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Apple on Thursday confirmed that it was no longer producing the only independent monitor it was still making, the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display. The $999 high-quality device was popular with graphic artists and other large-monitor enthusiasts in its heyday, and was designed to promote the then-new Thunderbolt port on 2011 and later MacBook Air and Pro models. The peripheral featured a 16:9, 2560x1440 display that was well-regarded in terms of out-of-the-box color fidelity, and included a built-in FaceTime HD (720p) camera, mic, speakers with subwoofer, a built-in MagSafe cable, and a design intended to complement the iMac and MacBook Pro lines.
Sometimes, it's hard to know what type of connection you should use for specific purposes. Despite the wide number of connection types for one device to communicate with another, which have varied wildly over the years before boiling down to a select few, there are still those who are uncertain about whether to get hardware with a USB connection or Thunderbolt, as one must be better than the other, surely. Of course, with the introduction of USB Type-C, things seemingly get complicated yet again.
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced it has published version 1.4 of the DisplayPort audio/video standard. The first major update to DisplayPort since version 1.3 was released in September 2014, version 1.4 is also the first DP standard to take advantage of VESA's Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology. DSC version 1.2 transport enables up to a 3:1 compression ratio and has been deemed, through VESA membership testing, to be visually lossless.
It has been discovered that Apple acquired the two security researchers behind LegbaCore, Corey Kallenberg, and Xeno Kovah -- the developers of the firmware worm for Macs known as Thunderstrike 2. The hiring was revealed by fellow security researcher Trammell Hudson at a security conference in December, with Apple having brought the pair on board the previous month. LegbaCore had developed a method to infect Macs with a difficult-to-remove firmware hack that could be delivered via altered Thunderbolt connectors.
Sonnet has finally started shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, which if first announced more than two years ago. In part, the delay was due to the announcement of Thunderbolt 2 shortly after Sonnet began accepting pre-orders, pushing the breakout box into 2014. From there, production issues have keep the unit off shelves until now, and the now-shipping dock offers four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, a FireWire 800 port, two 6Gb/s eSATA ports, and more.
QNAP Systems has announced the availability of what it says is the world's first Thunderbolt 2 NAS with triple 4K playback support. The Turbo vNAS TVS-871T boasts up to 20Gbps bandwidth, 4K video-capable Thunderbolt 2, and compatibility with Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures. QNAP's new TVS-871T is aimed at creative media professionals that want to streamline their existing workflows while maintaining the ability to work with large 4K video files.
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced it has published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) standard version 1.4b. This new release incorporates a number of key protocol refinements and clarifications resulting from VESA member companies' product development efforts. These enhancements to the eDP standard will further optimize interoperability of integrated displays and personal electronic devices, and will be integrated into future revisions of USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt technology.
WD today introduced the My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 storage device. The array, pre-formatted for OS X, is available in four capacities, is aimed at 4K content producers, and pairs two 7200RPM hard drives on a Thunderbolt 2 interface to deliver 435MB/s transfer rates. A hot-swappable hardware RAID controller gives users RAID 0 or 1 options for the drives, and front-mounted USB ports can be used to charge devices, or to connect and transfer files.
QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the Thunderbolt 2 Turbo vNAS TVS-871T. The new attached storage device features 20Gbps bandwidth, 4K video capable Thunderbolt 2, and compatibility with the Thunderbolt-ready storage expansion enclosures TX-500P and TX-800P. The high transfer speed of DAS and the accessibility of NAS is aimed at creative media professionals looking to streamline large 4K video and design workflows.
Storage and accessory company Buffalo today announced availability of its new DriveStation Ultra, a high-capacity Thunderbolt 2 direct attached storage solution aimed at businesses and professionals that demand fast data transfer speeds for large files, such as high resolution 4K video. The 10-drive array allows for write speeds up to 1,243 MB/s using RAID 0 across Thunderbolt.
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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