Personal Computing

Top Questions Apple Needs To Answer On Its Rumored Mac Processors At WWDC

I am celebrating my 30th year working this week in technology product management, marketing, strategy, and research. All 30 of those years involved processors in some way shape or form, so when a big topic like the potential for Apple to create its own processors for its Mac line comes up, I will weigh in on …

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Intel Core With Intel Hybrid Technology Marks A New Way Forward

Intel has been on a long path towards delivering innovation that enables the company to be competitive in more ways than just process technology. One of the significant ways that Intel is accomplishing; is with packaging technologies, and one of those technologies is called Foveros. Foveros allows Intel to create a more modular chip design that …

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Arm’s New CPUs Aim To Kickstart Smartphone Market And Enable Richer PC Experiences

Late last month, Arm announced a pair of new CPU cores that the company licenses to chip partners who then use these designs to build chips of all kinds. Arm itself is owned by the Japanese conglomerate Softbank but was acquired because of the dominant position the company has in smartphones and is poised for …

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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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AMD Ups Its Game With Eight Core Commercial Notebook Processors

Last month AMD fired off its latest round in the perpetual battle for PC processor dominance—the launch of its new Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Mobile family of processors. With workforces everywhere being forced to go mobile and work from home, we’ve seen a rush on devices and setups to get workers adjusted to the new …

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Dell’s XPS Design Moves Towards Its Commercial Line Of Devices

Around this time last year, Dell introduced its newest lineup of consumer and commercial laptops and desktops at Computex 2019. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has halted most of my travel out of the 2020 year and has kept me from seeing Dell’s new lineup of commercial and consumer devices in person. Nevertheless, it won’t keep me from writing …

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HP’s Elite Line Of Devices Are A Step Up For Work From Home

This past week HP announced its next generation of Elite PCs, including HP’s next generation of monitors. In the past, HP would announce its next generation of Elite devices at Computex, but this year, the COVID-19 crisis has kept in-person tech announces from happening. Not only has the COVID-19 crisis kept us from going to …

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Intel Beefs Up Capabilities In Managed Notebooks With Latest VPro

Intel is currently considered by many in the commercial world as the gold standard for client computing processors, and the apex of that capability is the company’s Intel Core vPro line for enterprise PCs. The company recently released the 10th Gen of these mobile and desktop processors. While Intel has had much more competition than it …

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Spotlight On ‘Teams As A Platform’ At Virtual Microsoft Build 2020

Last week I “attended” Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference to hear the latest in what the tech giant has been working on. It’s a conference I always make a point of paying attention to, as you get a window into the real nitty gritty of Microsoft’s rich development ecosystem and how it is continuously seeking to enhance and improve its …

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Microsoft Surface Go 2 Review: Better Than IPad With A Keyboard For Most Use Cases

Earlier this month Microsoft launched a plethora of new devices in their Surface lineup including the Surface Go 2 the Surface Book 3, the Surface Headphones 2, and the Surface Earbuds. I wrote a high-level overview of the launch announcement which you can access here. The device that I am focusing on for this review is the …

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Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review: The Best Of Both Worlds

Earlier this month Microsoft launched a plethora of new devices in their Surface lineup including Surface Book 3, the Surface Go 2, the Surface Headphones 2, and the Surface Earbuds. I wrote a high-level overview of the launch announcement which you can access here and you can see my Surface Go 2 review here. For this review I …

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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 And Surface Earbuds Review: Differentiated In A Crowded Market

Microsoft recently announced a couple of new audio solutions including the Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds. The company is not traditionally known for its audio devices but after a couple of successive generations of Surface Headphones and a new Surface Earbuds announcement the company’s commitment to wearable audio solutions is very apparent. While Microsoft doesn’t break out just how …

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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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Six Five Live Ep 41- A Thousand Eyes On Earnings (Citing Dell, Pure Storage, Salesforce, Qualcomm, HP Inc.)

Leading global tech analysts Patrick Moorhead (Moor Insights & Strategy) and Daniel Newman (Futurum Research) are front and center on The Six Five analyzing the tech industry’s biggest news each and every week and also conducting interviews with tech industry “insiders” on a regular basis. The Six Five represents six (6) handpicked topics that will …

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AWS, COVID-19, And The Need For Speed In Time Of Crisis

As a tech analyst, I’ve been closely following the tech industry’s efforts across the board to rise to the occasion and support the radical changes to the way we live, work, and socialize brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the companies on the frontline of all this is Amazon—of course, part of this …

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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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Apple IPhone SE Versus Samsung Galaxy A51 Comparison Review- Best Phone For $399?

In 2020, Apple and Samsung have both beefed up their budget-friendly smartphone offerings with the iPhone SE and the Galaxy A51. Both companies globally do well at the mid-range but there is a lot of market share to be taken. There seems to be a lot of appetite from consumers for the look of a …

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NVIDIA Launches New Ampere Architecture, Infrastructure, Robotics And Automotive Technologies At GTC 2020

I attend hundreds of events a year as an analyst and one way I rate them is by the number and industry impact of the announcements. I watched NVIDIA’s GTC 2020 virtual keynote today, and the company scored high on both. Architecture is everything when you are a platform provider and NVIDIA rolled out its …

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