31 Jul Synaptics Timing With Edge Solutions Aligns With Google’s Increased Privacy Push

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Google held its big annual developer conference, I/O, back in May. While the event has come and gone, its repercussions continue to be felt—particularly around privacy and how the company seeks to enable more of it. I think this conversation opens up an opportunity for vendors who are creating intelligent solutions for the edge—one of […]

25 Jul 4 Cool Smart Home Products That Deserve Consideration

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Summer is finally here. I’ve recently come across a handful of new smart home products that are truly useful and game-changing—particularly if you’re spending more time indoors than usual hiding from the heat. Let’s dive in. Netgear Nighthawk AX12 Router satisfies your need for speed I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless router fanatic, and I’m […]

21 Jun HP Takes Innovation Past Thin, Light And Low Power At Computex 2019

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Last week at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, HP Inc., announced its updated lineups of business and consumer laptops that you can expect to see for corporate Windows 10 refreshes and the “back to school” buying season. HP Inc. announced growth last quarter in its PC business with a 2% improvement and big commercial gains […]

13 Mar The 10 Most Bizarre Things About The FTC-Qualcomm Case

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It has been two months since closing arguments were presented in the FTC versus Qualcomm Trial, and Judge Koh could issue a verdict at any moment. In these past few months, I have been analyzing what a ruling might mean. I’m not a lawyer, but have seen a lot of antitrust action and was considered […]

15 Feb Amazon’s Acquisition Of Eero Validates Mesh Networking In Today’s Connected Home

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The news outlets have been abuzz this week with Amazon ’s decision to cancel its recently announced plans to build a new headquarters in New York City. Relatively little coverage was given to the e-commerce behemoth’s announcement earlier in the week that it was acquiring Eero, a startup specializing in mesh networking solutions for the home. While acquisitions like […]

17 Jan CES 2019 Wrap Up #1: 4 Eye-Catching Solutions From The Conference Floor

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People who attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for short, generally use the word “survive” to characterize their visit. With 4,500 exhibiting companies, more than 180,000 in attendance (exceeding last year), and more 6,500 media and analysts, the show did not disappoint. A trip to CES is not for individuals who do not […]

16 Jan If The FTC Case Against Qualcomm Seems Like a Clown Show Right Now, It’s Because It Started That Way

If you haven’t been following the FTC versus Qualcomm case and are in tech, you probably should. What’s likely at stake are future inventors’ rights to monetize their inventions, the U.S. government becoming an IP price fixer, U.S. 5G competitiveness and in related industries like self-driving cars and smart cities and potentially national security. If […]

10 Jan HP Goes Big On Displays At CES 2019

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This week I’m in Las Vegas attending CES 2019. The annual consumer electronics conference is a virtual who’s who of consumer tech, with most companies seizing the opportunity to announce flashy new products for the new year. Industry stalwart HP Inc., the #1 unit share PC manufacturer, kicked off the conference with a slate of new products geared towards […]

09 Jan Consumer ‘Smart Home’ Technology Predictions For 2019

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The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier consumer electronics event, where companies big and small get a chance to showcase their new technologies. It always provides a strong glimpse of where the industry is going, and as such, is a must-attend for analysts like myself. On the eve of the show, […]

30 Dec Where Does XR Go From Here?

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2018 has been an interesting year for the XR industry. While many people try to separate the fates of VR and AR, those that work in the industry know these devices will inevitably merge into XR devices capable of both. AR and VR would struggle if they both tried to convince consumers about either or […]

10 Dec Qualcomm Differentiates Itself And Smartphone Partners From Apple And Huawei With The Snapdragon 855

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I spent last week in Maui attending Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Technology Summit with my colleague and analyst, Anshel Sag. It was a tough assignment in Hawaii, but someone had to do it. I attend about fifty events per year, and the Snapdragon Summit is right there at the top- not just for the location, but […]

07 Dec Even More Smart Home Products For The Holiday Season

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With about a month left before Christmas, I’d like to provide another round of great tech products worth consideration when doing your holiday shopping. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of these unique, affordable products. TCL 6 Series 65” Smart TV (Model 65R617) stands out in a crowded market Over the past […]

05 Sep Huawei Kirin 980 Looks Good On Paper But AnandTech Benchmarking Accusations Could Indicate Otherwise

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Update: See Huawei’s prepared statement at the end of the article. Huawei has been on an up and down roller coaster related to smartphones as of late. On one hand, it achieved the number two global smartphone unit market share position surpassing Apple, only second to Samsung. Its premium smartphone market share is up, too, […]

31 Aug Why Today’s Security Cameras Are Already Obsolete

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Table of security cameras at Qualcomm’s IoT Analyst Day in San Diego.      MARK VENA Not surprisingly, the smart home category continues to enjoy enviable growth. According to Statista.com, worldwide revenue for smart home-related products is expected to exceed $48.5 billion dollars in 2018—a 38.3% increase over 2017. Part of this is due to […]

17 Aug StarVR One Takes VR To New Heights At SIGGRAPH 2018

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Trying out the new StarVR One headset.     ANSHEL SAG StarVR has been working aggressively to bring a new version of its headset to market, and this week it announced the fruits of its labor: the StarVR One. I attended the StarVR briefing where the company announced the new headset, and spent significant time using […]

23 Apr BenQ ‘treVolo S’ Electrostatic Speaker Review

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BenQ treVolo S Bluetooth Speaker (Zane Pickett) Consumers are using Bluetooth speakers more and more these days to play music and videos and the market is booming. Given Bluetooth pervasiveness in smartphones, tablets, laptops and other music devices (e.g., Amazon Alexa and Google Home), this makes a lot of sense.  The need for portability, assistance, […]

17 Apr HP’s Executive Forum Gives Insights Into Business, Products, And Just As Important, Company Culture

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“Accelerate” was the theme for this year’s HP Executive Forum As a technology industry analyst, I attend many different kinds of events; some public, but many more private. I recently attended HP’s Executive Forum held in Las Vegas, where HP Inc. brought in its North American channel partners to discuss HP’s roadmap and mutual business […]

06 Apr Smart Home Update: 3 Cool Solutions That Deserve Your Attention

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In the sea of new “smart home” solutions that are flooding the market, the unfortunate fact is that many of these products are solutions looking for problems to solve. With the Field of Dreams “build it and they will come” mentality still very much part of the consumer technology landscape, it’s reassuring to see the […]

05 Apr Dell Springs Into Action With New XPS 15 And G Series Gaming Notebooks

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The new Dell G7 15″ from the company’s new G Series of gaming notebooks. We got a taste of what to expect from Dell  in the coming year at CES 2018, but there are always new surprises not mentioned at the big conference. Dell announced this week that it is freshening up its several of […]

14 Mar First Impressions: Norton Core And The Future Shape Of Home Network Security

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Symantec’s new Norton Core router. Even technology “experts” like myself can make boneheaded decisions—but at least I learn from them. My epiphany, learned the hard way, came around 2009 when I traveled to Houston for a meeting with HP . I stopped for lunch at a local restaurant, leaving my briefcase with my notebook computer […]