2020 and 2021 Tech Industry Retail Trends

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Ben Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell and special guest Steve Baker of NPD looking at the results of tech-related products sales trends in categories ranging from TVs and PCs to WiFi routers and monitors, throughout 2020 and into 2021, and what that says about the future of the tech industry.

Chromebooks, QTL Interview, Work from Home, Bosch Global Foundries, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T Analyst Days

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discussing the 10th birthday of Google’s ChromeOS and Chromebooks, chatting about an interview with the leader of Qualcomm’s Licensing Division, research on how work from home impacts women, a deal between automotive supplier Bosch and chipmaker GlobalFoundries, and analyzing the investor analyst days from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T and what they say about the future of 5G in the US.

Microsoft Ignite, Qualcomm Snapdragon Sound, T-Mobile 5G Business

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell analyzing the news from Microsoft’s Ignite event in areas such as their Azure Percept IoT hardware and Microsoft Mesh mixed reality platform, discussing the release of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound technologies, and chatting about the multiple new business-focused 5G offerings from T-Mobile, including their Home Office Internet fixed wireless product.

5G C-Band Auction, T-Mobile Magenta Max, HPE Open RAN, Intel-Google 5G

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Mark Lowenstein and Bob O’Donnell discussing a host of 5G-related news items from the past week including the results of the critical C-Band auctions for mid-band 5G radio spectrum, the announcement of T-Mobile’s new unlimited Magenta Max 5G data plan and what it implies, and the debut of HPE’s new telco-focused division and its first offerings, as well as the new partnership for 5G infrastructure between Intel and Google.

Amazon and Google Earnings, Poly P Series, Microsoft Viva

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell analyzing the recent quarterly earnings from Amazon and Google, chatting about the release of a new range of videoconferencing hardware and software from Poly, and discussing Microsoft’s new Viva employee experience platform and the potential impact on hybrid work environments.

New Option for No-Option Vascular Patients

A 45-year-old woman recently shared her story with me after finding our patient advocacy nonprofit The Way To My Heart and wishing she had found it sooner because we may have helped her save not just one leg but both. Two months after being diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease, a narrowing of mainly the leg arteries due to plaque build-up, her hospital vascular specialist told her that the vessels below her knee were severely compromised and too small to treat. He told her to walk until she couldn’t walk anymore and then he would amputate.

One night about six months later, she woke up at 2am because the pain was unbearable and she decided it was her leg or life. So, she and her husband drove to the emergency room where physicians pumped her full of powerful pain medications until her surgeon arrived and took her to the operating room to amputate her leg at the knee. She had never thought to get a second opinion as her vascular specialist was the head of the department at a large University Hospital. She thought he was the best and didn’t think to question his skillset until he gave her the same option for her left leg one year later. That’s when she found The Way To My Heart and we directed her to a “Pedal Loop Specialist” trained in navigating the small blood vessels below-the-knee to restore flow.

 

This woman’s story is not unique. Nearly 200,000 needless amputations are performed annually due to advanced stages of PAD, known as Critical Limb Threatening Ischemia. Navigating smaller, compromised vessels below-the-knee is risky and requires highly skilled interventionalists, special tools, and additional time, which are few and far between. New technology has the potential to change that. LimFlow has formalized a technique used by advanced interventionalists to re-route blood flow around a blockage in an artery below-the-knee using a vein. Arteries naturally deliver blood flow to the foot and veins are responsible for outflow. LimFlow’s system includes a specially designed crossing device to easily make the artery to vein connection. Forward flow is enabled in the vein through a disabling of the venous valves using a valvulotome. An extension stent is placed to block smaller veins from taking blood flow in the newly converted vein back to the heart, and a tapered crossing stent is used to bridge the artery to vein connection.

LimFlow’s CEO Dan Rose shares the backstory behind the system, which has already received CE Mark for use in Europe, and is well on it’s path to U.S. FDA clearance in the Q&A below. 

Intel and IBM Earnings, Nvidia GeForce Now Alliance, Apple VR Headset Rumors

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Ben Bajarin and Bob O’Donnell analyzing the Q4 2020 financial results from Intel and IBM, discussing Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service and its potential opportunity and impact as a 5G service, and chatting about the rumors of a potential VR headset from Apple.

Social Media Impact, Pre-CES TV, PC, Automotive and 5G News

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discussing the impact that social media platforms had on this week’s events in Washington, D.C., reviewing the new TV announcements from Sony and Samsung and the PC announcements from Dell, analyzing the automotive news from Harman and Mercedes-Benz, and evaluating the 5G-related news from Qualcomm and Verizon.