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Apple's New Lightning Cables Could Be Reversible On Both Ends

Apple’s reversible Lightning connectors are a great little convenience, but you’ve still got to plug them into your wall wart or computer the right way, because USB connectors are horrible and out to get you. But according to accomplished Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, Apple’s new Lightning cables could get reversible superpowers on both ends.


A Transforming USB Business Card That Shares More Than Just Your Name

Despite countless ways for us to share information online, business cards are somehow still a popular way to pass on contact info. So instead of trying to replace them, the creators of the swivelCard simply found a way to make business cards better with a built-in USB port that lets you share everything from your resume, to a photo gallery, to a video — and not just your name, email address, and mobile phone number.


USB Has A Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect

We all rely on USB to interconnect our digital lives, but new research, first reported by Wired, reveals that there’s a fundamental security flaw in the very way that the humble Universal Serial Bus functions, and it could be exploited to wreak havoc on any computer.


Delta Put The Most Useful Ad Ever Inside Uber Cars

To promote the fact that Delta has added USB ports to every seat on its long-haul international flights, the airline installed these clever ads — as spotted by Laughing Squid’s Scott Beale — in New York Uber taxis, giving them powered USB ports too so that passengers can recharge their phones.


Sandisk Connect Wireless Media Drive: Australian Review

USB flash drives are incredibly convenient. Moving files from one PC to another has never been so easy. But what if you want to get your media onto a tablet or smartphone? The Sandisk Wireless Media Drive is a hockey puck-sized, battery powered Wi-Fi hotspot that touts 32 or 64GB of onboard storage, letting you access your media on a mobile device without fiddly cables.


Recharging This Backup Battery Takes As Little As 15 Minutes

A backup battery can be a lifesaver if your phone is on the brink of dying — but only if it isn’t dead as well. External power packs can usually take hours to charge depending on their capacity, but UNU claims its new Ultrapak GO and TOUR batteries can be charged enough to top off a smartphone in just 15 minutes.


Five Clever Flash Drive Tricks We Wish We'd Thought Of

Most of us see our USB flash drives as expendable, one-trick ponies — good for storing and sharing files and not much else. But with the appropriate knowledge, that little mess of gigabytes in your pocket has the potential to be so much more.


Seagate Backup Plus FAST Portable Hard Drive: Australian Review

If you’re buying a portable hard drive, chances are you’re looking for extra storage space for your desktop PC or laptop. It makes sense to find a drive with the maximum capacity possible, without trading off too much portability. The Seagate Backup Plus FAST boasts 4TB of storage, but runs off a single USB 3.0 cable — no extra power required.


A $15 USB Adaptor That Fixes An Annoying iMac Design Flaw

No product has even been made better when functionality follows form, and Apple’s decision to only include USB ports on the back of its iMacs has been frustrating desktop computer users for years. An ugly USB extension cable makes life with an iMac considerably more enjoyable. Now, thanks to Bluelounge’s new Jimi, it doesn’t even have to be ugly.


You'll Never Leave A Charging Cable With A Built-In Alarm Behind

It wouldn’t be surprising if Apple made as much money selling replacement charging cables as it did phones and tablets. Those white Lightning cables are easier to lose than socks on laundry day, but now there’s an alternative that will actually remind you to pack yours up when you’ve unplugged your phone.


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