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AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

The folks at myCharge make a battery called AdventureUltra that outputs to USB and AC adapter. This monster has a battery capacity up to 13400mAh, and it's made for camping. Of course you can use it anywhere, as over the last few weeks I've tested and confirmed. It's a lifesaver when I'm working on a bus or making a trip across the country in a car with no outlet.

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Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

Dear smartphones: Why use any cord at all?

In the future, cords will only be used to run power across long distances and to facilitate the transfer of data only when the fastest transfer will do. Aside from those two items, everything else will be done without the ubiquitous USB, or Lightning plug, or headphone jack. No company can stop this from happening, and only the most extremely rare company will stick around to create retro hardware.

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Yubico’s new USB-C authenticator is entirely too tiny

Yubico’s new USB-C authenticator is entirely too tiny

The Yubico YubiKey 4C Nano is the perfect way for you to lose access to your computer because of it's miniature size. The image of this device you see above and/or below should give you an accurate sense for scale - it's just about the size of most USB/Bluetooth dongles. The difference here is that this device is the key to your crypto and touch-to-sign, FIDO U2F, one-time password, smart card (PIV), and smart card (OpenPGP) authentication - important stuff.

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OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

This week the folks at OWC have a new super-duper-dongle that they call the USB-C Travel Dock for Mac and PC. This device rolls with five ports, extending the abilities of the meager USB-C port well beyond its original, single-ported existence. Of course this device would be nothing if USB-C wasn't able to provide the connections - it's a teamwork sort of situation.

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Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

This year is the year of fingerprints for security - if it weren't already abundantly clear, here's another bit of proof. This is the VeriMark Fingerprint Key by Kensington. This device is just about as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets - or as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets when it's not already embedded into a device. This fingerprint scanner is a USB dongle - and it lets the user log in to their notebook.

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USB 3.2 doubles the speed, doubles the confusion

USB 3.2 doubles the speed, doubles the confusion

For something that has “universal” in its name, the USB standard is anything but. It is honestly all over the place. USB Type-C, a.k.a. USB-C, was supposed to become the end all and be all of USB connections but, that is only true in an ideal world. In the real world, devices still use non-reversible USB 3.0, even much older USB 2.0, connections. And to keep things moving forward, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has just proudly revealed the existence of yet another one: USB 3.2.

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Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

The folks at Satechi have revealed a couple of new USB-C accessories for those device users that wish to output video from small screens to big screens. Two devices were shown today, one a dongle, the other a cable. The cable has USB-C on one end, and a full-sized HDMI plug on the other. The smaller device is the adapter which has a full-sized HDMI port on one end and USB-C on the other.

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LumiCharge LED desk lamp and charger mini Review

LumiCharge LED desk lamp and charger mini Review

The LumiCharge LED Desk Lamp with Universal Phone Charger is an interesting proposition for desk-sitting gadget lovers. On one hand, it's a lamp - it's able to shine in several different hues, which is great - and it has the time, date, and temperature on it. It also has a multi-tipped phone dock on it for the charging of the user's phone. There's a motion sensor light on this device too - and a couple of USB ports on its back.

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ADATA UV310 is a sleek and waterproof metal 64GB flash drive

ADATA UV310 is a sleek and waterproof metal 64GB flash drive

ADATA has taken the wraps off a new sleek metal USB flash drive, one featuring a shiny and durable metal design with a large open loop on the end and dark, stamped branding on the top. The drive is long and looks well when paired with any device, including high-end and aluminum laptops. The style isn't unlike what we've seen from Samsung, though it does have its own small bits of uniqueness. This joins the company's array of other, mostly less attractive, flash drive offerings.

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Lexar makes a new JumpDrive Tough USB stick for ruggedness

Lexar makes a new JumpDrive Tough USB stick for ruggedness

Lexar brand announced this week that they’d be releasing a number of USB jump drives with resistance to impact, pressure, weather, and water. These jump drives will be able to roll with USB 3.1 ports, and will be backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well. These USB sticks are able to withstand heavy-duty action and have a loop to attach to a variety of keychains, carabiners, or other oddities.

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Razer Power Bank equips Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Razer Power Bank equips Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Razer has revealed a Power Bank charging device to take control of their own laptop charging destiny. To make this happen, the Razer Power Bank rolls with several USB ports to charge not only a laptop, but smartphones and tablets as well. Inside this power bank is a massive 12,800 mAh capacity battery, made for long rides on airplanes and in the back seats of cars.

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Behold, Kingston’s 2TB flash drive

Behold, Kingston’s 2TB flash drive

This relatively small box of metal can carry 2TB of data - well enough for your whole movie collection, not to mention your music files. Straight from Kingston, the makers of many sorts of high-capacity and super-swift bits of hardware, the DataTraveler Ultimate is extremely simple. It rolls with a size of 72mm x 26.9mm x 21mm and connects with USB 3.0.

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