Anshel Sag, Patrick Moorhead

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro Builds On AMD’s Resurgence In Workstations

It is no secret that AMD has been on a tear lately, and one of the company’s biggest successes as of late is the high-end desktop PC category. Some of that high-end desktop momentum has also resulted in many prosumers and independent creators adopting AMD’s processors for their workstations at home and/or at work. While …

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When It Comes To Productivity, The Samsung Galaxy Book S Is A Marathon Runner

While the world has changed significantly in the last 6 months, something that remains is the need for light, portable and fast laptops. Today I wanted to offer my review of the Samsung Galaxy Book S, which I consider to be the perfect laptop in terms of productivity, without compromising connectivity and battery life. I first …

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Google’s Acquisition Of North Could Bring Glass 3 Next Year

Last week, a rumor surfaced that Google might be acquiring North, the Canadian maker of the Focals AR glasses. This week, the rumor was confirmed to be true. I have covered North since it started shipping its first smart glasses in the US, and got the chance to review the company’s Focals 1.0 glasses (see here). …

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Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Wear 4100 And 4100+ Stand To Juice Next-Gen Wearables

Qualcomm is the leading supplier of wearable chipsets for smartwatches. The company’s last smartwatch chipset, the Snapdragon 3100, introduced an optional ultra-low power processor, but didn’t make significant improvements to performance over the previous generation. I believe that this may have hurt the non-Apple wearable market, but the overall wearable market has continued to grow. …

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How The Oculus Quest, Supernatural VR And Apple Watch Helped Me Recover From Covid-19

As many of you may already know, I managed to contract Covid-19 in early March of this year and was sick for the good part of 3 weeks, including a 9-day hospitalization. During this hospitalization I managed to keep myself sane with the support of my friends and family and with the help of my …

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How The Measurement Of Dynamic Foveated Rendering Can Benefit VR And AR

Many companies and experts within the AR/VR industry talk about the benefits of foveated rendering—the ability to only render a portion of the scene that a user is looking at. Some companies have implemented the technology to improve performance on standalone VR headsets, such as the Oculus Quest, HTC Vive Pro Eye and Pico Neo …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Tobii Benchmark Testing Validates The Benefits Of Dynamic Foveated Rendering

Led by enterprise use cases, the VR market is resurging with a new generation of devices equipped with innovative features enabled by eye tracking and foveated rendering (FR). These technologies first appeared in commercial headsets in mid-2019, and while they are relatively new, they promise to deliver significant improvements in performance and the generation of …

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Dell’s New High-Performance Alienware And XPS PCs Bring Welcome Updates And New Models

At CES this year Dell showed off some concepts along with a few new PCs including the new and improved XPS 13 laptop with Intel 10th Gen U-Series CPUs which recently launched last month. At CES, other laptops were teased for later in the year, which made this month’s announcement and show Dell’s continued interest in AMD’s products with the …

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New ARM GPUs Bring Major Performance Improvements To High-End And Mid-Tier Devices

Arm is one of the world’s leading suppliers of GPUs in the world. Between smartphones and embedded devices, the company purportedly shipped over 1 billion GPUs in 2019. While undoubtedly impressive, this number is not that surprising when you consider that Arm has an estimated 85% market share in smart TVs, mostly thanks to MediaTek, …

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Qualcomm XR Viewer Program Gains Momentum With Operators

The AWE (Augmented World Expo), is a premier AR/VR event held every year in Santa Clara, California. During the keynote this year (held virtually, for obvious reasons), Qualcomm, a Platinum sponsor of the event, shared details on the momentum of the semiconductor manufacturer’s XR viewer program. Qualcomm has been pushing the smart viewer program for …

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HP Reverb G2 VR Headset Brings HP Storming Back Into The VR Game

Last year, I had the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time with HP’s first VR headset, the HP Reverb. I really thought that HP had done the impossible and delivered a comfortable, high resolution headset that was generally affordable and executed well on its purpose. The Reverb was targeted squarely at the enterprise …

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HP Reinvigorates Omen Gaming Brand With New Design, Desktops And Logo

Last week, HP took the wraps off its complete overhaul of the Omen brand of gaming PCs and peripherals. HP’s Omen brand comes from the heritage of the company’s acquisition of Voodoo PC back in 2007. Voodoo’s own line of PCs were called many things, but HP borrowed some of Voodoo’s naming schemes to name …

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HTC Vive Sync: A Real Solution For VR Teleconferencing And Telepresence

Last week HTC Vive finally announced the public availability of the company’s Vive Sync collaboration platform for the Vive headset. While the company says compatibility with other VR headsets is forthcoming, the fact that it prioritized Vive is a definite short term differentiator. The Sync platform has actually been in development for quite some time—I …

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NVIDIA Targets Ampere Architecture To The Edge And 5G With EGX A100

Traditionally, NVIDIA introduces the company’s latest GPU architecture at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC), which I have been attending since its inception in 2009. Over the years, NVIDIA launched its enterprise, datacenter and AI GPU products, as well as the architecture behind them, at the GTC conference. This year is no different, except for the …

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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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