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Comic: Thunderbolt Dismay

Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: Thunderbolt Dismay

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The future of Thunderbolt is USB-C, and this is a good thing

Intel has announced Thunderbolt 3 will use the USB-C connector we've already seen on the MacBook.

Thunderbolt 3 arrives later this year once computer makers start shipping devices equipped with Intel's "Skylake" microprocessor. Skylake is the successor to Broadwell, the fifth-generation Intel Core processor that saw its debut on the Mac earlier this year. Thunderbolt 3 offers twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2 β€” up to 40 gigabits per second, more than enough for a computer to drive an external 5K display, for example. Enough to transfer an HD movie from an external hard drive to your Mac in mere seconds.

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Intel will reveal the 'next generation of Thunderbolt' at Computex on June 2

Intel says it will reveal "the next generation" of its Thunderbolt data and display port technology at a press event be held at the Computex trade show in Taiwan on June 2.

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Enough with this USB-C brouhaha

Controversy surrounds Apple's decision to use USB-C in the new MacBook. Is it one interface to rule them all, or is it just another port we'll see on future Macs?

Apple's glitzy new MacBook is a pretty amazing piece of engineering and design that polarizes Mac users more than anything I can remember since the last colored MacBook, the black one that came out in 2008.

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How to connect your Mac to the TV: Apple TV, HDMI, and more!

At some point or another, you're bound to want to send the video on your Mac to your television. There's certainly more than one way to do that, so let's take a look at how you can!

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OWC updates Mercury Helios PCIe Chassis with Thunderbolt 2

OWC has launched an update to their Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, adding Thunderbolt 2. This allows the Mercury Helios to handle up to 20Gb/s throughput, double the capacity of the previous version.

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LaCie shows both its rugged and fashionable sides with new portable drives

Just in time for CES 2015 Seagate's LaCie brand has announced two new portable hard drives, the Rugged RAID and the Mirror. The Rugged RAID features Thunderbolt 1 and USB 3.0 compatibility, and comes with 4TB of storage. It comes with two drives and is preconfigured in RAID 0. It can also keep your data safe if one of your drives fails.

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CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station 2 now available for pre-order at $169

CalDigit has announced Thunderbolt Station 2, the latest iteration of their Thunderbolt hub, now compatible with Thunderbolt 2. The hub features a variety of ports so you can plug in whatever type of accessory you might need.

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Elgato launches new Dock with support for Thunderbolt 2

Accessory maker Elgato has announced their Thunderbolt 2 Dock accessory. The new Dock supports the 20Gbps of Thunderbolt 2, along with HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB 3.0. Elgato says that the dock supports HDMI displays with up to 4K resolution.

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OWC's upcoming Thunderbolt 2 Dock puts all other docks to shame

Easily the most useful aspect of the Thunderbolt connection has been the creation of single-cable docks, and OWC's just-announced Thunderbolt 2 Dock is really upping the ante on the docking game. Utilizing the blazing-fast 20Gbps interface, the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock sports a plethora of additional connection options, certainly far more than other offerings, all through a single cable to your Mac.

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