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USB4 will support speeds up to 40 Gbps (incorporates Thunderbolt 3 tech)

The first USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 devices are expected to ship this year, offering data transfer speeds up to 20 Gbps. But less than a week after announcing the impending arrival of the new technology (and a confusing re-naming of previous-gen USB standards), the USB Promoter Group has announced that USB4 is on the way… […]

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Intel: Thunderbolt 3 will be integrated with next-gen chips

It’s been a few years since the Thunderbolt 3 protocol was  introduced, and Intel says there are more than 120 PCs on the market to support the standard. But Intel’s latest chips don’t actually include native support for Thunderbolt 3. Device makers have needed to integrate a discrete Thunderbolt 3 controller, which has slowed adoption. That’s one […]

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Apple slashes prices on USB-C adapters (temporarily) following MacBook Pro launch (and mixed reception)

The MacBook Pro line of laptops have long been popular with folks looking for, well, a “pro” machine that can get work done. But a lot of fans of earlier MacBook Pro laptops have expressed disappointment with this year’s models. While many had been waiting for Apple to launch models with updated processors, they were […]

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USB group unveils standard for audio over USB Type C (goodbye headphone jack?)

When Apple decided to do away with headphones jacks for its latest iPhones, a lot of people were upset. But some people are annoyed for different reasons than others: some really don’t want smartphone makers to give up on the tried and true 3.5mm jack. Others are fine with leaving it behind… but are disappointed […]

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USB-C to HDMI cables coming soon

One of the key features of USB Type-C is support for delivering a lot of data through a USB cable, including video output. That means you should be able to use the same port to plug in a power adapter, connect peripherals like hard drives or gamepads, or hook up a monitor. And soon you […]

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A new certification program could protect you from bad USB chargers

Google software engineer Benson Leung has become something of a folk hero for his efforts to review USB Type-C cables and let potential customers know whether or not they’re compliant with official specifications. A lot of them aren’t… and some could even damage your phone, laptop, or other device if you try to charge your gadgets […]

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New authentication protocol will protect you from bad USB Type-C cables (eventually)

There are a lot of advantages to the USB Type-C protocol. Cables are reversible, so there’s no way to insert one upside down. The protocol allows for speedy data transfers, video output to high-resolution screens, and enough power to let you use a USB charger with some laptops. But not all USB Type-C cables are […]

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Not all USB Type C cables are equal: A Googler tells you which to avoid

A growing number of smartphones, tablets, and laptops are shipping with USB Type-C ports. These connectors allow faster charging and on some devices they also enable speedier data transfers and support for video output with the help of an adapter. In fact, Apple thinks the USB Type-C port is so useful, it’s the only port on the […]