19 Jun Surface Changes the Microsoft, OEM Dynamic Forever

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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 Jun HSA Foundation: for Show or for Real?

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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 Jun Apple’s New MacBook Pro a Boost for GPUs

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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 Jun Ultrabooks: Progress a Year Later?

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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 […]

29 May AMD’s Trinity Removes Historical Battery Life Objections

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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 […]

25 May Facebook Camera affirms Instagram Acquisition about Removing the Competition

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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 May Why Apple is Wrong About Convertibles

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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 May UPDATED: Facebook’s Flawed IPO Strategy

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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. […]

16 May NVIDIA GeForce Grid: Killing off Game Consoles?

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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 May 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 May Discrete Graphics: The Sky is Not Falling

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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 […]

07 May HTC One X International: Trading in My iPhone 4S?

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HTC announced the HTC One family in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2012. The HTC One X was one of the bigger standouts as it indicated the best in breed of Android phones available on the market. Some even said it would threaten the iPhone. Does it live up to the hype? I had the […]

01 May Immersive Social Games Bringing Families Together

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The big discussion on social games recently is centered around games like Farmville and companies like Zynga, whose recent IPO generated a lot of attention. I see a much more interesting phenomenon taking place where new, cross-generational and immersive social games are bringing families like mine closer together. It’s an interesting phenomenon that goes back […]

01 May RESEARCH PAPER: NVIDIA VGX Technology

NVIDIA today 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. Called “NVIDIA VGX”, NVIDIA strives to remove many of the remaining barriers that have stood in the way of full cloud VDI implementations, […]

30 Apr HP And IBM Need To Be Very Afraid Of Dell

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I recently attended Dell‘s Annual Industry Conference (#DAAC) in beautiful Austin, Texas. I have staged and attended many conferences like this before and this was similar to those, but also different in many ways. I’ll get into later. One thing that kept repeating through my head was that Dell has all the characteristics to drive […]

24 Apr Yahoo!: Tactics Masquerading as Strategy

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Last week on Yahoo!’s earnings call, CEO Scott Thompson outlined six points the company would pursue to return the company to a proper focus. When I looked at the list, they all made sense as operational principles or evenaction items. The big problem is that unfortunately, operating principles or action items aren’t a strategy, and […]

17 Apr Two Sides of the Consumer Coin to Windows RT

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Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled via a blog the different Windows 8 editions and comparing the different featuresand functionalities. There are three versions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT. One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 versus previous editions is the support for the ARM architecture with NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments, and the […]

13 Apr Windows 8 Store: with 99 Metro Apps, is it Behind Schedule?

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It has been over 6 since months since Microsoft held its Windows 8 BUILD event for ecosystem partners. These partners included application developers, OEMs, ODMs, and hardware partners. At BUILD, Microsoft officially launched its application development tool, Visual Studio 11 Express Betaand provided the first instructions on how to best develop apps for the new […]

10 Apr Facebook is for Old People

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“FACEBOOK IS STUPID AND FOR OLD PEOPLE“, my 12 year old daughter texted me yesterday after FaceBook offered to purchase Instagram. If you have teenage or pre-teen girls or boys, this demonstrative behavior isn’t anything new. What I didn’t fully understand at the time is what a firestorm the acquisition set off in the community. […]

04 Apr Microsoft Windows 8 on ARM: Ready for Showtime?

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As we head toward the availability of Windows 8 in Q4, the amount of information available about X86-based platforms dwarfs that of ARM-based platforms from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. One example is the Consumer Preview (CP). The Windows 8 CP on X86 (Intel/AMD) was and still is openly available for any consumer on the […]