Items tagged with Adapter

Apple is certainly no stranger to dealing with counterfeit goods. In fact, entire counterfeit Apple stores have emerged in certain parts of Asia. It's easy to be a cynic and suggest that Apple simply overcharges for certain first-party accessories and cables, but then there's a story like this to bring it all into focus. Apple is currently investigating a situation where an individual was electrocuted (and subsequently died) when answering a plugged-in iPhone. It's unclear if the charger they were using was a spoof, but Apple's not taking any chances. The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program has just launched to address the issue. Here's a bit from Apple: "Recent reports have suggested that some... Read more...
Many have chided Apple for the lack of ports available on its high-end laptops. If you want, you can spec out a $3k+ MacBook Pro laptop... but you can't get more than two USB ports on it, no matter what sum you're ready to shell out. For hardcore power users, the limitations can become something of an annoyance, but that's where third-party accessory makers step in to fill the void. Kanex has already supplanted the outgoing AirPort Express design with the mySpot, and now the company has introduced a genius new adapter that makes up for the MBP's dearth of connectors. The new DualRole is a USB 3.0 hub + Gigabit Ethernet adapter in one. It's a small, pocket-friendly solution that plugs into a single... Read more...
Windows 8 is expected to be a key player at CES 2013, despite the fact that Microsoft's severely lessening its presence at the show after this year. As the products and accessories begin to roll out, Amped Wireless is introducing what it calls the first high-power Wi-Fi adapter for Windows 8, enabling Win8-based tablets and notebooks to pack up to 3x the range and performance versus stock. The TAN1 connects to the USB port (standard or micro USB) of the device, requires no additional software set up and provides instant long range Wi-Fi connectivity. It'll ship in early 2013, but there are no pricing details to share at the moment. Of course, we're just weeks away from finding out...... Read more...
There’s no doubt that Thunderbolt is establishing a foothold in the industry, but things are still at that awkward stage where the technology is here and available, but there aren’t too many hard drives shipping with the interface on board. Of those that are shipping, many are priced rather high. Seagate’s in-between solution, available now, is the GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, which allows you to mount a GoFlex portable drive and connect to a Thunderbolt port for those lightning-fast (er, thunderbolt-fast?) transfer speeds promised by the new technology. The adapter will run you $99, and you’ll still need the Thunderbolt cable, which isn’t exactly cheap. Still, it’ll... Read more...
Powerline isn't as popular as it once was, but it's still living life as best it can. TRENDnet has just launched a new, smaller adapter that's actually poised to hide out pretty well in your living room. The 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter with Bonus Plug, model TPL-307E, and the 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Plug, model TPL-307E2K, which comes with two TPL-307E adapters, are the newest products from the company, able to pipe Ethernet signals via a home's power wiring. It's geared to be more reliable than Wi-Fi, and with 200Mbps speeds, the throughput is certainly higher. The TPL-307E replaces the bulkier TPL-304E series and features a compact product housing, built in electrical outlet,... Read more...
It looks as if the MHL invasion has started. The new Mobile High Definition Link was first spotted on the Samsung Galaxy S, where the micro-USB port doubles as a 1080p output. And now, HDTV companies are starting to place this port on their own sets, enabling handset users to deliver content to screens directly from their mobile. The HTC EVO is also included in that crowd, and for those needing an adapter (an increasing quantity of folks, we presume), Kanex has what the doctor ordered. It's an MHL-HDMI adapter that allows a phone's MHL port to be sent directly to older sets with a standard HDMI port. The MHL HDMI Adapter utilizes the phone’s existing micro USB port to create a HDMI interface... Read more...
NAS adapters, or dongles that allow people to create their own Network and Cloud Storage networks, aren't totally new. But throwing USB 3.0 into the mix? That is! Addonics Technologies has done exactly that with their new 3rd-generation NAS adapter, which offers 30% faster performance, added support of NTFS and exFAT file systems, a WebDAV server, two drive volumes and a few others. The NAS 3.0 adapter enables creating a Network Attached Storage with capacity as large as 128PB and with features that rival many expensive NAS storage solutions. Any USB storage can be attached to the NAS 3.0 for sharing over the LAN or over the internet, just like your own private cloud storage. Like its predecessors,... Read more...
There may not seem like an immediate connection is there, but we suspect that last week's Android @ Home announcement could help to restart, or kickstart, home automation and powerline networking. Powerline utilities have been kicking around for years now, but they never have truly taken off in any serious fashion. Outside of a few hardcore home tinkerers, powerline gear has yet to grab the attention of the mainstream, but TRENDnet may be looking to change that with their newest gear. The company has just launched the first 500Mbps Powerline Adapter with a bonus outlet, making it even more simple to integrate a powerline setup into your home. The TPL-402E2K kit arrives with two 500Mbps adapters... Read more...
Looking to bring faster transfer rates to your notebook or USB-enabled PC? TrendNet has a new option, the TEW-684UB. This is the world's first ultra-high performance 450Mbps wireless USB adapter, a dual-band Wireless N affair that outperforms the generic 150Mbps or 54Mbps adapters that ship with most computers. This won't be needed for those who just check email and surf the Web, but for those who engage is a lot of high-bandwidth streaming, this will definitely come in handy. Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna generates a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450Mbps, and it'll connect to 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless networks.... Read more...
Ever wondered just how major an impact Apple could make? Try this on for size. IHS iSuppli research has found that Apple's involvement with DisplayPort has led to a 154.6% increase in DisplayPort interface shipments in 2011. Remember, this is DisplayPort, not Thunderbolt, which will obviously have skyrocketing numbers right out of the gate as 0% as a prior baseline. DisplayPort has been looking to steal share from HDMI and the other major outputs for some time now, and it looks like that transition is finally taking place. Reportedly, global factory shipments of DisplayPort-enabled PC equipment will amount to 78.9 million units in 2011, up 154.6 percent from 31 million units in 2010. The estimates... Read more...
This is a pretty interesting situation. Had this shipped a decade ago, we suspect D-Link would've sold out in record time. But today, we aren't sure how many people will even give these two new products a passing glance. Much like Logitech's new Unifying USB nub, the Wireless N 150 Pico shown here is probably the smallest external Wi-Fi dongle out there. It plugs right into a USB port and just barely sticks out; it's so tiny that you could definitely leave it plugged in at all times. But when even netbooks and low-end tablets have Wi-Fi as standard equipment, is there seriously a need for external Wi-Fi adapters for PCs? D-Link apparently thinks so, as they are introduced the Wireless N 150 Pico... Read more...
It's one of the most frustrating things for a computer user: being just barely out of range from a Wi-Fi signal. But thankfully, there are a few new products that help solve that, one of which comes from Amped Wireless. The company's made a business out of range extension, and now there's a new couple that extends wireless range to your Mac or Windows PC, so long as there's an open USB port. The UA150C and the UA600 High Power WiFi USB Adapters promise users the ability to connect to 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi networks from up to two to three times greater distance than other wireless adapters through the use of power amplifiers and high gain antennas.   As with all Amped Wireless products,... Read more...
Intel's Thunderbolt I/O port is the buzzword right now, but DisplayPort still has a long life ahead of it. Gefen has stepped up with a new dual-link DVI to Mini-DisplayPort, which is designed to work with many of today's new monitors that utilize mini-DisplayPort. Most legacy laptops only support DVI, but if you buy a new monitor (like the ones from Apple), you'll need an adapter just like this to make the two play together. The dongle supports resolutions as high as 2560x1600, and it's good to use with both Windows and Macs. It comes equipped with a USB port that powers the device and is used for field upgrades, and it can be pre-ordered starting today for $199. Gefen Connects any Computer using... Read more...
With USB 3.0 becoming the port of choice for many new notebooks and desktops, many accessory companies are now looking to provide peripherals that convert other formats to USB 3.0. It's a fight for compatibility, and NewerTech is now introducing a new adapter that makes any eSATA hard drives compatible with USB 3.0. The idea is simple: if you have an eSATA storage device, but you'd rather use it via USB 3.0, this adapter will make it happen for $29.95. It offers performance of up to 247MB/s reads and 206.4MB/s writes for the fastest data transfer rates available with external data storage/backup. It's being introduced at MacWorld, and is immediately available for consumers. The only catch is... Read more...
Powerline networking has been around for longer than we can even remember. Much like Ethernet, it's just something we've grown to expect. But unlike Ethernet, Powerline isn't widely adopted, or at least it's not on the same level overall. Many A/V enthusiasts know about and utilize Powerline, though, and TRENDnet has a new 3-port product that they're hoping will get that adoption up. The 3-Port 200Mbps Powerline AV adapter is a pretty simplistic module, which plugs into your home power network via a standard wall socket. On the bottom of the module, there are three Ethernet ports where up to three media centers, Blu-ray players, etc. The adapter works like so: users can connect up to three devices... Read more...
If there's one thing we can't live without as gadget junkies, it's power. Regardless of whether it's solar or not, power is essential to keeping us connected, and these days, more and more devices are able to be charged via USB. We have seen lots of novel chargers come out in the past few years, but Innergie's latest two are definitely some of the most stylish. Yes, stylish chargers -- they do exist! The new mCube Slim universal adapter and the mMini DC10 auto adapter capable of charging any two USB devices simultaneously. Both units are designed for easy travel and easy packing, and they can juice up your phone or iPod in a pinch when there are no AC adapters to be found at an airport.  ... Read more...
Take a look at this USB dongle. Seen it before? You probably have, but from another company and for another purpose. Logitech's Unifying USB receiver looks a lot like this little guy, and it's possible that they actually use the same enclosure. But Logitech's unit is there to connect wireless peripherals to a PC. This one connects whatever PC that it's in to a Wi-Fi network. It's TRENDnet's latest peripheral, and they're calling it the world's smallest Wireless N USB adapter. And while we have seen quite a few Wi-Fi adapters over the years, we can't recall a single one any smaller than this. The ultra compact form factor measures just 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm), and when it's... Read more...
How often have you wished that just about every PC peripheral you have could be placed on a network in order to be accessed from anywhere? Even if you've never considered it until now, doesn't it sounds like a particularly great idea? Addonics, a company known for pushing out unusual adapters that make lives all the better, has just issued a device that does just that: the NAU. Short for Network Attached USB Adapter, this device looks (and works) a bit like the PogoPlug. But the main draw here is its ability to add "any USB device onto a network." Any being the key word. Once the USB device is on the network, any computer on the network can access the device as if it is a locally attached to... Read more...
There's no question that USB 3.0 is a godsend for those transferring huge amounts of data on a regular basis, but what about individuals with machines that lack the protocol? Rather than buying a new machine (a notebook, in this case), PhotoFast are giving users a better and more affordable option: the new GM3000EX ExpressCard.For notebook owners who have yet to find a reason to utilize their ExpressCard slot, this is a solid option. Slip in the card, connect a USB 3.0 hard drive with the bundled USB 3.0 cable, and suddenly you've got USB 3.0 transfer rates on your existing laptop. No price or release is given, but it should hit the market soon.Taipei, Taiwan. Apr. 12th 2010 – PhotoFast Global... Read more...
You've heard horror stories from your pals who attempted to handle data migration processes on their own, and you're scared to death to make the leap to Windows 7. Thankfully, Belkin knows just what a tough spot you're in, and it has devised a dedicated cable to solve the problem that worries you most: upgrading. Of note, this cable won't do you any good if you're planning to upgrade your existing machine from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7, but if you're putting together an all new rig and would like to migrate your data and settings over to the fresh rig, this should make your life a lot easier. We'll confess--the Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 seems a bit unnecessary, but then again, we're... Read more...
As you probably know, Apple's iPod shuffle created quite a stir when it was introduced with no screen and no buttons. How are you really supposed to control it, after all? Of course, Apple's innovative (and hampering, in some ways) solution was VoiceOver, a system that enables owners to shout commands and have it respond accordingly.Unfortunately, this svelte workaround presents a problem: you can only use the headphones which Apple ships with the shuffle, as no other headphones have that VoiceOver chip built in. Of course, a few companies have introduced their own VoiceOver-capable earbuds in the interim, but what if you're not looking to buy new 'buds? Fret not, as Belkin has you covered.Today,... Read more...
With adapters coming out faster than we could ever keep track of, it's not often that we take time to point one out in particular. But this is just too handy to pass on. PhotoFast, a company based in Japan and known more for its SSD solutions than anything else, has just issued one of the most amazing adapters we have ever had the pleasure of seeing. The CR-7100 MicroSDHC-to-CompactFlash converter is pretty easy to understand. It's a CF card, but rather than having internal storage, it has four MicroSDHC slots that enable users to shove up to four of their MicroSDHC cards in to use as storage. What that means is that you can put up to 4 x 16GB insider a CF card, and you won't have to pay a boat... Read more...
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