by Stephen Schenck | April 2, 2014 4:21 PM
Especially if you're not an Apple user, it sure is easy to find fault with the company's Lightning connector: it's an unneeded proprietary design, it breaks compatibility with existing accessories, and cables supporting it can be damn expensive - we've heard all the complaints. But for whatever issues you may have, it's hard to deny the utility of Lightning's most compelling feature, the ability to attach the connector without regard for its orientation: it works just as well right side up as upside down. Back in December we heard about an effort to bring a cable that works in a similar ...
by Stephen Schenck | December 4, 2013 11:28 AM
There's a lot to dislike about Apple's unilateral move to introduce a new non-standard connector with last year's debut of the Lightning cable: it creates a new expense for users, generates unneeded waste, and uses technological measures to enforce Apple's licensing policies. But for all the crap we have to put up with, it does have one small benefit: its reversible dual-sided construction makes connecting it a breeze. Luckily for those of us who prefer to use actual standards, there's a new flavor of USB connector in the works that will be able to pull the same trick. The so-called Type-C ...
by Joe Levi | October 1, 2013 7:26 AM
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a somewhat unusual USB port on it. No, it's not reinventing one proprietary connector into another proprietary connector like Apple recently did with their "you can plug it in upside down" Lightning connector. Instead, Samsung opted to go with a standard port, albeit an ugly one: USB 3.0. Some are touting the inclusion of this new port as "revolutionary" or "a step in the right direction". To be frank, it's kind of silly. To find out why, let's take a look at the USB 3.0 standard and see what benefits it brings -- and why they aren't all that important on a ...
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