Tag Archive: Charts

‘Peak Mac’ Revisited

Jan. 31, ‘14: Three decades in. How many left? Apple’s Mac business recently celebrated its 30th birthday. In an era where entire products, companies and platforms seldom last more than one decade, three is exceptionally impressive. And not only is the Mac alive, … Continue reading →

What If Microsoft Had Bought BlackBerry In 2009 Instead?

Sep. 3, ‘13: If Steve Ballmer had taken my advice four years ago, would he be better off today? The big tech story this week — until another iPhone part leaks, that is — will be Microsoft’s $7+ billion acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone … Continue reading →

AOL vs. Netflix: The Entire Internet In One Simple Chart

May. 8, ‘13: Dialup out, broadband in. It doesn’t get more clear than this. At the end of March, almost 2.7 million people still subscribed to AOL service, the company reported this morning. That’s about where Netflix stood at the end of 2004. … Continue reading →

Crazy About Tablets

Apr. 30, ‘13: Is BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins just nuts? Or… Today’s big quote is from BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, who’s getting widely mocked for what he said yesterday about tablets. Here’s Bloomberg‘s account: “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a … Continue reading →

Apple’s Solid-After-All Quarter In Charts

Apr. 23, ‘13: Apple is still growing, but slower than before. And it’s not as profitable as it was a year ago — a rare reversal. But it’s still solid. Apple reported March quarter earnings this afternoon. Expectations were muted, and Apple beat … Continue reading →

Microsoft’s Mobile Comeback Isn’t Happening

Apr. 5, ‘13: We’re only talking about the world’s biggest software company and the future of computers. So far, it’s still basically irrelevant. To Microsoft’s credit, Windows 8 and Windows Phone seem like solid products. There are some Windows features I’d like to … Continue reading →

Imagine This Chart As An Actual Hot-Air Balloon

Mar. 22, ‘13: ‘Skeuomorphism’ Curiosity Fades Fast:

Inside The Red-Hot Sriracha Business

Feb. 22, ‘13: Bloomberg’s Caleb Hannan profiles David Tran, the guy who brought delicious sriracha sauce to America: The first thing you smell at the Huy Fong Foods factory in suburban Los Angeles is the overwhelming aroma of garlic, a key ingredient in … Continue reading →

AOL Dialup Dashboard: Hanging In There With 2.8 Million Subscribers

Feb. 8, ‘13: AOL reported its fourth quarter 2012 results today, posting its first growth in 8 years (!). Below, an updated version of my decade-of-AOL-dialup chart, a new look at how AOL (sorta) makes money, and one of my favorites, the AOL … Continue reading →

Watch As China Has Grown To Become Apple’s Second-Biggest Market

Jan. 31, ‘13: Apple has been sharing some details of its success in China for a while. But last week, Apple formally created a Greater China segment in its quarterly earnings materials — it previously reported only a broader Asia Pacific segment — and released … Continue reading →