10 Wacky Tech Predictions for 2017

Published on Author Eli Fennell

1) Twitter finally acquired by 11-year old Jenny McIntyre of Dulles, Virginia in exchange for all her lunch money for 1-year. Miss McIntyre’s resume includes running a profitable lemonade stand and babysitting neighborhood children. Her pragmatic approach to business is expected to be a breath of fresh air for the company. Investor confidence increases, pushing… Continue reading 10 Wacky Tech Predictions for 2017

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Did Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Pull a ‘Bet the Company’ Move?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Amazon will be banning sales of Chromecast, the Nexus Player, and Apple TV through their retail channel and partners.  Their official statement, which is best described as self-justifying drivel (putting it kindly), says in part, “Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime. It’s important that the streaming media players… Continue reading Did Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Just Pull a ‘Bet the Company’ Move?

Why the iPad Mini is a Failure

Published on Author Eli Fennell

There’s a common narrative, in the tech media, about Apple.  It’s partly exaggeration, but partly true. The narrative is as follows: Apple finds some technology market in desperate need of a polish job, something perhaps on the threshold of being revolutionary but not quite there yet. Apple puts their design brains to work and magics… Continue reading Why the iPad Mini is a Failure

Apple’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Published on Author Eli Fennell

    Apple’s future seems to be scaring more people this Halloween than Freddy Krueger.  As of now Apple stock is trading just below $600 per share, a mighty fall from grace on a week when they unveiled a new series of products for Mac and iPad (the latter highly anticipated). I won’t rehash the… Continue reading Apple’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

iPad Mini: Proof That Apple is in Decline?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

While some may point to the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, most historians agree that Apple’s fall from the top began in 2012 when, panicked by the success of rival tablets, they released the iPad Mini.  While ultimately a bigger success than the full sized iPad in terms of sales, the Mini was widely panned… Continue reading iPad Mini: Proof That Apple is in Decline?

Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 2: Operating Systems

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ iPhone vs. Android is the “Coke vs. Pepsi” of the mobile world.  They’re different, but are they different enough to distinguish at a glance? This, I think, was the source of Steve Jobs’ ire with Android.  If you own an Android, you’ve probably experienced someone glancing at your device and asking,… Continue reading Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 2: Operating Systems

September 12th, 2012: The Day the iPhone Changed… Nothing

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ The yearly mating display Apple puts on when it launches the iPhone is over, and all that’s left now is for the dust to settle.  A few times in a generation, Apple launches a product that sends shockwaves through the technology market, pitting rivals old and new in a race for… Continue reading September 12th, 2012: The Day the iPhone Changed… Nothing

Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 1: Smartphones & Tablets

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  It would be an aphorism by now to point out that Apple is obsessed with protecting their signature design.  Of course, their definition of signature design based on their pattern of litigation appears to be whatever they can get away with claiming in court, but this isn’t reflected in their own designs, which are… Continue reading Does Apple Have a Point About Design? Part 1: Smartphones & Tablets

Are the Patent Wars Making Android Better?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Patents are a pain.  In some industries they lead to better products, by protecting the innovator long enough to recoup the costs of developing and marketing the product.  Pharmaceuticals, for example, often require around a decade just to go from early development through animal and human testing and eventually approval. In software, patents are just… Continue reading Are the Patent Wars Making Android Better?

Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ Windows Phone will rise and Android will be laid low!  At least, that’s the strange and unfounded conclusion some hyperbolic journalists and fans (including a few employed by Redmond) have arrived at after Apple’s strong victory against Samsung in court. A couple Microsofties get to enjoy their moment to gloat on… Continue reading Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph