Personal Computing

What Users Have To Look Forward To With Chromebooks Powered By Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7c

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of large display devices like notebooks and Chromebooks took center stage. Tens of millions of students, businesspeople, and government workers had to be productive outside of their physical offices and learning centers – quickly hunkering down in their homes, for instance. We saw a tripling of Chromebook sales, and …

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Why Microsoft Won The $22 Billion Army Hololens 2 AR Deal

Many of the world’s leading tech companies are vying to develop what will become the next mainstream computing platform. While there’s disagreement on whether the platform will be AR, VR or some form of mixed reality, there is no doubt that one of the companies leading the charge is Microsoft. Since the first Hololens launched …

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What’s Better, The New M1 MacBooks Or The Microsoft Surface?

Over the last five months, I have spent an immense amount of time using the new Apple M1 MacBooks. I published an out-of-the-gate review of the M1 MacBook last November using my productivity tools. I then followed it up with a AAA gaming review and finally an Intel Evo PC vs. MacBook M1 review. I have spent much time evaluating …

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What’s New With Samsung Smartphone Security

Security has become one of the number one things that keeps CIOs up at night. I don’t blame them for stressing over it—when you are fighting against nation-state budgets and other adversaries with near limitless damage potential, security is a big deal. At our firm, we cover IoT end point security, the cloud datacenter and …

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Can Dreamium Labs Become Master Of The Metaverse?

Within the next five years, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications are expected to dramatically accelerate in popularity. This phenomenon will gain traction with mainstream users in particular. Spurred on by the latest generations of smartphone and mobile devices equipped with powerful “computational” camera technology that can capture and digitize 3D images with stunningly photorealistic …

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T-Mobile Goes After Businesses And AT&T And Verizon Should Be Concerned

T-Mobile has gone through numerous changes in the last few years, one being that the “Uncarrier” has expanded the aperture beyond consumer. For years, T-Mobile has focused on bringing disruption to the consumer segment, but it chose not to balance its business services efforts.  The good news is that T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint brought many …

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Marvell Furthers Its 5G Push With Fujitsu And Facebook Connectivity

Marvell is a silicon leader for the datacenter and the edge enabling the deployment of the largest cloud players, the enterprise and enabling carriers to deploy 5G globally. The company is in the midst of a renaissance that took years and Wall Street is taking notice. Since CEO Matt Murphy’s arrival in 2016, the stock …

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Microsoft’s Mesh Platform For Mixed Reality Puts Microsoft At The Forefront Of XR Collaboration

Moor Insights & Strategy has long considered Microsoft as one of the major platform players in the XR space with its HoloLens AR headset and Windows MR VR headsets, and Windows Mixed Reality platform. While many of Microsoft’s competitors are vertically integrated, like Facebook and Apple, Microsoft’s approach is far more ecosystem-focused, spreading the opportunity …

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How Qualcomm Plans To Make AR Viewers Smarter And More Useful

To facilitate the acceleration of AR, this week Qualcomm released a reference design for its Snapdragon XR1 Smart Viewer. Co-developed in partnership with Chinese partners BOE and Goertek, experts in display and XR technologies, this reference design is capable of simultaneously running multiple advanced features and high-quality graphics. Let’s take a closer look at the …

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HP Inc. Acquires HyperX PC Gaming Accessories Maker For $425M

I had the chance to chat last night with HP Inc. Personal Systems President Alex Cho about its acquisition of HyperX for $425M. Cho, before Covid-19, called the PC “essential” and forecasted industry growth based on end user research the company conducted. And he was right. HP has seen growth this year driven in part …

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What I Still Wish The M1-Based MacBooks Could Do

It has been nearly three months since I first reviewed the M1-based MacBook Pro. I was quite surprised that over 1,000,000 people read the article, but then again, I should not be, as it was different from other reviews during this time. In this review, I tested a bunch of office apps and a few of my …

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Nvidia Attempts To Improve Gaming Card Supply With Two Big Actions

Unless you’ve been snoozing the past six months, you’ve seen that Covid-19 has driven unprecedented demand for personal and work electronics. Consumers who already had PCs (25% Q4 growth1) bought better ones. And for shared PC families, they purchased devices like PCs, Chromebooks (5X Q4 growth1), and tablets (2X Q4 growth1) for everyone in the …

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Surprise! The Samsung S21 Ultra Is Great For The Enterprise, Too

At Galaxy Unpacked 2021, Samsung virtually launched the new Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy SmartTag. I attended the event alongside Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag, and you can read my full take here. I recently spent a few weeks using the Galaxy S21 Ultra as …

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My Apple M1 Mac Mini Purchase After 90 Days: Any Regrets?

Though this belief is often challenged by sub-optimal iPadOS apps (particularly Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint), I’ve always thought of my trusty iPad as the more likely contender for computing in the world of tomorrow. However, after using Apple’s new M1-based Mac mini for nearly three months, I’ve decided it’s unlikely I will use the …

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro One Month In Review: A Solid Step Up

Last month at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked, Samsung launched its newest wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Pro. You can read my full coverage of the event here. The Galaxy Buds Pro is the new and improved follow-on to the previously launched Galaxy Buds Live.   The number of companies that producing premium wireless earbuds is astounding. The competition for …

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Smartphones Diversify With New Rollables And Foldables As Market Matures

Smartphones are currently in the same transformational phase that we saw PCs go through over the last 10 years. While the PC category used to be defined by desktops and laptops, now, a PC has many different forms. These range from form factors like Dell’s Optiplex 3090, which neatly and discretely hides inside of a …

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ThinkReality A3 Expands Lenovo’s Leadership Position In Enterprise XR At CES 2021

I have been covering XR for many years, from both the PC and mobile perspective. One of the companies in the industry that has always been willing to take a risk is Lenovo—something I was saying about the company even before its launch of the Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera with Google. Lately, Lenovo has …

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Samsung Expands Chromebook And Tablet Offerings At CES 2021

Last week, I attended the first-ever entirely virtual CES. It was an exhilarating week where some of the world’s biggest companies launched a plethora of new products from TVs to Smartphones to PCs and everything in between. Samsung is no stranger to launching products at CES and took last year as an opportunity to dig …

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