USB 3.0 may not be the mainstream way to transfer data right now, but it certainly will be. Just the way progression works, right? And if you're someone that has a notebook with that ExpressCard slot that's completely ignored, then it looks like Transcent has the perfect piece of tech for you. Especially if you're a fan of transferring data at high speeds.
We've been keeping an eye on the Apple Store all morning, and sure enough it's been taken offline for "updating". There's been no shortage of rumors and leaks regarding what we can expect to see lining the shelves later on today, but most likely are updates for the Mac Pro and iMac.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.