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One of the first handful "next-generation" Apple Stores in the US have opened over the past month, co-designed by Apple SVP of Design Sir Jonathan Ive and Apple SVP of Retail Dame Angela Ahrendts. The new stores, seen in Albany and Buffalo in New York and the Memphis suburb of Germantown in Tennessee, are not radical departures from what has come before -- but do features some noticeable refinements and changes, including using more "natural" materials like wooden wall installations, more natural sunlight and plants where possible, a front facade with no obvious Apple branding, and a centerpiece 37-foot television display where the Genius Bar used to be.
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, Blu-ray players, and more. Buy.com recently lowered the cost of the Buffalo MiniStation 500GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, which includes USB 1.1 backwards compatibility, a maximum external data transfer rate of 60MBps, and support for both Mac and PC. Currently featured at DealNN, the hard drive has now dropped 54% in price and can be purchased for only $72.99.
Broadcom claimed the distinction of being the first to make chipsets with 802.11ac, being nicknamed 5G Wi-Fi, on Thursday. The BCM43516, BCM43526, BCM4352, and BCM4360 all have twice as much bandwidth per channel as the current-fastest 802.11n and can stack multiple streams together to get very high speeds. The flagship chip, the BCM4360, can unite three streams and hit 1.3Gbps.
Buffalo has announced two new external hard drive models. The MiniStation Extreme and the DriveStation Axis Velocity are its latest drives to support the high-bandwidth USB 3.0 standard. The MiniStation Extreme is a portable hard drive model, while the DriveStation Axis Velocity line is a desktop hard drive solution.
Buffalo has just shipped its latest portable storage product range, the MiniStation Plus. The drives sport a backwards-compatible USB 3.0 port for transfers up to 5Gbps. They are housed in a shockproof chassis, though they're not rated as rugged drives.
Japan's Buffalo has just introduced a 256GB hard drive that's capable of read speeds as fast as 405MBps thanks to its 6Gbps SATA interface. Write speeds, as typical, are slightly lower, at 223MBps. The SSD-N256S/MC400 uses MLC (multi-level cell) flash memory that's denser and cheaper than single-level.
Three months after first mention, Buffalo on Monday shipped the CloudStor. The network-attached storage is one of the first third party drives to use Pogoplug's remote sharing service and turns the built in hard drive to a remotely accessible drive. The service is free and just requires controls to set what files are accessible.
Japan's peripherals maker Buffalo has just introduced its first portable Blu-ray writer. The BRXL-PC6U2-BK uses two USB 2.0 connections for power and signal and can write data to 128GB BDXL discs at up to 4x. It weighs 340 grams and is one of the few portable BD writers available on the market.
Buffalo on Tuesday began shipping its restyled portable MiniStation and desktop DriveStation hard drives. The former requires nothing but a USB 2.0 cable for a data connection and power cable and is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. The latter requires a separate power connection, but is available with either a USB 2.0 or faster USB 3.0 data connection.
Buffalo on Tuesday introduced two new hard drives, including the MiniStation Stealth and DriveStation Axis LED. The former is a portable, USB-powered drive while the latter adds a status LED meter to the existing DriveStation Axis drive. Both are preloaded with the Buffalo Tools software that aims to improve the user experience with Windows PCs. The drives are compatible with Macs out of the box as well.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE