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Technology is a state of mind

Posted by Kathleen Maher on August 21st 2014 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs, General Interest
Tags: apple microsoft samsung nvdia

Kathleen Maher

Samsung, Apple, Nvidia, Google, Microsoft—they’re competitors. How in the world did that happen? It happened because what you do is becoming more important than what you’re doing it on. We used to think Samsung built displays, and Apple built computers, Nvidia built graphics processors, Microsoft built an operating system, and no one knew what the hell Google built. So now we know they’ve been selling something different all along, they’ve been selling information and technology and they don’t care what horse it rides in on. Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang spilled the beans at the Graphics Developers’ Conference when he told the…

When is enough, enough?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 20th 2014 | Discuss
Categories: General Interest
Tags: technology citrix eurotrends

Kathleen Maher

13 hours is enough for one workday The French, bless them, have decreed that work ends when workers leave the office. In a deal negotiated between employer federations and unions, workers can feel free to ignore emails from their bosses that come in after hours, and employers are being asked to take steps to enforce the rules. For instance, workers may be given separate phones or computers for work, which can be switched off. The details are still getting worked out, but there is a great deal of sympathy for the deal throughout the EU. I have absolutely no doubt there…

The next great era of computing started yesterday

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 19th 2014 | Discuss
Categories: General Interest
Tags: apple sxsw gdc

Kathleen Maher

My mom figures everyone who works in the high-tech industry must know each other. She’ll ask if I know Julia O’Conner’s daughter, “She works in computers out there.” I don’t even know Julia O’Conner, but my mom sees the hightech industry as a monolithic group of people working in California who speak a foreign language. Sorting algorithms Now is the time of year when we see the tribes sorting themselves out. In this increasingly large population, there are discrete groups that just glancingly intersect each other. The mobile people gather in Barcelona for the Mobile World Conference (MWC), and many are…

New honors for old friends

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 14th 2014 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs, Content Creation

Kathleen Maher

The Scientific and Technical Academy Awards honor long proven No one comments on what they wore, and most moviegoers don’t realize what their work actually entails, but the winners of the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards make movie history as surely as did Marilyn Monroe. As usual, there is a solid contingent of winners coming from the Bay Area. There’s partying going on at Autodesk, at ILM, and at Pixar. Tinkerers, and mathematicians in New Zealand, have also had reason to thank the Academy for an award or two. This year saw a long list of awards, so long that they’re…

Predictions for the year of the horse: it’s looking pretty cloudy

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 5th 2014 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs, Content Creation
Tags: cad maher solidworks dcc plm

Kathleen Maher

It’s the year of the horse, and it’s pretty much anyone’s guess what that means for the year ahead, but it is a perfectly nifty device to hang an editorial on. There are the obvious associations. Horses are strong, they work hard, they have lots of energy, and they can be stubborn or committed depending on what you think of their plans. And according to various websites that profess to know, people born in the year of the horse have ingenious communication techniques, which I suppose could cover everything from Mr. Ed soliloquies to pawing the ground a few times to…

Baby you can drive my car

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 22nd 2014 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs
Tags: ces tv lenovo ultrahd stem google glass

Kathleen Maher

So much of the news coming out of CES was focused around cars and robots that no one is even talking much about the latest, greatest, most giant TV in the world, whatever it is. A contender is Vizio’s 120-inch Ultra HD, Samsung’s high- and ultra-high-def 102-inch curved TV. All the great and huge TVs will play hell with your interior design choices. Might as well give it up and put something pretty on the TV and let the couch continue to deteriorate. No one will see it. Lenovo came from the other direction of a big 28-inch 4K tablet monitor…

20 Pounds of AR

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 21st 2014 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs, VIZ-SIM
Tags: iphone pixels ar

Jon Peddie

”Good morning sir, and welcome to Waltmar,” the smiling older gentleman with wavy silver hair said, his false teeth shining in the sunlight, ” how can we help you today? We’re having a sale on 720p pixels, and there’s still some DVDs left if you hurry.”   “Thanks,” Ranger said, “but I’m looking for some AR, I’d like to buy 10 or 20 pounds of it, or however you sell it.” “Yes sir, that’d be in aisle 10, near the end, just past the invisible wearables-and boy are they selling like hot cakes.” Ranger ambled down the rows and walked down…

Facebook as the new model

Posted by Kathleen Maher on December 23rd 2013 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs, Content Creation
Tags: facebook rtt autodesk dolby

Kathleen Maher

They’re probably doomed now At Autodesk University we heard several people describe something as the “Facebook of Engineering” or the “Facebook of CAD.” It’s funny, after a year or so of being de¬clared dead, Facebook has risen as the model for communication. Just a quick Google search also revealed Runkeeper as the “Facebook of Fitness,” ResearchGate is the “Facebook of Science,” and Forbes has declared Lockerdome the “Facebook of Sports.” Email in the meantime has become something like the land-line telephone, a conduit for nuisance calls, flim-flammers, and Aunt Agatha, because she doesn’t like email. By now, we’ve all come around…

There’s going to over 2 million happy kids this holiday

Posted by Jon Peddie on November 26th 2013 | Discuss
Categories: Blogs, Games

Jon Peddie

Microsoft and Sony set new sales records Was there a pent up demand for a new gen console? Duh, you think so? Prior to the announcement that MS and Sony were going to do a gen 8 console, shortly after Nintendo announced the Wii U, console sale dipped even further. Who would buy an old box when a new one was coming? And then in the last seven days or so, over two million of them went flying off the shelves—Sony sold over a million units in just 24 hours and a few days later Microsoft repeated the accomplishment; that’s about…

Focusing on the big picture

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 21st 2013 | Discuss
Categories: General Interest
Tags: nvidia amd intel qualcomm maher jpr computer vision

Kathleen Maher

As the players jockey for position, they look for territory to claim When you’ve been all over the place, it gets kind of hard to concentrate. The fragmenting digital market is just a huge challenge for companies to keep up with, and as a result, small companies have to make hard choices before their aspirations outstrip their budgets and big companies have to keep making a lot of money to fund all the opportunity coming their way … and then they have to make hard choices. Ever since AMD started coming out of its shell last summer, the company has been…