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Over the last few years the USB connectivity has gone through some major changes. We've been through USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and now USB 3.2. And that's not even taking into account all the different generations that were released. Like USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and now USB 3.2 Gen 2x2. Oh, and don't forget, Gen 4 is coming soon as well. If just going through the names is enough to make your head spin, try keeping track of all their respective bandwidth and throughput specs.  The reason we wanted to start with the USB interface is because there's going to be a handful of people out there that assume just because they have a high-end system, they'll be able to use the Crucial... Read more...
Samsung has been at the forefront of the solid-state storage market for a number of years now. We’re not just talking about its mainstream internal SSDs either, which have been popular amongst enthusiasts. Samsung offers a wide array of solid-state storage solutions, ranging from miniscule microSD cards, all the way on up to monstrous, high-capacity enterprise-class drives meant for big-iron servers. The company has also put considerable focus into its an array of portable storage solutions, to cater to a wide range of users. We’ve shown you many of Samsung’s portable SSDs in the past, including the excellent T5 and super-fast X5 with its Thunderbolt 3 interface. Today we’re... Read more...
Apple likes to do things on its own terms, and is not afraid to veer away from standards in the technology industry in favor of proprietary designs. Enter the Lightning connector found on every modern iPhone, and most iPad tablets. This is used to charge many of Apple's mobile devices, though Apple could be forced to leaving the Lightning connector behind and adopt USB-C. The European Parliament is trying to convince the European Commission to legally compel technology companies to adopt a universal charging standard. That would likely result in USB-C being the connector of choice. Technically, micro-USB would be an option as well, though many Android devices have adopted USB-C. One of the driving... Read more...
When it comes to connectivity, Microsoft has been a bit slow on the uptake with regards to the USB-C interface. While the company did capitulate by adding USB-C to the entry-level Surface Go convertible, the company's higher-end Surface Pro 6, Surface Book and Surface Laptop have yet to embrace the popular port. That could change, however, with the Surface Pro 7 thanks to a new patent filing. The patent shows the inclusion of a USB-C port on the side of the device to complement the existing DisplayPort and USB-A interfaces. In essence, Microsoft is giving customers the best of both worlds; something that we feel it should have done years ago. Interestingly, there doesn't appear... Read more...
The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced a new authentication standard that can be implemented for USB-C devices and complimenting chargers. USB-C Authentication, as it’s called, uses 128-bit “cryptographic-based authentication” to help mitigate potential security intrusions from USB thumb drives and chargers that could be used to deliver malicious payloads/firmware. The USB-IF says that with its new authentication protocol, the host device would be able to in effect enter in a secure “handshake” with another USB-C device, confirming its identify. At the moment the connection is made, the host would be able to determine “product aspects as the capabilities... Read more...
If you were to drill a thousand holes into the roof of your home during a rainstorm, it still wouldn't leak as much as the OnePlus 6T, the worst kept secret on the web. It seems like every day there is a new leak pertaining to the unreleased device. So, it's no surprise that this week is shaping up any different. The latest rumor making the rounds is that OnePlus will bundle in a set of USB-C earbuds with the OnePlus 6T. That might not seem like a big thing, though it's notable because previously it was assumed they would sell separately. However, OnePlus may be extending an olive branch to users who are miffed at reports that the OnePlus 6T is ditching the trusty old 3.5mm audio jack, a decision... Read more...
Industry standards change over time, and eventually new technologies almost always take the place of old ones. If you're old enough to remember using 3.5-inch or even 5.25-inch floppy disks, you know what we're talking about. As it pertains to right now, there is a shift from USB-A to USB-C connectivity taking place, albeit a slow one. Not everyone is eager to move on from USB-A, though, including Microsoft. Just last week, Microsoft unveiled a new round of Surface products, including the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, both of which wield upgraded 8th generation Intel Core processors on the inside. That is all well and good, but it's what's on the outside—or more accurately, what's... Read more...
The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD we'll be showing you here today is the follow-up to the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. This new drive fully embraces USB-C while retaining USB Type-A compatibility for older Macs and PCs. It promises speedy storage (up to 550 MB/s claimed), a wide range of capacities (250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB), and an IP55 rating against dust and water intrusion. The drive’s slim body looks more like a portable charger for your cell phone than the bulky external hard drives of old, and it fits in a shirt pocket easily. It feels rugged, with black soft-touch material covering its back, textured hard plastic on the front panel (also black), and an orange-accented... Read more...
Apple is set to announce a new generation of iPhones later this year, but word on the street is that next year's iPhone refresh will adopt the USB-C interface for charging and connectivity. We've heard rumors like this in previous years, but they've never come to fruition. The latest talk of USB-C replacing the venerable Lightning port comes from a new DigiTimes report that says that both the iPhone and the iPad will make the jump in 2019. The Lightning port has been with us ever since 2012 when the iPhone 5 was introduced. Today, however, USB-C has become commonplace for new mobile devices. Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports can be found on desktops, notebooks, convertibles and the... Read more...
Western Digital has tossed a new portable storage solution onto the market that photography pros and amateurs alike will appreciate if they are working with large file sizes. The drive is marketed by G-Technology and is called the G-Drive mobile SSD R-Series. The portable drive is aimed primarily at professional photographers, enabling them to offload high-resolution photos and 4K video at 560 MB/s over the USB-C interface. G-Technology says that the fast 560MB/s transfer speed is enough to allow content creators to work with large files in real time. The "R" in the name stands for rugged, because it doesn't matter how fast a drive is or how much space it offers for you content if it breaks easily... Read more...
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 was a compact, durable, lightweight, and fast external solid state storage device, that offered killer performance when it launched. The T3 has been out for quite a while, however, and Samsung has since released a few newer types of flash memory, which are better suited to low-power, portable storage devices. As such, the company decided to tweak the T3’s design, update it with newer 64-layer 3D V-NAND flash memory, massage the firmware, and the brand-new Samsung Portable SSD T5 was born.We’ve got one of the new Portable SSD T5’s on-hand and have some benchmarks to share with you on the pages ahead. Before we get to the numbers though, check out the Samsung Portable... Read more...
Were you just getting used to USB 3.1? Well, we’re sorry; the USB 3.2 specification has just been announced, which means that we’re in for yet another speed bump for the interface that we all have come to rely on to connect our peripherals USB 3.2 in essence adds an extra lane to the existing USB 3.1 spec. While USB host controllers were initially designed for single-lane operation, the USB 3.2 spec doubles that to two, allowing for two 5 Gbps lanes (which would equal the 10Gbps maximum of the current spec) or two 10 Gbps lanes, boosting maximum throughput to 20 Gbps. Thanks to this extra headroom, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group says that consumers will soon be able to achieve 2 GB/sec transfers... Read more...
Just about every electronic device on the planet supports USB connectivity, and that is especially true when it comes to PCs. If we could time travel into the not-too-distant future, there is a good chance that USB Type-C ports will be just as ubiquitous as USB Type-A ports are now. It is almost inevitable now that Intel has announced plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 into its future processors. Not only will future Intel chips support USB-C, Intel is going the extra mile by releasing the Thunderbolt protocol specification to the industry free of charge. That is a very big deal—with no royalties in play, industry partners are free to fully embrace USB-C. Furthermore, it will no longer be a proprietary... Read more...
The primary criticism surrounding the iPhone 7 is that Apple did not do enough to innovate—it feels more like an incremental update with faster hardware than a new generation handset. Apple disagrees with that notion, at least outwardly. Looking ahead, it's now rumored that Apple will use a flexible curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display on one of its iPhone 8 models. People supposedly familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Apple's been putting in research on flexible OLED panels similar to the ones that Samsung uses in its flagship Galaxy phones, and that it had previously asked suppliers to build prototypes for evaluation. Apparently Apple was happy with they... Read more...
So you went and bought yourself a laptop with a fancy pants USB-C port, now what? Unfortunately accessory and peripheral makers seem to be dragging their collective feet releasing compatible devices, though understandably so with USB Type-A ports by far the dominant standard. However, do not lose hope, USB-C devices are coming. Need proof? Check out LaCie's newest Rugged portable drive solution. Wrapped in a tough orange shell, the new "LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C" (not the sexiest product name in the world) trades a micro USB port for a USB-C port so that users can connect the drive to USB 3.0-compatible computers as well as to USB-C Thunderbolt 3 models. It also features an integrated Thunderbolt... Read more...
When it comes to proprietary quick charging solutions using the USB Type-C interface, Google is not exactly happy with the current state of affairs. More specifically, the use of Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 has especially gotten under Google’s skin with regards to compliance with USB-C charging specifications. Qualcomm addressed these concerns earlier this year in a statement, writing: When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. Google engineer Benson Leung, who has been... Read more...
Apple has caught a lot of flak for its all-new MacBook Pro family for various reasons. After Mac fans waited a year and a half for a meaningful update, many were upset over the decisions to cap maximum memory at 16GB, employ relatively “weak” AMD Polaris GPUs in the range-topping 15-inch model, and ditch all USB-A ports in favor of USB-C. The fact that the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro only can accept USB-C connections -- like the 12-inch MacBook that debuted last year -- means that most professionals have to use USB-C adapters, USB-C hubs or Thunderbolt 3 docks to attach their peripherals. And given the traditionally high prices of Apple adapters, the backlash from customers was palpable.... Read more...
Are you miffed that the latest iPhone doesn't have a dedicated 1/8" audio jack? Well, Apple likely won't be alone, as other smartphone OEMs may be looking to ditch the venerable headphone jack in order to take advantage of audio over USB-C. This week, the USB-IF (Implementers Forum) announced "USB Audio over USB Type-C", and it's touting it for much the same reasons that Apple does with its latest iPhone. USB-IF expects this standard to be used for headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming setups, VR solutions, and more. Notebooks are not mentioned, but it seems certain they'll all support USB-C in the near-future, which of course will be able to be used for audio. "Device... Read more...
A new standard is set to allow native HDMI output for devices with USB Type-C connectors. It could prove to be a great feature as more smartphones, notebooks, 2-in-1s, and tablet devices adopt the next generation USB interface and ultimately enable another option for these devices to act as media streamers or for big screen gaming on the go. Allowing HDMI output from USB-C could also give manufacturers the ability to eliminate HDMI connectors from their devices, to further slim them down or streamline their design. The HDMI licensing group is ready to set a standard on a specification that will allow USB-C to HDMI cables to come to market. The spec will offer support for HDMI 1.4b features as... Read more...
SanDisk just revealed the Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive at Computex 2016 that features a new retractable design, faster speeds and higher capacity. The flash drive thoughtfully includes one reversible USB Type-C connector and one standard USB (Type-A) connector. This allows consumers to free up space on their smartphone or tablet or transfer files between smartphones, tablets, and computers. The flash drive comes in up to 128GB capacities and delivers a high-speed USB 3.1 performance of up to 150MB/s. The 16GB version only goes up to to 130 MB/s.  Dinesh Bahal, Vice President of SanDisk Product Marketing, Western Digital, stated, “With its reversible connector, impressive... Read more...
More of the same After all the harping and complaining about the single USB-C port on the 2015 MacBook by both the press and Apple fans for the past year, you would expect that Apple would add in a second USB-C port for the 2016 model. Surely the folks in Cupertino had heard the calls for change. Well, those calls fell on deaf ears, because here we are with the 2016 MacBook and still, it has a single USB-C port. Sure, Apple has upgraded the MacBook to Intel's Skylake Core m3, m5, and m7 processor platform, squeezed an extra hour out of the battery and added Rose Gold to color mix (big whoop), but we’re still staring at that single USB-C port. It’s unfortunate that Apple is sticking to its guns... Read more...
If you’ve been bitten by crappy USB-C cables over the past year (and there are plenty of them out there circulating in the wild), help is on the way. Amazon made a credible first step by banning USB-C cables that aren’t compliant with specifications issued by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). Now, the USB-IF is taking action to stop fly-by-night manufacturers from damaging expensive electronic devices with cables that are woefully out of spec. The USB-IF announced a new USB-C Authentication specification at IDF China that uses a standard protocol to identify cables and chargers that have been fully certified. Host devices like smartphones, laptops or tablets will be able to authenticate a... Read more...
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