USB 3.0 Stories April 27, 2016

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SanDisk’s new iXpand Lightning to USB drive introduces a new design, faster USB 3.0, and a brand new app, making it one of the most attractive offerings as far as thumb drives for your iPhone or iPad go. I’ve been testing it out to see if it’s worth a recommendation over the many competitors.

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USB 3.0 Stories March 27, 2016

Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter

In addition to Apple’s newly released USB-C to Lightning Cable, which allows for faster iPad Pro charging, Apple also released a new Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter. This new $39.00 adapter is geared towards allowing users to easily transfer photos and videos from digital cameras to the iPad Pro.

But it’s no secret that this adapter has other talents, such as being able to power USB microphones for applications like podcasting, song recording, and voiceovers. Apple says that you can also connect USB accessories like hubs, Ethernet adapters, MIDI interfaces, flash readers, and more.

12.9″ iPad Pro owners received an added bonus as well, that being able to take advantage of the iPad Pro’s USB 3 transfer speeds. All of this considered, is the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter a worthwhile investment? expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories January 4, 2016

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Hyper’s new iShowFast Lightning drive adds a few features not available from competitors: USB 3.0 for faster performance, support for files over 4GB in size, and new low power consumption features that mean you’ll never have to charge it.

Lightning thumb drives have become more popular in recent years. With a standard USB connector on one side and Apple’s Lightning connector on the other, the product allows iPhone and iPad users to quickly and easily transfer files between devices (iOS and desktops) or stream content directly from the drive to their device. expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories October 13, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 2TB Portable HDD $65, Apple Watch 42mm (Stainless) $520, 10′ braided Lightning cable $11, more

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Last Call Updates:

Apple is dishing out free downloads of the award-winning Shadowmatic puzzle game

Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $65 shipped (Reg. $85, Tax in NY)

Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case w/ Black Sport Band: $520 shipped (Orig. $599)

Camabond 10ft Nylon Braided MFi Apple Certified Lightning Cables $11 Prime shippedmore

iTunes Gift Cards 20% off w/ email delivery via PayPal: $50 for $40, $25 for $20

Apple 12-inch MacBook 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB from $1,190 or $1,150 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,299), more

13″ Retina MacBook Pro (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,280 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

More new gear from today:

Brother Color Duplex Laser Wireless Printer w/ AirPrint: $150 shipped (Reg. $200), more

More deals still alive:

1Password secure password manager for Mac: $30 (Reg. $50)

App Store Free App of the Week: Wake Alarm Clock ($4 value)

The Executive for iOS goes free for the first time as IGN’s Game of the Month ($5 value)

Tweetbot for Mac drops to $10 (Reg. $13)

USB-C roundup: Aukey 3-Port USB Hub w/ Gigabit Ethernet $17, Aukey USB Adapter $7, more

New products & more:

Turn heads at any Halloween party with one of these high-tech DIY costumes

Koto’s smart sensors track your home’s health and can even forecast storms

USB 3.0 Stories August 25, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro $1,100, Toshiba 2TB Portable HDD $70, AirPano for iOS free download, more

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Last Call Updates:

Back to school gift guide: essential tech gear every student should be using

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/128GB: $1,100 shipped (Reg. $1,299)

Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive in Red $70 shipped (Orig. $130)

Get a free download of the AirPano Travel Book iOS app courtesy of Apple ($3 value)

Logitech Powershell controller 1500mAh battery case for iPhone 5/5S/iPod Touch: $9 Prime shipped

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 with free shipping (15% savings)

Giveaway: Jaybird’s new X2 Bluetooth earbuds are the ultimate workout counterpart ($180 value)

More new gear from today:

Aukey Power Banks w/ Prime shipping: Dual USB 10000mAh $10 (Reg. $20), 3000mAh $6 (Reg. $10), more

More deals still alive:

Belkin Ultimate Pro Bluetooth iPad Air 2 Keyboard Case w/ backlit keys: $75 shipped (Reg. $150), more

Canon T5 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit (refurb w/ 1 yr warranty): $250 shipped (Orig. $549)

New products & more:

The iBackPack Indiegogo project is loaded with all the back-to-school technology you can imagine

Nintendo’s fall release plans revealed: Super Mario Maker bundle, Star Fox Zero, Mega Yarn Yoshi, more

USB 3.0 Stories August 3, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit Flash Drive $30, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB $590, Fire TV Stick $25, more

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Last Call Updates:

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

Amazon Gold Box – up to 60% off SSDs, USB Flash Drives, Portable Storage and much more:

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in all colors: $590 shipped (Reg. $699)

Amazon Fire TV Stick media streamer w/ voice search for $25 (Reg. $39)

Pre-pay for 3 months of Sling TV and receive a $50 Best Buy credit towards the purchase of eligible streaming devices

App Store Free App of the Week: Worms3 ($5 value)

Team 17 announces a pair of new Worms games coming to iOS, Xbox One and PC

Logitech $20 off $49: MX Master Wireless Mouse $80 shipped (Reg. $100), gaming accessoriesmore

More new gear from today:

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-inch Internal Solid-State Drive: $150 shipped (Reg. $180+)

More deals still alive:

Free PS Plus Games for August: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Limbo, more

Free Xbox Live Gold Games for August: Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes, more

New products & more:

Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service is here and Prime members can order today

Olio announces new Gold and Rose Gold options for its luxury smartwatch

USB 3.0 Stories July 7, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $70, 13″ MacBook Air (newest version) $830, more

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Palette puts Adobe’s Creative Suite in the palm of your hands with its new modular control surface

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150more

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air (newest model) 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB: $830 shipped (Reg. $999)

Review: JBL’s new Charge 2+ and Clip+ deliver big sound in a portable Bluetooth package designed for outdoor activity

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB $359, iPhone 6/Plus w/ free $150 GC on installment or $70 off w/ 2-yr contract

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB in Silver: $449 shipped (Orig. $929)

GoPro’s new HERO4 Session waterproof action camera is the size of an ice cube with an iceberg-sized price

Amazon is throwing itself a birthday party so big it’ll make you forget about Black Friday

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: Denon 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver $299, Logitech Spill Proof Bluetooth keyboard (refurb) $25, more

Ubisoft unveils the debut trailer for its new Rayman Adventures mobile game

More deals still alive:

SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: 32GB $40 (Reg. $80), 64GB $55 (Reg. $120)

Logitech Master MX Wireless Mouse $87 shipped (Reg. $100)

Apple is giving away free downloads of iOS cooking app Green Kitchen ($5 value)

App Store Free App of the Week: Star Walk 2 goes free for the first time ($3 value)

Bloons Tower Defense 5 for iPhone/iPad goes free (Reg. $3/$5)

App Store promo – Great Games 50% off: Halo Spartan Strike $3 (Reg. $6)more

Readdle launches Scanner Pro 6 for iOS w/ release day pricing: $3 (Reg. $6)

New products & more:

Must-have gear to take on summer concerts and festivals like a pro

Samsung takes the wraps off a pair of monstrous 2TB internal solid-state drives

USB 3.0 Stories June 29, 2015

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Ever since Apple launched the single-port 12-inch MacBook, we’ve seen a flurry of companies offering to add the missing ports back in through various adapters, hubsdocks and more. Latest to the party is Branch, a Kickstarter project whose USP is its ‘form-fitted’ shape, which is naturally available in each of the three MacBook colors.

The emphasis here is on packing the essentials into an extremely portable unit, providing USB-C pass-through, two USB 3.0 ports and one Mini Display port capable of driving a 4K monitor. The company had originally pitched with HDMI (shown above), but said that it has switched to Mini DisplayPort following feedback from Kickstarter users …  expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories June 27, 2015

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Up until recently, Thunderbolt 2 docks could mostly be described as “seen one, seen them all.” I’ve continued to like the idea of docks that fuse Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, and other peripherals together in a single Thunderbolt-to-Mac connection, but the docks I’ve seen from Belkin, Elgato, and Kanex are so similar in looks and features that they’d be hard to tell apart in a lineup. CalDigit’s dock looked very different from the rest, but functioned almost exactly the same. No Thunderbolt 2 dock has been small enough to consider “portable,” and CalDigit’s design is downright bag-defiant in shape.

That’s why it’s great to see Akitio take a different path with the $279 Thunder2 Dock (available through Amazon for $230), a Thunderbolt 2 dock with a smaller form factor and focus. Roughly as thin as a MacBook Pro and made from a nearly-matching aluminum, Thunder2 Dock manages to include seven high-speed data ports even though it’s roughly the size of a portable hard drive. Since it requires wall power, it’s not completely portable, and just like its rivals, you give up certain features to gain others. But it’s definitely the first Thunderbolt dock I’d carry around if I needed multi-device support in the field…

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USB 3.0 Stories June 7, 2015

Review: SanDisk Dual USB Drive connects with the 12-inch MacBook’s USB-C port & traditional USB

Cloud syncing services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive connect most of our devices nowadays, and AirDrop offers fast data transfer between Macs for smaller files… when it works. Physically moving files from one machine to another using a drive in the middle, or sneakernet, remains the most reliable way to quickly move files between Macs for many. Without a proper adapter, Apple’s 12-inch MacBook doesn’t fit into this workflow though. That’s where SanDisk’s Dual USB Drive ($49.99), comes into play.

Dual USB Drive conveniently works with both USB-C MacBooks and traditional USB ports on other Macs or PCs, all in a tiny package with plenty of storage…

USB 3.0 Stories May 10, 2015

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USB hubs are often hard to tell apart from one another: the Moshi iLynx 3 I reviewed here in February was the rare hub that actually matched the silver metal and black plastic look of the Macs it was designed to be used with. After an extended post-announcement delay, long-time Mac accessory maker Mobee Technology has finally released an alternative that uses two cool tricks to stand apart from all of its rivals: the Magic Hub ($50).

Five inches tall, 2.6″ wide and around 2″ thick, the Magic Hub is the first USB hub designed such that its physical characteristics are all but irrelevant. Mobee’s concept is to completely hide the Hub behind your iMac, filling the hole Apple left in the iMac’s stand using a screw-on clamp and a pass-through wall power port. Rather than requiring its own wall outlet for power, it hijacks the iMac’s power cable and passes power through both itself and your computer, powering four USB 3.0 ports in the process. If that sounds cool, read on… expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories May 2, 2015

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Across the How-To guides I’ve written for adding solid state drives (SSDs) to iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac minis and MacBooks, there was one option I left out: thumb drives. While external SSDs such as Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drives and Samsung’s T1 can do two things — dramatically speed up Macs and add storage space — thumb drives tend to be much slower, lower in capacity, and made from inexpensive materials to achieve smaller sizes and price points.

Other World Computing’s new Envoy Pro mini (120GB/$119, 240GB/$199) sits directly between thumb drives and SSDs in both features and performance. “It’s nearly twice as fast as the average thumb drive,” OWC says, and roughly the size of an actual adult thumb — larger than most USB flash drives, but a lot smaller than traditional external hard drives, while promising “desktop-class” SSD speeds, capacities, and build quality. Unlike common plastic thumb drives, it’s made from aluminum and uses a USB 3.0 connector, yet matches desktop SSD 120GB or 240GB storage capacities. It’s affordable, but clearly designed to be a professional option.

How does it actually stack up? Read on…

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USB 3.0 Stories April 21, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 128GB $500, 13″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch $1,100, 11″ MacBook Air $800, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Apple iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + AT&T Cellular $500 (Orig. $929), iPad Air 2 128GB Wi-Fi $590 (Reg. $699)

Get ready for Apple Watch w/ a pair of battery-saving Bluetooth 4.0 earbuds starting at $14 shipped

Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drives: Toshiba 1TB $50 (Orig. $75), 3-Pack Seagate 1.5TB $150 ($210 value), more

Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive $120 shipped (Orig. $250)

HooToo TripMate Wireless N Travel Router w/ USB port $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)

iTunes Free App of the Week: Pursuit of Light ($1 value)

Review: Moleskine’s new myCloud Smallpack offers plentiful storage in a tidy design, $150 giveaway

More new gear from today:

XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer $350 shipped (Orig. $500)

More deals still alive:

Headphones: Audio-Technica QuietPoint over-ears $100 (Reg. $150+), Sennheiser HD 202 on-ears $15 (Reg. $24), more

Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR (refurb) w/ 18-55mm Lens Kit $336 shipped (Orig. $599), more

New products & more:

Sony’s new 43-75″ 4K UHDTVs bring an incredibly thin design, pre-orders start today

USB 3.0 Stories April 8, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: WD 2TB Portable USB 3.0 HDD $80, Philips Hue Lux bulb $20, more

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Spigen’s new aluminum Apple Watch dock is down to $10 shipped (Reg. $20)

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $80 shipped (Orig. $140)

Philips Hue Lux price drops make it cheaper than ever to add smart lighting to your house: single bulb $20, Starter Kit $80

JBL SoundFly Air wireless speaker with Apple AirPlay (Refurb.): $29 shipped (Orig. $140)

Mac/iOS App Store promo discounts 35 Photo + Video apps by 50% or more

iTunes Free App of the Week: Back to Bed ($4 value)

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($5 value)

Small States Review: This is Ground’s Mod 2 is the ultimate on-the-go iPad companion, giveaway worth $310

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Royal Trouble Hidden Adventures free (Reg. $7), Mortal Kombat X for iOS/Android launches, iOS freebies, more

Daily Deals: DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter $599, CaseCrown Pro Case for iPad Air 2 $5, Vaas Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker $15, more

More deals still alive:

Media: Harry Potter 8-film iTunes collection $50, Game of Thrones S1 Blu-ray $20more

New products & more:

Orange Chef’s Countertop kitchen prep accessory integrates with Apple Watch and Vitamix

USB 3.0 Stories April 2, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 11″ MacBook Air (early 2014) $650 w/ .edu, 50% off iOS & Mac Photo Editing Apps, more

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Last Call Updates:

Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB + Office 365 for $650 w/edu (orig. $899+)

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($5 value)

This no fuss cover makes it stupid easy to add USB power to any outlet

Pixelmator – the best photo editor for Mac – cuts its price in half to $15 (Reg. $30)

Small States Review: TM1985’s Weekend Duffel is the perfect companion for any excursion, $371 giveaway

More new gear from today:

HP X702 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $31 shipped (Reg. $45+)

Seagate Central 3TB Personal Cloud Storage External Hard Drive $80 shipped (orig. $180)

More deals still alive:

Buy Apple TV for $69 and get a free $10 Target gift card, more savings for REDcard holders

Outsource your house chores to Amazon and get a free $20 gift card

New products & more:

Onkyo’s new portable headphone digital-to-analog converter uses a Lightning cable to boost your iPhone’s sound

USB 3.0 Stories March 26, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: refurb iMacs w/ 5K display up to $660 off, iTunes Free App of the Week, iPad Air 2 $75 off, more

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Headphones: Sol Republic Tracks Air Bluetooth $75, Klipsch Image X10 in-ears $80more

WD Elements 750GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $39.95 shipped (orig. $100)

Daily Deals: iPad Air 2 $75 off, BenQ 3000L 3D Projector $320, HP 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive $35, more

Amazon announces unlimited Cloud Drive storage for all of your photos and files

JBL Spark Bluetooth Speaker $35 shipped (Reg. $130)

The software used by Pixar to create visual effects for movies like Toy Story, Up, and WALL-E is now free

Small States Review: Grado’s GR10e in-ear headphones hit every note, $299 giveaway

More new gear from today:

Call of Duty Strike Team for iOS/Android drops to its lowest price yet: $2 (Reg. $7)

Incase Apple Accessory Sale: Andy Warhol iPhone 5 case $10 (orig. $40), MacBook and iPad sleeves, more

More deals still alive:

2K’s best iOS games are on sale from $3 ea: BioShock, XCOM, Civilization Revolution 2, NBA 2K15, more

New products & more:

Here’s how to install Kano OS on your Raspberry Pi 2 for free

USB 3.0 Stories March 12, 2015

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I feel old saying this, but having used computers since before external hard drives existed, I can say with certainty that buying a hard drive is easier today than it’s ever been before. For traditional drives, prices are low, options are numerous, and capacities are so high that your only choices are “enough space,” “more than enough space,” and “way more than enough space.” I could point you towards a gigantic 5-Terabyte $139 Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive right now and end this article without another paragraph. Since Apple doesn’t even sell a Mac with that much disk space, you could back up five (or more) computers to that drive without running out of room. Or you could store a decade worth of digital photos alongside a giant media library. For $139!

But buying an external hard drive isn’t necessarily that simple. There are a bunch of factors worth considering before making a purchase, including everything from reliability to portability, design, capacity, speed, and connectivity. Some hard drives are really cheap but have a higher chance of failing after a year or two of heavy use. So in this How-To, I’m going to discuss the big issues you need to consider, and guide you towards the best external hard drive for your needs…

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USB 3.0 Stories March 10, 2015

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LaCie today announced that its upcoming Porsche Design Mobile Drive USB-C (USB 3.0) will be its first design with a “user-friendly USB-C connector,” compatible with Apple’s just-announced 12″ MacBook laptop. The USB-C connector will be built into the plastic edge of the distinctively boxy solid aluminum housing, with an included adapter cable for traditional USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connector compatibility. Using USB-C or USB 3.0, the drive promises transfer speeds up to 100MB/second, with a speed reduction when using USB 2.0.

The drive will come in three capacities: a slim 500GB model (shown below) and regular-sized 1TB and 2TB units (shown above). LaCie has not yet announced pricing for the drives, but plans to release them in the second quarter of 2015. We would expect to see quite a few USB-C drives by then, as both Apple and its customers continue a transition away from Thunderbolt that seemed inevitable back in 2013.

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USB 3.0 Stories March 3, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: uNu iPhone 6 battery case $49, 256GB USB3 flash drive $70, iPad mini 2 $250, more

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Daily Deals: uNu MFi 3000mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6 $49 (Reg. $80), more

PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $70 shipped (Orig. $130)

Apple iPad mini 2 WiFi: 16GB $250/32GB $300 w/ free shipping ($50 off)

Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Laptop (previous gen) 1.3GHz/4GB/128GB $830 (orig. $1,099)

SanDisk’s groundbreaking microSD card will stuff an extra 200GB in your MacBook, GoPro, more

Small States Review – Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveaway

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: LEGO, Mickey & Rayman titles up to 75% off, iOS freebies, more

More deals still alive:

New products & more:

Pansonic’s Nubo weatherproof, 4G-equipped monitoring camera is poised to slay Dropcam

USB 3.0 Stories February 24, 2015

g-raid-thunderbolt

G-Technology has announced a new high-performance external G-RAID twin-drive storage system aimed at video professionals. Available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB versions, the G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates of up to 440MB/s, enough to handle multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video … expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories February 17, 2015

Review: iLynx 3 changes the shape and feature set of Moshi’s flagship Mac USB hub

Accessing a Mac’s rear-facing ports can be a hassle, particularly when you’re using short cables. To eliminate that issue, Moshi’s original iLynx combined four USB 2.0 and two FireWire 400 ports into a triangular hub designed primarily to sit in front of an iMac. Later, a cosmetically near-identical sequel called iLynx 800 modestly updated the accessory by updating the ports to FireWire 800.

With FireWire dead and USB 3.0 growing in popularity, there’s a new iLynx in town. iLynx 3 ($60) drops FireWire entirely in favor of an all-USB approach, relying on a combination of USB and wall power to connect up to four devices to your Mac. Read on for the details.

USB 3.0 Stories February 16, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: PNY flash storage up to 50% off, Motorola SB6141 modem $55, iOS freebies, more

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Last Call Updates:

Amazon Gold Box – up to 50% off PNY flash storage: 256GB USB 3.0 flash drive $70 shipped (orig. $130)more

Motorola SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (refurb) $55 shipped (orig. $90)

Amazon Fire TV streaming media player $34 w/ Sling TV subscription or $84 w/o

Kensington KeyCover Bluetooth iPad Air Keyboard Case: $10 shipped (orig. $80)

ZAGG 30% off + free shipping sitewide: Slim Book Bluetooth iPad Keyboard cases from $84, much more

Small States: Cord Shoes churns out handmade boots with a story behind every pair, $250 giveaway

More new gear from today:

More deals still alive:

New products & more:

USB 3.0 Stories February 5, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes free App of the Week, WD 2TB Portable HDD $70, Harman Kardon CL headphones $49, more

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Last call updates:

Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Wi-Fi in all colors for $390 shipped ($109 off)

WD Elements 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $70 shipped (orig. $120)

Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones w/ mic & remote (refurb) $49 shipped (orig. $200)more

Beats Pill 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker $140 (Reg. $200), Pill XL $240 (Reg. $300)more

Incase 40% off: MacBook Icon Tensaerlite sleeve $42, iPhone 6 cases from $18, more

Small States: Janus Motorcycles takes pride in its hand-crafted and locally sourced bikes, giveaway worth $340

More new gear from today:

More deals still alive:

New products & more:

USB 3.0 Stories February 3, 2015

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Seagate will discontinue its lineup of Thunderbolt storage products in favor of pushing Thunderbolt under its premium LaCie brand, 9to5Mac has learned.

A company spokesperson confirmed the move noting that the product life cycles for the company’s USM technology, which allowed integration of interfaces like Thunderbolt through adapters, is “coming to a conclusion.” expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories December 5, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Sony NEX-5TL camera $300, PNY 256GB USB 3.0 flash drive $70, JAMBOX $75, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box: Sony NEX-5TL w/ 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens: $300 shipped (50% off), Accessories/bundle sale, more

PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $70 shipped (50% off) 128GB: $35, 64GB: $20

Jawbone Jambox in festive Red: $75 shipped ($125 off) Tax in NY

Tommy Hilfiger’s new jacket can charge two iPhones at once, but you probably can’t pull its look off

iTunes Free App of the Week: God of Light ($1.99 value)

More new deals:

More deals still alive:

New products/ongoing promos:

USB 3.0 Stories December 4, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone car/desk mount $11, WD 2TB portable HDD $75, iTunes Free App of the Week, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

iOttie Easy Flex 2 Car/Desk Mount for iPhone 6 and other smartphones $11 Prime shipped (Orig. $23)

WD Elements 2TB Portable HD: $75 (orig. $130), Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Desktop HD: $70 (Reg. $120)

iTunes Free App of the Week: God of Light ($1.99 value)

WeMo and Holmes team up to take the worry out of small room heaters

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USB 3.0 Stories October 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 2TB $80/ WD 1.5TB $60, Foscam wireless IP cam $73, Olloclip for iPhone 6/Plus pre-order, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Daily Deals: Seagate 2TB $80 or WD 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $60, more

Foscam FI9821W V2 HD Wireless Pan/Tilt IP Camera $73 shipped (orig. $160)

Olloclip for iPhone 6/Plus adds four advanced photo lenses to front and rear cameras

Target announces free shipping for all items through the holiday shopping season

SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for $45 (Reg. $60)

Best Buy trade offer is the best way to jump from iPad 2 to iPad Air 2

Small States: Tinsel and Timber makes beautiful wooden homes for Apple TV and other accessories, multiple giveaways & 10% promo code

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USB 3.0 Stories October 1, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: XCOM: Enemy Unknown free, Nikon D3300 (refurb) $400, Roku stick (refurb) $35, more

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Last Call updates:

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $80 shipped (orig. $120)

Roku Streaming Stick w/ remote (refurb) $35 shipped (Reg. $50)

HDTVs:

iOttie Easy Flex 2 Car/Desk Mount + RapidVOLT dual car charger $20 shipped (orig. $43)

Small States: Owen & Fred send a message and look good doing it, giveaway worth $412, 10% promo code

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USB 3.0 Stories July 4, 2014

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See that little $190 daughter card up there^? It houses 240GB of Transcend SSD and it could replace the 64GB or 128GB SSD that came in your MacBook Air in as little as 5 minutes. Even better, Transcend just released larger versions in 480GB and 960GB sizes to blow your SATA III MacBook Air or Pro into new worlds of space. Keep in mind these are SATA-based SSDs and Apple’s latest round of MacBook Pro/Airs came with speedier PCIe SSDs so you can’t use these on Apple’s late 2013/2014 models (see bottom of the article for compatibility list).

I got my hands on a demo unit and took it for a test drive…

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USB 3.0 Stories June 26, 2014

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One of the reasons I like Macs is that their useful life tends to be significantly longer than that of a typical Windows machine. This is especially true of the pre-Retina MacBook Pro models, where it’s trivial to upgrade both the RAM and the drive.

I’d previously swapped out the 750GB hard drive and optical drive that came with my late-2011 MacBook Pro 17 for two 1TB hard drives. Along with a RAM upgrade, that gave me a 16GB RAM, 2TB hard drive machine. The plan was to use the machine in that form for a year or two, then do a further upgrade to SSDs once 1TB models arrived and fell to a halfway sensible price.

When that finally happened, and I did the upgrade, that gave me two 1TB hard drives surplus to requirements. I could have placed each into its own external drive caddy, but one 2TB drive is more useful than two 1TB ones, so I decided instead to try out OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro mini. This is an external enclosure for two 2.5-inch drives, which supports both USB 3 and Firewire 800, drawing power from either source – making it a portable drive without the need for external power …  expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories April 21, 2014

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There are Mac accessories that are exciting or fun, and others that are boring but useful. The Elgato Thunderbolt Dock most definitely falls into the latter category.

As regular readers will know, I’m of the view that wires are evil. Anything that can be wireless should be wireless, and any wires that are unavoidable should be hidden from sight. This is particularly easy if you have an Apple Thunderbolt Display, of course, since all you need in the way of wires from a MacBook is power and Thunderbolt: everything else can be plugged into the back of the monitor.

But if you share my aversion to visible wires and don’t have a Thunderbolt display, or you are frequently connecting and disconnecting your MacBook from a bunch of devices on your desk, the Elgato Thunderbolt Dock may be the answer …

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USB 3.0 Stories April 20, 2014

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Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of Satechi’s USB hubs in my effort to combat my growing need to wire in more stuff to my Mac’s 4 USB ports. While wireless is often more convenient and downright necessary on laptops to have a good experience, I still enjoy the speed and reliability of a wired connection on my desktop setup. To have a completely ergonomic experience and avoid plugging and unplugging things, a USB hub of some sort is definitely needed. The challenge to buying the right hub for your needs is deciphering how each hub differs; it’s not just limited to the number of ports available…

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USB 3.0 Stories April 6, 2014

LaCie introduces Thunderbolt 2 4K solutions at NAB, highlights 8big Rack full of 6TB Seagate Drives

For those who do heavy duty video editing and want to take advantage of the Thunderbolt 2 speeds offered in Apple’s latest Pro products, LaCie introduced some interesting new products at the 2014 NAB Show. Three new storage solutions are on tap: The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big and 2big feature industry leading speeds and the latest 6TB hard drives from Seagate. This combination of speed and capacity make these products ideal for 4K workflows. Built–in hardware RAID keeps data safe, while cutting–edge industrial design delivers user efficiency and stunning appearance. From LaCie:

LACIE 8BIG RACK

The LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 is the company’s first Thunderbolt 2 rackmount storage solution. Compact and stylish, the LaCie 8big Rack features up to eight 6TB 7200RPM hard drives from Seagate, for an impressive 48TB in a mere 1U size. Delivering speeds of up to 1330MB/s*, it is the most powerful plug and play rackmount solution for 4K video editing.

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LACIE 5BIG

Now featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID 5 and industry–leading capacity, the new LaCie 5big is nearly two times faster — delivering speeds of up to 1050MB/s*. Thanks to Seagate’s new 6TB 7200RPM hard drives, it boasts a 20% capacity increase, which makes it the most compact 30TB storage device on the market. With these advances, the new LaCie 5big gives video professionals huge capacity and ample bandwidth for improving 4K workflows — right on the desktop. view full press release

LACIE 2BIG

The new LaCie 2big boasts a host of features including Thunderbolt 2 technology, hardware RAID and a new industrial design. Speeds of up to 420MB/s* along with two 6TB 7200RPM hard drives from Seagate make the new LaCie 2big the fastest, highest capacity dual–bay external storage solution on the market. It features USB 3.0 for compatibility with nearly any computer. Plus, its all–new industrial design sets a new standard for versatility and reliability.

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NAB SHOW

The new LaCie 8big Rack, 5big and 2big join the Little Big Disk (shipping since February 2014) to create the most comprehensive Thunderbolt 2 storage range on the market. LaCie will demonstrate these products at the NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 7–10, 2014. Customers attending the show are encouraged to stop by the LaCie booth (SL9927) to see first hand how these products excel in 4K workflows. For an exclusive sneak peek of these demonstrations, watch this video filmed earlier today: www.lacie.com/nab2014

AVAILABILITY

The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big and 2big, featuring Thunderbolt 2, will be available this quarter through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers. Pricing will be announced when the product is available for purchase.

WARRANTY

LaCie professional products are protected by a three-year limited warranty. The warranty includes complimentary web–based resources, expert in–house technical support and worldwide repair and/or replacement coverage. Warranty extension and Advance Care Option can also be purchased. For details, visit www.lacie.com/warranties.

ABOUT LACIE

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX), designs world–class external storage products for Apple®, Linux and PC users. LaCie differentiates itself with sleek design and unmatched technical performance. Find out more at www.lacie.com.

USB 3.0 Stories March 23, 2014

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We’ve reviewed a fair bit of Thunderbolt docks for Mac here and one thing remains constant: The starting prices range well over $200 (Belkin’s a deal at $150) and that’s before you buy an expensive $30 Thunderbolt cable. The question is: Do you really need Thunderbolt to have a quality/usable dock for your MacBook? Can you get almost all of what you need just from USB 3?

Kanex sent me their $90 USB 3 SimpleDock a few months ago and I’ve put it through its paces ever since.  The first thing you’ll notice out of the box is that it is made extremely well, looks very ‘Apple’ and is substantial in weight. It doesn’t move when you plug in devices because of that weight and a rubberized bottom. On top, all you’ll see is a space that coincidentally fits an iPhone perfectly with a charger cable hole through the bottom. Around back, you’ll find 3 USB 3 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port as well as a 10W high powered ‘Charge-only’ port.

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So you are getting 3 products in one here: An iOS device quick charger, a USB3->Gigabit Ethernet adapter and 3 port USB 3 hub. The question is: Is the SimpleDock worth the $90?

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USB 3.0 Stories March 18, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Seagate 4TB desktop HD $125, Toshiba 2TB portable HD $95, daily deals, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

USB 3.0 External Hard Drives: Seagate Expansion 4TB Desktop $125 (Reg. $170), Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB Portable $95 (Reg. $150)

Daily Deals: Polaroid 1080p Waterproof Camera $90, Logitech Universal Remote Control $80, Craig BT Speaker $18more

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USB 3.0 Stories February 19, 2014

9to5Toys Last Calll: PNY 128GB USB3 flash drive $50, Kingston SSDs, JBL Lightning speaker docks, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals: 

PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive $50 shipped (Reg. $80)

Kingston 120GB V300 2.5″ Solid State Drive $60 shipped (Reg. $110), 240GB $120 (Reg. $200)

JBL OnBeat Lightning Speaker Docks: Micro/Mini: $40/$50 shipped (Reg. $100/$150)

Ending Soon:

Other great deals from today:

  • New! Game/App Deals: Mini Ninjas (iOS): FREE, OfficeSuite Pro 7: $1 (Reg. $15), Humble Bundle w/ Guacamelee, Dust & more, iOS freebies
  • New! Daily Deal Roundup: Slingbox Pro $100, Apple Wireless Keyboard Refurb $50, Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 4/4s $15, much more
  • New! Moga Pro Power Android Gaming Controller $50 shipped (Reg. $80)

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USB 3.0 Stories November 13, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: 3TB Apple Time Capsule $360, Speck iPad case giveaway, Anker 5-port USB charger $16, Black Friday, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Time Capsule 3TB (newest version) 802.11ac wireless router $360 shipped (Reg. $399), 2TB $289

Giveaway: Speck FitFolio iPad protective cover and adjustable stand

Anker 5-port Family iPad/tablet/Phone USB charger: $16 shipped

Best Buy & Walmart Black Friday ads bring the year’s best Apple deals

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USB 3.0 Stories September 30, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Klipsch/Logitech noise-cancelling headphones from $100, 1TB USB3 portable HD $50, iPod Touch 5g 16GB (Refurb) $150, iPad 128GB, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Today’s featured deals:

Noise-Cancelling Headphones: Klipsch Mode M40: $145 (Reg. $350), Logitech UE 6000: $100 (Reg. $160)

Samsung USB 3.0 portable HD: $50 shipped, 1TB Western Digital: $53 shipped

Apple iPod Touch 16GB 5th gen. (Refurb.) $149 (Reg. $229 new)

Mac Bundle 3.0 Ft. Camtasia 2 and 9 other explosive Mac Apps. Name your own price. Ends in 1 day!

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  • Valve announces Steam Machines hardware beta for SteamOS
  • Amazon freshens up the Kindle Fire HD, now starts at just $139
  • Roku announces refreshed lineup of devices starting at $50
  • Belkin announces YourType Wireless Keypad to extend your Mac’s keyboard

USB 3.0 Stories August 21, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Western Digital 1.5TB portable HD $80, Apple EarPods $15, 64GB flash drive, game/app deals, more

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A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

Today’s Featured deals:

Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive $80 shipped (Reg. $120)

Apple EarPods w/ mic and remote: $15 shipped (Reg. $30)

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USB 3.0 Stories August 13, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Storage deals (SSD, portable), $60 LifeProof nüüd waterproof iPhone 5 case, iTunes movie sale, more

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A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+.

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SOLD OUT LifeProof nüüd iPhone 5 Case w/Snow, Dirt, Water & Shockproof Design $60 shipped (Reg. $80)

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USB 3.0 Stories August 1, 2013

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Our concern that widespread adoption of USB 3 might leave Thunderbolt out in the cold now looks even more likely as the USB 3.1 – aka Superspeed USB – specification has been announced. This allows USB transfers of up to 10Gbps, the same speed as the original Thunderbolt standard.

Thunderbolt is technically superior to USB 3 – combining PCIe, DisplayPort and power signals into a single cable – and the recently announced Thunderbolt 2 version (which will debut in the new Mac Pro) doubles throughput to a blistering 20Gbps. And Thunderbolt can deliver that bandwidth to more than one device at a time. But technical superiority alone is no guarantee of success, as the history of Betamax or Firewire demonstrates …  expand full story

USB 3.0 Stories July 12, 2013

68% off Sony storage at Amazon: 32GB SD card: $17, 1TB USB3 portable HD: $70, more

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Amazon’s Gold Box today is up to 68% off Sony storage products. Standouts include:

  • 1TB USB3-powered portable Hard Drive: $69.99 shipped
  • 1.5TB USB3-powered portable Hard Drive: $99.99 shipped
  • 64GB SDHC 40MB/S SD Card :$37.99
  • 32GB SDHC 40MB/S SD Card :$17.49
  • 16GB SDHC 40MB/S SD Card :$9.99
  • Speedy 40MB/s MicroSD cards: 32GB: $21.99, 16GB: $11.99
  • More as pictured above.

USB 3.0 Stories July 2, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: Warner Bros. $.99 app sale, Amazon Instant Video Half Yearly Sale, $100 Seagate 3TB USB 3.0 Desktop HD, more

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A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to round up the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+

Today’s Featured deals:

Warner Bros. Mobile App $.99 Sale for iOS: Batman Arkham City Lockdown, Man of Steel, Bastion, more

Amazon Instant Video Half Yearly Sale: Hundreds of free TV show pilots, $.99 movie rentals, more

Seagate Expansion 3TB Black Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive $100 Shipped (Reg. $160)

Belkin Charge & Sync Lightning dock w/ built-in 4′ USB cable $25 Shipped (Reg. $35)

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Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 $60 Shipped (Reg. $100)

USB 3.0 Stories June 26, 2013

9to5Toys Last Call: $1,085 iMac 21.5″ (Newest Version), Nikon D3100 w/ Lens (Refurb) $305, Games, More

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A large majority of the deals we cover each day come from a variety of ‘Daily Deal’ websites or are so popular that they don’t even last 24 hours. We know you can’t be at your computer every second, so we’re going to roundup the best deals each day to make sure you have a fair shot at the deals you want. Be sure to follow 9to5Toys.com so you never miss a deal... Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook

Today’s Featured deals:

Apple iMac 21.5″ 2.7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive (Newest Version) $1,085 (Reg. $1,299)

Nikon 14.2MP DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens Refurb. $305 shipped (up to $142 off)

Toshiba Canvio 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $60 Shipped (Reg. $120) or 1.5TB $90 Shipped (Reg. $170)

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USB 3.0 Stories June 6, 2013

When Thunderbolt adoption goes mainstream, this is your 10GB/s 128GB Thumb drive

The chicken and egg adoption/price reductions of Thunderbolt haven’t yet made the devices accessible to most storage shoppers. That didn’t stop Thunderbolt’s inventor, Intel from Frankenstein-ing an otherworldly thumb drive with a Thunderbolt interface and 128GB of fast storage.

Internally, the drive has SanDisk SSD (why not Intel’s own?) storage and probably has a bottleneck giving the device somewhere between SATA 3 and 10GB/s Thunderbolt speeds. Intel is making a few for demo purposes and but doesn’t expect a consumer version until wider Thunderbolt adoption takes place and prices for the tech go way down. 

USB 3.0 Stories May 29, 2013

Satechi debuts beautiful aluminum 7 port USB 3.0 hub

Satechi’s new USB hub delivers all the features you could ask for in a compact USB hub: beautiful design, plenty of ports, and USB 3 support.

The hub expands a single USB port into 7 different USB ports for various devices like iPhones, iPads, digital cameras, external hard drives and almost any other device you can imagine.

USB 3.0 Stories April 3, 2013

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The much-anticipated Belkin Thunderbolt Dock appears to be delayed once again unfortunately, missing its planned Q1 launch, despite taking pre-orders for the device in February after missing its original September launch date. While we’ve been recommending the popular Matrox Thunderbolt Docking station in the meantime, today Sonnet announced a new competitor in the space with the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock.

The 15-port dock includes many of the ins and outs you’d expect: Two thunderbolt ports, four USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm audio in and out (front and back), FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, and two eSATA ports. However, there are two features this 15-port Thunderbolt docking station has that most others do not: extra space to install a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD and your choice of a built-in DVD or Blu-Ray drive:

the Echo 15 Thunderbolt dock has you covered—it includes your choice of DVD±RW drive, or Blu-ray Disc™ player (BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW). If you are a Mac user, you’ll also find that the included Blu-ray player software for OS X® is very handy, enabling you to watch Blu-ray movies on your computer or attached monitor.

The fast 6 Gb/s SATA interface supports an HDD at its maximum speeds, and an SSD at up to 380 MB/s… Best of all, the drive sits inside the Echo dock, so you don’t have to clutter your desk space with an external hard drive and its power brick and cable clutter to add more storage. Don’t feel like adding a drive yourself? Sonnet also offers the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock equipped with a 2TB HDD, available exclusively through the Sonnet online store.

The Sonnet Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock is available to pre-order now in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico starting at $399 for a DVD drive and no built-in drive. The next model up comes with a built-in 2TB HDD for $499, while a Blu-ray drive and 2TB HDD brings it up to $549. Other options are also available through Sonnet’s website, and most models are expected to ship in Summer 2013.

USB 3.0 Stories February 5, 2013

From 9to5Toys.com and 9to5Mac Product Pages comes a special deal from MacMall for our readers who are looking for MacBook Airs at the lowest prices. Across the board, Macmall has the lowest prices when coupled with additional 3% off 9to5Mac promo code NTFMMWB38592 

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MacMall goes beyond lowest prices: Until Friday at 9:15PM ET, readers will get free overnight shipping and a free copy of Parallels Desktop with every order. MacMall also offers financing and/or no payments for 6 months and accepts payments with Paypal or Amazon as well as major credit cards. This week’s MacMall specials include half off Quickbooks 2013 for Mac, iPad  SmartCovers starting at $26.99 and other Blowout deals on peripherals.

MacMall has additional MacBook Air 8GB BTO configurations that knock an additional 3% off the already lowest prices we could find: expand full story

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