Apple is set to do away with its ten-year-old 30 pin dock connector in favor of a smaller, more compact version on the next-generation iPhone that's set to launch this fall. The new 19-pin connector will take up less space, allowing the headphone jack to be moved to the bottom of the device as well.
The move is controversial and will surely upset many owners of third-party dock connector accessories. On the flip-side though, this shows how nimble Apple is willing to be in order to spur progress with its devices. Thankfully, the company will purportedly be offering an 19-to-30 pin adapter to ease the transition.
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If you thought the Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock looked good before, wait until you hear about the pre-launch upgrades it's just picked up. It still packs in the dual Thunderbolt ports, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio in and out. Now, though, it will also include an eSATA port, as well as three USB 3.0 ports as well. That new goodness comes with a higher price tag though, as the dock wil now cost $399 (rather than the previously-announced $299) at launch. It'll be available next month directly from Belkin.
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A few minutes ago, my dock crashed in OS X. Everything else was fine, but I couldn't launch anything or switch between apps. Usually, people would reboot in this situation, but there's a much faster and easier way to fix a frozen dock, which meant I could continue working without having to worry about saving and restarting everything. In fact, you can fix a stuck Finder, Menubar, and Spaces as well. All you need to do is launch Terminal, and type in a simple command for each. Here's what you do after launching terminal in these situations - these are all case-sensitive:
If the Finder crashes:
killall -KILL Finder
(Or, you can right-click the Finder and select Relaunch)
If the Dock crashes and becomes unresponsive:
killall -KILL Dock
If Spaces crashes and you can't swap between them:
killall -KILL Dock
If the Menubar crashes and can't be clicked (beachball):
killall -KILL SystemUIServer
There you go! Easy ways to quickly fix system issues that might crop up on your Mac.
If you couldn’t tell, we are just a little excited about the impending launch of the Zune HD, especially now that we’ve learned of its attractive price point. It’s never too early to start thinking about the accessories you might want to purchase alongside a device, so we wanted to fill you in on a few Zune HD accessories that are available for pre-order. The Zune HD AV Power Pack at $50, and the Zune HD AV Dock for $90. Here is a little information about each of them:
Zune HD AV Dock (Left in photo)
This all-in-one package enables your Zune HD player to charge sync and play supported 720p HD videos on your HDTV. Send music and HD Radio reception to your home audio system and control it all via a wireless remote.
Includes dock, three inserts (one for each Zune model), wireless remote, AC adapter, HDMI cable, and AV output cable. Zune HD player sold separately.
Compatible with: Zune HD (32 & 16), Zune 120, Zune 80, Zune 16, Zune 8, and Zune 4.
Zune HD Power Pack (Right in photo)
Connect your AV cable to your docked Zune HD to play music, HD Radio, and audio podcasts through your home audio system. The HDMI cable connects your docked Zune HD to HDTVs to view movies and videos. (Zune HD player required for HD video and HD Radio reception; sold separately. Zune HD AV Dock sold separately.)
Includes AC adapter, HDMI cable, and AV output cable.
Compatible with: Zune HD (32 & 16), Zune 120, Zune 80, Zune 16, Zune 8, Zune 4.
There’s also the Zune HD Premium Car Pack, for those of you who want to listen while on the go. Hey, the HD Radio alone might be reason enough to go that route.
Plug your iPhone/iPod touch into the Mili Pro LED projector and it will increase an image or video on your tiny screen to 5 to 70-inches with a resolution of 640x480 and 10 lumens of brightness. The portable clamshell has a built-in dock and speakers, and VGA and AV ports can be utilized for external sources. The Mili Pro will arrive for all this September.
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Sony Ericsson has a nifty new prototype named the Aino, named after a Finnish mythology creature. The smartphone features an 8 megapixel camera, syncs to your PC via 3G or WiFi and (here’s where the nifty part comes in) connects to your PS3, no matter where you are. This version will only show you what content is on it but hey, it’s a start. The Aino comes with a Bluetooth headset, headphones that light up and a wireless dock.
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This Charger and Speaker Dock is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod Nano 3G. The docking station, which is also compatible with other players with a 3.5-inch plug, works either vertically or horizontally and can be powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) or AC. It has a 4 speaker array and power and volume buttons. The Charger/Dock will set you back $61.56.
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PhoneSuit has released the MiLi Power Pack for iPhone 2G and 3G. Charge your phone via a mini USB 2.0 or 1.1. You can sync with iTunes while it is docked. The MiLi can serve double duty by charging other devices such as headsets or another iPhone at the same time by connection to the Out port. After your iPhone is charged, leave the MiLi attached to recharge or take with you for emergencies. Purchase a power pack for $79.99 and, for a limited time, you will get a Mask Screen Protector 2-pack free.
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Creative’s MovieWorks HD can upscale a video from your iPod to 1080i resolution. Turn ordinary sound into DTS surround sound on a home theater system when you send it through an optical or HDMI cable. Navigate your iPod on your TV, control playback and adjust settings with a wireless remote. Add a Creative wireless receiver to another room and your can hear your tunes there, too. The basic MovieWorks HD will set you back $249.99.
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Control4’s iPod Dock can access your music from almost anywhere, including another room. With simple navigation, you can check out album cover art and control your iPod. It is simple to install and set up and has an Ethernet IP connection. Connect your entire household or office with additional docks. Needless to say, it will also recharge your music/video player while in use. Contact Control4 for more information and price.
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