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In Memory of Steve Wildstrom

When we started Tech.pinons in 2011, we searched for the best talent we could find to help us launch our analytical tech blog. One of the first people who came to mind was Steve Wildstrom … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / November 25th, 2015

Kickstarter Advice

I read with a combination of interest, sympathy and a little bit of “not surprised” when it was reported that Coolest, the company that had the second most successful Kickstarter campaign ever, was struggling to … Continue reading

Phil Baker / November 25th, 2015
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Consumer Device Purchase Trends

The truth is, it’s a bit of a guessing game—even when you ask people their intentions. Nevertheless, as we enter the holiday shopping season, trying to figure out what devices consumers plan to purchase next … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / November 24th, 2015
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Survey: Hot Tech for the Holiday

I recently ran a survey asking consumers what categories they have prioritized on their Holiday Season shopping list, either for themselves or as a gift. Here are the results. As you can see, it looks … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 23rd, 2015

Podcast: Screenless Wearables, Streaming Mobile Apps, Black Friday

This week Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson and Bob O’Donnell discuss screenless wearables, the concept of mobile app streaming, and the impact of Black Friday on tech device sales. Click here to subscribe in iTunes. If … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / November 21st, 2015

Join Our Research Panel

If you would be willing to spend a few minutes several times a month to help us get a more real-time pulse on consumer sentiment please consider joining our research panel. Your e-mail will be … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 20th, 2015
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Google and the Future of Apps

Google announced yesterday something it’s been rumored to be working on for a long time: their first “streaming” apps, available as part of the Google search apps on Android devices. This is just one of … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / November 19th, 2015
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Why Apple’s A Series Processors are Central to Their Future

Anyone who has had a chance to use the iPad Pro realizes very quickly that this is one really fast tablet. Apple’s A9 processor is what they calla a “desktop class processor” and that sure … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / November 18th, 2015

Screenless Wearables and New Means of Interaction

The vast majority of attention focused on wearables has been on devices with an integrated screen, such as the Apple Watch. The general consensus seems to be that screens are necessary to provide the kinds … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / November 17th, 2015
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Smart Cities: Time for the Live Demo

One of the most promising yet amorphous segments of the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) field is the so-called “smart city”. Tech sector heavyweights such as IBM, Cisco, and Qualcomm have significant smart city initiatives. … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / November 16th, 2015

Podcast: iPad Pro, Apple TV, Intel-Tag Heuer Smartwatch

This week Tim Bajarin, Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson and Bob O’Donnell discuss Apple’s new iPad Pro, the updated Apple TV, and Tag Heuer’s new high-end Android smartwatch, built in conjunction with Intel. Click here to … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / November 14th, 2015
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Too Many Gadgets?

Can we possibly have too many gadgets? Over the past dozen years, as a product reviewer, I’ve seen so many new products that offer the promise of helping us to be safer, healthier, richer. Yet … Continue reading

Phil Baker / November 13th, 2015
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Facebook’s Meta OS Continues to Grow

On Wednesday, Facebook announced its latest app, called Notify, which is able to serve up notifications from a variety of third-party content providers to smartphone users. To my mind, this app says two very interesting … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / November 12th, 2015

The iPad Pro: The Start of Something New

The beginning of my experience with the iPad Pro started with thinking I would use it with the intent that it could replace my laptop. In fact, I was going to write this article with … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 11th, 2015
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The Technological Magic of Autodiscovery

Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke’s famous quote about the relationship between technology and magic—“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”—has proven to be a remarkably prescient commentary on the state of technology and … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / November 10th, 2015
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The Coming Cure for “Digital Hoarding”

Confession: I’m a recovering hoarder. I’m actually great at purging, but I do it in rare spurts. I have a hard time parting with things I think I might need, even when I know I’ll … Continue reading

Shawn DuBravac / November 9th, 2015
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How Apple Prompted Google to Create “Chromedroid”

News broke last week that Google was in the process of possibly merging Chrome and Android into what perhaps we should call “ChromeDroid”. Although Google has not confirmed this (yet), Eric Schmidt’s recent comments at … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / November 6th, 2015
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User Bases and Their Potential

Yesterday, Facebook announced its results for Q3 2015 and with it, provided an update on all its standard user metrics. Facebook is one of the most transparent companies when it comes to these numbers and … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / November 5th, 2015
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Cellular and Wi-Fi Need to get Along Better

Comcast’s announcement on its earnings call last week that it is triggering the MVNO relationship with Verizon and plans to test a ‘WiFi First’ wireless service over the next few months will once again shine … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / November 4th, 2015

IOT’s Biggest Impact? Business Models

The more time I spend delving into the world of the Internet of Things (IOT), the more convinced I am that it’s biggest impact won’t be technological, but business related. Of course, we still have … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / November 3rd, 2015

Android and the Innovator’s Dilemma

This post was originally published for subscribers only. Many encouraged us to publish publicly so it could be more broadly read. If you are interested in our subscription analysis service you can learn more here. … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 2nd, 2015
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Online Advertising is Broken

Technology is letting us down. After all, isn’t it supposed to serve us ads on our phones, tablets, and computers that make us want to buy more? Isn’t it supposed to show us ads selected … Continue reading

Phil Baker / October 30th, 2015
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Chase Pay and the Power of Smartphone Platforms

This week saw the announcement of Chase’s foray into the mobile payments space, in the form of Chase Pay. Though one small example in the specific field of payments, the launch of Chase Pay is … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / October 29th, 2015

Microsoft Sees Apple has Been Right All Along

For the majority of Microsoft’s existence, they have been an OS company that provides key software that ran on PCs. Then, in the mid-1980s, they became a software applications company and dabbled in things like … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / October 28th, 2015

Apple Watch Owners Remain Satisfied

Last quarter, the Wristly team and I set out to run the first ever Apple Watch customer satisfaction report. Our first survey returned a customer satisfaction level of 97%, which, for a first generation product, … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 27th, 2015