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Windows 10: Does It Deliver to PC Enthusiasts?

  It’s been a little more than a week since Microsoft launched Windows 10 as an upgrade to existing Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 users. Windows 10 hits nearly every end customer segment and sub-segment out there, but I want to focus first on enthusiasts, the sub-segment who typically uses desktops and skew to buying more …

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RESEARCH BRIEF: AMD 6th Generation Processor Brings Best-in-Class Game Streaming to Windows™ 10

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, offers gamers new opportunities to stream games and content from their Xbox One to their PCs. This functionality is unique to Windows 10 and requires a certain set of parameters to be met. One of these parameters is ample PC hardware to perform the appropriate decoding for a smooth, high- quality game …

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Misunderstood Mobile Benchmarks Are Hurting The Industry and Consumers

I have been in and around the benchmarking and benchmarketing scene for 25 years in the PC, server, and now smartphone and tablet markets. Benchmarks have been on a cyclical nature for years and the cycle is fairly predictable. Benchmarks cycle between manufacturer, consortium, benchmark company and industry standard- led formations. There are hybrids as …

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Qualcomm Gets Aggressive In Taiwan At Computex 2015

Last week, much of the PC, server, and tablet electronics component, operating system and ODM world came together in Taiwan for Computex. Companies like Advanced Micro Devices, ARM Holdings, Intel, MediaTek Inc., Microsoft, NVIDIA and Qualcomm were all there on hand to take part in the festivities. I’m going to focus on Qualcomm’s presence there, …

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Apple MacBook Review: Redefining The Ultrathin Notebook Experience

As I have explained before, I’m an industry analyst, not a reviewer, but I do review important, new category products to better understand new usage models and the potential for category and/or vendor share shift. I had the chance to use the new Apple MacBook for the last week as my primary notebook and I want to …

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Synaptics Expands Into Gaming Market

Synaptics is best known as the company that brings the latest and greatest in natural user interfaces with touchpad, touch screen, and more recently the fingerprint sensor technologies to phones, tablets and personal computers. Synaptics is really a “human interface company”, and they want to utilize their technology in ways that enable for the best user …

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How LTE-U In Unlicensed Spectrum Helps Carriers Make Money

As our world becomes more and more wirelessly connected, there is a never-ending demand for more spectrum to accommodate the bandwidth needs of all our devices. This challenge was coined by Qualcomm in 2013 as the “1000x challenge”, saying that wireless networks in the future will require 1000x the capacity of today. As a result, many companies …

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MWC: Dell’s New ProSupport Leverages IoT And BigData For Enterprise-Class Client Device Support

All PC manufacturers, including the big three comprising Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo , are looking to lower support costs and improve the support experience. Client-device support for PCs and tablets has traditionally lagged behind the datacenter and enterprise apps, and that generally speaking, continues to be the case. Most current models of client device support generally involve the traditional manual support …

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RESEARCH PAPER: IoT and Big Data Reshape Support

The world of client support has been generally staid and predictable for years, with innovation focused on reducing cost and streamlining efficiency, often at the customers’ expense. The market is littered with either a confusing array of support choices or pre-packaged offerings that miss key elements, none of which have kept up with the latest technology …

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MWC: What An Exciting Time In Mobile Chips With Apple, Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung

Right now is a great time to be an analyst tracking the mobile SoC industry as we are seeing some of the strongest mobile SoC offerings from almost all the big players. The mobile SoC market could start to get closer to maturity, especially with some players’ most recent crop of 64-bit SoCs. The most prominent SoCs …

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RESEARCH NOTE: NVIDIA Tegra X1 Targets Neural Net Image Processing Performance

NVIDIA Tegra X1 (TX1) based client-side neural network acceleration is a strong complement to server-side deep learning using NVIDIA Kepler based Tegra server accelerators. In the software world, “function overloading” refers to using one procedure name to invoke different behavior depending on the context of the procedure call. NVIDIA borrowed that concept for their graphics processing pipelines. …

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Is Windows 10 Microsoft’s Consumer Comeback OS?

I had the distinct pleasure attending Microsoft’s event in Redmond last week where they brought out a myriad of new products like HoloLens and Surface Hub and disclosed many more details on Windows 10, in particular, the consumer features. In the totality of the event, I think Microsoft score big in that they projected that they could innovate and that …

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Intel Gets Their First AT&T LTE Voice-Data Win With Hybrid Phone-Tablet Device

As I’ve said many times, getting certified on an AT&T network on voice and data is recognized as one the most difficult networks if you are a chipmaker or a device maker. AT&T is “proud” of its networks, but if you can get your communications module and/or device (phone, tablet) certified there, there’s a good chance you …

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Nvidia Well Positioned For The Holiday Tablet Selling Season

Nvidia has been on quite the tablet roll lately. Google just recently announced that their flagship 9″ tablet, the Nexus 9, manufactured by HTC, includes Nvidia’s Tegra K1 SoC with Kepler graphics inside. While components and graphics AIBs are Nvidia’s primary business, they also develop and sell their own branded tablets and devices under the “SHIELD” moniker. Interestingly, as …

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Nvidia Shield Tablet With LTE: Awesome Mobile Gaming For $399

A few months back, I wrote about how Nvidia’s SHIELD tablet gave us a look into Nvidia’s mobile gaming strategy. I also talked a bit about its feature set of the initial SHIELD tablet with WiFi and 16GB of storage. Nvidia today launched an LTE-based SHIELD tablet with 32GB of storage, priced at $399, $299 with an AT&T …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HP: Protecting Printers With Enterprise Grade Security

In today’s Internet of Things (IoT) environment, security is not only critical, it’s essential. Newly connected IoT devices such as thermostats, vending machines, HDTV’s and wearables create some of the largest potential security gaps in the IT infrastructure. As users demand mobility, cloud-based applications and collaboration, both inside and outside their company or organizations firewalls, the threat …

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Two Weeks With Dell’s First Business Class 2-in-1 With The Intel Core M Processor

Two weeks ago, Dell offered me the chance to try out one of the first Latitude 13 7000 Series 2-in-1s right off the final prototype line. What is significant about Dell’s new business-class 2-in-1 is two fold–it is the first Latitude branded, or commercial grade 2-in-1 they have developed, and also one of the first systems ever …

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Lenovo Yoga HD+ Tablet: A Good Example Of Why Lenovo Excels In Client Devices

Lenovo has been on quite a tear lately in client computing. In the last 12 months, they achieved the #1 PC market share position, the #3 mobility (phone+tablet) market share position, and is in the final throes of acquiring Motorola’s smartphone and smartwatch business. Lenovo has shown unique prowess in emerging regions and is also …

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Nvidia Shield Tablet: Mobile Gaming Strategy Gains Clarity

Nvidia announced today two new members of the SHIELD family, the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD controller for gaming. This comes on the heels of the Nvidia SHIELD portable released a year ago. I think the SHIELD tablet will get a warm reception by the press and gamers for multiple reasons and a much better …

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