usb

  • Reversible USB Could Be iPhone 6’s Biggest Little New Feature

    Reversible USB Could Be iPhone 6’s Biggest Little New Feature

    When the iPhone 6 arrives, likely in September at Apple’s upcoming special event, a lot of people will be looking for a larger screen as the core feature to get excited about. But one change that could actually have more of an impact in terms of daily use could be a new, rumored reversible USB-to-Lightning cable that has been leaked a couple of times this week. Read More

  • Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    Notes From Crazytown, Day Three: Black Hat Breakdown

    So far this week, at Black Hat, I have learned to deeply mistrust: passwords, chip-and-PIN cards, USB devices, HTTPS connections, more than two billion phones, governments worldwide, all human societies, and my sense of the ridiculous. You should mistrust all those too! Sorry. What follows is a summary of the most eyebrow-raising talks I attended or heard about: Read More

  • Paper USB Business Card Lets You Track Usage

    Paper USB Business Card Lets You Track Usage

    The humble business card still hasn’t been killed off by digital alternatives. Being handed a piece of dead tree with contact details printed on it in ink arguably increasingly stands out in an age when digital data is so cheap and mutable. Read More

  • iMacompanion Adds An Accessible USB 3.0 Port To Your iMac

    iMacompanion Adds An Accessible USB 3.0 Port To Your iMac

    iMacompanion already ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of their USB extender for iMacs, which brings a port to the front where it’s useful instead of hidden around back where it’s beautiful but not exactly accessible. Now, they’re going back to the crowdfunding well to fund the creation of a USB 3.0 version. This time, the campaign is on Indiegogo, and… Read More

  • Snakable’s New USB Charging Cable Will Never Need Duct Tape

    Snakable’s New USB Charging Cable Will Never Need Duct Tape

    If you’ve ever owned a USB charging cable (and if you’re reading TechCrunch, odds are you have), then you’ve encountered the problem that Snakable wants to solve. That is, after repeated use, the cable breaks, the wires are exposed, and then, more often that not, the cable itself becomes unreliable, requiring you to jiggle it in order to get your device to start charging. Read More

  • Meet The Reversible USB Cable, Coming This Summer

    Meet The Reversible USB Cable, Coming This Summer

    Before Apple’s Lightning cable, I never even dreamed of a life where input/output cables could be reversible. Now, however, it’s hard to go back to standard and micro USB, because I got so lazy. Soon enough, however, USB is getting a new reversible standard called “Type-C” which is around the size of microUSB, and which replaces USB 3 cables entirely, on both sides. We… Read More

  • Review: Squier By Fender Strat Guitar With USB Connection

    Review: Squier By Fender Strat Guitar With USB Connection

    The Squier Strat by Fender (or Squier by Fender Strat or however they want to name this thing) is one of the first guitars with a built-in digital signal processor. The guitar plugs right into any computer or 30-pin iOS device (Lightning cables are not yet available) so you can play directly into any sound editor including GarageBand and Logic Pro. It’s a $200 guitar that’s… Read More

  • Meet Phorce, A Smart Bag That Charges Your Gadgets And Provides Power Management Via Bluetooth

    Meet Phorce, A Smart Bag That Charges Your Gadgets And Provides Power Management Via Bluetooth

    I like gadgets, and almost out of necessity I also like bags. The Phorce, a new project hitting Kickstarter today, knows that there are many out there like me, and wants to provide a bag-based charging solution to help you keep your gadgets protected and topped off, with the added benefit of additional power management options communicated via Bluetooth to an iPhone app. Read More

  • New USB Spec Calls For Up To 100W Of Power, Thinks “Thunderbolt” Is A Cute Name

    New USB Spec Calls For Up To 100W Of Power, Thinks “Thunderbolt” Is A Cute Name

    I’m sure many of our readers have come across a situation where they’d have liked USB to carry a bit more power to their devices. Your phone or iPod, charging ever-so-slowly, or perhaps an external drive that only works on “powered” USB ports — or must be plugged into a wall socket. A wall socket, in this day and age! I ask you! Fortunately, the SuperSpeed USB… Read More

  • USB-Powered Necktie Clip Cooler

    USB-Powered Necktie Clip Cooler

    This is a bit silly, but OK. Tokyo-based accessory maker Thanko has developed a very special gadget that’s supposed to help you fight the summer heat: a necktie clip [JP] that’s attached to a mini fan, which is powered via USB. Read More