Michael Gartenberg

The Wright Brothers and Frequent Flyer Programs or Why Predicting the Future is So Hard

The Wright Brothers and Frequent Flyer Programs or Why Predicting the Future is So Hard

Life as an analyst is exciting. For fifteen years, I have had the privilege of standing at the center of the technology universe, observing the technology landscape, charting the major tends and offering my predictions for the future. In that course of time, I watched as fundamental changes occurred. Changes that were large enough to alter the course of the industry. Changes that were sweeping in nature. The funny thing is they were all changes that were almost universally missed by the pundits and experts.

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Time for Apple TV to go from Hobby to Strategic Product

Time for Apple TV to go from Hobby to Strategic Product

With the successful launch of the iPhone 3GS last spring and a new version of OS X and a new crop of iPods expected this fall, one player in Apple's lineup seems to have gone missing, namely Apple TV. On Apple's financial conference call, the device that Steve Jobs once described as "a hobby" was not mentioned once. I hope Apple hasn't given up on this category as there's a lot of value and function in Apple TV that has yet to make it into other products in this space.

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Five tech things I want

Five tech things I want

We've come so far these days in the world of personal technology but in some ways, we're still missing the mark. Sure it's the middle of summer but here are five things I'd like to see on the market this (or any) holiday season:

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SlashGear welcomes Michael Gartenberg

SlashGear welcomes Michael Gartenberg

We've a new voice here at SlashGear, and one we think will bring a fresh and different perspective to our discussion on technology and consumer electronics.  Michael Gartenberg is a well known journalist and analyst, currently VP of strategy and analysis at Interpret LLC, and now adding a weekly column for SlashGear to his credits.

Michael has previously worked with Jupiter Research, Gartner Inc. and Microsoft, but here he'll be offering a topical and outspoken opinion on the biggest news in tech.  In the first of his weekly columns, he discusses Google's new Chrome OS and how after just a day in the public eye it's already being labeled a "Windows killer".

Chrome OS is sound and fury signifying nothing

Chrome OS is sound and fury signifying nothing

With much sound and fury, the blogosphere and Twitter all respond to Google's "bombshell" announcement that they're launching Chrome OS sometime in the 2nd half of 2010 (which I might add is a long time from now). Already, folks who have never seen it, used it or spent five minutes with it are claiming it's huge threat to Windows. (Oddly, if that's the case, wouldn't it also be a threat to Apple and Mac OS, an argument I've not seen but perhaps that's another story).

While it's early to be dismissive, this is far from a slam-dunk success. It feels more like another way Google is attempting to provoke Microsoft. Something, which Google seems to like to do with increased regularity. (Actually, it feels like Google likes to give Microsoft a smack on the side of the head with a sharp stick form time to time).

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