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.

AT&T and T-Mobile Acquisition Makes Sense

AT&T and T-Mobile Acquisition Makes Sense

We had to anticipate some consolidation of our networks in the US at some point in time. It turns out the beginning of that movement has begun as AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion dollars from Deutsche Telekom. So what does this mean? Is this bad or good for the telecommunications industry and for consumers as a whole?
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Want to Hear a Great Story?

Want to Hear a Great Story?

Sometimes having the Internet in your pocket is convenient other times it is extremely useful. This story is an example of the latter. Some context first, I grew up in Silicon Valley, one of the more well known tech hubs in our country. I also grew up completely immersed in technology because my father, Tim Bajarin, was one of the first PC industry analysts on the scene. I've had a PC of some kind in my life as far back as I remember, which is what makes this story all the more interesting.
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The Wide World of Apps

The Wide World of Apps

Are apps a trend or are they here to stay? There has been plenty written and talked about regarding the so-called phenomenon of the app ecosystem. Developer conferences, trade shows, meet-ups and more have all popped up over the past few years as people have recognized the app economy and looked to capitalize on it. I believe apps are a vital part of the software ecosystem going forward, and here is why.
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Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

Re-Inventing the Book in the Digital Age

For a while now we, at Creative Strategies, have been involved in projects within the digital reader ecosystem. We have been talking and working with both publishers and hardware OEM’s who either have a presence or want a presence in this market. E-Readers and Tablet sales combined could be between 60-70 million in 2011*.

Regardless of where we are now in the adoption cycle of e-readers and tablets one thing is now clear: the shift from analog to digital in books is happening rapidly.

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Tablet vs Notebook: The Consumer Decision

Tablet vs Notebook: The Consumer Decision

If you are anything like me you get asked questions like what computer to buy, what phone to buy, or what TV to buy. Now, more recently I've been getting this interesting question: "should I get a tablet or upgrade my notebook?" This question goes to show how much upside this tablet category has in the computing paradigm shift we are observing. However, with where we are in the early days of this category, does it really make sense to recommend a tablet over a notebook?

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iPad 2: Another Step Forward for Tablets

iPad 2: Another Step Forward for Tablets

Today Apple unveiled what's next for the iPad. Last night I wrote an article pointing out a number of things I hoped were in store for the iPad 2. Luckily, Apple delivered on several key things I feel are important to move this category. More importantly Apple has provided a glimpse of where the iPad and the tablet category at large is heading.

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Wish List for the iPad Part Deux

Wish List for the iPad Part Deux

On the eve of the iPad 2 event tomorrow, I wanted to share a few things I hope to see in the iPad 2. Myself and others from the SlashGear team will be in attendance to report and analyze all the details of the announcement. For now i'm throwing in my best guesses and hopes for the potentially magical new device.

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Why Multi-Cores in Mobility is Important

Why Multi-Cores in Mobility is Important

If we take a look back at the past 30+ years of computing we can honestly say one technological advancement has constantly driven computing forward, that one thing is the microprocessor. Intel has led much of this computing revolution creating the world’s fastest microprocessors for computers. Today, bringing faster and more powerful microprocessors beyond computers and to mobile devices is the central focus of many. This time however Intel is not leading the charge.

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NVIDIA Unveils Project Kal-El Quad Core Super Chip

NVIDIA Unveils Project Kal-El Quad Core Super Chip

Today at Mobile World Congress 2011 NVIDIA gave myself and small group of media, a demonstration of their latest sampling quad-core chipset code named Project Kal-El. This would be the world first sampling quad-core chipset aimed at tablets and super phones. NVIDIA executives on site stated that they expect Kal-El to deliver 5X performance improvements over their current super chip Tegra 2.

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