Archive for October, 2012

An Interesting Take on Android in China

*+-Android is doing very well in China. But in something of an exclamation point on John Kirk’s musings on Android’s contribution to Google’s bottom line, Android in China may not be doing at all well … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 16th, 2012
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The Microsoft Surface Was Made For Surfaces…But That’s Not What Tablets Were Made For

*+-The first Microsoft Surface Ad is out. It’s called “The Surface Movement” (although it probably should be called “Click”). In his article entitled: Marketing Surface and Windows 8, Ben Bajarin focuses on what the ad … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 16th, 2012
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Why Maps are “Really” Important to Apple

*+-In my last Apple Maps column I discussed why Apple would have delivered a suboptimal maps experience. This analysis was really a short term view of why they would do this, and the answer was … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / October 16th, 2012
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Why Amazon is Not Interested in TI’s Mobile Processor Group

*+-Some reports have came out that Amazon is interested in TI’s mobile processor division. I find this extremely difficult to believe. I personally, think TI’s move to shift focus from mobile APs (application processors) and … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 15th, 2012
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Marketing Surface and Windows 8

*+-The first commercial for Microsoft Surface has aired. After seeing it, I’m not sure Microsoft’s partners should be at all worried about the perceived threat of Microsoft competing with them on the hardware front. The … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 15th, 2012
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The iPad Mini Hits Windows 8 Where It Ain’t

*+-Tim Bajarin muses on whether it was a mistake for Microsoft to focus Windows 8 on the the larger screen sizes: When Microsoft decided to get into the tablet business again, it pretty much committed … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 15th, 2012
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Why a SoftBank Investment in Sprint Could be Disruptive

*+-There were multiple stories over the last few days about a potential investment from SoftBank in Sprint. The idea would be that Softbank could leverage some of Sprint’s technology, especially the Clearwire architecture, for use … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / October 15th, 2012
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Netbooks, Tablets, and Good Enough Computing

*+-You may have caught my title and asked “aren’t Netbooks dead? Why are you bringing them up?” That is an excellent question and while Netbooks are mostly dead (they are finding a role in emerging … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 12th, 2012
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A Message To Eric Schmidt And Android: Put Up Proof Of Profits Or Shut Up

*+-There will be one billion Android devices—smartphones and tablets—in use within a year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said. Schmidt made the prediction during an interview with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the 92nd … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 11th, 2012
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Tablets and Disabilities

*+-Next week I am speaking at the California Educational Technology Professionals Association’s annual gathering. I will be giving several presentations to this technology community specifically about tablets and touch computing. My focus will be how … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 11th, 2012
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Will Apple Survive without Steve Jobs? Apple’s Laughing Straight to the Bank…

*+-Just a few days ago, we quietly watched as the first anniversary of the death of Steve Jobs passed by.  As an Apple insider and alum, I always have an ear to the ground for … Continue reading

Kelli Richards / October 10th, 2012
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Office for iOS and Android Embodies Microsoft’s Strategic Failings [Updated]

*+-Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek has confirmed that (Microsoft) is planning to release native iOS and Android versions of Office 2013 next year. Speaking at a press event in the Czech Republic earlier today, Bobek … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 10th, 2012
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How Google Should Fix Android

*+-It’s time for Google to step up and take charge of the Android platform it has created. I know this sounds odd. By at least one standard, Android is a runaway success. It is by … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 10th, 2012
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Google Android Tablet Optimized Apps — Two Years Too Late

*+-On Monday, (Google) published a “tablet app quality checklist” on its Android Developer website that urges developers to build tablet-optimized apps… ~ Wired I’d like to applaud Google for this move, I really would. But … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 9th, 2012
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The Return of the Tablet PC

*+-Microsoft’s decision to offer tablets in two flavors–Intel-powered slates running full windows 8 and ARM-powered units running Windows RT–has created a marketing and branding problem for manufacturers: How these very different products going to be … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 9th, 2012
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HP’s Surprising Tablet Attack

*+-I recently attended HP’s Securities Analyst Meeting (SAM) where HP made its case to Wall Street on why investors should believe in the company and buy the stock. I will write about the conference later … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / October 9th, 2012
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Convince Me Not to Buy an iPad

*+-We at Creative Strategies, as a part of our study of consumer markets, frequently interview consumers in order to get a pulse of the market needs, wants, and desires. To do this we have conversations … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 8th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Lessons Learned And A Look Ahead

*+-RECAP We’ve been looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we wrap up the series by seeing what lessons we have learned and by asking ourselves what the … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 5th, 2012
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Windows 8 Mail App: Better, but Still Bad

*+-The good news is that the lame Mail app in Windows 8 is about to get better. The bad news is that it will still fall well short of any reasonable expectations of a modern … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 5th, 2012
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It’s Good to be Back on the iPhone

*+-I wasn’t terribly vocal about this fact but since June I have been using an Android phone exclusively as my smartphone. Which has been by far the longest I have ever used an Android smartphone … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / October 5th, 2012
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Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface

*+-RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. 5.0 Windows 8 And The Microsoft Surface 5.1 WHERE DOES … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 4th, 2012
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HP’s Future: Apple, IBM–or Dell?

*+-  On Oct. 3, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman will give analysts her strategy for restoring the battered tech giant. A close look at the company’s financials and its business suggests that it has the strengths … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 3rd, 2012
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Apple Maps: Decision by Wall Street?

*+-Just as we all start to get sick of reading and debating the Apple Maps debacle,  a new interesting thread, issue, or new piece of information comes up.  This time, it was, Apple’s CEO Tim … Continue reading

Patrick Moorhead / October 2nd, 2012

Problem With Tech.pinions Comments

*+-As you may have noticed, articles on Tech.pinions are not currently accepting comments. We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. We appreciate your patience. [UPDATE] Comments are now fixed. Sorry … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 1st, 2012
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Apple After Steve: One year later

*+-This Friday marks the first anniversary of Steve’s Jobs death. I was going through security at the San Diego Airport when I heard the news and although we all knew the end was coming soon, … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / October 1st, 2012