As a technology insider who has actually planned, developed, and launched products, I have always believed it was important to spend inordinate amount of time living with new and emerging technology products. Only this way, can you get the “feel” of a product; where it is and where the category is headed. With regards to […]
As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for the industrial design of consumer products and their mice, keyboards, and even buttons. I conducted other research for […]
Last week, IDC and Gartner released their Q2 PC sales-out numbers, who published that PCs “stalled” or were “flat”. In both reports, there were commentaries on Intel Ultrabooks. Gartner had a subhead in their press release that said, “Ultrabooks Had Little Impact on Overall Shipments in the Quarter“. IDC went on to say that, “Ultrabooks […]
10 Jul2012 Are Wearables the Next Wave of Computing?
Two weeks ago at Google I/O, Google thrust wearable computing into the mainstream, public eye by performing one of the most incredible stunts I had ever seen on the technology stage. Wearing Google Glass and communicating via real-time voice and video, daredevils jumped out of a blimp, landed on the Moscone Center roof, rappelled down […]
Last month, Los Angeles hosted the world’s largest and most influential game trade show, E3. As with all years, we saw a combination of cool games, new products, and trends that are emerging or well on their way to being obvious. This year, one of the biggest trends focused on the rise of free-to-play (FTP) […]
Google made numerous announcements at their Google I/O developer event held last week in San Francisco. One major announcement was a new capability embedded into Google+ called “Google+ Events”. This new feature enables users to invite members to off-line, in-person venues and allows attendees to upload and share content before, during and after the event. […]
02 Jul2012 Why Apple Needs a 7 Inch Tablet
Last week, most of the tech industry was consumed with Google I/O, Google’s annual event to woo software and hardware developers to Googleand consequently away from Apple and Microsoft. In addition to Google Glass-adorned daredevils jumping out of blimps and scaling down the sides of buildings, the Nexus 7 Tablet, the first full-featured, no-compromise tablet […]
29 Jun2012 Google Nexus Q: A Confused Product
Wednesday, Google kicked off their annual developers conference in San Francisco. Dubbed Google I/O, the conference is targeted atdevelopers in the Google ecosystem. It is meant to woo them so that they keep developing for the ecosystem and if Google had their way, leave the Apple and Microsoft ecosystems. Many positive things came out of […]
25 Jun2012 Can Windows 8 PC Partners Trust Microsoft?
Less than two weeks ago, Microsoft shocked the technology world by announcing Surface, a Microsoft-branded family of convertible PCs with the latest version of Windows. One of the convertibles featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 and Windows RT and the other, a third-generation IntelCore i5 Processor with Windows 8. Details on pricing, availability, battery life and distribution […]
Yesterday, Microsoft announced Surface, a Microsoft-branded line of Windows tablets and convertibles. While details on battery life, pricing and availability were not available, Surface looks very impressive at first glance. The most unique feature is the thin keyboard case that converts the device into an extremely portable notebook. By competing with their own PC customers, […]
15 Jun2012 HSA Foundation: for Show or for Real?
I recently spent a few days at AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit in Seattle, Washington. Among many of the announcements was one to introduce the HSA Foundation, an organization currently including AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments. The HSA Foundation was announced to “make it easy to program for parallel computing.” That sounds a bit […]
08 Jun2012 Apple’s New MacBook Pro a Boost for GPUs
Last week, Appleintroduced the “MacBook Pro with Retina display”, their latest in flagship and premium notebooks starting at $2,199. The new notebook upgrades nearly every component inside in addition to the design outside. The biggest departure from prior designs is its display, named the “Retina display” which can display over 5M pixels at 2880×1800 resolution. […]
05 Jun2012 Ultrabooks: Progress a Year Later?
One year ago almost to the day at Computex 2011, Intel introduced Ultrabooks to the world. The first generation of Ultrabooks was nice, but they were also homogeneous (exception Dell XPS 13) and very expensive, limiting access to many demographics. So are things any different a year later? After seeing what Intel’s Ultrabook partners launched […]
AMD has been long perceived as providing less notebook PC battery life than its primary competitor, Intel. While AMD did score wellin specific usage models, Intel performed a better, particularly in modes where the system was idle or in sleep mode. Most of the de-facto battery life benchmarks heavily weighted idle times when the system […]
Late yesterday, Facebook launched “Facebook Camera”, an iOS mobile app for pictures. Facebook users can take, enhance with filters, upload, view and comment on friend’s pictures. Sound familiar? It should after Facebook’s $1B acquisition of Instagram. Facebook Camera affirms that the Instagram acquisition puts all questions to rest on why it was purchased. Facebook purchased […]
22 May2012 Why Apple is Wrong About Convertibles
On Apple’s last earnings call, CEO Tim Cook responded to a question on Windows 8 convertibles by saying, “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” At first glance, this makes total sense, and from the company that brought us iPod, iPhone and iPad, this […]
21 May2012 UPDATED: Facebook’s Flawed IPO Strategy
UPDATE: Facebookis down 13% as of 10AM today, May 21, in heavy trading. Last Thursday, Facebook executed the world largest IPO in history based on value. Valued at over $100B, the investment bankers like Morgan Stanleyand Facebook should be congratulated and giving each other high-fives, right? It really depends on how you look at it. […]
Yesterday, NVIDIA launched VGX and the GeForce Grid, which, among many things, could render future game consoles obsolete. This may sound very far-fetched right now, but as I dig into the details of the capability of the GeForce Grid and map that against consumer future needs, unless future consoles can demonstrably deliver something unique and […]
15 May2012 NVIDIA VGX Technology (White Paper)
NVIDIA launched one of the most significant initiatives in the history of the company that, if delivered as promised, could propel them into a position as a top enterprise technology player. NVIDIA launched VGX at their annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC). Moor Insights & Strategy analyzes the new NVIDIA VGX platform and you can download the […]
10 May2012 Discrete Graphics: The Sky is Not Falling
Ever since the Intel Ivy Bridge launched, people are coming out of the woodwork to declare that the discrete graphics card market is dead, which of course would be negative for companies like NVIDIA and AMD. This is a case of deja vu as I have heard this nearly every year for the last 5 […]