On The Future of Apple and Google

When Tim Cook was interviewed by Charlie Rose after Apple’s mega launch event a few weeks ago, he scoffed at any mention of competitors, highlighting only Google as Apple’s arch-rival. Apple and Google are entrenched in a modern version of the PC war, and are the only two players with relevancy at the operating system […]

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On The New Edge Network and The Future of Local Commerce

In networking there’s a saying called the last mile problem. It goes as follows: the last mile—or ‘edge’—of the network is the hardest to reach. In mobile, distributing intelligence to the edge has posed an even greater challenge. Why? Because mobile users are always roaming, their location constantly changing in relation to the network. The […]

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Estimote

In June of this year, I had one of those incredible experiences working in technology where you see or hear something and know that the world has changed. It happened while I was sitting in bed at home, watching Apple’s WWDC conference, having just finished the developer session on a new framework called iBeacon. Later […]

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Why Android First is a Myth

In mobile, particularly in consumer markets, there has been an ongoing debate about when or if Android will become the first platform that sophisticated startups develop for. Often times, this argument is wrongly centered around vanity metrics for Android such as worldwide shipments or installed base of each platform. The reality is that platform constraints […]

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How Apple iBeacon Will Transform Local Commerce

One fascinating benefit of today’s converged hardware / software platforms is how a new technology can be “turned on” via OS upgrades, allowing instant network effects at the platform and ecosystem level. Apple’s iBeacon is a model case for this and below are some thoughts on how new capabilities brought forth in iOS7 have the […]

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On Apple’s Vertical Silicon Strategy

An alternative title for this piece could be ‘Why Vertically Converged Mobile Platforms Have Won Over Modular’. Over the weekend Ben Thompson wrote an eloquent essay relating the iPhone’s success to disruption theory in mobile / consumer markets. Mobile has always been evolving differently, and 3.5 years ago I wrote a post called The Genius […]

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On the Apple M7 Motion Processor

When Apple announced the iPhone 5s last week the biggest mystery was the M7 motion processor—it may have been the only unknown, as other key internals like the fingerprint sensor and possibility of a 64-bit A7 had leaked. This is interesting, showcasing that the component layer is Apple’s last stronghold of total secrecy. The M7 […]

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On Apple’s A7 Processor

There was a rumor today that the iPhone 5S will be powered by an A7 processor which is dual core, 64-bit and 31% faster than the subsystem in the current iPhone 5. While people speculate on the innards of the chip, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at how Apple approaches […]

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Startup Myths

There are tons of startup myths out there.  To some extent, startups have a mystique that you don’t really understand until you work inside one. And though, as an industry, tech is so forward-thinking and social, unfortunately its echo chamber often drowns out what’s really important. Many key startup learnings simply aren’t shared. This is […]

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1980: Steve Jobs on Hardware Software Convergence

This video interview is a gem, a very rare find that was donated to the Computer History Museum and posted online in recent years. The full presentation is 24 minutes and well worth watching—YouTube link here. It’s classic Steve Jobs, him talking in hyperbole and attracting laughs and ahh’s from the audience. But it’s a […]

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