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Think Black Friday Is A Big Deal? China REALLY Knows How To Shop!

China Singles' Day online sales

Ever since Richard Nixon, American presidential candidates have railed against China, promising to crack down on human rights abuses or trade policy or some other hot button issue. I’ve always assumed that very serious advisers sit down with each newly elected president and explain the facts of economic life to them about China, because invariably each new president immediately dials back the rhetoric and starts treating China as a valued if sometimes frustrating partner. […] continued

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Microsoft Is Moving Past Windows

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If you’re an individual or small business Windows user, you might have the wrong idea about how Microsoft is doing.

We all tend to generalize from our own experiences. You can be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft’s future is dim when Outlook has just crashed or you’re paralyzed by an unexpected and unwelcome Windows update. […] continued

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Quicken 2018 Is Available – Now With New Annual Subscription Fees!

Quicken 2018 - household budget

Quicken 2018 is now available for Windows and Mac computers. The most notable new feature is the price: Quicken has become a subscription product with an annual fee. You might want to buy it but you should know what you’re getting into (and you should wait a few months while Quicken works out the typical new-version bugs). […] continued

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The Latest Microsoft Branding Failures

How Microsoft chooses brand names

Every month at Microsoft, a team of highly paid professionals writes words on slips of paper. They always include “Microsoft,” “Windows,” “Office,” “365,” “Pro,” “Home,” “Business,” “Enterprise,” “Azure,” “Surface,” and “Online.” They put the slips of paper into a hat and jumble them around. Then they randomly pick out three or four and lay them on a table. […] continued

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It’s Time To Improve Your Passwords! Scary Stories About The Bad Guys

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The bad guys aren’t kidding around. They’re after you. Some day soon you will be walking down the street and a 400 pound hacker will galumph out and make a scary face and shout, “Give me all the passwords in your wallet!” and stomp off cackling and steal all your money from his couch. […] continued

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Amazon’s Secret Weapon Is Of Prime Importance

Amazon Prime

You’re an Amazon Prime member, right? If not, goodness, get over there and sign up. Give Amazon $99 for the privilege of shopping there. You’ll feel that it’s money well spent. It does not work by trickery. It works because you are convinced that you are getting great value from it – and Amazon keeps making it better and better. […] continued

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Google And The Quest For One True Answer

Google and the quest for One True Answer

The European Union’s head of antitrust enforcement hit Google with a $2.7 billion fine last week because of a shopping service you’ve never heard of.

The EU’s action comes after seven years of tussling with Google. The case was almost settled in 2014 but intense lobbying caused the proposed settlement to fall apart and led to the much stricter punishment announced last week. […] continued

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Google Lens Might Be The Future Of Google, The Future Of Mobile, The Future Of Everything

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Google announced a number of new products and services at its developer conference last week. One of them, Google Lens, might change the world. It might be the most important technology announcement in ten years. Of course, it’s just as likely that it will turn out to be nothing important, just another bit of vaporware that is underwhelming when it appears and is abandoned two years later. […] continued

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Apple Has Given Up On Computers

Tim Cook thinks about the future of Macs

These two things are true.

Apple’s revenues in fiscal 2016 from selling computers were more than twenty billion dollars. That makes Apple’s computer division almost as big as HP or Lenovo, and far more profitable than either of them.

Apple’s revenues in fiscal 2016 from selling phones and tablets were more than two hundred billion dollars. […] continued

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Quickbooks Moves Inexorably To The Cloud

Quickbooks Online

A year ago I wrote about Intuit’s promotion of Quickbooks Online and the bleak long-term prospects for the desktop version of Quickbooks. It’s not really a choice for Intuit; it’s the only way to survive. Intuit’s bet is paying off. It’s good news for Intuit, not good news for traditionalists who hope that this cloud stuff is just a fad. […] continued

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Microsoft’s Enterprise Products Are Literally Overwhelming

Definition of overwhelm

Overwhelm (verb)  Defeat completely; give too much of a thing to someone; inundate

Microsoft’s roadmap for business apps and services is overwhelming.

Good news! It’s also not for you, my loyal small business readers. I’m going to list a staggering number of upcoming Microsoft products and services to give you an idea what the company is up to, but I give you permission to pay no further attention to any of them. […] continued

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Yahoo Is Dangerous And Endangered

Yahoo - hackers and spying

Yahoo is in free fall. It is negotiating a sale of its Internet business to Verizon but that sale is in jeopardy, likely at least to be renegotiated to lower the price by one or two billion dollars and perhaps on the verge of collapse into acrimony and lawsuits. In that case, Yahoo is effectively dead – oh, it will continue to exist in some diminished form but its decline will be quick and ugly. […] continued

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The Future Is Full Of Chromebooks

Magic 8 Ball: the future is full of Chromebooks

I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continued

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The World Is All Facebook, All The Time

The world is all Facebook, all the time

On a recent earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said that “people around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.”

Facebook has more than 1 billion active users every single day, more than 1.6 billion active users every month.

An average of 50 minutes a day. […] continued

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Intuit Quietly Sells Quicken To Private Equity Firm

Intuit sells Quicken to HIG Capital

Intuit completed the sale of Quicken to private equity firm HIG Capital last week.

Longtime readers will recall that Intuit issued a very strange press release in August begging someone, anyone, to take Quicken off their hands. Intuit said it was completely focused on Quickbooks Online and TurboTax and found Quicken too distracting. […] continued

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