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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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Maxell unveils new external hard drives for video professionals

Maxell unveils new external hard drives for video professionals

Maxell has announced a new external storage solution aimed specifically at professional users. The new external storage solutions are aimed at handling large files associated with high-definition video environment such as audio and video editing, digital photography, and animation. The external storage solutions fit in the Maxell's Professional Plus series of personal storage solutions.

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Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink Infotainment system hands-on

Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink Infotainment system hands-on

This week at the 2013 New York International Auto Show we've had the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the next-generation Buick Intellilink infotainment system. This system has been revealed as coming with the 2014 LaCrosse as well as the 2014 Regal, both vehicles working with nearly identical implementations of infotainment and media playback throughout. It all begins on an 8-inch touchscreen display that sits front and center of the vehicle, able to be accessed by the driver or the copilot with ease.

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Sonic-connect 2 lets you step away from the desk and stay informed

Sonic-connect 2 lets you step away from the desk and stay informed

If you're the sort of person who has a need to be connected to a computer at all times but you don't want to have to sit in front of it constantly, you might be interested in the Sonic-connect 2. This device is a portable USB gadget that plugs into your computer and can alert you of incoming messages from a variety of sources. The Sonic-connect 2 is able to keep an eye on different types of messages.

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Thanko unveils a new USB-powered air purifier

Thanko unveils a new USB-powered air purifier

It has been several months now since we talked about a bizarre USB-powered product from Thanko. Last time out it was a hairbrush that automatically misted your hair with water as you brush. The new product from the purveyor of strange gadgets this time is a USB-powered UV Air Purifier.

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Pyle Retro Belt-Drive Turntable brings USB-recharge mobile

Pyle Retro Belt-Drive Turntable brings USB-recharge mobile

This week the folks at Pyle have revealed another masterpiece in their ever-growing line of turntable devices - keeping the classic art of vinyl records on the minds of the public while the connect with next-wave technology. This newest iteration of the Pyle vision is the Retro Belt-Drive Turntable, made to be your fold-away solution for spinning your favorite vinyl-plated favorites on the go.

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