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In A Perfect World, Every USB Plug Would Also Be A USB Port

If those nesting USB plugs look familiar, you’ve been reading Gizmodo for a long time. Back in 2010, the stackable USB plug wasn’t much more than a big-spoon/little-spoon concept, but now it’s almost real — by which I mean it’s on Kickstarter.


This Shifty USB Drive Is Rigged To Fry Your Computer

If you’re a mischief-maker of a certain age, you’ll remember the idea of the floppy disk bomb, a specially engineered floppy disk that would supposedly melt inside an enemy’s drive. This USB is that same basic concept but evolved. It’s designed to electrocute your computer from the inside out.


SanDisk Has The First Flash Drive With A Reversible USB Type-C Connector

Remember those rumours about a 12-inch MacBook that ditched a MagSafe connector and traditional USB ports for a single USB Type-C port? If true, SanDisk’s new Dual USB Drive will be the first flash drive that’s able to connect to that redesigned hardware without an ugly adaptor.


A 49-Port USB Hub Still Isn't Enough

So how many ports on a USB hub are too many? There’s no answer to that question because no matter how many you have, you’ll always need at least one more. But Brando’s new 49-port USB charging hub should keep you satisfied for at least a little while.


Mooch Power From Another Smartphone With This Tiny Charging Cable

It’s not uncommon to bum a smoke, a ride or a piece of gum from a friend, but if a new Indiegogo campaign is successful, you might soon be able to bum a little bit of power for your phone as well. The Juicer is a simple double-headed microUSB cable that lets you transfer power from one tablet or smartphone directly to another.


Fix Your iMac By Adding Four USB Ports To The Front Where They Should Be

For every 10 steps forward that Apple’s designers make in terms of improved usability for the company’s products, they still always manage to take a couple of steps back. The world may never fully know why the USB ports are hidden away out-of-reach on the back of an iMac, but companies like Satechi are working hard to remedy that problem with products like this front-facing clamp-on hub.


This Cable Charges Your Phone Faster - Sort Of

You might think that plugging a USB cable into a USB socket would mean your phone always juices up at the same speed — but you would be sorely mistaken. Charging your phone is a surprisingly complicated thing to get right, a problem that this particular crowdfunding campaign is on a mission to solve.


Why Apple Could Leave Ports Behind

While rumours of a 12-inch MacBook Air have been merrily percolating these last few months, the most interesting aspect of Apple’s upcoming redesign turns out not to be the size after all. It’s the apparent abandonment of ports.


Watching A USB Hack In Action Makes Me Never Want To Leave My Computer

Remember BadUSB, the pervasive and unfixable security vulnerability that turns every USB device into a vector for attacks against just about every computer? The one that’s out in the wild now? I always knew it was bad, but this video really brought it home for me, and now I want to fill my USB ports up with cement.


I Wish This iPhone Flash Drive Worked Better

I have no idea why Apple still sells iPhones and iPads that have only 16GB of storage. But wouldn’t it be great if you could just plug in a flash drive that added more? The SanDisk iXpand wants to be that drive. Sadly, it’s not.