Thunderbolt, you were a tech with near unlimited promise when first introduced, but what have you done with all that power? Since my first Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, I've essentially been using the ports as straight up Mini DisplayPort replacements, and using them exclusively for powering external screens. But now the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock has arrived, and...
(1 month and 16 days ago)
Intel is showing off what it called the "world's fastest thumb drive," which uses Thunderbolt technology to provide breakthrough data transfer speeds compared to flash drives that plug into USB ports. At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel showed a key-shaped prototype 128GB thumb drive that plugged directly into a computer's Thunderbolt port. The drive required no...
(13 days ago)
Late last month the word got out that some Samsung laptops have a problem booting Linux using UEFI, and late last week that problem began to look even worse. Specifically, it now looks like Windows can “brick” some Samsung machines as well, suggesting that it's not a Linux-specific bug after all. “I bricked a Samsung laptop today,” wrote Linux developer Matthew Garrett, who...
(4 months and 8 days ago)
Tepid enthusiasm for Windows 8 is bad news for Microsoft, but it's good news for laptop shoppers. Notebooks with 15-inch displays and running Windows 8 with Intel Ivy Bridge processors have been spotted in the wild selling for as cheap as $299, according to the bargain hunter site DealNews. That price, which includes 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive, is $100 less than the...
(2 months and 16 days ago)
Intel has doubled the speed of the Thunderbolt data transfer technology, which will soon shuttle data between host computers like Macs and peripherals at a rate of 20G bps (bits per second). This is the first big speed boost for the interconnect, which has held steady at a 10G bps data transfer rate since the technology’s introduction in early 2011. The enhancement will...
(2 months and 13 days ago)
Thunderbolt is exciting for its bandwidth and the versatility of how it carries data. The latter allows a port to morph into another kind, as with Apple's FireWire and Ethernet adaptors. That same flexibility allows the Matrox DS1 to add a variety of extra ports in one box. It's designed for MacBooks, so the Thunderbolt port is at the front, with rear cables to downstream...
(2 months and 23 days ago)
Back in April, Intel teased an update to Thunderbolt at the National Association of Broadcasters show, and today has revealed that officially as the Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 builds upon the current Thunderbolt technology to offer 4K video transfer and display simultaneously. Current plans have production starting the end of this year, and kicking into ...
(15 days ago)
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A spokeswoman for Maine's pro-business governor says one of the factors that tipped the scale in favor of Hewlett-Packard in a contract to provide laptops to thousands of public school students is that its laptops utilize Windows, the operating system that's favored by businesses.
(1 month and 20 days ago)
When Intel said recently that its Bay Trail chips will power a wave of $200 touchscreen laptops, the company wasn't talking only about Windows. Those $200 notebooks will predominantly run Android, Intel Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer David "Dadi" Perlmutter told CNet. Windows laptops could reach the $200 mark, but that “depends on how Microsoft prices...
(1 month and 23 days ago)
Intel’s just announced more details about its upcoming Thunderbolt 2 interface technology, and the news might just make high-definition video buffs start drooling. Thunderbolt 2 combines the two previously independent 10Gbps data and display channels of the original Thunderbolt interface into a single 20Gbps bi-directional channel that supports both data and display. That,...
(14 days ago)
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