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Put A Pair Of USB Ports Where You Really Need Them: In Your Couch

Instead of stuffing a 9m long USB charging cable into your couch — the one place your smartphone needs power most — this simple power station stays hidden between cushions so you’ll never have to go hunting for it.


Genius Faceplate Puts USB Ports On Your Wall With No Wiring Needed

The days of having to wire up a complete replacement outlet to add a USB charging port will soon be long gone. The same folks behind the SnapRays Guidelight, a replacement cover that added night lights to almost any outlet in your home without wiring, is back with an even better product. Their new SnapPower Charger cover can be installed on any outlet, but instead of lights it adds a USB port for charging your electronics.


A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $US50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea’s oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films.


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.