Andy Patrizio

Andy Patrizio is a freelance journalist based in southern California who has covered the computer industry for 20 years and has built every x86 PC he’s ever owned, laptops not included.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ITworld, Network World, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.


A challenger emerges for Qualcomm: Mediatek

Without much fanfare, Taiwan's Mediatek has gained some market share to become Qualcomm's nearest competitor, and it has some very ambitious growth plans for 2015 that includes challenging Qualcomm on its home turf, the...

AMD the subject of takeover rumors by Chinese firm

AMD started the week as the subject of takeover rumors by a Chinese firm, but others caution that any deal would be extremely difficult at best. The report first appeared on the Chinese news site International Online, which said that...

IBM is about to get hit with a massive reorg and layoffs

IBM is about to get hit with a massive reorg and layoffs

Update 1/26: IBM responded via its official IBM Hong Kong blog calling the layoff figure "totally ludicrous." The company said that it had already announced it would take a $600 million charge for restructuring. ----- IBM is...

LG shrugs off reports of Snapdragon 810 overheating

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 810 processor for smartphones, its top of the line processor with the built-in killswitch, is the subject of back and forth claims of overheating. Samsung says it does, its rival LG Electronics says it...

After another disappointing quarter, what's left for AMD?

It's really starting to look bad for AMD, and that can only be said so many times before you have to ask if this company can survive. On Tuesday, AMD reported a fourth-quarter loss of $364 million, a major downturn after reporting...

Are you ready for the end of Windows Server 2003?

Are you ready for the end of Windows Server 2003?

Microsoft is cutting off support for the popular OS in six months, so you need to start putting together a migration plan now.

3D is dead. Will 4k and 8k TV make it?

The great experiment with 3D TV is over. There wasn't a single 3D set announced at CES, marking the culmination of a trend that started with the 2013 show, when some vendors began giving up. The writing was on the wall last year...

ARM-based Mac rumors kick up again

The old rumor of Apple moving the Mac lineup to ARM-based processors was revised last week, and almost immediately shot down by counterarguments pointing out the senselessness of such a move. It started when KGI Securities analyst...

Qualcomm puts a kill switch in a mobile CPU

One of the biggest problems with smartphones is people's tendency to lose them, and in the case of a business phone, that could be bad news. It means sensitive material loose for anyone who finds it. The most common solution has...

Like gasoline, the price of SSDs is on a downward trend

A slew of solid state drives (SSDs) have been introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, and they show two trends: smaller devices, and much lower prices. A lot more drives have been introduced without prices than with, but the...

Hitachi introduces hand scanner ID system

Hitachi, Ltd. last month announced the development of a rapid ID scanner that identifies people by the veins in their hand, allowing people to be quickly identified with a wave of the hand. There are some well-known biometric...

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