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December 8 2011
by Todd Hixon

The Battle For The Clouds

The recent launch of iCloud introduced a new phase of cloud computing: the battle for dominance of the consumer cloud. Consumers have used cloud-based services for years: Facebook, Yahoo Mail and Flickr, Hotmail and Windows Live Mesh, Apple’s MobileMe, and a series of loosely connected (often great) offerings from Google (GMail, Google Docs, PicasaWeb, etc.). […]

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November 11 2011
by Todd Hixon

Steve Jobs And The Jobs Crisis

Homage to Steve Jobs’ exceptional qualities as a business leader has poured out since his death last month. I’ve been reflecting on the learning and inspiration that I draw from his career relative to the work I do and the economic challenge of this decade, which, ironically, has come to be called the “jobs crisis”. […]

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August 8 2011
by Todd Hixon

Tablets Turn 18

We’re now 18 months post the iPad announcement.  Like an 18 year-old, the tablet has matured a lot, but still has a way to go.  Here are some key things I have learned. Tablets are a new, major segment of the mobile device market, 40-50 million units this year, a big fraction of the ~250m […]

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March 29 2011
by Todd Hixon

Android Will Hold Its Own

The Verizon iPhone and recent strong success of Apple’s iOS on multiple fronts raises the question: can Android really compete with iOS?  (E.g., WSJ: “Verizon iPhone: A Threat to Android?”)  Although sales and installed base of Android devices have passed the iPhone, some argue that happened because carriers representing 70% of the U.S. market had […]

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February 18 2011
by Todd Hixon

Positioning for On-Line Subscription Dollars

Apple’s announcement of its App Store Subscriptions revenue policy this week (link) has got a lot of people buzzing, tweeting, and thinking – usually not all at once ;-) – about the subscription part of the app economy. E.g., see my partner Scott’s thoughtful post about what it means for Android (link).   The policy lays out Apple’s claim […]

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February 9 2011
by John Backus

Verizon’s Sneaky iPhone Data Throttling Strategy: Can You Hear me Now?

I think the Verizon iPhone is going to be big, for Verizon as well as for Apple. While it is not going to derail the proliferation of Android phones, I do think it will slow down the Android penetration, for a while, at least in the United States. But is Verizon trying to pull a […]

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January 18 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Monetization 2.0

Mobile monetization 2.0 is going to happen in 2011.  Marketing budgets against mobile are showing up in the hundreds of millions, some new monetization schemes (CPL and CPD) are paying good eCPMs, 4G is coming, and this is all really great news for entrepreneurs and mobile app publishers as everyone everywhere taps into mobile apps. […]

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January 3 2011
by Scott Johnson

Thank You – Cloud!

These Microsoft cloud commercials are everywhere – showing people using the cloud to improve their lives.  And I could be the source of one.  This weekend I was reading email at home and suddenly my laptop froze.  I tried to reboot in safe mode.  Not happening.  Looks like a disk failure.  Virus induced?  No way […]

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September 14 2010
by Todd Hixon

Is Android The Next Windows?

Is history repeating itself?  Recently the monthly connect rate for Android phones passed the iPhone in the U.S., and many analysts believe Android phones in use will outnumber iPhones early next year.  Apple popularized the personal computer with the launch of the Apple II in 1977.  Microsoft, IBM, and Intel followed in 1981 with what […]

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July 14 2010
by Todd Hixon

The iPad Turns 6

In two weeks we have the six-month birthday of the iPad (announced January 27, 2010).  A few things have become clear, some aligned with my expectations and some not [see the surprised /not-surprised postscript on each paragraph]: The tablet category is off to a strong start.  Apple has sold ~3 million units.  All the usual […]

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