USB-C

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

Laptops are, mostly, designed to be portable, even when they can weigh a ton. But there will come a time, or times, when you’ll wish you had more than just your single screen, keyboard, and touchpad on your desk. Sure, you can plug in all types of cables and peripherals, but that can be unwieldy quite quickly. And when you have a sole USB-C port like the new MacBook, you’re practically out of luck. Not unless you have this new IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station that will make you forget your laptop isn’t a desktop workstation.

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Intel eyes a future where USB-C headphones reign supreme

Intel eyes a future where USB-C headphones reign supreme

The rumored impending death of the 3.5mm audio jack, at least in the smartphone industry, has people worked up into a frenzy. There are some arguments about why ditching it for USB-C would be best; there are ample arguments about why the transition would be a mistake. Some vow to never buy a phone that doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack; others say Bluetooth is the way of the future anyway, so who cares? Intel, it seems, is voting for that rumored USB-C headphones future, and it says there are some why it makes sense.

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USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

The USB Type C standard is a very young one, but thanks to the push from certain companies, everyone is jumping in quickly. So it's not really surprising that not everyone gets it right. And not everyone even tries for that matter. Soon, however, worries about picking up a correct USB-C charger or even bringing multiple chargers for different USB-C devices will be a thing of the past. The USB Implementers Forum, a.k.a. the USB-IF, has just announced a certification program that will ensure that chargers comply with set standards and are, therefore, safe to use.

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Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

USB Type C, or simply USB-C, is the hot new standard for data and power connections on mobile devices, sometimes even laptops like the Apple MacBook. Although not yet adopted universally, it is becoming more widespread in each new product launch. That means that a bunch of new accessories, including chargers, have popped up almost out of nowhere. Sadly, it also means that not everyone gets the spec right, resulting in sometimes very dangerous consequences, as reported by Redditor Nathan-K.

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JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

For many years, your options for connecting headphones to your mobile phone were either a headphone port or Bluetooth. Things are changing today with consistent rumors that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone port and use its lightning port for headphones. Android users will get a similar capability via headphones that connect to the USB-C port like these JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones.

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There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

There’s a new Samsung Gear VR to play nice with Note 7

Samsung isn't just launching a new phablet today, but introducing an updated version of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, complete with a new connector and a more immersive experience. The new Gear VR picks up where the existing, Oculus-powered model leaves off, with the Android smartphone docking in a bay at the front and lending its processing power and display to 360-degree photos and videos along with games and apps.

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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked to sport USB-C, Always On Display

Galaxy Note 7 leaked to sport USB-C, Always On Display

Given this is Samsung we're talking about, it isn't really out of the ordinary that it would rumored to be putting anything and everything new in the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. We've already seen "proof" of, for the first time, an iris scanner on the device. Now we're getting a glimpse of two more unconfirmed features for the phablet. For one, it could also be the first Samsung smartphone to get the new USB Type-C port that other OEMs have started supporting. And, not that surprising, it is shown also getting the Always On Display introduced in the Galaxy S7.

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Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

Forget MateBook, Huawei made the perfect MacBook gadget

The world is full of mysteries, but the question simmering among many is why Apple is still yet to produce a USB-C dock for the Retina MacBook. The port-light ultraportable has demonstrated its commitment to the USB-C spirit with two generations resolutely sticking to the idea that a single port is sufficient, but salvation for those with a handful of things to connect comes from a perhaps unlikely source.

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Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

Huawei MateBook Review: Two big deal-breakers for this iPad Pro rival

For years, Apple has cornered the market in stylish tablets, but Huawei's MateBook has arrived to steal the iPad's crown. Announced to no shortage of fanfare at Mobile World Congress in February, the MateBook pieces together the style of an iPad Pro, the connectivity of a MacBook, and the flexibility of full Windows 10. Question is, does Huawei's math add up, or is the MateBook too ambitious for its own good?

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LG G5 can connect to LG’s USB-C 4K monitor

LG G5 can connect to LG’s USB-C 4K monitor

Despite being an industry standard, Google engineer Benson Leung, who worked on the Pixel C Android tablet, discovered that adoption was not only slow but also done improperly. To some extent, it's understandable given how new the technology is. So it isn't hard to imagine Leung's contentment when he discovered last month that the LG G5 actually supported the standard's Power Deliver spec. Apparently, the good news doesn't stop there, as he is now reporting that it also supports the new DisplayPort over USB-C spec, which allows it to connect to LG's own 27-inch 4K USB Type-C monitor.

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Belkin USB-C Car Charger powers your gadgets on the go

Belkin USB-C Car Charger powers your gadgets on the go

Gadgets that drop micro USB in favor of USB-C chargers are slowly growing in number, and that means all the charging cables you've amassed over the years won't do you much good. If you have, for example, the HTC 10, you're going to need a USB-C charger like the one Belkin introduced today. The new Belkin USB-C Car Charger is exactly what it sounds like, and it is available starting today for $44.99 USD.

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