The taking of smartphones: 1 2 3

It’s no doubt we’re in a big new era where everyone is carrying a smartphone, most of us are using tablets at home and our laptops are mostly gathering dust in the closet. As we move more and more into this mobile lifestyle what we are not doing is as important as what we are [...]

Did a digital lynch flash mob hang Brendan Eich?

Brendan Eich is a middle-aged technologist who worked his way up at Silicon Graphics, Netscape and Mozilla along the way helping create the JavaScript language.  No one knows why he was selected to be CEO of Mozilla last month, but he was.  Brendan was CTO of Mozilla since 2005 so perhaps in a time of [...]

You will yield to the cloud

There’s a big trend brewing, no surprise but larger that I realized until I thought about it. 1. Nokia just put out their Nokia X line of Android phones. While these will not be marketed in the United States — YET — there’s something very significant this product line shows us.  The Nokia X line [...]

$19 billion? What's up with WhatsApp?

The big news in not just the tech industry, but all of business was Facebook’s intention to buy the startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and (mostly) stock.  Much of the press noted that given WhatsApp has only 55 employees, that the buyout totalled $345 million per employee. It’s a very large sum and [...]

The future of Microsoft in 10 predictions

Where is Microsoft going? Microsoft just selected a new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer who was employee 30.  The new CEO is Satya Nadella, a 22 year veteran of Microsoft and head of cloud services.  Since the old guard is moving into the background, both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer will remain on Microsoft’s board of [...]

Mobile Tech Report 2014 on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook and Android

Mobile Tech Report 2014 now available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Google Play Android devices.  Apple would NOT publish the Mobile Tech Report and said: “Links or references throughout the book promote a competing website.” Well there are links to many websites.  The whole idea of the Mobile Tech Report was to [...]

We’re still living through the paradigm shift of desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones, but that is a device-level shift.  Is there any sub-device level evolution going on? In my previous article I argued that effective processor speed has plateaued.  Other than reduced form factors, are we seeing any shift in device technology?  Certainly [...]

The semiconductor industry is fond of quoting Moore’s Law, really Moore’s observation, that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double every two years.  In the past this has lead to faster and faster computers, but are we really getting faster computers today? Think about it.  If you have a very fine mesh [...]

You can now read the Mobile Tech Report: 2014 on your Amazon Kindle e-reader.  Find out where the mobile technology industry went in 2013 and is going in 2014.  Check it out here.

I’m at it again.  Here’s what my crystal ball reveals for 2014. (1) Blackberry spins off QNX. Lost in the discussion of Blackberry 10 OS, which was actually delivered and worked, was remembering that RIM bought QNX for its real-time OS which became Blackberry 10.  QNX was the number two player in real time operating [...]

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