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Snap Power USB Charger

You know a product is a great idea when a couple of pictures describe the entire product.

With that in mind, we’ve all seen wall outlet USB charges, but the Snap Power, in my opinion, will rule them all.

The design is clever. Installation is ultra-easy. Accessibility supersedes all others.

Take a second and just look at it:

In my mind there are three things which make this a brilliant wall charger. If you don’t mind me walking you through the obvious, here we go.

Or skip the highlights and jump right over to their website:

The design is brilliant. The User keeps both outlets available for normal use while a sleek looking USB port is added underneath. At the time of this article there is one USB socket, but visiting their website you can see two sockets, one on either side. They are constantly improving.

Installation is very easy. Simply unscrew your current face-plate and replace it with

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A New Generation Of Desktop Storage

While all pre-built desktops and laptops come with a hard drive, it’s not uncommon for users to look for a more mobile way to store their data rather than carrying their entire machine with them to all destinations. External hard drives have been the answer to this lack of mobility ever since the ingenuity of a floppy disk met with the carrying capacity of standard disk or optical memory and while many users have their needs met by existing externals, the paradigm of “bigger, faster, and cheaper” in the tech industry rings true as Seagate unveils the Innov8.

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Infinite USB Cable, Clever Idea, Know the Details

Infinite USB is a concept which dates back five years. The concept is brilliantly simple. The USB cable design allows multiple devices to be charge from an extending USB plug, and at the same time, allow data transfer through that one original USB port.

Infinite USB

Today, Infinite USB has released a new version for the Mac computer. One which supports Apple’s Type C connector. This is a really smart move on Infinite USB’s part because the Mac computer only has one USB port. So additional sockets is very important.

Like the original design from years back, the connection is simple and straight forward.

Infinite USB, Apple

Using the original USB port of the computer, the Infinite USB creates a pass through, or extended USB port. They do this so that once the Infinite USB cable is connected, you still have access to the data transfer ability of that original Mac USB port. However, Infinite USB was ultra-clever and created a design to steam off some power form the USB buss so you can charge additional devices.

The USB connector builds upon this concept with module cables and connectors so you may continue to high-jack power off the original USB socket, while still having the original USB port with data transfer capabilities.

To be perfectly clear, the Infinite USB will only transfer data to one USB device… it will not transfer data to all the devices connected. It is important to understand the Infinity USB concepts is a creative charging station, not a USB hub.

The product can be found on Kickstarter for $20. There is only one day left at the time of this writing, after that you can order product through the company website.

Good luck guys, we love the product!

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USB Zipper Cable – Great Idea

The Xpower 2 in 1 Zipper USB cable will support all micro USB and lightning devices.

With its unique zipper design, it allows the cable to become expandable enough to charge more than one device at any given moment. It also supports iOS 7 and android devices. It is conveniently 36cm in length.

The 2 in 1 Zipper USB cable will make multitasking much easier. The design and size make it very practical for transporting with you on the go. Its cable syncsupport is a 2.4A output at max and it has a 30/30 AWG high speed transmission and cable sync with micro UBSs only.

USB ziper cable

USB zipper cable

Source:  Brando.

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Peddle to the Metal with USB 3.1 Spec

The Universal Serial Buss Implementers Forum or USB-IF has released their new specification, USB 3.1.  The full spec will be available for download off the USB-IF website on Friday Aug 2, 2013.  The new specification allows for 10Gb/s transfer rate.  Of course this is optimal transfer speed without the incurrence of operating system resources trying to regulate bandwidth for multi device transfers, but none-the-less it’s a huge jump in speed for USB.

USB 3.1 cable

USB is the most versatile connector type in the computer market.  Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard developed in the mid-1990s that defines the cables, connectors and communications protocols used in a bus for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and electronic devices.

Originally USB was specific to connect computer peripherals such as keyboards, pointing devices, digital cameras, printers and network adapters.  With the increased need for bandwidth with digital content and the faster speeds of portable storage devices and smartphones the need to increase the speed of USB has been significant.

In addition the USB specification incorporated a Power Delivery or PD protocol which can deliver up to 100watts of power over a USB cable.  The PD technology must use a certified cable with the Power Delivery wiring so not all USB cables will have the PD ability.  The intent is to permit uniformly charging laptops, tablets, USB-powered disks and similarly higher power consumer electronics, as a natural extension of existing European and Chinese mobile telephone charging standards.

With the increased 3.1 speeds and the power ability of 100watts per cable it appears USB has made a substantial gain in the cable of choice for manufacturers and consumers a like for connecting their peripherals to their host computers.

The USB 3.1 specification is just now in development and products should come to market in the next 8-10 months.

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USB To Kick Into High High Gear

You can’t help to think Apple’s push for Thunderbolt has something to do with the latest announcement from the USB-IF…in that transfer speeds via USB will double what the USB 3.0 specification currently is.  If development can stay on target, this increased speed should be seeing implementation by end of 2014.


The new specification will run with USB 3.0 sockets and connectors; however, will require new wire setup for the cables.

It is expected to see the faster USB spec in PCs, adapter cards and hard drives, but will take significantly longer to reach mobile devices and tablets.  As it stands now, USB 3.0 is just gaining momentum as a standard socket in PCs and mobile devices should start seeing 3.0 connectors in late 2013.  

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