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Should Virtual Assistants Be Humanized?

Last week at Google I/O, we saw the introduction of Google Home and Google assistant. Like Amazon before it, Google made a distinction between the object Home, an Echo-like smart speaker, and Google assistant. Unlike … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / May 25th, 2016

Turning Makers into Manufacturers

If you ever start to wonder whether there’s anything more out there these days than a rehashing of existing ideas in the tech field, a quick trip to a Maker Faire will answer your question … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 24th, 2016
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Is Storytelling the Key to VR’s Future?

A few weeks back, I attended the Collision Conference in New Orleans. This is my favorite “food city” so, when I found out Collision would be held in the Crescent City, I booked a flight … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 23rd, 2016

Podcast: Google I/O, Nokia Phones, Apple in India, Maker Faire

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Ben Bajarin, Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell analyze Google’s I/O event, discuss Microsoft’s sale of its featurephone and Nokia’s licensing of phones, address Apple’s efforts in India, and describe a … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 21st, 2016
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Let’s Make PCs First-Class Citizens of the Connected World

The PC industry is in the doldrums. Shipments continue to decline, and consumers and business buyers are holding on to their existing hardware for increasingly long periods of time. Fast new processors haven’t caused them … Continue reading

Tom Mainelli / May 20th, 2016
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Echo and Home are Endpoints, not the Endgame

Yesterday, Google announced its answer to Amazon’s Echo home speaker product, which will be known simply as Home. But it also announced what it called “the Google assistant”, which will operate both on the Home … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / May 19th, 2016
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Hardware Upgrades Offer New Opportunities

Software upgrades are commonplace. We have them in apps, video games, computer software. Pay an additional amount and the products can seamlessly acquire new capabilities. Now, there’s an equally seamless hardware upgrade: Tesla will upgrade … Continue reading

Phil Baker / May 18th, 2016
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Virtual Reality Brings New Life…to Desktops?

OK, be honest. When was the last time you really thought about desktop PCs? Especially new desktop PCs? Probably not recently. Heck, with all the press about the death of PCs we’ve seen over the … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 17th, 2016
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The Biggest Rip-offs and Best Bargains in Consumer Tech

I’ve been thinking about pricing for various consumer tech products and services and there are some aspects that are incongruous. For example, how is it you can host a conference call for 150 colleagues for … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / May 16th, 2016

Podcast: Apple-Didi Chuxing Investment, PC “Replacements”, Google I/O Preview

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell, discuss Apple’s investment in Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, debate the problems with 2-in-1s as “replacements” for PCs, and preview their … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 14th, 2016
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The Apple Watch as a Health Monitoring Tool

This post was originally published for subscribers of Tech.pinions. Our subscribers gave us feedback this story should be made available to the public. If you are interested in subscribing and getting a daily analysis of … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 13th, 2016
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The Smart Home is Stuck

Alphabet’s Nest subsidiary has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Whether for unpleasant management styles, uncomfortable financial belt-tightening, or a failure to hit annual targets. All this has many people asking … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / May 12th, 2016
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Stop Talking about Replacements. Give PC Owners Something New Already!

The marketing machine around 2-in-1s has been at full speed for a few years now. As Windows 8 was coming to market, hardware vendors, Intel, and Microsoft all put their thinking caps on to see … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / May 11th, 2016

The Biggest Question for IoT…Who Pays?

Talk to anyone with even a passing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT), and they’ll quickly tell you that the real value of an IoT deployment lies in the data that it generates and … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 10th, 2016
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Wearable Market Observations From the Masses

A little over a week ago, I attended the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Thousands of people showed up from all over the country to eat great food and listen to great music. Being an … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 9th, 2016

Podcast: Deep Learning, Smartphone Refresh Rates, Tesla and Autonomous Cars

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, Ben Bajarin and Bob O’Donnell, discuss deep learning, new changes to smartphone lifetimes, and the impact of Tesla and autonomous cars. If you happen to use … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 7th, 2016
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The Challenge and Opportunity of Augmented Reality

Over the last three weeks, I’ve spent an enormous amount of time talking face-to-face with technology investors in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, and London. These conversations tend to be wide-ranging, covering numerous topics … Continue reading

Tom Mainelli / May 6th, 2016
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The New Smartphone Upgrade Cycle

I’ve written a couple of times (here and here) for Insiders about smartphone upgrade cycles in the US. Today, I want to broaden the discussion a little and talk about something slightly different. This is … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / May 5th, 2016
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Two Technologies That Could Spur New iPhone Growth

Apple’s last earnings call made it clear the spectacular iPhone growth of the past has peaked. Although Apple is still doing well in services, Macs, and even iPhones, the drop in iPhone sales has left … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 4th, 2016
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Learning About Deep Learning

The concept is certainly compelling. Having a machine capable of reacting to real-world visual, auditory or other type of data and then responding, in an intelligent way, has been the stuff of science fiction until … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 3rd, 2016

Apple’s Uncharted Territory

The more I have reflected on what is happening right now in the consumer technology industry, in particular Apple’s position, the more a key observation hits me. Apple is in uncharted territory. I don’t mean … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 2nd, 2016

Podcast: Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Amazon Earnings

In this week’s Tech.pinions podcast Bob O’Donnell, Carolina Milanesi and Jan Dawson discuss the recent earnings reports from Apple, Samsung, Facebook and Amazon and analyze their impact on the overall tech market. If you happen … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / April 30th, 2016

The Challenges of Retail for Startup Hardware Companies

In a recent column, I covered some of the challenges entrepreneurs have in getting their products into retail. This column explores the issue in more detail. It’s based on an interview I had with James … Continue reading

Phil Baker / April 29th, 2016
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Facebook’s Opportunity

Facebook reported earnings for the first quarter of 2016 on Wednesday and they bucked what’s been the trend for most of the other big tech companies so far this earnings season. The company reported phenomenal … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / April 28th, 2016
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The Apple Watch Keeps My iPhone Addiction Under Control

Over the past year, many people, on noticing the Apple Watch on my wrist, could not help themselves but ask, “So, how do you like your Apple Watch?” After a short pause, my answer has … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / April 27th, 2016
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