Intel Announces Update to Thunderbolt Promising Super-Fast 10 Gbps Data Transfer

Intel's Thunderbolt 2 standard has received an update: now, it can be used to pair computers together—even Macs to PCs—to allow data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps. That's pretty quick. Read More >>

Western Digital Crams Two-Disk RAID Into Portable Thunderbolt Drive

The new MyPassport Pro from Western Digital is the world's first bus-powered portable hard drive to offer two disks with RAID capability for blazing fast, grab-and-go storage. Read More >>

How to Play Crysis on a MacBook Air

The MacBook Air's graphics capabilities make it too wimpy to play any proper games on out of the box — but there is a way to beef things up. Read More >>

Intel's Prototype Thunderbolt Flash Drive Is the World's Fastest

You can officially stop bragging about how fast your fancy new USB 3.0 flash drive is. At the Computex show in Taipei, Intel was showing off this hacked-together prototype of a dedicated Thunderbolt 128GB flash drive boasting data transfer speeds of 10 Gbit/s, or about twice as fast as USB 3.0's max. And now that Thunderbolt 2 has been introduced, waiting around for large files to copy to your flash drive could be a thing of the past. Read More >>

Thunderbolt 2 Will Be in Products Later This Year

Intel has officially announced that the next generation of Thunderbolt, previously codenamed Falcon Ridge, will be called... wait for it... Thunderbolt 2. Lame name, sadly — but it still promises to be amazing. Read More >>

Belkin's Mythical Thunderbolt Express Dock Is Finally Here

OK, so the Thunderbolt Express Dock is really just a super-fast hub capable of connecting all of your desktop cables to your computer with a single wire. But it's no small deal. Apple introduced Thunderbolt ports to Macs back in February 2011, and there aren't many products out there that take advantage of the standard's simultaneous 10 Gbps upstream/downstream potential. You can buy a couple of hard drives, Apple's £900 Thunderbolt display, but that's about it. That's STILL true today, just like it was in 2011. The Express Dock is a (semi)-affordable convenience that basically anyone can benefit from. Read More >>

Intel's Thunderbolt Is About To Get Twice As Fast

Thunderbolt's makin' like greased lighting. Intel has introduced the newest revision of the interface and it will be capable of 20Gbps in both directions (as opposed to the previous 10). In other words, fast enough to transfer and play 4K video simultaneously. And it's all backwards compatible with old ports and cables to boot. Read More >>

Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0: The Definitive Showdown

Thunderbolt has arrived on the PC after being exclusive to the Macintosh platform for more than a year. With its promise of 10Gb/s‑per‑channel throughput, what self-respecting power user wouldn't opt for a Thunderbolt-based external backup solution? Well, before you get too excited, let's compare T-bolt point-by-point with its natural competitor, USB 3.0. After all, there's more to a technology than pure performance, as we found out. Read More >>

Does Apple Have a Brand-New Super-Skinny Thunderbolt Display Incoming?

The rumourmongers are at it again. It looks like supplies of Apple's monster, £900 27-inch Thunderbolt display are selling out across the US, and stocks are even running low in the UK too. Does this mean Apple's about to spit out a new, super-skinny iMac-like display? Read More >>

USB 3.0 Is Going To Double Speeds

USB data transfer is about to get a hell of a lot faster. The USB Promoter Group is rolling out SuperSpeed USB, a supplement to USB 3.0 due out later this year that should surge your speeds two-fold. Read More >>

Yes, Finally, Mac Users Have a Thunderbolt Dock You Can Actually Buy

I can't have been the only one who saw the potential for the Thunderbolt connection as the one cable to rule them all into your laptop, but it's taken so damn long to realise that. Now, finally, Matrox has made it happen with it's new DS1 dock. One Thunderbolt cable in; DVI/HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2 and 3.0, and headphone out, plus a mic port too. Brilliant. Read More >>

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review: The Best Thunderbolt Hard Drive

If your computer has a Thunderbolt drive, odds are it's been pretty neglected. Some external storage options are good, but nothing is a no-brainer. Until now, that is. LaCie's vivid orange drive is the best way to back up files, superfast. Read More >>

LaCie Put Thunderbolt on Its Portable, Rugged External SSD, and That's Awesome

Now this is what we were hoping for from Thunderbolt. LaCie just stuck a Thunderbolt port on its USB 3.0 Rugged series of external drives, meaning it's now a tiny, indestructible speed monster. Read More >>

Apple's New iPhone 5 "Lightning" Dock Connector Might Be USB3.0

We'll find out later today, but rumours surrounding Apple's new "Lightning" dock connector seem to suggest it'll be USB3.0, not Thunderbolt, which would make perfect sense for Windows-using iPhone-wielders the world over. Lightning quick syncs, but wide compatibility? Yes, please. Read More >>

Of Course You Need a 2TB 10,000RPM Hard Drive with Two Thunderbolt Ports

The cloud's great, but sometimes you still need fast, humongous local storage. How fast and humongous? How about, say, 2TB at 10,000RPM with TWO Thunderbolt ports. Read More >>

Have You Ever Used Your Thunderbolt Port? Ever? For Anything?

Thunderbolt was one of the killer features last year. 10 gigabits! But since then, there have been a few Thunderbolt products, and a few comically absentee ones, but it feels like most of us have never even used the port—Mini Displayport double duty notwithstanding. Anyone getting actual use out of the thing, or is it as abandoned as it feels? Read More >>


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