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CES no longer a leading indicator

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 20th 2015 | Discuss
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Now what do we do? We thought we had really stumbled onto something when we recognized a correlation between the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the attendance at CES: when CES attendance fell, so did the DJIA. That gauge worked up until 2013 and then failed in 2014 and again in 2015.

Predictions for 2015 and beyond

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 6th 2015 | Discuss
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This is the time of year when soothsayers, financial forecasters, conspiracy theorists, and brilliant industry analysts polish their crystal balls and let the rest of you uninformed and ill-advised know what to expect for and during the next 12 months.  None of these predictions will be realized. I could stop

Why there is nothing to fear from AI

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 23rd 2014 | Discuss
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It’ll never happen in your lifetime? It’s simple: A: By the time we develop any new functionality we incorrectly call AI, it will no longer be the benchmark for what we think AI is, and so we’ll never realize AI. B: Since we don

On things

Posted by Jon Peddie on December 9th 2014 | Discuss
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If they are going to talk to each, what will they say? Things, we have so many things. Bridges that design and build themselves, cute little computers in our glasses and light bulbs, presumably all talking to each other over the Internet, sucking up valuable bandwidth and annoying the NSA.

Why gaming is a proxy for the PC market

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 25th 2014 | Discuss
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Or maybe a leading indicator You can’t point to a single event like the big bang, but sometime late last year there was a renaissance, a rejuvenation, a revolution in the world of computer gaming, across multiple platforms, price points, performance, and personal use.  Some of the

From sharing to virtualizing in just under 60 years

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 12th 2014 | Discuss
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A technology whose time has come, has been with us for a long time  With its introduction in the 1960s and emergence as the prominent model of computing in the 1970s, time-sharing represented a major technological shift in the history of computing—many users being able to share

Future visions in the third quarter

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 29th 2014 | Discuss
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The third quarter this year was a good quarter for looking at future technologies apparently. Many of the companies we follow held either their large event of the year or strategic meetings in which they unveiled secret plans. In many cases we were treated to extravagant technology promises. Google I

It’s time to get excited about 4K

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 22nd 2014 | Discuss
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The days of being a denier are over There are three things needed to get a market going: demand, supply, and affordability. When a new market segment is opened, the world pretty much splits into two main camps: naysayers and enthusiasts. Within each camp are the curious and the fearful.

Made any 4K videos lately?

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 8th 2014 | Discuss
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Do you remember when YouTube first hit the scene? Do you remember people saying, Who the hell wants that? Why would I want to look at some dopey home video? How will they ever make money? and all the other usual tripe that narrow-minded people spout when confronted with something

Are graphics worth it, do they matter?

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 23rd 2014 | Discuss
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How would you measure it? In my travels I’ve been in various discussions of late about the value of graphics—are they important? Depends a lot on the content is the short answer. The example I use in my university lectures is the beautiful Aki in Final