USB-C

Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C connector

Intel unveils Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type-C connector

Intel has just introduced Thunderbolt 3, the latest generation of the connector, and did so with a curveball. In order to stay relevant amidst the ongoing popularity of USB and its new, reversible connectors, Thunderbolt 3 will feature both identical connectors and ports as USB Type-C. This means that computers, going forward, can rely on a single port for connecting both USB and Thunderbolt devices/accessories. So if Apple, for example, continues to make its notebooks thinner, they can continue with the trend of a single port that was introduced on the new Retina MacBooks.

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Android Marshmallow’s best feature is a real snoozer

Android Marshmallow’s best feature is a real snoozer

Google's next version of Android is revealed to have a "Dozing" feature which effectively puts your smartphone to sleep. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google will be bringing a Doze mode that detects when your phone has not been in use for an extended period of time - when you've accidentally left it on the counter over a long weekend away, for example. When your Android device senses this amount of inactivity, it powers down all non-necessary functions. Google suggests that with this feature enabled, smartphone users could be seeing battery life extended by 2x or more.

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Patriot USB Flash Drive goes for dual Type-A, Type-C plugs

Patriot USB Flash Drive goes for dual Type-A, Type-C plugs

As fancy, reversible, and multipurpose as the new Type-C USB ports may be, they are not backwards compatible with any of the existing accessories and flash drives in the market. At least not without an adapter. But with Apple's new MacBook and Google's new Chromebook Pixel solidly behind the new standard, it will only be a matter of time before it spreads like wildfire. It's also the perfect opportunity for device and accessory makers to put out new wares, like what Patriot is doing with its new USB flash drives.

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Moshi iLynx 3.0 review; a classy, fast-charging USB hub for all

Moshi iLynx 3.0 review; a classy, fast-charging USB hub for all

USB Type C is all the rage lately. The new Chromebook has it, and the MacBook relies on it entirely. You and I, though — we’re not there yet. While we’re still in USB land, hubs like the iLynx 3.0 from Moshi will remain as relevant as ever, but is it worth buying? We talk about future tech a lot, and that’s what (reversible) USB Type C is, but for right now (and really for the foreseeable future), USB is where it’s at.

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No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

More controversial than the keyboard, more divisive than the battery life: the thing that's causing the greatest number of arguments about the new Retina MacBook is its paucity of ports. A single USB-C on the left side of the notebook isn't, as Vincent observed in our own review of the 2015 MacBook, a deal breaker, but not everyone is quite so ready to be convinced. It's a legitimate concern, even if in the grand history of tech it's not a new one.

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iPad PRO dummy: multiple port irony

iPad PRO dummy: multiple port irony

Could it be that, just weeks after releasing the 2015 "MacBook", Apple would release an iPad that brings MORE power to their tablet lineup? With the MacBook, the user gets fewer ports than with the MacBook Pro and fewer ports than the MacBook Air. With the iPad Pro, tipped this week for the umpteenth time over the last few months, we see more ports than in previous iPads. This version, it would seem, comes with two USB-C ports instead of one lightning port.

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Belkin outs USB-C range for MacBook and Chromebook Pixel

Belkin outs USB-C range for MacBook and Chromebook Pixel

Belkin has waded into the USB-C arena, joining Apple and Google in announcing an array of cables, adapters, and dongles, many of which are designed to bring old peripherals up to MacBook speed. The eight-strong lineup won't start shipping until this summer, Belkin says, whereupon it will span a range of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and ethernet options. What we're still yet to see, however, is any sort of more complex USB-C docking station that could take on the role of a desktop hub.

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These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

Google has embraced USB-C on the new, 2015 Chromebook Pixel, revealing a handful of accessories for the new connectivity standard alongside the Chrome OS notebook. As well as the Pixel itself - which promises up to twelve hours of battery life, as well as a recharge good for two hours of use off just 15 minutes of being plugged in - there's also a variety of adapters and dongles to get legacy devices up and running. Best of all, since USB-C is an industry standard, rather than something cooked up by Apple or Google individually, it doesn't matter whose branding is on the packaging: the accessory will work with both the new Pixel and the new MacBook.

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Google Chromebook Pixel rebooted with USB-C

Google Chromebook Pixel rebooted with USB-C

Google has revamped the Chromebook Pixel, its flagship Chrome OS notebook, though while the new 2015 Pixel is more affordable than its painfully expensive predecessor, it's still not cheap. The new Pixel runs Chrome OS on a 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen, with either Core i5 or i7 processors inside, though unlike the first-gen version there's no integrated LTE option. Meanwhile, just as with Apple's new MacBook, the new Chromebook Pixel uses USB-C.

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We need to talk about USB-C and Apple’s new MacBook

We need to talk about USB-C and Apple’s new MacBook

A lot can change based on your intonation. When Apple says "the new MacBook only has one port!" it means it as a compliment. The reaction many had to the new ultraportable was the same phrase, but voiced in unhappy astonishment instead: even with the wealth of wireless options out there, you still can't quite escape cables. USB-C is more than just a smaller USB port, but it's easy to get distracted by eighty dollar dongles and questions over what Apple's new connector-of-choice means for the existing peripherals on your desk or in your bag.

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LaCie brings USB-C to Porsche drive with MacBook in mind

LaCie brings USB-C to Porsche drive with MacBook in mind

If you’re planning to snap up one of those sleek new MacBooks, you’ve got accessories on the shopping list too, we hope. The good news is, you might not even have to leave the Apple Store for everything you need. With the new MacBook, Apple also unveiled a series of dongles for owners to attach things to. We’d also humbly suggest you take a look at an external hard drive; the memory on offer is slight. And if you do, Seagate just updated LaCie’s Porsche Design Mobile Drive to work with USB-C.

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USB-C adapters: a MacBook must

USB-C adapters: a MacBook must

This week the folks at Apple have revealed the new MacBook, a notebook with just 2 ports. One is for your headphones - a standard headphone jack that also allows mic-in. The other port is a USB-C, a sort of "universal" port which allows you to charge the notebook up as well as run video out and peripherals in. To make use of this port for power, you won't have to do anything special - there'll be a power cord in the box. For everything else, you're going to have to pay a little something extra.

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