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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.
When you think of gaming monitors, your first thought is probably not ViewSonic. While they have long been in the display market, gaming-oriented products have never been a big part of the company's lineup. This changed recently, with the launch of the new XG product lineup, featuring three individual displays designed with gamers in mind. We recently got our hands on the entry-level option, the 24-inch XG2401, and have spent the past few weeks putting the display through a series of tests to see just how well it performs. Read on to find out in our review.
Devices using Apple's HomeKit technology to allow users to control or monitor devices in the home has been a significant trend at the CES showcase in Las Vegas this year. In addition to upgrades to add HomeKit compatibility to existing equipment and all-new devices along the same lines (smart thermostats, garage door openers, smoke detectors, and lighting control), companies well-established and new are bringing out other "smart" devices for the home. Announcements from Lutron, First Alert, Insteon, and Kwikset highlight some of the versatility of the emerging "smart home" trend.
Lenovo has used CES to launch two new monitor that offers USB Type-C connectivity, allowing them to be usable with devices such as the MacBook and some other recent hardware releases. The ThinkVision X24 Pro monitor offers multiple ways to connect to other devices, while the 27-inch ThinkVision X1 offers single-cable USB Type-C docking, allowing it to both charge connected hardware as well as to display a picture from the notebook or smartphone.
Acer is using CES to launch a collection of new monitors, all with varying sizes, resolutions, and capabilities. Alongside the new R1 Series displays and a relaunch of the extremely wide XR342CK, the biggest launch of the group is the H7 Series, claimed by Acer to be the world's first to support USB Type-C connections, allowing it to be able to connect to smartphones and notebooks for data transfers and for providing power, all through the same single cable.
It just works. Connect up your iPad to your Mac with a Lightning cable and if you have Duet Display 1.2.0 installed on iOS plus Duet Display 184.108.40.206 on your Mac, then your computer now has a second display. That's it. Duet Display is so simple, so straightforward and so completely without any fuss that we're struggling to have anything to say –– except that you'll come to think this is a standard feature on Macs because it works so seamlessly.
Michael Bromwich, the combative antitrust monitor appointed seemingly due solely to his close relationship with original trial judge Denise Cote, has claimed that Apple "is its own worst enemy" in terms of cooperation with the court-appointed monitor, but admitted that Apple's antitrust program is "substantially stronger" in what might be his final report for the court, unless Judge Cote extends his appointment. Bromwich, who was restrained from previous excesses by an Appeals Court that barely upheld Cote's original decision, has had a difficult relationship with the iPhone maker from the start.
Acer has unveiled a high-resolution gaming monitor it will be bringing to the United States, one which uses AMD FreeSync technology to eliminate screen tear and stuttering in games. The XR341CK is an ultra-wide 21:9 curved monitor that has a 34-inch QHD panel, capable of showing a 3440x1440 image at 75Hz, with its resolution and width also allowing for picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes, so multiple video sources can be viewed at the same time.
Acer has started to ship a new high-resolution WQHD monitor in the United States. The Acer H257HU IPS display has a resolution of 2560x1440, with the manufacturer packaging the 25-inch panel inside what it describes as a "zero-frame" design, namely using a slim bezel on the sides and top of the panel, and a thin brushed-metal strip at the bottom of the screen for controls.
Judges hearing two separate cases brought by Apple against (respectively) Judge Denise Cote's appointment of an unqualified personal friend as an antitrust monitor, and an appeal of the whole of Cote's ruling against the company in the Department of Justice e-book "price fixing" lawsuit appeared to find sympathetic ears in the Second US Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday. At least one judge said the court's monitor was grossly overpaid, while another panel appeared to agree with Apple's arguments with Judge Cote's ruling.
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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