Strategy Analytics’ Apple and Samsung market share analysis is fair


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Must everything be partisan? In the US Congress, Democrats and Republicans spilt over nearly every issue. Today’s strangest debate isn’t political, but analytical — sides supporting or opposing Apple and bloggers and journalists parlaying games of oneupmanship. It’s all about how much tablet market share Samsung snatched from Apple during calendar fourth quarter, if any. The debate is simply pointless.

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January 31, 2011

Canalys: Verizon iPhone won’t slow Android growth even the slightest


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Today analyst firm Canalys asserted that Android handsets would grow at twice the rate of its major competitors during 2011. Canalys only named one, iPhone. The prediction comes two days after Verizon announced that it would carry iPhone 4 starting in early February. Since, and even before, numerous commentaries and punditries claimed victory for iPhone against Android. Absolutely not, says Canalys.

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January 14, 2011

Would you buy Verizon iPhone?


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

It’s the question of the morning, with Verizon possibly announcing iPhone on its network in about an hour. Verizon has planned a mysterious 11 am ET press briefing in New York — a venue that is sure to please Wall Street analysts and investors. But for all the rumors and speculation about if or when the real question is: Will you buy Verizon iPhone? Would you switch from another carrier for Verizon iPhone? More significantly, would you give up iPhone on AT&T to get it? Please answer in comments or e-mail joewilcox at gmail.com.

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January 11, 2011

Foursquare talking to search engines over sharing data


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By Ed Oswald, Betanews

Social networking company Foursquare is in talks with Microsoft, Google and Yahoo over using its data to help enrich search results, UK paper The Telegraph reported on Monday. According to co-founder Dennis Crowley, the data would be anonymized and then shared.

Foursquare is one of the most rapidly growing social networking services on the Internet. Last week, it signed up its two millionth user, just three months after signing up one million. Word of mouth seems to be driving a lot of the growth, as friends sign up to follow one another.

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July 20, 2010

Could iPad lift Apple revenues above Microsoft?

Could iPad lift Apple revenues above Microsoft?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

In late April, I posted a long analysis about how Apple revenue and profits had closed in on Microsoft — to within billion.¬†Judging from pageviews, comments and e-mail responses, few people seemed to get it. I saw the trend as being much more important than Apple market capitalization nearing Microsoft’s. A month and two days later, Apple’s valuation topped Microsoft’s, which made headlines everywhere. But still few people seem to get the significance of the revenue and income comparisons. Until yesterday. Finally somebody gets it, yet missed to connect the final dot: iPad revenue could push Apple above Microsoft during this quarter.

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June 3, 2010

Apple sells 2 million iPads, but should anyone get excited?


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Apple is celebrating Memorial Day with a little memorial to iPad: Announcement of 2 million units sold in about 60 days. Typically, in Apple parlance, sold means shipped. However, given short supplies, the stated number is probably closer to sold, depending on how much Apple stocked the international channel for the weekend launch.

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May 31, 2010

AOL’s decision to rebrand as Aol. takes a bad brand and makes it worse

AOL's decision to rebrand as Aol. takes a bad brand and makes it worse

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Not since AT&T gobbled up Cingular and rebranded as at&t with that ugly Death Star-like logo has a company erred so far from sensibility. The new AOL brand, Aol., is coming soon to frighten you. AOL’s attempt to be hip is anything but. Not that AOL, distributor of a billion CD coasters, was ever cool. The service may have been the biggest online community of the 1990s, but it was never hip. Nor will the lame rebranding make it so.

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November 24, 2009