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There are plenty of rumors floating around claiming Apple is ditching the 3.5mm port on its next flagship handset, presumably called iPhone 7, in favor of using its Lightning cable port for connecting headphones and earphones, but the Cupertino outfit isn't alone in wanting to banish the traditional audio jack. Intel would like to see the 3.5mm port go the way of the dodo bird, though it wants USB Type-C to replace it.The Santa Clara chipmaker touched on the subject at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco this week, a subject it's talked about before. Company architects Brad Saunders... Read more...
The rumors are starting to pour in regarding Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 6 phablet and the latest chatter is that it will incorporate a fancy USB Type-C connector. If that ends up being true, it means no more fumbling around with micro-USB cables and hoping that you have it oriented the right way.USB Type-C connectors are reversible, meaning there's no wrong way to plug it in (or at least no such thing as upside down). It's not yet known if it will also be a speedy USB 3.1 Gen 2 port or based on a slower standard. We're crossing our fingers for USB 3.1, which supports USB Power Delivery 2.0... Read more...
Intel is joining the fight to replace the widely used 3.5mm headphone jack with USB Type-C connectors. The Santa Clara chip maker isn't the first to suggest such a move, though the challenge in toppling the 3.5mm port is that it's everywhere. Nevertheless, Intel presented an extensive proposal at IDF Shenzhen to make the swap.Replacing the 3.5mm jack with USB Type-C connectors is a short term goal of Intel's, one that would pave the way towards its long term goal of transitioning from analog to digital audio. The movement is already underway on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, and... Read more...
It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it! Such is the case with the emerging USB Type-C (USB-C) standard that is finding its way into notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to compliant cables supporting USB 3.1 speeds, the big usability benefit is that the cables are reversible, similar in concept to Apple’s Lightning standard. Often when a new cabling standard emerges, there’s a quick race to the bottom with regards to pricing. Many players from all over the globe often cut as many corners as possible to deliver cheap (but hopefully functional) products to consumers. In the case... Read more...
Apple's forward thinking approach to its 12-inch MacBook released in 2015 didn't include a bevy of ports -- just one, that being a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector (basically a USB 3.0 port with the new Type-C connector). Out of all the ports that went missing, perhaps the most missed was Apple's proprietary MagSafe connector. Enter Griffin to save the day with a handy adapter. The neat thing about Apple's MagSafe connector is that it allowed the power cord to magnetically attach to the MacBook. If someone (or some animal, like a hyper canine charging through the house to see who's at the door) happened... 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...
Last week, Dell surprised us all with the introduction of its pimptastic Alienware 18 notebook, which features — as its name implies — an 18-inch display (unfortunately, it’s only 1080p resolution). And earlier today, Dell whipped out an updated Alienware X51, which has been decked out with overclocked Intel Skylake processors, liquid cooling, and some extremely powerful graphics options from NVIDIA and AMD. But that’s not all, there are also a few more updates to Alienware’s product portfolio. Dell has refreshed its Alienware 13, 15 and 17 with “over 20 updates and upgrades” to keep the gaming... Read more...
Plugging in a USB or micro-USB cable is typically a four-step process. First you attempt to plug it in. When that doesn't work, you turn the connector around and try again. An optional but almost unavoidable third step is to utter a string of obscenities before moving to step four, which is to orient the USB connector the way you originally had it, only this time it decides to slide in. This frustrating dance with a devilish standard will soon go the way of the dodo bird as USB Type-C connectors become commonplace.It's happening sooner than you think. Apple opted for a USB Type-C connector as the... Read more...