And so the holiday season is upon full force. Well good. We've got good news for Apple, as usual, good news for those of you waiting for your iPhone 5S, some sweet games and some sweeter deals, and free music -- who doesn't love free music? Plus, let's all enjoy a good laugh at Android OS adoption rates as shown above. They're hilarious. All that and more, just step inside.
Apple's Lightning connector may have initially been an awkward transition for those accustomed to the legacy 30-pin dock connector, but it's now inspiring the folks behind the USB spec to adopt some of the same changes.
Apple's Thunderbolt is a technically superior connection to USB 3.0, but its advantages may soon be outweighed by the price factor thanks to the arrival of USB 3.1. Announced this week, USB 3.1 offers speeds up to 10Gbps, matching Thunderbolt every step of the way, but at a cheaper cost to manufacturers. Even with the more powerful Thunderbolt 2 coming soon, the writing is already on the wall for the expensive port.
Sure, the Apple v. Samsung patent trials have been a treasure trove for fans who like seeing prototypes of their favorite gadgets, but what about a look at the guts of one of the earliest iPhone prototypes available?
Nearly two months after the introduction of Apple's new Lightning connector, third-party accessory maker Belkin looks to become the first out of the gate with a dock and auto charger for your current-generation iDevice.
I have a life-long passion for art. Unfortunately, due to the usual demands of adulthood, I haven’t drawn since architecture school 20 years ago. I’ve also been slow to try my hand at creating digital art because the software and graphics tablets seemed too darn expensive.
You know how those organizer pockets in backpacks and messenger bags usually include a few long, skinny pockets sized for pens and pencils? Raise your hand if you actually use those for pens and pencils. Yeah, me neither.
Skype is great for communicating with friends and colleagues in other places, but let’s face it: that spacey, hollow sound you get from your Mac’s built-in mic could use some improvement. Blue Mics aims to fix that with Tiki, a USB microphone designed to improve your Skype calls. There’s no software required—Tiki uses onboard electronics to process the sound and enhance call quality.
How Apple could ever think that the four USB 2.0 ports on an iMac or Mac mini would be enough for all of the digital cameras, external hard drives, and iOS devices in our lives is beyond us. MacBook users are even worse off. Two USB ports? Seriously? Fortunately, there’s a cure to the too-few-ports blues: the Satechi 12-Port USB Hub. It’s powered, lightweight, and wicked useful.