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Windows Phone prospects in the developing world

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:42:00 +0000

Nokia's Lumia 610 faces entrenched opposition in the developed world. But, in developing markets, where the Nokia brand is strong and a decision about which platform to favor has not been made, it is on firmer footing.

Hulu buyers, beware

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 05:11:52 +0000

Starz decision to end its relationship with Netflix is a sign of the difficulties content companies are having making money through Internet streaming. This should give potential buyers of Hulu pause. Distribution brands like Netflix and Hulu may not be the future.

The worst decision Google ever made

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:48:11 +0000

Oracle's Java-based lawsuit could make things expensive for Google. By missing the chance to own Java, however, Google lost an opportunity to have a platform that could serve as a counter to Microsoft and Apple.

Net neutrality vs. house republicans (or "scalded by tea")

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:17:54 +0000

House Republicans' war against net neutrality rules is symptomatic of a gross simplification of economic principles that is typical of today's Tea-flavored Republican party.

Avoiding an iPad-induced panic

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:58:08 +0000

Everyone seems to think that Microsoft must rush to release a credible competitor to Apple's iPad. I beg to differ. Getting it right is more important than getting it tomorrow.

The Android fashion accessory

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 09:08:16 +0000

Android is expected to have strong growth in 2011. Is that a permanent trend, or a transitory shift in fashion trends?

Net Neutrality: Will Netflix destroy the Internet?

Thu, 09 Dec 2010 09:34:05 +0000

The FCC is slated to make some decisions on the issue on net neutrality on December 21. Given a looming video-inspired bandwidth crunch, it's important those rules are less about "rights" than economics.

The wonderment of Apple

Thu, 02 Dec 2010 10:55:51 +0000

Apple's current success is truly astounding when you consider the state of the company in 2000. Today, they are the company that essentially owns that segment willing to pay most for client device customizations.

Smartphones in the developing world: Why platform fragmentation is here to stay

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 07:05:38 +0000

$10-$15 handsets are quite typical in African markets. That silver spot on the back of the Chinese-manufacturered device isn’t the lens of a camera…it's paint designed to LOOK like you have a camera.

Shake-up at Microsoft: It's about time

Wed, 26 May 2010 07:53:43 +0000

Microsoft recently shook-up its Entertainment & Devices division in an attempt to jump start its device efforts and pose better competition to Apple and Google. Here are five suggestions as to what they should focus on next.

How Microsoft loses the TV space

Fri, 21 May 2010 08:01:21 +0000

Google yesterday officially confirmed the existence of Google TV, a "not so secret" project hints of which have existed for quite awhile. A number of key Microsoft engineers wandered into permanent positions on Google campus while I worked for Microsoft as part of its Mediarom division (Google's Mountain View headquarters is less than a mile from Microsoft's large office in Silicon Valley).

Everybody hates browser applications

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 06:45:04 +0000

Exposure to the limitations of the new browser-based help system for Visual Studio 2010 made me realize a fundamental truth: people hate browser applications, which is why web developers work so hard to make their browser applications look like desktop applications.

Microsoft changes the Windows license

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:16:10 +0000

Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, noted Apple's recent licensing changes to iPhone OS 4.0 with great interest. So, effective immediately, he is making the following changes to the licensing of Microsoft Windows.

Apple's play for platform dominance

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 08:51:11 +0000

The iPhone and Mac computers are never likely to dominate a particular market for Mac OS X. iPad represents Apple's real chance to do so in a market that is, for all intents and purposes, virgin territory.

Games could save 3D TV

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 06:49:23 +0000

Carmi Levy at Betanews recently through cold water on excitement over new 3D TVs coming from major television manufacturers. Though I agree, I think software targeted at TVs could increase the value proposition enough to accelerate demand.

Shut down the patent office?

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 09:14:02 +0000

Last week, I took Apple to task for launching the patent nukes against HTC. This week, I try to explain why patents are so corrosive within a software development context.

Why I (now) hate Apple

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 10:57:44 +0000

In the past, I merely favored non-Apple platforms. With Apple's recent decision to sue HTC over patent violations, mere preference for other products has turned into an active dislike of a company with a clear flair for hardware design.

Microsoft's innovation disconnect

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 09:55:56 +0000

Microsoft's has had great difficulty creating new businesses that replace Windows and Office from a revenue standpoint. This is largely due to internal organization that makes it very hard for Microsoft to bring to market the good ideas that Microsoft develops in-house.

The message from GSMA Barcelona: fragmentation

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 15:35:16 +0000

The GSMA World Congress was this week in Barcelona. Though its difficult to identify themes in a conference as large as the GMSA extravaganza, the sense I got from four days wandering its halls was that fragmentation will rule the smartphone market for many, many years to come.

Don't give me special treatment

Fri, 06 Feb 2009 08:01:53 +0000

The US Congress wants to include "Buy American" provisions in the stimulus bill. I say "no thanks." Protected industries aren't going to pull America out of recession.