20 Apr Facebook F8 Day 2: 10 Year Roadmap For VR/AR, Wireless, Brain Interfaces And Open-Sourced AI

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SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: A view of the booth demonstrating Facebook Spaces at Facebook’s F8 Developer Yesterday marked the last day of F8 2017, Facebook’s annual developer conference, which I’ve been attending the last several days in San Jose (my rundown of Day 1 is here). Attendance for Day 2 was considerably down […]

19 Apr Facebook F8 Day 1: Crushing Snapchat, New VR Community, Maybe Serious About Collaboration

This week I’m attending Facebook F8, the social media giant’s annual global developer conference, in San Jose. Held (almost) every year since 2007, Facebook typically seizes the opportunity to unveil new products and features, and to provide insight as to what direction the company is heading in the future. As per usual, the conference kicked […]

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 […]

29 Sep Pebble Watch Is Your Classic ‘Tweener’

The Pebble watch started as a Kickstarter project  that exceeded their $100K funding goal by over $10M over a year ago in May, 2012.  The watch is currently shipping directly from Pebble and you can also buy it at Best Buy for $149.99.  Pebble supports basic peer-to-peer functionality for Android and iOS phones and sports a low res […]

25 Jun Instagram Video More a Threat to TV and Camcorders than Vine

Last week, Facebook announced Instagram Video, giving users the ability to take 15 second videos, add special effects and share with their friends. Instagram Video is nearly a feature-by-feature copy of Vine and has been reported to be negatively impacting Vine already. I believe, though, that Instagram Video’s biggest impact will be more on TV viewing and Camcorders than […]

16 Apr Facebook Home’s Uniquely Flawed Experience Examined

Facebook announced last week their new experience for Android smartphones, called Facebook Home. This is Facebook’s first major attempt to control more of the phone’s experience without actually selling a phone.   Facebook Home is pre-installed on the HTC First and also users of select HTC and Samsung phones can install it from Google Play.  I primarily […]

05 Apr Why Google Shouldn’t Be Concerned About Facebook Home

Yesterday, Facebook announced “Home”, a skin that runs on top of Android, pulling consumer’s Facebook experience up to literally the lock–screen of the phone. The demos werefast, fluid, and very different than anything Android has to offer.  A lot of thepress coverage ensued that talked about the big threat this could bring to Android.  Techpinion’s own […]

15 Jan Facebook Graph Search no Threat to Google…. Yet

Today, Facebook announced Graph Search, the ability for users to more easily search for information related to their social graph.  Users could always search, but the results were typically line items that required a second click to access to see if the results were relevant.  Graph Search adds many capabilities, adding search by friends, places, pictures and […]

27 Nov Dell’s CMO Karen Quintos on Dell World 2012

Dell World, Dell‘s conference on IT thought leadership, kicks off on December 12 and is expected to draw thousands to Austin, Texas.  This is the company’s second annual Dell World and will be highlighted by luminaries such as former president Bill Clinton, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors ofFreakonomics and SuperFreakanomics, andMichael Dell, Dell’s founder and CEO. It is a critical point […]

14 Nov SingTel refuses to be a Commodity

If you live in the U.S., you probably would rarely consider using your wireless carrier, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, for apps, particularly those written by them.  Now think about apps you use for social media, voice commands, and food reviews, finding and planning local events, reading the news or apps to view and manage your photos […]

03 Jul Did Google Borrow the Idea for Google+ Events?

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Google made numerous announcements at their Google I/O developer event held last week in San Francisco. One major announcement was a new capability embedded into Google+ called “Google+ Events”. This new feature enables users to invite members to off-line, in-person venues and allows attendees to upload and share content before, during and after the event. […]

25 May Facebook Camera affirms Instagram Acquisition about Removing the Competition

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Late yesterday, Facebook launched “Facebook Camera”, an iOS mobile app for pictures. Facebook users can take, enhance with filters, upload, view and comment on friend’s pictures. Sound familiar? It should after Facebook’s $1B acquisition of Instagram. Facebook Camera affirms that the Instagram acquisition puts all questions to rest on why it was purchased. Facebook purchased […]

21 May UPDATED: Facebook’s Flawed IPO Strategy

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UPDATE: Facebookis down 13% as of 10AM today, May 21, in heavy trading. Last Thursday, Facebook executed the world largest IPO in history based on value. Valued at over $100B, the investment bankers like Morgan Stanleyand Facebook should be congratulated and giving each other high-fives, right? It really depends on how you look at it. […]

01 May Immersive Social Games Bringing Families Together

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The big discussion on social games recently is centered around games like Farmville and companies like Zynga, whose recent IPO generated a lot of attention. I see a much more interesting phenomenon taking place where new, cross-generational and immersive social games are bringing families like mine closer together. It’s an interesting phenomenon that goes back […]

24 Apr Yahoo!: Tactics Masquerading as Strategy

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Last week on Yahoo!’s earnings call, CEO Scott Thompson outlined six points the company would pursue to return the company to a proper focus. When I looked at the list, they all made sense as operational principles or evenaction items. The big problem is that unfortunately, operating principles or action items aren’t a strategy, and […]

10 Apr Facebook is for Old People

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“FACEBOOK IS STUPID AND FOR OLD PEOPLE“, my 12 year old daughter texted me yesterday after FaceBook offered to purchase Instagram. If you have teenage or pre-teen girls or boys, this demonstrative behavior isn’t anything new. What I didn’t fully understand at the time is what a firestorm the acquisition set off in the community. […]