The iPad and ‘Gen 1′ Products

Love it or hate it, the iPad is poised to essentially lock up the tablet category for a subtle but important reason—the iPad is not a ‘Gen 1’ technology. ‘Gen 1’ technologies are the term given to products which debut with significant newness—e.g. the original iPhone (both Apple’s first phone and first touch-screen phone). Gen […]

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The iPad will Change Education Forever

Ever since MIT’s famous OpenCourseWare initiative was launched in 2001, people have been fascinated with the power that technology would have on open sourcing of information and the democratization of education. OpenCourseWare started as MIT’s decision to open up its vast academic curricula to “any joker with a browser”. I will never forget the visualization […]

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TED Joins the Online Video War

As the battle for HTML-5 vs Flash plays out something interesting is happening in online video. Sites are proactively converting videos to H.264 for use on mobile devices. Today, Chris Anderson of the much lauded (or hated if you weren’t invited) TED.com sent this Tweet showingthat videos are now available in H.264 for the iPhone. […]

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Backward Compatibility vs Innovation – Why Apple Leads

In the tech world, there is a reoccurring question that gets debated in marketing, design, and engineering departments—backwards compatibility. It goes like this: a company has existing customers / users of its products, and wants / needs to factor these in when making a new revision of an existing platform or product. Take the example […]

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The Real Reason Apple Hates Flash (Part II)

In part I of this post I discussed reasons why Apple is hell-bent on skirting Flash on its line of iPhone OS products. It had to do with Apple’s dominant micropayment / transactions franchise, and the potential to steer ad dollars away from Google… Here are some additional reasons why I predict Apple will not […]

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Twenty Seven Companies Unite to Kill Apple (Huh?)

Today there was relatively huge news out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that 27 companies are uniting to offer an online app store experience to rival Apple’s. Yes 27. Among the global alliance, 24 of 27 are wireless operators (Orange, Vodafone, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc) with access to 3B customers worldwide. Samsung, Sony Ericsson, […]

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Apple the Platform Company

Over the past 10 years, systems companies have trended away from chip development for two simple reasons: 1) design and fabrication costs – too expensive unless amortized across huge volumes 2) semiconductors are a saturated market (lots of “merchant” chip players fighting for business). In 2007 we saw an example of this play out in […]

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Why Intel is Sinking in Mobile (w/ Microsoft)

A lot is made of Microsoft’s failures in the mobile market (and for good reason). Equally interesting – but discussed much less – is how the mobile computing revolution is disrupting Intel. I previously discussed how processing chips designed for mobile and PCs are converging. This can be proven simply by looking at Apple’s new […]

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The Real Reason Apple Hates Flash (Google)

Adobe’s Flash is a big deal – it powers animated display ads (the Toyota ad with the wheels spinning) and it’s also the technology that enables YouTube and Hulu videos. Despite Flash’s proliferation on the web, Steve Jobs has stopped it from running on the iPhone and iPod Touch (and iPad). Publicly he’s berated it […]

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Google Android’s Failings

I absolutely love Google, but for the reasons I outlined here, Android is going to have tremendous trouble in replicating the success that Windows / PCs experienced in the 1980s and 90s. People like to blindly claim that because Android is “open”, it’s certain to follow in the footsteps of Windows & PCs, upending Apple’s […]

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