There's a new disease going around and it's infecting members of the technology media. I'll call it the Chicken Little Syndrome. You know about Chicken Little, right? Henny Penny? The sky is falling!
The phrase "The sky is falling!" features prominently in the story, ... Read More »
To say that Apple uses magic to make the technology gadgets we know and love could be a stretch on the imagination. Apple is unique, yes, but other than the famed Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field, it's unlikely that our favorite Cupertino company dabbles in the occult ... Read More »
With all the doomsday scenarios screaming from headlines in the past six months you'd think that Apple had become beleaguered. Again. Despite the Chicken Little cries from tech pundits, stock analysts, and media critics, there's not much that could be further from the truth.
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I have a pet theory about modern life. It has become more complicated, of course, but it's also more fragmented, both in a personal way, and how we live our modern, digital lives. On the digital side, we have too many devices to interconnect and manage. We keep personal ... Read More »
You know what? I'm very tempted to walk down to The Wall Street Journal and apply for Jessica Lessin's job. I'm pretty sure that I'm creative enough to make up rubbish similar to Apple's meta critics, though my tendency to have facts, logic, and reason get in the way might ... Read More »
While watching television last night I was treated to a commercial which announced a recently released movie was coming to DVD. The commercial tag ended with, 'Own it now!' When I visit Apple's iTunes Store there are buttons next to songs which list the price next to a big ... Read More »
The past six months haven't been good for Tim Cook's Apple. Despite record revenue and profits, Apple's stock has sagged under the weight of too much growth too fast to be sustainable.
Worse, Apple missed Wall Street's crazy projections (while meeting the company's own ... Read More »
There's a reason you don't hear much from Apple's executives or other personnel. From Apple Store associates to executives, they're well trained and tend to stay on message, and the message is simple and clear (or, it's no message at all). For most of the time since Steve ... Read More »
The trend toward storing files online is unmistakable. Everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft, and even Amazon seem to want us to store everything and anything online. While it's nice to sync Calendar events and Contact names and even browser bookmarks between devices, ... Read More »
What does Apple claim to be about? User experience, right? Apple doesn't focus on the latest and greatest hardware. Or, the niftiest software tricks of the competition. Instead, Apple focuses on the overall user experience.
If that's the case, then why does the user experience ... Read More »
One very important issue that I don't see raised too often in the Apple Against The World battle that rages in online media is the notion of product differentiation.
We hear Android is Winning! We hear that iOS vs. Android OS is merely another chapter of Apple's epic ... Read More »
Does anyone not believe that Apple isn't guilty of the head fake two-step dance? Remember what Steve Jobs said about the iPod. It's not a good environment for watching movies. That was the rule until Apple's line of iPods could also manage to run movies. Remember what Steve ... Read More »
I smell a trend that points to the future. The long, slow death of Google. How is that even possible? After all, Google is the top search engine for advertisers and users. Android OS has about 70-percent of the smartphone market. Google is wildly profitable and the company's ... Read More »
Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, Aunty Kate is a photo buff and I loves me some Canon DSLRs. I'm almost 100-percent positively sure that I'll be an early adopter to Canon's new EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 (think Rebel that shrank) when it arrives. Here's the problem. While I anticipate ... Read More »
When comparing smartphone and tablet products and their respective manufacturers it's important to keep an open mind. So, I'll hand it to Samsung. They recognized the iPhone's potential to disrupt the smartphone industry, and moved rapidly to counter Apple's growing offensive.
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The Godfather of Android is out at Google. Rather, Andy Rubin is out as head of Android, but still wandering around Google's hallowed halls looking for work.
Speculation is running rampant and ranges across the spectrum from a big shakeup within Google's ... Read More »
Let me use a baseball analogy to explain what happens in the technology industry. In baseball, a good hitter is one who doesn't get a hit about 70-percent of the time. A bad hitter is one who doesn't get a hit about 80-percent of the time.
Good technology companies may ... Read More »
Forgive me for this analogy. I'm a city girl, don't own a car, ride the subway to work (and mostly anywhere else), and I have no clue what it's like to shoot fish in a barrel. It doesn't sound too difficult, though. Maybe I could give it a try on BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk** ... Read More »
I'm a believer in the basic concept of the Bell Curve which can be adapted to many facets of modern life. Think of the Bell Curve as a bell-shaped graph which can depict the spectrum of almost anything. The few smart folks on the far right, average folks in the middle, and ... Read More »
How predictable is Apple these days? Will there be a new version of OS X? A new version of iOS? Will Apple launch a new iPhone and a new iPad? Yes, yes, yes, and, of course, yes. The technorati elite, analysts, and media pundits claim that Apple's typical product life cycle ... Read More »