Today in Apple history: FireWire wins Apple its first Emmy

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FireWire won Apple its first Emmy.
Photo: Emmy/Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Aug 22August 22, 2001: Apple takes home a technical Emmy award for developing FireWire, the high-speed serial port which allows users to transfer data quickly between their Macintosh and another device, such as a digital camera.

“Apple enabled the desktop video revolution with its invention of FireWire,” says Jon Rubinstein, Apple’s then-senior vice president of Hardware Engineering. At the time, FireWire plays a key role in Steve Jobs’s “digital hub” strategy at Apple. However, its origins go back much further than that.

Landing Zone Dock Turns A MacBook Air Into A Mini Mac Pro [Review]

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Category: MacBook Docks
Works With:MacBook Air 13-inch
Price: $200

My 13-inch MacBook Air is a fantastic portable computer – fast, light, crazy battery life and with a “bigger” screen than my old 13-inch aluminum MacBook[1]. But as a desktop computer it sucks: only two USB ports, no Ethernet, and a tiny amount of storage.

Which is exactly why the Landing Zone exists. It’s a dock that stays on your desk, hooked up to all your peripherals, and which grabs onto your MacBook like a facehugger grabs onto, uh, a face.

I’ve been using one for a while now, and it’s almost entirely excellent.

WD My Passport Edge, A USB 3.0 Pocket Drive Fit For Your Mac

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The Edge is the hard drive Bono would use.

External hard drives: super handy, but oh-so-slow, especially since Apple put a bullet in the back of FireWire’s head. Thankfully, Western Digital has once again come to the rescue with a neat new addition to its My Passport line of portable drives: The Edge.

These new versions not only look way more high-tech than the previous curvy plastic models, they also support MacBook-friendly USB 3.0.

Thunderbolt + Lightning = Fast And Easy Mountain Lion Installs For Business, Education [Video]

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FileWave's new free app makes deploying Lion/Mountain Lion incredibly easy.
FileWave's new free app makes deploying Lion/Mountain Lion incredibly easy.

FileWave launched a new free app called Lightning this week. The new app makes quick and easy work of deploying Mountain Lion (and Lion) to multiple Macs, particularly recent Macs with Thunderbolt. It can be used to roll out existing master images that a business or school has already created as well as a base OS X install that can be customized with a range of files and applications.