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HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

March 26th 2017

Last quarter, HP unveiled the Z2 Mini, a workstation computer that takes the small form factor (SFF) trend to the extreme. Measuring just 2.3″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″, the Z2 Mini is dramatically smaller (an HP-disclosed 90% smaller) than a traditional tower.In a Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs review for Jon Peddie Research, Alex Herrera calls the Z2 Mini a “capable, ridiculously small workstation” that can redefine the marketplace for workstations.

You can read Alex’s review — complete with detailed benchmarks — at the http://jonpeddie.com/reviews/comments/hps-z2-mini-is-a-tiny-power-house-of-a-workstation?/reviews/details/hps-z2-mini-is-a-tiny-power-house-of-a-workstation

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Techwatch March 10th 2017

I’m seeing more than I want to, or maybe not enough Our eyes are just too damn good. Too good for the VR and AR displays we can afford and are able to build today.  VR as you probably know has a taxonomy that can be reduced to a quadrant:  Samsung’s gear is upper left, HTC and Oculus are lower left, and the stuff that started the VR field, and where the money is made is the lower right.  The lower left is highly over hyped by the participants, investors, market researchers (who

Looking forward - To the GTC conference

Every year now for the past seven years Nvidia has presented a GPU conference. The first on in Late September 2008 was named the GPU Technology Conference, and it overwhelmed the Fairmont hotel, and prompting the company to rename it GTC and move it to the convention center. This year Click here to read this blog entry

Is Xbox becoming a PC?

Microsoft unifies PC and Xbox One platforms into one ecosystem with Universal Windows Applications (UWAs) Microsoft announced over a year ago in January 2015, that it was bringing Xbox apps to Windows 10 PCs, and that would allow cross-platform play and a cohesive friends list across both platforms. In November, the Xbox Click here to read this blog entry

The Future of Visual Computing is Hybrid Reality

The future of face mounted computing (sorry head; I choose to use face) will not be Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality; but a hybrid of both. To me, Virtual and Augmented Reality are not good names for hardware platforms. They are a way of experiencing computer generated information. For example. Click here to read this blog entry

Why Sony will win first in VR

Ease of use, price, and one-stop shopping Now that Oculus has revealed its consumer version of the Rift HMD, consumers can start planning how they might engage with VR, and they have a choice—a DIY rig with a PC and Rift, or a turn-key system with Sony. Sony Click here to read this blog entry

Intel misquoted on integrated graphics overtaking discrete

At the J.P. Morgan's 14th Annual Tech Forum at the 2016 International CES. presented January 6th, 2016, Gregory Bryant, Intel’s new vice president and general manager of desktop clients platform was interviewed. As a result of that interview, a slew of stories appeared over the following days with Click here to read this blog entry