Archive for November, 2011

Creators: David Cole

Nov. 18, ‘11: David Cole is a busy product and design guy in New York. (He was recommended for this series a couple of weeks ago by Adam Lisagor.) Follow him on Twitter or Tumblr. 1) What have you been making lately? While the … Continue reading →

Businessweek asks: “What Is Sony Now?”

Nov. 18, ‘11: If you enjoyed my series last week on Sony, you should check out Bloomberg Businessweek’s lengthy profile, “What Is Sony Now?” Related: 1) How Sony lost its way, starting with software, 2) How does Sony make money? Life insurance! and 3) The rise and … Continue reading →

How 125 days with Spotify changed my music habits

Nov. 18, ‘11: Now that I work from home and don’t commute as frequently, I have been listening to more music on my main computer. Not a lot, but for at least 5-15 hours per week. For the past few months — about … Continue reading →

5 questions about the Amazon smartphone

Nov. 17, ‘11: Amazon is preparing a “mid-end” smartphone that could launch by the end of next year, Citi analyst Mark Mahaney reported today, citing work by colleague Kevin Chang. Assuming this is true, it’s easy to understand why Amazon would want to … Continue reading →

3 random, meaningless stats, because I love you

Nov. 16, ‘11: 55.5 million people “Like” Facebook on Facebook, or about one for every 14.5 of its 800+ million users. @Twitter has 6.8 million followers on Twitter and has tweeted 1,222 times. Google has “About 12,240,000,000 results” for “google”. (Bonus: If you … Continue reading →

People! Let’s be realistic about this cord-cutting stuff

Nov. 16, ‘11: This is Brian Roberts, CEO and Chairman of Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company. And he is smiling because the efforts to topple his industry, so far, are not progressing very well. (Well, actually, he’s probably smiling because photographer Tim Shaffer told … Continue reading →

The new gadget spec sheet

Nov. 15, ‘11: Gadget specs! That’s apparently the hot topic this week. In an era of software and cloud services, do lengthy comparison matrices full of hardware stats actually matter anymore when making a purchase? Or do people want to buy stuff because … Continue reading →

Why Apple’s iPhone market share actually matters

Nov. 15, ‘11: While Google Android’s share of the smartphone market soars, Apple’s is drooping. Last quarter, Android represented 53% of smartphone shipments, according to Gartner — some 60 million devices shipped worldwide. That represented three times more Android shipments than the year-ago … Continue reading →

iPhone 4 and 3GS were best-selling U.S. phones in Q3, despite age and slowdown

Nov. 14, ‘11: The top selling smartphones in Q3, via research firm NPD Group: Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone 3GS HTC EVO 4G Motorola Droid 3 Samsung Intensity II The iPhones topped the charts in Q2, too, but it’s interesting that they continued … Continue reading →

How Sony lost its way, starting with software

Nov. 11, ‘11: Growing up as a gadget nerd in the 1990s, there was no brand as exciting as Sony. Yes, Apple made great computers, and that’s what we used. But almost everything else, I wanted from Sony. Now, 20 years later, it’s … Continue reading →