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The time is almost up for the USB jack — called USB type A — that we've been using for over 2o years, as Intel has paved the way for the new USB-C standard to take over.

On Wednesday, Intel said it would make its Thunderbolt 3 technology royalty-free, which gives any device manufacturer much better incentive to use the technology. It said that would take effect "next year."

Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology uses the USB type C, or USB-C, standard to plug devices into computers and other peripherals.

Here's what that means for you:

It'll change the way we connect our devices.

Your external hard drive...

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Posted By Paul Nolan

Late last year, we showed you the Arc Hub, a circular USB-C hub we hoped would help improve the pitiful plight of third-party USB-C hubs currently on the market. After owning a 12-inch MacBook for two years now, I can tell you the only reliable option for a USB-C hub has been Apple’s $69 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which only comes with a HDMI and USB-A port, alongside the pass through USB-C port for charging. It’s not ideal.

Thankfully, the Arc Hub looks to be the answer — at least in the short term — to the USB-C hub problem.

The Arc Hub, designed by Bourge Design, is the best USB-C hu...

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Meet HALO BACK Super Cable

20 May 2017 12:14:07

Meet HALO BACK Super Cable
Charging cable is one of the most commonly used products in our daily life, but it's far from perfect!

Most cables are prone to wear & tear, charge slowly, have confusing orientations, and don't work over time. We are here to change that! Introducing the Super Cable.

Tech Brief

1. Patented Blind Plug Design. Easy to plug in and out. Say goodbye to the pain of plug failures.

2. Ultra High Strength. Contain DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber.

3. Express Charge. Faster than original Apple cable.

4. Lifetime Warranty. Super Cable will be the last cable you need to order for your iPhone.

5. M...

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A new iPhone is coming and it is probably loaded with all the technology Apple can bring to bear —but the "iPhone 8" will probably be missing USB-C when it launches. AppleInsider explains why Apple will probably stick with Lightning for at least another year.


As we've said before, when there's smoke, there's fire. There's a lot of smoke about the "iPhone 8," or whatever it's ultimately going to be called. Some of the signals say USB-C will be used as the phone's main interface, but most of them don't say anything at all.

Despite rare rumors to the contrary, Apple will probably stick with Lightn...

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There is no dedicated GND in the classical Ethernet 8P8C ("RJ45") pinout.[1]

Why does the Ethernet spec not include a ground, unlike many other cable types used for interconnecting devices that may both have its independent power source as well, e.g. RS-232 or USB?

If you are interested in the technical background about Ethernet Cables and their design in genereal have a look at the following link.

https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/303305/why-is-an-ethernet-cable-not-grounded

Of course you will find a full range of Ethernet Cables here our site.

Posted By Paul Nolan

We already know that the big mobile battle of the year is going to be the iPhone 8 versus the Galaxy S8. You can have a subjective argument about which device has the best design or sharpest camera, but one thing that’s harder to debate is the power of the processors inside.

Benchmarking apps like Geekbench can stress and test a processor and assign a score based on the results, and that’s apparently what one tipster has already managed to do for the iPhone 8. The news, unsurprisingly, is not good for Samsung.

A screenshot of an alleged Geekbench score has been posted by Slashleaks, and before w...

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Official Apple cables rarely seem to survive longer than a few months. In contrast, the Toughlink MFi-Certified Metal Braided Lightning Cable will probably outlast your iPhone. You can grab a two-pack of these rugged cables now for $29.99 via the Popular Science Shop.

You can happily use and abuse these Toughlink cables every day without causing any damage. They are protected by metal armor, but they flex like regular cables. The braiding also prevents tangles, while the crush-proof plugs are made from durable aluminum. That means you get total freedom of movement and impressive strength.

Aside ...

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Purported drawings of iPhone 8’s logic board showing internal component layout leaked on the web Monday. The images indicate that Apple’s upcoming flagship won’t adopt USB-C after because the good ol’ Lightning port can be seen at the bottom of the device. Other things we can infer from the images, allegedly obtained from a Foxconn source, include an L-shaped battery, a display with True Tone capability similar to that on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and more.

The diagrams show an L-shaped two-cell battery pack (in yellow and orange) that KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned in February. Stacked logic b...

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When man invented the wheel, it was a significant step forward. It helped him cultivate his crops, plough his land, create storage vessels and most importantly transport anything to a place at high speed. It has become such an important component in our lives, today in the 21s century that now it is obvious for engineers and industrialists to innovate and commercialise the technology to greater heights.

Today, we can relate that analogy to so many things around us. It may be on our person, in our homes, in our society, our government or policy and even the finer things that we use in our machin...

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Apple will reportedly continue to bundle a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall, the same as it did with iPhone 7 last year to help ease the transition for customers to a device without a traditional headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup:

Debate whether Lightning adapter stays in box, we believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018...

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