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- Apple/IBM vs. Google vs. Microsoft: Who Wins the Battle for the 2020 Desktop? Nov 21 A decade ago, if I'd even suggested that Microsoft would have been at risk from an Apple/IBM partnership and a dot-com company, folks would have laughed me out of the room. Back then, Microsoft had better than 95 percent of the desktop, the browser market, and was dominant in email, as well. Things have sure changed in the last decade. With ever more capable mobile devices, both Apple and Google can argue that they have a bigger personal technology footprint, even in the enterprise. And while Windows remains dominant on PCs, we just had several years when a large number of folks argued that the PC was effectively dead.
- Dell and Intel Move to Take IoT Lead with Silicon Valley Effort Nov 19 In the old Palm headquarters in Silicon Valley and just down the block from Echelon, the company that was the leader in enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) before we even had the acronym, Dell took up the "connect the world" rally cry, with Intel close by its side, in a credible effort to corner the next-generation IoT market. Intel, which is also headquartered nearby, has had a massive push going in this this area for some time, with some of the most advanced sensor efforts, and it's been struggling against an aging infrastructure of distributors who don't want to learn new skills or use new tools, no matter how much better.
- BlackBerry’s John Chen Kicks the Company into High Gear Nov 13 This week I’m at BlackBerry’s analyst event in San Francisco. A lot has changed over the last couple of years. The company has moved from a cash burn rate measured in the low billions to one in the low millions, and it is no longer in danger of going under. It has been able to maintain an R&D budget in the billions, and today was a coming-out party for some of the things coming from the effort. BlackBerry remains the market leader in mobile management and security, in terms of number of mobile devices covered, and remains the only platform that is trusted deeply by the U.S. government. Its new BlackBerry Passport phone is sold out and on supply constraints, and John Chen, the effervescent CEO, is showcasing his pride for his company and people because they have come through for him. Here are some of the interesting thoughts from the event.
- Why Vendor Commitment Is Important (or Death by Google Glass) CIO | Nov 21 If a vendor can't showcase what it does, do what it says or has the attention span of a 4-year-old, avoid that company, writes Rob Enderle, who said that point was driven home this week at Demo 2014.
- Apple vs. BlackBerry: Has BlackBerry Taken Apple's Place? TG Daily | Nov 18 Go back a little more than a decade and Apple was a company in the middle of a turnaround with a relatively small group of very loyal users who relished in their difference and that fact that "the rest of us" weren't like everyone else. The Apple faithful were unique in terms of their interests and Apple delivered a unique MB3 player and then a phone that embraced that uniqueness with a focus on entertainment. You could say that Apple's success arose out of the iPod revolution and transformed an industry.
- Christmas Drone Buying Guide TMCnet | Nov 18 As we approach the Christmas buying season I figured you would find it handy to look at several product categories for gifts you might want to give or receive. This week we will talk Drones, which are pretty cool as long as you don't use them in a creepy way to look through neighbor's windows. A friend of mine uses his drone to herd his chickens, which I'm sure does wonders for their egg laying capability but looks like a ton of fun.
- Nvidia Launches a New Mobile Device Age TechNewsWorld | Nov 17 I can see a time in our short-term future when we will need to carry only one connected device, and that device will do everything better than the three devices we are now used to carrying can do. Better battery life, lower cost, less aggravation, and improved convenience will be features of the coming age -- and with Nvidia's announcement, that age starts now.
- Netflix Vs. Comcast: Who Will Win The Net Neutrality War? Benzinga | Nov 21
- Firefox Sheds Google for Yahoo E-Commerce Times | Nov 21
- Is Yahoo's Firefox Deal A 'Big Loss' For Google? Benzinga | Nov 21
Rob Enderle on…
IBM and Twitter’s partnership
"Twitter needs to be able to show added value," [said Rob Enderle of technology research firm Enderle Group, adding that the site] "is a real-time measurement of what the public is interested in at any given time. It could be incredibly useful in politics."
Dion Weisler, new leader of HP, Inc.
[Weisler is credited with helping to turn Acer into a firm that] “scared the other OEMs half to death.” [At HP,] “he turned the PC unit from a liability into an asset in a few short months.” “He could have a massive hit if he can get HP’s potentially market-leading, high-speed 3D printer to market.”
Who is Dion Weisler? Fortune
IBM’s Q3 and CEO Ginni Rometty
"When you ... come in with results the market is unhappy with, then that puts much more pressure on her, but she bought herself more time by selling off the micro-electronics business. ... She is struggling to readjust to an ever more mobile and cloud business, which caught most of the industry by surprise."
Amazon opening New York City retail store
"Even the Apple Store carries non-Apple products. They'll showcase Amazon, but also show off the breadth of Amazon's catalog."
Google's streaming music service potential
"Google has been doing a lot of work with artificial intelligence and they’ve been pulling music off of Android devices so they know what people listen to. I expect they will combine the two things and create a better discovery engine that will do a better job surfacing music you didn’t know that you’d like."
Google finding its rhythm with streaming music service Computerworld
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