Some interesting research looks at the state of the PC market… findings from IDC show a year-on-year decline of -11.8%
Recently (June 2014) HP held a small event in San Diego to provide an official announcement of their new, Large Format Page-Wide Technology – designed to deliver wide format, high volume prints faster and cheaper than ever before!
HP has made it a point to specifically identify and target the growing GIS market for these new devices, in particular the T3500. With PageWide technology the company is introducing solutions that are faster than inkjet and LED technology while using high pigment inks providing very dark blacks and extremely vivid colors – the output is also resistant to water, smudge, highlighters and more!
How tough is the Toshiba Portege Ultrabook – darned tough… even tough enough to withstand the drooling pooch test!! Enjoy…
Recall that yours truly has been using the amazing HP All-in-one workstation for a couple of months and enjoying it to maintain all of our websites and perform my daily tasks as well as GIS/mapping duties – see the detailed review HERE. Well, today at CES in Las Vegas, HP has unveiled the First 27-inch Diagonal All-in-one Workstation with Touch Capability. The news… HP today announced the second generation of the world’s first and only all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display, the HP Z1, which is now available with Windows® 8 Touch and Intel® Thunderbolt 2capabilities—making it HP’s most powerful, innovative and fully featured all-in-one workstation.
The HP Z1 enables designers to streamline the workflow with key features such as:
· The power of Thunderbolt. Connect in a flash with up to four times USB 3.0 bandwidth using optional high-performance Thunderbolt 2.0 ports located on the side of the HP Z1G2.
· Professional display. Let ideas shine on the HP Z1 G2’s brilliant next-generation, 27-inch diagonal IPS display. Choose from 10-point touch with stunning edge-to-edge glass or non-touch with antiglare capability.
· Tool-less chassis. Change most parts or make upgrades without tools or a service technician. Simply snap open the chassis and customize as needed.
· Bold and bright. A wide range of 3-D professional graphics options, including NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs, gives users the power they need to bring their creations to life.
· Astounding sound. Premium audio features on the HP Z1 G2 Workstation include dual-tone, front-facing speakers and DTS Studio Sound Audio.
You may have heard me discussing the HP Z1 workstation recently. That’s because I’ve had the pleasure of using one for several weeks now, thanks to the kind folks at HP. The Z1, the first of it’s kind, all-in-one workstation from HP is a gorgeous machine, conveniently packaged in one solid bundle, and offers the power and flexibility demanded by any technology professional. Now don’t get me wrong, anyone could use and love the Z1, however, at a starting price in the low $2,000 range, the device can be heavily customized to cost well over $5,000 and as a result is ideally targeted at the power user or as an enterprise solution. Note, a number of other lower end “all in one” solutions may be found from the likes of Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo, and others, however, the devices from those makers would be classified in a category that is far inferior to the enterprise class HP Z1. Of interest, the Z1 line of workstations are considered an “entry” level to the HP Commercial workstation family and a “step down” from the traditional tower workstations.
Wow, I’ve just updated my Christmas wish list to Santa to include this amazing device – the Panono panoramic ball camera! Simply toss the ball errrr camera in the air and the device snaps images producing a high resolution panoramic scene via the 72 megapixel lens. The device is rugged and can withstand a droop or you can mount it on a pole like stand and walk around with it. You have about a month (as of Dec 8) to pre-order for about $585
Learn more about PANONO on the website: http://www.panono.com
Download our app and experience more panoramas!
So, it may (or may not) surprise you that for the past few weeks I’ve been the happy user of a very sweet, and big, HP Z1 all in one workstation. This is courtesy of some new friends (and old HP fiends from Fort Collins, Colorado) from HP that I made at the ESRIUC last July who so graciously connected me with a demo unit to put through the paces.
For those of you not yet familiar with the “all in one” devices from HP, simply put, the Z1 is a very handy and powerful workstation that comes conveniently bundled in a single piece of hardware. The result is a powerful PC workstation that is fully configurable upon order and all the hardware is squeezed inside a package along with the monitor – the world’s first all in one workstation! Oh, did I mention it has a delicious 27″ screen?
A new device from Fujitsu enables simple scanning of documents with new “Versatile Imaging Technology. The ScanSnap SV600 also includes “Book Image Correction” and “Page Turning Detection” functionality. The Book Image Correction compensates for the curvature in open books or magazines and automatically corrects the distortion in the scanned image, and then you can confirm and fine-tune the images on the preview dialog after scanning. See more about the unit here
Something new and rugged from Sweden… Handheld Group, a fast-growing manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, PDAs and smartphones, today announced the launch of the new version of its highly popular Algiz7 rugged tablet computer. The updated Algiz 7 is considerably faster than its predecessor, with better storage capacity, improved security and quicker communication capabilities. The Algiz 7 meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military standards for withstanding humidity, vibrations, drops and extreme temperatures, and with its IP65 rating it keeps dust and water out as well. The new Algiz 7, which starts shipping today, features the following improvements from earlier versions:
- A fast and powerful N2600 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel ATOM processor.
- More memory, with 4 GB DDR3 RAM.
- Better storage, with a 128GB SSD SATA II with recovery partition.
- Two full mPCIe slots for improved flexibility.
- Ethernet 10/100/1000 (Gigabit).
- Added data security with TPM chipset board (chip 1.2).
- An updated version of the wireless Gobi 3000 technology for higher communications speed.
- A 5-megapixel camera.
- Antenna diversity (two antennas) for improved coverage.