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The Practical Meter aims to tell you how fast your phone is charging

The Practical Meter aims to tell you how fast your phone is charging

If you've ever wondered if plugging your smartphone in to one power outlet was charging it up to full power faster than another, there's a tiny device made by a fellow named David Toledo that'll get you thinking. What you're seeing here is a sort of half-way point between a USB port and your USB-based power cord. What the Practical Meter will do is show you a number of lights depending on how fast your device is powering up. With this information, you'll be able to find the most optimized power source and charge your device up as fast as possible.

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Acer abandons Thunderbolt in favor of cheaper USB 3.0

Acer abandons Thunderbolt in favor of cheaper USB 3.0

Acer has ditched plans to push Thunderbolt on its Windows PCs, turning instead to USB 3.0 despite being the first PC manufacturer to support Intel's high-speed connection. According to Acer, which first included Thunderbolt on the Aspire S5 ultrabook in early 2012, it's a matter of cost, USB 3.0 offering comparable speed among other advantages, and the continuing shortage of peripherals actually using Thunderbolt technology that have soured it on the port.

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Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple could further slim its MacBook Air and Pro range by combining ports, a new patent application suggests, developing hybrid USB and SD card reader ports that save notebook space without sacrificing connectivity. The newly published patent, simply titled "combined input port", describes a single connector that, thanks to offset pins inside, could work with both a regular USB plug or the contacts on a memory card, depending on which the user required at the time. However, the same arrangement could also be used for combining any other mixture of ports, such as Thunderbolt, Apple points out.

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MIMOBOTs go massive with Uglydoll Flash Drive family expansion

MIMOBOTs go massive with Uglydoll Flash Drive family expansion

This week it's time to get goofy with a brand new set of updates to Mimoco's Uglydoll MIMOBOT Flash Drive collection - Big Toe included! The collection you're seeing here has the Big Toe character leading the way in this newly massive 128GB USB 3.0 stick set, each of these little monsters working not only as a storage stick on their own, but as a repository for a suite of wallpapers, icons, and avatars right out of the box! That's so cute it's sickening!

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Next-generation Power2U AC/USB outlet unveiled

Next-generation Power2U AC/USB outlet unveiled

Just about every mobile gadget we use charges via a USB port. It doesn't matter if you use Android, the iPhone, or something else altogether, all of these gadgets use a USB cord and adapter that plugs into a wall outlet. If you use multiple devices is very easy to run out of outlets in your room or office to charge your portable devices at the end of the day.

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Sharp offers USB-powered ion generator air purifier

Sharp offers USB-powered ion generator air purifier

USB-powered gadgets tend to run the gamut from the mundane to the truly bizarre. We've seen plenty of USB-powered air purifiers over the years that aim to remove odors and pollutants from your room or office. We've also seen a number of USB devices and that remove pollen and other items from the air you breathe as well.

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