Opinion – Some companies are more equal than others. That is an
impression some may take away from an order issued by the FCC against
Comcast, requiring the cable Internet service provider to disclose
details of its network management practices, submit a plan of
compliance with current rules and regulations, stop unreasonable and,
perhaps most importantly, disclose future plans of bandwidth
restrictions. Comcast lied and deceived. It violated federal policies
and ends up with an opportunity to discuss bandwidth restrictions. You
may call that unfair. Others may call it business brilliance.
Opinion - Some people have dubbed the iPhone 3G the "Jesusphone," with no apparent fear of lightening strikes against Apple's latest incarnation of its mobile wonder, or the threat of excommunication. But divine status may not be on the cards for the iPhone 3G if Samantha Rose's experiences are anything to go by.
Analyst Opinion - Intel had a surprisingly strong quarter. AMD went the
other direction and is now taking a number of actions that probably
should have come right after the ATI merger. The difficulty the
company is facing is one of competing with a vastly larger and better
funded competitor in a market largely defined by standards that its
rival sets. In short, it has always been Intel’s game, its home field.
And even in the beginning, AMD only got what Intel gave them.
Opinion – We typically don’t comment on the work of other journalists,
but in this case we can’t resist. Apple is pulling again the dismayed
PR stunt by sending out iPhone 3G review samples weeks ahead to a
handful of cherry-picked journalists, ignoring others. Now that the
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today have published their
iPhone 3G reviews, we learn that the phones in fact have more
bandwidth, but less battery life. Are these reviews just another part
of Apple’s marketing pitch or is there real value in them?
Opinion – Sure, we all know that Apple can get away with many others
can’t. But is it just me, or is Apple’s advertising campaign a textbook
example of false advertising? Twice the speed for half the price? Yeah,
right. In a country with lawyers that offer to sue the pants of anyone
you point your finger at, I am actually surprised that Apple can print what could be perceived as an obvious lie on its iPhone posters.
Analyst Opinion - When I was briefed on Microsoft Equipt a few days
ago, I couldn’t help but take this in context with Bill Gates’
departure and reflect on the post-Gates Microsoft. For much of
Microsoft’s history, the company has been known primarily for two very
successful products - Windows and Office. Sometimes this connection
has been less than positive. Back in 2000, I had a conversation with
back then new Microsoft president Steve Ballmer and was fascinated that
he believed that the market would eventually move to a subscription
model. With Equipt, Microsoft takes its biggest step in this direction
and it makes me wonder whether Windows will, or should, someday follow.
Verizon's chief Ivan Seidenberg reveals interesting
details about plans to leapfrog AT&T to become the largest wireless
carrier in the US. In a rare interview with The Financial Times,
Seidenberg commented on rumors that Verizon is up for a sale and fired
a couple of jealous shots at Steve Jobs.
Opinion – Today is Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft and typically we would not
care that much if a company founder goes into early retirement. But
whether we like it or not, there is no denying that Bill Gates has
achieved what many of use dream to achieve – to touch as many lives as
possible and make your time count. While the modern tech industry loses
one of its pioneers I am glad that Bill will not simply disappear, but
has decided to make room for new talent to evolve and dedicate his
wealth and influence to his charity.
Analyst Opinion - I’m out in Japan this week visiting Panasonic and seeing an incredible set of products, many of which will probably never come to the U.S. At the same time I am watching a health concerns surrounding Steve Jobs and speculation that he may have to leave Apple for one of several reasons soon and the wide-spread belief that the company cannot survive without him.
Opinion - Reading about broadband giants and their ideas how to fairly distribute
Internet bandwidth to its customers over the past two weeks got me
thinking. Following Time Warner Cable and Comcast, AT&T today
joined the choir and indicated that it will charge extra if you take
advantage of broadband content through your broadband pipe. For how
much longer can broadband providers distort market scenarios to justify
price increases for antiquated services, before there will be any
Opinion - Now that SonyEricsson's Xperia X1 has officially been
postponed to Q4, we are certain that you soon will see predictions that
Apple's 3G iPhone, if it really launches in June, could be set for a
home run in the smartphone arena this year. The Xperia's delay and the
lack of any information about Garmin’s nuvifone, has opened a window of
opportunity for Samsung's Instinct. But the handset maker may have shot
itself in the foot with an overly bold marketing strategy.
Opinion – Some days just don’t turn out in the way you expect they
would. In the case of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, their appearance at
D6 and a demonstration of a multi touch interface of Windows 7 created
lots of feedback from the media, but probably not quite the feedback
they expected. Considering the critical voices surrounding Windows
Vista, Windows 7 needs to deliver in every perceivable way. And even if
Microsoft is very careful about giving out details about the new
Windows, there appears to be a growing disappointment over what Windows
7 might or might not be. Can Microsoft afford another Vista?
Opinion - Last week, we ran a story on a GPGPU-accelerated version of Photoshop.
We were a bit surprised to see the company backtracking over the
weekend from the demonstration it gave at Nvidia’s Editor’s Day event
and accused us of making up the name of the next Photoshop, the
software’s release date and its GPGPU acceleration feature. We usually
do not reply to such accusations, but the blog post has created some
confusion, which prompted us to follow up and release more images of
the presentation. If it was really Adobe showing off the next-gen
Photoshop and if the presenter wasn’t making up details, then the
software will be released in October and it will have GPGPU
Analyst Opinion - Microsoft just launched a new service called “Live Search Cashback” and
it could revolutionize search and may even cause some of us to switch
search providers. You can effectively get somewhere between 2% and 30%
of your money back by purchasing a product using this service.
Opinion – How the times change. Several years ago, Dell was flying high
and company founder Michael Dell predicted Apple heading into
bankruptcy. Today Apple has more than four times Dell’s market cap, and
a product lineup as well as profit margins that any IT company would
kill for. Apple’s balance sheet reveals that Apple has been piling up
its cash for some time now and cash and cash equivalents were about
$19,448,000,000 as of March 29, 2008. You can’t tell us that there is
no reason for that that much cash in a bank account
Analyst Opinion - This week Apple released its quarterly results and,
coincidently, I’m in the process of reading one of the most useful
books I’ve ever read - “Inside Steve’s Brain”, written by long time
Apple expert Leander Kahney. It is basically a textbook on how to
create a company and products as good as or better than Apple. This is
a brilliant piece of work and it comes at a time when I’m learning
about the upcoming products from a number of PC vendors who are trying
to reproduce the growth, profitability, and loyalty that Apple has
Analyst Opinion - Microsoft touches most of us every day, some of us all day with their
products – which makes them a perfect model to use when discussing a
supplier’s behavior and attitude toward its products and customers.
This is not another Microsoft bash rant.
Opinion - "You're biased!" "You're prejudiced!" Not particularly nice
things to be called. Labeled as such, especially in today's world, you
could find yourself in hot water very quickly. However, these labels
are generally not unfitting, despite their slanderous nature. The only
problem is that we all exhibit bias, but no one wants to admit it.
Since it is Friday, let’s explore this topic: What does that bias mean
for technologists today, and can you use biased sources to form an
unbiased opinion on technology?
Opinion - Even if you are following tech news just loosely, by now you
probably have heard about PsyStar, accompany that intends to challenge
the OS X License Agreement, which could enable it to sell an Open Mac,
basically a cheap Intel-based PC running OS X. Yes, the system’s specs
are no match for an 8-core Power Mac, but still: It's a "Mac" for $399.
Considering the fact that a Power Mac will set you back at least $2800
and an iMac at least $1200, there is the question why there aren’t
cheaper Macs and the unavoidable argument that Apple PCs are way too