The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock, a docking station, which lets you use a single connection to create high-speed, reliable transfers between your laptop and up to eight other devices, is now available for purchase for $299. It should be noted, that firstly it was announced in January of 2012, more than a year after the Mac accessory was unveiled. At the time, the company said the accessory would become available last September, but it wasn’t launched then. With Thunderbolt Express Dock, all your drives, networking, input and output devices connect to the 8 ports on the back.
In short, eight cables become one cable with Thunderbolt Express Dock. It provides the user with the high speed, that allows to download a film in a short time. Taking your laptop when you go, and bringing it home when you return means connecting with only one cable. Thus, everything is faster, easier and better! The hardware has been upgraded to include three USB 3.0 ports. The firstly announced hardware featured USB 2.0 ports running at slower speeds. Can a single cable really handle all that I/O? Yes, but it’s difficult to beleive until you see Thunderbolt Express Dock with our eyes.
The BelkinThunderbolt Express Dock includes:
- One Firewire 800 port
- One Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
- One 3.5 millimeter headphone output jack
- One 3.5 millimeter audio input jack
- Three USB 3.0 ports with max data transfer of 2.5Gbps
- Cable management channel
- One Gigabit Ethernet port
In March, Apple had a major failure in its mobile patents fight with Samsung when Judge Lucy Koh slashed a $1.05 billion jury award by more than 40 percent and set a new trial to recalculate the sum she found may have been incorrectly awarded by a jury.
Koh on Monday entered a case management order saying that the new trial on damages should take place between November 12 and 18. “This is going to be Groundhog’s Day,” Koh said, referring to the jury trial. “You’re going to be reliving July of 2012.” The upcoming damages trial will be limited to 13 Samsung products, with a decision on damages being final for 14. The appeal is possible.
The court will select eight jurors for the five-day trial, which are to assess damages based on the original trial’s legal scope. Moreover the court will not allow Apple and Samsung to expand the scope of the damages trial by relying upon new sales data and new products. It should be noted that while Samsung can get lower damages, Apple has the opportunity to raise them. By the way, Samsung continues to flood the market with its Galaxy smartphones and tablets as Apple’s patent challenges unfold.
Another trial is set for November 12, while a separate patent trial dealing with additional IP claims is set for March 31, 2014.
Today let us introduce Spotdox, a combo Mac app and iOS-accessible web-service, offering you access to any file on your computer through Dropbox. It means that you can even receive remote access to files which are, for example, in your movies folder while your device is running. Do you think it’s impossible?
The matter is that it uses remote logins. All you need is to connect Spotdox to your Dropbox account and leave it running on your Mac. Thus, when you find out that you need an information that isn’t in your Dropbox, just browse to your Spotdox account in Mobile Safari and find it. Thanks to Spotlight on your Mac, Spotdox manages to find the file, and then send it into your Dropbox. As a result you can use it from any Dropbox app on your iDevice. If you have multiple Macs, you can install the Spotdox app on each of them to allow you to access each computer’s files.
To ensure you always have access to each Mac’s files, you’ll want to enable Open Spotdox At Login, from the app’s menu, so Spotdox is always running. If you want to move a file out of your Dropbox folder, you can do that, too. Don’t you think that idea is perfect? While Dropbox only gives you access to your files within your Dropbox folder. Spotdox allows you to browse, copy, and send, any file or folder on you computer to anyone or anywhere. If you rely on Dropbox to keep your files and folders accessible from all your devices, I feel confident in saying that Spotdox will be an essential thing.
Representing iTunes to the public on the 28th of April , 2003, Steve Jobs turned his slide and glancing around a full house, said that when about one and a half years ago, they had started to create a music service, they had had to negotiate with the five major record labels. And then he remembered a quote from Hunter Thompson (American writer and journalist, author of the novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” – ) about the music industry: “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” Jobs said that he hadn’t known then what he had expected. However, Apple CEO worries were vain. Apple online music store has become a phenomenon unprecedented in the music industry for the past ten years, turning it upside down. During that time, no one generation of Apple gadgets was replaced, old devices were removed. Jobs has died, his place was taken by Cook — but iTunes remains the same as it was 10 years ago. Some impressive figures link to iTunes. Over the past decade service has sold over 25 billion songs, there are 35 million tracks in its catalog, iTunes is available in 119 countries, and in addition, more than 200 million people using the service iTunes Match, which allows them to store their music library on Apple servers.
According to the analyst Benedict Evans, iTunes is a kind of area, through which it’s very difficult for the user to leave the ecosystem created by Apple.The idea to integrate their own projects in the foundation of the corporate ecosystem and thereby strengthen it, guaranteeing the safety of future returns themselves, in business is not new. iTunes legitimized digital music in the era when the MP3 format has been synonymous with piracy. Ten years ago, Apple had known what exactly consumers wanted even before they realized it. But it is worth thinking that the era when consumers will dictate their rules, has already come.
Apple indirectly tells us, «Do not wait for surprises until the fall.» But leaked to Web documents hint that the surprise is still possible, and it is in the announcement of iPhone 5S, which will be released in June. The document looks to be meant for sales floor staff and carries pricing information as well as some details regarding the iPhone 5S. The laminated paper is very similar to the current product referred to by many cell phone dealers in Japan. However, that the cards can easily be printed from a PDF file, with the only feature being a company logo. The information for the iPhone 5S written in red is like a pre-sale announcement date of June 20 and sales in July. If the released data is actual, there is a possibility for main feature changes, waited by everyone in the new iPhone: a fingerprint reader, 13-megapixel camera and iOS 7.
This date, however, does not seem strange though, because a few days before the new generation device release, a traditional conference for developers called WWDC 2013 (10-14 June) are held. Well, the gardget is supposed to be presented there. Thus if the iPhone 5S is to be announced that time, it would be one week prior to the June 20 pre-sale date referred to in the supposed KDDI document.
According to some surveys, those who buy Apple products are more loyal to the brand than buyers of other brands. And whenever surveys of brand loyalty are performed, Apple often seems to be there at the top. Some time ago, there was a test to specify which brands people would never buy. Thus, BlackBerry seemed everyone’s favorite reject, while Apple is the least favorite. A survey tested this week by the Yankee Group showed that iPhone ownership will soar past that of Android by 2015. It meant that twice as many people intended to buy an iPhone in the future. The numbers confirmed that only 9% of Apple users were looking to Android for their next device, 24 % of Android owners were ready to be unfaithful and 18 % intending to go to Apple. When you are stressed you can offend, but you forgive as you are loyal to the person. Though the supposed human beings on Wall Street consider loyalty about as normal, try to find a certain simplicity and design sense in Apple which they can trust.
The test currently is whether with this loyalty come forgiveness. The most ppossible thing to do people less forgiving is if a competing brand comes out with something that makes Apple suddenly seem truly stale. And some really tried. Thus, Samsung has certainly appeared with its larger screens. Some are sure that Google Glass might entirely revolutionize the whole market.
Loyalty to Apple may follow the same lines as loyalty in any relationship. You stay because there is still something to stay for or there are no attractions anywhere else to make you leave. You stay here because you are sure it’ll provide you with something better and new, and it happens, so you feel comfortable.
Do Want to go to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference? Hope you got in early because the event sold out in just two minutes.Passes for the conference went on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, and were priced at $1,599. By just two minutes after the hour, the event was sold out. In comparison, last year it took about two hours for tickets to sell out.
In just 120 seconds, can you imagine that? Many would-be ticket buyers were unable to even reach the purchase page, instead getting stuck with error messages (probably due to the increased load on the servers).
WWDC tickets cost $1,599 and are non-transferable. So unlike concert tickets — where greedy buyers frequently try to resell tickets at a higher price later — the black market for WWDC tickets is quite small (unless you’re willing to legally change your name to appear as someone else).The five-day conference is scheduled to feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by more than 1,000 Apple engineers. WWDC 2013 will also include hands-on labs aimed at helping developers integrate new technologies, as well as the annual Apple Design Awards showcasing some of the most outstanding iOS and Mac App Store applications.
Seeing as demand is so high, maybe its time for Apple to consider either a larger venue or multiple developer events around the world. WWDC is historically where Apple unveils its latest software efforts — and hardware sometimes makes an appearance too.
Sometimes it seems to me that people are obsessed with iPhone: they wave their iPhones about everywhere they go, in a desperate need to record every moment of their lives. True to say, some of my friends are among them. There’s a very good chance you might also be an iPhone-fan, if Apple’s new iPhone ad is to be believed.
For, in an attempt to re-pluck your emotive twang-elements, the company says that daily more people take pictures with an iPhone than with any other camera.
In the ad below you can enjoy a beautiful solo piano piece playing over images of people backpacking, skate boarding, running, window shopping, beach combing, travelling, and in the rain taking pictures of cityscapes, concert, crowds, dessert, dinner, gymnastics, goofing off, landscapes, jellyfish, and tourists in cars, in houses, out in nature, and from above and under beds. It ends with a cute little kid in a pink dinosaur footie pajamas giggling at a photo on an iPhone.
Such a proposal you can find in charity auction site Charitybuzz: Tim is offering the chance to chat over coffee, and all it might cost is a charity donation — to the tune of $50,000. Charitybuzz is calling the item a “power meeting” that lets a lucky winner “nab one-on-one access to one of the most powerful figures in tech and business.” The meeting can run between 30 minutes and one hour.
The auction, which has an estimated value of $50,000, has 20 days left in its duration. The auction’s winner will be able to take a guest for coffee with Cook. The bid does not, though, include travel and accommodations.
Apple as an organization has a mixed record with charity. The company’s late founder, Steve Jobs, was reluctant to publicize his own charitable works when alive, which made some question whether Jobs even engaged in charitable giving. Notable Apple personalities have previously donated their time, designs, and money in the past, though, to a range of causes.
A fresh set of plans for the second Cupertino campus were submitted, adding a few enhancements to the original proposal, including the addition of bicycle pathways and a slightly revised timeline.
Only 5 month passed since the company filed its last set of plans, which itself outlined a number of changes from the original Campus 2 submission.
The revision includes new details like bike and pedestrian paths, enhancements to street areas, and parking spaces for the huge project, which is behind schedule and $2 billion over budget. The current move-in estimate is in the summer of 2016, a date that continues to show up in the lastest revision.
Among the changes from prior submissions are an additional 240 parking spaces in two areas, one set near the giant circular building and another in a nearby area. In all, there will be approximately 10,980 parking spaces available, spread across underground and above-grade lots.
Officially named Apple Campus 2, the new complex was shown to the Cupertino City Council by Steve Jobs back in June of 2011. The original plan was to get the thing started in 2012, but we know now it won’t happen until 2016 at the earliest. The crazy office installation will be 2.8 million square feet across 176 acres of land, with office space for more than 12,000 employees, making it larger than the Pentagon.