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Leave it to the creative folks at Apple to take its sweet time fixing a problem it created, and then charging a premium for that fix. To be more specific, Apple is finally offering a USB-C to Lightning cable, which will set you back $25 for the version that's 1 meter (~3.3 feet) long, or $35 to double the length to 2 meters (~6.5 feet). So what's the big deal? Well, up until now you were pretty much out of luck if you owned a Retina MacBook and a mobile iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) and wanted to tether them, either for the purposes of transferring data or to charge your mobile gadget.... Read more...
If you purchased a USB Type-C cable from or adapter from OnePlus, bad news, it's not up to spec. The good news? An engineer at Google has been taking companies to task for selling non-compliant USB Type-C cables and adapters by leaving detailed negative reviews on Amazon. More recently, he called out OnePlus for being guilty of selling a non-compliant cable and adapter as well, and now the handset maker is offering a refund. The USB Type-C spec as laid out by the USB Implementers' Forum (USB-IF) is fairly new. That in itself isn't a problem, but the issue with many first generation cables and adapters... Read more...
You have to be careful when buying cables, especially ones based on the relatively new USB Type-C spec. That's true even if you limit your purchases to vendors like Amazon and, apparently, phone makers like OnePlus. When it comes to shaming companies for non-compliant Type-C cables, Google engineer Benson Leung is an equal opportunist, as OnePlus is finding out. In case you missed our previous coverage, Leung's been posting reviews of Type-C cables and accessories on Amazon. While some of them have been positive, there are several negative evaluations out there, mostly because cable makers are... Read more...
All this time, we thought it would be sharks with frickin' lasers that would cause mankind the most trouble. Nope. Instead of lasers, it's the same threat -- their teeth and appetite. Luckily, the situation isn't as dire as in Sharknado, but sharks are (or were, as the case may be) causing trouble in the ocean chewing through Google's fiber-optic cables that run underwater in the ocean. To combat the issue, Google has begun wrapping its underwater cables in Kevlar, the company said in a statement. And speaking of lasers, Google's fiber cables use lasers to send data through glass at high speeds... Read more...
It certainly can be a pain to get all the right cables lined up when building a new system, including getting the right cable extensions if you’re working with a larger motherboard and case. NZXT announced a cable starter kit designed to give you all the basics in one package of premium-quality PSU cables. The kit includes: • CB 6V – 6Pin VGA Extension • CB 24P – 24Pin Motherboard Extension • CB 8P – 8Pin Motherboard Extension • CB 8V – 6Pin to 6+2Pin VGA Extension The cables are all 250mm in length, and the kit will be available in March for $24.99.... Read more...
Think about all the cables protruding from the back of your home theater setup. Now imagine if you could replace some of them with a single cable, one that offers enough bandwidth to transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie from your HTPC to your desktop in half a minute. This scenario is exactly what Intel is working on with its Light Peak fiber-optic system.It's also just the beginning. If all goes to plan, consumers can expect Light Peak to initially deliver data speeds of 10 gigabits per second, with plans to ramp up the speed so fast that you'd eventually be able to transfer the above-mentioned... Read more...
A massive volume of telecommunications data flows through undersea cables.  We've seen the havoc that's created when one of them is severed, and it looks like the middle-east and western Asia are now experiencing the trouble created when 4 of them are damaged in a little less than a week.Having one cable damaged is unusual, 2 or more in the same time period is very odd, but 4 is virtually unprecedented.“Most telecommunications experts and cable operators say that sabotage seems unlikely, but no one knows what damaged the cables or whether the incidents were related.One theory - that a wayward... Read more...
Well folks, once again I've been stuck in the house all day since the snow/sleet mix is still coming down. Oh well, more time to play Metroid I guess. Well I've run out of things to say now as I'm getting fairly tired... you'd think being in the house all day wouldn't wear you out... apparently not. On with the news! Sunbeam Tech Transformer Case Review @ BigBruin.Com "The Sunbeam Tech Transformer Case is quite appealing, and is something of a hybrid case. It has the enormous size, strength, and room for drives like a server, but has the edgy styling, lighting effects, and tool-less installation... Read more...