Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

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Thoughts On Apple’s E-book Appeal

On Monday, December 15, 2014, Apple’s appeal of the e-book anti-trust case was heard. Here are some of my thoughts on the matter. Drug Dealer Analogy Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart…called in to defend the … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 21st, 2014

There Are No Muggles. We Are All Wizards Now.

I read the first three Harry Potter novels to my son. It’s a fond memory strengthened by the fact the books were quite good. In each, the young Harry Potter straddles two very distinct worlds, … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / November 10th, 2014

I Was Wrong And The iPhone 5c Is Still A Failure

The best way to defeat the iPhone is to create a superior alternative to the app ecosystem. With widgets, notifications, continuity and inter-app processes in iOS 8, Apple did just that. Woe to Android, Windows Phone … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / September 8th, 2014
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Nokia Has Fallen. America Wins The Smartphone Wars.

Nokia has fallen. Not even the name will remain. America’s victory in the smartphone wars is complete — for now. Last week’s news from the front lines of the smartphone wars illuminates the scope of America’s … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / April 30th, 2014

Who Won The Mobile Tech Olympics?

Business is a combination of war and sport. ~ André Maurois The Long Summer Of The Microsoft Monopoly Olympics Computing was pretty simple for the last 15 years: PC plus a browser. Both are splintering … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 27th, 2014

The Death Of iPhone. The Death Of Android. The Rebirth Of Facebook.

Well, that was a heckuva week. Google sells Motorola for billions less than they paid for it. Apple sells millions fewer iPhones than nearly everyone expected, then directs guidance lower. Facebook becomes a mobile first … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / February 3rd, 2014

2013 Winners And Losers In Tech

We track, analyze and oftentimes promote technology because of its overarching, mostly positive impact on our own lives and throughout the world. It’s many disparate parts, incorporating intellectual property and global manufacturing, hardware and software, … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / December 9th, 2013

If Jeff Bezos Is Serious About An Amazon Phone He Better Take Out His Wallet

Over the past several weeks, rumors of an “Amazon Phone” have become more persistent, if no more credible. The rumors stick, of course, because Amazon has years of experience designing, developing, selling (and I assume servicing) … Continue reading

Brian S Hall / October 14th, 2013

Further Analysis of Amazon

Given that they key for Amazon’s growth is expansion of offering while maintaining a competitive price, the question must be addressed as to Amazon’s reach and what cap ex will be required to realize their...

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Ben Bajarin / August 9th, 2013
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4 Mobile Business Models, 4 Ways To Keep Score

The hundred meter dash, archery, weightlifting and the long jump are four very different Olympic sports with four very different methods of keeping score. The hundred meter dash is scored on speed. Archery is scored … Continue reading

John Kirk / May 30th, 2013
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Why Internet Sales Taxes Are Inevitable

Later today, the U.S. Senate will consider, and probably pass, a bill that allows states to collect sales taxes on online purchases shipped from other states. Though its fate in the rabidly anti-tax House is … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / April 25th, 2013

Google and Amazon: Doing It All Wrong

    By the conventional standards of business, it would be hard to find two companies with a greater tendency to do things wrong than Google and Amazon. Yet both are regarded as outstanding success … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / March 13th, 2013
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Comparing The Profits of The Five Titans Of Tech

Introduction Today’s five Titans of personal computing are Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and Amazon. Horace Dediu of ASYMCO has created a side-by-side comparison of their respective revenues and profits. Google Google is a money making … Continue reading

John Kirk / February 28th, 2013

More Amazing Amazonian Mathematics

Amazon announced today that “[a]pp downloads in the Appstore have grown more than 500 percent over the previous year.” ~ via Gigaom Of course, we don’t know 500% of what, but what the hey, 500 … Continue reading

John Kirk / December 6th, 2012

Dear Amazon: You don’t get to use words like “double”

On Tuesday, Amazon issued a press release entitled: “Worldwide Kindle Device Sales More Than Double Last Year’s Record Over Holiday Shopping Weekend.” Here’s the thing, Amazon. You never told us last year’s sales numbers. In … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 28th, 2012

It’s Going To Be A Very Apple-y Holiday Quarter

Tightwads, Value Buyers and Spendthrifts Oscar Wilde once said that cynics know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Similarly, tech pundits are often obsessed with price to the detriment of value. Despite … Continue reading

John Kirk / November 22nd, 2012

Selling The Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 Is As Silly As Selling Razor Blades To Men Who Love Beards

Gillette, Amazon, Google and Apple — The Gillette business model is to give away the razor in anticipation of making profits from the sale of the blades. — The Amazon business model is to give … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 25th, 2012

7 Inch Tablets Employ An Odd Definition of “Success”

TROY WOLVERTON at the San Jose Mercury News, talks 7 inch tablets: Just two years ago, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs mocked small-screened tablets as “tweeners” that were too little to compete with … Continue reading

John Kirk / October 21st, 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

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

Battle Of The Tablet Business Models: Amazon Kindle Fire

RECAP We’re looking at the tablet business models of Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. Today we focus on the Amazon Kindle Fire. 2.0 Amazon Kindle Fire 2.1 WHERE DOES THE AMAZON KINDLE MAKE ITS … Continue reading

John Kirk / September 26th, 2012
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What I Like About Amazon’s Kindle Strategy

For the 12 years that I have been studying the technology industry, within my role as an industry and market analyst, I have tried to understand the strategic elements of this industry that often go … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 7th, 2012

Kindle Fire Free Time and the Future of Family Computing

Tablets are one of the more uniquely positioned personal computer products I have ever seen. Largely because they have aspects of personal computing traits the same way a notebook does. However, they also have a … Continue reading

Ben Bajarin / September 6th, 2012
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Amazon Is Poised to Become A Powerhouse in Tablets

During the last year, Amazon ventured into the world of tablets with the Kindle Fire. It clearly represented their first salvo in this market and according to their extrapolation of current tablet data, this aggressively … Continue reading

Tim Bajarin / September 6th, 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