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  • Apple makes news with iOS 7, fails to excite

    June 11, 2013

    With lots of news, but no real surprises revealed during the opening keynote for Apple’s annual developer’s conference, the manufacturing giant did little to dispel concerns that it is losing its innovative edge.

  • IOS update alone not likely to give Apple much of a boost

    June 5, 2013

    Apple will be looking to put the thrill back into its mobile strategy at next week’s annual conference for developers, where the company is expected to unveil an update for its mobile operating system and possibly a music subscription service.

  • Does the US have what it takes to be a smartphone manufacturing center?

    June 3, 2013

    Motorola is making its latest smartphone, the Moto X, at a facility in Texas and Apple is talking more about manufacturing in the United States. Coupled with ongoing issues at some overseas manufacturing plants, it is possible to imagine more smartphones with a Made in USA label.

  • Is Google’s enthusiasm for mobile hardware waning?

    May 22, 2013

    With Google not introducing any hardware at its annual conference last week, this raises the question of what role hardware can or should play for the company going forward.

  • What the iPhone 5S must have to revitalize Apple’s smartphone strategy

    May 20, 2013

    The rumor mill surrounding the next iPhone launch has started grinding in earnest. However, while iPhone launches always come with much anticipation, there is an added level of urgency this time around because Apple seems to have lost some of its magic touch.

  • Microsoft wants Nook to drive its mobile strategy, but faces considerable challenges

    May 10, 2013

    Microsoft is reportedly offering to pony up $1 billion for the digital assets of Nook Media, including its ebooks, ereaders and tablets offerings, as the software giant looks to ramp up its mobile strategy.

  • Has the fire gone out under Apple’s mobile sales?

    April 24, 2013

    While iPhone sales continued to increase during Apple's recent fiscal second quarter, the growth rate has slowed compared to 2012 as industry watchers wonder whether the company has forfeited its role as a fount of innovation.

  • Is the iPhone becoming the new BlackBerry?

    April 15, 2013

    Mobile devices have drastically changed over the years and the space continues to evolve at an expeditious pace. BlackBerry was once considered at the top of its game and has since lost some of its appeal. With Apple's major drop in stock value and ongoing PR battle, is the manufacturing giant following in the same footsteps?

  • Amazon vs. Facebook: Which has the stronger smartphone use case?

    April 1, 2013

    The rumors mills are in overdrive, with industry watchers predicting that Amazon and Facebook are both planning to develop smartphones. The use case for a Facebook device is the most questionable, while Amazon’s biggest hurdle with such a strategy is likely to be getting the device on retail shelves.

  • BlackBerry Z10 offers a positive note in RIM’s Q4 results

    March 29, 2013

    Following a stretch of disappointing quarters, Research In Motion has some good news, including a profit of $98 million in the fourth-quarter, as well as that it shipped one million units of its new Z10 smartphone.

  • BlackBerry's biggest challenge is building a brand that resonates

    March 26, 2013

    One of the biggest challenges that BlackBerry faces with its new BlackBerry 10 devices is building a brand that resonates with consumers and enterprises at a time when both Apple and Samsung have already won the hearts and wallets of users.

  • Why the lag in Android tablet apps?

    March 25, 2013

    It is clear the Apple’s iPad is dominating the tablet marketplace, especially with the 300,000-plus device-specific mobile applications available. However, perhaps due in large part to fragmentation, marketers are not flocking to the Android market as quickly as they are for Apple.

  • Apple bets augmented reality will drive next wave of mobile growth

    March 20, 2013

    Apple has been awarded a new patent related to an augmented reality system, making it the latest handset manufacturer to place a bet that the technology will play a key role in next generation mobile experiences.

  • Is the product upgrade cycle in jeopardy of failing?

    February 21, 2013

    Just months after Apple released its highly anticipated iPhone 5, rumors have already begun on the company’s next need-to-have device. With constant upgrades and minimal time intervals between them, the manufacturing giant and its competitors may face pushback from consumers.

  • Is Tim Cook’s lack of showmanship hurting Apple?

    February 20, 2013

    Although many may argue otherwise, Apple is still at the top of its game. The manufacturing giant has received some scrutiny over the past months, most recently for a major drop in its stock value. However, some believe that it is CEO Tim Cook’s fault for not putting on more of a public face – something his charismatic predecessor and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did immensely well.

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