18 Mar2013 RESEARCH PAPER: The Latest Extreme Low Power, Windows Tablets Now Ready for the Enterprise

The introduction of Apple’s iPad sent shock waves through the industry as it redefined end user’s expectations on design, battery life, simplicity, content and applications. Like PC purchases driven by end users and departments in the late 1980’s, iPads first entered the enterprise through executives, departments and end users. Apple added basic enterprise features and […]

12 Mar2013 HP ENVY X2: One Step Closer to the Hybrid Future

As a technology analyst, I spend a lot time analyzing and keeping the pulse on the latest in inflection points, the ones that matter. Modularity is one of those factors and will be an important thing to keep an eye on for the next 5-10 years. In present day, modularity is important with the smartphone to […]

05 Mar2013 Lytro-Type Cameras for Smartphones Coming Soon?

Lytro fascinated many with the first mass marketed camera that enabled the user to alter the focal point dynamically after the picture was taken. The camera won a lot of awards but also came with some downsides, too. The Lytro’s opening price point was high at $399, was packaged an unorthodox tube form factor, and the output […]

04 Mar2013 Are MEMS-based Smartphone Cameras the Next Big Thing?

Last week I attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, the world’s largest gathering of the mobility industry. At MWC, I focused my time researching new phones, tablets, apps, cloud services and their associated technologies. One of the most interesting technologies I saw was a MEMS-based camera by DigitalOptics Corp, which I believe could be the next big thing […]

26 Feb2013 Asus FonePad Phone Functionality not as Odd as it Seems

After having spent a few days in Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress, I have had the chance to play around with a few mobile “toys”. A few of these devices caught my eye and the Asus FonePad was interesting not in form factor, but utility. The FonePad is essentially a 7″ Android tablet […]

19 Feb2013 The Nvidia Tegra 4i: A Step Forward in Smartphones

Nvidia today announced the Tegra 4i, a smartpone chip with an integrated LTE modem on the same physical die.  This is a follow-on to the Tegra 4 that was announced at this year’s CES 2013.  Nvidia is making some very bold claims about the Tegra 4i versus Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, and while there are no 3rd […]

18 Feb2013 Intel Set-Top Box Camera Controversy: Much Ado About Nothing

Last Tuesday, Erik Huggers, Intel‘s corporate vice president of Intel Media,  announced at D:Dive Into Media that Intel is building a set top box and pay TV service that includes live TV.  Huggers talked about the service which will most likely include friendlier bundling and also about the living-room device itself, which will operate more like a 21st century […]

12 Feb2013 Will Gen 3 Chromebooks Finally Hit the Mark?

Now on their third generation, Chromebooks have taken a deserved perceptual and business beating over the last few years. Generation one and two were flawed in many basic ways, with high prices, sluggish performance, and lack of robust off-line capabilities. This makes Lenovo’s and HP’s latest entry into the category all that puzzling. Is their entry […]

05 Feb2013 A Private Dell is a Stronger Dell

In one of the worst kept secrets out there over the last few weeks, Dell announced this morning that it will go private in a deal with Silver Lake Partners, Microsoft, Michael Dell’s investment company, and Michael Dell himself.  The question is, is this better or worse for Dell?  Based on the way Wall Street views […]

29 Jan2013 Leaving the iPhone- How Windows Phone 8 Stacks Up

Approximately six weeks ago, I made the decision to stop using my iPhone 4s and immerse myself in Android, which I did for about a month.  I wrote about that here.  After Android, I wanted to try out Windows Phone 8 for an extended period of time and I want to share my experiences with you. My […]

24 Jan2013 The Threat I/O Virtualization poses to Cisco, Juniper and Brocade

As a technology (not financial) analyst, my company talks to and works with very many companies ranging from consumer handset makers to the leaders in mega datacenter cloud infrastructure.  What I am constantly looking for are those game changing technologies that can alter the competitive equation.  You know, the “disruptors”. I found an interesting disruptor […]

22 Jan2013 AMD SurRoundhouse Concept: Future Cure for the CE Industry Woes?

For a run of at least 30 years, the “classic” consumer electronics industry successfully transitioned from one technology to another.  TVs are a good example.  TVs went from big color tubes to rear projection to flat panels and HD projection to HD panels.  We can’t forget laser disc to Beta to VHS to DVD either.  Consumers […]

16 Jan2013 Who Won the Smartphone Chip Wars at CES 2013?

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is best known for gigantic 4K TVs and Android-powered refrigerators, but this year’s CES brought brand new smartphone chips from Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm.  While information is still limited, all three of these players brought their best to the game and I wanted to share with you what I saw and heard at […]

15 Jan2013 Facebook Graph Search no Threat to Google…. Yet

Today, Facebook announced Graph Search, the ability for users to more easily search for information related to their social graph.  Users could always search, but the results were typically line items that required a second click to access to see if the results were relevant.  Graph Search adds many capabilities, adding search by friends, places, pictures and […]

15 Jan2013 Leaving the iPhone- How Android Stacks Up

About a month ago, I made the decision to stop using my iPhone 4s with the possible outcome of leaving the iPhone for an Android or Windows phone for an extended period of time.  I don’t want to use the term “never”, because that’s limiting.  As promised, I wanted to share with you my experiences with Android so […]

14 Jan2013 WHITE PAPER: NextIO Enables Multivendor Converged Datacenters

Industry standard x86 server node performance has been improving at an increased pace as core counts and memory capacities have increased. This rapidly increasing compute density is driving a commensurate increase in the costs of implementing in-rack network architectures. The challenge is how to maintain a multivendor, best-in-class datacenter. One good solution is to consolidate […]

08 Jan2013 NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD Connects Disparate Gaming Worlds

Even before CES 2013 officially began, NVIDIA announced a new product that rocked the gaming world.  NVIDIA announced Project SHIELD, an NVIDIA-branded mobile gaming device that connects different world of gaming, across modes, displays and content. My first visual impression of SHIELD when I saw it was that it looked like a high end portable game […]

07 Jan2013 Why Nvidia’s Project Shield is Disruptive to Game Consoles and Portable Game Devices

NVIDIA tonight announced one of the most disruptive products in their history, called Project SHIELD, a portable gaming device that also signifies a vertical integration move.  Put simply, Project SHIELD is an NVIDIA-branded, Android-based portable game device with a 5” 1,280×720 display that can play Android and PC games.  It will be available in “Q2, 2013” at a […]

01 Jan2013 RESEARCH PAPER: NextIO Enables Multivendor Converged Datacenters

Industry standard x86 server node performance has been improving at an increased pace as core counts and memory capacities have increased. This rapidly increasing compute density is driving a commensurate increase in the costs of implementing in-rack network architectures. The challenge is how to maintain a multivendor, best-in-class datacenter. One good solution is to consolidate […]

01 Jan2013 RESEARCH PAPER: Mobility is Not PC: Technology-Driven Differentiation in a PC+ World

While having very different origins, the mobile and PC markets are starting to merge. Smartphones are an extension of the reliable, regulated and high quality feature phone purchased from mobile operators vs. the PC which comes from an open, unregulated, and price-driven beginning. Dividing the middle are media tablets that now offer features from both […]