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.

HP TouchSmart 610 Review

HP TouchSmart 610 Review

HP, in the TouchSmart 610, has created their most compelling all-in-one desktop PC to date. With the TouchSmart line HP has always demonstrated their commitment to touch and multi-touch in PCs, and they have brought a number of enhancements to the TouchSmart 610 that make touch even more convenient.

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NVIDIA and ICERA Create Serious Competition for Qualcomm and Others

NVIDIA and ICERA Create Serious Competition for Qualcomm and Others

With NVIDIA's acquisition of Icera Semiconductor today, they have taken an important step in developing a fully optimized mobile platform with two key technologies. The chipset and the baseband processor are two of the most important decisions a company makes when they are looking to develop a mobile solution. NVIDIA has now positioned themselves to offer a competitive solution with both key technologies.

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Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Does Nintendo Hate Money?

Many people would agree that Nintendo has some of the most recognizable software titles in the market. There was a time when proprietary software titles were necessary to differentiate a hardware gaming platform. Title drivers as we call them, were an important part of gaining interest in one companies console over another. The world is different now and I think Nintendo is missing out on a huge opportunity.

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The Paradox of Choice in Consumer Markets

The Paradox of Choice in Consumer Markets

A few years ago I read a book called The Paradox of Choice: Why Less is More by Barry Schwartz. His anecdotes were insightful and pointed to truths about the amount of choice the free market has laid on us as consumers. Of course free markets and consumer choice should be good things, but there are certainly experiences I have had where the overwhelming sense of having too many options made it difficult to actually make a decision.

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Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings Analysis

Apple’s Q2 2011 Earnings Analysis

Since 2003 Apple has beat on every single earnings report and today the streak continues. We reported on the earnings this afternoon but I wanted to write a more in depth analysis. When looking through the numbers there were a couple of things that stood out that are worth a few thoughts. So let's dive in.

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Why Cisco Shut Down the Flip Business

Why Cisco Shut Down the Flip Business

Cisco's shutting down of their Flip business after only two years says not just a great deal about Cisco but about consumer markets as a whole. Primarily that they are very hard to succeed in and should be entered only with adequate strategies. Cisco had primarily acquired Flip and the Pure Digital team in order to gain a jump start to their consumer business strategy.
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BlueStacks is Android’s Parallels for Windows

BlueStacks is Android’s Parallels for Windows

Several companies I work with in the PC space had been asking me if I have heard of this new company called BlueStacks. These specific PC OEMs were interested in this particular company because the smart folks at BlueStacks have creatively developed a software solution that allows consumers to run the full Android experience on their Windows based PCs.

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The Disruptive Potential of the Amazon App Store

The Disruptive Potential of the Amazon App Store

A few days ago, Amazon's App Store officially opened for business. I've been spending the past few days reflecting and talking with colleagues on the many ways Amazon's move could disrupt the Android ecosystem, in a good way. There are a number of challenges manufactures have run into with Google as it relates to Android, and the Amazon app store may show a clear path to overcome those challenges and limit dependence on the Android marketplace.

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My Two Concerns for Android

My Two Concerns for Android

Android's continued momentum continues to be good news for many handset and device manufacturers who need a solid platform in the market. Since Windows Mobile has failed to make a compelling offering to those in the space, Android has seemed to be the savior of many. I do however have two primary concerns that could put a dent in the Android ecosystem if not dealt with.

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