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usb 3 3.0 3.1 10gbps interface bus protocol standard device connectivity digital computerGenerally speaking, it isn’t too difficult to plug something in correctly. That is to say, the relationship between a plug and its matching receptacle is often pretty self-explanatory. And yet, somehow, I still find myself trying to plug USB cables into USB ports the wrong way. USB is everywhere, and that’s not something that is likely to change anytime soon. What will change, however, is the ease of plugging things into it. That’s because USB specs have finalized the new Type-C reversible connector design announced earlier. The connector/cable type promises the 10Gb/s speeds and 100W power provided by USB 3.1, and yes, the physical incapability of being plugged in wrong. More »

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usb 3.1 3.0 super speed plus 10 gb ps interface computer io port connection 2Thunderbolt 2 may be theoretically capable of 20Gb/s, but USB isn’t going to be left in the dust. The ubiquity of USB continues with version 3.0, while Thunderbolt isn’t nearly as common. USB is not done improving, however. The upgraded USB 3.1 may arrive by the end of the year, featuring new port & connection designs and theoretical speeds up to 10Gb/s — double that of 3.0. As if that weren’t enough for professional consideration, at least one USB architect at Intel says the protocol may one day be able to scale beyond 40Gb/s. Check below for more details, plus some allegedly leaked info claiming that speed for a future Thunderbolt 3 interface. More »

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Scriptnotes 100 episodes USB flash drive - mediumThe one thing that has helped my screenwriting the most over the past two years — with the exception of actually writing — has to be the Scriptnotes podcast with screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin. The wealth of knowledge from August and Mazin not only on the craft of screenwriting, but also on their own experiences as screenwriters navigating an ever-changing business has been invaluable. Scriptnotes is a weekly master class in screenwriting, and it’s free. If you happened to have just tuned in, or even joined the audience around Episode 50 and never had a chance to hear the early episodes, now is your chance to get the first 100 episodes on a USB flash drive for only $20. But hurry, because you have to order by Aug. 16. Hit the jump to find out how. More »

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usb 3 thunderboltBoth USB 3 and Thunderbolt leave the transfer rates of yesteryear in the dust, with doubled speed in the works for USB 3.0 for a current-Thunderbolt equivalent 10Gb/s and doubled speed coming for 20Gb/s Thunderbolt rates. But in the meantime, the question stands: how does USB 3.0 compare in actual performance to Thunderbolt, and should you be in a rush to upgrade? Thanks to the guys over at Macworld, we now have some practical benchmark tests pitting the protocols against each other. Click below to see how USB 3 measured up. More »

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Apple is steadily abandoning its own FireWire standard, continuously simplifying the ports on its machines, and pushing for the growing acceptance of FireWire’s successor — the Thunderbolt protocol. Given all this, Mac users find themselves in a bizarre transitional phase. It may be frustrating, because while Apple surges forward, peripherals’ acceptance of Thunderbolt has been lackluster at best. Much to the relief of perennial Mac users finding themselves unable to blend their legacy gear with, say, their fresh iMac or MacBook Pro, Matrox has finally released it’s DS1 Thunderbolt docking station — the first solution of its kind — which looks to seamlessly marry almost everything you could want between the old and the new. More »

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It’s always a bit sad when tried-and-true tech or transfer protocols go the way of the Dodo Bird — to utterly date myself, I can remember thinking Zip Drives were the future — or maybe frustrating is more the word I’m looking for. According to Mac World, Apple’s announcement of 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros and new iMacs all exhibit what very well could be the setting of a trend in Apple’s products — the absence of FireWire ports. Keep reading for how on earth we’re going to deal with this. More »

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There are a couple of USB follow focus controllers out there — the Okii FC1 and Helmsman come to mind — but not all controllers are follow focuses. Instead, some simply let you start/stop recording, adjust exposure, and change settings. Here’s a preview from HD Cam Team of the Okii MC1 USB controller (though at the time of the video the brand had yet to be revealed): More »