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Great news for those waiting for the tried-and-true USB connector to follow the path of Apple's thinner, smaller lightning connector... at least in terms of overall size. While mini-USB and micro-USB are certainly tiny by most definitions, they're still a little chunky when seen on some of the world's slimmest phones and tablets. In order to keep progress marching on, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced that a next-generation plug is in development. The USB Type-C connector will be compatible with USB 3.x and 2.x technologies, but the most important part is this: it'll be both smaller than... Read more...
Yep, a USB condom. That term is mostly a dose of marketing brilliance, which is to say that grabs your attention while also serving as an apt description of the product. A little company called int3.cc has developed a product—a USB condom—that blocks the data pins in your USB device while leaving the power pins free. Thus, any time you need to plug a device such as a smartphones into a USB port to charge it—let’s say at a public charging kiosk or a coworker’s computer--you don’t have to worry about compromising any data or contracting some nasty malware.... Read more...
Apple is certainly no stranger to dealing with counterfeit goods. In fact, entire counterfeit Apple stores have emerged in certain parts of Asia. It's easy to be a cynic and suggest that Apple simply overcharges for certain first-party accessories and cables, but then there's a story like this to bring it all into focus. Apple is currently investigating a situation where an individual was electrocuted (and subsequently died) when answering a plugged-in iPhone. It's unclear if the charger they were using was a spoof, but Apple's not taking any chances. The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program has... Read more...
Things are about to get faster. The USB Promoter Group announced that it has completed the USB 3.1 specification, which will enable SuperSpeed USB performance of 10Gbps. This, of course, rivals Intel and Apple’s blazing fast 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface, and the new USB connection will make use of more efficient data encoding, and it will be compatible with earlier USB specifications (USB 3.0 and 2.0). USB 3.1 will offer double the effective data throughput of current SuperSpeed USB offerings. Developers will be able to learn technical details of the new spec this summer and... Read more...
While it's obvious that innovation is on the fast-track when looking at consumer electronics as a whole, one has to wonder how long it'll take for the USB port to do more than it does. Perhaps that time has come. Texas Instruments has issued a new single-chip DockPort solution that enables DisplayPort, USB and power over a single cable. Talk about high efficiency. The HD3SS2521 delivers audio/video (A/V), USB data and power over a single cable between a notebook, ultrabook or tablet PC and a docking station or dongle.  The HD3SS2521 enables system designers to create smaller, more affordable... Read more...
Logitech is going for a certain look and feel with its Z600 Bluetooth stereo speakers, which is to say that it’s trying for a sleek, high-end-looking product that matches the luster of ultrabooks. (Especially MacBooks, it would seem.) The twin speakers are quite fetching, with graceful curves and a long, tall stance. They’re sort of an aluminum-white in color, with speaker grills covering most of the outside and a white stripe down one side that contains the power button, Bluetooth button, and 3.5mm input. The flat top offers a volume control that you can manipulate by gliding your... Read more...
While the cloud is great at times, there's still a need for physical file transfers to be quick, easy, and seamless. That's where Leef Technology comes in, this week introducing the Leef Bridge. It's described as the first USB flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. The product allows for easy transfers without the need for cables, cloud services, Wi-Fi or any type of data connection. Leef Bridge features a micro USB connector and full-size USB connector that access the same memory so users can share content, photos, videos, music and documents to and from... Read more...
Many have chided Apple for the lack of ports available on its high-end laptops. If you want, you can spec out a $3k+ MacBook Pro laptop... but you can't get more than two USB ports on it, no matter what sum you're ready to shell out. For hardcore power users, the limitations can become something of an annoyance, but that's where third-party accessory makers step in to fill the void. Kanex has already supplanted the outgoing AirPort Express design with the mySpot, and now the company has introduced a genius new adapter that makes up for the MBP's dearth of connectors. The new DualRole is a USB 3.0... Read more...
Look out, Thunderbolt! Apple and Intel's high-speed interconnect just got some new competition, but if you aren't looking closely, you may think it's actually old technology. USB 3.0 is planning to get a major update, and in fact, it'll end up doubling the transfer rates of an already quick technology. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced development of a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) enhancement that will add a much higher data rate, delivering up to twice the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. This supplement... Read more...
Western Digital has a new USB 3.0 hard drive to showcase, and it's for Mac users. The new My Book Studio external hard drive is tailor made to operate at blazing speeds with Apple's new line of Mac products, which (finally) support USB 3.0. The drive doesn't deviate much from the design cues of the past, boasting 4TB of internal storage (or 1/2/3TB options for those who doesn't need the space). The My Book Studio external hard drive comes with a 3-year limited warranty and is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP for My Book Studio 1 TB is $159.99... Read more...
Accessories are a dime a dozen, but this one's a notch above the rest. Velocity Micro, a well-known company when it comes to building gaming rigs, has just introduced an interesting new device called VMultra. It's an all-in-one external drive that combines four different peripheral devices in order to create a major accessibility hub. It's designed for use with Ultrabooks, laptops and netbooks that lack an optical drive, as it includes an external DVD±RW drive, USB 3.0 hub, SD card slot, and 500GB of backup storage. That's particularly useful for SSD-based products with limited internal... Read more...
Cloud storage is absolutely all of the rage these days, with everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft (and even the little guys) hopping on that bandwagon at some juncture. iTwin, a company quite familiar with cloud file transfers, has just introduced the newest edition of its portable device, the iTwin SecureBox. It brings hardware-key based security to Dropbox, enabling even cloud storage to have local privacy. iTwin SecureBox automatically encrypts files dragged into the SecureBox folder and seamlessly integrates with Dropbox, requiring no extra steps. You just plug the iTwin into a PC, toss... Read more...
Docking stations aren't what they once were. While they used to be just about everywhere, oftentimes tied to chubby business laptops, the increased power and use of wireless technologies has made them a bit of a dud. But there's still room for more universal solutions, particularly with USB 3.0 out in the open. Kensington has launched two new USB 3.0 docks based around DisplayLink's USB graphics tech, which also includes support for Gigabit Ethernet and Audio. The Office Dock sd3500v provides the ultimate hot desk expansion and productivity solution with dual-head video support for HDMI and DVI/VGA... Read more...
LaCie's new RuggedKey USB drive is now available. This flash drive is designed to protect data from nearly any threat, including heat, cold, and drops. Thanks to its orange bumper, the RuggedKey can withstand heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The drive is also IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water. The RuggedKey supports USB 3.0 speeds up to 150MB/s. The drive also works with Wuala Secure Cloud Storage so your data will be accessible via the cloud as well as on the drive itself. The LaCie RuggedKey comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities with a starting price of $39.95. LaCie RuggedKey... Read more...
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