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Unpacked for Friday November 3rd, 2016

The On-Demand Fail – by Ben Bajarin Just over a year ago, I shared some thoughts regarding the “On-Demand Economy”. In particular, why it works in China but may find struggles here in the US....

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Ben Bajarin / November 4th, 2016
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The Election’s Impact on Tech Regulation

The Obama presidency and the FCC, under Chairman Tom Wheeler, have been among the more activist and ambitious in recent memory. There have been some big victories — successful spectrum auctions, innovative spectrum sharing and … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / November 4th, 2016
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The Great Tech Wall of China

It is hard to not talk about China in so many industry conversations today. China has emerged as one of the most significant markets for technology we have ever seen because of the sheer size...

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Ben Bajarin / November 3rd, 2016
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The Mainstreaming of the Mac

There’s been lots of talk since Apple’s event last week about the reception to the new MacBook Pros, especially among the Apple commentariat. It’s fair to say the backlash against these new devices is stronger … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / November 3rd, 2016
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Two Fears regarding AI and Robots

Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking all have something very important in common. All three have gone on the record sharing their concerns and fears about AI and Robotics. While these technologies hold a...

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Tim Bajarin / November 2nd, 2016
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The Financial Impact of the Note 7 Recall

Samsung reported its earnings for the third quarter last week and the impact of the Note7 recall was understandably a major focus. Since I track Samsung’s financials on an ongoing basis and, since I haven’t...

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Jan Dawson / November 1st, 2016
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Apple’s Future Is Ear

Apple’s Transition From Looking and Touching to Listening and Talking Part 1: Looking Back Angst As you may well know, there’s an awful lot of angst concerning Apple’s removal of the headphone jack from their … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 30th, 2016
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With Touch Bar, Apple Again puts Faith in Third-Party Developers

Apple this week introduced new MacBook Pros and, in addition to bright new screens, fast new processors, and–of course—ever thinner form factors, Apple introduced a new hardware feature called the Touch Bar. It’s a high-quality … Continue reading

Tom Mainelli / October 28th, 2016
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Reflections from a Day with Microsoft and a Day with Apple

Getting Thing Done vs. Doing New Things – by Ben Bajarin My friend Benedict Evans had a great post a while back where he outlined how, when a technology is toward the end of its...

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Ben Bajarin / October 28th, 2016
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Microsoft’s Two-Pronged Creativity Push

Microsoft has been refining its identity and strategy since Satya Nadella took over as CEO, and much of that focus and strategy has been centered on productivity and helping people get things done. That vision … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / October 27th, 2016
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Could AR be Apple’s Next Big Thing?

In August, I wrote a piece suggesting Apple did not have any VR products that could hit the market any time soon. Since then, Apple CEO Tim Cook has gone on record stating AR seems...

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Tim Bajarin / October 27th, 2016
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Painting a Clearer Picture of the Global Smartphone Market

Oftentimes, our peers in the analyst community put out press releases on category and vendor market share numbers and the true insight of the market gets lots in a set of very generic statistics. I...

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Ben Bajarin / October 26th, 2016
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Creativity Is the New Productivity

Every three months, we are reminded of the doom and gloom of the PC market. As PC vendors report their earnings and various bean counters – I used to be one – publish their market … Continue reading

Carolina Milanesi / October 26th, 2016
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Context for Microsoft and Apple’s Events

This week will see PC-centric events from both Microsoft and Apple, with Microsoft launching its latest Surface devices on Wednesday and Apple updating its Mac line on Thursday. As such, it’s interesting to think about...

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Jan Dawson / 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
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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
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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
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Apple and Microsoft’s Battle for the PC Market

Next week looks to be an interesting one. Microsoft is having a hardware launch event where we expect new Surfaces to, wait for it, surface. Apple is also having an event the day after, which...

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Ben Bajarin / October 20th, 2016
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Another Key Impact of AR and VR

For the early part of my career in computers, the only user interface I had to work with was via a keyboard. I started out working with mini-computers and the keyboard is what we used...

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Tim Bajarin / October 19th, 2016
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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
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Q3 2016 Earnings Preview

Earnings season is here again. Netflix reported its results on Monday afternoon and seemed to provide a pleasant surprise for investors, who sent the stock up 20% after hours. We’ll see all the other big...

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Jan Dawson / October 18th, 2016
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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
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Unpacked for Friday, October 14th, 2016

Amazon Demonstrates Its Pragmatism with Physical Retail for Groceries – by Jan Dawson The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Amazon is planning to build convenience stores and curbside pickup locations for groceries, in...

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Carolina Milanesi / October 14th, 2016
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