Secure Digital Stories June 9, 2015

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The 12-inch MacBook is the ultimate portable Mac, but that single USB-C port feels a lot less convenient when you want to connect to a bunch of devices at home or in the office. We covered a $79 portable hub yesterday, and now OWC has announced its $129 desktop model, available for pre-order today for delivery in October.

Available in silver, space gray and gold, to match your MacBook, the OWC USB-C Dock provides a total of 10 ports in a unit designed to remain on your desk, allowing you to instantly connect and disconnect via a single USB-C cable …  expand full story

Secure Digital Stories June 8, 2015

Hub+ Kickstarter project providing neat hub solution for 12-inch MacBook owners hits $670k

A neat hub designed to provide 12-inch MacBook owners with a useful way to connect existing devices has just hit $670k on Kickstarter – somewhat in excess of its modest $35,000 goal.

The Hub+ plugs into the single USB-C port of the MacBook and turns that into two USB-C ports, 3 conventional USB-A sockets, a mini DisplayPort and an SDXC card slot. The sleek device offers a choice of silver, space gray and gold to match your MacBook … 

Secure Digital Stories January 8, 2015

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Earlier this week, we published an extensive report detailing the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air with a thinner design, tweaked keyboard, enhanced trackpad, and an improved speaker system. Now, based on our report, designer Martin Hajek has put together some 3D image models of the upcoming computer. Check out the full gallery (click images for larger) below, and don’t miss our initial report with Michael Steeber‘s original mockup work.

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Secure Digital Stories December 10, 2014

From 9to5Toys Specials: Programming-classes-cheap

Specials.9to5toys.com is running a **special** on an iOS app designer bundle that up and coming iOS app designers will likely want to take advantage of.  This is an “NYOP bundle”, meaning that people can name their own price to get 2 courses (Learn Mobile Web Design Using Bootstrap & Learn To Build Cross Platform Apps). Or, if you beat the average price, you’ll get the entire bundle (7 courses & assets). This evening that is only a few bucks plus 10% goes to charity of your choice and high bidders get a chance to win a Gold iPad Air/ iPhone 6. The bundle includes:

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Secure Digital Stories January 7, 2014

Eye-Fi announces software for direct camera-to-Mac transfers

Wifi-equipped cameras have long been one of those things that promise more than they deliver. In theory, you can take a photo on your camera and have it instantly and wirelessly transferred to your Mac. In practice, not so much. You either need to go via an iOS device, or go via a router with ridiculously-convoluted networking configuration required to make it work. 

Eye-Fi seems to be getting one step closer to the theory, announcing beta software at the Showstoppers CES event that allows photos to be sent direct from camera to Mac. The beta version is free, though you have to register for the company’s labs project to get access, but it seems the release version will be chargeable.

The app is only compatible with Mobi cards – earlier versions won’t work. Hopefully the reliability of the cards has improved since I last tried them.

Secure Digital Stories September 3, 2013

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An increasing number of cameras these days have wifi built-in, allowing instant viewing of photos on your iPhone or iPad, and from there instant sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and so on. Which can leave those of us with less sociable cameras feeling a little left out in the cold.

Eye-Fi has offered solutions to this for some time, in the form of wifi-equipped cards that you can insert into your older or pro camera and transmit the images to a PC or Mac. This approach worked, after a fashion, but had two big problems. First, setup was far from easy, and second, transmission was via a wireless router. Fine at home, where you probably didn’t need it, not so fine when out & about, where you probably did.

This was the problem the Eye-Fi Mobi set out to solve: a $50 (8GB) or $80 (16GB) SD card that transmits photos direct to an iOS device running the free Eye-Fi app, with no router required. I decided to give it a try …  expand full story

Secure Digital Stories July 12, 2013

68% off Sony storage at Amazon: 32GB SD card: $17, 1TB USB3 portable HD: $70, more

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Amazon’s Gold Box today is up to 68% off Sony storage products. Standouts include:

  • 1TB USB3-powered portable Hard Drive: $69.99 shipped
  • 1.5TB USB3-powered portable Hard Drive: $99.99 shipped
  • 64GB SDHC 40MB/S SD Card :$37.99
  • 32GB SDHC 40MB/S SD Card :$17.49
  • 16GB SDHC 40MB/S SD Card :$9.99
  • Speedy 40MB/s MicroSD cards: 32GB: $21.99, 16GB: $11.99
  • More as pictured above.

Secure Digital Stories June 3, 2013

New Eye-Fi Mobi SD card transfers digital camera content to iPhone/iPad instantaneously via built-in WiFi

Many casual photographers have been reaching for their smartphones over their digital cameras recently for the convenience of social media integration and other sharing options. Eye-Fi has long offered photographers the option to transfer high-quality media from standalone cameras to personal computers and mobile devices but required intermediary WiFi hotspot access – a major obstacle for photographers shooting on location outdoors and in remote locales.

Today, Eye-Fi announced the “Eye-Fi Mobi,” which instantaneously beams new photos and content from digital cameras (without WiFi capabilities) to your favorite mobile device. “Simply replace any camera’s standard SD card with Mobi, and just two quick steps later, the camera’s photos instantly appear on the selected iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.”

The Eye-Fi Mobi puts beautiful, high-quality images on your mobile device ready to be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social network.  The built-in WiFi means you’ll never have to seek out network access to transfer your pictures.  Setup does not require a computer, account or cloud.  Just download the Eye-Fi mobile app to get started.

Eye-Fi Mobi is available now in two flavors; 8GB ($50), 16GB ($80).

60% off SanDisk USB Sticks, SD Cards and SSD products at Amazon: 64GB as low as $33

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Amazon is having a 1 day SanDisk Storage sale across its lineup of products including: USB Sticks, Micro/SD Cards and SSDs. These are the lowest prices we’ve seen on many of these products.

Standouts include:

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The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box?!

Imagine if the 32GB iPad only had that much free space?

When we posted a comparison of the iPad 4 and Microsoft’s new $999 128GB Surface Pro, Apple was yet to introduce its new 128GB iPad with Retina display. Apple announced this morning that the new iPad model would début Feb. 5 starting at $799, and that’s an attractive offer for those considering a Surface Pro when it goes on sale Feb. 9. Making the new 128GB iPad an even more attractive option for pros looking at more storage, Microsoft confirmed today that 45GB of space would be dedicated to Windows 8 and preloaded apps. This leaves customers of the 128GB Surface Pro with 83GB of free storage (via Engadget):

“The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.”

Secure Digital Stories January 21, 2013

iPhone 5 compared to upcoming BlackBerry Z10 smartphone on video

German-language blog telekom-presse.at posted images and video of BlackBerry’s upcoming Z10 smartphone today said to be running a beta of BB 10. In the video (and images below), the site compared the new 4.2-inch BlackBerry to the slightly smaller and thinner iPhone 5. The Z10 is expected to officially launch at RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry event on Jan. 30 and is rumored to be priced under the iPhone 5’s $199 price tag.

Secure Digital Stories November 23, 2012

Black Friday Deals on peripherals and accessories

(We’ll be updating this list all day/week, also hit 9to5Toys for the latest.)

Spotlight Top DealsApple TV 1080p MD199LL/A (Newest Version) $85 + free shipping  & Apple iPod touch 16GB (4th Generation) Black or white $165 (Reg. $199)

USB Storage: 32GB PNY USB Stick at Best Buy: $12.99 16GB Sandisk Cruzer Fit $8.99, 32GB: $15.99 Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive: $99, 2TB: $79 Centon 128GB DataStick Sport USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $59 WD My Passport 2TB Silver Portable USB Hard Drive with Free Case: $129 (Careful of the Mac Tax) WD 1TB Elements USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $50 after rebate + free shipping

iDevice Accessories iSkin Premium accessories for iPhone, iPod, Mac Save up to 65% BodyGuardz, Apple device protection 40% sitewide discount for everyone, 50% for returning customers OtterBox including iPhone 5 & iPad Mini Cases up to 15% CASE1449 iPhone cases & accessories (Including iPhone 5 bumpers) 25% off Griffin Technology iPhone, iPad, iPod cases & accessories 20% off Griffin Powerjolt SE – Lightning cable car charger for iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPod $19 + free shipping Red Cross Solar/Crank rechargeable emergency radio USB charger: $19.99

SSDs/HDDs Seagate 3TB 7200RPM Bare drive: $99 Hitachi 4TB Deskstar 3.5″ SATA III Internal Hard Drive: $189

SD Cards: SanDisk 32GB Class 10 SD card: $17.99

Cameras: Canon PowerShot S100 12.1-Megapixel Digital Camera+ 8GB SD Card: $229 Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body): $2499 Pentax K-01 Mirrorless Camera w/ 40mm Lens:$417 Canon EOS Rebel T3 12MP DSLR w/ 18-55mm Lens: $400 Canon EOS 7D Body (Refurb): $959 More Canon Deals

Printers:

Canon WiFi PIXMA MX892 Multifunction Printer: $59.99 Canon – PIXMA MX432 Wireless All-In-One Printer: $49 Brother HL-2240 Monochrome Laser Printer: $49.98 Brother Multifunction Network Laser Printer: $100

Misc:

Apple Magic Mouse for only $35 with free shipping

Beats by Dr. Dre headphones discounts up to $30 off at Walmart

Klipsch Image S4i Earphones:$49

myCharge Peak Portable Battery: $59

iCade 8-Bitty – Retro Wireless Game Controller for iPhone/iPad $20 (Reg. $30)

iCADE – iPad Arcade Cabinet $69 (Reg. $100)

Powerbags at Groupon $39.99 (Scroll Down). We reviewed and loved these guys.

ToysRUs $20 gift card for $10

Logitech M525 Cordless Optical Mouse: $10 after rebate + free shipping

Secure Digital Stories November 16, 2012

One day Amazon SD Card and USB3 sale, prices from $28 for 64GB

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Amazon today has a big sale on storage with notable deals on Transcend storage products. Whether you are adding an SD Card or USB stick to your Mac for some extra sneakernet or backup space, or using it for a camera or peripheral, pretty much any size and speed is covered here.

Standouts include the 64GB and 32GB Jetflash USB2 Flash Drives for $27.99 and $13.99 respectively.

More deals at 9to5Toys.com

Secure Digital Stories August 21, 2012

SanDisk SSDs, SD Cards, USB Sticks up to 76% off at Amazon

From 9to5Toys.com:

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Today only, Amazon chops a big chuck off of SanDisk storage products as shown above.  The discount yields the lowest prices we’ve seen on speedy SanDisk product but these usually dry up quick – so hurry! Amazon doesn’t charge shipping if you are a Prime member or the order is over $25 and doesn’t charge tax in most states.

Best bets are the 64GB Cruzer USB stick for $31.99, the Ultra 64SDXC card for $44.99 and the 240GB SSD for $154.99 and not on the page:  $349.99 on SanDisk Extreme 480 GB SSD

Secure Digital Stories August 4, 2012

Lot of stuff happening at 9to5Toys.com this weekend…

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Amazon has the Apple TV for $89.99 with free shipping.  That’s the lowest price going (remember it just got Hulu – 1 week free here). Speaking of Amazon+free, you can get a free month of the new Prime streaming to iPad using the new app.

StackSocial offers downloads of the popular “Dreamweaver killer”  Square_fluxMacFlux 4 website building editor application for $40.  There is a huge list of great Mac software currently on sale at Stack Social here.

Fry’s Electronics offers the current-generation MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 2.5GHz 13.3″ LED-Backlit Widescreen Notebook, model no. MD101LL/A, for $999. Shipping adds around $11, or choose free in-store pickup. That’s the lowest total price we could find by $129 and even lower than Apple’s refurbished price.

All4Cellular has Applecare for iPhone for $39.99 (usually $99).

Vaas FM Transmitter with Car Charger and Remote for iPhone and iPod – $9.99+free ship

Western Digital USB 3.0 1TB portable drives for $89+free shipping at Go4Computer/Ebay, Tax in Florida.

Viewsonic VX2450wm-LED 24″ Widescreen LED Backlit Monitor: 49.99+Free shipping from Buy.com

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Secure Digital Stories July 25, 2012

Apple will not offer a USB or Optical Disk external installer to Mountain Lion (as far as we have heard). That does not mean you cannot sneaker net the install around your home, office or lab like Apple Store employees do (sometimes). Lion Diskmaker has been updated to allow you to make a bootable USB or SD Card installer on a 8GB piece of media.

The process is straightforward:

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SanDisk 64GB Class 10 30MB/sec SDXC Card: $47

From 9to5Toys.com:

Buy.com offers the SanDisk Ultra 64GB Class 10 Secure Digital High-Capacity SDXC Card, model no. SDSDU-064G-A11, for $46.99 with free shipping. That’s $0.73/GB and tied as the best price we’ve seen for a 64GB Class 10 SDHC card. (It’s a current price low by $10.) It features read speeds up to 30MB/sec.

With almost every Mac now shipping with a built in SDXC card slot, these speedy, huge capacity Flash storage cards are like microscopic external hard drives. They are great for storing music and movies or even portable backups. If you are looking to hook up your iOS device, SD card readers start at around $5 at Amazon.

Secure Digital Stories March 21, 2012

Apple is unlikely to ever do such a thing (among other things, it would kill its pricing matrix), but sometimes I wish my iPhone or iPad had a built-in MicroSD card slot for easy access to lots of cheap storage. The 16GB cards routinely sell for $10 and new cards go as high as 64GB. However, it is not just about the storage being inexpensive and extremely portable. The SD cards easily swap with Macs, PCs, Cameras, photo frames, video players, Blu-ray players, and other phones.

You can currently connect MicroSD cards with the unwieldy iPad Apple Digital AV Adapter (this) and a Micro to SD Card adapter, but what say you? Should Apple build a MicroSD card slot into upcoming iOS devices?

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Secure Digital Stories February 5, 2012

From 9to5Toys.com:

A quick roundup of storage options from 9to5Toys at Amazon this weekend:

SDHC Cards: 16GB Amazon Class 4: $14.38; Transcend Micro Class 4 w/adapter: $12.98 (pictured) 32GB Sandisk Class 6: $29.95  Transcend Class 10: $32.95

USB Sticks: 8GB Kingston:  $6.95 16GB Kingston: $13.99, Sandisk $14.72 Transcend: $13.99 32GB Sandisk: $28.99 64GB Lexar: $61.10

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Secure Digital Stories December 18, 2011

As we close out the year and approach Christmas, here is a quick review of some stellar items we have reviewed over the past few months.

Audyssey Lower East Side Speakers.  Truth be told, we were interested in the Airplay-enabled Lower East Side Audio Dock Air that seems to have been struck by production delays.  In the meantime, we are in love with the standalone LES powered speakers (right).  Very simple I/Os and almost perfect desktop-level sound makes these incredibly good for the small room or workspace.  Sure, they will fill up a medium sized room, but you will find much larger/expensive setups for that.  $199 Amazon. Bonus: If you want Airplay functionality, throw in a $95 Apple TV and an Optical cable.

Doxie Go Wireless scanner: The magic is putting an Eye-Fi card in the SD card slot that allows automatic Evernote/flickr Cloud synchronizing.  I use this at the front of my house without a computer where mail comes in.  Important stuff is run through the scanner and sent to the Cloud before it hits recycling.  Standalone Cloud scanners are the future.  It also does traditional Desktop scanning via USB. ($150-200 at Amazon.)

Atari Arcade. This little plastic iPad “dock” (does not work with iPhone 4) adds a joystick to the 100 Atari applications for $15 app (at present no other games support this – but more are planned). The quality is good and the gaming is certainly nostalgic.  It was fun to teach my kid the games I played when I was his age (which is probably why this thing is such a hit).  It would have been much better with a pass thru charger and landscape options.  Still, fun. ($59.99 Amazon) iCade is a more expensive option.

iHelicopter.net sent us a review unit after we showed their latest preview of their missile-shooting iHelocopter. After a few weeks of playing with this iOS device controlled (through an earphone dongle) helicopter, I can say it works as expected.  I have only used it inside but it has survived a lot of hard “landings” as well as direct hits on the ceiling and walls. The reason this one is so notable is that it shoots missiles through a spring-loaded system.  Yes, this works and with the gyroscope going, it is easy to hit your target.  ($69 shipped free globally.)

Logitech Tablet speaker.  Initially we were down on this little gadget because, let us face it, it is not a “looker”.  However, after playing with our review unit for a number of weeks, it has come in handy on a number of occasions and it produces impressive sound considering its size and portability. It clips to your iPad, is charged via USB and plugs into the headphone jack. The rechargeable batteries last for 8 hours. (Amazon – as low as $22)

Western Digital TV Live. Sure Apple TV does 90% of what this thing does, but if you want stuff like Hulu Plus, Spotify, Facebook or compatibility with DLNA and non- iOS compatible videos, this little $90 1080P TV works great. It also has a full sized USB port for hooking directly into USB Sticks, wireless keyboards, and hard drives.  ($89.99 – Amazon.) Also, consider Roku devices that start at $45.

Secure Digital Stories November 19, 2011

SanDisk® SDHC™ Cards

From 9to5toys.com:

Staples has the 16GB SanDisk SDHC Card for $14.99 with free shipping.  That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for a 16GB SDHC card.  Class 4 represents a minimum speed of around 4MB/sec.

Staples also offers a Sandisk Cruzer 16GB USB stick for $14.99. 8GB is $8.99 and 4GB is $5.99.  Staples currently offers free shipping sitewide with no minimum. expand full story

Secure Digital Stories November 5, 2011

From 9to5toys.com:

Update: Drops to $987.99

MacConnection drops the price on the base MacBook Pro 13 inch from $1199 to $999 after a $50 rebate with free shipping.  Even without the rebate, it is the lowest price we could find on a Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pro anywhere.  This model includes Intel 3000 Graphics, LED-backlit display, 802.11n wireless, full-size backlit keyboard, Multi-Touch trackpad, FaceTime camera, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Thunderbolt port, and up to 7 hours of battery life.

Note that this is last month’s  model with a marginally .1GHz slower processor and smaller 320GB HDD which were upgraded slightly a few weeks ago.

You can also pick this up for $929 factory refurbished or $1199 newat the Apple Store. expand full story

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