Apple And The Encore: ‘Time To Put Up Or Shutup’

On Wall Street, a company's performance is only as good as what it is expected to do next quarter, not what it did last quarter. For Apple Inc, last quarter was one for the record books; record revenue and profits, record unit sales; more profits than any company has ever ... Read More »

Apple, My Mac, My iPhone, And How The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Sundays are my day to crash; sleep late, grab the newspapers, and dig into someone else's look at the condition of the world around us. From what I can tell of my nearly 20 years as an adult, not much has changed. Microsoft is still losing money on everything but Windows ... Read More »

Apple, Google, Microsoft: On Success And Failure

Name a few of the failures from the high profile technology companies of the 21st century. Various Windows versions since XP show up on a few lists of high tech failures. Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Failures, right? But by what measure? Sales? ... Read More »

Microsoft And Samsung Go Where Apple Cannot

Two news items about Samsung and Microsoft caught my eye and both are more telling than the actual news itself. First of all, Samsung's somewhat homegrown operating system derived from Linux, Tizen is alive, if not quite well, and destined to start life as the Samsung ... Read More »

Apple v. Google: How Fragmentation Can Abandon A Billion Smartphone Customers

Here's an interesting turn of events which highlights the differences and similarities Apple and Google take regarding operating system updates. It should be obvious that Apple wants most iPhone and iPad customers to move up to the latest iOS version. Nearly 70-percent of ... Read More »

A Few More Market Disruptions, Courtesy Of Apple Inc.

That Apple has disrupted the market of industry after industry is well known. Personal computers. Media players. Music sales. Retail stores. Smartphones. Application sales. Tablets. Both the number and scope of Apple's disruptions are not easily matched by other technology ... Read More »

About Microsoft’s $29 ‘Internet Phone’

Stop the presses. Nokia isn't quite dead. At least, the $29 Nokia brand feature phone from Microsoft. Something strange is going on in Redmond these days. Windows and Office remain the cash cows, but Microsoft has decided to go whole hog into uncharted, and so far, unprofitable ... Read More »

2015: Let The Crazy Analyst Games Begin (or, why the iPhone is a liability for Apple)

Well, that didn't take long. Here we are, just a few hours into 2015 and I've already uncovered leftover craziness from 2014. Yet another analyst finds a dark cloud in Apple's annual silver lining. In this case Apple's latest problem is the iPhone. Yes, boys and girls, guys ... Read More »

Making The Case For An iPhone mini

First, there are times when Apple does what it does because what it does is so freaking obvious to customers, but not to competitors. The iPhone and iPad are perfect examples where Apple's initial products were vastly superior to whatever the competition had offered up to ... Read More »

Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

You knew this had to happen. While Samsung and other Android smartphone vendors bask in the glory of marketshare vs. Apple's iPhone and iPad, it's Apple that walks away with most of the profits. Without profits, tech companies have to tighten their belts, cut back on R&D ... Read More »

The Failure Of Microsoft’s ‘MacBook Switch’ Campaign

You gotta give Microsoft some credit for not doing the 'cut and run' as often as it could or should. Cut and run? That's what a company does when it experiences massive losses on a product that fails to generate any notable success in the marketplace. Yes, I have a few ... Read More »

How Android Is To iPhone As Windows Is To The Mac

Perhaps you have a friend or co-worker who devoted a nano second to studying the smartphone market and declared, "It's just like Windows vs. the Mac. Android wins, iPhone loses." The sentiment says, "Don't go there, Kate" but in reality, the declaration is only half true. ... Read More »

The iPhone Competitor That Works Like Amazon

For the past few years we Apple watchers have been treated to a daily beating from the technorati elite, market prognosticators, and media gurus of how Apple is doomed because every smartphone and tablet maker sells cheaper products. Last year's darling of the industry ... Read More »

Why Apple Doesn’t Care

A close friend pointed out that Apple TV is lame, neglected, and as close to abandonware as a tech company product can get. At least, when Apple TV in its current incarnation is compared to the likes of Google Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. He was right, of ... Read More »

I’m Not The Only One Who Thinks Google, Facebook, And Amazon Are Getting More Creepy

Here's Apple's CEO Tim Cook and his description of how Apple can be differentiated from other technology giants. When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. Obviously, Cook's statement was aimed at the likes of Google, Facebook, ... Read More »

Apple, Amazon, Failures, Hubris, And The Death Of Humility

All successful companies make mistakes. In fact, failure is one route to success. Apple and Amazon seem to have take different routes to success, with the former turning mistakes into riches, while the latter turns mistakes into the basis for continued hubris; the type of ... Read More »

Apple, BlackBerry, And The Dead Cat Bounce

Admittedly, I've never tried this to see if it works, but the dead count bounce theory is a simple notion applied to the financial world, but with obvious applications elsewhere in business. The term "dead cat bounce" is derived from the idea that "even a dead cat will ... Read More »

Google’s Pie-in-the-Sky Dream Products vs. Apple’s Products That People Actually Use

Google and Apple spend untold billions each year on what is termed research and development. R&D What does each company and their users and customers get for such vast sums? Apple's Steve Jobs was the master of focus and argued with Google's Larry Page that his company ... Read More »

Why Didn’t Anybody See This Coming?

For two to three years the technorati elite, media pundits, and market prognosticators had predicted Apple's downfall at the hands of industry leader Samsung, an awakened Microsoft, a savvier-than-thou Amazon, a resurgent BlackBerry, or any of the Chinese Knock-off Kings ... Read More »

Apple’s Somewhat Obvious Plan To Maybe Kinda Sorta Possibly Kill The iPhone

It doesn't take much effort to see how well Apple's products are viewed by even the most jaded of the technorati elite and market pundits. Up and down Apple's product line you'll read reviews that put Apple's offerings at the top of the list. Best smartphone? iPhone. Best ... Read More »

The Business Side Of Apple v. Google

Google needs Apple much more than Apple needs Google. In fact, what would Apple lose if Google dropped out of the business of making smartphone apps for iOS? A few good apps on the App Store. What would Google lose if the company had no presence and no apps on iPhones or ... Read More »

Lost And Alone In The Mobile Revolution, Microsoft Is Ready To Abandon Windows

What's become of poor Microsoft? Alright, 'poor' is a relative term. Microsoft basks in riches far beyond the scope of most modern technology companies. Except maybe when compared to longtime nemesis Apple, which is richer than many countries and deities. Combined. No, ... Read More »

Apple’s iPhone, iPad, And Mac: Tools Of The 1-percent, For The 99-percent

The past few years of social turmoil have brought to the fore once again just how unequal society is these days, and not just in the United States. For example, the disparity between Corporate CEOs and their employees is greater than ever, giving rise to the phrases "the ... Read More »

Poor Samsung: First Korea, Now China

Apple continues to defy the tech and market critics who declared the company mostly doomed at the feet of Samsung's marketing and technology prowess. A funny thing happened along the way to reality, though. Apple didn't stumble, as predicted by the technorati elite and market ... Read More »