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.

CES 2011: One of the Best

CES 2011: One of the Best

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.

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CES 2011 NVIDIA’s Tegra Coming Out Party

CES 2011 NVIDIA’s Tegra Coming Out Party

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.

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Is Motorola back on top to lead in mobility?

Is Motorola back on top to lead in mobility?

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."

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Technology Predictions for 2011

Technology Predictions for 2011

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.

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What Happened to Innovation?

What Happened to Innovation?

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.

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What is a Chrome OS notebook?

What is a Chrome OS notebook?

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?

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The Netbook Category Will Go Extinct

The Netbook Category Will Go Extinct

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.

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Google Chrome Event Re-Cap and Analysis

Google Chrome Event Re-Cap and Analysis

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.

Two of the biggest announcements was the official launch of the chrome web app store and a public beta of their Chrome OS which included showing off a reference Chrome notebook called CR-48.

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Google announces chrome notebook pilot program

Google announces chrome notebook pilot program

Google provided an update today to the Chrome OS and in the process showed off a reference notebook called CR-48. They also announced that they have partnered with Verizon, Acer, Samsung and Intel to take the lead to bring these Chrome notebooks to market.   Luckily however for the anxious early adopter Google is looking for some beta users for their Chrome OS notebook pilot program.

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The Importance of Verizon LTE and 4G Networks

The Importance of Verizon LTE and 4G Networks

Verizon detailed today the launch of their next generation 4G network. 4G has been talked about this year heavily as Sprint has been heavily promoting the fact that they were the first carrier to launch a 4G network in the United States. Sprints 4G network is based on a technology called WiMax where Verizon’s launch is on a technology called LTE.

So the real question is why should anyone care about 4G and what does it mean for the broader consumer technology industry. Let’s explore.

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