Thunderbolt

MacBook Air rigged with NVIDIA GeForce GPU for Thunderbolt super-build

MacBook Air rigged with NVIDIA GeForce GPU for Thunderbolt super-build

It's a frankenstein monster of efforts, this computing rig appearing this afternoon, one that connects a MacBook Air to graphics it has no business running on its own - but certainly has the ability to roll with, it would seem. This amalgamation of bits and pieces starts with a Thunderbolt to Express Card adapter, moving on then to an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter, then connecting in the end to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 graphics card. This beast then - after all that - brings what very much appears to be a high-end gaming experience to the Apple notebook.

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Acer abandons Thunderbolt in favor of cheaper USB 3.0

Acer abandons Thunderbolt in favor of cheaper USB 3.0

Acer has ditched plans to push Thunderbolt on its Windows PCs, turning instead to USB 3.0 despite being the first PC manufacturer to support Intel's high-speed connection. According to Acer, which first included Thunderbolt on the Aspire S5 ultrabook in early 2012, it's a matter of cost, USB 3.0 offering comparable speed among other advantages, and the continuing shortage of peripherals actually using Thunderbolt technology that have soured it on the port.

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Dear Apple, here’s what I want from the new Thunderbolt Display

Dear Apple, here’s what I want from the new Thunderbolt Display

The Apple Thunderbolt Display is long overdue a makeover. Revealed in July 2011, the 27-inch monitor has watched generations of MacBook come and go - and, until this year at least, the Mac Pro stagnate with no compatibility whatsoever - and, despite the iMac aesthetic it originally echoed being significantly upgraded last October, still languishes with its original design. Sometimes, with Apple, you have to be patient. The company has, for the most part, a yearly refresh cycle, but the Thunderbolt Display is (in tech terms) old. Still, that arguably just gives Apple the chance to do something particularly special with the new Thunderbolt Display - so here's my wish list.

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Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple could further slim its MacBook Air and Pro range by combining ports, a new patent application suggests, developing hybrid USB and SD card reader ports that save notebook space without sacrificing connectivity. The newly published patent, simply titled "combined input port", describes a single connector that, thanks to offset pins inside, could work with both a regular USB plug or the contacts on a memory card, depending on which the user required at the time. However, the same arrangement could also be used for combining any other mixture of ports, such as Thunderbolt, Apple points out.

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Mac Pro 2013 Final Cut Pro X update confirmed: Is a 4K Thunderbolt Display next?

Mac Pro 2013 Final Cut Pro X update confirmed: Is a 4K Thunderbolt Display next?

Apple will release a new version of Final Cut Pro X tailored to the 4K capabilities of the new Mac Pro 2013, the company has confirmed, refueling rumors of an updated, far higher resolution Thunderbolt Display to match the workstation's graphics capabilities. The new Mac Pro, previewed during Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, will arrive later this year, complete with support for driving three Ultra HD monitors simultaneously.

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Intel Thunderbolt 2 offers 4K video display and transfer

Intel Thunderbolt 2 offers 4K video display and transfer

Back in April, Intel teased an update to Thunderbolt at the National Association of Broadcasters show, and today has revealed that officially as the Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 builds upon the current Thunderbolt technology to offer 4K video transfer and display simultaneously. Current plans have production starting the end of this year, and kicking into full gear in 2014.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Review

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Review

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.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock finally arrives, only seven months late

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock finally arrives, only seven months late

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.

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Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt: 20Gbps throughput and 4K support

Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt: 20Gbps throughput and 4K support

At NAB 2013, Intel just announced the next-generation of Thunderbolt, codenamed "Falcon Ridge," which is Apple's latest protocol for file transfer, as well as transmitting video. Intel says that the next-generation Thunderbolt protocol will be able to push 20Gbps and will support 4K video when it's planned to launch in 2014.

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Drobo Mini Review

Drobo Mini Review

If backup and external storage had a hope of ever being fashionable, then Drobo would probably be the industry icon. Trying its level best to make data devilishly interesting since 2007, the company's primary claim to fame from its glossy black obelisks is their packaging of drive redundancy to an audience who either doesn't understand, or who doesn't want to be bothered with, RAID definitions. Now, there's the Drobo Mini, a compact version intended to take four drives mobile and give them a shot of SSD speed along the way. Read on for our full review.

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LaCie 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro hands-on

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro hands-on

Should LaCie's Blade Runner have enough style but not enough space for your external data needs, fear not; the company has a pair of new 5big arrays with a choice of network or Thunderbolt connectivity for those with big storage demands. The 5big Thunderbolt and 5big NAS Pro each follow the monolithic design language of previous LaCie drives - all brushed aluminum and glaring blue power-light "eye" - but offer up to 20TB of capacity or optional RAID redundancy.

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Optical Cables by Corning brings Thunderbolt cables to the budget crowd

Optical Cables by Corning brings Thunderbolt cables to the budget crowd

We all know how expensive cables for our beloved devices can be, especially things like their Thunderbolt cables direct from an Apple Store. Today the folks from Corning announced a brand new sister company called Optical Cables by Corning, and they'll be delivering longer, more durable and lightweight cables for a low price. More details below.

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