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Podcast: Virtual Reality, GoPro and Alphabet Earnings

This week Bob O’Donnell, Ben Bajarin and Jan Dawson debate the opportunities and challenges for virtual reality, and discuss the recent earnings results from GoPro and Google’s parent company Alphabet. Click here to subscribe in … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / February 6th, 2016
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What is LTE-U and Should You Care?

What if wireless operators had the ability to add substantial capacity to their networks without having to pay billions of dollars for additional spectrum? And what if this also made your WiFi work better? Well, … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / February 5th, 2016
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Valuations and Trajectories

This week saw Alphabet pass Apple for the title of most valuable company, only to have the situation reverse again later in the week. In the brief period when Alphabet was out in front, I … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / February 4th, 2016
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Rethinking the Value of the iPad Pro and Surface Pro

Ever since 2-in-1s were introduced about five years ago, I have been cool to this form factor. The idea of marrying a tablet and a keyboard was a disconnect for me. Part of the reason … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / February 3rd, 2016
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What if Twitter Died?

Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I had an interesting thought the other day. What if Twitter just didn’t exist anymore? Given all the recent troubles the company’s been going through, it’s no longer a completely … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / February 2nd, 2016
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A Netbook, an iPad Pro, and the Surface Walk Into a Bar

(This article was originally posted for our Tech.pinions subscribers on Nov 12, 2015. We are reposting it today to give you a sense of the type of content we are providing to subscribers. We encourage … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / February 1st, 2016
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Part 1: Android is a Stick Shift and iOS is an Automatic Transmission

On January 10, 2016, I wrote an article entitled: “Platforms — Past, Present and Future“. The comments to the article made it clear to me that there was a great deal of confusion surrounding the role … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 31st, 2016
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Podcast: Kantar Smartphones; Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon Earnings; FCC Set Top Box Rules

This week Bob O’Donnell, Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson and special guest Carolina Milanesi of Kantar WorldPanel discuss Kantar’s latest smartphone data, analyze the earnings reports from Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, and debate the potential … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / January 30th, 2016
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The Augmented Reality Enterprise Opportunity

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year catapulted virtual reality (VR) into mainstream consciousness. VR clearly has an interesting future ahead, primarily as a consumer-centric gaming and media play. But when I … Continue reading

Tom Mainelli / January 29th, 2016
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Absorb or be Absorbed

Back in December, Uber and Facebook announced a partnership which would allow users of both services to hail an Uber car from within Facebook Messenger. This deal was emblematic of a pair of strategic imperatives … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / January 28th, 2016
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Nielsen Ratings: Too Primitive to be Accurate?

Six weeks ago, I received a call asking if my wife and I wanted to become a Nielsen family, allowing the ratings company to track the TV and radio programs we watch and listen to. … Continue reading

Phil Baker / January 27th, 2016
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Smart Home Safety Evolution: Physical to Digital

One of the greatest yet most easily overlooked benefits of modern technology and modern science is the ability it gives us to both literally and metaphorically “see” things that were not visible or understood before. … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / January 26th, 2016
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Should Apple Jump on the VR Bandwagon?

When anyone talks about VR these days, they normally bring up Microsoft’s HoloLens, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR. A recent product from HTC called the Vive just entered the VR scene and we … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / January 25th, 2016
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Who Won The Smartphone Wars: Google Or Apple?

Last week, an Oracle lawyer said in court that Google had made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from Android, according to Bloomberg. ~ Miguel Helft (T)he comparisons between Google’s Android business and Apple’s … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 24th, 2016
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Podcast: End of Year and Holiday Sales Results for Tech Products

This week Bob O’Donnell, Ben Bajarin, and special guest Steve Baker of NPD discuss the final holiday and end-of-year sales numbers for consumer devices in US retail and online stores, and debate opportunities for new … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / January 23rd, 2016
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The ‘Three Rs’ of Next Generation Tech: Rights, Rules, and Regulations

Even though there were no ‘blockbuster’ product announcements, this was the most exciting CES in some time. Between discussions and demos of drones, self-driving cars, IoT, AR/VR, and the next generation of screens, sensors and … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / January 22nd, 2016
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Arrivals and Departures

I was listening to an episode of the Awl podcast this week. Guest Clay Shirky said something that struck me as important and profound. He was speaking specifically in the context of media (the Awl’s … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / January 21st, 2016
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Apple Analysts Are Crying Wolf (Again)

There’s a whining at the threshold, There’s a scratching at the floor, To work! To work! In Heaven’s name! The wolf is at the door! ~ All Apple Analysts Everywhere1 In “The Shepherd’s Boy”, Aesop … Continue reading

John Kirk / January 20th, 2016
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The Promise and Confusion of USB Type-C

Okay, I’ll admit it. It’s not exactly the sexiest topic in the world. But, when it comes to the practical, day-to-day existence with all of our modern devices, connectivity is an important story. When you … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / January 19th, 2016
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Virtual Reality’s $182 Billion Future

Two significant endorsements recently for the value of virtual reality — from Goldman Sachs and Deloitte consultants — are escalating the hype about VR, which was virtually ubiquitous at CES this month. In addition, Google, … Continue reading

Gary Arlen / January 18th, 2016
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Podcast: GoPro, Apple and Time-Warner, PC Market

This week Tim Bajarin, Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson and Bob O’Donnell discuss the recent travails for GoPro, analyze the rumors around Apple purchasing Time-Warner, and debate the opportunities for the PC market moving forward. Click … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / January 16th, 2016
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A Challenge to the Automobile Companies

One of the highlights of this year’s CES was, literally, carloads of new technology shown by the automotive companies from Detroit, Europe, Korea, and Japan. Everything from self-driving vehicles to tablet-sized displays to 20 speaker … Continue reading

Phil Baker / January 15th, 2016
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Self-Driving Cars and Trust

I covered autonomous driving briefly in my CES trends post on Monday, but I wanted to return to the topic for a somewhat deeper dive on a specific issue: trust. The context here is Google’s … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / January 14th, 2016
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The New Vision for AT&T

Over the last few years while at CES, I have been invited to meet with Glen Lurie, now the president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. When I met with him in January of 2014, he … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / January 13th, 2016
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The Hottest Computing Device? Cars

I’m not sure how else to describe it. Imagine a device that features several computer subsystems, at least one of which offers supercomputer-level performance, the highest end GPUs, multiple large size, high-resolution displays, surround sound-enabled … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / January 12th, 2016