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February 21 2014
by Todd Hixon

Will Apple’s Next Products Move The Needle?

Tim Cook’s New Innovation Strategy For Apple, Right On Time – Forbes. [This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on July 16, 2013. It’s a few months old now, but the situation is much the same.] As the post cited above describes, Apple says it is having its “most innovative year ever”, and it is poised to launch […]

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December 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

Why Android Is Winning The Tablet Wars

Android tablets took the lead from Apple’s iOS tablets in Q1 of 2013 (source). This is a huge change from three years ago, when Apple invented the modern tablet. Global electronic tablet market share by OS and Vendor; data via IDC and Strategy Analytics.   What is happening and where is this going? I see four driving forces: […]

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November 20 2013
by Todd Hixon

Android: The OS For Serious People?

A VC: Android and iOS Demographics In The US. CivicScience: How To Tell An Android User From An iOS User (Credit: CivicScience, Inc. www.civicscience.com)   Recently some good minds have dug into the difference between customers who choose Android and iOS devices (in most cases, phones). Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures in his blog “A VC” […]

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October 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

The Divine Right Of Telcos To Abuse Customers

Banks are most often accused of customer abuse, but Telcos are equally good at it. This is never more evident than when traveling internationally. Hertz now rents mobile bandwidth; photo via Todd Hixon.   Experienced travelers of my generation have stories about a $500 unexpected charge for a long call made from a hotel room […]

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June 25 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 7/1/2012.] Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark shirt, a CEO making a glitzy product intro, and most remarkable, an integrated device strategy. LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 18: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shows the new tablet called Surface […]

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June 14 2013
by Todd Hixon

While Siri Wise-Cracks, Google Defines Smart Local Search

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 16, 2013. Google Launches FieldTrip, A Location-Aware App That Helps You Find Cool Stuff Around You | TechCrunch. Field Trip App Icon; image via TechCrunch   When Android 4.1 (aka “Jelly Bean”) arrived on my phone last spring*, I concluded that Android had finally produced an OS […]

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April 22 2013
by Todd Hixon

Google Is Failing To Market The Android Ecosystem

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on September 27, 2012. The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade appeared on my phone yesterday. I had no idea when I might see it: it was pushed by some carriers to some phones three months ago, but must Android users won’t see it for a long time. There was […]

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April 17 2013
by Todd Hixon

Verizon Makes Wireless Pricing Rational

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon Some customers and pundits have reacted negatively to new smartphone pricing plans that take away unlimited data, either explicitly or by “throttling” intensive users (e.g.: Fox News coverage). There’s a meme here that says unlimited data is an aspect of “Internet freedom”. This confuses two ideas: carriers discriminating against certain applications […]

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April 16 2013
by Todd Hixon

Cracks In The Myth of iOS Superiority

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon in May 2012. Since then Android’s market share has been up and recently down relative to Apple, and Samsung has launched a huge brand-building campaign, so this deeper dive has continued relevance. Apple invented the smart phone. It has been building iOS and its ecosystem since the iPhone launched in […]

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March 29 2013
by Todd Hixon

The End Of Microsoft … As We Know It

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon Update: this post attracted some sharp comments from loyal users/supporters of Windows and Microsoft. However, the issue I raised is getting broader attention. See the post below: Why Windows 8 Is Microsoft’s Biggest Risk Ever Steve Ballmer’s announcement of the Windows Surface tablet seemed to channel Steve Jobs: dressed in a dark […]

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