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Blue, Black, Red, Purple, Gold, and Green. To most, those words are simply representative of colors on the spectrum, but in the tech world, these colors are used by WD to represent different types of its internal hard drives and solid-state drives. So, suppose you’re in the process of building a computer, populating a RAID or NAS array, replacing a corrupted drive, or simply expanding/upgrading...
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I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running backups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years ago, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost three months of post-production—the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you. Data loss is more than an...
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After the camera, a photographer’s next closest friend should definitely be a hard drive. Think about it. For the modern digital photographer, hard drives are the new albums full of negatives. They hold all your work and, if backups are being performed regularly, they keep your images safe and sound for many years, letting you pull up archived images quickly with speedy searches, as opposed to...
by Eric Butterfield
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If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Reading and writing files directly from or to an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With...
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Time is always of the essence when creating digital content, and much of it is spent on waiting for animated graphics and special effects to render or for code to compile. For example, a single frame from Pixar’s Toy Story 3 took about seven hours to render, with some taking up to 39 hours. Given how there are 24 frames in a second of animated video, it’s little wonder why the movie took three...
by Cris Silvestri and William Min
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During this hectic and very scary time, many of us have found ourselves suddenly working from home. And many of us are finding that working from home is a lot harder than it sounds. On paper, you might think all you need is a good computer, a reliable printer, and Internet service. Those of us already in the home-office trenches know that—although these are good places to start—there are...
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Since its reemergence in 2012, the virtual reality (VR) market has experienced a significant amount of growth. Recently, the pace of that growth has accelerated, thanks in part to improved technologies, better content, and lower costs of equipment. However...
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Creative professionals have been enjoying an abundance of choices lately, with massive workstations and a variety of options that can easily make a difference in high-end workloads (and a significant ding in your budget, as well). For years, Apple reigned supreme for creative professionals, and its hold on the wish lists for animators, video production teams, and high-end graphic designers and...
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Looking for gamer gift ideas? From consoles to games to gaming accessories, Gaming Expert Scary Larry gives you the details on the best gaming gifts for the holidays! More Holiday Gift Guides:Unique Holiday Gifts for the Tech Enthusiast in Your Life...
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Working from home can be a great experience, as long as your office space is set up exactly as you want it. I know I need to have everything in just the right place to get into some serious work. If you are anything like me, you want to make sure that you have some new tech around that simply makes life better. There is always some new and current tech you can get to upgrade your home office. The...
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Having more megapixels and higher resolution video isn’t always a good thing. Shooting with the latest cameras is almost certainly going to fill up your hard drives quickly. I know from personal experience, having recently picked up a 61MP Sony a7R IV from which each raw file exceeds 100MB and a couple of minutes of 4K video, will take up gigabytes of space. At home, I have the luxury of a...
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There are many things to consider when you’re buying a graphics card. It can get confusing. At how high a resolution do you want to play? Do you want FreeSync or G-SYNC? Do you want ray tracing or not? This simplified guide will point out some of the popular graphics cards in common gaming builds. Entry Level If you’re just looking to play your games at a respectable Full HD 1080p resolution...
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With the holiday season fast approaching, there’s a good chance you can think of someone who would love an Apple product as a gift. We’re here to break it all down for you, so come December, your gifts will already be wrapped and ready to go under the tree. Just bookmark this article, and you’ll be ready to go. MacBook Pro What is it? With a 500-nit Retina Display and True Tone technology,...
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Nobody has ever complained about a memory card being too fast and, increasingly, electronics manufacturers are expecting you to have high-speed memory cards that are compatible with certain features. These days, smartphones, tablets, and even laptops often rely on memory cards to expand their storage. With...
Robot Toys Help Expand STEM Education
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The evolution of learning toys is a long road, littered with toys that introduced children to subjects and ideas that, in the least, provided education and fun and, at best, laid out stepping stones of inspiration toward careers later in life. From the early 20th-Century engineering toys of Erector sets, Tinkertoys, and Lego®, to the late-century rudimentary programming of robotic toys, such as...
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