HP Launches Z8 Workstation Desktops With 3TB RAM and 48TB of Storage

Sure, Razor Blade, Dell’s XPS and Apple MacBooks are aiming to provide as much as performance per liter as possible while also trying to be as small as possible, still, there are some works that these tine computers just won’t cut. If you are into these things, HP’s latest offering may be of your interest.

Recently, HP launched Z8 series of desktop workstations that are powered by dual Xeon CPUs with up to 56 procession cores (and double amount of threads) and the computers support up to 3 terabytes of RAM  (in case you forgot, 1024 GB = 1 TB). Apart from that, the computers also support up to 48 terabytes of storage all inside the case and to crush almost all tasks that someone may need, Z8 can be equipped with as many as three Nvidia Quadro P6000 graphics cards.

To actually make sure that those cores can be utilized, the Z8 series will feature 9 PICe slots, seven of which are full size and it has support for dual M.2 SSDs for blazing fast storage. It also has dual GiG-E ports, ten USB 3.1 ports, and an optional thunderbolt 3 port. The monster of a workstation is powered by a 17,00 (yes, seventeen hundred) watt power supply and it will be cooled by invective decting.

The performance will, as you can guess, not come cheap, the Z8 will start at $2,439 for base models and you can expect it to reach tens of thousands of dollars for fully equipped versions. Unlike the recently launched $9000 Acer Predator laptop that was aimed at gaming, this one is made for serious data crunching, graphics work, or simulations. If you need it for work or you just hate your money, pre-orders will be starting soon.

In case you want a more reasonable and cheap computer, here is our laptop buying guide that may come in handy. 

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Someone Made A Battery-Free Cell Phone That Sucks Power From Air

Battery tech has seemed to be not keeping up in recent years of advancements on smartphones. As phones are getting more powerful and fast, feeding them with powers for a long time is getting more and more challenging, so much so that Samsung ships Galaxy S8 with screen resolution turned low by default and so much that early Xperia XZ Premium phones almost never ran at 4K resolution even though they shipped with one. In the attempts to find a solution, it looks like Researchers from the University of Washington have made a breakthrough.

The researchers have developed a very first cell phone that does not rely on the battery for power, instead, the newly designed phone harvests light and radio waves to generate enough energy to keep itself running.

In the blog post, researchers shared some information about how they made the phone:

“… the battery-free cellphone takes advantage of tiny vibrations in a phone’s microphone or speaker that occur when a person is talking into a phone or listening to a call.

An antenna connected to those components converts that motion into changes in standard analog radio signal emitted by a cellular base station. This process essentially encodes speech patterns in reflected radio signals in a way that uses almost no power….”

The phone would be almost garbage if it did not have that special energy source conversion though, as you can listen in the video below, the audio quality is barely passable, but if something like this can be improved in future and implemented in smartphones, I would be so happy to not plug the phone to wall anymore.

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NVIDEA Just Launched A New GPU: GEForce GT 1030

NVIDEA has released its latest GPU GEforce GT1030 for an MRP of 5,999 INR. It will be available in the retail market for as low as 5,600 in compact, single-slot, and low-profile form factors. Zotac and MSI have their respective model in the Indian market as the Zotac GeForce GT 1030 ZT-P10300A-10L, priced 5,995 INR and MSI GeForce GT 1030 2G LP OC, priced 5,999 INR.

New graphics cards based upon this GPU are going to compete with Radeon RX550 by AMD that are recently announced and about to make their place in the market. Like the earlier beefier 10-series, GeForce GT 1030 GPU is also based on Pascal architecture, though it has only 384 CUDA cores (processing units).

With an ability to run up to 1468MHz without any significant overclocking, 2GB of GDDR5 RAM on a 64-bit bus and its total memory bandwidth expands up to 48GBps, and both active and passive cooling solution makes it a very appropriate GPU for low to middle powered PCs. Not being GTX GPU, it is not designed for heavy gaming devices. For the same reason, there is no support for either VR or Nvidia’s G-Sync, Ansel, and GameStream. It needs no power connectors and it’s maximum power requirements remains 30W, which is far lower than PCIe slot limit of 70W.

This card is especially about to be useful for those who wish to upgrade an older PC by adding some integrated graphic performance to it, or use it for photo or video editing, although low powder games on a 1920×1080 HD resolution will work quite fine and smooth. Assumed models will have one single-link DVI port and one HDMI 2.0b port. Depending upon the patterns and frameworks opted by the manufacturer, that may vary.

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This is the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ with 4G VoLTE support (And it costs only Rs 5,490)

The Indian smartphone company Intex has launched a new smartphone in the market called Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 5,490 and will be available in two colors: Black and Gold. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ is available at all retail outlets across India.

The Intex Aqua 5.1+ is the successor of Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 that was launched in August 2016. The biggest difference between the two is that Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ supports VoLET where has Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 has only come with LTE support.

The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ comes with a 5-inch display with 197ppi pixel density. The USB port and the 3.5 mm audio jack on the top and the power and volume buttons on the right edge of the smartphone. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The phone comes with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory which is expandable using microSD cards.

The back camera of the Intex Aqua 5.1+ is 5 MP with flash support and f/2.8 aperture, and the front camera is 2 MP with fixed focus technology. The device comes with a 2000 mAh battery and supports dual sim card.

The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ has the following connectivity options: 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, FM Radio, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+, and Wi-Fi hotspot. The smartphone has a smart tracking feature that will help the customer track their phones when lost. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1+ also has some Value Added Apps such as miFon security, game Play, Vdioplay, and QR Code.

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This computer comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Just $10

The world has seen some inexpensive computers in recent years, and it all started with  Raspberry Pi, which are dirt cheap barebones computers that come without a display, IO devices or even a case, but has enough horsepower to carry some basic computing tasks without using much power. Most notable is the Raspberry Pi Zero, which came last year costing crazy sounding $5.

Today, the  Raspberry Pi foundation turned five and to celebrate its birthday, the Foundation just launched an update for its $5 PC, adding a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to its cheap computer.

The Pi Zero W

It is not that the Pi Zero was a bad or expensive computer, far from it, but getting wireless connectivity for it required users to go on the market and buy external dongles to get basic wireless connectivity, for an additional $5, the Pi Zero W will solve these problems.

In case you were wondering, the Pi Zero W has a 1GHz ARM processor, 512 MB of RAM and an HDMI port that can output 1080p videos.

The foundation also announced that it would be selling its line of Pi Zero compatible cases which will be injection molding.

Pi Zero cases

You can get a list of Pi Zero W sellers from here, but keep in mind that there may not be enough supply, at least for some time.

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Sony Just Launched World’s Fastest Memory Card

Even though Apple has omitted the inclusion of SD Card reader from all of its new MacBooks. SD Cards are still one of the most important storage devices for many creative professionals. If you recall, last year, SanDisk launched a 1TB SD Card which is the highest capacity SD card to date. Today, Sony announced its SF-G UHS-II SD card which is the fastest SD card in the world.

The Sony made SD card features read speeds of a cool 300 MB/s and writing speeds of 299 MB/s, making it faster than most mechanical Hard Drives and comparable to many SATA SSDs.

The card is shockproof, waterproof, X-Ray Proof and Temperature resistance. It will be sold in 3 capacities:32 GB, 64GB and 128 GB, there is no word on pricing from Sony yet, but it should have some performance premium.

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Lenovo Just Launched A Cheap Version of Yoga Book, a Crazy Android Laptop

Ever Since its launch a couple of months ago, Lenovo’s Yoga Book has impressed almost everyone in the tech industry because of its innovative Halo keyboard and reasonable price, so much that after Windows and Android versions of Yoga Book, the company released a Chrome OS version too.

Well, if you thought of getting one for yourself, but found the price to be more than your liking, you should probably take a look at Lenovo Yoga A12.

The A12 version of Yoga Book is a cheaper, less powerful version of the full blown Yoga Book and it comes in only one OS variant: Google Android. The A12 will cost $299 (almost Rs 20,000), and it should go on sale starting Wednesday.

Lenovo A12
Lenovo A12

The cheaper version of Yoga Book will run on an Intel Atom x5 chip, 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD card. The 360-degree hinge attached screen has 12.2-inch size, and its resolution is currently unknown.

The selling feature of previous Yoga Book, the Halo Keyboard will stay which company has claims that have been improved and thinned out than the initial version of Halo Keyboard. Unlike its big brother, however, the A12 will not support stylus input.

The tablet will come in two colors: Gunmetal Gre and Rose Gold.

Considering the price, there are some more powerful tablets and laptops in the market, but people getting the Yoga Book A12 will be more interested in the unique form factor of the device and considering it run Android, these specs should make for a good enough computing experience.

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Patents Show That Intel May Be Working On A Curved 2-in1 Laptop

Patents are fascinating. Even though many of them don’t make it to the manufacturing process, they provide a clear idea of where a company is headed and where a company is spending is valuable R&D assets.

As The Next Web reports, Intel has filed a patent of a curved two-in-one laptop. It was filed back in November, and the notes describe it as an Electronic device with a detachable curved display.

If Intel makes this device in future, it will not be the first laptop makes to have a detachable screen, we already have Microsoft Surface, and Acer already has a monster 21″ Gaming Laptop that comes with a curved display, but Intel will be the first one to do both.

The patent doesn’t discuss screen size or other technical details, but I can’t stop thinking about how can a curved keyboard be usable on a desk.

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Flexible LCD Phone Displays Are Coming Sooner Than You Thought

Many smartphone makers have been trying to build flexible displays for recent years, some phones on the market sport a curved screen such as LG G Flex, Galaxy S7 Edge, BlackBerry Priv and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, but none of them have a truly flexible display.

Well, it looks like one company has finally cracked the code for creating a flexible display.

Japan Display Inc. which is an Apple parts supplier, revealed that it has created a full active flex LCD screen. Instead of using glass as a substrate, the new displays use plastic which allows it to bend easily.

JDI says that ditching glass will mean that you will not have to worry about the broken screen if you dropped the phone accidentally. While the displays are not thin or flexible enough to be rolled up, they can be used in the curved mode just like Galaxy Edge.

The screen 5.5-inch size with the resolution of 1920×1080 and it has a contrast ratio of 1500:1. One more interesting thing about screen is its refresh rate, while ordinary displays on phones work on 60Hz of refresh rate only, JDI claims that its LCD displays will work on 15Hz too which could potentially help in saving battery life in applications that don’t change display too much (Ebook readers are a good example)

More interesting is that company today told Wall Street Journal that it would be able to mass produce these screens from next year and some smartphone makers have agreed to adopt them in the next few years.

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An Apple Watch Stand Turns The Watch Into A Miniature Macintosh

It’s not that often when you stumble upon a product that is cheap, cool and handy, the Elago W3 is definitely one of them. Just a small glance on the stand communicates with our inner nostalgia factor.

It is a $15 silicon smartwatch band for Apple Watch that makes it look like you have a miniature Macintosh on your table, with the same iconic color, a cutout for a floppy drive and everything.

The stand supports Apple Watch Seris 1 and the Series 2 including all sizes and all bands. The stand works as the nightstand mode so that you can have your tiny Macintosh replica work as alarm clock right next to your bed.

After inserting the watch into the W3 stand, you can still use the touchscreen, and if you want a neater look, it can work with removing the Watch Band too.

The stand comes in two colors, and the company sells it through its website and on Amazon. If have already bought an expensive Apple Watch, spending some bucks on the stand should be no brainer.

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