USB-C

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

USB-C Authentication spec could save devices from bad cables

Late last year, Google engineer Benson Leung, part of the team that worked on the Pixel C, went on a crusade to scour Amazon for USB Type-C cables and test them for safety. The results were discouraging, even leading to the irreparable damage of one of Leung's computers. Taking note of the dire situation, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, who developed the standard, are now proposing a new USB Type-C Authentication protocol that will protect such devices from the dangerous effects of poorly and incorrectly designed, as well as insecure, Type-C accessories such as cables and chargers.

Continue Reading

JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds are for USB Type-C phones

The new HTC 10 smartphone has a USB-C port, and just in time for it is the new JBL Reflect Aware C earbuds with a USB Type-C cable. These are the first sport earbuds for USB-C phones, according to JBL, that feature adaptive noise control and noise cancellation. In addition to blocking out unwanted ambient noises, the earbuds feature an in-line control and microphone, two color options, and more.

Continue Reading

Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

We'd been on the lookout for a handy companion for our USB-C-toting smartphones and laptops and - what do you know? Samsung busts one out. This is the Samsung SSD T3 with USB-C, working with the same controllers and flash used in Samsung's 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, this time with a metal jacket and an appearance that's just about as slick as you're going to be able to find on the market anywhere.

Continue Reading

Amazon bans USB Type-C cables that don’t follow standards

Amazon bans USB Type-C cables that don’t follow standards

We have talked about a guy called Benson Leung before, Leung is an engineer who worked on the Pixel C project for Google. This guy took the task upon himself to cruise listings for USB Type-C cables being sold online and to test if the cables comply with the specifications set out by the USB Implementers Forum. The problem with cables that don’t follow these specifications is that they can damage your device.

Continue Reading

DisplayPort 1.4 will let devices output to 8K via USB-C

DisplayPort 1.4 will let devices output to 8K via USB-C

The rest of the world is just catching up with 4K and yet display and TV makers are already starting to get the ball rolling on 8K. Well, that still unborn market has already gotten the thumbs up from an industry standard. The Video Electronics Standards Association, more popular known as VESA, has just released version 1.4 of the DisplayPort specification. Among other things, the new spec makes provisions for driving video output from a computer or mobile device to an 8K screen, over a still young USB Type-C connection.

Continue Reading

LG 360 VR headset hands-on: 3 important facts

LG 360 VR headset hands-on: 3 important facts

LG's virtual reality headset is important because of its style, its methodology, and its connectivity. What you're seeing is another bridging of the gap. Instead of continuing to make slightly less-than-comfortable Cardboard units or ramping all the way up to a headset such as Samsung's Gear VR, LG's made a half-step between the two. This LG 360 VR headset has its own display, fits like a pair of glasses, and connects to the LG G5 via USB-C. Simple as that.

Continue Reading

MacBook USB-C recall instructions tell if you’re affected

MacBook USB-C recall instructions tell if you’re affected

Apple's first USB-C MacBook release included a cord which had a bit of a hardware flaw - one that the company is now in the process of fixing. For those of you that've purchased a MacBook in the past several years, there's one simple way of figuring out whether or not you MAY be affected. If your power cord is a MagSafe connector (magnetic, as the name implies), you do not need to worry. From there, if you're a USB-C sort of user, there's one more check.

Continue Reading

Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Apple is replacing early Retina MacBook USB-C charging cables

Did you purchase one of Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBooks in the first few months after it launched last year? If so, you'll want to check the company's latest replacement program over the USB-C charging cables that shipped with the laptop. It seems that the cables that either shipped with the MacBook or were purchased individually through June 2015 have been determined to have a "design issue" that could cause them to stop working.

Continue Reading

Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

Beware USB-C cables that could seriously fry your device

As part of the team who worked on the Pixel C, Google engineer Benson Leung took it upon himself to survey the myriad USB Type-C cables being sold, particularly on Amazon, for their compliance with the USB specs and accuracy, not to mention safety. Every test carries a risk but Leung perhaps hoped never to come across one as destructive as this. Now he has the war wounds to show for his crusade and at least three dead devices, including a 2015 Chromebook Pixel because of a poorly and incorrectly made USB-C cable.

Continue Reading

Acer H7 USB-C monitor hands-on

Acer H7 USB-C monitor hands-on

With the Acer H7, Acer is jumping in on the USB-C party with what may be the first USB Type-C monitor to be released to the public for sale. What we're doing today is having a peek at what its panel looks like. Here at CES 2016, we're having a peek at this monitor as it's connected to both USB-C and HDMI cables - for power and video. What's great about this monitor is that, while it works with USB-C for video, you can also roll with a slightly more universal (for now) bit of video connector.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10