After pretty much changing the face of online shopping, Amazon have given themselves a new challenge in the shape of AmazonBasics. A range of "essential accessories", including A/V and computer cabling and blank media, AmazonBasics all come in the company's "frustration-free packaging".
Someone needs to take Microsoft aside and tell them that sometimes the obvious penny savings still aren’t the ones to make. According to several GameStop employees, Microsoft have not only changed the packaging of the Xbox 360 Elite, but yanked the HDMI cables out of there too. In fact, they’ve made changes to the included accessories that – out of the box at least – limit new users to SD resolution graphics.
Atlona Technologies have unveiled their next high-end AV connectivity gadgets, and if you've ever lamented the limitations of lengthy HDMI cords then the AT-HDS100SR and AT-HDS250SR may appeal. Each can take an HDMI input, stereo audio and RS-232 control signal and shuttle it over ethernet cable for up to 825ft.
With most people having regular access to more than one computer, especially with the growing popularity of netbooks, we're all for anything that lets you easily share files. USB file transfer cables are nothing new (if still under-rated) so Hawking Technologies have gone one step further with their Easy-Link Data Sharing Hub by adding a three-port USB hub to the middle.
Internet-connected TVs and other home media devices could soon see a boost, as the new HDMI 1.4 standard bundles not only video and audio support but data capabilities too. HDMI 1.4 can support data rates of up to 100MB/s, effectively replacing a standard 10/100 ethernet cable, as well as introducing bi-directional audio (aka "upstream audio") and HD support up to 4096 x 2160.
I don't know about you, but my iPod sits close to my computer for syncing and charging. Rarely do I need the slack of the included cable, which often provides something for my clumsy self to trip over whenever I sit down at my desk. Behold, iStubz is the answer.
Time Warner Cable announced that they will be introducing an unlimited package (0f sorts) for $150 a month once their new data caps are put into effect. The company received harsh criticism for this decision to implement data caps and Landel Hobbs, COO of TWC, took to the web to clarify their services and what users can expect under the policy change.
Consumers are seeking out more green and power-saving products, and frankly, there aren’t any different in IT industry. Hitachi new optical active cables solution, promised to cut cost by reducing power consumption while increase productivity, is the exactly what the IT, data communication and telecommunication industries are looking for right now.
The last Brando product to grace these pages - their LCD Bluetooth Vibrating Bracelet - fell more than a little short of impressing us. Today it's back to basics with a USB cable, but it's actually a cable with a neat in-line difference: Brando have taken a standard USB to miniUSB cable and added an SD card reader.
Monoprice’s much anticipated Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter, which will allow users of the unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air (along with any other system that comes equipped with the Mini DisplayPort output) to connect to HDTVs and other displays, has been given a launch date and a price. The adapter will be available on March 15th, priced at just $14.25.