Cables and ports probably rank among the least interesting pieces of technology that a creative professional uses, but they’re arguably among the most important. They form the backbone of any digital workflow. And the ports they are a’changing.
First there was USB Type-C, which introduced a number of enhancements outlined here. Now there’s Thunderbolt 3, which promises still more.
Thunderbolt 3 was announced last year but at NAB a number of storage devices that take advantage of the technology were finally announced. There have been at least 40 PCs and motherboards announced that support the technology as well. So what does Thunderbolt 3 mean for you?
2017 should be a big year for Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C storage devices and Lacie is getting an early jump on the action with a pair of new product launches at CES.First up is a new USB-C version of the company’s Rugged Thunderbolt drive. The new drives will be sold in 2TB, 4TB and 5TB HDD versions and 500GB and 1TB SSD models with prices starting at $250.If you spring for the 1TB SSD Rugged drive, you’ll get transfer speeds up to 510MB/s — a 30 percent boost from the previous SSD model. At that pace, Seagate says you can move 100GB worth of files in about three minutes.Lacie’s d2 line of external drives will also be updated to support Thunderbolt 3 and USB C. The drives feature Seagate BarraCuda PRO 7200RPM discs and will be sold in capacities of 6, 8 and 10TB with prices starting at $430.They feature a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports so you can daisy chain other Thunderbolt devices. You’ll also be able to power a laptop through the d2’s USB-C port.
Windows 10 doesn’t behave like the Windows of yesteryear. Instead of a monolithic operating system replaced by a successor in a year or two, it’s more of a living, breathing entity—one that’s constantly changing with the release of massive new “named” updates. The most high-profile example was 2016’s Anniversary Update, which added features like the Bash Shell, a dark theme, Windows Ink, Xbox Play Anywhere, and a whole, whole lot more.But even more fresh features are on the way in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which will start rolling out on April 11. Let’s dig in to the goodies Microsoft has planned this time around!
Apple has taken the rare step of pre-announcing major new products, confirming that it will release new iMacs later this year and a “completely rethought Mac Pro” at some point in the future. The company also apologised to Mac Pro users for the neglect of the product line, which has gone three years without an update.
“Measure your results” is the common wisdom in the online sales world. How can you improve on something you can’t measure, right? Unfortunately (or fortunately) for us, the most common, free, and robust tool for measuring your store’s online performance is Google Analytics. Though an extremely useful tool, it’s also not the most intuitive platform to use. To help you get over the learning curve, we’ve written up a beginner’s guide to using Google Analytics to evaluate your online store’s performance. Thoug