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

Google Lens - store

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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The Future For Quickbooks Is Cloudy

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Previously: Intuit’s Plans For Quicken And Quickbooks Aren’t What You Expect

Intuit wants you to use QuickBooks Online. It really wants you to use QuickBooks Online. It’s going to pressure you to give up the familiar desktop version of QuickBooks Pro that’s been running your business for years.

First, a brief note to keep you from being unduly alarmed. […] continued

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Intuit’s Plans For Quicken And Quickbooks Aren’t What You Expect

The future of Quicken and Quickbooks

Quicken and Quickbooks are among our oldest friends on desktop computers. Millions of people use Quicken for their home finances. Most small businesses use Quickbooks as their accounting system.

Changes are coming.

Intuit is trying to sell Quicken. There’s no buyer lined up. Intuit just desperately wants to get rid of Quicken, as it made clear in one of the strangest press releases I’ve seen recently. […] continued

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Ad Blocking Part 2: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the Internet has to be paid for

Previously – Ad Blocking Part 1: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

The Internet has to be paid for.

That’s the rest of the ad blocking debate in a nutshell.

When you use an ad blocker, you’re sending a message to advertisers and publishers: “Ads are now overly intrusive. […] continued

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Ad Blocking: The Good, The Bad, And The Death Of The Internet

Ad blocking - the good, the bad and the death of the Internet

Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continued

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R.I.P. Windows Phone

RIP Windows Phone

Windows Phone is dead.

Last week Microsoft announced that it will lay off almost all of the remaining employees inherited from its purchase of Nokia, and write off $7.6 billion from the Nokia deal – more than it paid for Nokia last year. Although Microsoft will still develop the Windows Phone OS and there will still be a few Windows Phone devices released going forward, the announcement was a frank acknowledgement that Microsoft failed completely in its attempt to build a third phone operating system to compete with Android and iOS. […] continued

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Blue Apron Will Make You Feel Like A Chef

Blue Apron - flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes and shaved asparagus salad

Tomorrow night I’m making rice flake-crusted hake for dinner for the two of us, served with sauteed daikon radish and yuzu-soy sauce.

The next night I’ll prepare flat iron steaks with ramps, fingerling potatoes, and shaved asparagus salad, and a little dill crème fraiche on the side.

I’m not a cook. […] continued

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Sony Hack Might Be The Worst Cyberattack Ever

Sony hack - red skull screen displayed to employees

The hacking attack against Sony Pictures might be the most significant corporate intrusion in history – and the first salvo in a new and dangerous escalation of cyberattacks against governments and businesses.

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures’ employees – all of them – discovered that their Windows computers were unusable, displaying the threatening image above. […] continued

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