13 Jun Industry Analyst Perspectives On The Apple WWDC 2016 Keynote

(Photo credit: Patrick Moorhead) I was in-person and live at Apple’s WWDC keynote in San Francisco. The following are my quick takeaways from the event. Watch and watchOS: Apple is focusing on exactly what they should be with watchOS, and that’s speed, ease of use and upping the ante in health and fitness. With the first […]

11 Jun What Apple *Should* Talk About At WWDC

Tomorrow, I leave for San Francisco to attend WWDC. You have probably seen 50 articles predicting what Apple will announce at WWDC. What I’d like to talk about is what I think Apple should announce or discuss at the conference. Image credit: Apple Improve and expand Siri Siri was first out with a mobile agent, but Microsoft Cortana, Google Voice/Now/On […]

07 Aug Windows 10: Does It Deliver to PC Enthusiasts?

  It’s been a little more than a week since Microsoft launched Windows 10 as an upgrade to existing Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 users. Windows 10 hits nearly every end customer segment and sub-segment out there, but I want to focus first on enthusiasts, the sub-segment who typically uses desktops and skew to buying more […]

03 Jun Offshore Cloud Provider Calligo Leverages Old School Fundamentals to Compete in the New Economy: Nefarious Characters Need not Apply

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Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Julian Box, CEO of Calligo Limited. Calligo is an upcoming cloud provider based on the Isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands off the Coast of France.  Many people think that doing business in the Channel Islands means tax-shelters and nefarious characters.  Some of this may be […]

22 Apr HP Cloud is Dead: Long Live HP Cloud

Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” In that vein, maybe Meg Whitman would say, “The rumors of our HP’s Public Cloud’s death have been greatly exaggerated”. There is no doubt that HP’s future in the Public Cloud market is going to be challenged, especially in light of the […]

21 May SKAA: Better Than AirPlay and Bluetooth for Premium Wireless Audio?

Wireless audio speakers and headphones are growing as a consumer category.  Best Buy has 192 different “wireless speakers” on their website, Amazon, 400.  The growth in wireless audio was helped by the growth of the premium music headphone phenomenon, started by Beats Audio.  Of these wireless speakers, the clear majority utilize either Bluetooth or AirPlay to connect the device to […]

21 May SKAA: Displacing Apple AirPlay As The New Premium Wireless Music Standard?

Wireless audio is booming as a consumer category.  All one needs to do is walk into a retailer like Best Buy BBY -0.99%and see the multiple rows dedicated to it. Wireless audio benefited from the general growth of the premium music headphone phenomenon, and we have Beats Audio and Dr. Dre to thank for that.  The majority of the wireless audio products […]

20 May RESEARCH PAPER: SKAA Wireless Audio Standard

Two dominant consumer wireless audio standards exist in the installed base today, Bluetooth and Apple’s Airplay.  In spite of their popularity, neither standard was developed to deliver minimal setup, high quality audio across a myriad of different products. SKAA is an alternative wireless audio standard that could challenge both Bluetooth and AirPlay. The two primary […]

06 Sep Amazon Tablet Supremacy Far From Determined

Today, Amazon announced a slew of new tablets and e-readers.  They launched two new tablets and updated the current Kindle Fire.  As I read through story after story, one might construe that Apple‘s tablet supremacy is about to end.  Amazon announced some impressive tablets, Apple is being challenged, but a downfall to supremacy? This couldn’t be farther from […]

17 Aug Why do Products like the Google Nexus Q Launch?

At Google’s I/O developer conference in June, Google boldly announced the Nexus Q, a $299 streaming music sphere.  Last week, Google stopped selling the Nexus Q and cancelled all consumer pre-orders, saying buyers would get the unit for free.  It appeared obvious to just about everyone except Google that the Nexus Q value proposition was incredibly weak.  […]

16 May NVIDIA GeForce Grid: Killing off Game Consoles?

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Yesterday, NVIDIA launched VGX and the GeForce Grid, which, among many things, could render future game consoles obsolete. This may sound very far-fetched right now, but as I dig into the details of the capability of the GeForce Grid and map that against consumer future needs, unless future consoles can demonstrably deliver something unique and […]

13 Dec Apple iCloud Shortcomings Provide a Competitive Opportunity

Apple iCloud launched two months ago to huge fanfare and punditry. It’s no surprise given the huge future opportunity with the cloud. Also, it was a big deal for Apple given their past online endeavors had been so unsuccessful that even Steve Jobs issued out one of the few apologies Apple had ever made. In that case, it […]

23 Nov The Real Reason Google Released an iOS Gmail App

Last week, Google re-released their much maligned iOS Gmail application. It includes a few features over and above the standard iOS email app, but nothing that is really exciting the wide swath of users if “number of stars” is any indicator. To boot, many have argued that the Gmail app actually removes features from standard iOS email platform. […]

11 Oct iCloud is Promising Yet Incomplete

After release to developers at Apple’s WWDC, the Apple iCloud is available to all consumers today with access to iOS 5 and updated iTunes.  In many ways, it is incredible that millions will have access to the consumer power of the cloud.  It’s very integrated into the experience, but then again, it’s not as complete […]

21 Sep 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 […]

02 Sep 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 […]

02 Jul 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 […]

04 Jun 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 […]

02 Jul 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 […]

17 Feb BlackBerry Bold as Mobile Cloud Workhorse

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Cloud computing is rising in interest even during these uncertain world economic times and AMD is taking an important leadership role in the creation of the cloud. And in opinion, smartphones are increasingly becoming one of the most important cloud clients. What makes smartphones cloud-unique is their portability and versatility. One minute a phone, the next a […]