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This could be Apple’s brilliant new iPhone 6 cable

This could be Apple’s brilliant new iPhone 6 cable

There's an old joke that USB cables have in fact three orientations, because no matter which way you turn them they never plug in properly the first two times, but Apple looks to be addressing that with its latest Lightning cables. After patent filings for a two-way reversible USB connector surfaced last week, now the cable itself appears to have leaked.

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PNY LEGO USB drive launches, is compatible with your other LEGOs

PNY LEGO USB drive launches, is compatible with your other LEGOs

We've seen all sorts of odd and novelty USB flash drives over the years (check out the Star Trek set), but none that can be used as a piece of a larger construction. Cue PNY's new partnership with LEGO, and the plastic-brick storage devices that naturally follow.

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Hallelujah: USB Type-C grabs Lightning’s best feature

Hallelujah: USB Type-C grabs Lightning’s best feature

A new USB plug might not seem like a big deal, but if you've ever cursed your smartphone charger because you can't get it to connect seemingly no matter which way you flip it, USB Type-C being finalized is going to make your day. The new connector, outlined last April, can be plugged into a device in either orientation, as well as supporting faster data transfers and more power.

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swivelCard paper USB connects to your special web page

swivelCard paper USB connects to your special web page

Ever wondered whether the business cards you hand out end up in people's collection or in the trash bin? Or have you ever wished your business cards were more dynamic, without having to employ expensive gimmicks? Do you want a business card that, even if it does get thrown away, isn't a nuisance to the environment? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you might just be the supporter that swivelCard is looking for.

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ has more slots, less power demand

Raspberry Pi Model B+ has more slots, less power demand

The Raspberry Pi Model B is getting another facelift and no, this isn't a Raspberry Pi 2, and all that is implied by that major name change. Instead, the B+, as the name would suggest, is a very incremental improvement over the existing Model B, giving makers and hackers more connectivity options but retaining the same core and keeping compatiblity with the existing software and peripherals.

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Star Wars hits the mobile battery market with mimo PowerBot

Star Wars hits the mobile battery market with mimo PowerBot

From the same folks that’ve brought your Star Wars USB stick Mimobots and Star Wars microUSB converters comes a new collection of mobile power chargers. These little beasts work with 5200mAh of power, meaning your iPhone - or similarly sized device - will be able to roll with three extra lifelines of power before you have to charge R2-D2 back up. You’ll also have fast-charge action with 2.1AMP right out the gate.

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iPhone 5 vulnerable to third-party cables says repair firm

iPhone 5 vulnerable to third-party cables says repair firm

If your iPhone 5's cable is acting up and you're considering ordering a replacement from a third-party vendor, you might want to reconsider that decision. Repair firm mendmyi has identified an issue that it says is affecting many iPhone 5 handsets, and they all concern the use of third-party chargers.

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Xbox One Controller PC drivers released: grab em!

Xbox One Controller PC drivers released: grab em!

This morning Microsoft has released two drivers for their Xbox One controller for PC. This means that if you have an Xbox One wireless controller - the only standard controller for the Xbox One at this time - you can now work with your PC as well.

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araHub aims to be go-to Mac USB hub

araHub aims to be go-to Mac USB hub

A new USB hub by the name araHub has been introduced to the public. This USB hub wishes to be "the worlds best, most beautiful USB 3 hub," aiming to do so with a look that replicates that of the Apple suite of notebooks and desktop computers.

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USB 3.1 Type-C to feature smaller, reversible plugs

USB 3.1 Type-C to feature smaller, reversible plugs

There will be a new type of USB plug that will hopefully solve most of the annoyances related to the ubiquitous data and power transfer cable. Taking a cue from Apple, the USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) has revealed a proposals for a Type-C connector that can be plugged in whichever way you like.

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ControllerMAX gaming controller converter Review

ControllerMAX gaming controller converter Review

The device known as ControllerMAX allows you to plug in and use essentially any gaming controller into any console or PC - it’s as simple as that at the baseline. This device is no larger than a USB dongle and just as light - and that’s what you get in the box - simple at the outset. NOTE: The brand formerly known as ChronusMAX has become ControllerMAX in the time it’s taken for us to review this device, believe it or not, so supposing you’re seeing the lead image in this review and are baffled by it, fear not - it’s the same device.

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Xbox One update requires Controller update as well

Xbox One update requires Controller update as well

Supposing you’re in the mood for a full Xbox One update this week rather than just the basics, you’ll want to plug your controller into the console as well. As recounted by Major Nelson today, you’ll not be able to do certain things with the controller unless you update it separate from the system update. New features include using the new Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter once you’ve got your hands on one.

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