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The spring refresh

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 21st 2015 | Discuss

In the land of technology, the second quarter isn’t so much about spring as it is about laying plans, getting ready, and marshalling forces. Traditionally, the commercial spring refresh is about updating and spiffing up products, and getting them out the door to clear the decks for summer

What is it that’s so exciting about VR?

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 15th 2015 | Discuss

The military has been using VR to train soldiers, pilots, ship captains, and tank drivers for over a decade. Surgeons have practiced using VR HMDs even longer. It’s not new, nor novel. But for some reason, when Facebook bet $2 billion U.S. dollars on Oculus, all of a

This market is going to be HUGE, I tell ya

Posted by Robert Dow on June 23rd 2015 | Discuss

Have I ever been wrong about these things? The forecast is strong, the future bright—what could possibly go wrong? Look at the numbers. How can this miss, everyone wants one.  Now that the latest gold rush fever has hit the industry with IoT, wearables, and VR, let

The fallacy of TAM

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 9th 2015 | Discuss

Give ’em what they want, and sleep better The SAM, TAM, and PAM are not characters in a new situation comedy, although some of the uses of these terms can be pretty amusing.  The PAM (Potential Available Market) is largely dependent on the marketer’s “view


Posted by Jon Peddie on June 2nd 2015 | Discuss

Mozilla’s Firefox crashes about every hour on my machine. I get a polite dialog box that asks me to report it, and I do, and then the noble open source browser tries diligently to restore the pages I had open before it had its hourly heart attack. Firefox

On being first

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 13th 2015 | Discuss

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

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

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

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

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