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From an Apple user's perspective, the CES show has innumerable accessories along the usual lines for the iPhone and iPad (including some interesting new accessories for the iPad Pro), but three other Apple-promoted technologies are also getting a lot of attention in Las Vegas: Apple Watch accessories, HomeKit devices and controllers, and USB-C add-ons aimed mostly at Apple's popular 12-inch Retina MacBook, Microsoft's Surface Pro, and Google's Chromebook Pixel C. Here's some of our latest finds for what Intel says will be the future of both USB and Thunderbolt.
Apple has never been shy about funky ports -- first it was Apple Desktop Bus, and its own DIN-8 serial port. Following that came FireWire and the first widespread implementation of USB. USB and FireWire still exist in faster versions that the original incarnations, but now Apple's got Thunderbolt -- yet another fast speed peripheral connection protocol. While eSATA isn't a wide-spread Mac connectivity protocol, inexpensive cases abound for the connector, which modern Macs without PCI-e slots can't handle. Connectivity specialists Kanex has a solution with the KTU10 Thunderbolt to eSATA and USB 3.0 adapter. Adapters can be problematic, as any computer user knows by now. How well does the small Kanex box suit the bill? Check our review to find out.
In the quest to make the thinnest, most lightweight notebooks, many manufacturers (like Apple) have removed many components that are quite useful or even essential if the notebook is being used on the road, or even as a desktop replacement. One of the casualties in this war on heavy notebooks has been USB ports. As the computers become thinner, they seem to be losing more and more USB ports. Kanex recently released the DualRole USB 3.0 three-port hub, which is designed to remedy this problem, and MacNN has three to give away to our readers.
Cloud storage has proven to be extremely useful; however, web-based services can get to be a bit pricey if more capacity is needed. The new Kanex meDrive Filer Server provides a cost-effective way to set up a local cloud storage system in a home or office. MacNN has teamed up with Kanex to give away one of these handy little devices to our readers.
Kanex launched today a storage solution for iOS device users -- the new meDrive. The new network attached storage device turns USB storage into a network drive and can be accessed from an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, OS X, or Windows.†Users can create local cloud storage, or extend iOS storage for faster access to files and secure sharing.†The documents created by Apple iWork iOS apps Keynote, Pages, and Numbers can be shared and accessed directly from the network with with the meDrive's built-in WebDAV support.†
Evernote has released an update for Skitch for Mac, bringing the app to version 2.0.3. The new version brings back custom styles and colors, as well as an option to auto copy a URL once an image has been uploaded. It also allows users more flexibility in tool sizes, so that annotations can be in proportion to images. Evernote has also added more sharing options, making it easier to email, Message, tweet, or post from Facebook and iPhoto. The newest version is available for download directly from Evernote, and users that have downloaded the app from the Mac App Store will be receiving an update notification soon.
MacNN wants to help make this school year a little bit easier, so we have teamed up with Kanex to offer some really great prizes. Over the next three weeks we will be giving away three prize packs containing three prizes of your choice from Kanex. Read on to find out what we have to choose from, and how to enter.
Kanex has introduced its latest accessory for Apple computers, the SnapX two-port switcher for Apple Cinema Displays. The switcher, which is geared for the 24- and 27-inch displays, enables users to quickly transition between two different Macs, such as iMacs, MacBooks or Mac minis.
Accessory maker Kanex said Thursday afternoon that it was developing a new version of the Kanex XD to support the new Thunderbolt-equipped iMacs. Video-in would work on the new ports, Kanex said, but changes were needed. A new version of the HDMI-to-MiniDP adapter was coming "soon."
The holidays may be over, but to kick off the new year right Electronista is giving away not one, but two gift sets from Kanex. One gift set features the Kanex iAdapt V2 Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter with audio support. The other gift set includes the Kanex C247d Apple Cinema Display adapter. Each gift set also has Kanex pens and a Kanex tote bag.
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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN
MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile
At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe
Pocket for iOS adds readability settings
Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl