USB 3.0

iMac stock shortages continue ahead of tipped range refresh

iMac stock shortages continue ahead of tipped range refresh

Speculation of an imminent iMac refresh continues apace, with AppleInsider hearing that some Apple stores are reporting low or non-existent stock of both 21.5- and 27-inch versions of the all-in-one desktop.  The news follows recent leaks that tipped updated iMacs with USB 3.0, faster FireWire connectivity and even touchscreen functionality; a new entry-level machine with an Intel Core i3 CPU has been mentioned, together with dual-core Core i5 and quad-core Core i5/i7 models.

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Apple iMac refresh rumors resurface: USB 3.0, CPU updates and possible touchscreen?

Apple iMac refresh rumors resurface: USB 3.0, CPU updates and possible touchscreen?

The iMac refresh rumors continue to bubble, with the latest being stock shortage warnings apparently made to Apple's direct and indirect sales channels.  Apple Insider has heard that stock of the entry-level 21.5-inch, 3.06GHz iMac will not be replaced, suggesting the SKU has been axed, while others claim to have been told to keep their inventory low.  The whispers suggest a reasonably imminent refresh to the all-in-one OS X desktop.

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LucidPort unveils new USB302 USB to SATA Bridge chip

LucidPort unveils new USB302 USB to SATA Bridge chip

A company called LucidPort has announced a new USB 3.0 to SATA bridge controller that claims to be the lowest power-consuming chip of its kind called the USB302. The chip supports USB Attached SCSI Protocol and claims to run 20 to 100% faster than USB 3.0 devices using legacy mass storage drivers.

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Mac Pro & iMac refresh: USB 3.0 & faster FireWire tipped for back-to-school season

Mac Pro & iMac refresh: USB 3.0 & faster FireWire tipped for back-to-school season

All eyes may be on the iPhone 4 right now (or, more accurately, on its chubby little signal strength meter and whereabouts your fingers are in relation to the antenna) but that doesn't mean we'll bypass a good Mac Pro rumor.  According to one of Hard Mac's "better sources", Apple is preparing for a Mac Pro refresh at the end of the summer, to hopefully tap into the "back to school" period.  Meanwhile they'll be swiftly followed by an iMac refresh.

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ASUS ROG Rampage III GENE packs gaming punch into microATX

ASUS ROG Rampage III GENE packs gaming punch into microATX

ASUS has outed their latest Republic of Gamers motherboard, and unlike many of its predecessors the Rampage III GENE packs its punch into a much smaller area.  A microATX board, the new ROG Rampage III GENE supports up to hexacore Intel Core i7-980X processors thanks to its X58 chipset, as well as USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.

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ASUS Eee PC 1015P/PE gets FCC teardown

ASUS Eee PC 1015P/PE gets FCC teardown

ASUS' new Eee PC 1015P/1015PE has shown up at the FCC for a quick dismantling, and it brought its user manual along with it.  The 10.1-inch netbook made its debut at CeBIT 2010 a few months back, promising up to 14hrs of runtime from the standard 6-cell battery and - on certain models - USB 3.0 connectivity.

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Seagate 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external drive up for sale

Seagate 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk external drive up for sale

Back in May, Seagate promised storage junkies a huge 3TB hard-drive for all their multimedia needs; now they've followed up on that promise.  The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive is a 3TB totem that connects via USB 2.0 as standard but, thanks to the company's interchangeable interfaces, can be updated to suit USB 3.0, eSATA, FireWire or other formats.

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Cirago CDD2000 USB 3.0 HDD docking station breaks cover

Cirago CDD2000 USB 3.0 HDD docking station breaks cover

A while back I talked about the Cirago Bluetooth adapters that were tiny and added new Bluetooth features to your notebook or desktop computer. Cirago is back with a new HDD dock that lets you use your old HDDs as USB 3.0 drives without having to mount them inside a chassis of some sort.

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Thermaltake BlacX 5GB is a USB 3.0 Docking Station for Cheap

Thermaltake BlacX 5GB is a USB 3.0 Docking Station for Cheap

Transferring files from one computer to another can be a hassle, especially if you're not a fan of the cloud (cloud-based computing, we mean). But, thanks to docking stations, and the fact that data transfers are getting faster and faster every day, it's becoming not so much of an issue anymore. And let's face it: USB 3.0 is going to make that so much easier, just as the Thermaltake BlacX proves.

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Sharkoon USB 3.0 packing Rapid Case drops

Sharkoon USB 3.0 packing Rapid Case drops

Sharkoon has offered up a new external case for your extra 3.5-inch HDDs with the SATA interface that will let you use those drives as external storage. The new enclosure uses USB 3.0 connectivity for blazing fast data transfers and access.

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inXtron Orbit USB 3.0 Raid 2.5-Inch Enclosure Unveiled

inXtron Orbit USB 3.0 Raid 2.5-Inch Enclosure Unveiled

USB 3.0 may not be all that mainstream quite yet, but that's certainly not stopping companies all over the place from creating new hardware to take advantage of the speedier option. This time around, we've got a 2.5 hard drive enclosure, designed to hold two 2.5-inch drives. It could look worse in the aesthetics department, too. But, it's already caught our eye, so we figured we would share it with the world.

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Transcend StorJet 25M3 Rugged Portable HDD gets USB 3.0 certified

Transcend StorJet 25M3 Rugged Portable HDD gets USB 3.0 certified

Transcend has several external hard drives in its line that use both traditional spinning storage media and flash storage. The company has announced that its StorJet 25M3 Rugged HDD has received certification for USB 3.0.

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