Computers

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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Crucial M550

A breakthrough in innovation, the Crucial M550 solid-state drive is more than 20 times faster than the traditional mechanical hard drive and consumes significantly less power. It enables your computer to boot up instantly, load files and applications quickly, accelerate taxing programs, and manage power efficiently.

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Sony and Panasonic Archival Disc Technology is Coming

In a joint effort to develop a new standard for optical discs, Sony and Panasonic have unveiled the new “Archival Disc” format, with planned storage capacities up to 1TB per disc. Citing their ability to handle dust, water, and changes in temperature and humidity better than hard drives, Sony and Panasonic clearly see optical discs as the way forward for long-term data storage. The development of large-capacity optical media may also see an impact in the consumer video realm, keeping the format alive as we slowly transition to a 4K environment.

The New Mac Pro

Will the arrival of the new Mac Pro desktop system significantly impact the way we look at computing? Peek inside and look at how the new Apple Mac Pro will change audio, video and photography workflows with its powerful processors, generous RAM configurations and dual graphics controllers. 


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WPPI 2014: G-Technology G-Drive Pro

Larry Becker, from Kelby Media, speaks with the G-Technology crew about new products, specifically the G-Drive Pro with dual Thunderbolt ports and 480 megabyte-per-second transfer speed. Then they move on to the G-Drive Mobile, which has Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, and a transfer speed of 136 megabytes per second. Becker also checks out the whole G-Technology product line, which includes G-Drive, G-Raid, G-Speed, and  G-Dock systems.

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Adobe Creative Cloud for Design and Illustration

Adobe’s mission statement states that the company’s goals are to “move the Web forward” while also giving “Web designers and developers the best tools and services in the world.” This revealing declaration affirms that Adobe is invested equally in the continued improvement of their flagship tools as they are in releasing innovative products that help them maintain their status as a well-respected, tech-industry innovator that can affect design trends and even guide the direction of the Web’s evolution.

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B&H Gear News Update for March 7, 2014

This Week in the News:

  • Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
  • Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
  • Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
  • K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633 

The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35

Fast, Powerful, and Connected: New ASUS M70AD Desktops

When you’re looking for a powerful desktop computer, the first thing that comes to mind is processor, then RAM loadout, then graphics, and finally storage. After those basic criteria have been met, you also want to consider form factor, expandability, and other add-in options.

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