security
Sniffer Dogs Trained to Find USB Sticks and Gadgets go on Patrol

USB sticks containing the plans of terrorists or the grim and illegal porn stashes of paedophiles are no longer safe, thanks to a couple of detection dogs that have been trained to sniff out the nice plasticky smell of warm electronic devices. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

transport
TfL has USB for DLR

The Docklands Light Railway, London's roomiest, monorail-iest and best train line by miles, is getting an upgrade. Transport for London is investing in 43 new trains for the line, which will come with air conditioning and USB sockets for executives to charge their iPhones on the way back home. Read More >>

storage
You Can Now Buy Those Insane 2TB USB Flash Drives

The world's highest-capacity USB flash drive is now available to buy, if you have many, many pounds and you're not the kind of person to lose drives as soon as you get them. Read More >>

weapons
The Navy’s Wildcat Helicopters Rely on USB Sticks to Transfer Data

The Navy's posh new Wildcat helicopters are still missing one vital piece of technology two years after entering service, with the lack of a tactical data link meaning crew have to manually download data to USB sticks and shuffle operational information about in their pockets. Read More >>

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How to Turn a USB Stick into an Ultra Portable PC

Who doesn’t hate carrying around their laptop? Even the lightest ones weigh a few hundred grams and can be a huge burden to lug around the city. That’s where portable apps, ones stored on a USB drive, come in. Read More >>

computers
This Computer Destroying Thumb Drive Is Hacked Together From Old Camera Parts

When I was at school, kids used to pass around printed out copies of The Anarchist’s Cookbook and we would delight in the type of mischief and mayhem that book described. My favourite entry was the one for the floppy disk bomb. According to the book, with a little bit of match powder and nail polish, you could create a “bomb” out of a 3.5-inch floppy drive that would successfully fry the hard drive on a computer. Read More >>

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Google’s New USB-C Recommendations Might Save Your Phone From Exploding

Google has a set of guidelines for Android manufacturers called the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). This document basically outlines what gadget makers need to do to make sure their devices are compatible with Android. Read More >>

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You Can Now Buy a Weaponised USB Stick For £43

If you were looking for a USB stick that “instantly and permanently [disables] unprotected hardware,” you’re in luck. You can now purchase one for a little more than £45! Read More >>

gadgets
USB-C to HDMI Cables Are on the Way

With USB-C taking over as the standard port on all our gadgets, offering up power, data transfer, and so on. Now you can all add one more thing to that list, because USB-C/HDMI compatibility is coming. 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 >>

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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 >>

design
The More You Fidget in This Chair, the More Gadgets it Can Charge

Centuries ago, man’s biggest struggle was survival. Today, it’s finding a way to keep our smartphones charged until bedtime. But instead of having to hunt for an available power outlet, Nathalie Teugels has designed a comfy chair that converts your fidgets and nervous energy into usable electricity. Read More >>

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Genius Charging Cable Works on Both iOS and Android Devices at the Same Time

Before USB Type-C replaces every charging cord you have to wrangle, the LMcable promises to play nice with both iOS and Android devices at the same time. Its brilliantly engineered connector supports Lightning ports, and microUSB ports, at the same time, without the need for adapters. Read More >>