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USB 3.1 Type C – the next generation USB cable

Rejoice! The boffins in charge of USB standards appear to have settled on a design for the much-anticipated USB 3.1 Type C connector. For starters, there’s no “right way up” – that alone will trigger a sigh of relief from many of us. Both ends of the cable will be the same, it’ll make an audible "click" when it’s connected, it’s about the same size as a current micro-USB connector, and it can handle device charging as well as 10 Gbps data transfer rates.  Read More

A breakthrough by EPFL researchers could improve the data throughput of worldwide optical ...

As the volume of data carried around the world via optical fibers continues to increase, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to increase data throughput capacity by ten times. Because it is based on changing the shape of light pulses to reduce the space between, the breakthrough would work on existing optical fiber infrastructure.  Read More

The Toshiba FlashAir II wireless SD card lets users upload photos directly from their digi...

Toshiba has updated its FlashAir wireless SD card with the FlashAir II, which, like the Eye-Fi and Transcend Wi-Fi SD cards, functions as its own wireless LAN access point to let users upload photos directly from their digital camera to a tablet, smartphone or PC.  Read More

The tStylus allows users to transfer data between devices without pairing

Chinese startup Tagtal is looking to bring an interesting new stylus to market. The tStylus, as it's called, is able to copy data from the screen it's touching and bring that data to another device. While in use, the stylus functions like a physical version of the selection tool in Photoshop. Instead of moving from image to image, you are moving from device to device. It is able to move images, video, and other various forms of media between the two devices, as long as each of them is running the software that allows it to receive input from the tStylus.  Read More

NearBytes uses sound to transfer data between devices

NFC has been hailed as the next big thing for a few years now, but adoption has been a lot slower than anticipated with people required to update their phones to NFC-capable models to take advantage of the technology. Brazilian startup Kinetics has developed a new communication technology called NearBytes that allows data transfer between older smartphones, including all existing Android and iOS smartphones, by using sound.  Read More

Thunderbolt 2 will enable 4K video transfer (Image: Shutterstock/JMiks)

Intel has released further details of the next generation of Thunderbolt, the high-speed hardware interface it originally developed with Apple. Thunderbolt 2 doubles data transfer rates to 20 Gb/s which, with the incorporation of DisplayPort 1.2, will allow the transmission of raw 4K video as well as data.  Read More

Micrograph of the 240 GHz transceiver chip, which measures only 1.5 x 4 mm (Photo: Sandra ...

If you thought 5G wireless was fast at one Gbit/s, how does 40 Gbit/s sound? That's the new wireless data transmission record set by a team of engineers in Germany using integrated solid state mm-wave transceivers. This data transmission rate was demonstrated over a distance of 1 km (0.6 miles) and it is hoped that such links could be used to close gaps between optical networks in rural areas at a fraction of the cost of installing optical fiber.  Read More

Researchers claim to have increased the data capacity of optical networks to the point tha...

A team of researchers working through Australia’s Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) has developed data encoding technology that increases the efficiency of existing fiber optic cable networks. The researchers claim their invention increases the data capacity of optical networks to the point that all of the world’s internet traffic could be transmitted via a single fiber.  Read More

Corning's Thunderbolt optical cable

Digital systems are notorious for bottlenecks. It’s no good having a blazing, overclocked PC and an internet connection like a firehose if the USB cable between them is like a straw. It’s even worse when the distance between PC and modem is more than a few feet away, so the cable can’t reach. With the aim of eliminating these bottlenecks, Corning Cable Systems LLC is unveiling its Optical Cable by Corning at CES in Las Vegas. These cables replace copper wires with fiber optics to produce cables up to 100 meters (328 ft) long, that are much more durable and achieve speeds of 10 gigabits per second, which is enough to load a full-length HD video in 30 seconds.  Read More

USB 3.0 is set to get a speed boost from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps (Image: Shutterstock)

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has used CES 2013 to announce an enhancement to the USB 3.0 (aka SuperSpeed USB) standard that will see the throughput performance of USB 3.0 double from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. The speed boost will come courtesy of enhanced USB connectors and cables that are fully backward compatible with existing USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.  Read More

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