Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Thursday, December 5, 2013

Worst Gadget Name of 2013 - Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Next Generation USB Type-C Connection Definition Underway
Yoink 2.5 Continues To Improve Drag And Drop On The Mac
Gyration Air Mouse Elite First Choice of Dental Professionals for Treatment Room Applications


Worst Gadget Name of 2013 - Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Laptop mag's Avram Piltch observes that Apple had a good thing going with its Mac operating systems saming them after big cat species. "Who wouldnt want to upgrade from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion?" he maintains. But unfortunately, the company decided to call OS X version 10.9 Mavericks, after a surfing location in Northern California. Pilch says that when most people hear Mavericks, they think of the McCain/Palin 2008 ticket, and if Apple is going to stick with the theme of failed presidential bids, its next version could be OS X 10.10 Dukakis.

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Next Generation USB Type-C Connection Definition Underway

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group have announced that the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun. The new USB Type-C connector, built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB. This supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is anticipated to be completed by the middle of next year.

This allows USB to increase performance and continue to deliver ease of use to several evolving product categories for years to come.

Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector and cable solution include:

• An entirely new design tailored to work well with emerging product designs
• New smaller size similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B
• Usability enhancements users will no longer need to be concerned with plug orientation/cable direction, making it easier to plug in
• The Type-C connector and cable will support scalable power charging
• Scalability the connector design will scale for future USB bus performance
• As the new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.), the Type-C specification will define passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow users to use their existing products.

"While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability," says Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. "The new Type-C connector will fit well with the markets direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB."

"Intel is excited to see the development of the new thin Type-C connector as it will enable an entirely new super thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops and a multitude of other more specific usage devices," says Alex Peleg, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group. "This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices."

"The new Type-C connector furthers USB's lead in addressing customer desire for more flexibility and higher performance," says Roland Sperlich, TI Consumer and Computing Interface Product Line Manager. "This allows USB to increase performance and continue to deliver ease of use to several evolving product categories for years to come."

The USB Type-C specification is targeted for industry review during the first quarter of 2014 and a final specification is expected to be published by the middle of 2014. Further information regarding the specification and plans for pre-release industry reviews will be provided via the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website at:

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Yoink 2.5 Continues To Improve Drag And Drop On The Mac

Matthias Gansrigler has announced the immediate availability of the latest update to his drag and drop "helper" app for Mac, Yoink.


Yoink simplifies drag and drop between windows, spaces and (fullscreen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed. This way, the mouse is free to quickly and more easily navigate to the desired destination of the drag where the drag can quickly be resumed from Yoink's "shelf".

It not only accepts files from Finder, but also all kinds of content from almost all applications, like text snippets or images from websites, for example.

Multiple files in a drag are condensed into a file "stack" in Yoink so that they can be dragged out together at once. These stacks can be split up so single files can be dragged out.

To make identification of the needed files painless, files can be QuickLooked by the press of a button.

The app's behavior is very customizable to better integrate with the user's workflow.

New in version 2.5:
(*) Files can now individually be pinned in Yoink so they don't disappear when dragged out
(*) The list of "ignored apps" can now be inverted to a list of "allowed apps"
(*) Better handling and recognition of drags
(*) A contextual menu for opening files with compatible applications and revealing them in Finder
(*) No more linen!
(*) Many small improvements and bug fixes

Yoink is available exclusively on the Mac App Store for $3.99 USD/Euro3.59. It requires OS X Lion or newer. A free 15-day trial is available on the website.

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Gyration Air Mouse Elite First Choice of Dental Professionals for Treatment Room Applications

SMK-Link Electronics Corporation has announced recent enhancements in the wireless performance of its Gyration Air Mouse Elite. With its professional-grade design, laser desktop performance and precise in air cursor navigation, they claim that the Air Mouse Elite is a first choice for dental professionals integrating in-chair patient consultation into their treatment facilities.


"With the advent of digital x-rays and electronic patient records, computers have become commonplace in todays dental treatment rooms," says John Blair, General Manager of Branded Products for SMK-Link and Gyration. "But operatory computers can provide more than mere record keeping. With the addition of a Gyration Air Mouse, capable of precise gesture-based cursor control, dental room computers can now be utilized to provide in-chair patient education, treatment planning and progress reviewsan interactive process that results in increased patient satisfaction, loyalty and new patient referrals."

The Gyration Air Mouse Elite's combination of desktop and gesture-based mouse control, its professional-grade design and proven durability, together with its integrated rechargeable battery and optional Low Profile Keyboard, make it a high performance, low maintenance medical computer control solution.

The Gyration Air Mouse Elite features:
• Professional-grade design
• Laser desktop and gesture-controlled handheld mouse
• User-assignable buttons
• Includes MotionTools software
• Integrated rechargeable battery
• Robust 100 (30 meter) wireless range
• Windows and OS X compatible
• Available with Gyration Low Profile Wireless Keyboard

MSRP: $79.99
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