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USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

The word is spreading here near the end of 2013: USB is over, if you want it. USB PD (Power Delivery) is set to be the new standard for the next generation, working with standard specifications set to start taking effect as early as 2014. This technology may very well change the way we power electronics, first and foremost because it's able to output up to 100 watts of power, 10 times that of today's current best in regular ol' USB technology.

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EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

Anyone who's on the road a lot for work, school, or pleasure knows it can be a challenge keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use away from an outlet. If your travels take you outdoors a lot, keeping your gadgets charged and keeping you in touch can be particularly troublesome. A company called Ascent Solar Technologies has announced a new backpack called the EnerPlex Packr that not only has plenty of room for all of your gear, but helps keep your gadgets powered working.

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Audio-Technica ATH-D900USB USB headphones are first with a 24-bit USB DAC

Audio-Technica ATH-D900USB USB headphones are first with a 24-bit USB DAC

Audio-Technica has been producing all sorts of audiophile grade audio gear for a number of years. The company is particularly known for producing some high-quality USB turntables that are able to turn vinyl records into digital tracks via USB connectivity. The company has announced a new set of audiophile grade USB headphones will launch in February 2014 called the ATH-D9000USB.

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LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 thumb drive now available

LaCie Porsche Design USB 3.0 thumb drive now available

LaCie and Porsche Design have jointly created a sleek new thumb drive aptly named the LaCie Porsche Design USB Key. Unlike many USB drives, the Porsche Design USB Key eschews colorful designs and plastics, aiming more for a sleek, subtle design that blends in on the average key ring and looks professional in a business setting. The thumb drive is available now.

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Audio-Technica AT-LP60 LP to digital turntable supports PC and Mac

Audio-Technica AT-LP60 LP to digital turntable supports PC and Mac

Audio-Technica has announced a new LP to digital turntable system. The turntable is the AT-LP60 and it's designed to help you get your old-school vinyl record collection into digital form. Turntable connects to Mac or Windows computers using a USB cable.

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OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini storage device offers bus-powered hardware RAID

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini storage device offers bus-powered hardware RAID

Computer users who need lots of external storage have a bunch of options to choose from. A company named OWC has been producing storage solutions geared towards Mac users for a number of years. The company has unveiled its latest product called the Mercury Elite Pro Dual Mini.

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USB 3.1 confirmed as new 10Gbps specification

USB 3.1 confirmed as new 10Gbps specification

The Universal Serial Bus is getting a sweet upgrade. The USB alliance has made official the name of the 10Gbps specification for USB, and they're calling it USB 3.1. While only USB 3.1 products will get the faster speeds, the new specification will be backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.

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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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AOC 16-inch portable monitor arrives with USB 3.0 in tow

AOC 16-inch portable monitor arrives with USB 3.0 in tow

A lot of us could use a second display nowadays, but if you travel a lot and rely on your laptop to get a lot of work done, not only are you limited to a small screen, but it's hard to take a second display around with you. However, AOC just outed a new 16-inch monitor that is powered by only a single USB 3.0 cable.

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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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Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speed without the wallet hemorrhaging

Buffalo DriveStation DDR claims SSD speed without the wallet hemorrhaging

Buffalo has announced a new high-capacity storage solution that promises the speed of an SSD while offering the capacity and cost of a traditional hard drive. The storage solution is called the DriveStation DDR and it's a high-performance external USB 3.0 hard drive featuring 1 GB of DDR3 RAM cache. That 1 GB of DDR3 RAM allows for accelerated transfer speeds.

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