developer event, which was completely virtual this year, I had a chance to speak with MuleSoft CTO Uri Sarid for out Dynamic Developer
podcast. Sarid discussed a variety of topics, including the company’s continued efforts to help companies build API-based infrastructures and capabilities, how these API-based systems are helping both customers and Salesforce adapt to the new normal of the COVID-19, and what’s on the horizon for MuleSoft, such as a new feature they’ll be releasing later this year called API Federation. The following is a transcript of our interview, edited for readability.
Bill Detwiler: So, when you and I spoke last at Dreamforce last year, we had a great conversation about how MuleSoft, and how you, really see the future for APIs as being plug and play. As trying to make them easy to create so that it can enable organizations, companies, to really kind of bring products and services to their customers much more rapidly than they had in the past. And so I wanted to talk to you now about what work kind of MuleSoft is doing around that, and the tools that you’re developing to help people, to help companies, as they respond to the new normal that we find ourselves in with the COVID-19 pandemic, and people trying to figure out how to return to work and do it safely.
Uri Sarid: Yeah, absolutely. It’s interesting, when we talked last at Dreamforce, I think we set a pretty wide and ambitious agenda for the world of technology and information and so on. Based on APIs, it’s basically a starting point to show that once you expose your capabilities as productized interfaces, lots of people can go in and compose those together and benefit from those capabilities, and that allows, as you said, everyone to go faster.
Uri Sarid: Usually when we talk about these capabilities we come up with use cases. If you wanted to do better e-commerce, you could plug and play these APIs in the following way and so on. If I were at that point back at Dreamforce to tell you, “Imagine a use case where a global pandemic keeps everyone at home and makes everything remote, and now you have to respond to it in a matter of sometimes days or weeks,” you would’ve said, “Yeah, but let’s talk about real use cases. Come on. Enough talking about some future.” Right?
Uri Sarid: Yet here we are living in the mother of all use cases, and so I think that topic has become very, very relevant. What’s perhaps not surprising is that we as MuleSoft are not explicitly saying, “Well, you know what? Now we’re going to pivot 45 degrees in one direction.” One, because like most companies, pivoting radically and kind of throwing out everything you did before is simply not feasible. In our case, it wasn’t necessary. And to a large extent it’s because the customers who have built these kind of API best agile infrastructures are looking to do more of that, the customers who haven’t are scrambling to get there, and the ones who have built these kinds of API based infrastructures or capabilities have been able to actually pivot themselves very, very rapidly and adjust to the new reality.
Uri Sarid: So what we’re doing now is actually basically just doubling down on that. How can we make it happen even faster, and in many cases, how do we consume those capabilities ourselves? I’d love to talk to you more about that, and be of service to our stakeholders. Actually, not just our customers, but our communities. Right? Literally, basically, how do we attach to changing the outcome of the pandemic and the economic outcome of that as rapidly as possible?
Bringing data and resources together quickly in response to COVID-19
Bill Detwiler: Yeah, let’s talk about that a lot. Because I know it’s one of the things that we’ve talked about before, that MuleSoft does is you use the tools internally that you develop for customers. I know that one of the things you’ve been working on is how to integrate the APIs to help with what Salesforce has been doing on the Work.com platform and on the Crisis Response Developer Portal to bring the data together, to bring all the platforms together in a way that they can be used by a lot of people really kind of quickly. Talk about how that came about. Talk about MuleSoft and the APIs role in allowing that to happen.
Uri Sarid: Yeah, I’ll be very realistic and practical. We got an inkling that this was going to go in a very intense direction pretty early on. I think we were one of the earliest companies here to switch to a working from home mode, and working with leadership it became very clear that the world was going to change very, very rapidly.
What we saw in literally the first few weeks of the pandemic hitting us is that our stakeholders, meaning the public, the communities that we live in, and of course our own employees and our customers, were going to have to make a lot of very rapid decisions, and they were doing it based on data that was a very fragmented. Even the newspapers started to track the infection of the pandemic, and where actual cases were happening and so on and publishing that in whatever format made sense to them, and we saw that the consumers of that, whether it’s mobile application builders or website builders or decision makers, were all going to have to reinvent the ability to digest that data and put it together in a meaningful way.
So we said this is something that we can actually do. We’re not doing it for business purposes, we’re doing it in order to be part of the community that’s going to change the outcome of the pandemic. We ended up deciding to build a COVID-19 data platform, whose purpose would be to take all of these myriad data sources, put them in front of some experts so we could quickly curate that data, take that data and normalize it. Put it in standard formats, persist it and offer it back out to anybody who wanted it for free. Whether it’s through an API that a mobile developer can go and consume that data, or whether it’s through a Tableau visualization where decision makers can slice and dice and say, “Hey, this is the right thing for me to do in a particular location based upon real data, like where is the virus and how prepared am I and how much critical resources do I actually have?”
We used our own technology, we used MuleSoft technology, Tableau technology. We had great partners that we ended up working with, and that orientation towards making data based decisions we thought was our contribution to that. We also, as you mentioned, took the opportunity to take all of those APIs and all of the patterns that we learned and publish it into a developer resource portal that is particularly oriented towards this crisis. In fact, that’s not just for the pandemic data. We also have healthcare integrations, and we’ve created a healthcare accelerator to allow hospitals to basically respond to the triage and triage their patients. God forbid if we have a lot more spikes of this pandemic, as may well happen, hospitals will be better prepared to be able to serve their needs. And again, those all went into that same developer portal.
What we also saw, and again this is something that you mentioned, that the next phase would be that businesses would have to open up or else the economic outcome of this thing is going to be incredibly disastrous as well. And so, how can they open up responsibly? In the past, we used to talk about how do you innovate rapidly and have security? Well now we’re talking about how do you open up rapidly and actually do it in a responsible way? That’s where the Work.com initiative comes in. It’s a wrapper to take a bunch of capabilities that Salesforce has, including the data platform, and put it together in a way that allows our customers to reliably open up some locations, close other locations, and make those decisions based on real data.
Bill Detwiler: Do think it’s possible to bring all those disparate data sources together into a usable portal like that, into a usable platform, without something like MuleSoft’s integration layer? Without the API technology that we have it doesn’t seem that it’s actually possible, or especially not to do as quickly, to bring these different sources of information together, to allow decision makers to take action based on good information.
Uri Sarid: Yeah. It’s always possible to do anything with software, but the key, as you said, is can you do it rapidly, can you do it efficiently? And MuleSoft was a big part of that. Frankly, we were not the only part of that. Right? So we’re really good at attaching to existing sources, transforming them in a very robust way, putting them somewhere. We ended up creating a data link. Actually to be specific, a data store in a data warehouse, where the information is already normalized and structured. It’s not unstructured data. And then serving it back out as APIs, or transporting it to the Tableau data hub and making sure that it’s available for visualization.
But we’re not the only technology provider at Salesforce, and the rest of Salesforce was also very important. So as we talked about last year, we have a lot of expertise around tooling and modeling, and Salesforce has a lot of expertise around modeling across lots of areas. CIM, the Cloud Information Model, is part of that. There are FHIR and other healthcare APIs that have normalized the models, and so we’re leveraging the Salesforce expertise around modeling some industry standard models, we’re leveraging Tableau technology to prep some of that data, and so we really came together in all of this and were able to pull off the data platform in a very, very short amount of time.
Bill Detwiler: Talk a little bit about that coming together. It’s hard enough to bring different companies together, different agencies together, public/private partnerships together, but it can be difficult even within a company to bring different BU’s together, especially if like Salesforce, a lot of those components are acquisitions. Talk a little bit about just sort of how the mechanics of those conversations of the projects, of the people from the different BU’s get together. Was there already a really good solid foundation that then they could build on, or how did that work?
Uri Sarid: So, it’s interesting. The most important element of that foundation is a shared set of values. It’s actually not technology at all, it’s not interfaces, it’s are we actually trying to do the same thing, and do we believe that they’re important? When we looked at our values, it was values towards our stakeholders. That actually makes all the conversations a lot easier.
That’s actually not just a Salesforce thing. When we look at our customers, the ones that have been able to do things that normally would have taken them a year or two are now doing it in a matter of days. What actually allowed them to do that rapidly, it’s the fact that they had a common purpose. That common purpose may well have been, I’ve got thousands of employees I need to protect, or my business is going to go under if I don’t rearrange this, or I need to enable a certain something.
The degree to which I think as a society we’ve had a common purpose has allowed people to pull off things that were, in the past, almost psychologically blocked. Now it’s nice that you have a common purpose. Now do you have actually a way to actually turn that purpose into something real? And that’s where effectively, knowing what we’re good at and having places where we can attach to where other people are good at was really, really important. Right?
So as we just mentioned for the data platform, MuleSoft is good at particular things and we’re API interface and contract based, and we work really well with data models. So Salesforce has a data modeling team. They’re really good at working with those data models. It allowed us to actually each get good at what we’re doing at and align behind that common purpose.
There’s example after example of that. If you look at Work.com, a lot of pieces of Salesforce are actually relatively modular and extensible. And to that extent, taking the existing Salesforce platform and orienting it towards opening up was actually not a herculean task where everybody has to build a ton of software, but actually take your current capabilities around the ability to change schedules, for example, and schedule management. Or the ability to surface external data as we’re doing with a data platform. The ability to actually create portals. All of those capabilities were leveraged in very short order, literally in a matter of weeks, to bring in that new package to market.
Application networks are key to quickly adapting
Bill Detwiler: Yeah. I’d love to hear your thoughts in general on kind of that modularity and that extensibility question. Because I think when it comes to system design, platform software design, SOA has been around for a really long time. We talk about kind of modularity. You can get really super kind of granular when it comes to microservices and things like that. It seems like that that type of architecture, you almost need that type of modularity to provide that flexibility and the adaptability to handle events like the coronavirus. It’s the old monolithic design process just doesn’t seem as capable to handle that as the new models.
Uri Sarid: Yeah, I will be more emphatic than you. It is impossible to do it with a really large monolith. Right? The whole definition of a monolith is that all the dependencies are baked in. So if you have, say, a particular capability around, let’s say, new sales. If you need to repurpose that for something else, you just can’t. It’s built for one purpose, and all of the pieces that are stacked up behind it, how do I create a new organization, how do I surface the data and so on, are all pre-baked. There is no way to carve out a piece of it and say, “From this piece based just on its interface, I’m going to use it for something else.”
So, that modularity is absolutely key. But note, it is not the modularity of just sort of an IT concern. It’s not a computer network modularity. It’s actually an application network modularity. This is why we call it application networks. The application level, the capability and business level needs to be modular so you can plug and play those pieces. That’s where I think we’re starting to see application networks really play out. When people talk about agility, they always talk about, “Well, the new need of the consumer will be this and that. I’m going to position myself.”
No, the new need for the consumer yesterday was to be able to buy from you without entering the store. So how are you going to be agile instantly? How are you going to take your child protection workers and be able to deploy them into homes that may or may not have COVID-19? Those are real immediate needs for change, and only by having a modular application network can you actually do those. And we saw example after example of that.
Bill Detwiler: It seems like, at least to me, that those were changes that were happening before the current COVID-19 outbreak, but they were happening at a much slower pace and companies weren’t necessarily jumping to get them done rapidly. Some were. We’ve been talking about digital transformation for a really long time, but it seems like with the current pandemic, people finally realize, “Oh, now I have to do this.” It’s a matter either of, as you talked about, survival of my business or survival of my customers or survival of my employees. Now it’s an imperative that we do this, not an optional.
Uri Sarid: I think that’s absolutely right. We were already quite happy with the pace of innovation before this. We’ve talked about the new industrial transformation, the new industrial revolution. We had seen over and over again that the companies that take innovation and agility seriously are the ones that survive. We were talking about every two or three years you start to see really new innovations and survival of the fittest. We were pretty happy with the pace of innovation before this.
Relative to today, that still looks a little bit like the old boiling the frog, right? The temperature was getting hot, but some of the legacy companies were still like, “I think I can still pull this off for a few more years.” And then you say, “Well, how about a few more days?” The differentiation between those that can and those that cannot, well, the ones that didn’t have VPN and work from home literally could not operate. They had to stop all of their sources of revenue because they had to go and retool. The ones that had APIs and external connectivity and had the building blocks pivoted very quickly.
In fact, I think there’s something interesting that comes of this. At some point the pandemic will be behind us. At some point, hopefully sooner, but it might take another year to truly put this one behind us, the thing that will stay with us is people don’t easily forget this kind of speed. They will turn around to leaders and say, “Well, last year you managed to make that happen in three weeks. Why do you think that it’s going to take six months right now?” And that speed, I think to some extent will be with us for a long, long time.
Arguably, that’s also what’s going to help a lot in coming out of the economic downturn, which I think will likely outlast the pandemic by quite a while.
MuleSoft 2020 roadmap and beyond
Bill Detwiler: Speaking about the future, what’s up next for MuleSoft? What’s on the horizon for the work that you’re doing within Salesforce?
Uri Sarid: I think what you’ll see is … And again, fortunately we were already on that trajectory, but you’ll see us continue to double down on that, is the ability to enable everyone in a company and enable more and more companies to participate in building out application networks declaratively. So you will see us come up with an offering that actually embeds inside of Salesforce itself as a primary example of a SAS provider that allows the Salesforce users to directly create automations and integrations.
That same product, of course, will be offered to the general market the following year to integrate anything with anything, and that will show the world how you can get the same kind of acceleration that you saw for IT for anyone, and really the democratization.
The other aspect is really to continue to invest in the metadata driven or the declarative aspects of our platform. We’re already very declarative. What it means literally is that all you have to do is you have to capture the intent, I would like to expose the following capabilities, or I would like to connect the following sources of data, or I would like to impose the following security restrictions, and then you let the computing infrastructure take care of it. You let the platform of the application network actually take care of it. We will do more and more of that.
One of the cool features that you will see coming up later this year is something that’s called API Federation. What it means is that if you’ve already exposed the set of APIs and you’d like to consume data that’s exposed across multiple of them but you’d only like subsets, effectively like a slice and dice of the data or looking at your API as kind of a distributed database, can I just launch a query and just get the data out that I want to without having to create a new node in the application network? That capability will be coming out later this year and will I think materially improved developer productivity. So you’ll see us start to really leverage that investment in application networks to make developers go faster and to make non-developers empowered, as well.
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Elastica: A Compliant Mechanics Environment for Soft Robotic Control
Soft robots can be used in various spheres, such as agriculture, medicine, and defense. However, their complex physics means that they are hard to control. Current simulation testbeds are insufficient for taking the full advantage of elasticity.
A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes Elastica, a simulation environment tailored to soft robot context. It tries to fill the gap between conventional rigid body solvers, which are incapable to model complex continuum mechanics, and high-fidelity finite elements methods, which are mathematically cumbersome. Elastica can be used to simulate assemblies of soft, slender, and compliant rods and interface with major reinforcement learning packages. It is shown how most reinforcement learning models can learn to control a soft arm and to complete successively challenging tasks, like 3D tracking of a target, or maneuvering between structured and unstructured obstacles.
Soft robots are notoriously hard to control. This is partly due to the scarcity of models able to capture their complex continuum mechanics, resulting in a lack of control methodologies that take full advantage of body compliance. Currently available simulation methods are either too computational demanding or overly simplistic in their physical assumptions, leading to a paucity of available simulation resources for developing such control schemes. To address this, we introduce Elastica, a free, open-source simulation environment for soft, slender rods that can bend, twist, shear and stretch. We demonstrate how Elastica can be coupled with five state-of-the-art reinforcement learning algorithms to successfully control a soft, compliant robotic arm and complete increasingly challenging tasks.
Samsung Brings Its Flagship Camera Innovation to Galaxy A Series – GalaxyA71 & A51, to Make Your Social Profile Awesome
Our social media profiles are reflection of our true personalities. Needless to say, we make that extra effort to make them look and feel special. What helps us in the process is a powerful smartphone that can not only capture stunning photos and videos, but also help us quickly process and share them across to our friends and family members.
Samsung’s phones are known for their excellent smartphone cameras. Over the years, the company has been shipping highly innovative and impressive cameras on its flagship smartphones. Samsung is now bringing its innovative flagship camera experiences to its Galaxy A series phones, the Samsung Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71. These new flagship-level camera features can help you spice up your social media profiles by capturing and sharing stunning photographs and videos.
Let’s take a look at some of the most impressive new camera features in Samsung’s Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 smartphones at can help you take your social media posts to the next level:
Single Take Makes Your Special Moments Extra Ordinary
Everything you do is worth sharing on your social media profiles and messaging platforms. Your social profiles help you stay connected to your loved ones by helping you share your most memorable moments. Single Take is a new feature on Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 smartphones, which was earlier available only on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S20 series.
Single Take lets you indulge in your special moments, while still capturing the best parts of it. Imagine being at a birthday celebration of a loved one, and wondering about which camera mode to select. Single Take can help you enjoy the moment while still being able to capture all the important details in a maximum of 7 photos & 3 videos based on the moment and lighting condition.
All you have to do is pick Single Take mode, and capture a moment for a few seconds. Your Galaxy A71 or Galaxy A51 phone will be able to deliver stunning photos and videos that ensure you don’t miss out on anything important, and still end up with a bunch of great photos and videos to share on your social media profile.
Night Hyper lapse to Impress Everyone on Your Feed
Out at a party? The new Night Hyperlapse mode can help you capture stunning night-time videos to impress your social media friends and family. The mode helps you capture long-exposure style videos and light trails that are nothing but pieces of pure bliss when you share them on your social media profiles. Your friends and family will nudge you, asking you how you captured these. Night Hyperlapse mode is now available on Samsung Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 phones.
Custom Filters to Add that Special Touch to Your Photos
While social media is fun, it’s also filled with a lot of noise. You’re not going to make it if you don’t look different and extra special. Well, Samsung has you covered here as well. The new Custom Filters feature in the Samsung Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 can help you create stunning and highly personalized photos using custom-set filters.
All you have to do is create a custom filter using any of your existing photos. Custom Filters uses on-device AI to capture the rich colours and vibes of your existing photos. You can then use these filters and apply them on new photos you capture on the Galaxy A71 or Galaxy A51 to create personalized photos. Once you share these on your social media profiles, they’ll look stunning and extraordinary, unlike anyone else’s photos.
Smart Selfie Angle to Make You and Your Friends Looks Great
Selfies are quite an essential part of social media. While everyone is shooting and sharing selfies, not all of them are going to look as good as yours, thanks to this highly innovative camera feature on the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51.
The new Smart Selfie Angle mode on the Samsung Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 help you capture great selfies with your friends. Every time you use the front camera to capture a selfie with your friends, the camera can automatically switch to a wide-angle mode. The mode is built to capture great details when more than one person is involved in a selfie. This means your selfies with your friends are going to look fabulous when you share them on your social media profiles.
Quick Video to capture videos easily when you are in the move
Never miss an important moment in your life by fiddling with smartphone camera modes. The new Quick Video mode in the Samsung Galaxy A51, Galaxy A71 lets you capture a video by long-pressing the camera button to kick off the recording. You won’t have to manually switch to the video recording mode in the camera while you shooting for your social media profiles.
It makes capturing videos for your social media post simpler and easier, especially while you’re on the move. Quick Video is essential to capture those precious few seconds of moments which you’ll cherish for a long time in the future.
Switch Camera While Recording that can help you save a lot of time
You can now seamlessly switch between front and rear cameras while recording a video on your Samsung Galaxy A51. The feature is great for social media influencers and other users who want to create pro-level videos using both front and rear camera. You don’t have to stop recording to switch cameras anymore, making it more convenient and efficient to capture great videos.
AI Gallery Zoom Adds That Magical Touch to Existing Photos
AI Gallery Zoom is a great feature that make the images look sharper & clearer. For example, if you get one of your photos from a friend, on a messaging platform, it could turn out to be slightly blurred due to compression systems.
This feature ensures those unclear photos look more clear in your Gallery. It can make images look sharper and visually appealing, so you can easily share them on your social media profiles. The feature uses an on-device AI-powered mechanism so your personal data doesn’t leave your phone ever. The feature is also useful if you’re migrating from an older, less powerful smartphone, and are importing photos from it.
Samsung Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 Are Perfect for Social Influencers
You can capture a wider world with the Ultra Wide Night Mode camera’s wider field of vision. The Quad Cam’s built-in 5MP Macro Cam shoots with clarity and quality helping you bring out the ultra-fine details of your close-up shots. The Slow- mo Selfie feature on the Galaxy A71 lets you capture all kinds of stunning slow motion selfies with its 32MP front camera. So, what’s stopping you from becoming the next big thing on social media? It could be your existing smartphone. Switch to the new and powerful Samsung Galaxy A71 or Galaxy A51 and feel the difference today. The smartphones now come with Samsung’s highly innovative and powerful flagship-grade camera features that can make your social media posts pop, turning you into a celebrity amongst your fans and followers.
Stone Pro dock v. StayGo Twelve South hub: Flexibility vs. portability for Mac users
Although Apple doesn’t build its own Mac docking stations or hubs, others fill the gaps. Here’s how to decide which of two popular options—a Henge Docks or Twelve South product—is best for you.
Whether you’re working remotely from a home office or at corporate headquarters, if you’re using a Mac, chances are you must connect additional peripherals. The need is particularly true if your Mac is one of the newer laptop models possessing only a pair of USB-C ports, one of which is typically dedicated to the power adapter. A docking station is necessary, but which dock is right for you? The answer, as is so often the case, depends on the accessories you plan to use and how you plan to use the dock.
The $239.99 Henge Docks Stone Pro (Figure A) is a true docking station. Now owned and distributed by Brydge, the dock includes its own 87-watt power supply, a fact and value that should not be underestimated. Apple’s own 61-watt and 96-watt power adapters cost $69 and $79 by themselves, and that doesn’t include the cost of a necessary $19 USB-C charge cable. Wherever you use the Stone Pro, you can leave its paired power adapter with the dock, thereby saving you the hassle of schlepping a power adapter with you on commutes and freeing your OEM Apple adapter for secondary use and your travels.
Even when purchased at its full, non-sale price of $329.99, the Stone Pro is worth its cost due to the dock’s ability to power two 4K monitors. Thanks to the dock’s myriad ports, Mac users will find the desktop accessory handy for connecting a number of other peripherals. All told, the Stone Pro offers almost a dozen ports:
Audio / microphone
3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps USB-C
Three 4.1 Gen 1 5Gbps USB-A
Two Thunderbolt 3
Up to 4K60Hz DisplayPort
SDXC UHS-II SD Card
Because the Stone Pro ships with its own Thunderbolt 3 cable for connecting the dock to a Mac, there’s nothing else needed except the other peripherals you typically use in your home or corporate office. Connecting or disconnecting this single Thunderbolt 3 cable permits you to take your Mac and come and go. Using the Stone Pro, there’s no need to connect and disconnect multiple monitors, a power cable, external hard drives, printers, a network connection, and other peripherals every time you enter or exit the office.
Add in the fact the Henge Docks work well—I’ve used one for hundreds of hours and never encountered any connectivity or compatibility issues. Plus, the Stone dock series’ metal finish matches other accessories and looks good, while also propping up the Mac making its integrated display easier to see and the Mac keyboard easier to use.
The Stone Pro is a little bigger, though, and requires its own power adapter. Those are both blessings and curses. If you frequently work from a single location, the Stone Pro is my definitive preference and recommendation. If, however, you are frequently on the move, give Twelve South’s StayGo USB-C Hub a look.
StayGo USB-C Hub
Sized roughly a little smaller than an iPhone 11, the $99 StayGo USB-C Hub (Figure B) can easily be packed in a laptop bag and taken wherever you go. The StayGo doesn’t include a separate power supply, meaning you’ll have to pack your Mac’s standard Apple OEM power adapter whenever you travel whether traveling to work, your home office, a business meeting or a coffee shop. Twelve South does include a small travel cable that fits neatly inside the well-designed hub itself. In case you use the hub long-term in a single location, Twelve South also includes a 1-meter desk cable that better assists desktop deployment.
In addition to its USB-C port with pass-through 85-watt USB-C power delivery charging dedicated to connecting to the Mac and its 100-watt max USB-C power input port, the StayGo also includes the following:
4K Full 1080p 30Hz HDMI
USB-A 3.0 / BC 1.2 charging port with 5Gbps BC 12.75-watt fast charge
Two USB-A 3.0 with up to 5Gbps with 900mA power
SD/Micro SD UHS-I Card
Micro SD UHS-I Card
The StayGo’s aluminum shell dissipates heat, and support for a Micro SD card provides expanded compatibility for such media. While I suspect future versions will replace some of the USB-A ports with USB-C alternatives, until then Mac users can always tap a $19 Apple USB-C to USB adapter to eliminate any compatibility issues working with newer USB-C components.
If you require multiple displays, need a second power source and frequently work from just one other location, the Stone Pro will serve Mac users’ needs best. If you only work with a single HDMI-connected display and travel frequently, however, the StayGo will meet your needs and save you some money.
Regardless which you choose, both devices are well designed, work reliably and provide a range of additional connectivity options. In an age when Apple’s designers are increasingly limiting the number of ports native to MacBook laptops of all varieties, docks and hubs will prove necessary, so such third-party solutions should enjoy healthy sales.
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