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Lilbits 319: Chrome gets more secure, uses more RAM

Google’s Chrome web browser has always been something of a memory hog, which is to be expected from an application that runs a new process for each browser tab. Now Google has introduced something called “site isolation,” which means that not only does each tab have its own process, but each process can also now […]

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Intel’s new Xeon E series chips are for entry-level workstations

Intel is launching a new line of Xeon E processors designed for desktop workstation computers. The company says the new chips offer up to a 36 percent performance boost over previous-gen chips, or a 73 percent boost over an equivalent chip from 4 years ago… which is probably a more appropriate spec for companies that […]

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Dell introduces 2018 Precision Developer Edition laptops with Ubuntu Linux

Dell introduced a new line of Precision mobile workstations last month, featuring high-power specs in (relatively) portable packages. Now the company is introducing “developer edition” versions that have the same feature set, but which ship with Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows 10 software. The Dell Precision 3530 Mobile Workstation is already available as a developer-edition […]

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Zotac launches ZBOX Q mini workstation PCs with NVIDIA Quadro graphics

Zotac’s ZBOX line of small form-factor computers include some models as small as the deck-of-cards-sized ZBOX Pico lineup as well as larger, higher-power models like the company’s Magnus gaming machines. The new ZBOX Q family is on the larger side, but still pretty small by desktop PC standards… especially when you consider that these little […]

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HP’s new ZBook mobile workstations: 4K displays, hexa-core CPUs, compact designs

Consumer laptops have gotten thinner and lighter in recent years, but so have high-performance notebooks. It’s not hard to find a gaming laptop that weighs less than 5 pounds these days. And the same is true of mobile workstation PCs. Sure, that’s a far cry from consumer notebooks, which sometimes weigh less than 2 pounds. […]

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Gigabyte ThunderXStation is the first ARMv8 workstation PC

As a general rule most smartphones have ARM-based processors and most desktop and notebook PCs have Intel or AMD chips based on x86 architecture (although that’s starting to change with the launch of Windows on ARM). But now Gigabyte and Cavium are introducing the first desktop workstation powered by an ARM-based processor. The Gigabyte ThunderXStation […]

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HP launches ZBook x2 detachable tablet with 4K display, pen support, NVIDIA graphics

HP is adding a 2-in-1 tablet to its ZBOOK line of mobile workstation computers. The new HP ZBook x2 isn’t the first tablet to ship with a detachable keyboard and support for an optional digital pen… but it’s certainly one of the most powerful to date. The computer features a 14 inch, 3840 x 2160 […]

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HP’s latest VR backpack means business (it’s a wearable worksation)

Most PC-based virtual reality systems released to date are aimed at gamers. But HP figures that means there’s an untapped market for VR-ready PCs aimed at enterprise customers. So the company is adding VR capabilities to some of its business class computers… and launching a business-class version of the HP Omen X gaming-PC-in-a-backpack. The new […]

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Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs on the way?

Microsoft accidentally pushed an internal build of Windows 10 to the public recently, causing some smartphones to stop working. That’s the bad news. The good news? The leaked Windows builds included some clues about upcoming software from Microsoft. After doing a little more digging, @AndItsTito spotted the first mentions of Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCs, […]

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HP Z2 Mini Workstation is a tiny, high-power PC

PC makers have been stuffing computer parts into tiny boxes for years, but often those mini PCs have laptop-class hardware in order to balance size, performance, and cooling. But HP’s new Z2 Mini Workstation bucks that trend (mostly) with hardware that the company says is “twice as powerful as any commercial mini PC” and which can […]