George Ou

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George Ou was a network engineer, CISSP security expert. He has been a technology writer for over ten years and recently worked in Washington DC as a think tank expert.
Articles by George Ou

Why PC Sales Are In Free Fall

Microsoft's hardware and software strategies for Windows 8 have been miserable failures so far. A rumored 7-inch Surface is one avenue for them to turn the tide.

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Unlocked Android Smartphones Will Free Consumers

Look Out Below! Here Come Smartphone Prices! Locked iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones can only be successful in the market at their current prices when subsidized by carriers. Low-cost unlocked Android phones from Google and smaller companies like Blu Products will break that model.

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Intel Haswell: $599 Touch Ultrabooks In 2013

[UPDATEQuestions have been raised about some of Intel's power consumption claims.] The PC industry used to taunt Apple about their price premium but now the joke is on them: The first crop of Windows 8 tablets and hybrids are overpriced and under-featured. But Intel seems to have the right idea on saving the PC industry. They are pushing Ultrabooks to the $599 price point with mandatory touch capability by the end of 2013.

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Windows 8 Tablet Launch #Fail

Microsoft Windows tablets, in spite of a superior Intel processor, suffer from hardware and software problems — and are overpriced. The PC industry seems to have a misguided notion that it doesn't need to compete on specs and price with the iPad 4 and Nexus 10. It's shocking that Microsoft spent three years producing an antiquated overpriced product such as the Surface while Apple and Google, including their partners, are producing superior products in 6-month cycles.

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Will iPads Get Intel CPUs or Macs Get ARM?

Rumors have been spreading that Apple will shift their Macs to ARM processors and that Intel will make them. It's more likely that Apple and Intel will compromise and move higher-end systems, including the iPad, to Intel architectures. Moving the iPhone won't make as much sense.

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How The iPad Went From Monopoly To Minority Within A Year

Updated. Apple's tablet market share has been slipping because of strong 7-inch Android competition, and now Windows 8 is right around the corner. Can Apple make something superior at a reasonable price that doesn't destroy its higher-end market? BYTE's George Ou is doubtful.

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Windows 8 Tablets For $399? It's Possible

Last month the media predicted unrealistic, sky-high prices for Windows 8 tablets. Now, Acer, Lenovo, and Asus confirm what we suspected all along: People won't pay hundreds of dollars more for a Windows tablet when they can get an iPad for $499. If the PC industry is serious about competing with Apple, Win8 tablets are going to have to start at $399.

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Intel Win8 Tablet Competitive Price vs. ARM Confirmed

Widespread reports still claim that Intel Windows 8 tablets based on the Clover Trail Atom SOC (system-on-chip) will be priced very high. I have been maintaining the opposite for months. But we don't need to guess anymore because I've confirmed with a real source. Looks like ARM-based Windows RT is a loser.

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ARM Battery Life Advantage Myth Lives On

For many years the only mobile devices that had decent battery life were based on ARM chips. But this is no longer the case--no matter what you might read or hear. ARM's monopoly on long battery life is coming to an end.

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Fall Tablet Pricing Rumor Roundup

The impending price war among tablet makers will be bloody and fierce, but many of the rumors circulating right now about the iPad Mini, Android, Windows RT, and Windows 8 x86 tablets just don't make sense. Many are based on false assumptions, such as that Intel cannot compete on price. Let's run them through the BS detector.

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Windows 8, RT Hardware Will Run For Weeks

Windows RT tablets are on the way from Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and Asus, according to Microsoft, as well as Microsoft's own Surface RT. But the really big news? RT and Windows 8 devices will be always on--no more boot up, shutdown, or suspend. In the meantime, beware imitations that claim to be always connected but aren't.

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USB Poised To End Power Brick Hell

The new USB Power Deliver (USB-PD) standard and several associated standards put USB on a path to being the universal electronics connector, replacing even the power adapter for notebooks. A greater variety of power levels allow it to control and power many more devices, including HDTV, than current standard connectors.

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Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers

Windows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.

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Why An iPad Mini Now Makes Sense

Things have changed. Amazon's experience with the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 from Google provide market research for Apple. A smaller iPad would be good for for them now.

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Why Microsoft Must Stop the Surface Madness

BYTE contributor George Ou got blowback when he predicted Microsoft's Surface tablets would fail. Well, he's standing his ground. Hanging with the cool Mac guy is just going to alienate all the PC customers who have made Microsoft great.

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Logitech ConferenceCam BCC950: Easy, Quality Videoconferencing

With the exception of a few fixable design flaws, I am very pleased with the Logitech ConferenceCam BCC950. Pair it up with any 40+ inch 1080P HDTV with a VESA mounted fanless embedded computer running Skype and the solution could rival some business class "telepresence" solutions. Not only will you save a ton of money, you will be able to easily reach beyond your own corporate Intranet and avoid all the protocol incompatibilities plaguing the expensive telepresence systems.

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Windows 8 Hybrids Will Surpass iPad Battery Life

Forrester predicted that the iPad would become our primary computing device, but that was based on mistaken assumptions about the ability of Windows and Intel to catch up on hardware. In fact, Clover Trail notebooks and tablets will leapfrog iPad.

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Windows 8, Intel Atom SoC Will Be iPad Killer

Windows and Intel might finally have their iPad killer: Acer's Iconia W510. The dockable tablet promises to be the first of a new breed of powerful Windows tablets that run on Intel's Atom Z2760 dual-core System-on-Chip. It will have full Windows notebook capabilities as well, and excellent battery life.

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