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Seagate announces GoFlex Turbo external drive

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, USB, Peripherals, Storage

Seagate GoFlex Turbo Drive

Seagate on Monday announced the availability of the new GoFlex Turbo hard drive, with a speedy 7200 rpm drive speed as well as SafteyNet data recovery.

The GoFlex Turbo gets its speedy moniker by first using a 7,200 rpm hard drive mechanism, faster than the usual 5,400 rpm mechanisms found in portable hard drives. It extends the speed with an included USB 3.0 interface, which is also compatible with older USB 2.0 ports (at a slower speed). Last, but not least, the drive has "Turbo" lettering on the side of the hard drive's case, which of course lets you know that this drive is the fast one.

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Deal of the Day: 39% off 1 TB Toshiba Canvio USB 2/3.0 external drive

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, USB, Hot Deals, Storage

toshiba canvio hard drive sale

Today eBay caught our attention with their awesome deal on the Toshiba Canvio 1TB USB 2.0/3.0 portable hard drive, so we're making it our Deal of the Day.  This is a great price on a USB 3.0-compatible device, and these normall sell for $140, but this deal gets it to you for $84, saving you 39% off the regular price. Shipping is free:

Save 39% on Toshiba Canvio

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Apple patents dock connector with Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 connectivity

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPhone thunderbolt patent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent that suggests Apple is working on an iPhone and iPod that supports Intel Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

The invention, which in 2009 Apple called a "Reduced Size Multi-Pin Male Plug Connector" describes a 30-pin dock connector for "high-speed communication standards," citing USB 3.0 and a "dual channel" DisplayPort.

The name "Thunderbolt" wasn't mentioned (unsurprisingly, given that it only launched in February 2011 on the new MacBook Pro) but the patent's multiple mentions of a "dual channel" DisplayPort suggests the same technology.

Thunderbolt combines Intel's PCI Express and DisplayPort into a single connector for theoretical transfer speeds of 10 Gbps (fast enough to download a full-length Blu-ray movie in under 30 seconds).

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Will the new MacBook Pro sport Light Peak?

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


Intel light peak macbook

It's time to insert another quarter in the Apple rumor-machine. In addition to the rumored Macbook Pro refresh coming in a week or two—we've reported a possible March 1 date for an introduction of Intel's Sandy Bridge CPU lineup into the line, though other sites are indicating that this could occur as early as February 24—it's time to throw a new connector into the fray as well.

CNet is reporting that an undisclosed source has told the site that Apple plans to introduce a new connection technology "soon." The site then goes on to speculate that this may or may not be a part of the rumored Macbook refresh—rumors upon rumors!—and that the technology may or may not be the Apple-renamed version of Intel's Light Peak connection technology.

Just to refresh, Apple's been balking at adding USB 3.0 to its product lineups for some time now. "We don't see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example," Apple CEO Steve Jobs allegedly replied when asked about USB 3.0 in an e-mailed question by a customer last year.

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