Hands-on with CalDigit’s 1- and 2-meter Thunderbolt 3 cables [Video]

Several of the Thunderbolt 3 accessories that I’ve been able to test since the release of the 2016 MacBook Pro have come with Thunderbolt 3 cables. However, most of the pack-in cables are of the shorter variety, usually around 0.5m long.

The reason for this is because cheaper passive cables support full Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth at lengths up to 0.5m long, while passive cables over 0.5m max out at 20 Gbps data transfer. In order to have a longer cable with full 40 Gbps data transfer, the cable must be of the more expensive active variety.

CalDigit sent over two long active Thunderbolt 3 cables — a 1-meter cable and a 2-meter cable — and each are capable of full data transfer and can deliver up to 100 watts of power to charge any 2016 MacBook Pro SKU at full speed. Have a look at our brief hands-on walkthrough as we showcase CalDigit’s cable on video. more…

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McDonald’s plans mobile ordering/payment and delivery for all US stores this year

While McDonald’s was an early Apple Pay partner and saw the payments service adopted quickly among its customers, the fast food chain has been late to the game as far as mobile ordering goes. That will soon change as the company today announced plans to not only introduce mobile ordering and payment options through its mobile app, but also plans to introduce delivery (via Fortune).

The new mobile ordering and payment features will be available for all US stores by the end of the year:

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AAPL continues hitting record highs as anticipation builds for spring iPad event & iPhone 8

Apple’s stock price continues hitting record highs as anticipation builds for the company’s upcoming spring iPad event and next-generation iPhones.

AAPL today closed at a high of 139.79 per share following several record breaking days over the last month. The stock price also hit a high for intraday trading today reaching 140.15 before closing. The record stock prices put Apple’s market cap at 733.74B, not far off from its highest ever $775 billion record achieved back in 2015.

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9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 128GB Flash Drive $25, Anker 2-Port USB Wall Charger $7, more

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Grab a SanDisk Ultra 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $25 Prime shipped (Reg. $35)

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Anker’s best-selling 2-port Wall Charger is the one Apple should’ve made, on sale for $7.50 Prime shipped

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Upgrade to Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar for $1,550 shipped (Reg. $1,799)

Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro w/o Touch Bar is on sale for $1,300 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

Save over $200 on Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air 128GB: $797 shipped (Reg. $999)

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Here’s your chance to score a rare discount on Powerbeats3 Wireless Headphones in all colors: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

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9to5Rewards: Grovemade’s handmade wooden iPhone 7 Plus cases [Giveaway]

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Deus Ex Go – the turn-based stealth puzzler – is now just $1 on the App Store (Reg. $2)

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Pre-order discounts & release dates for Nintendo Switch titles: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, Mario, Binding of Isaac + many more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Smartphone Accessories: Kmashi 15,000mAh Dual-USB Portable Power Bank $13 Prime shipped (Reg. $17), more

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SanDisk iXpand 32GB Lightning Flash Drive for iPhone or iPad: $35 Prime shipped (Reg. $45)

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AT&T’s latest promotion nets customers BOGO free smartphones, including iPhone 7

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B&H is throwing in a free Chromecast with purchase of Google Home: $130 shipped ($164 value)

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Twitter app adding new features to tackle trolls, including ability to mute keywords and ‘egg’ accounts

As part of an ongoing effort to tackle abuse and offensive users, Twitter is adding some new muting features to its apps.

Similar to what has been offered by third-party Twitter clients for sometime, users will be able to hide tweets from specific users or tweets that contain certain keywords from ever appearing in their timeline …

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Feature Request: Add a bar tab/restaurant bill feature to Apple Pay, like this Mastercard one [Poll]

Bar tabs are one of those conveniences that can sometimes feel like they’re more trouble than they’re worth. In theory, it’s super convenient to hand over your card at the beginning of the evening, allow anyone in a group to order by quoting a tab number or waving a bar card, then settle up at the end of the night.

In practice, though, there are drawbacks – not least, security. You are leaving your card unattended and out of sight for what may be hours. It would take just seconds for any of the bar staff to slip it out of its slot, photograph both sides and then have all your card details, including the three-digit security number.

There’s also the hassle factor of paying at the end of the evening – usually at the same time everyone else is trying to do the same thing. Mastercard has come up with an interesting solution to both problems through an app, and it’s an approach I’d love to see offered in Apple Pay

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New Settings UI for Ethernet connectivity available in iOS 10.2 and above [Video]

iOS has long been able to accommodate Ethernet connectivity, but up until recently, the OS has lacked any real UI related to such connections. In iOS 10.2, Apple has added configurable Ethernet-specific UI to the Settings app. When connecting a compatible Ethernet adapter via something like Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera adapter, an Ethernet preference panel will automatically appear below the Wi-Fi section in the Settings app.

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