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What’s Next for Fitness Wearables?

This year, some 50 million fitness trackers will be sold. Devices such as the Fitbit HR, Jawbone Up, and Garmin Forerunner are among the most popular “tech” gift items this holiday season. This category has … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / December 18th, 2015
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Competition is Shifting to the High End

The consumer electronics industry has always fascinated me. I spent my first ten years as an analyst covering the telecom industry, which historically has had very good margins. But, when I started covering the consumer … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / December 17th, 2015
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Tech Products the Tech.pinions Team would Buy

One of the more interesting questions our team gets around the holidays is, what tech products we would buy with our own money. As analysts, we are given dozens of products to check out and, … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / December 16th, 2015
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What China Needs to Learn from “The Hover Board Fires”

One of the hottest products on the market this year are hover boards. These cool products have caught the imagination of a lot of people, especially kids, who want this type of scooter to zip...

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Tim Bajarin / December 15th, 2015
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Enterprise and Choose Your Own Device

Several years ago, BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) was a buzzword. There were theories this would help the PC market rebound, or at least stabilize. Yet, our constant interactions with CIOs and IT managers revealed … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / December 14th, 2015
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Breaking Down GoPro’s Business

In last week’s column, I talked about the challenges that face what I termed “one trick ponies” – companies whose entire business is built on a single product, especially when that product is relatively undifferentiated....

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Jan Dawson / December 14th, 2015
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Apple and a New, Smaller, Potentially Less Expensive iPhone

Recent rumors suggest Apple may be planning to release a new iPhone in 2016 with a return to the smaller 4″ form factor. Some reports suggest this iPhone may target the lower-end of the market,...

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Ben Bajarin / December 11th, 2015
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Sad State of Retail Apps

I was having coffee with a friend this past Saturday morning when I noticed his leather wallet case on his iPhone 6 Plus. I googled the brand a few hours later, found the $27 case … Continue reading

Phil Baker / December 11th, 2015
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The Challenge of Being a One Trick Pony

The most successful companies in the technology market are often those who are able to develop broad portfolios of products and ideally create ecosystems around their products. By contrast, there are other companies which are … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / December 10th, 2015
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A New Battery Case from Apple

As popular as the iPhone 6 is, it has one huge weakness — one of the shortest battery lives of any smartphone. That’s because Apple has prioritized thinness over runtime. As an iPhone 6 user, … Continue reading

Phil Baker / December 9th, 2015
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Why Glass is Critical to the Future of Tech

From the beginning of my career in tech, I came to understand how important the various materials are when it comes to creating products. My journey in semiconductors started by understanding the raw materials needed … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / December 9th, 2015
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Why Google is at a Major Crossroads

For the last few months, we have been writing about the fact that millions of people, especially the younger generation, came into the digital age via smartphones. More importantly, their primary OS has been Apple’s...

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Tim Bajarin / December 8th, 2015
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Memory Goes and Comes

Intel has returned to making memory chips, a business it was in before and left. While the old failed business was in DRAMs, the new business involves making flash, the non-volatile memory fueling the mobile … Continue reading

Roger Kay / December 7th, 2015
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Some Thoughts on Yahoo

Yahoo has been in the news again recently, ostensibly because its board is considering two new options for fixing the company: replacing Marissa Mayer as CEO and selling off what most people still think of...

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Jan Dawson / December 7th, 2015
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It is Time for DISH to Make a Move?

Imagine you have a congested commute. Every day, you sit on a crowded two-lane highway, which was clearly not built to accommodate the traffic on it. Yet, a few years ago, the government sold land … Continue reading

Mark Lowenstein / December 4th, 2015
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The Case for padOS

It’s been an interesting year for Apple – they’ve announced one completely new hardware product (the Apple Watch) and two major updates to existing product lines (the 4th generation Apple TV and the iPad Pro). … Continue reading

Jan Dawson / December 3rd, 2015
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The Most Interesting Gadget Fight this Holiday Season

I was looking over the list of the hottest tech products in demand this holiday season and two of them popped up as interesting and contradictory. One of the products are hover boards and I...

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Tim Bajarin / December 2nd, 2015
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Comparing the “Big 6” Consumer Tech Companies

After earnings season ends, I always like doing some comparisons between some of the largest and most important consumer technology companies to see how they measure up on key financial and operating metrics. I’ve shared...

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Jan Dawson / November 30th, 2015
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Health Care: Internet Use is Good, but Much More Needed

The following column is one of the last our partner Steve Wildstrom wrote for us. As many of you know, he passed away last week after losing his battle with brain cancer. However, even while … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 30th, 2015
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Kickstarter Advice

I read with a combination of interest, sympathy and a little bit of “not surprised” when it was reported that Coolest, the company that had the second most successful Kickstarter campaign ever, was struggling to … Continue reading

Phil Baker / November 27th, 2015
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Is Apple Positioning the iPad Incorrectly?

Over the last few weeks, since the iPad Pro came out, Apple CEO Tim Cook has often stated the iPad Pro could replace a laptop. While I believe there is some truth to this, after...

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Tim Bajarin / November 25th, 2015
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Understanding Apple’s Hardware Universe

I often feel public commentary on Apple’s hardware makes some flawed assumptions. The general one being that Apple creates hardware products and their goal is every one of their customers should own one. Case in...

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Ben Bajarin / November 24th, 2015
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Survey: Hot Tech for the Holiday

I recently ran a survey asking consumers what categories they have prioritized on their Holiday Season shopping list, either for themselves or as a gift. Here are the results. As you can see, it looks … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 23rd, 2015
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The US Wireless Industry’s Pivotal Quarter

The US wireless industry is going through an interesting period. T-Mobile has captured much of the attention with its Un-Carrier strategy, while Sprint has also been reinventing itself under its new CEO over the past...

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Jan Dawson / November 23rd, 2015

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If you would be willing to spend a few minutes several times a month to help us get a more real-time pulse on consumer sentiment please consider joining our research panel. Your e-mail will be … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / November 20th, 2015