Are Leather and LTE the Future of PCs?

As technology evolution and maturation continue to move forward, many PC and other device companies emphasize the experience of using their products as key to their design philosophy. The goal, they say, isn’t just to deliver on the key technical requirements and other specs necessary to provide good performance, but to make the overall encounter … Continue reading Are Leather and LTE the Future of PCs?

The Unseen Impact of iOS Apps on the Mac

One of the most significant questions often asked by the Apple faithful had been whether the Mac OS and iOS would ever be merged. At WWDC Apple executives addressed this exact question and forcefully stated that this would never happen. However, they went on to say that there is legitimate merit to enable developers by … Continue reading The Unseen Impact of iOS Apps on the Mac

Surface Laptop and Microsoft’s Hardware Long Game

I’ve been testing Microsoft’s recently launched Surface Laptop, and it’s an extremely well-designed piece of hardware. Microsoft seems to have obsessed over every detail in its first laptop, save perhaps the shipping OS (Windows 10S), and the result is a product that an awful lot of people are going to like. The Surface Laptop is … Continue reading Surface Laptop and Microsoft’s Hardware Long Game

Living the Daydream: Google’s New VR Platform takes Shape

I’ve been testing hardware that runs Google’s virtual reality (VR) platform called Daydream. It’s a little rough around the edges and is clearly pushing its brand new hardware to its limits. But overall, it’s a pretty good experience and it shows the potential for mainstream VR going forward. That said, my time inside Daydream further … Continue reading Living the Daydream: Google’s New VR Platform takes Shape

Unpacked: The Week’s News

Microsoft Sells off Feature Phone Biz – Carolina Milanesi Two years after the acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft has sold its feature phone business to FIH, a subsidiary of Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Foxconn, for $350 million. In a separate deal, Microsoft also sold its brand rights on feature phones and certain related design rights to HMD, … Continue reading Unpacked: The Week’s News

The MacBook: A Top Laptop Worth Every Penny

The new MacBook is most definitely not for everyone. But I absolutely love it. If you need portability more than maximum power, if your need is for a small, excellent quality display with a great keyboard and a beautiful design, it shows the way forward. I do not generally use a laptop for really heavy … Continue reading The MacBook: A Top Laptop Worth Every Penny

Sexiest New Devices? PCs…

After narrowly escaping death (not really, but a lot of people sure tried to convince us of it), the PC industry is regaining some color in its face and starting to make bold moves forward. Yes, the road ahead will be challenging and nobody’s expecting any kind of magical return to the glory days, but … Continue reading Sexiest New Devices? PCs…

Tablets, Notebooks and Desktops Are The New “Other”

I have been following personal computing since the 1970s (yes, I am ancient). I was introduced to computing categories in the following order: — First, there was the Desktop. The original Desktops were text input only. Then monitors were added. Then mouse input was added, which allowed Desktop computers to be user by a whole … Continue reading Tablets, Notebooks and Desktops Are The New “Other”

Apple Claim Chowder: Business Models

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Business Models No one gets more bad advice than does Apple. Apple went from near-bankruptcy to nearly the largest company on earth, … Continue reading Apple Claim Chowder: Business Models

Apple Claim Chowder: Killers

With an Apple Event fast approaching, I’m reviewing critiques of past Apple Events to see how accurate they were. Turns out, not very. Critique is needed and welcome. Repeated errors? Not so much. Killers There is a long, sordid history of products being introduced as iPod, iPhone, and iPad Killers. You know the deal. Product … Continue reading Apple Claim Chowder: Killers

Unified OS Advocates Are Out Of “Touch” With Reality

Last week, Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and Bud Tribble were interviewed as part of the Mac’s 30th anniversary. They — in no uncertain terms — slammed the door shut on the idea that Apple was planning on merging iOS (the operating system for their phones and tablets) with OS X (the operating system for their … Continue reading Unified OS Advocates Are Out Of “Touch” With Reality

Windows 8 is Worse Than Vista (for Microsoft)

Hewlett-Packard created a bit of a stir this week it promoted its PCs by announcing that it was bringing back Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft replaced nearly a year and a half ago. Despite claims such as “HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine” … Continue reading Windows 8 is Worse Than Vista (for Microsoft)

Windows 8.1: A Step Forward, a Ways To Go

Windows 8.1 has arrived, at least in preview form. And while it shows that Microsoft has made significant improvements in the eight months since the original version of Windows 8 shipped, it also shows just how far the software has to go before it becomes a truly useful advance. I have been running 8.1 for … Continue reading Windows 8.1: A Step Forward, a Ways To Go

Windows 8: Hardware Innovation Is Outpacing the Software

  Windows 8 hasn’t spurred a boom in PC sales, but it certainly is inspiring some unusual hardware designs. The problem, though, is that no one seems able to quite master Windows’ touch and keyboard-plus-mouse dual personality. Acer is the latest to try with the Aspire R7, a striking departure from a company not particularly … Continue reading Windows 8: Hardware Innovation Is Outpacing the Software

The Soft Improvements in new PCs Could be their Biggest Draw

Last week was an ugly week for the computer world. The IDC figures that came out for Q1 said that it was the biggest contraction the PC market that had ever been seen since their tracking began. The best Apple could muster was a slight YOY decrease in Mac sales, which looked great compared to … Continue reading The Soft Improvements in new PCs Could be their Biggest Draw

A Few of My Favorite and Significant Products of 2012

One great thing about a tech industry in transition is that manufacturers amp up the amount and breadth of the products they announce. 2012 was a transition year for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, and there were so very many great options to choose from. My selection criteria for my favorite, significant products was simple: I … Continue reading A Few of My Favorite and Significant Products of 2012

Avi Greengart’s Last Minute Non-Obvious Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Every year, tech sites put together holiday gift guides recommending the best products on the market. That’s great, but do you really need another gift guide that reinforces what we already know at Tech.pinions, that it’s going to be a very Apple holiday season? Besides, you bought those gifts already. This gift guide is for … Continue reading Avi Greengart’s Last Minute Non-Obvious Holiday Gift Guide 2012

How To Make Windows 8 Great

There has been a lot of discussion here lately, both in posts such as Why IT buyers are Excited About Convertibles and Hybrids and Microsoft Surface: How Relevant Are Legacy Apps and Hardware? about the failings and the potential of Windows 8. So inspired by these posts, and even more so by readers’ comments on them, here is a … Continue reading How To Make Windows 8 Great

Microsoft Pulls it Together (Almost) for Windows 8 Launch

I attended Microsoft’s launch last week for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface. While launch day is only one milestone in a string of milestones, launch day is the one day that everything must come together, the day where some make their final judgment. So how did Microsoft do? Importance of Launch Day Launch days … Continue reading Microsoft Pulls it Together (Almost) for Windows 8 Launch

Windows 8: Back To The Future

[dc]D[/dc]ue to scheduling conflicts I could not be in NYC yesterday for the Windows 8 launch but watched it intently as it was streamed around the world from Microsoft’s Web site. But what I saw was both impressive as well as confounding for many reasons. Let me start with the confounding issue first. Once Microsoft … Continue reading Windows 8: Back To The Future

Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface: A Strategy Emerges

Microsoft has begun the tough job of answering three questions vital to its future: Why Windows? Why Windows RT? And why Surface? The arguments given at the Windows 8 launch event in New York on Oct. 25 won’t close the deal, but they mark the emergence of a strategy out of what has sometimes seemed … Continue reading Windows 8, Windows RT, and Surface: A Strategy Emerges

Wireless Charging: It’s Coming, but Probably Not to iOS

Wireless charging has been around for a long time. It’s what powers electric toothbrushes and cordless shavers and well as a lot of medical devices. But it has been very slow to make it to mobile electronic devices, but the Wireless Power Consortium aims to change that as it pushes ahead with its Wireless Qi (pronounced … Continue reading Wireless Charging: It’s Coming, but Probably Not to iOS

How Significant is the Synaptics ThinTouch, ForcePad and ClearPad Technology?

As I have cited previously, human computer interface (HCI) changes have defined the winners of the last decade in the phone, tablet, and premium PC and game console markets. I believe this will continue into the future. As important as the singular technologies are the way that different kinds of controls come together as a … Continue reading How Significant is the Synaptics ThinTouch, ForcePad and ClearPad Technology?

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 have seen many flavors of communication styles. For Windows 8, Microsoft has adopted a significantly different way of communicating with … Continue reading Deciphering Microsoft’s Latest Windows Blog on Windows RT