Author Archives: Ben Bajarin

Ben has spent the last 10 years as the Director of Consumer Technology Analysis and Research with Industry and Market analysis firm Creative Strategies, Inc. He is a technology enthusiast, a husband, a father and a hobby farmer.

Apple’s Compelling New Features Means Continued Consumer Appeal

Apple’s Compelling New Features Means Continued Consumer Appeal

As I sat through the WWDC Keynote where Apple announced and demonstrated a plethora of new features to OS X and iOS, the word that kept coming to me was "useful." Much of what they demonstrated appealed to me as a Mac user as useful and practical. They addressed many of the things they needed to in order to keep their software current and competitive as well as launched a new service in the process. Things like notifications and wireless sync as well as the addition of iCloud are all necessary for them to stay relevant and continue to appeal to current and new customers.

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I Trust the Cloud – Do You?

I Trust the Cloud – Do You?

In my predictions column prior to 2011, I predicted the rise of the personal cloud. With Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple all getting into the cloud business its clear that prediction is coming true. Three things are key to adopting these cloud services: Trust, reliability and price.

I for one am ready to begin relying more on cloud services. I remember a time before my company began using Exchange for email. Every time I got a new computer or new handheld PDA, I had to manually export my inbox and then import it on the new device.

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Android Tablets Have Room to Grow

Android Tablets Have Room to Grow

In talking with some some analyst colleagues both in the industry and financial sector, I've come across some interesting perspectives regarding Android tablets. Most of it extremely shortsighted and uninformed, yet these are credible voices with powerful opinions. My goal in this article is to add some perspective about the tablet market but also point out why Android tablets are not doomed to fail.

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Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Why Do I Pay for Advertising Supported TV

Did you know that on average during an hour long television show you are subjected to 22-24 minutes of ads? Now of course many of us have DVRs and we rarely watch TV live, allowing us to skip the ads. Still TV used to be free and the ads supported the network costs. In 10 years we will look back and reflect on how archaic TV was.

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It’s Time to Re-Invent the PC – But How?

It’s Time to Re-Invent the PC – But How?

The PC faces stiff competition from things like smartphones, tablets, smart TV's and more. As a consumer you are faced with a plethora of products competing for your dollars. PCs have become less interesting, yet we all need them. What kind of innovations do we need to see with PC's in order to capture our attention again?

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The Five Technologies That Impacted My Life

The Five Technologies That Impacted My Life

Late last year several of SlashGear’s distinguished columnists wrote a similar column highlighting some of the key technologies that shaped their life. I thought it would be great to bring this series back and write a similar column on my own personal technological pilgrimage. Many of these are more representations of a more fundamental element of computing that has broadened my horizon and got me to where I am today.

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Are Chromebooks the Future of Notebooks?

Are Chromebooks the Future of Notebooks?

Google's keynote yesterday was all about Chrome and, in essence, all about the future of the web. Despite the creative enhancements they are making to the Chrome browser it was the section on Chromebooks and Chrome OS that stood out most to me. Primarily because of the thought that the Chromebook may represent the future of notebooks.

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At IO 2011 Google Paints the Android Vision

At IO 2011 Google Paints the Android Vision

Day one of Google IO has come to a close. After sifting through my notes and processing much of what I saw and heard, it's clear the theme of day one was Android's potential. All though Google did highlight some key features and made Ice Cream Sandwich official, they were vague about many of the specifics about future Android releases. What they did do however was tell a broader story about where Android can go.

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Microsoft Bought Skype for the Brand

Microsoft Bought Skype for the Brand

The fact that Skype has been in sale mode hasn't been a total secret. When Ebay sold off a massive chunk of the company, and the IPO kept being delayed, it was evident Skype was in need of a suitor. I was quoted quite a bit on the news that Ebay bought Skype in 2005, and many of comments questioned the value of Skype to Ebay. Here we are nearly 6 years later and it seems Skype is now in the right hands.

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