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On being first

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 13th 2015 | Discuss
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Doesn’t always mean you win AMD and Nvidia have been leaders in being first; Intel, ARM, Apple, Samsung, and others have been quick, but seldom first. Qualcomm has had some firsts.  First-to-market (FTM), also referred to as first-mover advantage, or FMA, can often gain a significant advantage

I know a conspiracy when I see one…

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 29th 2015 | Discuss
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They can deny it all they want In the second week of April 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the neo-economic arm of the DoD, DoE, DHS, NSA, and FBI, told Intel to take 50,000 of its Xeon processors out of the truck they were in and put them back in

From CES to GDC to NAB - The alphabet tour continues

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 24th 2015 | Discuss
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As always, the year begins with CES, at least if you work in technology land, and if you don’t, you’re probably not going to be reading this brand-new shiny issue of the TechWatch Quarterly, unless … hi, Mom! This year, CES brought us so many things

The ultimate selfie and safety - Who’s driving your car?

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 14th 2015 | Discuss
Tags: anti sleep pilot phantomalert mobileye ionroad augmented driving

Autonomous vehicles are coming. In a year or two, three max, autonomous cars will be operating on the highway, but probably not in city and residential streets. However, we won’t instantaneously have highways filled with autonomous cars. About 100,000 cars are built each year, and there are more than 3

Moore’s Law turns 50

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 1st 2015 | Discuss
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Where were you when it was postulated?  Moore’s Law has been a fantastic observation, and a self-fulfilling prophecy that has spurred us on to do more, do it faster, make it smaller, and cheaper. We do it because we think we can. Moore’s Law has

ROPS, FLOPS, and BOPS

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 17th 2015 | Discuss
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What spec works for you? For as long as I can remember— which is kind of a redundant statement because who can remember longer than they can remember?— we in the computer industry have been quantifying, measuring, and judging the things we make, or use, on the basis

The week of gaming

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 4th 2015 | Discuss
Tags: gaming google pc gaming android gdc consoles

I’ve been gaming so long, I don’t know when I’m not This is the week of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). GDC has been going on since 1988 when Chris Crawford organized it. Even before that there was the GamePC Consortium started by Ken Nicholson

VR Sickness; It’s a real thing

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 19th 2015 | Discuss
Tags: gaming vr virtual reality oculus

After fading away in terms of consumer popularity in the late 1990s, with advent of low cost sensors and optics, and the unmitigated enthusiasm of Palmer Luckey Virtual Reality (VR) has roared back to life with a vengeance. But, it still has the same issue as it did in the 9

Touch touch, write write, draw draw— the pen is dead, long live the pen

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 3rd 2015 | Discuss
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Steve Jobs didn’t get everything right. When he stood in front of an admiring audience and gave them the finger during the launch of the iPad, he declared no pens or styluses are needed ever again. The vaunted Palm PDA with its little solid plastic stylus was dead.

It’s the end of the year as we know it

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 28th 2015 | Discuss
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Companies position themselves for growth in 2015 and beyond At the end of 2014, the future is looking brighter if you can ignore all the war, disease, and despair that’s going on around our little play land of technology. The technology companies have weighed in with their product strategies, and