Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com/perspectives2014-08-29T13:47:11+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/products/a-tip-of-the-hat-to-30-seriesGreyson Davis2014-08-29T13:47:11+00:00
Last week my three year old daughter watched Toy Story for the first time. Not surprisingly, Woody, had a big effect on her. After the movie, she spent a lot more time with her older toys. She had a new found appreciation for the toys who comforted her as she made the leap from baby to “big kid”.
I think that is how I feel about the ThinkStation 30 Series. On August 12, Lenovo introduced the new ThinkStation P Series; the products that will replace the 30 Series. The response has been incredible. The press, customers, hardware and software partners, are all very excited about the new products. And a lot of extremely talented people have worked tirelessly, with an intense focus on the customer, to make the P Series a reality. I think I speak for many of my colleagues when I say, the P Series has truly been a labor of love.
But what about 30 Series? What about Woody? Without question, the new ThinkStation P Series takes workstation computing to new heights. But doesn’t the 30 Series deserve an appropriate send off? Because, honestly, without the ThinkStation 30 Series, there is no P Series.
From the time it was introduced, the 30 Series delivered exactly what you would expect from a Think branded workstation; high quality, ultra-reliable, and of course….it was black. The 30 Series took the Lenovo workstation business from being a baby, and...
http://blog.lenovo.com/products/a-visit-to-mili-pictures-the-realization-of-chinese-animation-dreamLenovo Workstation Team2014-07-29T16:16:47+00:00
“Arts Enlighten Technology, Technology Drives Arts.”
This famous remark of John Alan Lasseter, the founder of Pixar and winner of two Academy Awards, mirrored the importance of technology in 3D animated films. Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's most expensive 3D animated feature film, has featured exquisite production that is beyond compare in many aspects in China’s animation sector. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations were the powerhouses behind the creative, with integrated solutions from front-end visual design to back-end rendering. At the eve of the launch of Dragon Nest: Rise of Black Dragon, we paid a visit to Mili Pictures’ production base in Suzhou to explore the “birth of the dragon”.
Witnessing the production of every scene
Dragon Nest's production was created using the highest standard of workstations in China’s animated film sector. Different movies (even different scenes of one movie) have different requirements for workstations. Moreover, art and image design, scene design, special effects production and composition also have different requirements for workstations. ThinkStation provides solutions for all these different needs. For instance, art work and other early stage departments don’t have a high requirement for hardware, but they need to be incredibly stable. To cater to such a need, Lenovo provided E31 ThinkStation workstations.
The animation department, the core of the animated film production, has very high graphics card requirements; for this, Lenovo’s C30 ThinkStation workstations did the job. Late-stage rendering...
If you use CAD/CAE or just creative applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstations, and if there is a real timetable you should follow? If so, here are four things to consider:
1) Design and creation activities are critical to your success, they represent your competitive advantage. This starts with you, the engineer and/or creative person who conceive the idea and the design. In addition, it includes the methods you use to design it, the software you use and the hardware that runs the software. Also very important, is how fast you design and create, as you can’t afford to get behind the competition, or miss a critical due date. All these things combine to give you a creative and innovative competitive edge. Both creation and schedules are two critical elements of your success.
2) Nothing is stagnant in this world, and this is true for the world of design and creativity. For example, new features are constantly being added to your design and the design is being shared in new ways using software like Product Life Cycle Management. Designers learn more from organizations like manufacturing and adapt their designs according to the latest technology trends available. In addition, the software they use changes, new revisions come out, new fixes and even additional software features to take into account. Designers want to know more about their design decisions and attach histories and notes to the design files. All of this results...
STUDENTS, UNDERGRADS, FRESHMEN.
Summer's almost over! Since you've been a busy bee the past few weeks, we've decided to lend a hand and help you gather the tools you need to discover that Rory Gilmore in you. Go ahead, load your Yoga Tablet with these apps and fight your way to become Editor-In-Chief of the school's paper.
Being a proactive, roving worker bee is part and parcel of being a journalist. While you’re out doing fieldwork, you may not have the luxury of sitting down to capture the story. Jot your notes on Evernote while you're interviewing your lead, work on your story on-the-go or access it from your desk, all on Tilt Mode.
Does your story require you to talk to people from all around the world? You'll be relieved to use Skype in Stand Mode to make your international calls without being charged for overseas calls on your mobile and conducting video chats with your interviewee over the Internet. Best thing is, this comes pre-loaded on the Yoga Tablet.
Today's journalists need to tell stories through a variety of formats. Whether video, text, graphics, audio or photos, you will be in great standing if you're able to create a multimedia experience for your readers. Use apps like Skitch to help you snap pics, mark them up comfortably in Hold Mode with shapes, arrows and quick sketches to tell the story better and to point...
IT’S ALMOST TIME TO HIT THE BOOKS AGAIN.
Cue dramatic music. We recommend Europe’s The Final Countdown. It’s our favourite way to get ready for the end of summer - even if the deafening sound of your alarm clock may require some fixing. Here are some good news though: The coming semester is yours to figure out “you” and if you think that involves music in any way, shape or form, we've gathered a couple of tools you should definitely load up on your Yoga 2 Pro.
Whether you aspire to be a pianist, guitarist, violinist or a DJ, every aspiring musician should have access to millions of songs. While everyone’s taste in music is personal, check out Spotify’s playlists of different tracks that matches your current mood. Looking for something soft, mellow or electrifying to get inspired? You’ve got it all here.
#2. TuneIn Radio
You won’t even know where to start with over 60,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs at your fingertips. Set your Yoga 2 Pro up in Tent Mode and start discovering what’s important to you from the world’s largest collection of news, sports, music and talk stations.
While you’re getting down to serious business experimenting with new sounds, pick up some tricks of the trade from the professionals while you read up on tutorials in Laptop Mode. Everything from basic composition to recording,...
WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Yes it’s a bit dramatic. If you’re thinking of capturing this moment to make it last forever, you probably can. That’s what Instagram is for, right? It's something we take for granted with the ubiquity of camera phones and devices around us all the time, but if you constantly see photograph-worthy scenes happening around you, maybe it’s time to listen to what your heart is saying and load up your Yoga Tablet with these 10 shutterbug-approved apps.
Don’t worry, your pictures can definitely be bigger than 500 pixels. Probably one of the most popular online photography communities, 500PX is aimed at both aspiring and professional photographers. We all hit creative walls sometimes so take this chance to find inspiration and connect with other amazing photographers. Develop your creative eye and hone your craft here, there's no magical trick that will give you the creative perspective you're looking for.
#2. VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam's lock function is your cheat sheet to getting sharper and smoother photos. You can also find and follow photographers from around the world, and the best thing is? It focuses on beautiful imagery, not social clout, so number of followers, comments and likes are absent from the platform. Focus on what matters (oops, hope that wasn't too punny).
#3. Camera FV-5 Lite
Before you decide to take the plunge and commit your entire...
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MOVE OVER SUMMER, A NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS HERE.
You're not the only one with the butterflies in your stomach, so don't worry. And if packing lunches for school has gotten you interested in the art and the science of happy food, you may want to consider picking up a course or two in culinary arts this year. Don't forget to load up your Yoga 2 Pro with these treats!
#1. Yoga Chef
Everything a cook needs. Yoga Chef is Lenovo’s very own cooking app preloaded onto the Yoga 2 Pro. Follow simple step-by-step instructions in Tent Mode while you prepare dishes at the side. Works with voice/motion control when your hands are covered in delicious meatball sauce. This app is the real deal.
Which aspiring chef wouldn’t like to have loads of recipes at their fingertips? Check out Allrecipes and get inspired by more than 50,000 cooking ideas. Browse the recipes in Tent Mode, pin up your favourites and start getting your hands dirty – you will never run out of things to make in the kitchen.
#3. Bing Food & Drink
Explore recipes, culinary tips and even share your own recipes on Bing Food & Drink. Fire up your Yoga 2 Pro in Laptop Mode and learn a thing or two from celebrity chefs - everything from different cuisines to wine and cocktails. You will have your kitchen sizzling in no time.
While you won’t be releasing a cookbook...
SUMMER’S OUT, SCHOOL’S IN.
If you couldn't stand the old Google logo, those may have been your spidey-designery senses tingling. You might find your calling in design, so why not explore it this semester on your Yoga 2 Pro? While you're arming yourself with drawing paper and graphic markers, here are some online tools we've found that will help you through the impending all-nighters and the caffeine fixes! You have been warned.
#1. Adobe Photoshop Express
Don’t be put off by the myriad of brushes, channel mixers and filters in Photoshop. Start off with baby steps by exploring Adobe Photoshop Express on Laptop Mode. Familiarise yourself with the basic tools, select from over 20 eye-catching filters and bust out some simple picture edits. Before you know it, taking on the actual Photoshop version could be a walk in the park.
#2. Adobe Kuler
This colour wheel will be a lifeline for any serious website designer. Get down to business with Adobe Kuler on Laptop Mode and create an infinite number of colour schemes. Just remember to thank us one day for helping you avoid the calamity of poor colour combinations.
#3. Fresh Paint
It’s time to set your creativity free and turn your photos into beautiful masterpieces with Fresh Paint. Use Tablet Mode or Tent Mode to turn the Yoga 2 Pro into your canvas. Explore, blend and mix using different watercolours, as well as craft out the slightest details using different brush sizes. Who...
http://blog.lenovo.com/products/technology-trends-in-media-entertainmentLenovo Workstation Team2014-05-15T01:02:49+00:00
Perhaps the biggest challenge for a workstation PC within the Media and Entertainment industry is trying to keep up with the ever-evolving technology trends. Many of these trends were on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas; and they are shaping the way professionals do their work. I want to highlight four specific technologies and the impact they are having on workflows.
Thunderbolt 2 I/O
At last year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event, Intel® announced Thunderbolt™ 2, the latest version of its Thunderbolt technology, with a bandwidth increase of up to 20Gb/s. At this year’s NAB show, Intel takes Thunderbolt 2 capability even further, with the addition of Thunderbolt™Networking, a new and exciting way to directly connect computers together with a standard Thunderbolt cable.
Thunderbolt supported workstation-class systems are emerging. Workstation vendors are now introducing Thunderbolt as a standard I/O config. Lenovo has started shipping its ThinkPad W540 with a Thunderbolt port. We can expect Lenovo desktop workstations with Thunderbolt in the near future.
Industry veteran, Gary Adcock, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) for USA Networks’ new television series Sirens, goes further stating:
“Thunderbolt 2 has fundamentally changed both our Production and Post workflows, while allowing us to perform the most data intensive tasks currently required for 4K production, in an efficient, simple schema without sacrifice to the image or the crew. Thunderbolt 2 is the only technology available that can provide...
When you think about it, the BYOD (bring your own device) trend hasn’t so much been welcomed by organizations as much as it has been imposed on them. As employees become attached to their personal mobile devices, they have brought them into the workplace and used them for work-related and personal tasks.
Rather than resist the trend, ZDNet estimates that 61 percent of businesses have sought to accommodate it. Businesses believe BYOD boosts morale while encouraging productivity and creativity. But while the approach may be good for employees, it’s often a nightmare for IT departments that have to figure out how to secure and manage an array of devices, some of which may be unfamiliar and untested.
At Lenovo, we think there is a better way – CYOD (choose your own device). This displaces BYOD by placing control back in the hands of the IT organization and restores order to device management. With CYOD, IT organizations have the opportunity to review, test and certify those devices that meet a company’s requirements, such as interoperability with business applications. Once a company approves mobile devices and computers for use, employees can have them.
We are confident that CYOD is the way of the future.
As my colleague Chris Frey, Lenovo's vice president of North America commercial channels and SMB, told CRN in November: “As the IT organizations start getting control of their environment again, and I think that is going to happen (in 2014), they may...