21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: SPEC CPU 2017 & Changing Performance

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Benchmarks help determine the relative performance of different platforms, neutralizing technical differences so IT can better ascertain the actual workload impact. The SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark has helped IT generate a relative performance baseline for CPUs across different platforms for over ten years. But being more than a decade old means the benchmark no longer […]

21 Jun RESEARCH PAPER: AMD EPYC Brings New RAS Capability

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With each new enterprise platform transition, the reliance on technology increases. Today, businesses are looking to strategies like digital transformation to reshape their operations, but these new approaches to business will put more stress and reliance on servers. By digitizing, instrumenting, and capturing untold amounts of data, businesses can get a better handle on their […]

24 May Apple Extends Swift Programming Education Program To High Schools And Community Colleges

Today, Apple announced it is expanding its Swift education program the company kicked off last year targeted to younger students, called “Learning To Code”, now to high schoolers and community college students. Extension of “Everyone Can Code” Last June, Apple kicked off Swift Playgrounds for younger students to learn how to code on an iPad […]

23 May Microsoft Launches Faster Surface Pro With Improved Battery Life, LTE, And Inking

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The New Surface Pro Microsoft builds the Surface devices as a showcase for its product and services meanwhile targeting Apple with their design. While Surface sales declined last quarter, overall, Microsoft has created the detachable PC market and has been very successful with it. It’s definitely beyond hobby status as its driving a multi-billion-dollar business. […]

18 May Google I/O 2017: It’s Really About AI And Machine Learning, People

This week I’m attending Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, in Mountain View, CA. The conference comes on the heels of a number of other big tech events (Microsoft Build last week, and Facebook F8last month), and I went into I/O hoping to see a lot of innovation, and some real, standout differentiation from these […]

18 May Microsoft Build 2017: All About Embrace And Extend

Last week was a busy one for tech industry analysts—I started out at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, attended Microsoft Build 2017 in Seattle and then went back to Dell EMC World. Build is Microsoft’s annual developer conference, targeted at the software, services and hardware developer community. I attend the event  every year as […]

17 May Google’s New Standalone Daydream VR Headset Fuses Daydream And Tango

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It has been known for quite some time that Google is working on a standalone VR headset. Standalone headsets are much more complex systems, because they incorporate not only the compute and display within the device but also the battery and tracking system. This can most easily be demonstrated by Intel’s Project Alloy VR headset announced […]

17 May Why Frame Scored $16M Investment From Microsoft And Bain Capital Ventures

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Frame Frame, a cloud app streaming platform, announced today they secured a sizable, $16 million Series A funding round from a number of very credible players: Microsoft Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, and In-Q-Tel, with participation from a previous investor, CNTP. That number and those investors is enough to make anyone’s head turn and ask—wait, who? […]

16 May What Should Google Discuss At Tomorrow’s Google I/O Event?

Many people are writing about what Google *will* discuss at tomorrow’s Google I/O conference, but unless they have clairvoyance, leaking, or guessing based on the schedule, it’s difficult to be definitive. I will be attending tomorrow and wanted to discuss what I think Google *should*discuss during the event. Artificial intelligence.:  Last year, Google rolled out […]

13 May The Dell Technologies Vision Coming Together At Dell EMC World 2017

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Last week I attended Dell EMC World (DEW) in Las Vegas—Dell Technologies’ premier customer, press, analyst and partner conference. This year, it was designed to showcase the work the company has been doing since the acquisition of EMC last year. The theme of the conference this year is “REALIZE”—as in, realize your company’s digital future. […]

09 May Samsung’s 5G Efforts Place Company Among Top 5G Leaders

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Samsung Electronics  has been in the telecommunications business for decades; 2017 marks the company’s 40th year in the industry. Samsung has been involved in the development and adoption of virtually every cellular technology from GSM and CDMA to WiMax and LTE. It comes as no surprise that Samsung is also heavily invested and engaged in […]

03 May Microsoft Goes After Google With New Education Products And Services

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Microsoft held its special Education event on Wednesday, and announced a handful of new products and services designed for and geared specifically towards teachers and students. While Microsoft dominates the installed educational base, Google Chromebooks and G Suite have grown in popularity in K-12 over the past few years as have Apple MacBooks for high […]

02 May Microsoft’s First Laptop, The Surface Laptop, Targets College Education Then Consumers, Businesses

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Surface Laptop Family Microsoft has spent the better part of the last five years introducing new computer hardware in new form factors and have had a tremendous amount of success doing it, on track to drive $4B in annual revenue. In fact, Microsoft essentially the detachable convertible tablet market that we have today with products […]

20 Apr Facebook F8 Day 2: 10 Year Roadmap For VR/AR, Wireless, Brain Interfaces And Open-Sourced AI

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SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: A view of the booth demonstrating Facebook Spaces at Facebook’s F8 Developer Yesterday marked the last day of F8 2017, Facebook’s annual developer conference, which I’ve been attending the last several days in San Jose (my rundown of Day 1 is here). Attendance for Day 2 was considerably down […]

20 Apr Samsung Chromebook Plus Review: Great Display And Design, Still Early Days For Android Integration

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Samsung Chromebook Plus The Chromebook market has been one of the bright spots in the computer market along with Windows convertibles and detachable PCs. While Chromebooks don’t run a full, desktop operating system, it does run Chrome OS which gives it some pluses, namely simplicity, security and browser familiarity with some disadvantages too. These limited […]

19 Apr Facebook F8 Day 1: Crushing Snapchat, New VR Community, Maybe Serious About Collaboration

This week I’m attending Facebook F8, the social media giant’s annual global developer conference, in San Jose. Held (almost) every year since 2007, Facebook typically seizes the opportunity to unveil new products and features, and to provide insight as to what direction the company is heading in the future. As per usual, the conference kicked […]

18 Apr Samsung Galaxy S8+ Review: Back With a Vengeance

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Samsung Galaxy S8 It has been a mixed bag year for Samsung. On one side, the company has been performing very well in their components business, but it’s been a challenging one in smartphones. Samsung ceded the #1 smartphone spot to Apple and the Note7 was a low point. Samsung’s credibility was on the line […]

16 Apr AMD’s Ryzen 5 Launches To Predominantly Positive Reviews

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AMD Ryzen Last Tuesday, Advanced Micro Devices officially started selling their Ryzen 5 desktop CPUs, the mid-range follow-on to the more premium-priced and positioned Ryzen 7 desktop processor I wrote about here.  AMD has been shipping Ryzen 5 for weeks into the channel and into system builder OEMs but Tuesday was the first day that […]

11 Apr Getting A Taste Of 5G Experiences With Gigabit LTE

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(Source: Anshel Sag, Moor Insights & Strategy) I have been traveling around the world quite a bit lately, because a lot of changes are happening in the wireless industry. Carriers around the world are upgrading their 4G LTE networks to 4G LTE Advanced Pro, which is capable of delivering Gigabit-class LTE speeds. Yes, 5G is […]

10 Apr RESEARCH BRIEF: A Glimpse Into the 5G Future: 48 Hours With Gigabit LTE

As 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) continues to mature, the industry is looking toward new technologies like Gigabit LTE to help consumers transition to 5G. Gigabit LTE is a marketing name for 3GPP’s (3rd Generation Partnership Project) LTE Advanced Pro technology, included in 3GPPP Release 13. This technology is part of the 4G LTE family […]