Siri: Say hello to the coming “invisible interface”

What's selling many people on Apple's latest handset isn't the impressive hardware: It's the promise of an "invisible interface" through Siri, the iPhone's personal assistant software. Siri is arguably the first working example of how everyday people will interact with connected devices in the near future. The ability to speak to our phones, televisions or homes and have them respond or take action is no longer a far-fetched concept.…

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What the Google-Motorola deal means for Android, Microsoft and the mobile industry

Google rocked the mobile world on Monday, August 15, with the news that it will buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, marking a 63-percent premium for the handset manufacturer. It's a move that ushers Google into the exclusive club of companies that control both the hardware and software elements of their smartphone offerings, and it will enable Google to design handsets that are more closely integrated with Android. However, the deal doesn't come without its risks, and it remains to be seen just how it will affect other handset makers, competition from Microsoft and the crucial patent issues currently surrounding Google. Companies mentioned in this report include Apple, Research In Motion and Samsung. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.…

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Why iPad 2 Will Lead Consumers Into the Post-PC Era

Does iPad 2 live up to the enormous amount of hype surrounding it? The answer is yes, and this research note explains why. We examine new features on the device and how they will help Apple grasp an even tighter hold on the tablet market, what that means for competitors like Google and Samsung and why the device could be the best example yet of computing in what Steve Jobs calls "the post-PC world." Companies mentioned in this report include Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Google. For a full list of companies, and to read the full research note, sign up for a free trial.…

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What Google’s Honeycomb Means for Apple and Microsoft

Overall tablet sales for 2011 are estimated in the tens of millions, and new to the pack is Android 3.0. Known as Honeycomb, Android 3.0 is a tablet-specific mobile platform Google introduced after months of anticipation. And while Apple's iPad may have the current lead in the market, Honeycomb puts Google in an excellent position to catch up, much as Android has done in competing with iOS. But Apple isn't the only competitor Google's got in its crosshairs: Microsoft is also likely to be impacted, from both a mobile and a desktop computing perspective. Companies mentioned in this report include Google, Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.…

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Windows 7 Forecast: Mostly Sunny, With a Chance of Showers

For the better part of eight years, the most popular Microsoft operating system hasn't been its newest. Windows XP, introduced in October 2001, became the de-facto standard of Windows, even after the January 2007 introduction of Windows Vista. Consumers and enterprises alike struggled to justify a move from XP to Vista due to several issues -- poor performance, driver support issues and cut features were all a factor. At launch time, computer users struggled to get their hardware working with Vista. What has all of this meant for Vista adoption rates? The numbers speak for themselves: looking at a proxy measurement of operating systems used to browse web sites, StatCounter shows that the week before Windows 7 launched, the most used operating system is still Windows XP. Even at the ripe old age of eight, XP is still used by roughly three out of every four Windows users. The same challenges have hurt Vista in the enterprise too. A February 2009 Forrester survey alluded that Vista is only powering 10 percent of corporate computers. Windows 7 is Microsoft's chance to change these adoption rates, as the anti-Vista. But will it work? In this report, we outline some of the promising signs, but find evidence that netbooks could end up being the Redmond giant's Achilles heel.…

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