Saturday, March 25th, 2017

March 2017 – For the 2017 HardwareCon event, once again being held at the San Leandro CA Zero Net Energy Center, is being presented in the new combined theme of their recent merger with Hardware Massive. The event continues to provide the maker community the next step in the path to a company after they [...]

 February 2017 – Webcams have been an integrated part of mobile computing and an add-on for desktop computing for several decades. These cameras have been increasing in performance over the years for image size, resolution, frame rate and color clarity. They have been bounded by the interface speed of USB2 which limited the capabilities for [...]

February 2017 – The office environment has changed dramatically over the past decades. Electronic presentations have all but replaced the paper distribution in the standard weekly meetings. The biggest change in this routine is the move away from table top projectors in the conference room in favor of flat screen high definition screens. These screens [...]

January 2017 – At the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim they hosted the 32nd annual TEC awards. This event, that recognizes technical & creative achievement in the sound and music business, was highlighted with the presentation of the Les Paul Award and the induction to the TEC Awards Hall of Fame. The Les Paul Award [...]

December 2016 – While testing equipment for the broadcast studio upgrade, we tested the Blackmagic Design Multiview 4. The unit was used to check the on-location coverage by a multi-camera arrangement to see the captured images before going to storage and the video mixer. The Multiview 4 is the smaller version of the Multiview line [...]

December 2016 – We recently had the chance to spend a full month with the Blackmagic Design Teranex Express format converter. We tested out the product in a production studio that was broadcasting both SD and FHD content on air and for streaming. The studio features both production shows and live in-studio broadcast using a [...]

December 2016 – Logitech showed off their new SMB and enterprise collaboration solution that is centered around the Skype for Business communications software and a hardware integration platform centered on the current generation of Surface Pro tablet. The Smartdoc solution supports many of the existing PTZ cameras from the Logitech line, as well as a [...]

December 2016 – After an extended period of gradual change the past decade, AMD has released a new computing architecture for the desktop computing environment for the personal computer marketplace. The architecture change to the new “Zen” design modernizes the single tasked office automation (wordprocessing, spreadsheets, etc) optimized structure to a multitask and media centric [...]

 December 2016 – At the AMD Tech Summit, CEO Lisa Su introduced a major shift in the data center and computing marketplace. SVP and Chief Architect of the Radeon Tech Group Raja Koduri presented AMD response to these developments in the marketplace. The market has seen the initial trend of the standalone PC moving to [...]

December 2016 – We recently had a chance to review, in a live production environment, the HP Zbook 15 G3 mobile workstation and the HP Zbook 17 G3 mobile workstation. Both of the units featured fifth generation Xeon quad core processors, discrete Nvidia graphics, 15.6” UHD Dreamcolor displays and Windows 10 Pro. The workstations were [...]