A few days ago a fellow SlashGear columnist Don Reisinger elaborated on how his Kinect was collecting dust. If I put myself in Don’s shoes I can relate to his article and his questioning of whether or not the Kinect can meet the needs of hard core gamers and a hard core gaming experience. I, however, in coming at it from a different angle, have a completely different experience with my Kinect.
Typically after press conferences I attend or when major industry announcements happen, I take a lot of questions from the press asking my opinion on the news. I’m always happy to speak with journalists on stories they are working on and provide them a quote. As a professional analyst, this is part of my job.
Yesterday was no exception. After the Verizon iPhone launch press conference I spoke with a number of folks in the press, and one question in particular came up which I thought required further analysis. That question was what impact would iOS's presence on Verizon have on Verizon’s current and future Android devices.
Let me apologize in advance for writing yet another article about the Verizon iPhone. If the Verizon event tomorrow is actually the launch of an iPhone on Verizon’s network I am personally very interested to the answers to several major questions that loom in my mind. The answers to these questions will be for me an indicator of the relationship between Apple and Verizon.
This years CES marks my 12-year of attendance. I know for many people I associate with 12-yrs is nothing. For my father for example this is his 27th year attending CES. I am however ready to declare this years CES one of the best and certainly the most exciting one I have ever attended.
The primary reason I am ready to declare this is simply because mobile devices are one of the hottest topics in the industry. At this year’s CES there have been plenty of exciting and innovative mobile devices announced and demonstrated.
There has been a lot of hype and speculation about NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual core processor. Many of us in the industry have been waiting to see it in action for some time and at this-years CES our wishes have come true.
Nearly every major press conference I attended included the release of a super phone or tablet running NVIDIA’s dual core ARM processor named Tegra 2. The total count so far is five Tegra 2 devices and the show just started.
Motorola was on my short list at the 2011 CES. We anticipated tablets, and 4G super phones with their dual core processors and we were not disappointed. All though the show is just starting Motorola has already impressed me with an un-anticipated innovation.
This has been an interesting week for Motorola. It started with the official launch of Motorola Mobility as its own publically traded company. With this new start Motorola emphasized a new beginning and an increased emphasis on innovation. They even created a new tagline to emphasis this called “Life. MPowered."
Since we are about to bring 2010 to a close I thought it would be fun to make some predictions about the technology industry for the upcoming year. Some of these predictions will be more educated and some may be bold but I’ll provide ample reasoning for all of them.
I frequently hear grumblings within the technology industry about the lack of innovation being observed. To many it seems like product and technology advancements are more evolutionary than revolutionary. Generally this is true as innovations spark new product opportunities and can carry a product category for some time as each new generation provides incremental and or monumental improvements.
Now although the definition of innovation can include invention, or the creation of something new, I don’t think it depends on it. Something can be innovative and not necessarily be new. A fresh approach to something old or past failure can be considered innovative.
Last week Google put a reference design notebook called the Cr-48 into the hands of many press, and excited consumers. This new notebook runs Google’s Chrome OS operating system and, according to Google, represents a new type of computing experience, mainly one that takes place solely within the browser.
In my column last Friday I started a debate about the fate of netbooks as I predicted the death of the netbook category. I appreciate all who commented on that column for contributing to the discussion. I ended the column pointing out that if the definition of the netbook is no longer valid, then what are we to call the Chrome OS notebook?
I’m going to let you in on the inside story as to why Netbooks and the Netbook category was first created and why they will exist no longer. Nothing I am saying here is truly secret however it doesn’t get talked about much. My goal in doing this is purely educational and so that we can talk more intelligently about what a Netbook is and perhaps wrestle together with whether or not it still makes sense to use the term.
Google's Chrome team had a lot to share with the public today at an event they held in San Francisco. They shared how now there are 120 m consumers who use the Chrome browser to surf the internet. They also announced that with Chrome 8 the browser is no, thanks to a new technology called "Crankshaft" is now the fasted web browser on the market.