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- The Backstory on How Dell Displaced Apple in Sparksight Apr 8 People tend to get stuck in a mindset about a vendor. Even though they may seem to accept that vendors change people, strategies and personalities over time, their perceptions of that vendor as a whole are rarely challenged or changed. For instance, I drive two Jaguars; the older one was basically built by Ford and the newer one was built in a factory run by folks from Mercedes. The second one is even better, yet folks ask me about reliability issues as if the cars were still built by British Motors. No tighter connection exists between people and a brand than with Apple and its loyal customers. The firm maintains the highest loyalty scores of any company, even though Tim Cook runs the firm very differently than Steve Jobs did, and the fact that after Jobs passed, a huge change was made in the firm’s staffing. Whether better or worse, the Apple that exists today has to be different from the one that existed last decade. It is fundamentally a different company. Yet most don’t see it that way. This was exemplified when I was briefed as part of Dell’s advisory council on its win at Sparksight, a firm that has been outspoken in its support of Apple and has been a long-time Apple shop. For an Apple shop to shift to Dell is one of those “dog bites man” stories you don’t get often. I think it reflects that both firms have changed. Dell isn’t the firm it was last decade, either.
- NVIDIA, the ITC, and Litigation Lessons from the Trenches Apr 7 NVIDIA has announced that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled in its favor in one of the opening battles in its patent dispute with Qualcomm and Samsung. I’m familiar with the legal team the company is using and it is strong, which offsets somewhat NVIDIA’s lack of litigation experience. Samsung and Qualcomm are in court much more often, and this means their executives are more likely far more experienced in dealing with the related distractions. In litigation, the old saying that “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game” is more appropriately said “whether you win or lose has a lot to do with how you play the game.” Since many of you will have to face litigation, either personal or professional, in your future, let’s chat about litigation this week.
- Could NVIDIA Be the Key to IBMs Effort to Take on Intel? Apr 1 In the presidential wins over the last two terms, analytics played a key role in the outcome. While some may believe that Google went farther than it should to assure that its candidate won, what was very clear was that the President fielded a competitively huge team of analytics specialists both times while his opponents largely couldnt spell analytics. This, coupled with a very effective use of social media, allowed the President to win both times even though his approval ratings had fallen sharply as he approached his second term.
- The problem with the new Apple MacBook Techspective | Apr 11 Some executives just don’t learn from past mistakes. Acquisitions can be ugly if you simply repeat a process that has yet to work. Columnist Rob Enderle says HP’s Meg Whitman is the prime example.
- Meg Whitman's 4-step guide to killing acquisitions CIO | Apr 10 It is pretty sad when even the WSJ calls a new Apple product unusable. But that is effectively what happened this week with the new Apple MacBook. But as I read the review and similar reviews out on this new Apple Halo product I realized that the problem wasn’t the product, the problem was how it was positioned. For its likely target audience there really is no product I know of better than this new MacBook. However, it isn’t for everyone and it is being killed in reviews because without direction reviewers are more likely to compare it to an old Netbook or a new general use laptop and, in all honesty, this product actually stands alone. Granted part of this confusion is due to the fact that Google has a high end Netbook that looks really similar in this same price range but both products are really only interesting to a small, but admittedly elite, group of folks.
- The Power of a Next Generation NAS: The QNAP TVS 463-4G TG Daily | Apr 8 It’s been a long while since I’ve had a Small Business NAS into the shop to test and a lot has apparently happened between then and now. I recently received the AMD powered QNAP TVS 463-4GB NAS to review and this amazing piece of equipment works more like a server than just a dedicated storage device.
- Dell Venue 8 7000 Tablet: More Magical Than an iPad TMCnet | Apr 7 I got the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet in last Thursday and have been using it along with the 11" Kindle I typically carry. The Kindle is the new HDX version which is an impressive product in its own right and a good value for the money but the Venue feels far more advanced and well, more magical, something I think we've been missing from all of the tablets including the iPad of late.
- Weekly Tech Highlights: Apple's TV Service Is In Danger, Zynga Fired Its CEO And More benzinga | Apr 11
- Apple Watch developers create apps for gadget they’ve never used SF Gate | Apr 10
- Devs Rev Up for a Weekend of Galactic Problem-Solving TechNewsWorld | Apr 9
- LinkedIn Links Up With Lynda E-Commerce Times | Apr 9
Rob Enderle on…
IBM and cloud computing
"I don't think the market knows what the endgame is yet, which is always a bigger problem for a larger firm. The smaller firms ... a lot of them fail along the way and we remember the ones that survive. With the big firms, it has to survive; it doesn't have the option of failing and reemerging as another company."
Apple being included as part of the DJIA and its weighted placement in the top five
"Technology is one of the main drivers of the U.S. economy. Tech is one of the primary sectors with which the U.S. retains a competitive advantage over the rest of the world."
Microsoft shifting from Internet Explorer
"Microsoft has split the mission. IE looks back and assures the best backwards compatibility and Project Spartan goes to war against Chrome. … This is the only way to get to a solution with minimal compromises — and compromises have been killing IE."
It is the future of entertainment...It could revolutionize remote education and telemedicine ... Virtual reality would be a powerful ad revenue generating engine, placing ads in places where you couldn't avoid them. ... The next Facebook could be a virtual reality firm.
Google, Facebook racing for virtual reality launch Computerworld
The entire category needs a breakout product. Right now, there's a lot of noise. The last couple of years, younger consumers have walked away from watches in general. So not only does this category have to establish itself, it has to offer a counter-trend to use watches instead of phones.
Can Apple Watch reset consumer preferences? Los Angeles Times
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