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Western Digital My Passport Pro Thunderbolt RAID drive announced

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, PC / Laptop, Storage

Western Digital My Passport Pro

Western Digital has announced its new My Passport Pro external Thunderbolt storage drive. The new device features two internal drives with user-selectable RAID functionality, making it perfect for those working with high-end graphics and video, and those who need more reliable mirroring.

On the inside, you'll find two 2.5-inch drives, with one model totaling 2 TB, and another providing 4 TB of storage. As the drive used Thunderbolt for connectivity, there's no separate power cable--the Thunderbolt cable is all you need to power the 233 MBps My Passport Pro. The 2 TB model sells for $299.99, while the 4 TB version is available for $429.99.

Read More | My Passport Pro

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Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter video review

In this episode I give you a look at the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

As Apple has started making its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines thinner, there's no longer room in the bezel for an Ethernet port. The solution? The Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter. This allows you to take advantage of the much smaller Thunderbolt port, and use it to connect directly to a wired Ethernet network. I show you how it works.

You can pick up the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter now.

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Belkin Thunderbolt Express dock finally available for $299

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, USB, Apple, PC / Laptop

Belkin Express Dock

Belkin has finally announced the release of its Thunderbolt Express Dock. Originally set for release in July 2012, Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock has seen multiple delays, but is now available to order beginning today. To refresh your memory, the Dock allows you to connect multiple peripheral to it, and then connect one Thunderbolt cable from the Dock to your Mac, giving you access to all of the devices connected to the dock. Here a list of all the ports that the Thunderbolt Dock sports:

  • 2 Thunderbolt ports (1 upstream, 1 downstream for daisy-chaining up to 5 additional Thunderbolt devices)
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports (Belkin added USB 3.0 ports back in June 2012)
  • 1 FireWire 800 port
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 3.5mm audio-out port
  • 1 3.5mm audio-in port

In total, you get access to 8 different devices on your Mac by simple connecting on cable to a fully-stocked Thunderbolt Dock. Not bad at all. You can pick up the Thunderbolt Express Dock now for $299.99 by using the link below.

Read More | Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock

Apple releases new Mac mini with quad-core processors, USB 3.0

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

Mac mini late-2012 Core i5

Apple has just updated its most inexpensive Mac, the Mac mini. The updated model announced at today's iPad mini event sees spec bumps across the board. The new model sports Intel Ivy Bridge processors, either in dual-core or quad-core flavors, along with a Thunderbolt port, USB 3.0, OS X Mountain Lion pre-installed, AMD Radeon HD discreet graphics, and Bluetooth 4.0. Remember, despite being a desktop Mac, the Mac mini does not include a SuperDrive, so you'll have to count on the Mac App Store and downloads for installing apps. The Mac mini starts at $599 and comes with a dual-core 2.5GHz processor, 500GB storage, and 4GB RAM. For $200 more you get a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 1TB hard drive. Lastly, there's also a server version that ships with Mountain Lion Server for $999, and that one packs a quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 processor with 2TB storage and 4GB RAM. You can purchase the new Mac mini now from the Apple Store.

Apple also released the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display today at its iPad mini event.


13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is official

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Apple has launched it's second Mac that sports a super-high resolution screen with the announcement of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Sporting a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, it's got even more pixels than a new 27-inch iMac. Along with the Retina display, you're also getting two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, and a couple of USB 3.0 ports as well. Pricing starts at $1,699 for a dual-core 2.5GHz Core i5 process, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of flash storage. If that's not enough, you can configure it with up to 768GB storage and a Core i7, all wrapped in an enclosure that is 0.75-inches thin. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display ships today, and you can buy one now.

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Western Digital MyBook VelociRaptor Duo: 2TB, Thunderbolt, 10K RPM, $900

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Storage

Western Digital MyBok VelociRaptor Duo

Alongside the new My Passport for Mac, Western Digital also released its MyBook VelociRaptor Duo today, a monster setup that offers two 1TB 10,000 RPM hard drives and dual Thunderbolt ports so you can daisy-chain multiples together if you're rich, or connect other Thunderbolt-compatible devices. That's 2TB of storage that can be configured in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration with speeds of up to 400 MBps. That's fast. Time Machine compatibility is built-in right out of the box, and a Thunderbolt cable is thrown in as well. Ready to make the purchase? Expect to drop $899.99 on these bad boys.


Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1

This morning Apple publicly released OS X Update 10.8.1, the first update for Mountain Lion. The release comes just two days shy of a month since the initial Mountain Lion release on July 25th. Here are the major changes and improvements included in the release:

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Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.1 now available to developers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1

Apple has seeded the first build of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 to developers through its Mac Developer Portal. Interestingly, there are no known issues despite it being the first build, so we'd imagine that the 10.8.1 update will be released to the public in short order. Apple has focused on improving Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange in Mail, PAC Proxies in Safari, SMB, USB, and WiFi and Audio when connected to the Apple Thunderbolt Display for the first Mountain Lion update, which weighs in at just 38.54 MB in size. If you haven't upgraded yet, you can download Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store.


Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini now up for pre-order

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Storage, USB

Drobo 5D

The new Thunderbolt-equipped Drobo units will be shipping soon, and today the company announced that the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini are now available for pre-order.  In case you forgot, the Drobo 5D spots dual Thunderbolt ports and a USB 3.0 connection, while the Drobo Mini supports 2.5-inch drives and is super-portable. Head on over to Amazon where the 5D will cost you $849, and the Mini goes for $649. Both models support SSDs and ship with a Thunderbolt cable included, so you don't have to pay another $50 or more to get one elsewhere.

Read More | Drobo

Bleeding Edge TV 454: USB 3.0 Time Machine restore on MacBook Pro with Retina display

In this episode we give you a look at the speed differences between backing up using Time Machine over USB 2.0 with a MacBook Air and then restoring that same backup data to a MacBook Pro with Retina display using USB 3.0. This is a great look at the speed enhancements that USB 3.0 bring to the Mac notebook lineup. Sure, it isn't a direct read/read or write/write comparison, it still shows the blazing differences you can expect as it pertains to performance on the new line of Mac laptops. Also, be sure to check out our MacBook Pro with Retina display review if you're considering one. You can get the MacBook Pro with Retina display from Apple.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring Bleeding Edge TV. GoToMeeting provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings - be sure to check them out!


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