Analyst Opinion - Watching this new battle between Apple and Palm
almost looks like a remake of an old play or movie but with Apple in
Microsoft's role and Palm as Linux. Not too many years ago, Microsoft
was popping up on a regular basis threatening with litigation for
violations by Linux to Microsoft's patent and copyright portfolios. No
real litigation ever resulted and you had to wonder what would have
happened if Microsoft had gone the litigation route. Apple is now
making similar noise about Palm and its Linux platform – and we know
that Apple is far more aggressive than Microsoft in legal matters.
The announcement of Palm's new smartphone (dubbed Pre) has clearly sent shivers down Apple's spine; partly
because several key engineers with a deep knowledge of Apple's secrets
switched over to Palm, but mainly because Pre is the first iPhone rival
to use multi-fingered gestures like pinch zoom. Armed with the 358 page
iPhone patent awarded last week, Timothy Cook who runs Apple in Jobs'
absence has now threatened Palm with legal action. Palm is not letting on that
it's shaken, but make no mistake - too much is at stake here: Both Palm's
very survival and iPhone's fate. If the two companies meet in
court, it could turn out to be the most interesting and entertaining
lawsuit of 2009 (or the decade). EXTRA: SLIDESHOW
When you already have transformed the way the world works, what do you do with the second half of your life? Ask Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, the insanely rich guy we so often loved to hate, but who is being credited with bringing computing to the mainstream. Today, Gates released the first annual letter describing his new role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. What we read is a passionate introduction to the challenges and goals of his charity. And I remember the old saying: There are those who say they are saving lives, and those who actually do.
Opinion - Rumored layoffs in the thousands, an operating system that
can only be described as a disaster for the company, an ailing browser,
virtually no progress against Google and a difficult economic
environment create a monumental task for chief executive Steve Ballmer
to navigate the company into a more promising future. The CES keynote
showed a charismatic Microsoft CEO who delivered a flawless
presentation, even if he may not have addressed CES attendees, but
Microsoft employees instead.
You were probably underwhelmed a little bit with yesterday's Macworld 2009
keynote, given by Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller. But truthfully, it wasn't the man's
fault at all. Apple warned all of us well in advance that Jobs would not deliver the
keynote. If anything, yesterday's keynote was a well-received wakeup call. It's a time for us to begin considering the post-Jobs Apple, and what such a face would look like.
Opinion – Plenty of rumors are once again preceding the opening of
Macworld 2009 in San Francisco today. Most expect a netbook or tablet
PC-like product to be unveiled, but there is a certain disappointment
that this will be the final Macworld conference and that Apple CEO Steve
Jobs won’t be holding the keynote. Rumors were to be expected,
especially those speculating about Jobs’ health, but there are a few
other pre-Macworld thoughts why Jobs may have handed the honor of
addressing Apple fans to Phil Schiller.
Opinion - We leave it up to you to make up your mind whether there are
in fact health issues that prompted Steve Jobs to skip out of the final
Macworld keynote in January.
Opinion - I came across a new advertisement from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation. The spot uses archive footage of John Lennon which has been altered so he speaks on behalf of OLPC (an organization created nearly 25 years after his death in December, 1980). To be honest, when the video was over I found myself standing there with my mouth hanging open. How could the memory of John Lennon be used to solicit donations (even for a beneficial OLPC)? And aren't there living people who could do the job? Why desecrate the memory of a man?
Feature – Despite the troubled state of the economy, 2008 was a year of
great change and successful leadership. Here is TG Daily’s list of the
year’s top achievers.
Analyst Opinion - 2009 is shaping up to be a nasty year, in fact it
looks like 2009 and 2010 will be years we'll want to look back on as
briefly as possible. But these years will also clear out of lot of the
dead and dying companies that have been clogging up the market. I
believe the U.S. and the technology industry will both emerge stronger
than they went into this cycle. Let's look at some of the trends that
likely will dominate 2009 and a few of the bellwether companies that
currently define the tech market.
Opinion – A changing Internet changes corporate America. Generation-Y
professionals, a name typically referring to young employees between
the ages 22 and 28, are bringing the work environment to a completely
different level. Often mocked and criticized for their inability to
stay still in their job and being looked down at for their confidence,
which is often construed as cockiness, they also deliver a completely
new and fresh perspective to a work environment as far as technology
and innovation is concerned. Though it might not always seem like it,
Gen-Y employees should be paid attention to for their bright,
innovative concepts and ideas. Even not-so-Gen-Y companies like Intel
have noticed that trend and recommend others to change.
Opinion - President-elect Barack Obama has made history and will have
the chance to go along that path further in future years. If we look at
technology especially, we see the so-far probably most tech-savvy
president being confronted with a country that is in dire need of
changes that affect technology infrastructure, research and innovation
in many ways to catch up with other countries. Silicon Valley has been
complaining for years that government has neglected a
technology-focused promotion of education, but besides with, what can
the IT industry expect from the new president? TG Daily re-visited
Obama's speeches and highlight what we believe are the five most
important technology promises, besides education.
Analyst Opinion - This week I was a few days in China as Dell’s guest. Steve Felice, Dell’s
top executive there, Michael Dell and a number of the top players have
spent some time explaining the huge success the company currently
enjoys in China - at 30% growth Dell is the fastest growing large tech
vendor in China. Join me for fascinating insight from the other side of
the world and why Dell’s success has to do with being Dell and nor
Analyst Opinion - Steve Jobs has called a number of trends before they
started but also missed on a couple. For instance, the market never
understood the one-button-mouse-thing. However, I do think they may
have a potential winner with their no-button track pad because it
applies what has been learned from the iPhone to the laptop. Looking
back, Apple has probably led in hardware more than any other single
company in terms of big moves. But what is up with the decision to
Opinion – The current financial crisis may offer a short term
opportunity for some very interesting hostile takeovers. If there was
ever truth to the rumor that Apple was interesting buying Sun, Apple
could scoop the company up for pocket change. Intel could get rid of
AMD for even less and even AMD could use its recent cash infusion to
take a shot at Nvidia. But the hottest ticket may actually be RIM – It
is not quite in reach for Apple, but Microsoft may be looking at a huge
bargain. Are we looking at a period of big mergers?
Opinion – Real Networks and the Motion Picture Association of America
(MPAA) have filed dueling lawsuits in U.S. courts with one side trying
to protect the RealDVD DVD copying software and the other trying to
kill it. And while one may be wondering what MPAA executives were
drinking before coming up with the idea to sue a DRM-riddled software,
a second look reveals why the movie industry is upset, and rightfully
Analyst Opinion – It was a scary day. NASDAQ down more than 9%, the Dow
Jones index almost 7%. Shares were in free fall, led by Apple, thanks
to downgrades by financial analysts who are concerned with the fact the
U.S. consumer is probably putting all of his, or her, money under their
bed for safe keeping at the moment. There is no doubt that the
technology industry will be affected by what builds up to become a
perfect storm for the U.S. economy. Rob Enderle has a closer look at
the industry and examines whether we should expect changes in the IT
industry and which ones are most likely.
Opinion – News that Apple in fact will build its own iPhone processor sparked
lots of controversy this week. Even within our own staff, we got caught
up in heated discussions that did not exactly meet on common ground,
but were carried out with same passion our readers obviously enjoy to
discuss Apple news. So we decided to take our argument into the public
and ask you to chime in and let us know who has the more reasonable
view – our in-house Apple enthusiast Christian Zibreg or Managing
Editor Wolfgang Gruener, who admits to admire Apple's achievements but
be critical of the company's attitude.
Opinion – Apple’s event earlier today was promoted with a “Let’s rock”
banner. But seriously, we must have watched the wrong event. Apple may
think it rocked, but come on guys, this product introduction was miles
away from the rock star performances we know from Apple and its lead
celebrity, Steve Jobs – performances that resulted in standing ovations
whether they were deserved or not. Glamorous events and innovative
products are inseparably tied to Apple’s marketing and Jobs’ reality
distortion field. We feel Apple is slipping in this category, adding
the feel of an impersonal big corporation, becoming very predictable
and less emotional. Has Apple hit the pause button, because it does not
have to innovate anymore?
Opinion – Apple’s iPhone 3G made its official debut at Best Buy stores
nationwide today. Just as at the phone’s launch in late July, people
were standing in line. But there was one distinct difference: Best Buy
is advertising the iPhone 3G with its “regular price” and “instant
savings”, interestingly highlighting Apple’s misleading advertising for
the iPhone 3G.