Sonnet Technologies has announced the release of the Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB adapter for Mac computers. This is a compact bus-powered Gigabit Ethernet adapter with AVB (Audio Video Bridging) network support designed for Apple Mac computers with Thunderbolt ports. The adapter is designed for use with the Avid Pro Tools | Carbon used in the process of creating music. It allows MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers that do not have built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect directly to an Avid interface using a Cat 6 cable.
Behind the AVB name is a set of standards that provide improved synchronization, low latency, and reliable connectivity in switched Ethernet networks. It is designed to overcome the problems associated with trying to connect different analog and digital audio and video equipment together, and to standardize a common connection (Gigabit Ethernet) that allows devices to communicate and operate in perfect synchronization with each other.
The Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB 40Gb/s Thunderbolt Adapter supports the proprietary AVB version used by Avid Pro Tools | Carbon for audio streaming with 32-bit floating point representation. When used outside of Pro Tools, the Sonnet adapter also supports the fully synchronized, low-latency audio and video streaming over Ethernet required for standard AVB workflows.
The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers are extremely popular for use in professional audio production, but lack the wired Gigabit Ethernet port required for use in many AVB applications. The Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB adapter eliminates this shortcoming. iMac and Mac mini users can use the Sonnet adapter in combination with the built-in Ethernet port, dedicating one port for AVB use and another port for connecting to a standard network or shared storage.
The Sonnet Thunderbolt AVB adapter costs $150.
Apple Music Classical app is now available for Android, but not yet available for iPad and Mac
The Apple Music Classical app for listening to classical music is finally available for Android.
Recall that the Apple Music Classical app debuted in March. It’s a standalone app that doesn’t depend on regular Apple Music, and it didn’t exist on Android until today. You need an Apple Music subscription to use the service.
Interestingly, Apple Music Classical is still not available on Mac, and there is no optimized version for iPad. In addition, the service cannot be used through CarPlay.
Recall that Apple Music Classical provides access to more than five million songs and hundreds of playlists. At the same time, unlike the usual Apple Music application, it is possible to search by composer, work, conductor, catalog number, and so on.
AI will lead to job creation, and commercial applications of quantum computers will begin soon, according to the head of IBM
Artificial intelligence will create new business opportunities and lead to economic growth that will create new jobs, according to IBM chief executive Arvind Krishna.
Krishna said he believes the net effect of AI on employment will be “job creation” rather than job destruction, although it will replace humans in certain jobs.
On Sunday, IBM announced plans to invest $100 million in a joint research project with the University of Tokyo and the University of Chicago in an attempt to build a 100,000-qubit quantum supercomputer in 10 years.
“Japan has accumulated a lot of experience in the field of quantum computing, accumulated over decades,” said Krishna. — Physicists, engineers and materials scientists are working on different aspects. Many people may not realize how deep Japan is in these areas.”
He predicted that quantum computing technology would advance step by step as part of a collaborative project in the next decade, with commercial applications starting in three to five years: “This is the time when people will be solving some problems that are probably too expensive or impossible for conventional computers. To do this, we need between 4,000 and 10,000 qubits.”
In quantum computing, a qubit, or quantum bit, is the basic unit of information, just like a binary bit is in conventional computers.
Apple Starts Selling Discounted 2023 Mac Minis
Apple has started selling refurbished Mac Minis with the Apple M2 platform that debuted in early 2023. Apple is the first to offer these latest mini PCs at a discounted price.
Refurbished Mac minis start at $509 for the 8-core CPU, 10-core graphics, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD version. This is $90 cheaper compared to the same new version. There are other versions of the refurbished 2023 Mac Mini. However, they are all based on the Apple M2, but the restored versions on the Apple M2 Pro are not yet offered.
Refurbished Apple devices are almost identical to new ones, the refurbishment process includes full functional testing, a case without defects, and so on. They come with a one-year limited warranty and AppleCare+ Advanced Service.
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