Items tagged with usb-c

Not long ago, the European Union went all-in on requiring a universal USB Type-C charger for all mobile phones by the year 2024. This is generally great news for a lot of people considering the cost of USB-C cables are rapidly declining. Add in that this is an open and universal standard and it allows for a more... Read more...
Apple's iPhone is the most popular smartphone family in the world, which makes it rather odd that the devices are still relying on the aging and slow Lightning port standard. Not for long, though. The European Union has mandated a change to USB-C, and former Apple exec Tony Fadell thinks the move is long overdue. He's... Read more...
Amazon has announced its latest 6" Kindle device, with a high-resolution display, up to six weeks of battery life, and even more upgrades. There is also a kid friendly version that comes complete with a cover and one year Amazon Kids+ subscription. The Kindle tablet has been a fan favorite eBook-reader for quite... Read more...
A group of Senate Democrats are urging the Department of Commerce to establish uniform charger standards and "restore sanity and certainty" to purchasing electronic devices. The recommendation follows the European Union (EU) passing new rules concerning what type of charging port companies use with mobile... Read more...
Rumor has it that the upcoming update to the entry-level iPad will include a USB-C charging port, sport the A14 Bionic chip, and support fast 5G connectivity. Being the higher-end variants of the iPad already have USB-C, this would finally give the entire iPad family the universal port. The entry-level iPad has... Read more...
In an attempt to reduce electronic waste and make consumer's lives easier, the European Union has a new rule that requires companies to provide a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. The change will directly impact Apple, as it will have to start utilizing USB-C over its proprietary lightning port... Read more...
The USB Type-C connector was devised to be the be-all and end-all of external connectivity. Whether it's carrying DisplayPort video signals, Thunderbolt high-speed data transfers, power delivery, or plain old USB, this port can do just about everything. For the most part, device manufacturers have swarmed towards this... Read more...
Update 11/12/21: After topping $100,000 in bids, the modded iPhone X with an unsanctioned USB Type-C port ended up actually selling for a bit less, but still for a immense sum—$86,001, to a bidder/buyer who was presumably willing to pay. It attracted over 100 bids (though most likely not from 100 different... Read more...
The “duck test” states that if you see something and “it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” However, this same logic path cannot be applied to everything, such as USB cables which could contain more than meets the eye. In the past year, a security researcher and... Read more...
Say goodbye to proprietary power connectors forever, folks! Okay, not really. However, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) just took a big step in that direction by massively upgrading the USB-C specification (version 2.1) to accommodate up to 240W of power. That is more than double the previous spec, which allowed... Read more...
Some say “go big or go home,” and Crucial may have just pulled off the former with its X6 portable SSD product line. Available now, the Crucial X6 4TB edition bursts onto the scene with solid performance, portability, and perhaps even value. Crucial has also added a 500GB variant to the X6 lineup at a wallet-friendly... Read more...
Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the privacy-minded Portable SSD T7 Touch. This external USB-C storage device delivered high capacities up to 2TB and impressive read-write speeds over USB 3.1 Gen 2. Its headlining feature, however, was an integrated fingerprint reader to effortlessly unlock the drive’s AES... Read more...
Over the last few years the USB connectivity has gone through some major changes. We've been through USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and now USB 3.2. And that's not even taking into account all the different generations that were released. Like USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and now USB 3.2 Gen 2x2. Oh, and don't forget, Gen 4 is coming soon... Read more...
Samsung has been at the forefront of the solid-state storage market for a number of years now. We’re not just talking about its mainstream internal SSDs either, which have been popular amongst enthusiasts. Samsung offers a wide array of solid-state storage solutions, ranging from miniscule microSD cards, all the way on up to monstrous,... Read more...
Apple likes to do things on its own terms, and is not afraid to veer away from standards in the technology industry in favor of proprietary designs. Enter the Lightning connector found on every modern iPhone, and most iPad tablets. This is used to charge many of Apple's mobile devices, though Apple could be forced to... Read more...
When it comes to connectivity, Microsoft has been a bit slow on the uptake with regards to the USB-C interface. While the company did capitulate by adding USB-C to the entry-level Surface Go convertible, the company's higher-end Surface Pro 6, Surface Book and Surface Laptop have yet to embrace the popular... Read more...
The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced a new authentication standard that can be implemented for USB-C devices and complimenting chargers. USB-C Authentication, as it’s called, uses 128-bit “cryptographic-based authentication” to help mitigate potential security intrusions from USB thumb drives and chargers... Read more...
If you were to drill a thousand holes into the roof of your home during a rainstorm, it still wouldn't leak as much as the OnePlus 6T, the worst kept secret on the web. It seems like every day there is a new leak pertaining to the unreleased device. So, it's no surprise that this week is shaping up any different. The... Read more...
Industry standards change over time, and eventually new technologies almost always take the place of old ones. If you're old enough to remember using 3.5-inch or even 5.25-inch floppy disks, you know what we're talking about. As it pertains to right now, there is a shift from USB-A to USB-C connectivity taking place... Read more...
The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is the follow-up to the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. This new drive fully embraces USB-C while retaining USB Type-A compatibility for older Macs and PCs. It promises speedy storage (up to 550 MB/s claimed), a wide range of capacities (250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB), and an... Read more...
Apple is set to announce a new generation of iPhones later this year, but word on the street is that next year's iPhone refresh will adopt the USB-C interface for charging and connectivity. We've heard rumors like this in previous years, but they've never come to fruition. The latest talk of USB-C replacing the... Read more...
Western Digital has tossed a new portable storage solution onto the market that photography pros and amateurs alike will appreciate if they are working with large file sizes. The drive is marketed by G-Technology and is called the G-Drive mobile SSD R-Series. The portable drive is aimed primarily at professional... Read more...
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