Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are a Brilliant Idea

The limits of battery life means that dealing with cords and cables—instead of going completely wireless—is still our reality for at least a few more years. So researchers at MIT figure we should just start using them to our advantage as smart remotes and controllers, instead of just a means to transfer power and data. » 2/20/15 9:47am 2/20/15 9:47am

A Single Cable With Swappable Connectors Wants To Replace All Your Wires

Traveling for work usually involves bringing along a small mountain of electronics, each with cables that need to tag along too. But a new Kickstarter promises to replace them all—power, video, and audio—with a single multi-headed cord that can handle any connection that wireless hasn't already replaced. » 2/19/15 2:40pm 2/19/15 2:40pm

Mooch Power From Another Smartphone With This Tiny Charging Cable

It's not uncommon to bum a smoke, a ride, or a piece of gum from a friend, but if a new Indiegogo campaign is successful, you might soon be able to bum a little bit of power for your phone as well. The Juicer is a simple double-headed microUSB cable that lets you transfer power from one tablet or smartphone directly… » 2/18/15 9:25am 2/18/15 9:25am

Griffin's Guide Uses Magnetic Building Blocks To Snag Your Cables

Wireless protocols like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RF, Z-Wave, and NFC have made our lives a little more cable-free, but we're not clear of the tangles just yet. Odds are your desk is still covered in power and sync cables for laptops, smartphones, and tablets. And while Griffin's new Guide doesn't eliminate them, it can… » 1/04/15 12:00pm 1/04/15 12:00pm

Smartphone Charging Cables Don't Get Much More Portable Than This

Thin smartphones also mean thin batteries, and carrying a charging cable so your phone can last the day is basically a fact of life now. To make the situation a little more convenient there have been countless keychain-friendly solutions for charging your smartphone, but none as perfectly tiny as the inCharge. » 11/11/14 10:03am 11/11/14 10:03am

That Charging Cable With a Built-in Alarm Just Got Even More Useful

Remember the ChargerLeash? It was a replacement USB charging cable for your smartphone that featured a built-in audible alarm so that when it was unplugged, there was little chance you'd forget it and leave it behind. Now there's a new 'Pro' version with a simple silencer so you can also use the cable at home, without… » 11/03/14 5:00pm 11/03/14 5:00pm

Samsung's Triple-Headed Micro USB Cable Charges Three Gadgets At Once

It's not uncommon to leave the house with a bag full of gadgets that will probably need a charge at some point during the day. So you can either bring an assortment of cables with you, let your devices all fight over a single charger, or wait until Samsung's new three-headed micro USB charging cable is finally… » 8/27/14 12:27pm 8/27/14 12:27pm

Apple's New Lightning Cables Could Be Reversible on Both Ends

Apple's reversible Lightning connectors are a great little convenience, but you've still got to plug them into your wall wart or computer the right way, because USB connectors are horrible and out to get you. But according to accomplished Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, Apple's new Lightning cables could get reversible… » 8/17/14 12:15am 8/17/14 12:15am

A Tiny Mountable Power Bar Fixes Your Outlet's Most Annoying Flaws

No scientist has dedicated their time to the cause yet, but one day research will confirm that most outlets in an empty room will inevitably end up trapped and inaccessible behind heavy furniture. It's a common problem that the new MOS Reach doesn't necessarily solve, but does make less of a concern by letting you… » 6/26/14 2:43pm 6/26/14 2:43pm

A Carabiner Charging Cable Is Always Where You Last Clipped It

There's a new weapon in the war on lost—or escaped—charging cables. Nomad Goods, who've already come up with a clever way to keep a charging cable on you at all times, has just revealed its new NomadClip which is, in a way, like a handcuff preventing your Lightning or microUSB charging cable from going missing. » 6/16/14 1:20pm 6/16/14 1:20pm

A Stylish Power Strip You Won't Want To Hide Under a Table

When was the last time you bought a power strip based on looks? Never, because they all focus on functionality at the cost of being an eyesore. Thankfully, David Okum has applied his wonderful design sensibilities to yet another mundane household product, with a power strip called the Oon that you'll never want to… » 6/11/14 1:20pm 6/11/14 1:20pm

Your Phone Will Break Before These Fortified Charging Cables Do

It's widely assumed that printer manufacturers make all of their money from expensive replacement ink cartridges, not the hardware. Perhaps the same can be said for smartphone makers, given how often their USB charging cables break. But you can put an end to constant replacements with these MOS Spring cables that are… » 5/22/14 3:40pm 5/22/14 3:40pm

Gibson's New Audio Cable Automatically Records Everything You Play

Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It's like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you… » 4/23/14 4:20pm 4/23/14 4:20pm

You'll Never Leave a Charging Cable With a Built-in Alarm Behind

It wouldn't be surprising if Apple made as much money selling replacement charging cables as it did phones and tablets. Those white Lightning cables are easier to lose than socks on laundry day, but now there's an alternative that will actually remind you to pack yours up when you've unplugged your phone. » 4/14/14 12:20pm 4/14/14 12:20pm

Every Living Room Needs a 15-Foot USB Charging Hub

Like it or not, living rooms around the world are no longer dominated by the TV. Sure, it's still on in the background, but our attention is now mostly held by smartphones and tablets while we lounge about. So forget a surround sound setup, the best upgrade for your living room is now an extra long cable to keep… » 2/12/14 5:00pm 2/12/14 5:00pm