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StarTech.com, has announced the availability of their new Thunderbolt Docking Station (SKU: TBDOCKHDPBC), which enables users to transform a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook or Ultrabook laptop into a powerful full-featured workstation, through a single Thunderbolt cable. The new docking station can be positioned vertically or horizontally to best suit the desk space, and includes a 1-meter Thunderbolt cable to provide a ready-to-connect docking solution right out of the box.

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The docking station is the first from StarTech.com to feature a Thunderbolt host connection, and includes numerous high-performance peripheral connections including an integrated USB 3.0 hub with UASP support, 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks for speaker and microphone support as well as both HDMI and Thunderbolt outputs. The Thunderbolt output port allows for up to six Thunderbolt devices, including an additional display, to be daisy-chained, all connected to a docked laptop through the single host cable connection.

“Our Thunderbolt docking station offers users a simple, fast and flexible solution for quickly expanding their MacBook or Ultrabook connectivity options” said Carey Cline, Senior Product Manager for StarTech.com’s Laptop Docking Station product line. “Based on the outstanding performance capability of the Thunderbolt host connection, this dock makes it easy to turn a laptop, such as a MacBook or Ultrabook, into a highly scalable workspace over just a single cable, making it well-suited to a wide range of applications, especially hot-desking. Our Thunderbolt Docking Station offers many unique features that users have been asking for such as multiple USB 3.0 device connectivity, full USB 3.0 speed throughput and the inclusion of a 1m cable to make it a complete, out of the box solution.”

Features of the TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station include:

  • Thunderbolt output, daisy-chainable up to six Thunderbolt-equipped devices
  • High resolution support: 1920×1080 through HDMI, 2560×1440 through Thunderbolt
  • Integrated 3-port USB 3.0 hub, with UASP support, full USB 3.0 throughput per port
  • Host connection supports full Thunderbolt throughput, up to 10Gbps
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps compatible Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Weighted stand for vertical positioning
  • Speaker and Microphone support via 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks
  • Includes 1m Thunderbolt cable
  • Plug/port compatible with Thunderbolt 2-equipped MacBook laptops and Thunderbolt 2 devices

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MSRP for StarTech.com’s TBDOCKHDPBC Thunderbolt Docking Station is $279.99 (USD) in the United States, $288.99 (CAN) in Canada, £214.99 (GBP exc. VAT) in the UK. The docking station will be available CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight and will also be distributed by Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, Tech Data, D&H and ASI.

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At the Samsung event in London on the 16th April it was announced that is bring Michelin Traffic, Michelin Restaurants and Michelin Travel. Also ‘Nighty Night’ (available in eight languages – Italian, Spanish, German, English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Dutch) and ‘Little Fox Music Box’ (available in English and German), exclusively to the Galaxy S4 Hub.

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Samsung is proud to present the ‘Michelin Traffic’ application, which gives users access to real-time traffic information in 11 countries in Europe and provides very detailed coverage including major cities and most motorways. The partnership also includes ‘Michelin Restaurants’, an app that lets users locate a restaurant in France and Germany with multi-criteria search options such as the Michelin restaurant selection. ‘Michelin Restaurants’ app also lets users upload photos of their visits and even pen their own reviews of the meals. The partnership between Michelin and Samsung apps will continue in the summer with the launch of ‘Michelin Travel,’ an app that provides recommendations to users about 30,000 tourist attractions across Europe. At the event Random House Mondadori to complement the existing range of Spanish Languages Books.

 

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Smartphones are a fantastic entertainment portal for parents with young families and to bolster the family oriented content available on Samsung Apps, app developer Goodbeans is bringing ‘Nighty Night’ (available in eight languages – Italian, Spanish, German, English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Dutch) and ‘Little Fox Music Box’ (available in English and German), exclusively to the hub.  The Galaxy S4’s incredible screen is perfect for enjoying these enchanting and immersive apps that have already gained huge popularity with over three million fans from around the world.

 

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To complement the existing range of Spanish-language books available, Samsung has partnered with Random House Mondadori to bring an additional 3,400 titles for readers to enjoy. These include books from international best-selling authors such as Ken Follett, E.L. James, or Stephen King, as well as Latin American and Spanish authors like Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges and Ildefonso Falcones.

Western Digital this week introduced a variety of new entertainment options for the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub media players.

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Current and new customers can now enjoy Red Bull TV, Acetrax and AOL HD. They can also watch live and recorded TV with the new SlingPlayer app and save their premium HD movies to the WD TV Live Hub’s internal storage with VUDU direct movie downloads.

Previously available on the WD TV Live, BBC iPlayer is now available on the WD TV Live Hub.

WD’s new entertainment choices add to the WD TV media player family’s prodigious ability to play personal content such as videos, photos and music by supporting a wide range of media formats. Customers can watch content located on any networked PC or Mac computer in the home, from a network drive such as WD’s My Book Live personal cloud storage, and from any directly connected digital camcorder, camera, or USB drive. WD TV Live Hub customers can also save and share pictures and videos from outside the home, using the WD Photos app for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices.

“WD continuously listens to its customers, and adds the content options they want,” said Scott Vouri, vice president and general manager, WD Connected Home Solutions. “With today’s addition of hot international and domestic channels, live TV through SlingPlayer and direct HD movie downloads through VUDU, to our personal content playback options, the WD TV media players truly provide the most entertainment.”

The WD TV Live Hub is the only media player to offer direct HD movie download service for today’s hottest new movie releases purchased from VUDU’s large library of movies and TV shows. Because it has an integrated 1TB hard drive, the WD TV Live Hub can save and play back purchased digital content from VUDU, including the high-quality HDX video format that features 1080p Full HD and rich Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 audio. “By centralising their entertainment on the WD TV Live Hub, our customers get high-performance full-HD movie playback without overloading their home network or cluttering up the hard drives of other PCs in the house,” added Vouri. From “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” to “The Muppets,” WD brings today’s top movies to the WD TV Live Hub for a cinema-like experience at home.

The new SlingPlayer app creates a whole home entertainment solution by allowing customers to stream live or recorded TV from a network-connected Slingbox to any other TV in the house, simply by connecting a WD TV Live.

Additional New Services Now Available:

·         BBC iPlayer (UK) – now available for the WD TV Live Hub.

·         AOL HD (worldwide) – AOL HD features high-definition technology, lifestyle, celebrity and entertainment content updated daily from properties across the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, including Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone and Huffington Post Celebrity.

·         Red Bull TV (worldwide) – Red Bull TV delivers high-energy action sports, music and entertainment.

·         Acetrax (UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria) – Available on the WD TV Live only, this service includes Europe’s largest library of major Hollywood movies and TV shows.

The WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub can be purchased at select retailers and online at www.wdstore.co.uk.

It’s time to review the Samsung 23″ C23A550U Series 5 LED Hub monitor!

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Product Description

The Samsung Central Station CA550 is ready to transform the way you work and play. With amazing connectivity available through the USB 3.0, USB Ethernet and the USB Hub, you can experience faster and simpler uploading, data transferring and web browsing. This also helps in eliminating bothersome cables and docking stations, while also cleaning up your desk space. And thanks to the innovative Dual Hinge Stand, it also serves as the perfect dual monitor. The CA550 picture quality is beyond comparison, featuring Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio and the Samsung Magic Angle. Add to this the Eco Savings and Auto Power on/off, and you have monitor that performs well in every category.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

The box contains the monitor with stand attached, power supply, cables, product manuals and warranty information, user manual CD, cloth and quick start guide.

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It’s time to review the Samsung 27” C27A750X Series 7 LED Hub monitor!

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Product Description

The Samsung Hub Monitor CA750 harnesses the latest wireless technology, now faster and more energy efficient, to deliver a completely new monitor experience. Features such as USB3.0, USB Hub (with 4 USB ports) and the stylish wireless dongle open up huge possibilities. And then there is Auto Wireless Detection, superfast data transferring and fast built-in LAN connections for a streamlined performance. The CA750 even allows for multiple note PCs (with a dongle) to wirelessly access it, while with a cable connection, any individual PC can establish a connection – a truly fantastic idea that’s now a reality. So, experience the ultimate wireless hub with the CA750 Hub Monitor.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

The box contains the monitor with stand attached, power supply, cables, product manuals and warranty information, user manual CD, cloth, quick start guide and Wireless Connection Dongle (more on that in a bit).

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Today LaCie announced the availability of the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series, its latest peripheral featuring Thunderbolt technology.

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This product delivers a solution for connecting eSATA hard drives to Thunderbolt-compatible Mac computers, making them backwards compatible. The eSATA Hub also boosts transfer speeds and allows users to daisy chain with other Thunderbolt peripherals.

Give New Life to eSATA Drives
Consumers with new Macs who are interested in getting the best possible speeds with their existing multi-interface drives are no longer limited to USB or FireWire connections. In addition, businesses, photographers or other creative professionals who have upgraded their Macs to versions without ExpressCard/34 slots are now able to capitalize on their previous investment in eSATA hard drives.

Daisy Chain Capability 
The eSATA Hub’s dual Thunderbolt ports allow users to daisy chain other Thunderbolt peripherals. This means users can connect up to 12 eSATA drives (6 Hubs x 2 eSATA drives per Hub) to a Mac while maintaining full eSATA 3Gb/s speeds. It also helps organize desktops by connecting both a Thunderbolt compatible display and storage device via a single cable to their Mac.

Availability
The eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series is available through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Storage Partners starting at the suggested retail price of $199.00.

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On November 2, 2010 I was able to attend the Windows Phone 7 Executive Briefing Event held at the Microsoft facility in downtown Los Angeles. I arrived at 8:30 and opened the netbook, ready to write down all I could about Windows Phone 7. Read on to find out more about the Windows Phone 7.

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I took a vacation day from work and rode the Metro downtown to the Wells Fargo Center. 33rd floor. Very nice. Seriously.

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Arriving at the Microsoft Los Angeles location, I was greeted by crisp signage and smiling faces. I was early so the phones were not out and I would have to wait to get my chance to review the new Windows Phone 7. I sat in a conference room with 50 other people waiting for the festivities to begin.

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The Briefing

The Microsoft Mobility Specialist, Toni Abrusia Bollinger, was the first to speak and tell us about Windows Phone 7. She told us to forget everything we knew about Windows Mobile. Toni started talking about hubs. Hubs?

Windows Phone 7 has hubs. According to Toni, these six hubs (and the associated facts) are environments labeled as:

  • People – Contacts are integrated with applications such as Outlook and Facebook
  • Games – Xbox type games
  • Pictures – Camera usage is the second highest rated activity on mobile phones
  • Music – Includes Zune Music, TV and Movies
  • Office – Office Hub beats any other experience and integrates SharePoint.
  • Marketplace – 1,000 Apps ready now, 10,000 supposed to be ready by June 2011

Note: Great conference room. Crappy cell service. Even the T-Mobile reps were only getting 2G service.

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