Personal Computing

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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Six Five Live Ep 40- Build Toward The Future (Citing Microsoft, HPE, NVIDIA, Google, Apple, Splunk, Intel)

You can find the Six Five Podcast here. 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 …

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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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Microsoft Updates Surface Line With Meaningful Additions

It is hard to believe the Surface line of PCs has been around for nearly eight years. When the first batch came out in 2012, I did not quite know what to think. The concept and the words were good, but the finished product seemed, well, a bit unfinished.  We are now in 2020 and Microsoft has turned Surface into a juggernaut driving nearly $6B in sales the past four quarters.   …

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CHIP Shot: Will Project Connected Home Over IP Get Us Onto The IoT Green

Last December, the Zigbee Alliance launched “Project Connected Home over IP” (CHIP) with the ambitious goal of enabling plug-and-play consumer IoT devices. Led by Amazon, Apple and Google, Project CHIP aims to deliver specs and open source code later this year. Now that the initial press and analyst coverage has settled down, Project CHIP deserves a …

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Arm Courts Silicon Startups With Free Access To Popular Chip Designs

It’s an exciting time in the tech industry, with a raft of new technologies—namely AI, IoT, and 5G—all advancing and converging with the promise of enabling a multitude of new use applications. One company, in particular, stands out in its efforts to position itself at the center of what it calls “the 5th wave of computing,” …

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A Closer Look At The Recent Flurry Of Google Meet News

Last week, Google made news with its announcement that it was making its premium, secure Google Meet video service (part of G Suite) free for the masses. It was a timely move on Google’s part, given the need for secure, reliable video conferencing tools to cope with the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. I did a flyby of the …

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Review: HP Elite Dragonfly G2 With Built-In Tile Tracker And Sure View Gen4

Last holiday season, I tested out HP’s newest laptop in its Elite lineup, the HP Elite Dragonfly. The Dragonfly is HP’s take on a lightweight-premium looking business notebook. I already completed an in-depth 4-week review on this system and you can access the full review here. The focus for this second review is to talk about the …

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Microsoft Quickly Updates Services Portfolio In Response To COVID-19

One thing that has been fascinating for me as a tech analyst during the COVID-19 crisis is all the ways the tech industry is stepping up to cope with the fallout. With unprecedented amounts of people working, schooling and virtually socializing from home, many of the companies I cover have updated their offerings, consumption models, …

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Intel’s Gaming CPU Brings Competition We Like

Intel introduced its 10th Gen Core S-series processors aka “Comet Lake” last week that target the high-end gaming community. Intel’s CPUs improve with higher clock speeds, more cores and gamer-and-content-creator-specific features. The “Comet Lake S” desktop processors are expected by many to rival AMD’s ever-pressing Ryzen 3000 series processors with a focus on gaming performance at …

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Six Five Live Ep 38- Chips in the Desert

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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Google Opens Up The Secure Meet Video Service To The Masses Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

As the country remains largely in lockdown in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, video conferencing solutions are experiencing an unprecedented boom. Students, sent home from schools in March, rely on them for lectures and communicating with faculty. Unprecedented amounts of people are suddenly working from home, and relying on these solutions for meetings and …

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You Need To Check Out HP’s New ENVY And ZBooks If You Are A Creator And Looking At Apple MacBook Pros

Last week HP announced their new Envy lineup of 13-inch,15-inch, and 17-inch notebooks as well as a refresh of its creator ZBook mobile workstations. With these new releases, HP is showcasing its take on creator specific laptops. One of the coolest parts about my job is I get to interact with companies who grow and …

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Minecraft For RTX Beta Signals The Increased Popularity Of Ray Tracing

For the past ten years, PC gaming has increased in popularity, but since COVID-19 hit the scene, it is becoming even more popular. I captured some of that in my recent blog here where I cited some comments NVIDIA’s CFO made on the topic. It makes sense that as more people are staying home, many are occupying …

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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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