Apple iPad: iThink iWon’t Upgrade

What do you think of this statement? The need for the next iPhone is diminishing as there is only a marginal benefit in upgrading one's current device. My friend Cliff Frescura, former CEO of PCNAlert, wrote this declarative statement in an email I received this morning. As an Apple everything owner, I began to think…

Is Apple Losing Its Cool?

Some days ago, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressed concern about the company losing its cool. More specifically, he is concerned about Apple not being the cool computing system for too much longer. This is not the first time Wozniak has expressed concern about the future of Apple. Last year, he was worried that Microsoft might…

The Smart Watch Is Already Here

I am even more convinced today that we live in a cocoon in the United States, self-insulated from developments and — surprisingly — technology innovations in other parts of the world. How else can we explain the hoopla about the “smart watch” {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is reportedly developing to “bring technology closer to the consumer…

Hail the Lowly Connector

Nothing makes a consumer appreciate a connector more than not having one. I learned this lesson the hard way by misplacing the connector that attaches to the charger that powers my camera's lithium-ion battery. There was one — exactly one — compatible charger available at Best Buy, and it was more than $40. Luckily for…

Thailand: A Manufacturing Snapshot

Ten years ago, you would have seen textile and heavy industrial factories lining the seaboard around Bangkok. Today, the country's manufacturing scene has shifted upwards on the production scale. Competing with other Asian countries — namely, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam — for manufacturing contracts and direct foreign investment, Thailand's top three exported products are…

5 Takeaways From Intel’s Q2 Results

The quarterly results announced by {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} on Tuesday contained some bad news about softening PC demand in developing economies, yet the equity market strengthened today partly because investors felt the company's financial numbers and outlook were not as dire as initially assumed. In fact, even Intel's share price received a nice bump in…

Should Microsoft Buy Nokia or Make Its Own Smartphone?

Speculations have gripped the market in recent days that {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.} may begin making its own tablet PC and smartphone as it continues efforts to propagate the Windows operating system. I wouldn't bet against either this or even the possibility the company may purchase {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.}, its troubled partner in the wireless communications…

HDD Prices to Remain High Through 2014

Even though Thailand's hard-disk-drive manufacturers are recovering from the devastating floods of October, HDD prices are expected to remain higher than pre-flood levels through 2014. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, average selling prices (ASPs) for HDDs increased to $66 in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from $51 in the previous quarter. Prices…