An increasing number of leaks and rumors are pointing to Apple revamping its Lightning cable for its product launches this fall. The new cable, according to leaked photos, could have a reversible USB Type-A connector on the side opposite from Apple’s proprietary reversible Lightning connector.
Want faster data transfer speeds, reversible plugs and more power from your USB port? You’ll get all that with products following the new USB Type-C spec but you’ll probably need some adapters during the transition.
Tired of carrying a slim, light laptop along with a bulky power brick? Check out Dart, a new Kickstarter that uses Very High Frequency power conversion to provide up to 65 Watts of power in a pocketable size.
Nomad makes it so that you’ll never be far from a charge with a Lightning cable that attaches to your keychain.
Apple shied away from an earlier plan to standardize on a common phone charger, but it won’t be able to dodge this new, environment-driven piece of legislation.
One big advantage of Apple(s aapl)’s Lightning connectors over industry-standard Micro-USB (technically “Micro-B”) connectors is that they can go either way up – you don’t need to look first to see which way to insert it. Perhaps with that in mind, as well as the rise of thinner devices, the USB Implementors Forum said (PDF) on Tuesday that a new Type-C connector will offer the same benefit and more. It will be agnostic not only about orientation but also cable direction, and will be around the same size as today’s Micro-B connectors – prepare to say goodbye to the existing USB plug form factor after the specification is finalised in mid-2014.
The next time you struggle to buy a gift for the man with everything, consider a $250 set of cufflinks he likely doesn’t have. These aren’t just any old ones; how about a pair that doubles as a 2 GB flash drive and Wi-Fi hotspot?
I doubt mobile computing will evolve to computers on a USB stick for most people, but this prototype is intriguing. Thanks to an HDMI port, the stick — which has the guts of a smartphone — connects to a monitor for standalone computer use.
Wireless Internet access on planes is helping to make those long flights bearable, but so too are the influx of personal media devices such as smartphones and tablets. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to buy content in-flight and take it with you after landing!
After debuting at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider is nearing a release. An Australian blogger has one of the first units and shares his impressions. I’m not sold that many folks will want the extra weight and bulk of an integrated keyboard.