Tag - USB
It's not as if we often think we've seen it all before, but a car mount for an iPhone is surely a car mount for an iPhone. It has to go in your car, it has to hold the phone, there's not exactly a world of possibilities here. Yet we haven't seen, and we didn't expect, the Bracketron TekGrip Power Dock. It took a little getting used to, but we are used to it now, and we're rather fond of it.
You can't fight City Hall, or Apple. Sometimes you can have a good go, though, and this is an attempt to do that. The -- deep breath -- Emtec Connect iCobra2 USB to Lightning flash drive wants to solve the issue of storage on iPads. That's storage as in how much you can fit on them plus, necessarily, a way of transferring those videos, music, or so on.
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 days of the headphone jack may be numbered, if Intel's intentions over device connectivity gains traction. The processor producer has proposed that the widely-used 3.5mm audio jack should be removed "from audio sources" in favor of a different connectivity technology, with it putting forward at an IDF Shenzen talk the suggestion that the replacement could be a connection type already being used in some devices: USB Type-C.
We live in a wireless world, surrounded by cables. Maybe it's just that there is more to say about Wi-Fi than about wires, or maybe there's just a physical limit to how much you can describe one cable, but they don't get a lot of attention. This one won't, either, but for good reasons. Nobody wants cables, we just want what they do, and the MicFlip Fully-Reversible Micro USB cable solves a gigantic problem.
There's a reason we split this Pointers tutorial into two, and it's only partly because we like suspense. Previously, we showed you how to install a copy of the OS X installer onto a bootable USB stick and when you knew how, it was quite easy. Have a read of the instructions for that if this is all you need to do. We just reckon that the odds are that instead, you'll need to make one USB stick with multiple different versions of OS X ready to be installed. The principle is the same, and the benefits of having these installers with you are the same, but the process is much more involved.
Even if you exclusively own Apple phones, tablets, and computers, chances are you've got more than a few micro USB products at home, be they rechargeable Bluetooth speakers, headphones, lights, cameras, or just about anything else that's designed to be both portable and rechargeable. While you might be drowning in micro USB cords, do you have a good one? Maybe it's time to get yourself a good micro USB cable, one that can stand up to abuse and eliminate the frustration of charging your stuff, like the MicFlip.
We used to have all these old iPod 30-pin style cables and yet could never find one when we needed it. Now we have a building full of Apple Lightning cables and it's the same thing except slightly worse: our cables are wearing out. At £25 a pop here in the UK or $29, we counted the cable as a bonus when we had to buy an iPhone 6. It's expensive to buy a Lightning cable from Apple that way but it's expensive buying them from Apple in any way so we finally caved and tried an
If yours is a house of multiple devices chances are you leave with at least a couple of different cables in tow. But is it absolutely necessary? Doesn't it become a hassle trying to keep track of all those cords? Lucky for you, Tylt is here to fix that problem with the Flyp-Duo reversible USB charge & sync cable, a cable that lets you charge your iOS and Android products without excess cord clutter.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are highlighting some of the discounted items available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's three items are all USB hubs, with two designed to help you charge your devices more efficiently and quickly, and one to give you increased control over which USB devices can be connected and usable.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R