You’ve almost gotta feel bad for the tech companies who have to announce quarterly financial results in the wake of Apple’s gangbuster $46.33 billion fiscal first quarter. Case in point: Nokia, the onetime giant of the cell phone business, whose fortunes have gone the other way in the last quarter, with a $1.3 billion loss. Hang in there, Nokia… it’s almost Friday, and the weekend is sure to be kinder on you than the last three months. Meanwhile, let’s have a peek at what else is making news on this Thursday, January 26, 2012.
Seagate announced this morning that it will be releasing a GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter for its existing GoFlex portable and desktop hard drives. The adpater will work on the GoFlex Desk External drives, as well as the GoFlex Pro Ultra-portable drives. If you own either of these, you can purchase the adapter to access the drives via the Thunderbolt port built in to your Mac.
Honestly, we're just happy to hear that someone's finally making hard drives at the consumer level. 8TB Raids are nice, but unless you're a professional video or music producer, they're not too practical.
Whew! The International Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t even kick off until tomorrow and we’ve already got gadget fatigue from the sheer number of companies jumping the gun and announcing things early. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all, but you can get the Mac|Life staff will be reporting back all week with the coolest of the cool to help whittle down the madness somewhat. In the meantime, check out a few of the early birds in our news recap for this Monday, January 9, 2012.
You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m tellin’ you why: Santa Claus is coming to town! That’s right, folks, the Christmas weekend is here and the fat man will be slipping down the chimney to gorge on your milk and cookies mere hours from now. Last chance to get those gift requests in! It’s also your last chance to read some “hot off the press” tech news before Christmas, so here’s the latest for Friday, December 23, 2011.
Local backups copy files to an external drive that’s connected to your Mac, then stored in your home, office, or even hotel room. These backups have two main benefits: speedy data transfers and bang for your storage buck. Many drives 1TB and larger cost roughly $100 to $200, delivering plenty of room for multiple versions of all your documents. The tradeoff is that local backups are just as susceptible to theft, accidents, and natural disasters as your Mac (don’t tell it we said so).
In addition to this week's MacBook Air update, Apple has also released firmware updates for the early 2011 MacBook Pro and the mid-2011 Mac mini. The software update provides support for Apple's Thunderbolt Display, as well as enables Lion Internet Recovery. You can get your update through Apple's Support Downloads page.
It’s tough being an early adopter, such as those of us who jumped on board the Thunderbolt train earlier this year with a new Mac, only to discover there was so very little to plug into that I/O port. Among the many promises of Thunderbolt is a docking station, and Belkin appears poised to please on that front.
Apple today released an EFI update for the MacBook Air. The update chances the stability of Lion Recovery from an internet connection and fixes the Thunderbolt Display compatability issues with Thunderbolt, as well as remedies any issues with the Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance.