12 Feb2019 AMD Cranks Out An Inspiring Q4 2018 And Full Year 2018

After coming off of what I considered a successful CES 2019 showing headlined by CEO Lisa Su (wrote about that here), today Advanced Micro Devices announced its Q4 2018 earnings, full-year 2018 results, and forecast. Unlike some of the other earnings announcements we have seen so far, AMD appears to have bucked many of the trends like China […]

05 Feb2019 Samsung Galaxy Note9: A Flagship Phone For Busy Millennials

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Upon the Samsung Galaxy Note9’s release in August 2018, I immediately pushed aside my Galaxy S9+ and made it my primary Android device. While one might not expect this upgrade to make much of a difference, considering the devices’ similar specifications, it really has. After using it for nearly 6 months, I can say that […]

05 Feb2019 Review: The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

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The Dell  XPS 15 2-in-1 is designed to deliver the company’s highest level of performance in a thin and light platform. This platform is unique because it is the first time that Intel INTC -0.21% and AMD partnered together to deliver a single chip with both a high-performance CPU and GPU. With special memory technology and power balancing capabilities, it is designed for […]

05 Feb2019 Dell’s Service AI Integration: A Hidden Gem At CES 2019

My team and I have spent the last several weeks offering our analysis on the boatload of news from CES 2019, which was held in Las Vegas last month. As CES is a conference for all things consumer electronics, Dell showed off an impressive array of new, cutting-edge additions to its PC lineup (which I covered here and analyst […]

04 Feb2019 RESEARCH PAPER: AI And HPC: Cloud Or On-Premises Hosting

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High-Performance Computing (HPC) are both computationally-intensive workloads. They demand fast central processing units (CPUs), accelerators, very large data sets, and fast networking to support the high degree of scaling typically required. All this fast hardware can be difficult to manage and expensive. AI and HPC adopters must try to minimize costs […]

04 Feb2019 RESEARCH PAPER: Shifting From A “Cloud First” To A “Cloud If” Enterprise Moment

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Organizations that quickly respond to the customer and the market usually outperform their competitors. Technology is the key to enabling that responsiveness. An IT department that can enable responsiveness through new workloads, applications, and deployment methodologies is invaluable. IT transformation is how most companies deliver true IT responsiveness. You can download the paper by clicking […]

01 Feb2019 The Cavalcade Of Cool Smart Home Technologies Marches On

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With the Consumer Electronics Show now (finally!) in my rearview mirror, it’s time to provide some commentary on another group of interesting smart home products that have caught my eye. From digital exercise to a new smart speaker to a cool new e-bike startup, there’s something in this column for all consumers. Activ5: a different […]

01 Feb2019 What Do Cisco Systems And A Famous Church In Spain Have In Common?

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I attended Cisco Live! Europe 2019 this week in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. Famous for its amazing cuisine of tapas, paella, and ham, the city also features architectural wonders like the La Sagrada Familia, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction started in 1882 and the story is that it’s been under […]

31 Jan2019 Intel Demonstrates New Technology And Fab Progress At CES 2019

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Last week I attended CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where the tech industry gathered in force to unveil the latest and greatest in consumer electronics technology. I’ve been working around the clock to provide coverage of the biggest announcements, and no coverage of the conference would be complete without talking about Intel. I published an […]

28 Jan2019 Lenovo Boosts Legion Gaming Line At CES 2019

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CES 2019 showcased a multitude of PC gaming announcements from many different vendors, including Lenovo . Lenovo has been building up its Legion line of gaming hardware for the last few years and is starting to refine it, with new gaming laptop, desktop, and monitor offerings. PC gaming is growing at such a fast rate that no […]

25 Jan2019 Lenovo Unveils Compelling New All-In-One At CES 2019

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Today I continue my coverage of CES 2019, with a round of announcements from computing giant Lenovo. Lots of attention has been paid recently to Lenovo’s progress in the datacenter (see my coverage of Lenovo Transform 2.0 earlier this year). Still, Lenovo is compelling in the PC, tablet, smartphone, and smart home device realm and is again […]

25 Jan2019 A Cambrian Explosion In Deep Learning, Part 3: NVIDIA

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Now that I’ve scared everyone who holds NVIDIA NVDA -0.7% stock, and/or given hope to those who spend a lot of money for NVIDIA GPUs, let’s take a realistic view of how NVIDIA might maintain its leadership in a far more crowded marketplace. We will need to look at the training and inference markets separately. A history lesson from […]

24 Jan2019 A Cambrian Explosion In Deep Learning, Part 2: The Startups

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This is the second of three blogs on the state of the AI chip market and what’s to come in 2019. The year will be a festival of new chips and benchmark battles, led by the large companies I mentioned in the first blog ( Intel INTC +0.04%, Google GOOGL +0.15%, AMD , Xilinx XLNX +0.35%, Apple AAPL -0.47%, Qualcomm QCOM +1.55%), and joined by dozens of Silicon Valley startups and Chinese […]

24 Jan2019 Cisco’s 2018 CSR Report Shows Continued Commitment To Positive Change

Cisco Systems is a company I follow very closely, for its networking, UC and security portfolios, but also for its truly one-of-a-kind corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts worldwide. There are a lot of great, innovative tech leaders in the industry, but none, in my opinion, have demonstrated the same years of commitment towards being a […]

23 Jan2019 2019: A Cambrian Explosion In Deep Learning, Part 1

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I started out writing a single blog on the coming year’s expected AI chips, and how NVIDIA  might respond to the challenges, but I quickly realized it was going to be much longer than expected. Since there is so much ground to cover, I’ve decided to structure this as three hopefully more consumable articles. I’ve included links […]

21 Jan2019 Why Didn’t Apple Use Qualcomm’s Modems In 2018 iPhones?

Like I said last week in my article entitled “If The FTC Case Against Qualcomm Seems Like a Clown Show Right Now, It’s Because It Started That Way”, if you haven’t been following the FTC versus Qualcomm case and are in the tech industry, you probably should. What’s likely at stake are future inventors’ rights to monetize […]

17 Jan2019 CES 2019 Wrap Up #1: 4 Eye-Catching Solutions From The Conference Floor

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People who attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short, generally use the word “survive” to characterize their visit. With 4,500 exhibiting companies, more than 180,000 in attendance (exceeding last year), and more 6,500 media and analysts, the show did not disappoint. A trip to CES is not for individuals who do not […]

17 Jan2019 Alienware Area-51m: A Return To PC Gaming Roots At CES 2019

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Alienware is without a doubt one of the most easily recognizable gaming computer brands in the world. It has been a household name in PC gaming for as long as I’ve been a PC gamer (over 20 years), and in fact, the first PC I built with my own money utilized a knock-off of one […]

17 Jan2019 Alienware Shoots For The Moon At CES 2019

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You don’t usually see established companies making too many big announcements at one show—perhaps a few new products and refreshes. That being said, Dell  went all in at CES 2019, with new products and major refreshes across the board for a non-gaming look at their CES 2019 announcements, check out my colleague Patrick Moorhead’s coverage. This was especially […]

17 Jan2019 Amazon Extends Its Smart Home Lead Over Google With Keyless Options At CES 2019

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Last week I attended the annual CES conference in Las Vegas, NV, to learn about all the latest in consumer electronics. You can’t talk consumer electronics without talking about the smart home, and you can’t talk about the smart home without talking about Amazon and its pervasive Alexa voice assistant functionality, first-party devices, and licensed […]