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We Don't need a #AmazonCart Hashtag

Generally I think Amazon is an amazing company doing amazing things and I am a big fan of Twitter but I don’t see any reason why the launch of #AmazonCart will be a big deal for anyone. The idea is...

Why Apple Should not Produce Low-Cost Phones

Speculation and rumor will tell you that next month Apple is set to introduce a low-cost phone. Some will argue this makes sense since Apple is competing in a field with other companies such as Samsung and HTC which produce...

Americans Don't Know They Want Wearable Tech Yet

Recently a headline stating that most Americans don’t want wearable tech caught my eye and reminded me of many past of articles regarding consumer choices which were just plain wrong. The piece can be summed up with the following paragraph:...

Do Physical Digital Libraries Make Sense?

Bexar County in Texas will be home to one of the world’s first digital libraries which contains just e-readers and lots of electronic editions of books. The interesting idea here is the library is going digital but still needs $1.5...

How Mobile Will Destroy Retail Margins

Some of the news of the week has to do with eBay deciding mobile advertising doesn’t work for them as it clutters small screens and doesn’t provide that much revenue. This seems to make sense but if you think this...

Google Leverages Home Page to Promote Nexus Tablet

Google has been "different" for over a decade because the company always resisted overt advertising seen throughout the web. Through the entire pop-up era where so many websites capitulated and ran ads for security cameras and other items, Google stood...

As Predicted: Apple Pays Less For Components and Charges More for Devices

I recently had a chance to use the Nokia Lumia 900 and at the local AT&T store here in Norwalk, CT – the device sells for just $49.99. The phone is gorgeous and powerful and is cheap. If you order...

Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0 is Good But Late

It is clear that the Blackberry Playbook OS 2.0 upgrade which includes a first-ever email client needed to be perfect. After all, we have been waiting for this major release since May of last year. Sadly, it isn’t all it...

The Only Way Google can be Successful in Consumer Electronics

Yesterday I detailed how Google IS the tech news of the day and folks, this search leader is ambitious – more so than Microsoft ever was. In addition to a Dropbox killer and massive Google+ growth I outlined in this...

Can Incumbent Companies be Disruptors?

Business disruption through technologies they never saw coming is fascinating to me. I have been fortunate enough to be in the technology and communications spaces at a time when the pace of change has been breathtaking. Consider for example in...

Kindle Fire Costs Apple Perhaps a Billion Dollars in December

Remember when I told you this past December 27th that none of my friends were buying Apple gadgets this holiday season? Well it turns out that across the industry the trend towards avoiding Apple has turned into 3 million or...

Enough with the Airplane Gadget Ban

I have been highly skeptical of gadget bans on airplanes as I have seen the rules change repeatedly in a contradictory manner. First you can use laptops during takeoff and landing, then you can’t. Then you can use gadgets but...

Ultrabooks, Kindle Fires and the New World Apple Must Compete in

I have had many friends and relatives share their gadget purchase decisions with me these past weeks and none of them were Apple products. Most were Kindle and one Nook. Based on my informal questioning it seems the only...

Some E-Books Now Cost More than Paperbacks

Its a staggering concept really - e-books don't need to be printed or shipped and aside from the cost to transmit an electronic book on a wireless M2M network to a non-WiFi Amazon Kindle reader, distribution is a matter of...

Google Currents Crashes Newsreader Party

Flipboard calls itself the pocket-sized social magazine and this is an apt description for a social newsreader so popular that this week when it launched an iPhone edition, it was overwhelmed with traffic and crashed. Obviously there is tremendous interest...

Using Amazon to Compare Kindle Fire to iPad

Apple customer loyalty is the stuff of legend as anyone who visited an Apple store this holiday season can attest to and to delve further into this issue Philip Elmer-DeWitt at CNNMoney did some research on Amazon to see which...

Microsoft Surface Update Available. It's an iPoffee Table

The new Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface is now available for $8,400 or approximately the same price as 42 Kindle Fires or almost 17 entry level iPad 2s. A giant tablet-in-a-table, the super-sized 87 pound gadget runs Windows 7...

Is Content King or is it Platform?

The adage about content being king is absolutely true and the precipitous drop in the value of Netflix shares related to losing Starz programming reminds us that distribution can be considered a distant second to content. This is true because...

Selling your Privacy Evolves with Amazon Silk Browser

Amazon's new Silk browser bundled with its new Kindle Fire will leverage it's own servers for browser proxying meaning that all the websites you surf will go through the company's cloud-based servers. Although browser proxying is not new, it has...

Amazon's Subsidized Tablets Borrow from Wireless Carriers

Will any margin remain in selling standalone computing hardware?I want to bet against Amazon - not because I don't like the company - I most certainly do. But because coming out with a new line of tablets to take on...

Amazon Ad-Supported Kindle

The new Kindle with Special Offers costs $114 and shows ads as screen savers and so far has some high-profile customers - Buick, Olay, Visa, and Amazon.com Reward Visa Card (Chase Bank). Some of the offers are quite good, giving...

News to Know Before New Year's 2011

The bitter fight between Oracle and SAP over copyright infringement got more bitter with courts agreeing SAP owes Oracle $16.5M in interest on the $1.3B award Oracle received. While less than the $211.7M Oracle sought, Oracle will also get reimbursed...

Skype, Amazon and BitTorrent news For a Snowy Week

Still snowed in? That’s what I thought. Regardless of whether you got back from back-straining snow removal or you live in Orlando, you’ll appreciate some of the latest tech news of the day. Popular Mechanics starts off the list with...

Bezos Says Kindle Potential now only 10% of Market

Assuming all households were once candidates for the Kindle, the iPad has just taken 90% out of the book reading market leaving just 10% - the serious book readers to buy the Kindle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains in fact...

Amazon's Kindle Embraces Facebook and Twitter

The e-reader which really popularized the category is under attack from the iPad and is fighting back - will these social media updates make a difference or is it too little too late? When it comes to the tablet/e-book reader...
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