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MacBook Pro spy photos hint at OLED touch strip, no MagSafe

MacBook Pro spy photos hint at OLED touch strip, no MagSafe

It's been a while since Apple made any huge change to its MacBook Pro line but the upcoming new model might prove to be the most controversial, or at least most talked about, one. Aside from the usual internal updates, like processor or RAM, rumors point to equally substantial new features on the outside of the MacBook Pro. A fresh batch of leaked photos of the alleged cutouts for the new notebook confirm the rumored OLED touch display strip above the keyboard. But they also reveal other changes that might not sit well with everyone, like the removal of MagSafe charging and full-sized USB ports.

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Acer H277HU USB-C Monitor Review: Your MacBook’s best friend

Acer H277HU USB-C Monitor Review: Your MacBook’s best friend

USB-C is our salvation from cable madness, at least that's what they tell us, but as early adopters of Apple's MacBook or other cutting-edge hardware have realized, reality hasn't caught up to the promise. The theory, and indeed the core technology, is sound, but it's illustrative of the dearth of peripherals that the Acer H277HU display is causing as much interest as it is. Yes, you can plug it into your old-school PC, but this is really all about USB-C.

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AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Hub Review : USB-C, multi-charging from a single socket

AUKEY Quick Charge 3.0 Hub Review : USB-C, multi-charging from a single socket

Today we're having a look at Qualcomm's own Quick Charge 3.0 as used in two new AUKEY products: the Amp Type-C 5-Port Charging Station and the QC 3.0 Dual-Port Car Charger. If you're in search of a set of USB-C compatible charging devices for your next-generation Android devices - HTC 10 and LG G5 included - these pieces of equipment are ready to roll. We've got our hands on both this week to give them the once-over for our many Quick Charge 3.0 devices, all part of the new wave.

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LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

LG G5 USB-C supports Power Delivery, Qualcomm Quick Charge

Despite the promises of a better USB future, USB Type-C, the reversible, all-in-one connection, is still in a stage fraught with growing pains. Some manufacturers and accessory makers are too eager to jump onto the USB-C bandwagon that they don't always check for proper compliance and implementation. Even OnePlus was guilty of that rookie mistake. Fortunately, it seems that LG has learned from others' mistakes and has ensured that the USB-C port on the LG G5 is compatible with both Qualcomm's proprietary Quick Charge 3.0 and the more standard USB Power Delivery 2.0 spec.

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Surface Book 2 to have USB-C port, 4K screen

Surface Book 2 to have USB-C port, 4K screen

If you have been waiting for the next iteration of the Surface Book before sinking your teeth into Microsoft's first laptop, then your patience might be paying off. Or not. The Surface Book is undoubtedly an impressive piece of tech but it was still rough around the edges and suffered first gen problems. A new generation of Surface Books is expected for the second half of this year which could address many of those pain points. But the addition of a USB-C port and an upgrade to a 4K resolution screen might not exactly be what others would consider a significant improvement.

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Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

It may be time for Samsung to try their hand - again - at adopting the next generation of USB technology in smartphones of all sorts. They previously attempted this with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that utilized a B-shaped USB 3.0 port. That wasn't especially positively popular with users, from what we heard, so Samsung ended up switching back with the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 6 is said, today, to be moving forward with the first non-micro-USB-B port on a Samsung phone since the Note 3.

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Anker 60W USB Type-C charger powers five devices at once

Anker 60W USB Type-C charger powers five devices at once

Anker has a new charger that is able to charge an entire family's gadgets all at the same time from a single outlet. The device is called the Anker Premium 5-Port 60W USB Wall Charger PowerPort+. That is a very long name and it can charge five devices at one time with four USB ports and a single USB Type-C port.

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Intel wants to kill your smartphone’s headphone jack

Intel wants to kill your smartphone’s headphone jack

We've heard rumors for months about Apple ditching the audio jack on the iPhone 7. While we won't have confirmation on those rumors until Apple formally announces the phone, there are other players out there that also want to see the death of the port. The latest one is Intel.

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What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

Google's Benson Leung called out the LG G5 and the HTC 10 this past due to their USB-C cords, both of which break official USB-C spec rules. Why? Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The cords do not fit the standard specifications for USB Type-C (or USB-C, however you want to say it) as set by the USB Implementers Forum. Today we've got a detailed set of answers from Qualcomm on why they're not worried about fitting this spec as defended by Leung - and why you shouldn't either.

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HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

Benson Leung is someone that we've talked about before. He's the Google engineer that rounded up all of the USB Type-C cables and put them through a series of tests to see if they're up to snuff. As it turned out, a number of them weren't, and one even managed to permanently damage his laptop. Well he's back at it again, this time he's looking at phones that use the Type-C spec. And he calls out two big names for being non-compliant, the HTC 10 and LG G5.

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When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

When giants falter: Apple, companies abandon standard connectors

Early this week, Apple announced its refresh of the 12-inch MacBook without much fuss nor fanfare. It wasn't really that unexpected, considering the new line simply bumped up the specs a little but offered nothing extraordinarily different. But that silence almost hints at something brewing underneath, a sign that few picked up: the death knell for Thunderbolt. Once one of the apples of Apple's eye, the connector is silently absent from its latest MacBooks. With the rumors of another standard connector to be absent from a future iPhone, we begin to wonder why Apple is suddenly abandoning the very standards it tried to push hard.

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LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 offers up to 96TB of space

LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 offers up to 96TB of space

With a name like "12big", you know that you're in for something huge. That might not be anything new if you're already a fan of LaCie's storage boxes, but the promise of 96 TB, that's terabytes, of storage for a workstation PC is still something that sounds to good to be true. But that's exactly what this latest incarnation of LaCie's 12big "tower" promises, pairing Seagate's fastest hard drives with the new Thunderbolt 3 spec to deliver all that a multimedia wizard needs to create high quality, high resolution, and high file size content.

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