cables

Thunderbolt cables go fiber optic (up to 100 feet long!)

Thunderbolt cables go fiber optic (up to 100 feet long!)

This week the folks at Sumitomo Electric Industries have announced that they're the first group in the world to receive certification from Intel to produce optical Thunderbolt cables - time to get long! This means that once they get moving with production, SEI will be able to produce cords up to 100 feet in length rather than the approximately 10 foot length they're limited to today. While today's Thunderbolt cable requires metal components that limit their length to about the size of a desk, we'll soon be rolling out across the whole room with optical builds.

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Dell Streak PDMI connector opens new hook-up potential

Dell Streak PDMI connector opens new hook-up potential

Dell's choice of an apparently proprietary connector for its Streak was one of the notable frustrations in our review of the Android MID, but it turns out not everything about the port is non-standard.  Owners over at the Pocketables forum have been digging through the specifications and even doing pin-to-pin testing of the Streak's HDMI dock, and have discovered it pretty much matches the PDMI standard.  The discovery opens up the possibility of cheaper third-party USB cables than Dell's own $19.99 accessory, together with other potential hacks.

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Wiretape Makes Cables Worthy Again

Wiretape Makes Cables Worthy Again

We're pretty vocal about our distaste for the traditional wire. After all, they're only slightly flexible, and some of them are down-right bulky. Plus, they get tangled, like they have a mind of their own. So, if we have to go with wires, we're happy to use Wiretape, which was just unveiled at this year's E3. It didn't get top-billing like Microsoft's couple announcements, but maybe it should have. After all, this is pretty cool.

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HDMI v1.4a official with standard 3D formats & specs

HDMI v1.4a official with standard 3D formats & specs

Hot on the heels of spotting at least a few HDMI v1.4 compatible devices from Onkyo, HDMI Licensing - the group responsible for the A/V connectivity standard - have officially announced HDMI Specification Version 1.4a.  Most notably, the new standard adds in extra support for 3D content, including a number of mandatory formats that devices must support for video and gaming, together with the new inclusion of the Top-and-Bottom 3D format.

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Redpark serial cable for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad outed

Redpark serial cable for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad outed

Back when Apple made the iPhone OS more flexible with how it works with third party accessories, it brought various gaming, PND and even medical companies on stage with it to show off their wares.  Now things look to be getting a bit more serious; peripheral connector firm Redpark have announced their DB9 and RJ11 serial cable reference designs, both approved by Apple, and which will work with not only the iPhone and iPod touch but - Redpark reckons - the iPad too.

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