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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.
Chip manufacturer Intel will show the next generation of Thunderbolt at next month's Computex in Taiwan. Alongside the reveal of Thunderbolt 3, Intel is also showing USB Type C 3.1, the next iteration of the new connectivity standard that debuted on Apple's MacBook rebirth.
LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced today that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering.
This week in the MacNN forums, Professional Poster "badidea" was looking for help figuring out what is necessary to merge the data from an old hard drive with a new SSD that they installed on their Mac. Yesterday, one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking if there was any benefit to getting a Thunderbolt flash drive or Thunderbolt HDD for external storage, or if something without Thunderbolt would be just as good.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k