AMD Radeon 6000, Lenovo TechWorld, Tech Earnings, Cisco Partner Summit

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discussing AMD’s purchase of Xilinx and the debut of their Radeon 6000 GPUs, chatting on news from Lenovo’s TechWorld event, analyzing quarterly earnings from Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and more, and speaking about Cisco’s Partner Summit event.

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Qualcomm 5G Summit, Apple iPhone 12, DellTechWorld, Citrix Workspace Summit

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell analyzing the news from Qualcomm’s 5G Summit event, discussing initial real-world 5G performance of the iPhone 12, chatting about Dell Technologies’ new Project Apex “as a service” offering news from their DellTechWorld event, and reviewing the latest news on employee experience from Citrix’ Workspace Summit event.

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New Technology Designed To Make ‘Stents’ Obsolete

Treatment for vascular blockages is getting a much needed innovation makeover. Alucent is first tackling one of the most debilitating diseases – peripheral artery disease, plaque build-up in mainly the legs that narrows blood flow causing excruciating pain. They’re focus is making the well-known ‘stent,’ currently used to maintain diseased arteries and veins open, obsolete. The stent is a foreign object that when placed in the body can trigger an inflammatory response leading to more build-up in the artery that blocks flow – so a patient is back to square one. So, while a stent can be life & limb saving at first, it may not have a lasting impact. Alucent has designed a more natural option to keep the vessel open. It’s one that’s activated by a deep blue light that creates a scaffolding inside the vessel to keep it open. In this interview, CEO Dr. Myles Greenberg explains how they’re going to use an additional raise of $35 million dollars to support clinical trials, one of which has recently begun. 

Nvidia GTC, Arm DevSummit, Google Workspace, AMD Ryzen 3, Big Tech Antitrust

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell analyzing the news from Nvidia’s GTC Conference and Arm’s Developer Summit, as well as the potential impact of a merger of those two companies, discussing the latest version of Google’s productivity suite, chatting about the latest desktop CPU introductions from AMD, and pondering the potential impact of the US government’s huge new report on potential antitrust concerns with Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Microsoft Ignite, AMD, Arm, Qualcomm Semiconductors, Amazon Fall Product Blitz

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Ben Bajarin and Bob O’Donnell analyzing the news from Microsoft’s Ignite event, chatting about multiple semiconductor chip and IP announcements from AMD, Arm and Qualcomm, and discussing the large range of products and services that Amazon unveiled.

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Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset, Sony Playstation 5, Apple Event

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discussing the news from the Facebook-owned Oculus press event on their new VR headset and plans for AR glasses, chatting about the release details of Sony’s forthcoming gaming console, and analyzing the news from Apple’s event, including new Apple Watches, iPads and its Apple One bundle of services.

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Microsoft Surface Duo, Motorola Razr, Microsoft XBox Series X, Apple Event Preview

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discussing their experiences with Microsoft’s Surface Duo device, analyzing the launch of the second generation Motorola Razr foldable 5G phone, chatting about the details of the next generation XBox gaming console and previewing Apple’s Event for next week.

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Never Forget 9-11 Memories of Charles Falkenberg

Pentagon Crash on 9/11

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know it is my policy to avoid mentioning companies and specific individuals … this is a special case – I want you to know Charles Falkenberg.

Charles was the Director of Research (CTO) for ECOLogic – a small company based in Washington DC where I served on the Board of Directors.  Charles was incredibly brilliant and the work he did in data visualization for earth data allowed for ECOLogic to grow and expand including spinning off companies (e.g. Datazen) to commercialize the research from Charles and team.

Charles and his family (Dana (3), Zoe (8) and his wife Leslie) were on the American flight that hit the Pentagon.  They were in transit to Australia where Leslie would be a visiting professor.  Charles asked for a leave of absence but instead, the company asked him to continue his research … from Australia.  In his last week, he started to clean out his office so that someone else could use it while he was gone.  The response from his co-workers was “no” —  his office would be waiting for him when he got back. He still packed it up just in case someone needed to use it while he was gone.

Here is a video tribute that was put together to memorialize the family.

With 9/11 upon us and the fact that I’m on the east coast, I decided to make a special trip to the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.  When I came around the corner of the Pentagon and saw the memorial, the impact was profound.  Each person who perished has a bench with their name.

Pentagon Memorial for 9/11

The benches are organized by year of birth.  As a result, Charles’s youngest daughter, Dana, is the first bench you see when you enter the memorial.

Dana - Charles Falkenberg daughter - bench at 9/11 memorial at Pentagon

Charles Falkenberg – you are missed.

I can’t easily explain the emotion I felt when I saw their benches …  the memories of that day all came rushing back …

Update: 9/11/2020 — Re-post of the original from 9/11/2008

Podcast: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Nvidia Gaming GPUs, Intel CPUs and Branding, Qualcomm IFA Announcements

This week’s Techpinions podcast features Carolina Milanesi and Bob O’Donnell discussing their experiences with Samsung’s second generation foldable device, analyzing the GeForce RTX 3000 series GPU announcements from Nvidia, talking about Intel’s new 11th Generation Core CPUs and the company’s new Evo platform brand, and chatting about the many different announcements from Qualcomm’s IFA keynote speech.

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