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INDUSTRY RESEARCH: More than one-half of shoppers (51 percent) believe they are better connected with their smartphones than store associates. Two-thirds of retail store staff believe they can provide better customer service using tablets.
PRODUCT REVIEW: The HP Spectre Folio is only one of a wave of coming new laptop designs that likely will redefine how we use our laptops. This is what a 2-in-1 should really look and feel like.
PRODUCT REVIEW: Most workstation computing tasks don't require multiple processors, but instead benefit from a very fast single, multicore processor with systems to match.
PRODUCT REVIEW: You can buy this entry-level workstation for less than $600, although by the time you get it to where you want it for work, it’ll probably cost more.
The revamped machine also gets longer battery life, an updated WiFi chip for faster performance and other improvements.
New survey also looked at the top holiday gifts and how much Americans will spend on IT gifts this year. The survey showed that the No. 1 electronic gift on American wish lists this year is a computer or laptop (21 percent), followed by a new smartphone (19 percent) or a TV (11 percent).
DEVELOPER CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Two-day Samsung event introduces what’s next in AI and ML development for Bixby, SmartThings and the smartphone category.
NEWS ANALYSIS: In San Francisco this week, AMD took the fight to Intel with folks such as Amazon Web Services and Baidu on stage behind one of the strongest value-oriented (performance per dollar) arguments against Intel it has ever fielded.