Kensington USB 3.0 adaptor multi Display adaptor

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Have a need to attach more monitors to your USB 3.0-equipped Mac, but don’t want to use a Thunderbolt, Mini DisplayPort, or HDMI port? Kensington may have just the thing for you — the Universal Multi-Display Adapter (US$79.99 MSRP), AKA the USB 3.0 Multi-Display Adapter.

Previously this device was available only for PCs, but new drivers available from DisplayLink make the adapter compatible with any Mac running OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, or Mountain Lion. Essentially what the adapter does is makes one of your USB 3.0 ports available to drive a monitor or projector. It’s a small (2″ x 3.5″ x .68″) black box with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 input on one end and a female DVI connector on the other end. That’s a bit unfortunate, since many monitors are also equipped with a female DVI connector so you’ll need to buy another adapter. LIkewise, the included DVI to VGA adapter is relatively useless — although it plugs right into the Multi-Display Adapter, it has a female connector on the open end, once again requiring a male to male adapter cable to connect to many VGA ports.

Since the Mac software is relatively new, you need to download and install it prior to running the device. It takes up only about 16 MB of storage, and requires a reboot. After installing the software, I was able to find a male-to-male VGA cable, so I plugged one end into the 17-inch ViewSonic monitor I use with my MacBook Pro with Retina display, the other into the DVI to VGA adapter, and then plugged that into the Multi-Display Adapter. Next, the USB cable was plugged into the MacBook Pro, and the screen came right up at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (also known as 1080p). The adapter will support resolutions on an external device of up to 2048 x 1152. As you’d expect, the Adapter is bus-powered and requires no external power.
I previously had some issues when testing a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter when connecting a MacBook Air to a PC projector, so I thought I’d try the projector with this adapter (in most cases, I’ll actually just use an HDMI cable to go straight from the MBP to the projector). Once again, the adapter worked like a champ, allowing me to drive the projector flawlessly from the MacBook Pro.

Considering the variety of video output modes that are available on most modern Macs — HDMI, Thunderbolt, and Mini DisplayPort — you might not need to have a USB 3.0-based adapter to add a monitor to your setup. However, it’s nice to know that the option exists, and that the price tag on this adapter isn’t too bad — it was selling on Amazon today for $20 off the MSRP.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a way to hook up a DVI or VGA monitor to a Mac through USB 3.0, the Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter is a bus-powered alternative that may fit your needs.

Positive

Provides a way to connect a monitor, projector, or other display to your USB 3.0-equipped Mac without using a Thunderbolt, Mini DIsplay Port, or HDMI port
Can also be used with Windows PCs
DVI / VGA out works with a lot of monitors and projectors
Price isn’t too high at retail, although generic adapters (Monoprice, etc…) might be less available for less
Cons

Female out on both adapter and the DVI/VGA adapter is annoying; need to use a male by male cable (not included) to plug into most monitors and projectors.

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Transforma-ti telefonul intr-un laptop cu Casetop

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So we’ve all been hearing about the upcoming Android powered laptops, but what if you could just turn your phone into a laptop, like the Asus Padfone allows you to turn it into a tablet? Not gonna happen? Well that’s where you’re wrong. Lividesign has released their concept which allows you to slot your phone into the dock and turn it into a laptop.

The Casetop connects via MHL, HDMI or microUSB, depending on what you have available. It’s large screen only has a 720p resolution so far, but they’re hoping to get that up to 1080p by launch. Still, we can get 1080p resolution on phones now, so don’t expect to be wowed by the display. With an estimated price point of $250, it’s pretty cheap, although still $50 more than a fully fledged Chromebook. And of course, that $250 doesn’t include the phone, which you also need to power this thing. Still, they claim it’s more convenient than a normal laptop, and is easier to share since anyone can just plug in their phones. And almost all smartphones will work with the Casetop as it claims compatibility with the iPhone, Blackberry 10 and of course Android. A full keyboard will be useful for tasks and they say the desktop versions of Chrome and Firefox are supported to take advantage of the bigger screen. You’ll be able to use your phone as a sort of mouse to control the device, since the display isn’t actually a touchscreen, although they will add that too if they get enough funding.

EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN

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If aliens ever land and say, “Take us to your single-GPU leader,” you’ll have to find a GTX Titan that’s available for a viewing. The Titan is without a doubt the fastest single-GPU card available today, but it’s not the fastest single video card, as that distinction still belongs to dual-GPU behemoths such as the Asus Ares II and the Nvidia GTX 690. A lot of people don’t enjoy messing with SLI and CrossFireX, though, and for them the Titan offers the highest level of performance possible at this time without any dual-card shenanigans. It also brings some new technology to the table, has a smaller form factor and lower TDP than the GTX 690, and includes heavily revamped tuning software designed for quiet operation, making it one of the most well-rounded and impressive GPU packages we’ve encountered in recent memory.

The Titan has existed for more than a year in the supercomputer world in the form of the Telsa K20X, which costs around $5,000. It’s Nvidia’s Big Kepler GPU, meaning it’s the most powerful implementation of the company’s current architecture, and for context it’s almost double everything compared to a GTX 680 GPU. It has twice the transistors, almost double the CUDA cores, triple the frame buffer, a wider memory bus, better double-precision performance for compute, and totally revamped tuning software. Given its massive parallelism and size the card runs at a much slower clock speed than a GTX 680, however, moving along at 836MHz compared to the 680’s 1,006MHz clock speed. It’s a half-inch longer than the GTX 680, but is a worthy successor to the flagship cards we tested last year, as it offers a sizable performance increase over all of them, dual-GPU cards excluded, of course.

In terms of new technology, its tuning software now lets you dictate a maximum temperature for the card, which helps keep it totally silent at all times. Out of the box it’s set to 80 C but you can nudge it up to 95 C if you’re feeling saucy; the card can handle it. You can also over-volt the Titan, which is a first for a “stock” card from Nvidia. The GeForce GTX logo is now controlled by software, too, so you can make it breathe and tweak its brightness level. It will supposedly also let you “overclock” your display’s refresh rate, allowing you to bypass VSync to achieve higher frame rates.

In testing, we saw the Titan reign supreme over its single-GPU competitors, but it could not topple the Ares II, Radeon 7990 Devil 13, or GTX 690 cards. It’s also not as fast as dual-card SLI and CrossFireX configurations, which isn’t surprising, but the Titan is close to them despite using only one GPU, which is quite impressive. It also requires exactly half the power requirements, needing just one 6-pin and one 8-pin PCIe connector. Overall it’s a good 10-15 percent faster than the GTX 680, which is great and all, but not for double the price.

In the end, the main goal of the Titan is twofold: to provide a kick-ass GPU to fit inside the increasingly popular SFF rigs, and to convincingly take the single-GPU crown back from AMD’s HD 7970 GHz edition. On both of these fronts it’s definitely Mission Accomplished, which can mean only one thing: It’s your move, AMD!