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Podcast: Maker Faire, Google IO Preview, Messaging Platforms

-+*Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions Podcast. This week Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Bob O’Donnell discuss the 10th Annual Maker Faire, preview our expectations for Google I/O, and debate the opportunities for messaging platforms. Click … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 23rd, 2015
China's Super Consumers

How the Rise of the International Middle Class Will Drive Our Tech Growth

-+*After WWII, with the return of millions of G.I.’s who gained access to government loans to buy houses, the concept of the middle class in the US began to expand. As they assimilated back into the … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 22nd, 2015
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The Challenges Google Needs to Deal With at I/O

-+*We’re now in what’s arguably become the most significant period of the year for three of the largest consumer technology companies in the world — the developer conference season. The developer events for Microsoft, Google, … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / May 21st, 2015
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The IoT and the Needs of Business

-+*In a recent column, Bob O’Donnell took a look at the rapid growth of the Internet of Things. The IoT is a large variable collection, from heartbeat monitors on your wrist to a camera watching … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / May 20th, 2015
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Maker Movement Drives the Future

-+*Walking the packed grounds of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds this past weekend with my son to attend the 10th anniversary edition of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I couldn’t help thinking I was seeing … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 19th, 2015
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When The Easy Growth is Over

-+*Growth cycles come in waves, some bigger than others. A wave swells and subsides. Companies who ride these waves risk being caught in calm waters if they do not or can not catch the next … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 18th, 2015
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Podcast: AOL/Verizon, Globalization, Apple HomeKit

-+*Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinion’s Podcast. This week Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Bob O’Donnell discuss the AOL/Verizon deal, the challenges to globalize for many tech device and services companies, and expectations around Apple HomeKit … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 16th, 2015
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Is the Wearable Health Movement Sustainable?

-+*One of the hottest areas of wearables are fitness monitors from Fitbit, Misfit, Jawbone, Garmin, etc. In 2014, approx 90 million were sold and the interest in using some type of wearable to monitor health … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 15th, 2015
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The TV Industry’s Lack of Imagination

-+*It’s often said we live in a golden age of television, with more quality content than ever before, consumable through a variety of channels and services on the devices of our choosing. What’s not to … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / May 14th, 2015
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AOL RIP: Where The Net Was Born for Many

-+*A RIP announcement often gives us word of a celebrity who has passed away after they have left the public mind. The death of AOL, with its purchase by Verizon for $4.4 billion, is certainly the end of a company that … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / May 13th, 2015
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Making Sense of IoT

-+*Trying to think about one of the hottest trends sweeping the tech industry—IoT, or the Internet of Things—has me a bit befuddled to be honest. On the one hand, I understand the conceptual potential of … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 12th, 2015
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In Consumer Tech, the World is Round

-+*A friend recently returned from a trip with his wife to Seoul, South Korea, where she was traveling for business. During a sightseeing adventure, they visited an area heavily trafficked by tourists. He was astounded … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 11th, 2015
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Podcast: Wearables, Connected Car, IoT

-+*Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinion’s Podcast. This week, Ben Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Bob O’Donnell discuss the wearables market, the opportunities and challenges for connected cars, and the future of IoT, or the Internet of … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 9th, 2015
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The Debacle of Google Glass

-+*For the last 25 years, I have looked very closely at the adoption cycle of products and I have learned something very important. Seldom does a product, especially a hardware product, find favor quickly with … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 8th, 2015
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Amazon’s International Growth Challenge

-+*When Amazon reported its financial results recently, foreign exchange fluctuations played a big role. They caused a roughly $1.3 billion hit to “International Revenues”. However, even without the impact of those foreign exchange movements, International … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / May 7th, 2015
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Why Phones and Pads Cannot Replace PCs

-+*The other day, I wanted to take a photo that had been sent to me attached to an email and make it a feature in a Facebook post. Now, if I had been working on … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / May 6th, 2015
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A Fresh Look at Wearables

-+*Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 5th, 2015
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Tablet Market Trends and Observations

-+*It is hard to argue with the narrative — larger phones are impacting tablet sales. This absolutely seems to be the case: Two points from the chart. Including 4″ smartphones certainly helps the line look … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / May 4th, 2015
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Podcast: Microsoft Build and HoloLens, Apple Watch Apps, Apple TV

-+*Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinion’s Podcast. Tim Bajarin, Steve Wildstrom, Jan Dawson, and Bob O’Donnell discuss the recent Q1 2015 earnings results from Amazon, Microsoft and Google; the evolution of TV services and the possibilities … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / May 2nd, 2015
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Apple’s iPhone Growth Opportunities

-+*Right after Apple released their record breaking iPhone sales number for the last quarter, Wall Street analysts were wringing their hands over the future growth of the iPhone. They reasoned that Apple can’t continue to … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / May 1st, 2015
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The Last Piece of Apple’s TV Puzzle: Local and Sports

-+*Apple CEO Tim Cook said on this week’s earnings call: I think we’re on the early stages of just major, major changes in media that are going to be really great for consumers, and I … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / April 30th, 2015
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Getting Apple Watch Apps Right Will Take a While

-+*The good news: Beyond the first apps, the Apple Watch’s software will certainly come along. Consider heart rate sensors and other features that will turn the watch into a useful tool that can contribute to medical uses and … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / April 29th, 2015
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The Device Dream Team: Large Smartphones and Thin Notebooks

-+*Like many aspects of the tech business, the world of devices is driven by a number of simultaneous, but sometimes conflicting, trends. For years, much of the focus in devices was centered on which device … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / April 28th, 2015
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Apple Watch and Hands Free Computing

-+*After approximately a month using the Apple Watch, a few things have stood out to me that have me thinking about the role of wearable computers. I’d like to make a broader point about wrist … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / April 27th, 2015
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Podcast: Q1 2015 Tech Earnings, TV Services, Mobile Web

-+*Tim Bajarin, Steve Wildstrom, Jan Dawson, and Bob O’Donnell discuss the recent Q1 2015 earnings results from Amazon, Microsoft and Google; the evolution of TV services and the possibilities for cord-cutting; and the potential impact … Continue reading

Bob O'Donnell / April 25th, 2015