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Apple, Tesla, IBM: Only One Has Gotten the ‘Unique’ Model Right

I'm struck by the extent to which Apple and Tesla are executing a model very similar to IBM's. While IBM has evolved to put the customer at the center always, Apple and Tesla are nuanced in that respect, much like IBM was in the past. I worked at IBM when it imploded in the early 1990s, so I can spe...

OPINION

Apple’s Self-Destructive Qualcomm, China Strategies

Why would Apple want to put Qualcomm out of business? It's because Apple uses a lock-in strategy, where once on an Apple platform it is painful to get off. Most of the smart Apple iPhone users I know actually use Google apps and Google's infrastructure and other third-party tools on their iPhones, ...

OPINION

Quirky but Useful Gifts: Rob Enderle’s 2018 Personal Tech Product Guide

This year I thought I'd list my favorite unusual products as gift ideas. I'm a big fan of products most people don't have that solve a specific work problem, as well as those that could make your life easier, more comfortable or more fun. I like to give gifts that people actually would use. In some ...

Fitbit Highlights Versatility in New $200 Smartwatch

Fitbit on Tuesday added a new smartwatch to its wearables line with a pricetag of $199.95. The Fitbit Versa, which will reach global retail outlets in next month, will be the lightest metal smartwatch in the U.S. market. It includes a new dashboard that simplifies the way health and fitness data is ...

Sony Gives Android Wear the Cold Shoulder

It's been just barely a week since Google's Android Wear project made its initial debut, but already one major maker of wearable devices has snubbed the new platform. Sony this week said it will stick with its own Android-based SmartWatch platform for wearables instead. Consumer electronics manufa...

Android Stomps Into Wearables Field

Google on Wednesday released a developer preview for Android Wear, a day after announcing the project, which Android head honcho Sunder Pichai teased at SXSW earlier this month. The preview, which includes a software development kit, an Android emulator and a preview support library, is for develo...

Google Pushes $4.4T Dream to Green Up US Energy

Google said the United States has a very real opportunity to transform its economy from one running on fossil fuels to one largely based on clean energy -- and to make it happen, Google is pitching a $4.4 trillion proposal that outlines how it can be done by 2030. By spending $4.4 trillion on buildi...

Nokia Unveils Wibree Wireless Technology

Nokia is hoping its new short-range wireless technology unveiled Tuesday will become the industry standard for small device applications. The new technology, dubbed "Wibree," uses less power than Bluetooth and works in smaller devices such as watches and toys. Wibree can integrate with Bluetooth, a...

Wireless Swatch Beams MSN Direct Services

In a world that just keeps getting smaller, Microsoft and Swatch have teamed up to introduce a new line of watches that that uses wireless technology to offer personalized news, sports and weather from MSN Direct. If that's not enough to sell the futuristic timepiece, the Swiss watchmaker is also at...

Stocks Rise Ahead of Fed Statement

Markets rose modestly Tuesday morning as traders hunted for bargains among stocks hammered last week. But traders remained cautious ahead of news from the Federal Reserve, expected at 2:15 Eastern time today. The consensus holds that the Fed will go ahead with the expected quarter-point hike in the ...

Gates Details Vision of ‘Seamless Computing’ at CES

In his keynote address at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates expanded on the company's vision for "seamless computing," demonstrating software designed to deliver unified digital experiences and ma...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Inside the Analog World of National Semiconductor

Digital this, digital that. What about analog? We are awash in a sea of zeroes and ones, and it's tempting to assume that analog electronics are set to become history. However, most digital devices still do require analog circuitry, so several companies have specialized in the design and manufacture...

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