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 Monday 12:20pm

Someday You Could Save Your Files With Nothing But a Sticky Note

Today's slim, svelte computers look great. You, on the other hand, look like a total yutz fumbling around to plug a thumb drive into a USB port that's somehow perpetually upside down. What if saving your data was as easy as slapping a sticky note on your screen? That's what a design team proposes with this highly… » 3/11/14 7:00pm 3/11/14 7:00pm

A Flash Drive Watch That Always Knows the Time and Available Storage

Even with wireless networks and cloud storage services like Dropbox, there's still a place in this day and age for manually sharing files on a flash drive. And to ensure you've always got one on hand for an emergency file transfer, the silicone Verb watch features four gigs of storage built into a simple but stylish… » 1/15/14 10:27am 1/15/14 10:27am

Kingston Squeezed 64GB Onto This Tiny Android-Friendly Flash Drive

Is this tiny flash drive from Kingston with a standard USB jack on end and a smartphone-friendly microUSB jack on the other the first of its kind? Absolutely not. Is it the smallest we've seen to date? Most definitely. When connected to your smartphone—boosting your mobile device's storage by up to 64GB—it's small… » 1/06/14 10:42pm 1/06/14 10:42pm

LaCie's Culbuto Flash Drive Wobbles But It Won't Ever Fall Down

How often do you remove a USB flash drive from your computer, place it somewhere on your desk, and then have it instantly disappear? Too often. It's one of those bizarre mysteries of—life like socks going missing in the dryer—that LaCie may have just eradicated with its bulbous new Culbuto flash drive. » 1/06/14 10:00pm 1/06/14 10:00pm

A Rainbow USB Cable With Every Charging Adapter You Need—Also Nokia

It may seem a little opulent, but a lot of us won't leave home with at least our smartphone—maybe even two—and a tablet. And eventually one of them is going to need a battery boost, so instead of carrying charging cables and adapters for every single device, toss this single colorful USB adapter in your bag and you're… » 1/01/14 1:00pm 1/01/14 1:00pm

A Full-Size Hybrid Vacuum You Can Use To Charge Your Phone

When you hear the words 'vacuum' and 'USB' used in the same sentence, you probably picture a tiny keyboard cleaning tool with barely enough power to suck up crumbs. But Panasonic's hybrid MC-HS700G—now available in Japan—is a full-sized vacuum cleaner strong enough to lift a bowling ball that can also be recharged and… » 12/09/13 1:40pm 12/09/13 1:40pm

Four Different Connectors Let This Flash Drive Connect To Any Device

It turns out that trusty USB flash drive you've been using to sneakernet files between your computers has been slacking off. At least compared to the new i-FlashDrive from PhotoFast that features four connectors so it can be used with mobile devices like your Android phone as well as old and new iOS devices. » 12/09/13 12:00pm 12/09/13 12:00pm

There's No Better Use For Cup Holders Than This R2-D2 USB Charger

Your dream of cruising around your local galaxy with your feisty astromech droid by your side simply isn't going to happen in your lifetime. It will be years before robots can even pick up a wrench and remove a bolt by themselves. But ThinkGeek's got the next best thing. It won't fix your warp drive, but perched in… » 11/26/13 7:00pm 11/26/13 7:00pm

Impossibly Thin Charging Cables No Thicker Than a Pair of Credit Cards

Boosting the battery life on a mobile device is easy; they just need to get a lot thicker. But since none of us are willing to give up our svelte smartphones or tablets, we've bought into a life that involves bringing charging cables wherever we go. A hassle that's now slightly less annoying with these ultra-thin USB… » 11/05/13 2:40pm 11/05/13 2:40pm

A Tiny Matchbook-Sized USB DAC Will Make Your Headphones Sound Sublime

If you've dropped a small fortune on a nice pair of over-the-ear headphones but are just connecting them to your laptop's built-in headphone jack, you're probably not hearing everything you paid for. For a better sonic experience, a dedicated DAC—or digital to analog converter—is the route you want to go. And Cambridge … » 10/30/13 8:47am 10/30/13 8:47am

Why USB Ports Could Be the Power Outlets of the (Very Near) Future

There's a lot to love about USB. The plugs are small and convenient. The cable can carry both power and data. Plus, USB is, well, universal. This is why USB is considered by some to be the future of electricity. Smart grids, more convenient storage, solar power—according to a new Economist report it's all easier with… » 10/23/13 12:20pm 10/23/13 12:20pm

You'll Barely Notice the World's Smallest USB 3.0 Flash Drive

When it comes to prolonging the life of your laptop, there's no easier upgrade than adding an ultra-compact USB flash drive to expand its storage capacity—particularly if it's got a small SSD on board. And a company called PKparis is now laying claim to the title of 'world's smallest USB 3.0 flash drive' with its new » 10/17/13 9:13am 10/17/13 9:13am

This Power Bar Politely Steps Aside So It Doesn't Block Other Outlets

What's the point of using a compact travel power bar that gives you extra outlets when it ends up using and blocking the pair already on a wall? With Quirky's new Contort Power supply that's no longer an issue, since its short plug is angled 45 degrees so the extra outlet and USB ports don't end up blocking anything. » 10/01/13 6:20pm 10/01/13 6:20pm

Car for soccer moms and FBI agents has 6 USB ports and 6 power outlets

This horrible new tank—the shamelessly named 2015 Chevy Suburban—is the only car with six USB ports and six power outlets. Doesn't that sound stupidly overkill? Not in suburban America! Just imagine all those kids playing Candy Crush on their iPads while they are not using the USB ports for their surveillance… » 9/12/13 3:26pm 9/12/13 3:26pm

An Emergency Lightning Cable That's No Bigger Than Your House Key

The makers of the ChargeCard—that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones—are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that's instead designed to hang out on your keychain. It's almost like a stripped down version of the ChargeCard that sheds most of the plastic so it can easily sidle up next… » 9/12/13 8:50am 9/12/13 8:50am

A USB-Packed Dock For All Your Phones and Tablets To Call Home

Laugh if you will at the absurdity of a dock that can charge and store ten different devices, but if you stop and actually count how many things you need to plug in every night, it stops being so absurd. By now most households have at least a few smartphones, gaming devices, and a couple of tablets. And with an influx… » 9/05/13 5:00pm 9/05/13 5:00pm

An Alarm Clock With a Feature You Actually Need: USB Ports

It's a hard pill for the alarm clock industry to swallow, but the fact of the matter is that we don't really need them anymore. Smartphones have been reliably waking us up for years now, and they do so much more. So kudos to the folks at Idea International for finding the perfect feature that keeps this bedside alarm… » 8/16/13 12:40pm 8/16/13 12:40pm