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.
Archives for December 2013
The EDN gang in Redlands CA and in other hot spots around the US, like D.C and Portland, are busy prepping for Esri DevSummit 2014 which will take place, as usual, in Palm Springs, CA – Save the Date, March 10-13 – you might want to think about nagging the boss for a ticket to the Springs before the year-end budget has been blown!
This comes via the official SOTM website regarding SOTM 2014… We’re happy to announce that the 2014 State of the Map US conference will take place in Washington DC at the Convention Center April 12 and 13. Plan to join us to connect with other mappers, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, and hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvement. Connect with other OpenStreetMap users from an amazing ecosystem of enthusiast mappers, businesses, government agencies, and non profits, all collaborating around the free and editable map of the world.
Check out last year’s schedule for an idea of what’s in store.
Looks like Foursquare has gotten a little leaner and meaner in order to support the sleek, slim iPhone 5 and the loyal user base of fans. Foursquare has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 and there’s a lot to see. It’s smarter, faster, and has a whole new look. Some of the new functionality includes:
- It’s smarter: When you arrive somewhere new, we tell you what you need to know (like the best thing to order or a money-saving special), even if you don’t open the app.
- More of what’s nearby: We shuffle the deck every time you open the app so you don’t miss a thing. Just swipe to explore great tips
- See more on the blog
Something very awesome for you IFTTT fans, a new location trigger that you cook into your recipes thanks to LIFTTT (thanks James for the tip about this one). This via theNextWeb… Visual Candy, the developer behind auto-Foursquare app Uber Checkin, has released a new app for tracking your location, this time through automation service IFTTT.
Here’s details of a pretty sweet data access tool from the NOAA Coastal Service Center– the Data Access Viewer. In a recent update from NOAA we learn that Many new LiDAR data sets recently have been added to the resource. More details available in this announcement.
Stay informed of NOAA activities and data tips via the NOAA GeoZone blog
An interesting new story map from the PacNW from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Strait Alliance reveals sensitive areas and reveals where the oil would travel should a major spill take place in the area now know as the Salish Sea. How is it done? In an innovative project, the groups are dropping over 1000 small drift cards (4” x 6” pieces of bright yellow plywood, each with a unique serial number) at locations of higher risk of incident along the oil tanker route that runs from Burrard Inlet, through the Gulf and San Juan Islands and out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Year-end and the end of another quarter is upon us, that means research numbers are out! According to Taiwan`s MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), an ICT industry research institute based in Taipei, worldwide mobile phone industry`s shipment volume in the third quarter of 2013 topped around 465.2 million units, up 7% sequentially. Of the total worldwide mobile phone shipments, smartphone shipment volume reached about 255.3 million units in the third quarter of 2013, representing a 13.6% sequential growth.
Major Mobile Phone Vendor Shipment Volume Share, 1Q 2011 – 1Q 2014
Source: Respective companies and MIC, December 2013
To see more about this report, please visit: Worldwide Major Mobile Phone Vendor Performance, 4Q 2013
An interesting announcement regarding some Arctic land claim issues… A formal scientific submission was made to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf last week covering 1.2 million square kilometres of territorial claims in the Atlantic, but the government says material submitted for the Arctic Ocean is only preliminary.
Despite saying two years ago that data collection was complete, the federal government plans to send its scientists back into the field for more work mapping a giant undersea mountain range that Ottawa says could secure the sea floor under the top of the world for the Maple Leaf.
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!