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March 30 2012
by Todd Hixon

Windows Phone Beats iPhone by 2015? Not Likely!

Windows Phone jumping to No. 2 in smartphone market by 2015? | ZDNet. As a blogger, I appreciate the need to say something that gets attention. But this prediction is a big stretch. It overlooks the huge importance of apps, media content, and consumer cloud services in the smart phones market: areas where Nokia and […]

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February 16 2012
by Todd Hixon

Going Viral On The Mobile Web

John Doerr usually gets credit for describing the potential of the Internet to create a “new economy” (however, a Google search credits Clement Mok). Whoever said it, the point was: the bricks-and-mortar economy was about to be recreated in the virtual space of the Internet, and in many ways it has been. Today there’s a […]

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February 14 2012
by Scott Johnson

2012 Continued: My Take on The Cloud and Innovation

I know – blogging about the cloud has long ago jumped the shark.  But I will press forth regardless, because I said I would in a previous post, and because both the smartphone and cloud computing are under-hyped.  Properly hyped, the situation sounds something like this:  Smartphones accessing cloud services comprise the greatest platform for […]

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January 27 2012
by Scott Johnson

2012: Smartphones are now a social necessity

My last post, outlined five things to be excited about as we enter 2012.  Number one on this list was smartphone ubiquity. I am not sure on what day last year this occurred, but the smart phone went from luxury to social necessity.  Has the smart phone eclipsed the television in our hierarchy of needs? […]

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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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June 6 2011
by Todd Hixon

Tech = Media?

I attended TechCrunch Disrupt New York recently.  A few observations: Web/mobile advertising and “flash commerce” were sliced and diced on several panels. Google and Facebook execs advocated for their new products.  Most interesting comments:  from Mark Walrath/RightMedia founder: “The Meeker Gap (% time versus ad dollars spent on web media) exists because web advertisers have […]

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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 8 2011
by Scott Johnson

Is The UnGoogle Economy Viable?

Is there enough market to sustain a startup that competes directly with Google?  This is an increasingly frequent topic, as we find ourselves asking entrepreneurs and our CEOs “what if Google decided to do this?”   Back in the mid nineties, we used to ask this same question about Microsoft, as the graveyard of companies […]

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January 28 2011
by Scott Johnson

Mobile Clicks Are Garbage!

Most mobile advertisement banner clicks are accidental.  The Harris group published a study yesterday saying this.  Surprised?  I’m not!  Has anyone actually clicked a mobile banner on purpose?  Really?  I can’t imagine doing so – the experience is so bad.  I think Shakespeare might have been thinking of mobile banner ads when he quipped “It is […]

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