The Indefatigable PC

By all rights, it should be dead by now. I mean, really. A market based on a tech product that first came to market over 35 years go? And yet, here we stand in the … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 25th, 2016
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Securing our Internet of Things

If we learned one thing from the DDoS attack that took down many websites on Friday, it is we still have a long way to go when it comes to securing all the connected things … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 24th, 2016

Podcast: Dell-EMC World, Le Eco Launch, Apple Car

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Jan Dawson, Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discuss the recent Dell/EMC World event, debate the potential impact of new Chinese content/device maker LeEco, and analyze recent news around Apple’s rumored … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 22nd, 2016
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Digital Assistants: Me Smart or World Smart?

Digital assistants are hot, that much is clear. What is less clear is what role they will play in our life. More importantly, how much we will let them be part of our life. I … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / October 21st, 2016

LeEco’s Big Vision for the US Needs Fleshing Out

Chinese consumer technology and content company LeEco held its US coming-out party on Wednesday, introducing several new products to the US market for the first time and articulating its strategy for this most challenging of … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / October 20th, 2016

Samsung’s Challenges Reveal Need for Greater Vendor Diversity

Much has been written about how a debacle like the Note7 happened and what Samsung might do to repair its reputation. Samsung’s challenges also shed light on a unique fact about the U.S. smartphone market: … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / October 19th, 2016

Can IT Survive?

If you’ve ever worked at a business with at least 20 employees, you’ve undoubtedly run into “them”—the oft-dreaded, generally misunderstood, secretly sneered at (though sometimes revered) IT department. The goal of Information Technology (IT) professionals, … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 18th, 2016
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How does a Problem Like the Note 7 Happen?

Those involved in the design and manufacturing of hardware products understand that one of the most important phases of the process is testing. That’s the point when all of the assumptions that have been made … Continue reading

Phil Baker / October 17th, 2016

Podcast: PC Shipments, PlayStation VR

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson and Bob O’Donnell discuss the recent PC shipment and forecast numbers from IDC and Gartner, and analyze the impact of Sony’s PlayStation VR on the overall … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 15th, 2016

Pixel and Surface: Comparing Google and Microsoft’s Hardware Game Plans

Google’s recent launch of the high-end Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones marks the company’s first self-branded entrance into the market, after dabbling via partner-branded Nexus products and a short run as the corporate owner of … Continue reading

Tom Mainelli / October 14th, 2016
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The De-Democratization of Online Publishing

One of the wonderful things about the rise of the web, twenty-something years ago, was the way in which it democratized publishing – suddenly, anyone with an idea could set up a website and make … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / October 13th, 2016

CarPlay: The Best Incarnation of Apple’s Ecosystem

Apple is making a car. The code name is “Project Titan.” Apple brings back Bob Mansfield from retirement to lead the project. Apple lays off dozens of employees who were presumably working on the car … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / October 12th, 2016

Galaxy Note 7: The Death of a Smartphone

It’s hard to imagine a much worse scenario. The world’s leading smartphone company debuts a new device that initially is touted as one of the best smartphones ever made. Glowing reviews quickly follow and the … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 11th, 2016
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Takeaways from Two Days Spent with AT&T

AT&T hosted two days of meetings with industry analysts last week, covering a broad array of topics across its consumer and enterprise businesses. Having attended many such tech industry analyst meetings over the years, I … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / October 10th, 2016

Podcast: Google Hardware Event

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Carolina Milanesi, Ben Bajarin and Bob O’Donnell analyze the announcements coming out of Google’s recent hardware event, including their Pixel smartphones, Daydream VR Headset and Google Home smart speaker. If … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 8th, 2016
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The First Time Google Alerted Me to Leave for an Appointment

The first time Google alerted me to leave for an appointment, it was one of those “Aha!” moments. I thought to myself, “That’s amazing!” as I realized it was smart enough to check my calendar, … Continue reading

Phil Baker / October 7th, 2016
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Tech Companies Need to Show, Not Tell, When it Comes to AI

This week saw Google announce a variety of new hardware products. But the main theme of Google’s event wasn’t actually hardware but software: specifically, artificial intelligence. Microsoft’s Ignite event last week also made AI a … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / October 6th, 2016

Google’s Pursuit of Happiness: #MadeByGoogle

After weeks of speculations and leaks, Google finally announced its first #MadeByGoogle smartphones called Pixel and Pixel XL. Yet, the phones per se were the least interesting part of the event in my opinion. What … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / October 5th, 2016

Service Providers Still Act Like Utilities

If you ever want to enliven a cocktail party filled with executives from the telecommunications or cable industry, just start talking about dumb pipes. As in, “your service doesn’t offer anything more than a simple … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 4th, 2016
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Behavioral Debt

I’m fortunate to be a part of several circles here in Silicon Valley that get together frequently to discuss big ideas and engage in all kinds of technology related philosophical questions. I started sharing a … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 3rd, 2016

Podcast: Blackberry, Microsoft AI

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Carolina Milanesi, Jan Dawson and Bob O’Donnell discuss Blackberry’s announcement of exiting the phone business, and analyze Microsoft’s recent efforts around Artificial Intelligence initiatives from their Ignite conference. If you … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / October 1st, 2016
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The Pull of Enterprise for Consumer Tech Companies

This week, Apple announced yet another enterprise partnership, this time with Deloitte. Next week, Facebook is expected to open its Facebook at Work product to more companies and with a tweaked business model. For Insiders, … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / September 29th, 2016

HERE: A Clear Case of Together We Are Stronger

Ahead of this week’s Paris Motor Show, HERE announced how its Open Location Platform (OLP) aims to gather real-time data from sensors on board of connected vehicles to create a live assessment of road environment … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / September 28th, 2016

The Andromeda Strain

Veteran fans of thriller author Michael Crichton may recall that his career kicked into high gear with the 1969 release of a novel entitled “The Andromeda Strain.” The book described the impact of a deadly … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / September 27th, 2016

Mobile Payments: The Future is Here, just not Evenly Distributed

If you have made a payment at retail with your smartphone and are anything like me, you’ll feel this is the future of payments. But as the famous quote from William Gibson says, “the future … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 26th, 2016
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