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / September 20th, 2012
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Oops! Apple Needs a Remapping [Updated]

When I looked at the area around my house in the new iOS 6 Apple Maps app, I noticed something seemed to be missing. There was a big pink patch for the Bethesda naval hospital, … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 20th, 2012

For Apple’s iOS Owners, It’s Christmas In September

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 iOS 6 will go live. For tech devotees, this is old news. But for the vast majority of iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad) users, iOS 6 will deliver about … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 18th, 2012

The iPad Is Selling like Mad And Making The Competition Sad

At the iPhone 5 event held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Tim Cook announced these facts regarding iPads: 1) Last quarter, Apple sold 17 million iPads. 2) Apple sold more iPads than any PC manufacturer … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 18th, 2012

Mac Attack

At the Apple Special Event held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Tim Cook announced these facts regarding Apple’s Mac Computers: 1) Mac notebooks rank #1 in market share in the U.S. for the last 3 … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 17th, 2012
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Why Apple Couldn’t Go to Micro USB Charging

No feature of the new iPhone 5 has come in for as much criticism as Apple’s decision to drop the venerable 30-pin iPod connector in favor of a new, reversible 8-pin plug called Lightning. Some … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 16th, 2012

Ultimately, HP, You’ve Got To Do Something

Via All Things D: “We have to ultimately offer a smartphone…” ~ Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman When exactly is this “ultimately” going to be? “My mantra to the team is: ‘Better right than faster than … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 14th, 2012
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Can iPhone 5 Really Boost Economic Growth? [Not much]

JP Morgan analyst Michael Feroli made some news this week with a three-paragraph research report claiming that the introduction of the iPhone 5 could boost U.S. economic growth by as much as half a percentage point. It … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 14th, 2012

Why The New iPhone Will Be Roundly Panned And Why It Will Still Sell Like Crazy

What would you say the new iPhone’s greatest feature or features will be? Will it be the hardware? The operating system? A new service like maps or passbook? Nope. It won’t be any of those … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 11th, 2012

A Smartphone Patent Pool: A Way Out of the Litigation Thicket

One major misconception arising from Apple’s legal victory over Samsung is that Apple now has some sort of monopoly over critical components of smartphone touch screen interfaces. Patent lawyer Gene Quinn of IP Watchdog explains the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 4th, 2012

Windows RT Grows More Mysterious as Launch Nears

I expected we would be seeing more clarity on the distinctions between Windows 8 and its Windows RT sibling (for ARM processor devices) as the expected late October launch grows closer. But the picture seems … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 31st, 2012
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A Cautionary Tale About Market Share

My colleague John Kirk’s series of posts about Android, iPhone, and the importance–or lack thereof–of market share brought back memories of some fights over share in the PC business. The moral  of all the stories … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 30th, 2012

What if Samsung Was a Band?

I’ve been reading a lot of articles the last few days all on the degree in which Apple’s success in a US court over Samsung is good or bad for the industry. In the midst … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 28th, 2012
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Patents: Who Has a Portfolio With Clout

One thing that put Samsung at a serious disadvantage in its patent fight with Apple was the weakness of its own portfolio of relevant patents. Conflicts between companies with roughly comparable portfolios almost always end … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 28th, 2012


Apple just gave the rest of the industry 1 billion, 49 million, 353 thousand, 540 reasons why they should not drift too close to Apple’s patents or designs.

John Kirk / August 24th, 2012
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What Does Microsoft Have Against Email?

Email in Windows 8 is a catastrophe. I know the cool kids think email is last decade’s technology, but the fact is that it remains a vitally important communications tool for both businesses and consumers. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 24th, 2012
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The Twitter Kerfluffle: You Gets No Bread With One Meatball

The world of Twitter has been a-twitter for the last few days over changes the microblogging service is making in the third-party access to Twitter APIs. In general, the rules restrict or outright block the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 23rd, 2012

Why We Hate Carriers (AT&T Edition)

Watching folks try to untangle themselves from messes of their own making is often painful. No, I’m not talking about Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, but AT&T and the trouble it has made for itself … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 22nd, 2012
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The Windows 8 UI: Microsoft Makes a Tough Marketing Problem Worse

Over at ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, master of all things Microsoft, reports sources tell her that having lost the name Metro in an apparent trademark dispute, Microsoft will call the new tile-based user interface for Windows … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 9th, 2012
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Boingo+Cloud Nine=Free Wi-Fi+Ads

Wi-Fi service provider and aggregator Boingo announced today is was acquiring privately held Cloud Nine Media, a Wi-Fi add network. The result is likely to be growth Wi-Fi services that are free- but supported by … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 8th, 2012

Is There No One At Google Who Knows How To Say “No”?

Google, in an email to those that pre-ordered a Nexus Q: We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 1st, 2012
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