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hands-on: akitio thunder3 quad x – a four bay drive enclosure with classic mac pro-inspired design [video]

when it comes to thunderbolt 3 support, there are a handful of companies that immediately come to mind. akitio, a california-based innovator, is definitely one of those companies.one of its first big thunderbolt 3-equipped products, the akitio node, made headlines for its inclusion of a macos-compatible thunderbolt 3 chipset. since then, it has released a variety of products that support the high-bandwidth interface.the latest such release is the akitio thunder3 quad x. featuring a similar naming convention as earlier releases, the thunder3 quad x is notable for a design that pays homage to the classic mac pro “cheese grater” design.similar to the thunder3 quad mini, the quad x supports up to four drives, and can harness software raid to...




jony ive speaking at dc’s hirshorn museum, free first-come-first-served places

apple’s chief design officer jony ive will be speaking on ‘the future of design’ at the hirshorn museum in washington, dc, later this month – and free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis …nordvpnthe event, a collaboration with smithsonian magazine, takes place on the afternoon of november 29, from 3pm to 4pm. also speaking will be rick tetzeli, author of becoming steve jobs.ive has been described as one of the most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company and is a 2017 honoree of the smithsonian’s american ingenuity awards (the “golden globes of intellect”), which honor revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress. ive will be joined in conversation ...




comment: musing on what homepod might have been – and might yet become

we learned yesterday that the homepod project has something of an interesting history. in particular, it appears to have been originally envisaged less as a gadget and more as hifi.the homepod was originally a side project cooked up about five years ago by a group of mac audio engineers, who wanted to create a speaker that sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of bose, jbl and harman kardon […]the engineers wanted a product that would past muster with audiophiles. several members of the impromptu team hailed from big-name speaker makersreading this, i found myself wishing for what homepod might have been rather than what it actually appears to be …nordvpnit’s long seemed to me that apple is missing an opportunity in au...




trump’s fcc plans to abandon net neutrality regulations, allowing paid internet fast lanes

led by chairman ajit pai, the trump administration’s federal communications commission has today released its controversial plan to undo the current net neutrality regulations that were approved under the obama administration two years ago.airpodswhile most isps are proponents of this change, a likely majority of americans, along with most major tech companies, including apple, stand in opposition to abandoning current regulations. the biggest concerns of losing net neutrality are paid prioritization, throttling, and blocking, creating an unfair landscape for internet access among consumers and companies.this past summer, apple remained silent as the internet association along with 40 major technology company members shared their dissent ...




4k drone footage captures apple park visitor center from the sky, on site work nearing completion

apple park is now open for business, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping drones from flying over apple’s new campus and capturing aerial footage of the nearly finished project. see for yourself below:sony a6500the current view from above captured in 4k video by maverick solutions shows the new apple park visitor center since it opened to the public.this contains an on-site apple store with official apple merchandise that you can’t buy in regular apple stores. we visited the new location when it opened to the public on friday so you can see inside as well.the aerial footage als...




ecobee launches pilot program for its alexa-enabled switch+ light switch ahead of release

smart thermostat maker ecobee previewed its first smart light switch earlier this year, and now the alexa-enabled switch+ is getting closer to shipping. before ecobee releases switch+ to the public, however, the company is opening a limited product pilot to select testers.sony a6500switch+ was announced back in may alongside the ecobee4 thermostat which also features built-in alexa voice service and we reviewed earlier this month.this product will mark the company’s first venture beyond smart thermostats and is expected to lead the smart home category into a whole-home-voice future. similar to ecobee’s signature room sensor technology, the smart light switch will measure occupancy and temperature to help deliver co...




iphone x: create useful shortcuts with a virtual home button for a super efficient ui

you’ve likely quickly adapted to the new home button-less iphone x and its gesture based user interface. but while there are a lot of improvements, some aspects have become less user-friendly, like pulling up control center, notification center, and apple pay. luckily, you can use a (mostly invisible) virtual home button to create shortcuts to make a custom, efficient ui.airpodsnotification center and control center being accessed from the top left and right ears of the iphone x display make the features difficult to get to with one hand. you can use reachability to more quickly access them, but there’s an even faster way to do it.like jeff mentioned in 15+ iphone x tips and tricks, the assistivetouch accessibility feature in ios provide...




apple sells out of external graphics development kit allotment, sonnet offers egfx box + gpu at reduced cost

apple launched its external graphics development kit during wwdc 2017 as a way to assist developers with demanding graphics-intensive apps and vr content creation. the unit included the developer edition of sonnet’s external egfx gpu chassis, along with sapphire’s amd rx 580 8gb graphics card, and belkin’s usb-c to 4-port usb-a hub.apple priced the external graphics development kit at $599, which was reasonable considering that the sapphire pulse rx 580 8gb still goes for around $279, and demanded a higher price during the kit’s launch. the external graphics development kit has been on sale for several months, but now all stock appears to be exhausted.as a part of its cyber week sale, sonnet is offering the egfx breakaway box – de...




uber officially discloses data breach that affected 57m users after concealing it for a year

uber today has officially disclosed a massive data breach that affected some 57 million users. as noted in a report from bloomberg, the breach originally occurred in october of 2016, with uber working to conceal it for a year…spigen teka ra200 airpods earhooks coverof the 57 million affected users, 50 million were riders and the other 7 million drivers. the leaked information included names, email addresses, and phone numbers. additionally, the license numbers of 600,000 drivers were exposed during the breach. uber says no social security numbers or location data was involved.travis kalanick, uber co-founder and former ceo, was made aware of the breach in november 2016. around that same time, the company was in the midst of settling issues...




apple acquires ar startup vrvana for $30m as it continues work on its own ar headset

according to a new report from techcrunch, apple recently acquired a virtual/augmented reality startup out of montreal, canada called vrvana. the deal was worth radon $30 million, the report says.spigen teka ra200 airpods earhooks covera “number” of vrvana’s employees have reportedly joined apple’s team in cupertino. while the startup’s website is still live, it has been silent on social media since august.vrvana is the startup behind the totem virtual reality headset, which never actually shipped to consumers but had excellent reviews from those who got an early hands-on. vrvana touts that the headset is an “extended reality” device, which means it takes from both augmented reality and virtual reality technology.vrvana’s h...




new paper from apple research scientists dives deeper into work on autonomous systems

tim cook has publicly commented on apple’s work in autonomous systems before, and a new research paper from two apple research scientists dives deeper into the company’s efforts. the paper explains how apple is using a combination of lidar with other technologies for 3d object detection that represents the future.spigen teka ra200 airpods earhooks coverthe paper is authored by yin zhou, an ai researcher at apple, and oncel tuzel, a machine learning research scientist at the company. both have joined apple within the last two years. below are just some broad highlights, read the full paper here.the paper explains how accurate detection of objects in 3d point clouds can be used in autonomous navigation, housekeeping robots, and more:accura...




kgi again says 2018 iphones will feature gigabit lte technology

ming-chi kuo of kgi securities is out with what he refers to as “part two” of his analysis into apple’s work on creating a 5g iphone and what the near future holds.this investors note says that apple may adopt faster antenna modules in all of its 2018 iphones, and offers more information about suppliers for next year’s iphone antenna modules. much of the report reiterates a note from kgi last week.spigen teka ra200 airpods earhooks coverfirst off, kuo explains that antenna design is a key factor in the “anticipated boost to lte transmission speed” coming with the 2018 iphone lineup. he says the new iphones introduced next year will be capable of supporting 4×4 mimo standards, allowing for improved speeds for users.furthermore, k...




hands-on: akitio thunder3 quad x – a four bay drive enclosure with classic mac pro-inspired design [video]

when it comes to thunderbolt 3 support, there are a handful of companies that immediately come to mind. akitio, a california-based innovator, is definitely one of those companies.one of its first big thunderbolt 3-equipped products, the akitio node, made headlines for its inclusion of a macos-compatible thunderbolt 3 chipset. since then, it has released a variety of products that support the high-bandwidth interface.the latest such release is the akitio thunder3 quad x. featuring a similar naming convention as earlier releases, the thunder3 quad x is notable for a design that pays homage to the classic mac pro “cheese grater” design.similar to the thunder3 quad mini, the quad x supports up to four drives, and can harness software raid to...




trump’s fcc plans to abandon net neutrality regulations, allowing paid internet fast lanes

led by chairman ajit pai, the trump administration’s federal communications commission has today released its controversial plan to undo the current net neutrality regulations that were approved under the obama administration two years ago.airpodswhile most isps are proponents of this change, a likely majority of americans, along with most major tech companies, including apple, stand in opposition to abandoning current regulations. the biggest concerns of losing net neutrality are paid prioritization, throttling, and blocking, creating an unfair landscape for internet access among consumers and companies.this past summer, apple remained silent as the internet association along with 40 major technology company members shared their dissent ...




4k drone footage captures apple park visitor center from the sky, on site work nearing completion

apple park is now open for business, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping drones from flying over apple’s new campus and capturing aerial footage of the nearly finished project. see for yourself below:sony a6500the current view from above captured in 4k video by maverick solutions shows the new apple park visitor center since it opened to the public.this contains an on-site apple store with official apple merchandise that you can’t buy in regular apple stores. we visited the new location when it opened to the public on friday so you can see inside as well.the aerial footage als...




ecobee launches pilot program for its alexa-enabled switch+ light switch ahead of release

smart thermostat maker ecobee previewed its first smart light switch earlier this year, and now the alexa-enabled switch+ is getting closer to shipping. before ecobee releases switch+ to the public, however, the company is opening a limited product pilot to select testers.sony a6500switch+ was announced back in may alongside the ecobee4 thermostat which also features built-in alexa voice service and we reviewed earlier this month.this product will mark the company’s first venture beyond smart thermostats and is expected to lead the smart home category into a whole-home-voice future. similar to ecobee’s signature room sensor technology, the smart light switch will measure occupancy and temperature to help deliver co...




iphone x: create useful shortcuts with a virtual home button for a super efficient ui

you’ve likely quickly adapted to the new home button-less iphone x and its gesture based user interface. but while there are a lot of improvements, some aspects have become less user-friendly, like pulling up control center, notification center, and apple pay. luckily, you can use a (mostly invisible) virtual home button to create shortcuts to make a custom, efficient ui.airpodsnotification center and control center being accessed from the top left and right ears of the iphone x display make the features difficult to get to with one hand. you can use reachability to more quickly access them, but there’s an even faster way to do it.like jeff mentioned in 15+ iphone x tips and tricks, the assistivetouch accessibility feature in ios provide...




apple sells out of external graphics development kit allotment, sonnet offers egfx box + gpu at reduced cost

apple launched its external graphics development kit during wwdc 2017 as a way to assist developers with demanding graphics-intensive apps and vr content creation. the unit included the developer edition of sonnet’s external egfx gpu chassis, along with sapphire’s amd rx 580 8gb graphics card, and belkin’s usb-c to 4-port usb-a hub.apple priced the external graphics development kit at $599, which was reasonable considering that the sapphire pulse rx 580 8gb still goes for around $279, and demanded a higher price during the kit’s launch. the external graphics development kit has been on sale for several months, but now all stock appears to be exhausted.as a part of its cyber week sale, sonnet is offering the egfx breakaway box – de...




uber officially discloses data breach that affected 57m users after concealing it for a year

uber today has officially disclosed a massive data breach that affected some 57 million users. as noted in a report from bloomberg, the breach originally occurred in october of 2016, with uber working to conceal it for a year…spigen teka ra200 airpods earhooks coverof the 57 million affected users, 50 million were riders and the other 7 million drivers. the leaked information included names, email addresses, and phone numbers. additionally, the license numbers of 600,000 drivers were exposed during the breach. uber says no social security numbers or location data was involved.travis kalanick, uber co-founder and former ceo, was made aware of the breach in november 2016. around that same time, the company was in the midst of settling issues...




apple acquires ar startup vrvana for $30m as it continues work on its own ar headset

according to a new report from techcrunch, apple recently acquired a virtual/augmented reality startup out of montreal, canada called vrvana. the deal was worth radon $30 million, the report says.spigen teka ra200 airpods earhooks covera “number” of vrvana’s employees have reportedly joined apple’s team in cupertino. while the startup’s website is still live, it has been silent on social media since august.vrvana is the startup behind the totem virtual reality headset, which never actually shipped to consumers but had excellent reviews from those who got an early hands-on. vrvana touts that the headset is an “extended reality” device, which means it takes from both augmented reality and virtual reality technology.vrvana’s h...