The last few years have been pretty rough on poor ol' Nokia.
Once the world's largest smartphone vendor, Nokia began this year in the number-10 position, falling hard from the salad days of low-end feature phones. After hitching its wagon to Microsoft, the handset maker began manufacturing solid devices that were hamstrung by an underdeveloped and undersupported mobile OS, causing them to... » more
The world’s financial centers are fighting each other for the right to host Alibaba Group’s initial public offering (IPO).
There’s no date set yet, although it is widely expected to happen in the first quarter of 2014. There are no documents that investors can pore over. There isn’t even final word that it’s going to happen.
But China’s biggest e-commerce site—a privately-held Chinese-language... » more
Keep it simple.
That’s good advice in life, and it’s great advice for technology investors. The more novel a thing is, the less we can predict about its future – so it’s important that we stick tothe basics. What is a company selling? What price can it get? What are its costs?
Netflix sells used video content. It repackages movies that have left the theater, and television shows that... » more
I've got Amazon.com drones in my future.
I use Amazon's Prime delivery service for everything from rechargeable batteries to art books to beef jerky, and so I was quite taken aback when CEO Jeff Bezos showcased a drone delivery system called Prime Air on 60 Minutes this past weekend.
The idea is that packages below five pounds could be delivered straight from Amazon distribution centers... » more
Quick show of hands: How many of you actually used Ping?
In case you don't recall, Ping was Apple's valiant effort to enter the world of social media by way of a music recommendation service through iTunes. And the reason you might not remember it is because it never caught on, went largely unsupported, and closed two years later as a colossal failure.
It's been over a year since Ping's... » more
Before freaking out over the crummy numbers from Black Friday store sales, take a look at the much more positive preliminary numbers from holiday sales over the Internet.
For that matter, a closer look at the overall sales numbers, online and offline, suggest that the predictions of a poor holiday season are at least premature if not plain wrong.
Seen overall, the latest reports bear... » more
Enterprise software is not a sexy business. They say you can put lipstick on a pig, but good luck gussying up terms like “customer relationship management” and “enterprise resource planning."
The digestive functions of large corporations are important, and everyone benefits when they go smoothly; but usually, the less said about them the better.
So it’s odd that Salesforce.com’s... » more
Looking at T-Mobile's G1 phone from 2008, it's hard to believe the Android of today began with such a clunky device.
During this past quarter, Google's mobile phones made up four out every five shipped. Considering Apple came in a distant second with just under 13%, that is a staggering lead.
Then again, Apple is definitely no slouch when it comes to profits. Not only does Cupertino... » more
Attention, shoppers: If you just decided to join the Black Friday shopping crunch but didn't prepare well, don't despair: Just pick up your smartphone. It could be your new best friend.
Even if you haven't invested a week or more reading sales circulars, you can play catch up with the latest mobile shopping applications.
Loaded properly, your phone can help you ensure that the "deal"... » more
It seems a little late to report on the outcome of Black Friday, or even Cyber Monday.
Sure, neither has happened yet, but that hasn’t stopped anybody from speculating about what Americans will be doing before, during, and after Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Here are some of the most interesting insights from the latest batch of research.
Of course, they flatly contradict each... » more