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NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD Connects Disparate Gaming Worlds

Even before CES 2013 officially began, NVIDIA announced a new product that rocked the gaming world.  NVIDIA announced Project SHIELD, an NVIDIA-branded mobile gaming device that connects different world of gaming, across modes, displays and content. My first visual impression of SHIELD when I saw it was that it looked like a high end portable game …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Mobility is Not PC: Technology-Driven Differentiation in a PC+ World

While having very different origins, the mobile and PC markets are starting to merge. Smartphones are an extension of the reliable, regulated and high quality feature phone purchased from mobile operators vs. the PC which comes from an open, unregulated, and price-driven beginning. Dividing the middle are media tablets that now offer features from both …

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The Most Significant Consumer Technology Products of 2012

One great thing about a tech industry in transition is that manufacturers amp up the amount and breadth of the products they announce.  2012 was a transition year for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, and there were so very many great options to choose from. My selection criteria for my favorite, significant products was simple: I personally used …

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Leaving the iPhone

I have used the iPhone since the 3G as my primary phone and have enjoyed my experience very much.  It was, quite frankly, ahead of its time in almost every conceivable way.  It “felt” better, had more apps, better apps, great camera and a built-in iPod.  Better in every way until now.  I am strongly considering …

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Dell’s “Five Forces” Will Define its Future

Dell held its second annual Dell World conference in Austin, Texas last week.  This young and energetic conference was a refreshingly honestand candid look at Dell’s transformation from PC assembly to global services and solutions.  Where most corporate conferences focus on selling what’s in or about to enter the sales cycle, Dell World focused on telling Dell’s story for the rest …

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SingTel refuses to be a Commodity

If you live in the U.S., you probably would rarely consider using your wireless carrier, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, for apps, particularly those written by them.  Now think about apps you use for social media, voice commands, and food reviews, finding and planning local events, reading the news or apps to view and manage your photos …

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HSA Foundation: Purpose and Outlook (White Paper)

AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments have come together to found the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, or the HSAF. The HSAF is an open, industry standard consortium founded to define and deliver open standards and tools for hardware and software to fully take advantage of high performance of parallel compute engines, and do so …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HSA Foundation: Purpose and Outlook

The HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, known as the “HSAF”, is an open, industry standard consortium founded to define and deliver open standards and tools for hardware and software to fully take advantage of high performance of parallel compute engines, and do so in the lowest possible power envelope. This new environment will enable rich …

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Windows, iOS, and Android All Have Something to Prove This Week

Prior to Apple developing iOS and over the last 25 years, there had never been much of a threat to the Windowsecosystem. With iOS, Apple proved many things, including the value of a holistic experience delivered through purpose-built combinations of hardware, software and content. Now in mobile, it’s Microsoft looking into the window wanting to …

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Why Maps are “Really” Important to Apple

In my last Apple Maps column I discussed why Apple would have delivered a suboptimal maps experience. This analysis was really a short term view of why they would do this, and the answer was Wall Street. Net-net, Apple would have felt the Wall Street wrath more than they are already feeling post-iPhone 5 launch had they delayed …

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Apple Maps: Decision by Wall Street?

Just as we all start to get sick of reading and debating the Apple Maps debacle,  a new interesting thread, issue, or new piece of information comes up.  This time, it was, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologizing for the lousy experience Apple Maps delivers.  You should put to rest the debate on whether it’s a good experience or …

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Of Course HP Will Enter the Smartphone Market Again

Two weeks ago, the industry was abuzz with discussion about Meg Whitman’s Fox Business interview on September 13. There, she said HP must ultimately offer a smartphones. This set off a chain of new stories, some aghast that HP would be considering something like this given HP’s last foray in phones. Most of the ire stems from HP’s …

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The Significance of Motorola’s RAZR i Announcement with Intel Inside

Today, Motorola Mobility announced the Motorola RAZR i for Europe and Latin America.  The phone is very similar to North America’s RAZR m, but instead of a Qualcomm, ARM-based SOC, it includes an Intel Atom-based X86 processor.   This announcement is significant for Intel and the industry for many reasons, including Intel’s first big brand phone in …

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Google Missed a Huge Opportunity with Motorola’s Droid Razr Launch

Updated with more launch details. I have immeasurable respect for anyone who has planned, developed or launched a product. I did that for 22 years in the various tech companies I was with. This is why I was so dissapointed with Google‘s event today to launch their new line of Motorola Droid phones.  Specifically, they launched the …

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Google’s Motorola Division Launches Phones Tomorrow with Qualcomm. What About Intel?

There has recently been a lot of chatter about Motorola’s new line of Razr HD smartphones. The rumors contain details about form factors, features and even details down to the SOC (system on chip) inside the phone. The SOCs being discussed are those from Qualcomm andIntel, which is raising some questions about what will launch where. As …

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What is Google Really Saying with its Post Apple-Samsung Verdict Talking Points?

Since the Samsung-Apple verdict, Google was silent on their views.  This was surprising, in that this result was one potential outcome, and most companies get well ahead of these coporate talking points.  I suppose Google wanted to lay low until they saw how the press and consumers reacted before throwing an axe into the sea.  Last night, Google …

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Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for the industrial design of consumer products and their mice, keyboards, and even buttons. I conducted other research for …

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HSA Foundation: for Show or for Real?

I recently spent a few days at AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit in Seattle, Washington. Among many of the announcements was one to introduce the HSA Foundation, an organization currently including AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments. The HSA Foundation was announced to “make it easy to program for parallel computing.” That sounds a bit …

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