An Apple patent application has cropped up on the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website showing a smart docking station for the iPhone, something that will make using Siri from across the room a simple matter. According to the patent, the docking station has an integrated microphone that is always listening for voice commands, as well as a connector that will wake the device up when necessary.
Belkin has unveiled a new charging dock designed specifically for the latest generation iPad tablets that use the Lighting connector. The idea behind the dock was to design something that will allow users to charge the iPad without having to remove the case protecting the tablet. To make that happen, Belkin uses a adjustable dial on the back of the dock that controls the position of the Lighting connector.
It's been awhile since we last heard about Griffin's PowerDock 5 charging station -- back in January at CES, in fact. However, the company finally launched the new product today and is touting it as a central place to charge all of your mobile devices, including tablets, complete with five charging bays with their own USB port.
After over a year of waiting, Belkin has finally released its Thunderbolt Express Dock. It was originally announced last year in January and was slated for a September 2012 release, but that obviously never happened. However, Belkin just launched the $299 dock yesterday, and we’ve taken the time to give it a good look-over and test it out for ourselves. Personally, as a MacBook Pro user who is constantly docking and undocking my laptop at my desk, I wanted to see if Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock would make the whole process easier. Let’s find out how it fared.
It's taken a while - a very long while - but Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock has finally hit shelves, offering Mac users a simple way to hook up a workstation's-worth of peripherals by stringing a single cable. First announced back in January 2012, and clearly missing its original release date in September of the same year, the $299.99 Thunderbolt Express Dock offers three USB 3.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, and a pass-through Thunderbolt connector of its own, among other things.
It's finally arrived - the official Google Nexus 7 Pogo Pin dock made for your very favorite 7-inch tablet, straight from the big G. This release has been awaited by fans of the device since it was first realized that the unit had a set of Pogo Pins on its side. What this means is that you'll be able to drop the tablet in to the charger sideways and you'll have to do no plugging of any sort to make with the charging - so simple!
Dell has unveiled the world's first wireless dock based on WiGig, a wireless technology that is up to 10x faster than regular wireless networks. By utilizing this technology, Dell says its Wireless Dock will give users "unparalleled" connectivity between multiple devices and peripherals. The device is compatible with the Latitude 6430u Enterprise ultrabook.
The folks at Griffin have revealed a lovely multi-device charger for your home or office by the name of PowerDock 5. This machine works to charge up to five devices at once and, as you can see, it works with Apple devices (as well as anything else working with USB) just so long as you've got the right connection cord. Along with this release you'll see a couple of new Griffin ChargeSensor-weilding adapters for your everyday USB-bound device charging action.
Vantec has announced the NexStar WiFi hard drive dock. The NexStar WiFi allows users to access and transfer data wirelessly, and offers apps on Google Play and the App Store for easy mobile device interaction with the dock. The NexStar will be available some time this month, although a specific launch date wasn't provided.