Wearables, Fashion and iWatch – When technology companies look at goods that are built from the outside in, they generally see irrationality and inefficiency, a broken market just waiting to be corrected and “disrupted.” They believe that they can engineer so much value into these items that people will be swayed to buy goods built from the inside out, that the promise that drives hardware and software — “adopt this and benefit from its utility” — will convince people to upend their sartorial habits. This is how you get products like Google Glass, which assumes that consumers prize utility so much that they’re willing to look like they have no interest whatsoever in having intimate relations with another human being.
How Apple TV might disrupt Microsoft and Sony, Jun 12, 2014 – Over the last two generations of consoles, however, prices have actually risen, and today a Playstation 4 or Xbox One is nearly the same price as an average PC.In some respects, this makes no sense: why hasn’t Moore’s law had the same impact on consoles as it has had on PCs? Moreover, when you consider that consoles now compete with a whole host of new time-wasters like phones, tablets, social networks, dramatically expanded TV offerings, the Internet, etc., it’s downright bizarre.
How Amazon’s Product Design Is Governed by the Whims of Jeff Bezos – The result is devices that function well and are well-attuned to Amazon’s business objectives, but don’t attempt to turn users on in the way that Apple (AAPL), Samsung, or HTC hope to do. Given that Amazon didn’t try to lure customers away with price, this doesn’t bode well for the company’s hardware business.
Amazon’s Whale Strategy, Jun 19, 2014 – while it’s true that Amazon has gone to great lengths to make the Fire Phone compelling as a phone, it’s still an inferior offering as compared to a high-end Android phone or especially an iPhone when it comes to things like apps. In this respect it’s fair to compare the Fire Phone to Facebook Home and the HTC First: just because people love Facebook didn’t mean they wanted Facebook to dominate their phone, and by extension, their lives.