24 Sep2019 RESEARCH PAPER: Overcoming Cost And Complexity In Digital Marketing

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The retail shopping experience continues to change, especially with the growth of online shopping and the increased digital nature of retail. While the brick and mortar retail sector struggles, online retail sales continue to grow at a break-neck pace, growing 17.7 percent in 2018 alone1. Between 2008 and 2018, online retail sales grew 300 percent, […]

23 Sep2019 Darq Review: Debut Game Published By Unfold Games

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The time has finally come. In the fall of 2016, ‘Unfold Games’ released a teaser trailer for a puzzle-platform based psychological horror that blew me away. It has been three years since the initial release of that trailer, and quite a bit has changed, but the game ultimately surpassed my expectations. Darq appears to profoundly borrow […]

23 Sep2019 5 Smart Home Myths Dispelled

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Given the strong response to my recent Forbes column about the myths of cord-cutting, I decided to write a similar piece about some of the consumer misconceptions surrounding the smart home. Taking the smart home plunge can be a daunting task, and in some ways, the challenges are even more formidable than cutting the cord. Hopefully, […]

23 Sep2019 Qualcomm Positions Itself As Wi-Fi 6 Leader With New Generation Of Chipsets

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At a recent event in San Francisco, Qualcomm QCOM +0% announced the latest generation of its Wi-Fi 6 chipsets intended for routers, access points, and smartphones. While Qualcomm is very well known for its mobile 5G chipsets, the company is also a leader in Wi-Fi. Qualcomm is not alone in its support of the new 802.11ax standard, also known […]

23 Sep2019 How Should We Rate Lattice Semiconductor CEO Jim Anderson After One Year?

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I spent over 20 years in “big tech,” most of those years as an executive, and I was always getting performance appraisals from the CEO, formally or informally. As a tech industry analyst, I get to give the CEO performance appraisals, which can be a lot of fun, especially when the performance is good. After […]

23 Sep2019 Dell Technologies Dives Deeper Into Managed Services With ‘ProManage For End Users’

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Dell Technologies is a company I follow very closely as it is a major force in enterprise IT spanning many different areas from client to cloud. Of course, one part of that is the PC group’s offerings— in the most recent fiscal 2020 earnings disclosure the company said the Client Solutions Group posted record units […]

23 Sep2019 Amazon Makes Big Splash At IFA With New Fire TV Cube, Smart TVs And European Expansion

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IFA, Europe’s annual consumer electronics extravaganza, is taking place this week in Berlin. The show’s interesting for me as I view it as the last peek at consumer electronics we will see before the vaunted “holiday” selling season in the western world. While my colleague Mark Vena is in attendance (stay tuned for his takeaways), […]

23 Sep2019 IBM Continues To Invest Big In High-Performance Computing

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IBM has a long and rich heritage of success in HPC (high-performance computing) markets and workloads. The first IBM HPC system I paid attention to was BlueGene, announced in 2004, which, according to IBM, was “built to help biologists observe the invisible processes of protein folding and gene development.” Hence the name. This was during […]

16 Sep2019 RESEARCH PAPER: Thin Client Performance And Capability Reaches PC Party

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Businesses will always face challenges meeting the computing requirements of their employees. One of these challenges is finding the balance between end user performance demands and the security, cost, and management of each user’s devices. For organizations with hundreds or thousands of users, this is incredibly difficult to manage. You can download the paper by […]

16 Sep2019 RESEARCH PAPER: GPU’s Unlock VDI For Many More Users

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Designers, engineers and broader creative roles, such as graphic artists, have applications that can be very graphics processing intensive. These applications require high performance computing capabilities and present challenges for IT leaders looking to broaden virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments within their organizations —whether through full desktop virtualization or virtualization of specific applications. In addition, as […]

10 Sep2019 What You Need To Know First About The Inexplicable World Of Quantum Computing

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Despite what most people think, quantum mechanics is not a new kid on the technology block.  It is a concept almost 120 years old. Max Planck, a German theoretical physicist, first introduced quantum theory in 1900, an innovation that won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1918.  Then in 1959, a radical thinking American theoretical […]

10 Sep2019 Cerebras Unveils AI Supercomputer-On-A-Chip

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Today unicorn startup Cerebras disclosed a few details about the wafer-scale AI chip it has been keeping under wraps for some three years. While many unanswered questions remain, the new approach could mark a significant milestone in the semiconductor industry, where chips have historically been constrained by the size of a single chip’s mask. Basically, […]

10 Sep2019 The Road To Self-Driving Storage

You’ve already noticed that the data center is in the midst of a revolution. It is no longer a world where you can simply unpack a server or storage array, rack it, and walk away.  The rise of various clouds, edge computing, machine learning, and software-defined everything makes the world increasingly complicated. Your infrastructure is […]

10 Sep2019 ‘Silver Chains’ Review – Debut Game From Cracked Heads Games

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“Silver Chains” is a new first-person survival/psychological horror game for the PC and soon to be released on Nintendo Switch, released from indie developer Cracked Heads Games published by Headup Games. I recently got the chance to spend some time with this new title, and I wanted to share my review. The protagonist is an […]

10 Sep2019 AMD EPYC Is Poised For Big Gains, But Not For The Reasons You Think

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AMD garnered a lot of attention with the launch of its EPYC 7002 Series processor a couple of weeks ago, and with good reason. It’s a highly performant part with a feature set that differentiates the product from the rest of market. The press has been very positive in its coverage of EPYC. The strength of […]

10 Sep2019 Xilinx Reveals More Versal Details

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Xilinx held an “Innovation Day” event this week to share more details about the technologies the company hopes will forge a larger footprint in the data center. After listening to eight presentations and having intriguing discussions with the company’s leading technologists, some of which I actually understood, I think I have a better appreciation of both […]

10 Sep2019 Gamescom 2019: Ray Tracing Gets More Industry Support

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When NVIDIA first introduced ray tracing for its RTX-branded GeForce consumer graphics cards, I will admit I was a bit skeptical on the timing and performance needed for the hyper-realistic lighting effects. However, as I wrote about here, you really have to experience ray tracing to “get it,” and after I used it on five different […]

29 Aug2019 The University Of Texas’ Impact On 5G And Wireless Communications

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My family represents three generations of University of Texas (UT) students: my father, brother, and myself are all proud Austin graduates, and today my oldest daughter is enrolled at UT Dallas to study computer science and animation. With this background, and my role as a tech analyst focused on wireless telecommunications and enterprise networking, I […]

29 Aug2019 Based On My Review, The Dell 7400 2-in-1 Lives Up To Its Enterprise Value Proposition

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Back in May, Dell refreshed its business line of Latitude laptops along with the launch of its new Unified Workspace. I covered Dell’s Unified Workspace already as well as the refreshed line of Latitude laptops in full, and now I want to focus specifically on my personal experiences with the Latitude 7400 2-in-1. Before we jump into the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1, it is relevant to talk about the Latitude 7000 series first.  The Dell Latitude […]

29 Aug2019 TSMC’s Cheng Says Moore’s Law Isn’t Dead And Teases Its N5P Node

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TSMC, a company who has not broadly communicated much to the outside world in the past, uncharacteristically penned a blog today, here. In fact, this is TSMC’s first corporate blog, ever. I shouldn’t be surprised, though, as the author is no other than Godfrey Cheng, TSMC‘s new Head of Global Marketing. I have worked with Cheng when […]