Jon Peddie Blogs

My customer, my supplier

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 22nd 2016 | Permalink
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Subscriptions open the portals for media flow Today, Adobe is rolling out new improvements in its Creative Cloud services. Because Adobe’s products span so many creative industries — photography, graphic arts, illustration, video production, movie production, marketing, audio, and all the jobs that fit somewhere in between&mdash

Technology is a state of mind

Posted by Kathleen Maher on August 21st 2014 | Permalink
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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,

When is enough, enough?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 20th 2014 | Permalink
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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

The next great era of computing started yesterday

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 19th 2014 | Permalink
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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

New honors for old friends

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 14th 2014 | Permalink
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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

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

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 5th 2014 | Permalink
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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

Baby you can drive my car

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 22nd 2014 | Permalink
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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 10

Facebook as the new model

Posted by Kathleen Maher on December 23rd 2013 | Permalink
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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

Focusing on the big picture

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 21st 2013 | Permalink
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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

The back-to-school season kicks off with a bang

Posted by Kathleen Maher on September 11th 2013 | Permalink
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Intel’s IDF promotes the Internet of things and Apple introduces new things It’s back-to-school time and the news is coming really thick and fast. Is Apple doomed? Is the PC dead? Did Miley Cyrus do anything really embarrassing in the last 24 hours? We’re all

Five years: yet another long strange trip …

Posted by Kathleen Maher on August 27th 2013 | Permalink
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And in half the time! I was asked recently to write about the five most important market develop¬ments of the last five years. I have no idea why; David Letterman was busy or something. As I considered what I would write about, I found myself thinking about how

Systems thinking and the individual

Posted by Kathleen Maher on August 16th 2013 | Permalink
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Companies and users are not on the same page Recently, I wrote an article in CGW about Adobe’s march to subscription and a long time Adobe customer sent a simple terse comment: ain’t ever going to subscribe, ever, she said. She, like so many people, hates

It’s never business as usual in the film industry

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 31st 2013 | Permalink
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A ruthless commitment to cooperation drives business The Siggraph show is just about our favorite show of the year. I love movies and Jon knows just about everyone in the business. Come to think of it, by this time we both know an awful lot of people in the graphics

Tempests in tea pots, real time

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 17th 2013 | Permalink
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Siggraph is almost here. For some this is a small show – and tragically it’s getting smaller, but it’s our favorite show in the world. It’s where our roots are. Over the years the show has been dominated by the Hollywood forces; more&rsquo

Change is what should happen to other people

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 15th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Content Creation, Engineering and Development,
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Jon Peddie has observed that technologists write continuously about the death of the PC but more often than not we’re all using PCs as we write to mourn its passing. Most workers in the western world do their work on PCs and that includes cashiers as well as

Innovation; what takes so long?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 19th 2013 | Permalink
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The subject for today is innovation. Isn’t it always? Yeah, but innovation isn’t something that can be tapped like a maple tree; it doesn’t arrive just because you sent a trainload of cash to go get it. After a long silence, AMD has unveiled

It’s the little things

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 24th 2013 | Permalink
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You know, I've been thinking, which is something I really should do more often. I have been writing over and over again about the huge changes that are taking place in technology, but I haven’t written as much about the simple changes that are equally revolutionary. So,

Digital Reality and Adobe

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 8th 2013 | Permalink
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The ability to translate the physical into the digital and vice versa is rapidly changing our world. Adobe startled us at their annual Adobe Max conference. The company demonstrated its experiments in hardware; something we did not expect to see. The company demonstrated a new pen design, a ruler, and

Travel insights

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 29th 2013 | Permalink
Categories: Blogs, Games,
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Industry is facing the same issues all over the world - it’s just the timing that changes If you care, I’ve been pretty much on the road since early March. I’ve enjoyed myself and I’m possibly smarter, though I’m

New technologies for old problem

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 10th 2013 | Permalink
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Could the game industry really be the source of salvation? Years ago, when I worked at a publishing house I was on a committee to figure out how the company would go digital. This was a publishing company that was already more than a hundred years old. It had hundreds

Opening at NAB

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 9th 2013 | Permalink
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  As the person on the monorail said, “it’s raining, we might as well go to the sessions.” The weather is surprisingly unpleasant for Las Vegas but inside, there is a lot going on. Perhaps no other industry has gone through so many changes as the

Technology’s dark side is getting brighter

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 28th 2013 | Permalink
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One of the panels at SXSW that we didn’t actually see but really really wish we did was a debate between University of Michigan at Dearborn philosophy lecturer David Skrbina, billed as the Unabomber’s pen pal, and writer/philosopher Peter Ludlow from Northwestern University. As you

What goes around, comes around

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 27th 2013 | Permalink
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Watch out, looks like bricks and mortar are coming around. Somewhere, some time or another I’m reasonably sure someone around here predicted the end of bricks and mortar, and just a few short years ago, as we rummaged the desolate aisles of failing record stores and bookstores, that

The Year of the Snake

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 12th 2013 | Permalink
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Chinese New Year is a major celebration in the Bay Area. For at least a week in the city, the sound of fireworks is a day and night constant, and a casual walk downtown will almost certainly be complicated by hit and run Lion Dances. This year is the year

The lost fortnight

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 29th 2013 | Permalink
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Maybe a 12-step program is called for It was a short little work trip. No real heavy lifting would be needed on the road, but a Windows device for ongoing projects would be nice, so I thought I’d take along the Windows 8 Surface RT device we’ve

CES 2013, a major industry transition point?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 15th 2013 | Permalink
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Aren’t they all? Not necessarily So, what have we learned from CES 2013 that we didn’t know before? Most of us now know that Las Vegas is not as much fun as it’s cracked up to be. I will also say there are some LV

What’s wrong with movies these days?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 7th 2013 | Permalink
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The holidays are a big movie season, and often that’s literal—the moviesare big, expensive, and long. The studios have always reserved movies they expect to be big box office affairs for the seasons with the biggest audiences: the holidays and summer. But that doesn't mean

2011. What was that about?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on December 28th 2011 | Permalink
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Doesn't it seem like 2011 lasted a lot longer than a mere 365 days? This was a year that was up and down and up and down. In the tech world, the year officially starts in Las Vegas as CES. That's where we go to see the largest TV ever.

The real 3D - Looking at all sides of 3D reveals a future far beyond pixels

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 3rd 2011 | Permalink
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3D is an illusion. Right, got that. Ever since I’ve been working around the computer industry I’ve had people tell me 3D is an illusion. Like, I didn’t know that. The computer screen is a 2D surface, and when we look at objects and

Welcome to App World

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 26th 2011 | Permalink
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This blog is being written with the full assumption that it's going to have to be rewritten in the next day or so, but sitting right here, right now, it sure does look like MacWorld has become iPad world … not that there's anything wrong with that. The good news

The new sneaker net has no shoes.

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 18th 2011 | Permalink
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Let's face it, it's been more than 30 years since ethernet claimed the vast mainstream of the networking business, and still there are network nightmares. Vista set our office back for weeks as we tried to get all the computers calmed down and willing to talk to one another again. The

TV revolutions; the struggle continues

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 28th 2010 | Permalink
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Revolutions always take a long time. It's the shooting and fighting part that goes fast. At NAB it looks like we're just winding up the shooting and fighting part for S3D but that doesn't mean we know who wins. Clearly, obviously, and totally for sure man, 3D is going

First thoughts on CES and tablets

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 10th 2010 | Permalink
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CES has dawned bright and clear. The crowds have come and there is interest in buying – or at least that’s how it’s looking now. Plenty of news is coming out of CES, but in the PC world, tablets are consuming the attention of the buyers

So long 2009, don’t let the door hit you in the behind

Posted by Kathleen Maher on December 15th 2009 | Permalink
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To put together this list of notable events for 2009, I went back over old issues to see what we were talking about. What struck me besides the fact that a lot of really great stuff actually happened was that you can almost hear a continuous whine through the copy (mostly

Mobile computing keeps the giants up at night

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 18th 2009 | Permalink
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The Mobile World Congress looks like a huge success in this year of crisis and uncertainty. It's been just as difficult to maneuver around people weaving around as they walk because they're texting or talking on the phone and not paying one lick of attention to where they're going. Other

The death of social networking

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 23rd 2009 | Permalink
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Social networking has been climbing its elbow curve of popularity as Facebook reaches a much broader constituency, Twitter coalesces the attention-span challenged, and LinkedIn and Plaxo connect job hunters. There's a world party going on for the initiated. Old friends are finding each other, new friends are strengthening their links,

Carol Bartz rides in to save a bunch of Yahoos.

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 14th 2009 | Permalink
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Wow, well this is news (or at least it was yesterday). I didn't know what I thought about it all until I talked to a reporter this morning who forced me to take a walk down memory lane before I even had my coffee. God knows what I said to

Seeing double at IBC

Posted by Kathleen Maher on September 16th 2008 | Permalink
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Welcome to Amsterdam, welcome to the International Broadcast Conference. For whatever reason the IBC seems more susceptible to the waves of fashion and new technology than its more stable US counterpart, the National Association of Broadcasters who throws their big show every spring in Las Vegas. Every year it seems

Nvidia paints the town green

Posted by Kathleen Maher on August 26th 2008 | Permalink
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The fountains flowed a toxic green that puts all those terrible green beer St. Patrick's hangovers in perspective. You were never that sick. But the point was made. San Jose, at least for these three days in August belongs to Nvidia. What we find interesting is what Nvidia has chosen

PMA in Las Vegas: new cameras cover old ground

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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The groundhog poked his nose out of his house and apparently he did not like what he saw — or maybe he did. I get confused. Whatever happened with the U.S. weather rodent, whether he went back in his hole or came out and danced, his priests declared six

MacWorld — love it or love it

Posted by Kathleen Maher on January 18th 2008 | Permalink
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Every danged time I got to MacWorld I kill myself trying to get to the keynote. Okay, so I maybe I don’t give myself enough time. But it seems to be that getting on the 7:50 a.m. ferry for a 9:30 keynote, should be enough time. It’s

Oh god, please don’t let us screw it up

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 26th 2007 | Permalink
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That's the prayer of the Internet dependent as we all enjoy another growth period. And then comes the news that Microsoft has outbid all comers for the "privilege" of investing $240 million bucks in Facebook, the latest thing in social networking ... probably. Microsoft's investment legitimizes a valuation of $15 billion for Facebook.

Web 2.0 or deja vu all over again?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 15th 2007 | Permalink
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I was at dinner with some very interesting and urbane executive types in Boston recently. The subject of what's next/what's the latest trend/where's the money came up as it inevitably does. We were talking about Web 2.0 and how interesting it all was that MySpace had become so last 20

The future of CAD

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 10th 2007 | Permalink
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The computer industry may seem to change at the speed of light but that's not true of the CAD industry. After back to back meetings with Autodesk and Dassault I am struck once again by the slow pace of change. I've decided to see this in a positive light. After