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HP Goes Large with the Z1 at CES

Posted by Andrew at 6:37 PM on January 6, 2014

HP logoHP has announced the second generation of its Z1 high performance all-in-one workstation, with a 27″ ten-point touchscreen running Windows 8. The Z1 G2 is aimed squarely at power users, featuring 4th Generation Intel Xeon and Core processors, and RAID storage options paired with the latest NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs for the best graphics performance. It also comes with Intel Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Since its launch in 2012, the highly acclaimed HP Z1 has opened the eyes and ears of customers hoping to solve business problems no longer being met by current vendors,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “Today’s professionals demand high-performance products that are serviceable and easy-to-use, all wrapped in a sleek and elegant design.

HP Z1 G2

The Z1 G2 comes equipped with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, for data transfer speeds four times that of USB 3.0. That’s nippy. To round out the high spec, the Z1′s audio capabilities aren’t too shabby either with dual-tone, front-facing speakers and DTS Studio Sound Audio. Overall, this is a beast of a machine.

The new HP Z1 G2 workstation is expected to be available in late January, with prices starting at US$1,999.

All About Haswell: Intel’s 4th Generation Archetecture

Posted by J Powers at 2:53 PM on June 4, 2013

Haswell

Intel announced their next generation Core chip architecture in the Haswell chipset at Computex Taipei. This chipset is meant for the mobile device out there. The 22nm technology is the 4th generation of the Intel Core processors and with Enhanced graphics can play videos faster, decode JPeg & Mpeg better, support multiple monitors – some with 2K or 4K support.

Haswell’s API support is based on DX11.1 and supports Open CL 1.2 and Open CL 4.0. Therefore, it will handle 3D Graphics of some of the newest games out there.

However, the biggest news comee from the battery life, power and heat of the Intel Haswell. From a 6 hour video playback to 9 hours – from 4.5 day standby to 10-13. The chipset is not only designed for desktops, but also mobile devices such as Ultrabooks and Surface tablet.

One CPU core used just six watts of power during regular tasks. This makes the Haswell chipset able to cooler, quieter and fanless – something that tablets need to be. This could make an i7 Surface tablet possible for people like myself who produce video and tax a computer quite often.

Haswell will come in 5 versions: H (dubbed iris Pro), M (20chip models), U (for Ultrabooks) and Y (for detachable products). Haswell will start at $197 for Core i5 to $368 for Core i7 4770K.

GNC-2012-04-09 #756 Best Tech Show on Earth!

Posted by geeknews at 1:00 AM on April 10, 2012

Back in Hawaii for two shows, headed to the NAB Show this coming Friday will likely be a crazy schedule once the show starts. Lots of moving parts, but as always great tech coming your way from the best tech show on earth. ;)

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GNC-2011-12-15 #729 Task Saturation @ 195%

Posted by geeknews at 1:35 AM on December 16, 2011

Things have been busy here in a good way. I have been pulling some 19 hour days. Hopefully by Sunday things are going to cool off just a bit and I can enjoy the holidays. I hope you will stay tuned in through the Christmas break as I will be cranking out shows throughout the holiday period. We introduce a new sponsor to the show tonight details below… I talk about GoDaddy.com coming on board as out CES 2012 Official Media Sponsor and the Special Offer!

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GNC-2011-11-14 #721 CES Ramp Up!

Posted by geeknews at 1:21 AM on November 15, 2011

Great to be back in Hawaii and in the Studio. The hard work begins over the next 6 weeks in getting ready for CES 2012. For the first time ever we are going to ask for additional listener / viewer support in helping us for CES 2012. We have produced 1000′s of videos for you and the operation has grown to the point that we want to take care of our support team in a bigger way. I have set a fund raising goal of $5000.00 and hope you will support our endeavor with a $25.00/$50.00/$100.00 donation which will 100% be used to pay our support crew.

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GNC-2011-10-17 #717 Mixing it Up!

Posted by geeknews at 1:18 AM on October 28, 2011

Time to mix it up a bit to keep things interesting. Watch and see :) Lots of great commentary tonight. Times are a changing and it is going to be an amazing time to watch it all go down. I will be on the road for the next two weeks, will likely have guest hosts for the next two shows enjoy.

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What Would Get Me to Buy a Tablet?

Posted by J Powers at 11:07 AM on September 19, 2011
iPad

iPad

On Saturday’s morning tech show, we talked about this for a minute. I have not been a tablet fan. I tried for the TouchPad when it was dramatically reduced, but that was because it was under $100. I personally don’t see the advantage of having a $500 tablet, and here is why:

Computer Speed of a Tablet

This is the biggest reason why. I have 4 machines in my arsenal. A MacBook Pro, an HP GX series laptop, a home build desktop with ASUS motherboard and AMD Phenom II chipset and a Dell D610.

The two computers I use the most are the desktop and the MacBook Pro. My Macbook Pro sports an i7 processor and boot camp to Windows 7 keeps me productive. The Desktop is a stable spot – I seem to get more work done on that station than I do any notebook. So when I need to “Bear down” on a project, you will see me at the desktop.

The HP used to be my main machine, but got replaced because it didn’t handle video production as well. Whereas it takes 20-30 minutes to process a 15 minute video on the MacBook Pro, the dual core HP (with Intel Graphics) would take up to 2 hours. When I’m on the road, that is just not acceptable. The Dell is used for very minimal needs – like a Twitter client or web browser.

Today’s tablet matches that between the HP and Dell. So at best, it would be my #4 computer. I could do minimal video editing, but I can also do that on my iPhone.

Let me know if the iPad3 will support a 2.0 GHz Quad-core processor and 512 MB of video RAM, then we’ll talk about a tablet

Storage of a Tablet

When will Apple finally put a standard card slot on their machines? I want to put in video to edit video, or have the tablet upload my videos to a source. It does work well when connected to the cloud, but you then need a WiFi signal (unless you have a 3G or 4G tablet). The 16 or 32 GB models would hold some of my content, but I would constantly be pulling stuff off the machine and only if I have it connected to the laptop or desktop.

Tablet Size

sony tablet s & sony tablet p

sony tablet s & sony tablet p

The 10 inch tablet is just not for me. I loved the idea of a 7″ tablet – it feels better in the hand and fits in the pocket. I can put it in the side pocket of my notebook bag and give me everything that I need out of that device.

I got to play with the Sony Tablet S (which I will be showing on a video later today). The “Folded magazine” feel fit better in my hand, which I was impressed with. I still would like to see a 7″ tablet with that same feel.

BTW – I didn’t get to see the flip version in Sony Tablet P, but I am very interested in trying it out.

My iPhone Does a lot and fits in my Pocket

In all reality, the order of computers goes like this – MacBook, iPhone, desktop, HP, Dell. So the tablet would most likely be the 5th device most used. The best part about the iPhone is it fits in my pocket, so it’s always in reach. The tablet would be in reach if I had my laptop close by.

I have talked to many tablet owners. It’s surprising how many people are now leaving it on the coffee table. They might pick it up for 5 minutes when watching TV to browse the web, but besides the 35 minutes of use, leave it to be a fixture in the house.

It’s not to say that some people use it as an integral tool – If you cannot live and breathe with it, then more power to you. But I can live and breathe without it right now.

An OS I can use

I know this is going to piss off some fanboys, but I live in a Windows world. In fact, I use Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro more than I use the Mac software. But this is more about using a full operating system on a tablet. Whether Windows or Mac, I need a tool that could match my computers. I want to put on software that I use on a daily basis. I don’t want a different experience on my tablet.

Can I see myself with a tablet in the future? Yes. But I would either need the device to be powerful enough for me to want to carry around, or more cost efficient.  For $500, I can get a laptop that doubles the power of a tablet. Even if someone put out a $1000 tablet that has a powerful multi-core processor, 1 GB graphics, 4GB of memory and a hard drive of 500GB, then I can start looking at the tablet.

In the meantime, I just don’t see it a part of my daily use. That is why I have an iPhone.

GNC #704 New Media Models

Posted by geeknews at 1:19 AM on September 13, 2011

I talk about different podcast models and why there is room for multiple flavors in the space. I also share with you some personal info that I hope will help some of you that listen to the show. Lots of tech as usual!

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GNC-2011-03-28 #658 RIAA Infiltrates Federal Judges!

Posted by geeknews at 1:14 AM on March 29, 2011

If you cannot beat them Join them. A federal judge who worked as a lobbyist for the RIAA has already ruled pro RIAA as compared to other judges reviewing similar cases. This is a major win by the RIAA and will obviously go badly for any that draw her as a judge. I talk about this and a lot more. I also announce some upcoming format changes as we look forward to the next 5 years in where this show is going to go. Obviously the Ohana are going to weigh in as I make these changes and we will see how they go.. I have decided it is really time to focus on the format as the shows has not changed much in the past 6.5 years.

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Show Notes:
Time Warner to get sued over iPad App.
Where did 40 Million go?
ICANN wants a exit from US Control.
IP Tracking.
8yr old Genius.
Mac’s for Web Dev?
Industrial Espionage.
New Nokia Fonts.
Blood Pressure Reduction with no Medicine.
WOW throttled by Canadian ISP Rogers.
Japan Nuke Plant Update.
Iranian Hacker.
Playstation XPERIA.
Social Media Detox.
Curiosity Mars Rover.
Romulan Ale.
Opportunity Update.
1 Trillion Stars!
How Cool is This!
Pictures from Mercury Tomorrow.
Latest Scam coming down.
10 Web Design Elements.
Truck Drivers to pay to Listen to Music.
Nintendo 3Ds
Federal Judge RIAA Insider.
Intel Revamps SSD Line.
Griffin PowerJolt for iPad.
Firefox 4 Tips.
.iso Files in Windows 7.
.DocX Converters.
IE9 Tips.
Free Xbox 360 Games.
Video Editing Tutorials.
TRIM tool for Snow Leopard.
Trash Nothing.
Banana TV.
GNC Studio.
Android Gotta haves!
Only in Japan.
AMEX Serve Digital Platform.
iPhone 5 Summer or Fall?
Smart ForTwo not for Sale?
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James Gosling to Google.

Create Your Own TV Station

Posted by tomwiles at 10:22 PM on March 20, 2011

One of the problems with watching video podcasts as an alternative to conventional television is that you have typically and deliberately watch one video at a time. On longer videos it’s not as much of a problem, but with short videos that last 5 minutes or less you have to keep manually restarting the next video after the previous one has finished.

I now have three Mac Minis – one is an old somewhat underpowered Power PC Mac Mini that I’m using as a video podcast aggregator. I have that machine’s iTunes database located on a much larger shared drive that’s available to every machine on my home network. I’m subscribed to a variety of tech podcasts, most of them in the highest resolution file sizes available.

I have two other Mac Minis that are of the latest design. I have an “Eye TV” USB HD tuner connected to one that’s connected to a substantial external antenna. Depending on atmospheric conditions I can receive up to 18 channels counting the various digital sub channels. This enables the Mac Mini to function as a DVR.

The second Intel Mac Mini is in another room and the Eye TV software also loaded on it is able to work from the other Mac Mini’s shared recordings.

Today I discovered by accident when playing around with iTunes on one of the Intel Mac Minis that the shared videos show up in the shared playlists from other iTunes databases. So, in other words, I can pick a shared iTunes list from the Power PC Mac Mini’s shared iTunes and a list of video files shows up. Since the videos are in the list just like audio would be, I am able to start a video file playing and when one file ends it will immediately start playing the next video file on the list. This is particularly useful because I can start videos playing as I do other things and it will continue to play just as if it’s a TV station. This is quite a handy capability to have. The lack of an ability to set up continuous video playback has long been one of the Apple TV’s biggest shortcomings.

Periodically I go to the Power PC Mac Mini and delete the video files that have been played, since iTunes keeps a play count, so I always have fresh material to watch.