guts
Here's the Reversible USB 3.0 Cable That You've Always Longed For

What devilry causes a USB cable to flip in your fingers as soon as you reach around to the ports on the side or back of your computer? It's like USB cables exist in a dimension all of their own, where the laws of physics don't apply, Newton caught the apple in his mouth and the concepts of "up" and "down" have been replaced with theoretical jelly. Read More >>

watches
A Flash Drive Watch That Always Knows the Time and Available Storage

Even with wireless networks and cloud storage services like Dropbox, there's still a place in this day and age for manually sharing files on a flash drive. And to ensure you've always got one on hand for an emergency file transfer, the silicone Verb watch features four gigs of storage built into a simple but stylish timepiece. Read More >>

storage
LaCie's Culbuto Flash Drive Wobbles But it Won't Ever Fall Down

How often do you remove a USB flash drive from your computer, place it somewhere on your desk, and then have it instantly disappear? Too often. It's one of those bizarre mysteries of life—like socks going missing in the dryer—that LaCie may have just eradicated with its bulbous new Culbuto flash drive. Read More >>

storage
Kingston Squeezed 64GB Onto This Tiny Android-Friendly Flash Drive

Is this tiny flash drive from Kingston with a standard USB jack on end and a smartphone-friendly microUSB jack on the other the first of its kind? Absolutely not. Is it the smallest we've seen to date? Most definitely. When connected to your smartphone—boosting your mobile device's storage by up to 64GB—it's small enough to forget about. Read More >>

gadgets
A Full Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Charge By USB

When you hear the words 'vacuum' and 'USB' used in the same sentence, you probably picture a tiny keyboard cleaning tool with barely enough power to suck up crumbs. But Panasonic's hybrid MC-HS700G, now available in Japan, is a full sized vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a bowling ball that can also be charged from a USB port giving you up to 20 minutes of suction without a tether to a wall outlet. Read More >>

computers
There's Going to be a New, Reversible USB Plug

Holy mother of all things long overdue. After years of subjecting us to fumbling and rotating cables blindly behind devices around the world, the powers that (US) be have decided to make a Universal Serial Bus plug that is reversible. Read More >>

power
Impossibly Thin Charging Cables No Thicker Than a Pair of Credit Cards

Boosting the battery life on a mobile device is easy; they just need to get a lot thicker. But since none of us are willing to give up our svelte smartphones or tablets, we've bought into a life that involves bringing charging cables wherever we go. A hassle that's now slightly less annoying with these ultra-thin USB cables that can easily slip into the slimmest of pockets. Read More >>

audio
A Tiny Matchbook-Sized USB DAC Will Make Your Headphones Sound Sublime

If you've dropped a small fortune on a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones but are just connecting them to your laptop's built-in headphone jack, you're probably not hearing everything you paid for. For a better sonic experience, a dedicated DAC—or digital to analog converter—is the route you want to go. And Cambridge Audio has managed to squeeze its new DacMagic XS into a package as small as a matchbox—so it's incredibly portable. Read More >>

power
Why USB Ports Could Be the Power Sockets of the (Very Near) Future

There's a lot to love about USB. The plugs are small and convenient. The cable can carry both power and data. Plus, USB is, well, universal. This is why USB is considered by some to be the future of electricity. Smart grids, more convenient storage, solar power—according to a new Economist report it's all easier with USB. Read More >>

computers
"World's Smallest" USB Stick Squeezes 64GB into a Tiny Silvery Peanut

This tiny USB stick is the K'1, a miniature USB 3.0 dongle designed to be left permanently plugged into your sleek ultrabook or clunky old laptop to compliment its groaning onboard storage space. You won't notice it's there. Or snap it off. Read More >>

apple
Apple's £25 iPhone Cable Cash Cow Might be Chopped by New EU MicroUSB Law

The way Apple goes it alone in offering the only smartphone on the market without a MicroUSB connector might soon be coming to a forceful end, with the EU planning a fresh push to enforce its universal charger dream. Read More >>

design
An Emergency Lightning Cable That's No Bigger Than Your House Key

The makers of the ChargeCard—that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones—are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that's instead designed to hang out on your keychain. It's almost like a stripped down version of the ChargeCard that sheds most of the plastic so it can easily sidle up next to your keys, but at the cost of being incredibly short which limits where you can use it. Read More >>

accessories
A USB-Packed Dock For All Your Phones and Tablets To Call Home

Laugh if you will at the absurdity of a dock that can charge and store ten different devices, but if you stop and actually count how many things you need to plug in every night, it stops being so absurd. By now most households have at least a few smartphones, gaming devices, and a couple of tablets. And with an influx of smartwatches poised to arrive, Griffin's new MultiDock seems like a reasonable accessory. Read More >>

apple
£8 and a Random Charger Bags You an Official Apple One

Apple's confirmed that its charger amnesty is go in the UK from August 16th, if you've got some dodgy Chinese knock-off USB charger, £8 will bag you a shiny-white Apple one. Not a bad deal for the 12W Apple iPad charger, if you can blag one of those. [Apple via 9to5Mac] Read More >>

guts
USB Is Getting a 10Gbps Shot in the Arm

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group—honestly, there is such a thing—has finalised the next iteration of Universal Serial Bus, and it's going to run at a lightning fast 10Gbps. Read More >>

accessories
SanDisk Connect: Share and Stream Your Mobile Media Anywhere (For Less)

When was the last time you held a roll of 35mm film in your hands? For a vast majority of folks, it's been a while given as our phones now pull triple duty as our comms, cameras, and pocket computers. But getting photos and files off your phone has always been a sticking point — you either have to run cables to your computer, email yourself the files, or entrust your sensitive data to some company's insecure cloud. With SanDisk's new Connect line, you'll never have to deal with cables or clouds again. And they won't anchor down your wallet, either. Read More >>

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