Computers

Unveiled: Intel® Thunderbolt 2 Networking

For NAB, Intel® announced the wider adoption of Thunderbolt 2 and the introduction of Thunderbolt Networking technology. Thunderbolt 2 improves over Thunderbolt by allowing the full 20Gbp/s channel to be used for I/O, whereas before, 10Gbp/s was always reserved for display data.

Unveiled: New LaCie Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions

Thunderbolt 2 is a big deal. In fact, so was Thunderbolt 1. Developed by Intel®, Thunderbolt 1 provides two separate 10Gb/s channels, running in opposite directions. Thunderbolt 2 can combine the two separate 10Gb/s channels into a single 20Gb/s channel, but flowing in only one direction. It’s like opening both sides of a bridge to traffic in the same direction during rush hour. So, Thunderbolt 2 can be up to twice as fast as Thunderbolt 1, depending on where data needs to flow.

Unveiled: New HP DreamColor Displays

HP announced two new DreamColor displays today that once again see HP bringing to market critical color accuracy for digital artists, photographers, and videographers—the HP Z27x and HP Z24x displays for PCs and Macs. They provide up to 1.07 billion on-screen colors, giving them a color-correction error margin so small that it is not discernible by the human eye.

LaCie Fuel: Truly Wireless Wi-Fi Storage

I’ve said it many times before: when buying a tablet, make sure it has an SD or microSD card slot so that you can enhance the tablet’s internal memory. Most tablets now include a dedicated media card reader slot, but some notables do not—and without an expansion option for memory, you’re left with a very expensive brick that will immediately be filled with photos, movies, and music. 32GB of internal memory (assuming that the system requirements don’t use more than half of the internal memory) will hold roughly 25 high-definition movies, 7,000 songs, and 11,000 photos at 8 megapixels each.

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New HP Workstation Lets You "Z" Things Your Way

If you’ve never heard of the HP Z workstation line, you’ve probably never seen one of these powerhouses in action. The HP Z line, which includes tower workstations, small form factor workstations, and mobile laptop workstations, is mostly designed for creative professionals who need power, speed, and flexibility in their systems. These computing behemoths don’t mess around with mid-level specifications—they go for maximum impact with high-end processors, hefty graphics power, and large RAM loadouts. They are to the PC community what Mac Pros are to the Apple community.

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The FCC Clears the Way for Faster High-Speed Wi-Fi

When the FCC isn't battling Verizon over 'net neutrality, they're voting unanimously to open up 100MHz of the wireless spectrum for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. The 100MHz will come from the lower end of the 5GHz band, previously held by satellite phone companies. It will help alleviate the heavy congestion often found on existing public Wi-Fi networks, such as those at convention centers, stadiums, and airports. Certain public outdoor Wi-Fi networks will also see improvement as well.

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New Nvidia GTX Titan Z Graphics Card Turbocharges GeForce GPU Performance

Nvidia just unveiled their new top-of-the-line GeForce card, which is aimed at high-end gamers and other users looking for a GeForce card with the best possible GPU performance in the least amount of space. The new GTX Titan Z card features two GK110 GPUs housed together on one card.

Thunderbolt Expansion with the New Mac Pro and PCIe Cards

When the latest-version Mac Pro was first announced in June of 2013, it took many creative professionals aback. The radical departure from the boxy aluminum body we had come to know immediately created the love/hate response we expect from Apple enthusiasts at this point—some think the physical design is beautiful, while others regard it as a little black trash can.

Is it Worth it to Set Up a Personal Computing Cloud?

Do the words “network-attached storage” intimidate you? They shouldn’t, because this is something that isn’t as "corporate" as you might think. While the thought of setting up your own personal cloud may seem daunting at first, many NAS drives are now made with the consumer in mind. With a user-friendly interface and simplified installation, nearly anyone can set up a personal cloud in their home.

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The ASUS M004U Chromebox: There’s No Place like Chrome

The desktop PC might be dying—there are many critics who believe that it is flat-lining as you read this—and there are definitely some indicators that the critics may be right. Tablets and smartphones continually erode away at the desktop market share, and as the consumer base moves toward smaller, lighter, and faster, the stalwart bulk of a desktop PC seems archaic.

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