21 Sep2011 Metro Could Drive Voice and Air Gesture UI

Last week, I attended Microsoft’s BUILD conference in Anaheim, where, among other things, Windows 8 details were rolled out to the Microsoft ecosystem. One of the most talked-about items was the Metro User Interface (UI), the end user face for the future of Windows. The last few days, I have been thinking about the implications of Metro […]

08 Sep2011 7″ Tablets Like Amazon Kindle Fire…. “Dead on Arrival”?

A few weeks ago, TechCrunch reported that Amazon’s 7″ Kindle tablet was “very real” and would ship for the 2011 holidays.  (UPDATED: Now rumored to be called “Kindle Fire“.  ) Almost a year before that, Wired’s Brian Chenreported that on an earnings call, Jobs said, “the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival.” So the stage […]

02 Sep2011 Why Apple Should Build a TV

While I don’t believe it, to many, it appears that Apple has already won the smartphone and tablet wars, so the next logical conclusion is “what’s next”. Many articles about the Apple in the TV business rumors (not to be confused with the “hobbyist” Apple TV) focus on what a lousy business TVs are or questioning if Apple […]

22 Aug2011 Why non-iPad Tablets Aren’t Selling Well is Fundamental

So why aren’t non-iPad tablets selling as well as the iPad? I read a very interesting article Wednesday from James Kendrick at ZD Net. His contention is that one of the biggest issues is competing with Apple’s “consistent marketing experience”. I agree that’s a big issue, but I think there’s an even more basic core issue here […]

14 Aug2011 Android Finally Ready for the Tablet Market?

Over the last few weeks, Android 3.2 (aka Honeycomb) started rolling out to tablets like the Asus Transformer and the Motorola Xoom. While the announcement of Android 3.1 was met with great fanfare atGoogle I/O 2011, Android 3.2 didn’t receive a lot of attention as it started rolling out to systems. Ironically, I believe that […]

26 Jul2011 Mac OS X Lion and the Future of Computing

By now, you’ve probably all heard or read about Apple’s new desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, or just “Lion” for short. While I believe it is a really good operating system today, what I am most interested in is what it means for tomorrow. I’d like to share with you my thoughts on what […]

15 Jul2011 The Revenge of Pen Computing?

I’ll admit, when I heard about HTC adding pen capability to its tablet, I rolled my eyes and wrote it off. Then I watched HTC’s promotional video on the HTC Flyer and read comments from respected journalists and analysts and knew then I needed to try it out for myself. You see, I have been […]

15 Jul2011 Why Convertible PCs Are About To Become Very Popular

Convertible computers are those that can serve as a standalone media tablet and, when attached to a keyboard, can serve as a notebook. I believe that in 2013, these will be immensely popular. This is aggressive for many reasons, primarily because a convertible PC has never been widely successful. I’d like to share a few […]

13 Jul2011 10 Days With the HP TouchPad Tablet

As I have described in previous posts, part of my job entails forecasting future usage models for consumers and businesses. One of the various techniques I use is living with today’s tech and then extrapolating forward. I look at all sorts of hardware and software, and lately I’ve been looking at a lot of mobility […]

02 Jul2011 The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]

30 Jun2011 The HTC EVO 4G Smartphone Signals Our Tech Future

The old days of annual phone announcements are gone forever. I say good riddance, because it was boring.  A week doesn’t go by without another smartphone announcement, and this is exciting not just for the consumer, but also for the technologist. Why for both? Consumers are finally getting the capabilities in their phones that they could […]

04 Jun2011 The Personal Video Cloud and the iPad

When most tech people hear the word “cloud” they think of the apps and data in some massive data center that feeds consumers social media apps like Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Ironically, I hear very little about the “personal cloud”. I think the personal cloud in your home could turn out to be as significant […]

09 May2011 BlackBerry PlayBook as Modular Desktop Workspace

Modularity in electronics is getting very interesting these days. You’ve seen the commercials…. phones as computers, computers as phones, tablets connected to HDTVs as entertainment centers….. That brings me to the BlackBerry PlayBook, whose capabilities, at least on paper, could serve as a decent desktop workspace. One of the more unique, modularity-enabling features of the BlackBerry […]

01 May2011 Future Device Bridging: More than E-Mail

I have been spending some time with the latest media tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook and in my last write-up, I covered the BlackBerry PlayBook Bridge feature. While in its infancy, the PlayBook Bridge provides some advantages, particularly in enterprises with an investment in BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). To consumers, there is value in the shared browser, basically enabling tethering without […]

16 Apr2011 45 Days with the Motorola Atrix HD Multimedia Dock

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In my last entry, I looked at the Motorola Atrix 4G Lapdock™. It couldn’t replace my laptop today, but with some technology improvements, the use case gets a lot more interesting.  This time, I’m looking at another accessory for the Atrix 4G, the Atrix HD Multimedia Dock. After using it for 45 days, I’ll take a […]

14 Apr2011 45 Days with the Motorola Atrix Lapdock

The following analysis documents my personal user experience with the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Motorola Atrix Lapdock™. It is intended to provide a user-level overview and is not intended as a market analysis for the device. I also provide suggestions on how I would improve the design to be more appealing as a notebook replacement. Two Atrix […]

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12 Apr2011 At Work, Armed with an iPad and no PC

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While most see the iPad as a new product category, I have heard a few rumblings on the risks of the iPad “killing”  notebooks. Seeing that our industry is supposed to ship over 300M PCs this year, I thought it important to check it out for myself starting from a work usage model standpoint. I decided to […]

22 Mar2011 The Motorola XOOM – A Notebook Replacement?

In my last entry, I introduced the Motorola XOOM and provided my initial impressions on the experiential things I liked, things I’d like to see changed, and the unknown in  XOOM usability. This entry is a short look at how the dock and keyboard work and what it would take for me to replace my notebook with the […]

21 Mar2011 First Looks at the Motorola XOOM

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The following writeup documents my personal user experience with the Motorola XOOM. It is intended to provide a user-level overview after using it for a few weeks. While I will try to provide more useful feedback than the PR rep that after spending an hour with the XOOM said “Angry Birds is fun”, this is not […]

10 Mar2011 Digital Media Adapters Part 13- Product Segmentation and Conclusion

Two and a half months ago when I started the DMA (Digital Media Adapter) for Living Room series, I had no idea how complex and difficult this would be. The sheer number of devices, content, and usage models was daunting. To boot, I don’t blog or evaluate products for a living, so much of this […]