I firmly believe that the people haven't fallen out of love with the PC, but instead they've grown bored of the form-factors on offer. While Smartphones, tablets, and even notebook systems have grown lighter and thinner, desktop PCs are still big hulking boxes that take up lots of desk space. See also: What the post-PC PC of 2025 will be like At one time it looked like the all-in-one, which combines the PC into the display, might take over as the leading for factor, but outside of the Mac ecosystem, all-in-one systems are pretty thin on the ground. Enter the NUC, of "Next Unit of Computing." The NUC is a series of small form factor PC designed by Intel. The first NUC, which was based on the Sandy Bridge Celeron CPU, was released early last year and since then we've seen a second generation system based on the Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Core i5 processors, and a third generation based on the Haswell architecture. The design is a cross between Apple's Mac mini and the Raspberry Pi. … [Read more...] about Intel’s next-gen NUC has the potential to be a PC game changer
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The satellite launched for the National Broadband Network (NBN) will "bridge the digital divide between Australia's cities and regions", according to Australia's newly minted Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, despite data usage being capped and fast speeds attracting higher price points than those on fibre. Fifield, speaking at a press conference in Sydney on Thursday morning after NBN successfully launched the first of its two new AU$620 million Ka-band satellites earlier in the day, called the service a "game changer" in ensuring the delivery of broadband access for all. "The NBN long-term satellite service will be a game changer for many remote Australians, offering broadband services at ADSL2-comparable speeds for the first time," Fifield said. "Sky Muster and her sister satellite are among the largest commercial satellites ever launched. Each will project 101 spot beams providing coverage to Australia and to five offshore locations: Christmas, Cocos, Lord Howe, Norfolk, and … [Read more...] about NBN Sky Muster satellite a ‘game changer’: Fifield, Morrow
Filmmakers now have yet another tool to add to their bag of tricks. This one is from DJI, the company behind the iconic Phantom drones. As reported by The Verge, the aptly named Focus is basically a remote control with a large wheel on it that grants camera operators wireless command of both focus and aperture. A separate motor drive attaches to a camera and spins a gear to rotate the lens or aperture rings.While this isn’t the first wireless follow-focus system, the DJI Focus is unique in how it offers control of both depth of field and focus from the same device. With very little work, operators can easily switch between the two. By opening or closing the aperture, exposure can also be adjusted smoothly mid-shot, opening up new possibilities for flying between areas with different levels of light.The control wheel can be calibrated to different lenses to keep the motor from turning past the minimum and maximum focus points. Wheel resistance can also be adjusted, providing a … [Read more...] about DJI Focus is a game changer for aerial drone video
A CEO needs to meet with workers in a remote office, but instead of boarding a plane, she simply employs her hologram.That scenario could be reality in the not-so-distant future, according to researchers at the University of Arizona . Scientists there have developed a new type of holographic telepresence that's designed to project a three-dimensional, full-color, moving image without viewers needing to sport 3D glasses .Slideshow: 6 Real Sci-Fi Gadgets: The Future...Today! Slideshow: Future Tech That Missed the MarkWhile the technology could be used in TV or movies, it also could be used in advertising, telemedicine and mapping, as well as in everyday corporate meetings."Holographic telepresence means we can record a three-dimensional image in one location and show it in another location, in real-time, anywhere in the world," said Nasser Peyghambarian , who led the research effort at the university. "Let's say I want to give a presentation in New York. All I need is an array of … [Read more...] about Holographs Could Be ‘Game Changer’ for Business
Back in April, Microsoft somewhat quietly previewed what its Windows Server engineering teams had been working on for quite some time. While it would be easy to write it off as just another iteration in a long line of never-ending releases, Windows Nano Server has the potential to reinvent your data center.Windows Nano Server is a project that was previously codenamed Tuva (although kudos to Microsoft for breaking the trend of having very cool codenames that turn into incredibly drab actual released product names) and is designed to be Windows without the GUI or legacy baggage. It’s different than Server Core, the GUI-less installation option introduced in Windows Server 2008, because Windows Nano Server strips out basically every part of Windows that is designed to ever service the GUI or a GUI oriented application.Server Core merely takes off the GUI but leaves a lot of the underlying Win32 API surface area and structure so that when you put the GUI back on via a checkbox … [Read more...] about Is Windows Nano Server a data center game-changer?
Smartphones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous in the workplace, and IT and security executives are having to accept the fact that the "bring your own device" and "consumerization of IT" trends are for real. This isn't a bad thing, considering the potential benefits such as productivity gains, improved collaboration and enhanced customer service.But a key question for organizations, in terms of security, is what impact the mobility trend will have on identity management. Many IT and security executives have worked hard in recent years developing ID management strategies and procedures for their enterprises, and how the presence of smartphones and tablets affects those efforts is no small consideration.Industry research shows that the move to mobile devices will continue for the next several years. By 2015, the worldwide mobile worker population will reach an estimated 1.3 billion, representing 37 percent of the total workforce, according to a report released in January 2012 by … [Read more...] about The mobile game changer
The PictureMate Show is a snapshot printer and more: Epson has integrated a digital frame into its design. Getting two products in one makes the PictureMate Show's relatively high price--$300 as of January 15, 2010--more palatable. (For a comparison of snapshot printers, inkjet printers, and color laser printers, see "Shopping for a Photo Printer.")Insert a memory card or key drive, or upload photos to the printer's 270MB of internal memory, and the PictureMate Show can display them on its 7-inch, WVGA (480-by-800-pixel), 15:9-aspect-ratio color LCD. A dozen slideshow formats let you incorporate a clock, a calendar, simple animation, and other effects.You can also print, of course, and the PictureMate Show does a great job of that. In our tests, it printed color photos as fast as 1.4 pages per minute (ppm), with natural fleshtones, vivid landscapes, and attractive objects; black-and-white photos showed smooth grayscales. Its less-expensive cousin, the PictureMate Charm, is slower but … [Read more...] about Epson PictureMate Show: A Game-Changer?
A startup Tuesday unveiled technology it claims can can simultaneously charge multiple different devices in a house, even through walls and around corners, by using the same radio spectrum as other wireless standards, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth."You don't have to put that device in every room. You just put it into one room in your house and it will power all your devices," said Hatem Zeine, founder of Ossia, developer of the technology. "It's like your Wi-Fi signal. If you can get a Wi-Fi signal, you'll be able to get power." [ Get expert advice about planning and implementing your BYOD strategy with InfoWorld's 29-page "Mobile and BYOD Deep Dive" PDF special report. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobilize newsletter. ]After six years of development, Ossia today unwrapped the new Cota wireless charging technology that it says will be available to consumers and enterprises by 2015.Zeine, demonstrated the technology with a prototype at the TechCrunch Disrupt … [Read more...] about Wireless charging from 30 feet away — does startup have a game changer?
Although it may look like the original Echo, the inclusion of a Zigbee smart-home hub inside the Amazon Echo Plus means that it just got a lot easier for consumers to build out their own smart homes. It also means the Echo Plus will make it a lot harder for other smart-home-hub makers, too. Credit: Amazon Zigbee is an open-communications protocol built into a ton of smart-home devices, such as Philips Hue lights and smart locks . Because of its low-power requirements, it’s ideal for small devices, or those whose design would make it inconvenient for a large battery, or to be plugged in. A great example of this are door and window sensors. However, Zigbee devices can’t connect directly to the Internet, which is what enables you to control them remotely. They first must link to a bridge or hub (such as the Samsung SmartThings or Wink Hub 2 … [Read more...] about Why Amazon Echo Plus Is a ‘Game-Changer’ for Smart Homes
Microsoft recently made available a preview service, Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HVRM). This is a hybrid service that leverages the high ground of the Azure public cloud in a smart way. HRVM manages the replication of your primary data center to your disaster recovery (DR) site. HVRM is a service for Windows Azure customers that appears in the Windows Azure Customer Portal after you sign up for the service. From the portal, you can perform emergency, on-demand, and test failovers of your infrastructure to the DR site. You can achieve excellent DR readiness protecting virtual machine (VM) workloads at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional approaches.While making clear that this is a preview service and all features are subject to change, the HVRM service itself is a first, and powerful, example of a future vision becoming reality for Microsoft. That is, the use of the Azure public cloud for off-premise automation controlling on-premise private cloud fabric. Microsoft is working … [Read more...] about Hyper-V Recovery Manager on Windows Azure: Game changer in DR architecture