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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.


People Are Still Dumb Enough To Plug In Abandoned USB Drives

Would you plug a random USB stick into your computer? According to a new study by researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, plenty of us are still morons and would do exactly that.


Amazon Is 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 make the grade.


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.


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.


How To Use A USB Stick To Securely Log In To Gmail

If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account, rather than checking your mobile for codes you can plug in a verified USB stick instead. You can carry it wherever you go, and of course, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. According to Google, it also offers better protection against phishing attacks. Here’s how you can set it up.


Stay Away From Micro USB To Type-C Adaptors, Warns Senior Google Engineer

If you were hoping to simply grab a USB Type-C adaptor and reuse all your micro USB cables and accessories with your shiny new Nexus 5X or 6P — you might want to think again. According to Benson Leung, a senior software engineer at Google, you should stay away from basically all such adaptors until the company gives the say so.


This Thin USB-C Dock Gives Your New MacBook Every Port It's Missing

The unending march of technological progress probably left you feeling slightly confused when your fancy new 12-inch MacBook arrived with just a single USB-C port. Satechi has a solution to Apple’s oversight, though, that doesn’t compromise your new laptop’s tiny footprint.


This Treacherous 220-Volt Flash Drive Can Fry Your Computer In Seconds

The last thing you ever want to do is connect a random flash drive you’ve found to your computer’s USB port. But a security researcher who goes by the nickname ‘Dark Purple‘ has created an even more dangerous flash stick that can physically destroy your computer — not just infect its drives.


The Current State Of USB Type-C

The new USB C standard is awesome. It doesn’t matter which way you plug it in, it’s tough, it’s fast and it’s going to become the new default connector. So where the heck is it? These are the devices that have it available right now.


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