Amazon to Ban Sale of Non-Compliant USB-C Cables
In order to protect consumers, Amazon said it will no longer sell USB Type-C cables that don't conform to the published spec. Specifically, Amazon stated that its retailer partners are not allowed to list "any USB-C cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by 'USB Implementers Forum'." The USB-IF is the standards body that created and manages the USB-C spec. USB-C is slowly replacing micro USB as the common port on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Unlike micro USB ports, USB-C is reversible and easy to use. It can also send power in both directions. Cables not manufactured properly can damage or ruin electronic devices. Amazon didn't say how swiftly it will make its partners comply with the ban.
Hands On with the New USB Plug
There's a new USB connector coming that will replace both the micro-USB connector on phones, and the full-size USB connector. It's reversible like Apple's Lightning connector, and it can handle lots of electricity plus very fast data transfers.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
The Galaxy S7 Has Micro-USB for Gear VR
When Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were announced this week, many people wondered why the phones have a micro-USB port instead of the newer USB Type-C connector. The competing LG G5 and a growing number of phones at all price points this year include Type-C.
JBL Headphones First to Use USB Type-C with HTC 10
HTC and JBL today announced a pair of headphones optimized for the HTC 10 smartphone. What's unique about these headphones is they are among the first to use the USB-C connector, rather than standard 3.5mm headphone jack, to connect with the HTC 10.
SanDisk Shows Off New USB Drive for Android Phones
SanDisk today announced the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, a flash drive that features a standard USB connector for computers and a microUSB connector for mobile devices. Android device owners can connect the drive directly to the USB port of their phone and transfer content from the phone to the drive or vice versa.