11 Jul Microsoft Surface Pro One Week Review: Making A Good Experience Even Better

The Microsoft Surface Pro has been the pride and glory of the Surface line and has gone through the most revisions of all the Surface products Microsoft has launched. I have actually used every single version of Surface, so I have some history.  Microsoft effectively created the Windows detachable 2-in-1 category with the success of […]

08 Jul Surface Laptop Two Week Review: Microsoft’s Stunning First Notebook Great For Today’s Use Cases

In May, Microsoft announced their very first ‘conventional’ laptop, the Surface Laptop. This laptop was one of the most recent Surface products Microsoft launched as part of the Surface line and the most conventional in terms of form factor. All the previous Surface devices were more unique in form or function that helped set apart […]

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 […]

05 Jun Computex 2017: High-Performance PCs Steal The Show

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In previous years, Computex has suffered from a sort of identity crisis. This has been because many of Taiwan’s biggest computer and semiconductor companies have been overlooked as the growth and interest of smartphones has overtaken PCs. With the PC market having levelled off and the smartphone market having levelled off as well, a new […]

31 May What Does It Mean That Windows On Qualcomm Gets Support From ASUS, Lenovo And HP?

The personal computer has been evolving ever since the recent punch in the gut from smartphones and tablets. Since then, the bottom has literally fallen out of tablets, smartphones are flat, and exciting growth segments within the PC sector keep humming, albeit the market is at a much lower level. Consumer electronics players like Samsung, Huawei, […]

31 May NVIDIA Slims Down Gaming Laptops Below 20mm With New Max-Q Design

NVIDIA has without a doubt been the company leading the charge to bring desktop-class gaming performance into laptops. Thanks to NVIDIA, we have desktop processors like the GTX 1080 in notebooks and virtually every gaming notebook today is VR ready. Because of NVIDIA’s efforts, we have seen some laptop manufacturers sacrifice thickness for the sake of […]

30 May Intel Announces New X-Series High-End Desktop Processors And New i9 Line

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At Computex 2017, Intel made a series of major announcements regarding their latest high-end processor offerings. This included the introduction of a new X-series of processors which are designed to be the company’s high-end performance platform for power users and prosumers. The creation of the X-Series comes as Intel starts to feel heat from the […]

30 May ARM Introduces New Processor Designs For Datacenter, Mobility And AI At Computex 2017

This week at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, ARM Holdings announced their latest series of processor designs spanning mobility, datacenter and AI. While ARM Holdings doesn’t make chips themselves, they do design processor cores and other IP for most chip companies to utilize with their own designs. Just last month, ARM introduces their first ISP (image […]

30 May Dell EMC Rolled Out Unique Improvements To Its Channel Program At Dell EMC World

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Dell EMC World Two weeks ago, I attended Dell EMC’s annual premier conference, Dell EMC World, held in Las Vegas. I did a detailed write-up on many of the bigger technology and product topics coming out of the event, which you can read here. I also attended many of Dell’s channel events and got a […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

02 Mar AMD Ryzen Desktop: AMD Said It Would Be Awesome And It Is For Certain Workloads

When Advanced Micro Devices announced nearly two years ago the Zen CPU architecture would provide an architectural improvement of 40%, my initial reaction was skepticism but with a healthy dose of optimism, too. For the last few years, AMD had some small wins and even some big wins like sweeping the Xbox and the PlayStation […]

23 Feb NVIDIA GeForce Has Moved From Graphics Card To Gaming Platform

NVIDIA is coming off the best year in the company’s history thanks to the growth of AI and NVIDIA’s position in that market. However, if you look at NVIDIA’s latest earnings, over 60% of their revenue still comes from gaming. NVIDIA’s gaming division had a fantastic quarter with 67% growth which I attribute a lot […]

31 Jan RESEARCH PAPER: Consumer Networking Gains Wi-Fi Mesh

Consumers traditionally deploy a single Wi-Fi router for the home and adapt their usage around the router. But, changing needs are rendering this strategy unworkable for many homes as the coverage area needs are increasing, the prevalence of mobile devices is changing the access patterns and a host of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now entering the […]

18 Jan PC Gaming Gets A Big Boost At CES 2017

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Many different PC vendors announced new systems at CES 2017, with some launching entirely new lines of PC gaming hardware. Companies like Lenovo and Samsung Electronics launched new brands for their gaming notebooks, while others like Dell and Hewlett-Packard introduced new products and updated existing ones that had just been introduced late last year. With […]