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.

Invasion of the Tablets

Invasion of the Tablets

The day started with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the CEO of Best Buy Brian Dun shared that the iPad was cannibalizing Best Buy's laptop sales by a shocking 50%. They day ended with Samsung announcing that their Galaxy Tab 7 inch slate will be available on all four major wireless carriers here in the US in the coming month's.

Samsung is the first of what I expect to be many major consumer brands launching tablets with carrier support over the next 6 month's. Smart phones and soon to be Super Phones may be the fastest growing category in the industry but tablets are certainly the hottest trend I am seeing right now. With the latest comments by Best Buy's CEO you can see why so many in the industry have their eyes fixed on this space.

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Executive Insights – NVIDIA SR Vice President Dan Vivoli talks GPU computing, GTC and 3D

Executive Insights – NVIDIA SR Vice President Dan Vivoli talks GPU computing, GTC and 3D

In the first of our Executive Insights video series I chatted with Dan Vivoli Senior Vice President of NVIDIA. We talked about momentum for GPU computing and non gaming applications for 3D. He also gave us a preview of NVIDIA's upcoming Graphics Technology Conference taking place in Silicon Valley next week September 21-23. Check out the full interview after the cut.

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Intel Developer Forum: Day 1 Highlights on ‘Sandy Bridge’

Intel Developer Forum: Day 1 Highlights on ‘Sandy Bridge’

After the first day of IDF 2010 keynotes the big discussion of the day is around Intel's latest microprocessor architecture code named 'Sandy Bridge.'  Intel revealed more details about this new architecture today and highlighted the increased emphasis on performance in both primary CPU as well as performance around integrated graphics.

The primary performance boost of Sandy Bridge is due to its 4 cores which will be able to process 8 threads simultaneously as well as a new feature named Turbo 2.0.   In essence Turbo 2.0 is an intelligent automatic over-clocking feature which can automatically boost the core CPU performance for a short amount of time in order handle complex tasks.   This feature manages the time the boost is applied to the CPU in order to make sure it does not overheat.

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Apple Becoming More Transparent About App Store

Apple Becoming More Transparent About App Store

Apple has constantly been under scrutiny regarding their App store approval policy and today they took a solid first step in becoming more transparent with developers about that process.   They announced in a statement this morning that for the first time they are relaxing restrictions related to iOS development tools and publishing their App store review guidelines for developers.

Apple's control / perceived lack of openness has always been less about dictating with some bias about what apps get in and which ones don't.   Their review and approval process has always been about preserving the experience for the consumer.   Hopefully now that they have published their review and approval guidelines developers will understand how they approve apps and use this knowledge to create better applications for iOS.

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Google Instant – RIP Enter Key

Google Instant – RIP Enter Key

Today as Google unveiled their latest feature - Google Instant - they have decided to make the enter key relatively irrelevant when it comes to their search service. Marissa Mayer, Google’s VP of Search Products & UI explained that Google Instant was specifically designed to make search more fun, fast and interactive.

Google being a search company has through the years released a number of innovations related to search and they have certainly done it again with Google Instant. Google has been affective in making search more approachable and simple for every day consumers and I think Google Instant will continue this trend.

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Is Ping the Future of Social Networks

Is Ping the Future of Social Networks

Apple announced today that in less then 48 hours since its launch on Wednesday, more than one million consumers have joined Ping. It may have gotten lost with the LaLa acquisition’s focus on streaming music that at its core LaLa.com was a social network for music lovers. I remember the first briefing I had with Bill Nguyen the founder of LaLa.com back in 2006. After sharing his vision and a demo of the service I knew they were on to something.

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For Apple iOS is Key

For Apple iOS is Key

Steve Jobs rattled off a lot of numbers at Wednesday’s event.   As an analyst I like statistics and making sense of statistics.   That’s why the platform strategy of iOS struck me when I thought about Apple’s product lineup, specifically iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, and even Apple TV. Since these products run iOS, iOS as a platform is experiencing rapid growth and tremendous momentum.  Sometimes people only think of iOS as a platform as it relates to the iPhone in terms of growth.   The reality is there will continue to be a growing number of iOS devices on the market as Apple could potentially approach 1 billion iOS devices in the next five years.

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Apple TV Becomes More Than A Hobby

Apple TV Becomes More Than A Hobby

There will undoubtedly be many comparisons made between Apple TV and Google TV in the upcoming weeks. As Apple updated and re-vamped their Apple TV initiatives today they showcased their strategy to make the television a viable platform for software and services.

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The iPod is Still Relevant

The iPod is Still Relevant

The theme of many of my conversations with reporters the past week was centered on the question of whether or not the iPod is still relevant. I maintained that there was still a large market for the iPod and Apple verified that today when they shared that they have sold 275 Million iPods to date. The iPod is still a healthy business for Apple and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.

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AMD Retiring ATI Brand

AMD Retiring ATI Brand

Today AMD announced that they are retiring the ATI brand entirely from their branding and marketing. This is a move that I have been expecting for some time now since it has been one of the more prominent discussions at the last few AMD Analyst Summits I have attended.

It has become blatantly clear over the past few years that the “speeds and feeds” marketing by manufacturers of personal computers was becoming less relevant to the decision making process of mainstream consumers. This is why both AMD and Intel are taking very different approaches with their partners on how to position and market to consumers.

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