Anshel Sag, Patrick Moorhead

The Living VR Headset: The Oculus Quest, 1 Year Review And Analysis

I was one of the few people that initially bought the Oculus Quest at its launch, around this time last year. Much like the Switch, I knew it was going to be a success well before it basically became unobtanium. The Quest represents the culmination of Facebook’s multi-year efforts in VR and is a product …

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Instead Of Being Acquired For Billions, Magic Leap Lays Off Over 50% Of Workforce

Magic Leap has long been the focus of many in the VR/AR industry with the enormous amount of funds that the company has managed to raise and burn through. While the company continued to raise funds through large rounds of investment from companies across the industry, the company also meandered and focused on entertainment and …

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UL Benchmarks Delists MediaTek-Based Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, Sony, And Realme Smartphones With ‘Suspect’ Benchmark Scores

UL BenchmarkUL BENCHMARK The saga of MediaTek’s benchmark score scandal continues where AnandTech accused the company of ‘cheating’ via whitelisting certain benchmarks into a special unsustainable ‘Sports Mode’ high-performance mode. This was written in detail by Anandtech and covered by yours truly with some of my own analysis based on over a decade of benchmarking phones. One …

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MediaTek Refuses To Back Down After Being Caught ‘Cheating’ On Benchmarks

The world of smartphone SoCs is extremely cutthroat and everyone wants to say they deliver the fastest possible performance while also having the lowest power. These two goals are always at odds with each other because, higher performance typically, all things equal, means more power consumption and worse battery life. Because a phone generally has …

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How Technology Kept Me Sane During My Fight With COVID-19

If you follow me on social media, you may know that a few weeks ago I managed to contract the SARS-COV-2 virus, also known as the 2019 novel coronavirus or COVID-19. During that time, I exhibited all of the common symptoms of the illness as well as some that are less common. While I will …

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A Review: Six Months With The Samsung Galaxy Fold

Looking back, I can say definitely that the Samsung Galaxy Fold the most impressive phone I tested in 2019. Not just that—it was the most interesting and curiosity-inducing device I’ve ever used. As I mentioned in my recent column on foldables, I’ve had numerous strangers come up to me and ask about the Fold to either …

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The New T-Mobile Will Be A 5G Powerhouse With Completion Of Its Sprint Acquisition

It’s hard to believe that nearly two years ago, T-Mobile announced the company’s intention to acquire Sprint and create the ‘New T-Mobile’. In order to complete the merger, T-Mobile had to make a number of concessions to regulators. One of the biggest concessions was the creation of a fourth new carrier in Dish and the jettisoning of certain …

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Intel Ups The Ante With New 5 GHz 10th Gen Core H-Series Notebook Chips

There has been an on-going battle between the two major CPU manufacturers ever since AMD’s Ryzen series of CPUs started to gain some steam. This battle has resulted in not only faster CPUs but better value CPUs and has pushed Intel to continue to push the envelope on what’s possible. Intel’s 10th Gen series of CPUs, …

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Area-51m Review: A Return To Alienware’s No Compromises Gaming Roots

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been disappointed by gaming laptops—I avoided them myself and advised friends to do the same, given the lower performance levels they offered versus desktop PCs. However, things changed considerably in the last 5 years, in large part thanks to NVIDIA and its MAX-Q designs. In general, gaming …

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How VR And AR Could Be A Solution To Coronavirus Cancellations For Conferences

As a technology industry analyst, I travel a lot for my line of work and attend many industry conferences and talk to a lot of people about the inner workings of the industry. One thing that I’ve started to notice is that many of the conferences I’m usually attending are being cancelled due to coronavirus …

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Shadow Creator Announces 40K AR Headsets Shipped For Education

During the craziness that is CES last month, Chinese AR headset manufacturer Shadow Creator announced it had shipped 40,000 of its Action One AR headsets from 400 different schools in China last year. AR is still a relatively nascent technology and many are still shipping only developer edition headsets; volumes are fairly low for most manufacturers. In …

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Qualcomm Announces XR2 Reference Designs And New Partnerships

Qualcomm leads the charge when it comes to XR chipsets, and the XR2 is the company’s latest. We covered the XR2 announcement back at Qualcomm Tech Summit in December and mentioned how important it would be for the industry to have access to all these new capabilities and technologies. Now, we’re starting to enter the next phase …

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Line Marks A Generational Leap For Samsung

There have been a lot of leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 line of phones. The company’s new line of Galaxy S phones promised to mark a generational leap in the phone’s specifications and capabilities—hence the jump from S10 to the S20. Now that we’ve seen the full specifications of the new Galaxy S20 …

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Like It Or Not, The Future Is Full Of Foldables

I first got a chance to play with Lenovo’s prototype foldable devices 3 years ago at Lenovo Tech World, and I’ve been excited about the emerging category ever since. It’s not just me, though—lots of people recognize the potential of foldable devices. Foldables were back in the news last week with the unveiling of its new Galaxy …

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The Biggest PC Trends At CES 2020

Historically, the annual CES conference is when all the big PC manufacturers announce their first products of the year. This year, however, was more of a conceptual year with a lot of new platforms and ideas being floated—some theoretical and others already shipping. PC manufacturers, big and small, had some interesting products and ideas to …

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CPU Design Transforms PCs Into Truly Mobile Computing Devices

Many market dynamics have driven the PC ecosystem to the point where they emulate many of the mobile experiences we get from our smartphones. The growth of the smartphone industry and its current size forced the PC industry to rethink the PC, and we’re starting to see the PC change from a large and clunky …

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Pico, North And nReal Dominate XR At CES 2020

Since both AR and VR are in the enterprise phase of development, it makes sense that there was very little AR and VR at CES 2020. In fact, these technologies are grouped within the very large gaming section at the exhibition, which can lead to some very confusing booth placements and unnecessary walking around. That …

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The Oculus Quest Supply Situation Does A Disservice To The VR Community And Developers

Many people are excited about buying the Oculus Quest—for many it will be their first VR headset. While it will be one of many for me, this one certainly is different. The Oculus Quest represents all that is needed from a VR headset and backs it up with a very solid library of titles and …

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CES 2020’s Most Compelling PC Gaming Announcements

CES is a mad show, featuring thousands of new product announcements every year. I’ve gone through many of the CES 2020 announcements and filtered through to find what I believe are the most compelling. Gaming is an important market segment for the majority of the PC makers and virtually everyone had something to announce in …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Solving The Need For High-Performance, Low-Power Computing

In the world of computing, low-power performance is increasingly important. There are a multitude of trends driving this shift, which likely began in mobile but now affects all types of computing across the ecosystem. You can download the paper by clicking on the logo below: Table Of Contents Executive Summary Processing That Matches Workloads Intel …

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