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StarTech USB 3.0 & 4K DisplayPort Dock Station

The USB 3.0 / 4K display and dock station is ideal for the Bring Your Own Device work environment (BYOD).

Assuming you have a limited port laptop computer the StarTech dock station can expand your laptop screen and extend out to a 4K video feed needed. It doesn’t stop there with USB 3.0 port connectivity, and Ethernet connection.

The front side of the dock station also includes a USB charging port. You can avoid the inconvenience of a dead battery and make sure your mobile device is always ready to go, using the dock’s USB fast-charge and sync port. Plus, the always-on port supports device charging even when your laptop isn’t connected to the dock.

The dock station can act as a charging station unplugged as well, making it a very portable solution. A good fit for this product would be

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USB To Kick Into High High Gear

You can’t help to think Apple’s push for Thunderbolt has something to do with the latest announcement from the USB-IF…in that transfer speeds via USB will double what the USB 3.0 specification currently is.  If development can stay on target, this increased speed should be seeing implementation by end of 2014.


The new specification will run with USB 3.0 sockets and connectors; however, will require new wire setup for the cables.

It is expected to see the faster USB spec in PCs, adapter cards and hard drives, but will take significantly longer to reach mobile devices and tablets.  As it stands now, USB 3.0 is just gaining momentum as a standard socket in PCs and mobile devices should start seeing 3.0 connectors in late 2013.  

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DisplayLink USB 3.0 Chip Makes for Multimedia Euphoria

DisplayLink will be pushing a new graphics chipset they say will take a major step toward any device with any display connectivity.  Well damn, that’ll make it easy.

DisplayLink

The nut for DisplayLink is their ability to leverage the bi-directional throughput of USB 3.0 to offer an array of functions and features.  This means multiple full HD videos, high res graphics, standard video imaging and networking data can be simultaneously running.  To give you an idea, apply these products to your imagination:

  • USB or Ethernet bus powered monitors
  • Universal USB docking stations with graphics, networking, and audio
  • Affordable Ethernet and USB zero clients for shared resource computing
  • USB to HDMI adapters for PC to TV connectivity
  • USB to DVI, VGA or DisplayPort adapters for multi-display notebooks
  • Mobile device to display
  • Dual-Headed USB bus powered graphics adapters

The new technology by DisplayLink include items such as:

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Two Blue Screens Later – iPhone Update to 3.0

Today I updated the official company GetUSB.info iPhone to software rev. 3.0.  It only took two blue screens of death in Windows to accomplish the task.  Hint:  Make sure all other applications are closed during the update.

So there are 1.2 million’ish bloggers, blogs and websites that have reported about the iPhone 3.0 software, and I’m adding just one more review.  So far 3.0 version is working great.  I have many different applications and they all seem to be working just fine.

Three notable features I just love are:

1)  The ability to Copy and Paste.  About time and love the way Apple has integrated the feature.  Here is a snap shot [gotta love the message of the snap shot… Moto Razr crashing…too funny!].

iphone copy and paste

2)  Read emails sideways, and

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USB 3.0 Sockets and Jacks Shape Made Public

Not to anyone’s surprise…the USB 3.0 jacks and sockets look exactly the same.  Go figure, as part of the specification is to be backward compatible.  But taking a closer look, you do see some differences.

usb 3.0 socket

The folks from Register Hardware had a peak at the USB 3.0 connectors while at CES 2008 this year.  As you can see from the image below, the USB 3.0 sockets have an additional row of connectors.  The connectors located in front are to keep the backward compatibility to USB 1.1 and USB 2.0.  The connectors placed behind this first row are for USB 3.0.

usb 3.0 socket schematic

The new USB 3.0 specification is promising transfer speeds 10 times greater than current 2.0 standards – to that of 4.7Gb/s.  There is also a fiber optics connector which hasn’t been made available yet.

As the USB 3.0 specification is expected to be finalized sometime in June of 2008 – we can expect to see product following by the end of this year.  Although I am looking forward to the new, faster USB 3.0 spec, not everyone shares the same love.  Here is what some are saying:

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