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The app also provides access to movies, photos, music, or documents stored on the card, supporting the most common image, music, video, and document types. Files that can’t be opened directly can be sent to other compatible third-party apps like VLC instead.

Last but not least, the U800 features built-in 802.11b/g/n and 100 Mbit/s ethernet, allowing up to eight devices to connect over an existing wireless or wired network. I had trouble reliably streaming video from even one device–unlike Emtec’s more spacious Wi-Fi-equipped portable hard drive (which I reviewed), playback was frequently choppy, regardless of where media was stored.

I tried matching my existing AirPort Extreme settings (configured for faster 802.11n with WPA2 security) and increased the cache used by the app, but neither offered relief on my iPhone 6s Plus or iPad Pro. The issue persisted even when connected to a wired network, suggesting an app or firmware update may be the only remedy.

Bottom line
The Emtec Power Connect U800 is a cost-effective, versatile external battery pack with a few neat tricks up its sleeve, but streaming video was an exercise in frustration with this otherwise slick product.

Where there’s smoke it is said there’s fire, and the rumours that Apple AAPL +0.93% will ditch the headphone jack (starting with the iPhone 7) refuse to go away. In fact having first started 18 months ago, this week the rumours have intensified as new leaks build a compelling case for a headphone jack-less Apple world…

Both The Verge and AppleInsider note multiple sources at Japan’s Portable Audio Festival are reporting Apple is in discussions to add high resolution streaming audio to Apple Music in 2016. The reports claim Apple wants to implement 96kHz / 24-bit music streaming and is in deep discussions with headphone makers – and here’s the interesting part: the high res audio is specifically designed for use with headphones featuring Lightning connectors.

And now you’re ahead of me: Apple would be in its familiar position of being able to take something away (the jack) by giving something more (high res audio). Apple loves this tactic. A focus on FireWire allowed it to dump the floppy disk and this year a focus on USB Type-C gave it (perhaps dubious) grounds to remove every other port type on the 12-inch MacBook.

But why would Apple want to abandon the headphone jack? After all, as a variation of the original phono connector which has been around since 1878, it is the oldest common technology standard still in use today. The answer is simple: practicality and profit.

On the practical side, Apple would be able to do away with the largest and deepest connector it uses. This would free up space for it to fit either in a larger battery or (given past attempts to cut the width of the receptor) allow it to make even thinner products. Furthermore it would open the doors to making a device like the iPhone 7 waterproof.

Needless to say, this also comes at a time when Apple has stepped up its marketing of Lightning headphones. JBL, Philips and yes, Beats are all now selling Lightning headphones which are being heavily promoted in Apple stores. A great deal of marketing was also thrown behind the debut of Audeze’s $ 799.95 EL-8 Titanium Lightning headphones earlier this month. Clearly Lightning is being positioned as the high quality option. Accu ASUS M70VC Accu ASUS M70VM Accu ASUS M70VN Accu ASUS M70VR Accu ASUS M70V Accu ASUS N70SV Accu ASUS N90Sv Accu ASUS X71 Accu ASUS X71 Accu ASUS X71Q Accu ASUS X71SL