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OWC's Thunderbolt 2 Dock shames all other docks
Thunderbolt + USB + FireWire + HDMI + Ethernet + audio

OWC's Thunderbolt 2 Dock shames all other docks

Derek Kessler 12

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...

These are the resolutions of the Apple Watch displays
Different sizes mean different screens

These are the resolutions of the Apple Watch displays

Derek Kessler 10

Apple made a point when introducing the Apple Watch to show that unlike the various other smartwatches out there, theirs was coming in two different sizes, and now we know that also means two different resolutions. The reasoning is almost entirely gender fashion based: bigger watches look goofy on smaller female wrists, so they get smaller watches. That means the Apple Watch has two...

Google Maps getting an Android-style redesign, Uber built-in
They call it 'material'

Google Maps getting an Android-style redesign, Uber built-in

Derek Kessler 11

Google Maps is getting a redesign that will make the app on iPhone and iPad look a lot more like its Android counterpart. The design draws on Google's new "Material Design" language, which pervades the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing a layout that's flatter and layered, yet with lots of colors. In the case of Google Maps, lots of blue. It's a similar look and feel to the recently...

Walmart's self-serving explanation for dropping Apple Pay
It's the data, stupid

Walmart's self-serving explanation for dropping Apple Pay

Derek Kessler 86

There's been a bit of a tizzy recently after several US retailers dropped support for NFC payments in an effort to thwart Apple Pay, and the nation's largest retailer has chimed in with their own explanation as to why they did so. The retailer is Walmart, and they're the leading force behind the competing CurrentC payment system developed by the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX). Our own...