Way back in April of last year, one of our overnight recaps talked up a new Thunderbolt docking station from the folks at Sonnet -- a product that's still not shipping, but now has an even more powerful sibling.
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.
You've got to hand it to the hard drive storage provider formerly known as Western Digital: They're embracing the cloud in ways other traditional storage companies have not, especially with a new line of drives that connect to the internet with ease.
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.
The miniStack may have started life as a third-party companion for the Mac mini, but with each new iteration, it becomes a nice complement to any Mac -- especially now that an optical drive is part of the mix.
Hard drives are cheaper than ever, so there's no excuse for not keeping your precious data backed up. Drobo's affordable storage solutions use data-aware tiering to protect against a single drive failure, traditionally at the expense of speed—until now. The company’s latest Drobo 5D and Drobo mini products offer the protection of a RAID storage array coupled with modern, lightning-fast Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity.