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Upcoming USB Type-C connector won't have "right" and "wrong" sides

Tired of trying to plug in a USB cable, only to discover that you have to flip it over? Well, it looks like that design could be going the way of the 5.25-inch floppy disk. Earlier this week, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the development of the new USB Type-C connector, which will work in any plug orientation or cable direction. Read More

Computers

"USB condom" keeps your devices safe in public ports

Conscious that injudiciously inserting one's USB charger into just any old public port might expose one's handheld device to any manner of nasty malware (or data theft, for that matter), experimental security outfit int3.cc has come up with the USBCondom, a go-between device that creates a break between the data pins of your USB connector and those of the public USB port you're plugging into. The power connection is maintained, however, allowing you to charge your smartphone or what-have-you in a state of graceful equanimity.Read More

Electronics

Miniaturized butane fuel cell system enables new USB battery charger

There's no doubt that mobile electronic devices have revolutionized our daily lives. A smartphone and laptop, both equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, provide mobile computing capabilities only dreamed of a decade or two ago. If only the batteries would keep up. While portable fuel cells have been proposed for a decade as a solution to the requirement for more portable power, actually making such a beast has proven commercially impractical. Now Lilliputian Systems, Inc., an MIT spinoff company, is manufacturing the Nectar, a USB recharger based on a butane fuel cell. Read More

Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp lights up empty bottles

Whatever your tipple of choice is, from water and pop to whiskey and rum, they all come in bottles, though the aesthetic appeal of these bottles differs greatly depending on the brand. The Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp gives new life to these empty bottles by turning them into a base for a table lamp.Read More

Electronics Review

Review: ShaveTech USB travel razor

I like to pack light when I travel. If possible, I even try to only bring a carry-on bag on flights. Therefore, I welcome anything that allows me to carry less stuff. The ShaveTech USB-powered razor is just such an item – it has most of the functionality of a full-sized electric razor, yet it’s about the size of a smartphone. Over the past several days, I’ve had the chance to try the thing out. Read More

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