phones
Swapping the Headphone Jack for USB-C Makes More Sense Than What Apple Did

Last night Google unveiled the Pixel 2, and one of the noticeable changes is that, like the iPhone 7, this phone doesn't have a headphone jack. It's not the first non-Apple phone to do this (Moto Z and HTC U Ultra are two good examples), but it does look like the first time it's happened to a premium-tier flagship. Or, at least, the first that people care about. They cared enough to let out an audible groan when it was mentioned at least. Read More >>

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The Next Version Of USB Will Charge Faster And Transfer More Data

If you've been wondering when USB Type-C will take over the world, look around you — its slow and inexorable march is continuing. The latest update to the standard, USB 3.2, doubles the existing 10Gbps speed of USB 3.1, on the same cables. Read More >>

gadgets
These Crowdfunded Nintendo Switch Docks Are Just Rebranded USB-C Adaptors

The Nintendo Switch seems like it could be the perfect portable gaming console—were it not for the bulky dock required to connect it to a TV. That’s why gamers have gotten excited about a pair of compact Switch HDMI adaptors currently being crowdfunded, but you might be better off spending your money elsewhere. Read More >>

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Why the Hell Doesn’t the Surface Laptop Have a USB-C Charger?

Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop yesterday, and our first impressions of the device were great. It’s super thin, looks like a Macbook, and somehow manages to cost less. But there was one glaring weakness we couldn’t get over: It uses a proprietary charging cable rather than USB-C, the new standard that many other modern laptops employ. Read More >>

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This iPhone 8 Rumour is Absolutely Insane

We’re about six months away from the next iPhone, AKA the iPhone 8 (or the iPhone X, or the iPhone: Tenth Anniversary Edition), and as such, supply chain rumours are starting to leak out. Read More >>

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Apple Enthusiasts Over-Analyse AirPod Lightning Cable Hole

Apple has infuriated some of the more obsessive of its fans with one curious design quirk of the AirPods charging dock -- its connector hole is ever so slightly the wrong shape. But what does it mean? Read More >>

computers
What Exactly Is USB-C?

If you’re an owner of a new Apple MacBook, HP Spectre or Samsung Galaxy Note 7 you’d be familiar with the slim, high-speed, high-power USB Type-C connector. It’s set to become the new standard, with its reversibility (that’s right, there’s no wrong way up with the USB-C) just one of the advantages. It can power laptops, transfer data and solve world hunger (okay, maybe not that last one). Read More >>

reviews
This MagSafe Ripoff Cable Sucks

Charging cables aren’t exactly the sexiest pieces of technology, but they’re essential to every setup. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about the charging cable I’m using, but when it comes to USB-C cables, the options are pretty bad right now. So, when I saw the Griffin BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable, I desperately wanted to test it out. Read More >>

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Intel Thinks USB-C Should Replace the Headphone Jack

While every other port on your computer has become digitised and smarter, the good ‘ol 3.5mm headphone jack has remained as a bastion of analogue data transmission. But Intel thinks the time has come for its replacement, and it looks like USB-C. Read More >>

accessories
A Software Fix Might Eventually Stop Bad USB-C Cables Destroying Devices

USB-C is a fantastic new standard for almost everything, unless you have a crappy cable, in which case you might accidentally fry your laptop. The people behind USB-C understandably see this as a problem, so a fix is in the works. Read More >>

storage
First USB-Powered 8TB Drive Is as Portable as a Flash Drive

Keeping the number of power cables dangling off your desk to a minimum usually means settling for a smaller capacity backup drive that draws all the power it needs from a single USB cable. But Seagate’s new Innov8 drive packs 8TB of storage into an external closure that doesn’t need a dedicated power cable. Wow. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Banning Cheap, Unsafe USB-C Cables

A cheap USB-C cable can fry your phone or computer. So it’s nice to see that Amazon is taking action, clamping down on the sale of poor-quality USB-C cables that don’t meet the grade. Read More >>

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Here’s the Tiny USB-C Card Reader Your 12-Inch MacBook Desperately Needs

One of the less publicised themes of CES 2016 appears to be ‘ways to fix the 12-inch MacBook’. Not only the laptop come with just a single USB-C port, there’s also no memory card slot. So if you’re a photographer constantly transferring shots, you’ll want Satechi’s tiny new USB-C card reader always close at hand. Read More >>

gadgets
Griffin’s New Quick-Release Cable Gives MagSafe Powers to USB-C

If you love the USB Type-C port on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook but miss the quick release MagSafe power connector that probably saved your old MacBook’s life on many occasions, Griffin now has a simple way to get it back. Read More >>

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OnePlus to Refund People Who Bought its Flawed USB-C Cable

The reversible USB-C cable and charger that OnePlus sells for its OnePlus 2 smartphone has no problem charging that particular phone. But as a Google engineer pointed out, it’s not up to spec for all USB-C devices. Read More >>