Best of 2016, Kaby Lake, AMD Vega, more USB-C monitors, USB-C docks, Folx discounted, LaCie goes USB-C


Apple’s Best of 2016 year in review video showcases top apps, movies, music and more — Serving as an accompaniment to its Best of 2016 charts, Apple has posted to YouTube a video chronicling last year’s most memorable movies, TV shows, apps, music, Beats 1 interviews and more.

Intel launches new Kaby Lake chips suited for Apple’s MacBook Pro, iMac — Intel has rounded off its Kaby Lake processor line with new quad- and dual-core high-performance chips for mobile and desktop, with some of the new offerings suitable for a future iMac and Mac Pro refresh, though it’s unlikely the just-refreshed MacBook Pro will see Kaby Lake in the short term. [Oh no! Don’t you hear me, Kaby Lake MacBook Pro? My money’s sitting in the bank waitin’ for you …]

AMD Vega GPUs and March iMacs — As noted by the Mobile & Apps website, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) dropped a teaser through its official Twitter account for Radeon that says, “New Year. New architecture,” referencing to its next-gen Vega GPU architecture. Dennis Sellers thinks these will be available in the March rev of the iMac and, perhaps, a new Mac Pro.

LG, Dell and Lenovo debut new USB-C monitors compatible with Apple’s latest MacBooks — A trio of monitor makers have announced new USB-C-based displays coming later this year, with LG, Dell, and Lenovo throwing their weight behind the new all-in-one connector found on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and new MacBook Pros.

New Docks and adapters — Elgato has revealed a Thunderbolt 3 dock with dual 4K monitor support, legacy connections, while the one from Kanex  has an eSATA adapter, and the OWC DEC is a flush-mount device that attaches to the bottom of the 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro and adds additional storage, an SD card slot, USB Type A ports, plus Gigabit Ethernet.

Folx on discount — Folx is a well-written search and download app for Mac that lets you find almost anything and download it. Yes, this means you can find content you shouldn’t, like movies, and it’s really easy to use. It’s currently NZ$1.49/US99¢.

LaCie revs its d2 and Rugged drives — LaCie has announced updates to its LaCie Rugged and d2 storage solutions at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C – available in capacities up to 5TB – combines iconic Rugged toughness with USB-C compatibility and fast Thunderbolt speeds.


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