Opinion – Now that we all had a chance to play with Microsoft’s new
Bing engine, are we ready to ditch Google? Are we binging instead of
googling? I’d like you to chime in and let us know what you think of
the search discover engine, but here is some food for thought and why I
am pretty sure that Bing will be just another name in Microsoft’s
odyssey for a search engine that can conquer the world.
Analyst Opinion - Finally, search is cool again. The search engine
space, long considered the exclusive domain of Google, is suddenly hot
with innovation. Last week’s launch of the Wolfram|Alpha computational
knowledge engine may not have repaved the search landscape, but it
sends a strong message that the way we find stuff online is about to
change. Wolfram|Alpha isn’t alone: Alternative services like Cuil,
Hakia and Kosmix may not be popularly used verbs yet, but they all
point toward an accelerating rate of change in search.
Analyst Opinion - We are on final countdown for the launch of the Palm
Pre which was the device that easily took the entire buzz from CES this
year much as the iPhone initially did a few years ago. In addition,
Microsoft has launched an in-your-face competitive ad using a financial
argument to drive on Apple's inability to do a subscription music
service. This ad would have likely been vastly more powerful before
the Slacker service was available on the iPod Touch and iPhone. This
ad campaign comes in advance of what is expected to be the killer Zune,
a product that bridges the connected Xbox experience with a music
The IDC report that we covered earlier today said that digital content doubles every 18 months, but there's a problem with this, a big problem.
Analyst Opinion - When I wrote last week’s column suggesting Apple
consider a move downmarket to expand its computer/OS market share and
avoid being perpetually marooned in niche territory, I suspected it
might touch off a bit of a kerfuffle. But like any debate involving
Apple, small kerfuffles quickly become big ones. Few companies these
days generate the level of passion that Apple does.
Analyst Opinion - We had a major reorganization at AMD last week that
should not only make them more efficient. It may also make them the
leading change agent in the server space as we move to a more
cloud-based computing model. However, that begs a change on the client
as well and interestingly enough, I was at Intel this week for an
update on their Digital Home initiative and think this is the best
effort I have seen from them in over a decade.
Opinion – Yawn. Apple replied to Microsoft’s Laptop Hunters ads. Apple
replied with Megan to Lauren and a PC Choice Chat to highlight the
weaknesses of a PC. And yes, Apple forgot to mention its own
weaknesses. And we wonder how dumb computer buyers really are why
Apple’s creative team is convinced that these ads are still funny. We
got it, Apple. Time to move on.
Analyst Opinion - Saying Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer is prone to
hyperbole is like saying deep fried bacon strips do little to encourage
a heart-healthy lifestyle. We all know it’s obvious, so we’re hardly
surprised when we read the headlines.
Analyst Opinion - Making games differently – from production, to
financing and distribution: Many have noted that the gaming industry
seems to be recession-proof. Monthly sales figures continue to show
growth in the market. Even though NPD’s figures for March are off 17%
from the same period last year, NPD themselves noted that Easter
generally provides a spike in sales, which fell in April this year and
March last year. If you look at overall Q1 08 figures, there was 0%
change from Q1 09, while software was down just slightly at 2% for the
quarter, hardware and accessories were up 1% and 3% respectively.
Opinion: That's what it says on the Internet, so it must be true.
Analyst Opinion - A couple of months back, I raised a bit of a ruckus
with my column – Kindle shmindle – that suggested the high up-front
cost of Amazon’s book reader would be its ultimate downfall. As Amazon
prepares to launch an even bigger-screened version, supposedly to cater
to the newspaper market, my original thesis still stands. Consumers
don’t need yet another expensive, limited-function device to buy,
maintain and keep charged.
A former Intel CEO has criticized the US patent system for "limiting" the reach of invention. Andrew Grove, who led Intel from 1987 to 1998, made the scathing remarks after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the 37th annual National Inventors Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
A senior European Union official has demanded that the Obama administration relinquish its control over the Internet. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which
operates under the auspices of the US Commerce Department, is currently
tasked with regulating critical aspects of the Internet - including the
assignment of domain names.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has agreed to
settle a controversial federal piracy lawsuit with the Santangelo
family for $7000. The Santangelos already remitted half of the amount on April 20 and are expected to make six additional payments by October.
Analyst Opinion - If someone tweets it, is it news? Should Twitter be
our first stop when we want to know what’s going on? Do we even have a
Often, single men find themselves at the local laundry emporium, a
fistfull of quarters in hand, and very often, they find themselves
hoping that the experience will be more fulfilling than merely removing
skid marks and ketchup stains. They dream of finding single, lonely
lingerie models in the same predicament. However, that is never the
case so, thank the stars above that someone came up with HE detergent.
High efficiency detergent to those unclear on the concept. It promises
to change the laundry experience and your life. I kid you not.
Analyst Opinion - I spent last week at the press event for IFA, which
is the European version of CES and began 85 years ago with an Albert
Einstein keynote. This was the first time for me that I was looking at
this show and while the two shows don't really compete, given they are
focused on different markets, the IFA show appears to bring in 20%
additional sales to participants while CES may actually be a 10% or
better drag on sales for those who go to the show. The reason? Focus
A recently conducted Harris Interactive poll indicates that most
Americans believe technology can help solve complex social issues,
including the country's failing education system and a stalled auto
Analyst Opinion - We have all seen the excellent work various web site
and analysts like us have done over the years in comparing the latest
graphics AIBs, and, more recently, the new graphics-enabled
motherboards. Some have been more thorough than others, but all contain
performance measurements from 3Dmark/Vantage and/or FPS in game play.
And for the high-end game enthusiast where performance is everything,
that’s enough. But is it enough for the rest of us?
Researchers from Lehigh University, IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center
and at the Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia said they have
found a way to cool notebook chips much more efficiently than it is the