Spotify has been quite a busy outfit in 2014, first with their unlimited ad-supported streaming for iOS and Android tablets, followed by discounted student subscriptions in the United States last week; but it seems they were saving the best for last with today's cross platform UI overhaul. Let us begin with the Mac app, which barring a handful of minor UI iterations over the years has largely remained unchanged in terms of its look and functionality, and was beginning to feel seriously dated. That finally changes today with a brand new interface sporting a darker coat of paint that has apparently tested well with users during extensive beta testing. That being said, the app's basic functionality and placement of core UI elements hasn't changed, so...

OCZ's Portable Thunderbolt SSD: Lightfoot

I mentioned earlier that we'll be seeing more Thunderbolt devices at CES this year, but what I wasn't expecting was for one of those devices to be made by...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Air

OWC released a SandForce SF-2281 based 2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrade earlier this year in 120GB and 240GB capacities (the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G). Using Hynix 2x-nm NAND...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

LaCie at CES: 2big & eSATA Thunderbolt Hubs

We're expecting to see a lot of Thunderbolt devices at CES this year and we've already seen our first two new products, both from LaCie. The first is the...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2012

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2011) Review

The early 2011 MacBook Pro is honestly Apple's best effort to date. Only using quad-core CPUs on the 15 and 17-inch models, and offering an optional Thunderbolt Display that...

106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2011

iTunes Match Goes Live

Apple has finally released iTunes Match to the public. The release comes a couple of weeks later than its originally schedule October. For those of you unfamiliar with the service...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 11/14/2011

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review: A Fast MacBook Air SSD Upgrade

I've written previously about the SSD lottery you play when you buy a new MacBook Air. As with many commodity components, Apple sources its SSDs from two sources. For...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (240GB SSD) Review

A week ago we published our review of the first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt drive enclosure: LaCie's Little Big Disk. Armed with a pair of 2.5" hard drives, the Little Big...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/8/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage

Thunderbolt is the absolute fastest consumer interface available for users who want high-speed external storage. We proved this in our Pegasus R6 review where we sustained transfer rates of...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2011

The Apple Thunderbolt Display Review

Ever since I moved to a notebook as my main work computer I've become increasingly annoyed with the process of actually moving my notebook-as-a-desktop around. At my desk I've...

288 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/23/2011

LaCie Brings (more) Affordable Thunderbolt Storage to Macs with Little Big Disk, Available in Retail

At IDF I met with LaCie and got a quick demo of its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. The heavy metal chassis is home to two 2.5" drive...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2011

OWC Releases 6Gb/s SSD Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Air

OWC has released SSD upgrades suitable for Apple's MacBook Air (our 2011 review). The SSDs are branded as Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G and come in capacities of 120GB...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2011

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB Review

While we await more Thunderbolt storage devices, Western Digital grabbed headlines not too long ago for the announcement of its 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Mac-ready external drive...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

The Thunderbolt Devices Trickle In: Magma's ExpressBox 3T

Intel's Thunderbolt interface is frustratingly fast. The frustration comes from the fact that there just aren't many Thunderbolt devices out on the market today, not to mention that the...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

HighPoint Brings 4-port USB 3.0 to Mac Pro

Earlier this week HighPoint introduced its first 4-port USB 3.0 HBA for Apple's Mac Pro. The RocketU Quad USB 3.0 features four independent USB 3.0 controllers, allowing each port...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/25/2011

Airport Extreme (5th Gen) and Time Capsule (4th Gen) Review - Faster WiFi

Apple has been playing it cool on the WiFi side of things lately. It started with the previous Airport Extreme (Gen 4) which quietly introduced three spatial stream support...

103 by Brian Klug on 8/5/2011

In-Depth with Mac OS X Lion Server

Mac OS X Server costs 5% of what it cost just three years ago. Whatever your needs and whatever the software’s shortcomings, this is hard to ignore. Leopard Server...

87 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/2/2011

Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air (Core i7 1.8GHz) Review Update

Last week we published our review of the new 2011 MacBook Air. Both the 11 and 13-inch models ship with ultra low-voltage (ULV) dual-core Sandy Bridge CPUs, a first...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2011

Eagle Ridge: The Cheaper, (optionally) Smaller Thunderbolt Controller

If you've seen any of the new Thunderbolt Macs torn apart you will recognize the piece of silicon above. That flip-chip package is Intel's first Thunderbolt controller, codename: Light...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/28/2011

The 2011 MacBook Air (11 & 13-inch): Thoroughly Reviewed

I've always liked ultraportables. Back when I was in college I kept buying increasingly more portable notebooks until I eventually ended up with something horribly unusable for actual work...

115 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/28/2011

2011 MacBook Air SSD Features the Same Controller as Samsung 470

Like we suspected in April, the Samsung SSD found in some 2010 and 2011 MacBook Airs is indeed using the same controller as Samsung 470 series. The controller carries...

2 by Kristian Vättö on 7/27/2011

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