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Briefly: Booqpad for iPad Air, xMac Pro Server for Mac Pro

updated 01:47 pm EDT, Wed March 26, 2014

Booq launches multi-fold folio and snap case for iPad Air

Tech-related accessories company Booq has announced its release of its latest multi-fold folio and snap case, the Booqpad for iPad Air. A combination of a folio and case, the Booqpad facilitates protecting one's iPad Air while accommodating viewing and typing. Its multi-fold cover folio magnetically attaches to the polycarbonate snap case, opening to reveal a 50-sheet notepad for traditional note-taking.

Featuring a screen protector, the Booqpad for iPad Air provides fully-enclosed protection of one's device. The snap case easily adheres and detaches from the folio component, and includes complete access to the iPad's camera and ports. Available for $60, the Booqpad for iPad Air can be purchase online from Booq's online store.

Sonnet's rackmount enclosure with Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion system now available

Sonnet Technologies has announced its unveiling of a new xMac Pro Server Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro computers. The xMac Pro Server ($1500) securely mounts the Mac Pro horizontally insides a modular enclosure that connects three PCIe 2.0 slots to the computer via Thunderbolt 2 technology, providing installation space for additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays. Enabling audio-video professionals to use the high-performance PCIe cards needed with the latest Mac Pro, supported cards include pro audio, Ethernet, and Fiber Channel, as well as SAS/SATA RAID controllers, video capture and editing cards. Its heavy-duty enclosure provides secure mounting and protection, and occupies a 4U rack space.

The xMac Pro Server is ideal for use in both fixed and mobile applications; it extends the Mac Pro's Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI interfaces to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit, and a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front, for convenient USB peripheral access. The included Thunderbolt cable connects the Mac Pro to one of the xMac Pro Server's two Thunderbolt 2 ports, while an included lock secures the Thunderbolt cables in place. Optionally included is the Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit ($200), providing space for additional expansion equipment, and which possesses an integrated 100-watt power supply and internal fan. Sonnet anticipates displaying its upcoming RackMac Pro rackmount enclosure for two Mac Pro computers. The xMac Pro Server is expected to be available June 2, and the basic edition Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit (formerly named Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit) is available now.

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