Why iPhone 4 Will Crush AT&T’s Network

Business Insider Link Last week during Steve Jobs’ interviews at D8 an audience member asked him about AT&T’s network. iPhone users are deeply familiar with the issues—dead connections, dropped calls, bad coverage, and intermittent data. Everyone was wondering how Steve would answer. Using his masterful ability to demonstrate empathy, Steve disarmed the audience almost immediately […]

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Apple and Controlling the Platform

It’s almost scary how much power Apple seems to have these days. Heck, during the Gizmodo iPhone 4G saga, they apparently even had control over the police! One thing is sure – Steve Jobs has been pretty serious about keeping power ever since Apple lost the PC vs Mac war. So how is Apple trying […]

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The Enterprise Tablet – Why Cisco May Buy Palm

Update: HP announced it is acquiring Palm for WebOS-based computing devices the same day I wrote this. We’ve all heard for a while now that Palm’s most likely suitors are the off-continent smartphone/computer makers HTC and Lenovo. But there’s an overlooked potential buyer who could be a dark horse to buy Palm: Cisco Systems. Cisco […]

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What is ‘ARM Holdings’ Anyway?

There is so much confusion around the small Cambridge UK company named ARM Holdings – which had close to zero mainstream press prior to Apple building it’s A4 processor. ARM has always been known in tech circles, but now that it’s associated with consumer technology (because of Apple), I must say that almost every article […]

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The Genius in Apple’s Vertical Platform

It’s pretty evident that Apple isn’t wed to individual suppliers. Not only are they back to creating their own chips, but they are also one of the only ‘compute’ companies to have used each of the top 3 processor architectures over time – ARM, x86, and Power PC. Apple’s DNA in this area is untouchable, […]

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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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Education Meets Mobile

I love teaching and coaching, and occasionally I teach the GMAT to prospective b-schoolers. Recently I went into the iTunes app store to check whether any GMAT specific apps existed. Here’s what I found: About 30 GMAT apps – most sketchy. A few free, most sub $5, one for $20 Only reputable company is Veritas. […]

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Mobile Computing and Parallel Processing Convergence

Near the turn of the century, Intel predicted they would be running processors at 15 – 20 GHz by 2010. This prediction never held, and today Intel is selling multi-core processors, with each individual core operating around 1 – 2 GHz. It’s worth noting that these speeds were achieved on single-core processors over 10 years […]

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Next Gen Wireless – Twitter, Foursquare and Spurring Innovation

Since the launch of the iPhone, carriers, and in particular AT&T, have been in the news a lot. Most of the press is around why the service providers fail at providing a decent user experience. From dropped calls to dead pockets, people have come to accept what would otherwise be a totally unacceptable SLA (service […]

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