<![CDATA[Mac USB Gear - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:38:35 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Mac USB TV Tuner Market Died]]>Sat, 05 Dec 2015 15:51:39 GMThttp://macusbgear.weebly.com/blog/the-mac-usb-tv-tuner-market-diedI used to be a huge fan of watching TV on a Mac - ever since my first slot-load iMac back around the year 2001. In fact I didn't own a TV set at all. With a Mac USB TV tuner I could watch broadcast television AND putter on the internet at the same time.

But things change in the technology world. The shift to ATSC Digital transmission was the turning point. Free over the air TV is so important to RURAL people, or those who can't afford the outrageous monthly fees of cable or satellite television subscriptions.

But perhaps more important in the decline in demand for Apple compatible TV thunder hardware was how STREAMING content amde the need to view and capture TV shows in real-time unnecessary.
<![CDATA[USB vs ThunderBolt On The Mac]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:25:16 GMThttp://macusbgear.weebly.com/blog/usb-vs-thunderbolt-on-the-macI'm not one to get into a WAR about which kind of connector on any Mac is 'better' or 'technically superior'. Computer interfaces change over time - generally getting smaller, faster and more efficient. They come, they go, they succeed, they fail, they're an important advance, they become obsolete.

There have been times when Apple has used new or non-standard connectors over the Mac's history. In many cases it was out of NECESSITY: FW400 could handle 30FPS 720p HD video RELIABLY - USB 2.0 couldn't. ThunderBolt could handle fast streams of disk drive data AND 4K video simultaneously - USB 3.0 couldn't - but the emerging USB-C USB 3.1 spec can.

Apple adopts industry standards when it can, helps to influence emerging ones when it must, and creates new ones when other's haven't. No more, no less. Change Is Constant in the world of computing. Over the next decade SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 will  consolidate many different connectors and interfaces (both power AND data) into one. It'll even carry ThunderBolt protocol. So if you want a 'winner' in the X VERSUS Y imaginary battle: USB is it.
<![CDATA[USB-C MacBook : Next Generation USB 3.1 Arrives]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:12:09 GMThttp://macusbgear.weebly.com/blog/usb-c-macbook-next-generation-usb-31-arrives
With the launch of the 12 inch Retina MacBook in early 2015 -- and more recently - the appearance of a USB-C port for diagnostics on the back of the new AppleTV box, Apple is clearly pointing to the future of Mac device connectivity.

---> Check out some of the emerging Apple compatible USB-C accessories, adapters, dongles and cables.

Able to deliver Power, Video, Audio,and 10Gbps of  Data over one single interface, the SuperSpeed+ USB 3.1 Type-C connector promises to consolidate the mish-mosh of analog and digital ports into ONE unifying connection for everything.