Archive for August, 2012

Dear Industry: Time To Rethink Attitudes About Age

Last month, I officially crossed the line into geezerhood. Entering the land of Medicare as part of the baby boom vanguard has served the heighten my irritation at the tech world’s frequently patronizing, even pitying … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 15th, 2012

Deciphering Microsoft’s Latest Windows Blog on Windows RT

For over 20 years, I worked with Microsoft as a customer or a technology partner. Microsoft has a huge job in guiding their enormous Windows ecosystem down certain paths, and over those two decades I … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / August 14th, 2012
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The Trouble With Open Source: My Sage Saga

At a recent conference of mathematicians, I heard a lot of talk about Sage, an open-source project designed to create an alternative to powerful but pricey mathematics packages such as Wolfram’s Mathematica, Maplesoft’s Maple, and … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 14th, 2012

The One Feature I Still Want From My Smart Phone

I love smart devices and more to the point I love the potential for smart devices. At the core of my work as an analyst I try to the best of my ability to look … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 13th, 2012

The Opinion Cast: All Smart Devices are Simply Cloud Endpoints

A few weeks back I got into a light hearted Twitter debate with friend and colleague Roger Kay over tablets as PCs and the general number counting strategy of many firms. So he and I … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 10th, 2012

How Twitter is Evolving

As an analyst I am not entirely focused on social media as a primary area of my market focus. But because I study consumer markets holistically it is something I observe with a watchful eye. … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / August 10th, 2012
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The Windows 8 UI: Microsoft Makes a Tough Marketing Problem Worse

Over at ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, master of all things Microsoft, reports sources tell her that having lost the name Metro in an apparent trademark dispute, Microsoft will call the new tile-based user interface for Windows … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 9th, 2012

Copying Apple or as Samsung Calls it, Benchmarking Your Peers

The Apple vs Samsung trial is a week old and the evidence Apple presented is quite compelling. Nothing has been more captivating than a 132-page internal Samsung document that recommends copying the iPhone. The document … Continue reading

Jim Dalrymple / August 9th, 2012
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Making the Cloud Safe for Consumers: Time for Apple To Step Up [Updated]

This has been the Year of the Cloud.  Apple, Microsoft, and Google, the three companies that matter most to consumers, have all been rushing headlong to establish personal clouds that will link consumers’ data across … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 8th, 2012
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Boingo+Cloud Nine=Free Wi-Fi+Ads

Wi-Fi service provider and aggregator Boingo announced today is was acquiring privately held Cloud Nine Media, a Wi-Fi add network. The result is likely to be growth Wi-Fi services that are free- but supported by … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 8th, 2012

Why do Products like the Google Nexus Q Launch?

At Google’s I/O developer conference in June, Google boldly announced the Nexus Q, a $299 streaming music sphere.  Last week, Google stopped selling the Nexus Q and cancelled all consumer pre-orders, saying buyers would get the … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / August 7th, 2012

Apple’s Curious TV Plans

In Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, he related a conversation with Jobs in which Steve says they [Apple] nailed what a true interactive TV experience should be in the way of UI, content and … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 6th, 2012

Why UltraBooks Have Been Slow to Take Off

One of Intel’s big programs for this year has been the development and marketing of a new line of slimline notebooks called Ultrabooks. This product is really following in Apple’s MacBook Air footprints, a product … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / August 3rd, 2012
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Algebra Matters, But Not for the Reason You Think

People who work with numbers, a group that includes a substantial share of the tech world, were understandably outraged by political scientist Andrew Hacker’s lead piece in The New York Times Sunday Review, ”Is Algebra … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 2nd, 2012

The iPad Put A Fork In Personal Computing

  When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in January 2010, he wondered aloud whether there was room between the smartphone and the notebook for a third category of tablet device like the iPad. Everybody uses … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 2nd, 2012

Is There No One At Google Who Knows How To Say “No”?

Google, in an email to those that pre-ordered a Nexus Q: We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have … Continue reading

John Kirk / August 1st, 2012
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NBC and the Olympics: Why Cord-cutting Will Be Slow and Hard

NBC’s exclusive U.S. coverage of the the 2012 London Olympic Games has not, to say the very least, been a hit in the tech world. Twitter has been buzzing since last Friday about NBC’s delayed … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / August 1st, 2012
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