The USB Promoter Group — an industry consortium that sets the standards for the USB protocol — said Tuesday that it had finalized the specifications for the USB Type-C plug, a new type of reversible connector that will eventually replace all types of existing USB cables. The USB Type-C connector is similar in size to a regular Micro-USB cable, but it’s reversible — meaning the same style of port will be at both ends similar to the design of Apple’s Lightening connector. The USB Promoter Group is targeting all sorts of devices for the new cable, from laptops, tablets, printers, cameras and phones. The connector’s
Great Deal on a Backup Battery Charger
We caught wind of a pretty sweet backup battery deal on woot.com, a daily deal website now owned by Amazon. This is for the Gorilla Gadgets CHR-150 Uhuru! 16,800 mAh External Portable Battery Pack Charger with LED Screen. Why is this a great deal? Because Amazon is selling it right now for $70, but Woot.com is selling it for $40 and the suggested retail price is $140. But what makes this thing awesome? Well, other than the fact that it comes with three different charging connectors (microUSB, lightning and Apple 30-pin), it can also fully charge an iPad and an iPhone and probably still have
Raspberry Pi Launches New Model B+
The Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced the final revision of the original Raspberry Pi development board. The Raspberry Pi development board since its introduction has actually sold over 3 million units globally, indicating the undoubtable success of the hardware platform. One of the major reasons why Raspberry Pi has been so successful is because of the relative inexpensiveness of the hardware itself and what it enables. At $35 a board, the Raspberry Pi allows for a fairly decent level of computing and graphics without needing to worry about the costs of building a full hardware platform or an operational PC. This is all powered by
Blue Microphones Spark Digital: Start With A Studio Sound
Earlier this year, Blue Microphones updated their “Spark Digital” condenser microphone for compatibility with both PC/Mac and now Lightning-based iOS devices, giving budding artists a simple, entry-level tool they need for a studio sound at home, or on the go. USB condenser microphones and consumer mobile recording were all the rage at NAMM Show and other creative events over the past 5 years. Blue Mics believes their Spark Digital will deliver the “same performance and detailed audio found in professional studios”, elevating beginning artists to the “next level of home recording”. Sounds promising… but does it also talk the talk? Everything you’ll need to start recording is in box, with minimal
Review: Seagate Backup Plus FAST 4 TB Portable Hard Drive
Today I’m taking a look at the Seagate Backup Plus FAST 4 TB portable hard drive. However, referring to it as a hard drive is a bit misleading, as the Backup Plus FAST is actually two 2 TB 2.5” drives in a RAID 0 array. This contributes to the speeds the drives can provide, as a striped RAID 0 array improves performance to up to double of what a single drive would be capable of. The drive comes in basic packaging, which includes a quick-start guide, an 18” USB 3.0 cable, and a USB 3.0 Y cable, which has two USB connectors: one for power
Land Rover, Toyota Show Awesome Tech: Gran Turismo 6, Augmented Reality in Cars!
Past two decades saw the automotive industry trying to push advanced electronics onto a very old and slow serial backbone protocol called CAN bus, which resulted in less than satisfactory technology. This is the main reason why pardon us saying, most car electronics of today aren’t integrated and crash worse than Windows 95 on a no-name PoS system made in rural China. With the advancement of MOST15, ethernet-based optical protocol with speeds of up to 150Mbps (CAN is 40-125 Kbps on a good day – yes, slower than what you used to connect to the Internet in 1990s), car manufacturers are finally starting to push the
Avoid Microsoft keyboards – “bug” or a “feature”?
I’ve just received word from Eran Badit of NGOHQ.Com fame, who encountered an interesting experience with Microsoft keyboards. Acorrding to Eran, keyboards to avoid are following: – Wireless Keyboard 6000 – Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 – Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 It seems that the keyboards are suffering from some sort of keystroke lock, which is pretty bad if you are a gamer or multi-tasker (I can imagine more than one scenario in Photoshop where I am pressing more than 3 keys at the same time). You can follow this developing story here.
AirLive introduces high-range USB adapter (finally!)
If you’re pissed (politically correct statement: disappointed) with the pathetic Wi-Fi range your notebook provides, there are two things that you are going to do: a) Throw your old notebook out and ask for MacBook Pro or Lenovo StinkPad b) Get an USB adapter with an antenna If you’re outta finances to buy a new notebook that has dual-antennas and is able to enhance the reception on its own (for instance, I own HP’s tabletPC – tx1000 – and it has a single sucky antenna), option B is most likely. The number of Wi-Fi USB adapters on the market is huge, but there are only