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 […]

15 Jan Samsung Slowly Filling In Its Computer Line With New Notebooks And Chromebooks Announced At CES 2017

Samsung Electronics is best known for mobile products like smartwatches, smartphones and tablets and of course, HDTV and appliances, but not so much as a computer company. I wasn’t expecting Samsung to be so computer-heavy this year at CES 2017, but they really were. Of course, Samsung will always have new TV announcements and the […]

05 Jan Dell Excels At CES Again With New And Futuristic Business And Consumer Offerings

Dell has excelled in the CES award count over the last few years where they’ve announced both new consumer and commercial designs. Their performance has not been limited to CES as they’ve made a run on market share as well, with 15 straight quarters of year over year market share growth. Last quarter alone, Dell […]

04 Jan Intel At CES 2017: ‘It’s On’ In Automotive And 5G And We Still Love PCs

Intel has been on a multi-year journey to diversify themselves from a PC and server play to an IoT leader spanning the endpoint to the datacenter and everything in-between. So far, the company has seen its biggest differential success in the data center maintaining their giant compute share and growing in networking and storage and […]

03 Jan HP Ups Its Innovation Game At CES 2017 With Updated x360 and AIO, New Sprout Pro, Game Display

HP is doing a good job of focusing on growth and emerging areas while still supporting legacy markets for the volume it provides. HP is investing a lot into innovation and taking risks and it’s really starting to show with their latest products like the HP Spectre, HP ENVY Curved AIO, Folio G1, the Elite […]

03 Jan Lenovo Enters The Smart Home, Gets Aggressive In Gaming, AR And Premium X1 Line At CES 2017 #CES2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,  Lenovo came out with their guns blazing by stepping up their product announcements more than I have ever seen them do in the past five years. Lenovo is entering new markets, adding new brands and further improving current offerings. When Lenovo came out with the Yoga […]

20 Dec 2016: The Year VR Didn’t Meet Expectations, Sort Of

As 2016 ends, many people look at the projected sales figures of the different VR headsets and are left disappointed. However they shouldn’t be, because their expectations were too high. Firms projected astronomical numbers for the size of the VR market going into 2020 and beyond, which included unrealistic expectations for 2016 as well. I […]

07 Dec Microsoft Gives More Details About The PC’s Future At WinHEC, And It Looks Brighter

WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) is Microsoft’s string of conferences designed to get hardware developers jazzed about developing for the Windows platform. Microsoft’s goal, like anyone with an ecosystem, is to get their fair share of resources committed to their platform. At this year’s WinHEC 2016 in Shenzhen today, Microsoft laid out what could possibly […]

07 Dec Microsoft Surface Book With Performance Base-Two Weeks In Review

Microsoft has been on a roll as of late. They’re doing great with Azure public cloud, substantially increasing Office 365 subscriptions, fielding a much improved Dynamics, and were first with an AI and CaaP ecosystem. So how about hardware? Well, Surface is on a $4B annual revenue run-rate and they just launched their first all-in-one, […]

01 Dec Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review: Enterprise Heritage Meets Future With OLED Display, Modularity, Pen

Lenovo is the world’s #1 personal computer maker in the world by unit volume. The ThinkPad brand of enterprise notebooks harkens all the way back to the IBM days in the 90’s and to Lenovo’s credit, they have kept the brand successful, which when the IBM acquisition occurred, few bet on the company’s success. Enterprises […]

17 Nov The PC Industry Gets Personal Again, So What’s The Impact?

Sunrise (Image: Shutterstock) I have worked in tech for over 25 years in products, strategy, marketing, and as an industry analyst I have seen many varying approaches to determine what service and product experiences to create. All tech companies consider technology, customers, macro trends, profits, cost, supply chain, timing, etc., but all focus in on […]

16 Nov Recommended Daily Security Allowance

I often say to people, “Just because you can connect something to the internet, that doesn’t mean you should connect something to the internet.” Sure, it would be great to be able to log into a baby monitor while you are on a trip. But let’s face it, what is the value of doing that […]