Allison interviews Marv Su from Analogix about their SlimPort adapters. Marv explains the intricacies of the varying types of signals that USB-C cables and connectors can carry. He demonstrates how USB-C can transmit power, data and HD video if it’s connected to a supported device/port. Using the USB-C alt mode, SlimPort adapters allow the user to connect a mobile device with a USB-C port to the HDMI port of a display or TV to play up to 4K UHD video. The setting is the CES show floor and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at http://www.analogix.com/en/slimport-adapters-overview
In this mammoth episode, we’ve got some random CES observations, a review of the Avantree Bluetooth over-the-ear headset from George from Tulsa, a CES interview with an innovative hearing aid called Eargo, a story of Thunderbolt docks and USB-C from me, another CES interview about LiFi for Internet connectivity with OLEDcomm, a hot tip from Knightwise about how to reinstall Mac App Store apps using the command line, an augmented reality toothbrush from Kolibree called Magik from CES, and as if that weren’t enough content, we’ve got an out-of-band Security Bits update with Bart Busschots with the lates news about Spectre and Meltdown.
Specifically, there was no adapter available to allow me to use my 27” Apple Cinema Display with the new Mac. The problem is that my display is the very last of the Display Port models, right before they came out with the Thunderbolt model. I can’t complain though because I received it as a free replacement under AppleCare when my 24” Apple Cinema Display wouldn’t work with my new-at-the-time 2013 MacBook Pro. Noticing a pattern here?
Allison interviews Michael Rubin from Yi Technologies about their new 4K+ Action Camera. The Yi 4K+ records 4K video at 60 fps and can take photos in RAW format, both rare features on an action camera. The 4K+ will support live streaming with an “upcoming” firmware update and it has electronic image stabilization when shooting at 30 fps. The 4K+’s USB Type-C connector supports charging, connectivity to your computer, AV output, and an external mic and the camera comes equipped with a waterproof case. Learn more at https://yitechnology.com/yi-4k-plus-action-camera.
When the MacBook and later the MacBook Pro came out with only USB-C there was a lot of moaning and groaning about dongles, but mixed reactions about the loss of the MagSafe power connector. It was designed to break away if someone hit the cable so your laptop wouldn’t go skidding across the table and onto the floor. Some people loved MagSafe, some didn’t. I was in the love category.
Remember when Steve Jobs introduced MagSafe and his memorable quote was, “You’re tired of breaking them, and we’re tired of fixing them”? I was sold. Countless times that MagSafe connector saved my laptops over the years.
I’ve not traditionally done “top holiday gift” guides but I’m inspired by a few little products this year. If you’ve been following along, you’ve heard of all of them, but I think it’s of value to hear what products I’m still using long after the shine of a new gadget has worn off.
I’d like to focus on a few stocking stuffers, but that title comes with questions. If you stuff stockings with candy canes and oranges, this is not the right list. It’s more of a list of things that would technically fit in a stocking. I’m going to keep the price under (and sometimes well under) $50US.
My Favorite Lightning Cables
What Apple geek doesn’t want more Lightning cables? Either you don’t have enough, you’ve broken the good one, or they’re too expensive to buy from Apple. Whatever the excuse, my top pick is still the RadTech ProCable UHD. These are super heavy duty, come with a life time warranty and I’ve personally tried to break them without success. Better yet, they cost less than the ones from Apple.
Allister Jenks reviews the Behringer UCA222 Digital Audio Interface, we have CES interviews about the Ring Video Doorbell and The FLIR One Personal Thermal Imager. Then I’ll tell you a story about FFmpeg and video transcoding, followed by two more CES interviews with IOGear and Black & Decker. Finally we’ll have Security Bits with Bart Busschots.
Allison interviews Raymond Troung from IOGEAR about their new USB type C adapters and hubs. IOGEAR has just about every adapter you would need to connect your USB-C devices with other peripherals. Among other devices, Raymond showed Allison their new USB-C docking station which will be available in Feb 2016 for $249. The setting is the CES 2016 show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center.