USB-C Is a Mess – How to Navigate It

USB Type-C, or simply USB-C, sounds fine in theory — a single port to handle charging, data transfer, video output, and more, and one that’s reversible too. Three years down the line from its introduction, you’ll find it on most smartphones and many laptops, but its apparent simplicity isn’t the whole story. Here’s what you need to know about USB-C in 2018. Read More >>

What the Latest USB 3.2 Standard Means for You

Just when you thought you could chitchat with authority about USB standards at your next dinner party, a new one comes along to shake everything up again. The latest USB 3.2 standard is going to be confirmed in September, and here’s what that means for your laptop, your phone, and those new USB-C cables you just went out and bought. Read More >>

The Next Version of DisplayPort Will Drive 8K Monitors With HDR Video

You probably take the DisplayPort on your laptop for granted, but the folks that develop the standard have been working hard to make it perform way better—and the next version will allow you to drive an 8K display with HDR video, if you ever happen to own one. Read More >>

What is HTTP/2?

Have you heard? HTTP/2 is finally finished. That means that pretty soon webpages will load faster; connections will last longer; servers will respond to requests with more content. What's not to like! But hold on a sec: What the heck is HTTP/2, again? Read More >>

A New Video Standard Will Allow 8K Laptop Screens

If you think your 4K laptop drips with graphical power, remember that all things are relative – and a new video standard will allow laptops to make use of 8K screens. Read More >>

UK Sits at 10th in Global Cost of Living Chart

Stats collating the cost of living for 119 countries show that UK's the tenth costliest place to live and work, in a survey that takes into account the prices of food, utilities, transport and eating out. Read More >>

Well Behaved Web Sites and Apps Now Qualify for British Standards Kitemark Logo

The classic British Standards Institute's Kitemark logo, which has been assuring us that the factory in which our toys were assembled stuck to all the rules for over 100 years, has had its remit extended. It may now be displayed on web sites and within apps that meet certain standards for keeping our data safe and secure. Read More >>

Nest and Friends are Giving the Internet of Things a Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It's designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home. Read More >>

4K Is Now Officially Called Ultra High Definition

Forget "4K", that's just confusing, err, just like 1080p. The new HD video standard has officially been branded Ultra HD, so expect manufacturers to start slapping UHD all over TVs in the near future. What I want to know is, what's 8K going to be called? Super Ultra HD? Turbo UHD? What about Super Hi-Vision? Because that's not confusing. [Cnet] Read More >>