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Van L. Baker
Research VP
20 years at Gartner
29 years IT industry

Van Baker is a vice president and research director for Gartner's Retail and Manufacturing Industry Advisory Services. He covers consumer behavior as it relates to electronic commerce and emerging Web 2.0 technologies in the retail industry. Read Full Bio

Groupon – I Just Don’t Get It

by Van Baker  |  March 24, 2011

There has been a lot of speculation about the valuation of Groupon assuming an upcoming IPO. The numbers that have been circulating have ranged from 15 billion to 25 billion dollars. This is after Groupon turning down a rumored 6 billion dollar offer from Google late last year. Well I for one don’t get it. […]

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HP’s TouchPad – Will It Succeed?

by Van Baker  |  March 21, 2011

Hewlett-Packard is planning to launch it’s TouchPad tablet this summer. The tablet is based on the WebOS operating system just as the smartphones sold by HP’s Palm business unit. Given the success of the iPad many have speculated that there is no room for another tablet competitor beyond Apple and the Android tablets. Despite Apple’s […]

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The Trouble with Technologists

by Van Baker  |  March 15, 2011

It is widely rumored that Apple sold somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 iPad 2 tablets over their first weekend of sales in the United States. International launches are still to come and there is no reason to expect any less success in these markets. This is despite the fact that the technologists have proclaimed it […]

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nVidia Comes Clean on Ion

by Van Baker  |  June 10, 2010

A while back I criticized nVidia for touting a 10 hour netbook battery life for Ion equipped netbooks. The reason that I criticized them was that the 10 hour claim was with the Ion processor turned off with only the CPU enabled. Well they have now updated their information and it appears that the battery […]

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Kin Microsoft Win Over Digital Natives with the Kin?

by Van Baker  |  April 13, 2010

Sorry for the pun but I couldn’t resist. Microsoft announced a new phone platform that targets the highly social digital native set. The Kin is the product of a joint venture between Microsoft, Verizon and Sharp and focuses on connectivity with the users networks of friends, friends and friends. In short Microsoft justifiably believe that […]

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Rumored GoogleTV Partnership – Déjà vu All Over Again

by Van Baker  |  March 18, 2010

The New York Times reports that Google is working on something that is called GoogleTV which might see Android on the television running on Intel silicon and using a Logitech keyboard to control the whole thing. The project is rumored to focus on delivering Internet search to the television making content easier to find and […]

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nVidia’s Disingenuous Positioning for Next Generation Ion

by Van Baker  |  March 2, 2010

nVidia announced the next generation Ion graphics processing unit (GPU) which offers 1080p HD decode, Adobe Flash support  and 3-D gaming for netbook products.  The addition of this GPU to a netbook  gives consumers an excellent video playback capability on netbooks that would be unable to playback HD video without the addition of Ion. The […]

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Palm’s Woes Point to the Need for the Total Package

by Van Baker  |  February 25, 2010

Palm revealed that its Pre and Pixi models are not selling as well as they had hoped and that revenue will fall well below expectations. So what is wrong with Palm? It has a very good user interface that is similar to Android which is selling well. They have the advantage that Apple has of […]

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Apple’s iPad Delivers on the Hype

by Van Baker  |  January 27, 2010

There has been much speculation on what an Apple tablet would offer, and the company did not disappoint with today’s announcement. Apple introduced the iPad with the core productivity apps an e-reader with and e-book store and 140,000 apps from the Appstore, all at a very aggressive $499 price point. This product will define the […]

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Apple Makes a Safe but Profitable Choice with New iPods

by Van Baker  |  September 9, 2009

The new Nano will sell for the same price as the current model at $149 for the 8 GB model and $179 for the 16 GB model. The company also announced three models of the iPod touch with the 8 GB model starting at $199 and two additional models at $299 and $399 with 32 […]

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