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Google developer Benson Leung, have tested USB C type products buying from Amazon. And he found lots of problems of these products. And also there are some good ones. Leaving helpful reviews for others, reviews examples.

Amazon noticed that “USB-C cables are reversible, but poor quality models have caused problems for some users”. They updated the restricted products listings for electronics and included” Any USB-C™ (or USB Type-C™) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by “USB Implementers Forum Inc.” ”.

“Really great news, but we all have to continue to be vigilant and call out any bad products we find on Amazon and other stores (both online and brick and mortar) as we find them,” wrote Mr Leung on Google+.

The USB Implementers Forum Inc, mentioned by Amazon is the founder of USB specifications.  They have also published a list of compliant USB-C cables here

Leung’s campaign mostly consists of ordering USB-C cables off Amazon, testing them to see if they meet the minimum standards or if they’re just knock-offs, and then leaving Amazon reviews

Some USB-C cables can damage devices or fail to charge them properly.

“Really great news, but we all have to continue to be vigilant and call out any bad products we find on Amazon and other stores (both online and brick and mortar) as we find them,” wrote Mr Leung on Google+.

It’s extremely unusual for modern hardware to be physically damaged due to connection issues, according to IHS analyst Ian Fogg.

“Fortunately, because few smartphones and laptops use the new USB-C design cables this risk of using cables which do not meet the USB-C specification, and which cause damage, has been limited to a relatively small number of consumers,” he told the BBC.

“By acting now, Amazon greatly reduces the risk of large scale equipment failures as USB-C becomes the most popular connection type on new smartphones and laptops.”

News resource: from BBC news.

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What is USB Type-C and Why We are Excited About It
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

USB Type-C is an USB interface(connector) defined by USB Implementers Forum, Inc., creators of USB technology. Welcome to USB Type-C! Apple’s new MacBook has implemented the USB Type-C port, which will be the future modern product of USB Port.

USB Type-C Features

USB Type-C Features

From the shape, USB type C is greatly different from the common USB Type A. Although the USB technology has developed from the USB 2.0 to USB 3.0, and USB 3.1, the appearance of the port we mostly use is USB Type A, which has a right and wrong side when you plug it in.

With the newly designed USB type C, you needn’t worry about reversing the usb cable when plugging it in.

Let’s first get an overview of USB type C, except this easy plug feature.

  1. USB Type-C is a specification for a reversible-plug connector for USB devices and USB cabling.
  2. Rather slimmer and thinner than USB type-A.
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    USB Type-A (Left) and USB Type-C(Right)

    As the following picture shows, the right side USB type-c is much smaller and thinner than the left USB Type-A. A Type-C port measure is just 8.4mm by 2.6mm. This means it’s small enough to work for even the future smallest peripheral devices.

  4. USB type C is USB 3.1 standard. High Speed as 10M bps and as a power port. 2X  Transferring speed of the USB 3.0.
  5. The USB-C connector supports DisplayPort, HDMI, power, USB, and VGA. Notably absent is Thunderbolt.
  6. USB Type-C is backward compatible but requires adapters. It’s fully compatible electrically with USB 3.0, though obviously it won’t plug in physically without an adapter. It is fresh that USB needs an adapter.
  7. Power Supports:

Indications are that the USB-C standard supports at least 100 watts of power delivery, so it’s possible that USB-C could replace most power adapters as a standard in the future. Using USB to power a laptop isn’t new, though. Look at the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro $1,299.00 at Lenovo, which has a full-size USB 3.0 power connector.

Look at the connector interface of USB type-C.

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The interface port of USB Type-C Connector

Are there any latest USB Type-C applications in consumer products?

Yes. There are booming. Besides the Apple MacBook port, there are more and more USB Type c products emerge.

Watch this Video about USB type-c by expert of PCmag:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7d_17o0KsQ

I have collect some USB Type C products in the latest days:

  • Lattice Semiconductor Expands USB Type-C Product Family
  • Asus Releases ZenPad Flagship With USB Type-C
  • Google Nexus 5 2015 Release Update: Fingerprint Sensor, USB Type C

For Adapters:

The majority of USB type-c adapters are the USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapters.

USB type-c to USB 2.0 adapters for power

USB type-C to USB 2.0 female cable

USB Type-C to Mini USB data power adapter

Apple USB Type-C to USB Adapters.

Thought we need adapters to transferring data between USB Type C and common USB products. It is not long before we do not need adapters when the USB Type-C becomes more popular.

USB Implementers Forum, which is the creator of USB Type-C, says that Type-C USB is designed to be future-proof. In the future, there will be more and more USB Type-C devices for the fastest USB connectors. When USB Type-C becomes as popular as the current USB Type-A, it will be easier when we working with devices. We will hold tiny USB devices for both data and power connections. Just welcome the smart digital connection and cables of USB Type-c of USB 3.1

What is USB 3.1 and Faster USB 3.1 Features
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 | Author: Elaine

What is USB 3.1 and when it was released

USB Technology develops fast as the modern technology is blooming in data transmitting. We have already known well about USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is widely used for data transfer among popular devices, such as PCs, tablets, hybrids, and mobile phones.USB 3.0 was first announced by USB Promoter Group in 2008. The new standard offers 10 times of the data transfer speed vs. USB 2.0 and is high efficiency that is 5.0Gbps.

When is the USB 3.1 release date?

The USB 3.1 is released on Dec. 23th, 2013 by USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is the highest level of USB standards until now with the fastest data transfer speed.

Why do we need faster data transfer speed?

This picture from Kingston.com can interpret our needs for data transferring clearly.

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Faster USB 3.1 Specification

USB 3.1 has a 10gbps speed. And deliver twice the effective data performance than USB 3.0. It is fully compatible backward with USB cables and connectors.

The specification is as the following:

• Delivers 10 Gbps USB data rate

* 2x improvement over current USB3.0 5 Gbps data rate

• Improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer leading to higher through-put and improved I/O power efficiency

• Compatible with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device protocols

• Works with both existing 5 Gbps USB 3.0 hubs and devices, as well as USB 2.0 products

In common words, USB 3.1 is faster and more powerful than before, but it also consumes more power. With its release, the new Type-C 3.1 as a new cable and connectors is also introduced.

There are three connector of interfaces for USB 3.0(Superspeed+), Type-A(standard-A), Type-B(Micro-B) and Type-C.

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TypeA and type C USB 3.1 Port

Type B of USB 3.1 Port

Type B of USB 3.1 Port

Type-A(standard-A) is the most widely used interface for connecting. Micro-B is mainly used in Smartphone and tablets. And the newly introduced Type-C 3.1 is used for lighter and thinner, and slimmer devices.

The Type-C 3.1 interface Pin

Type C interface

Supply better power Charge

USB 3.0 Promoter Group has said that the USB 3.1 connector and port are designed to accommodate future updates, making them future-proof.

Also, the Type-C 3.1cable can charge your tablets, smartphones and other devices faster with its up to 100 watts.

The test by Asus of USB 3.1

According to the technology reports from Asus Z97A usb 3.1, when the speed testing software continuously reading and writing, the reading speed comes up to 781.2MB/S, and the writing speed 797.8MB/S. The same environment of USB 3.0 test result is separately 446.5 MB/S and 448.6 MB/S. We can see the efficiency of USB 3.1 clearly.

The Competition from Intel

The only rival is Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, which is found primarily in Apple’s laptops and desktops. While as to the cost, USB have great advantage. Acer, as one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, announced that it would favor USB 3.1 over Thunderbolt in all future devices.

Pamper Imagination of the Future.

Look forward to more USB 3.1 devices blooming in our daily life. The usb 3.1 is the most powerful USB interface with type-c. There will be more and more devices like computers, tablets, and computer calculating interface to apply the USB 3.1 interface. And the future advanced devices with the most efficient USB port will supply us faster speed for data transferring. We will have better experience in multimedia data applications. Let’s wait for more USB 3.1 devices.

Mother’s Day 2014 is coming. Have you prepared some special gifts for your dear mother? Mother gives us life and all. She is dedicating all her energy and time on the family and children. Great Mom deserves a great gift. Thinking of my mom, I can’t help imaging my warm home. Let’s continue talking about mother’s day gifts.

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1. To brighten up mother’s office or home, give mom this flower usb hub.

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2. Mother is always fashionable. Why not present her a Native Union USB Tassle? It is not only a accessory but also with a USB sync cable, which is with a usb hole on the side. Your mother can carry it on her backpack or her purse.

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3. iPhone 5S. An apple fan mom will be excited if she gets one apple gadget. However, you have to consider your pocket money.

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4. An USB jewelry gadgets. There are lots of beautiful patterns of jewelry usb.

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5. Jewelry for mother. Of course, if she needs jewelry, just buy her nice and fancy jewelry, such as earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets. And maybe it is made of diamond, gemstone, gold, sterling silver etc.

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6. A self-made card for mother. A handcraft is perfect for mother’s day gift.

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7. Cook a dinner for your mom.

Why not let mom have a rest for a while? If you cook dinner for her and the whole family and express your love to her, she will be satisfied and very happy with smile on her face. Any delicate dish is ok, or other. You can check recipes for Mother’s day here.

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8. A fresh bunch of flowers, roses, Carnation, etc.

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Happy Mother’s Day for all Moms!

Halloween USB Flash Drives for Fun 2013
Sunday, November 03rd, 2013 | Author: Elaine

Happy Halloween 2013 with USB gadgets! Did you have a happy Halloween? And here I will show some interesting and funny USB flash drives collections. Maybe some crying faces? some pumpkins? something with red blood? or the zombies . You can dream and image all of these shapes of USB product.

1. Happy Skeleton Halloween Keychain USB Flash Drive, 4GB,16GB etc.

2. Scary Horror Halloween SCREAM Monster 4GB USB Flash Drive

3.Horror Zombie Crazy Eyes Halloween Monster keychain

4. Horror Halloween Laughing Pumpkin with Red Belt Monster 4GB USB Flash Drive – in Gift box

5. Halloween Pumpkin USB Flash Drive (Orange)

6. Halloween usb flash drives

7. Halloween Pumpkin Design 16GB USB Flash Memory

Have you had a impresssive Halloween  at 2013? Just show your usb and other halloween gift of 2013.

These usb halloween gifts not only can be a usb device, but also a gadget and a decoration and dool. You can also customize your usb devices if you want to design it by yourself and show your personality. There are lots of manufacturers and suppliers provides the services. You can find some on the top China B2B website Made-in-China.com.

If you have some weired or special USB gift or ideas, you can post a comment and share with me.

The history of USB and other portable storage
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

I came across an interesting infographic from the web. Anyone know something about the history of the portable storage?  I still remember the old days when I was in high school listening the tape. Let us look into the details of someon’s conclusion.

The history of usb and other portable storages

The history of usb and other portable storages

Western Digital My Passport Slim HDD is a new type of portable hard drive developed by Western Digital Company. Both 2TB and 1TB My Passport Slim HDD is available. And the new emerging 2TB capacity HDD is made to satisfy the larger capacity of data storage needs than ever before.

The Western Digital My Passport Slim is featured with a slim metal enclosure and hardware-based encryption. It is a good choice for for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.

It is said that My Passport Slim included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software lets users back up their Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim.

Appearance

1TB 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches, 2TB measures 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.7-inches

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Westernal Digital - My Passport Slim

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

The Western Digital My Passport Slim supports super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files. As a leading famous HDD brand, the settings and the technology are on the Enge for the industry standards.

The drive is covered by a 3-year limited warranty. The 1TB is available for $99.99 from and the 2TB is $149.99 as Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. After checking on the site, the WD My Passport Slim 2TB is not available from the official website now. You can check more here : wdstore.com.

SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps – Ready
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps – Ready for Development
USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced availability of the USB 3.1 Specification to increase SuperSpeed USB to 10 Gbps HILLSBORO, Ore. – July 31, 2013 – The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the
completion of the USB 3.1 Specification which adds enhancements to enable SuperSpeed USB to operate at up to 10 Gbps. This latest release of the specification will be available today for download from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website. SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps uses a more efficient data encoding and will deliver more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over
enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. Compatibility is assured with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols as well as with existing 5 Gbps hubs and devices and USB 2.0 products. Developers interested in implementing the new USB 3.1 Specification have the opportunity to learn technical details during three developer conferences currently being planned. The
international conferences planned in Europe and Asia will offer more advanced system design training as breakout sessions on the second day. For more details and conference
registration instructions, please visit the USB-IF website.
1. USB 3.1 Developers Day US – August 21, 2013 in Hillsboro, Ore.
2. USB 3.1 Developers Days Europe – October 1-2, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland
3. USB 3.1 Developers Days Asia – Two day conference scheduled for early December
2013, more details to follow
“The USB 3.1 specification primarily extends existing USB 3.0 protocol and hub operation for speed scaling along with defining the next higher physical layer speed as 10 Gbps,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The specification team worked hard to make sure that the changes made to support higher speeds were limited and remained consistent with existing USB 3.0 architecture to ease product development.”
“We recognize this advancement in USB technology is an important development for our customers,” said Tom Bonola, Chief Technology Officer, Business PC Solutions, HP. “The USB 3.1 Specification enables us to meet the growing needs of our customers for faster data transfer while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing devices.”
“The industry has affirmed the strong demand for higher through-put, for user-connected peripherals and docks, by coming together to produce a quality SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps specification,” said Alex Peleg, Vice President, Intel Architecture Group. “Intel is fully committed to deliver on this request.”
“While maintaining backward compatibility, USB continues to advance to meet customer’s growing need for higher speed data” said Roland Sperlich, TI Consumer and Computing Interface Product Line Manager. “The 10 Gbps data rate allows designers across many industries to do more with a universal standard.”
“In this multi-device world, the USB 3.1 updates will enable end-users to move content across devices quickly, conveniently and without worrying about compatibility,” said Emile Ianni, Corporate Vice President of Platform Solutions Engineering, AMD. “AMD thanks our engineers as well as the other technology contributors for bringing to market robust innovation that is designed to work seamlessly with new and existing solutions.”
About the USB 3.0 Promoter Group
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprised of Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, developed the USB 3.0 Specification that was released in November 2008. In addition to maintaining and enhancing this specification, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group develops specification addendums to extend or adapt its specifications to support more platform types or use cases where adopting USB 3.0 technology will be beneficial in delivering a more ubiquitous, richer user experience.
About the USB-IF
The non-profit USB Implementers Forum, Inc. was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology. The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB devices through its logo and compliance program, and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF website at www.usb.org.
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3 in 1 USB Fan, light and Mirror – Nice USB gadget
Wednesday, June 05th, 2013 | Author: Elaine

3 in 1 USB Fan, light and Mirror, Nice USB gadget

There are nicer usb gadgets nowadays. The 3 in 1 USB Fan, light and Mirror looks very easy to use. Let me introduce the new model product for you. This is a blue 3 in 1 Happy Face USB Fan, Desk LED Lamp & Make Up Mirror for Laptop Notebook PC and Mac.

In fact, it is a good-looking Happy Face USB Fan, Desk LED Lamp & Make Up Mirror.

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Look at this USB Fan; doesn’t it like a happy face? The mirror is folded behind the fan. You can enjoy the cooling air and also make up yourself. Top is a light. Isn’t it wonderful design?

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From this picture, we can clearly find out the details of the fan. The usb fan is with two small foot and its usb port. While the entire fan is actually like a lamp from the picture, the body of the fan takes up more part, or the core part.

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Turn over the fan. The USB fan is like a bird with two wings, which are actually foots of the desk lamp, helping it stand on the desk or table.

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The eye of the happy face, which are actually the control buttons. The left one is for controlling the Fan, with the fan sign. The right one is for the desktop lamp, with a bulb sign.

Well, enjoy your three in one usb light, usb fan and usb mirror. It is very beautiful and romantic to be a gift.

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An report with an amazing picture has attracted me ! A charming Mushroom shaped usb full of diamonds!

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“The Swiss jeweler, which specializes on intricate and extravagant jewelry pieces, recently unveiled a 150-carat diamond ring creation made completely out of diamonds. ” Sounds Amazing to us. We can never expect a USB flash drive could be so luxurious. A series of USB flash drives that can run up your bank account in the same way a high-class sports car can.

It is unbelivable. The lowest price of one is $16,500 ,and the most dear of one is $36,000 that can holding more diamonds and the other part of them are made of pure gold. The storage capacity of the mushroom usb flash drive is 32 GB. Not so big ,isn’t it ?

Generally, one can’t afford the jewelry mushroom usb with real diamonds and pure golds. But we can also image and enjoy it as an art of usb. “Beauty is everywhere if you keep an eye on it”.

Beautiful and magic and with unbelivable design! I have an impulse to have a look at it if there are any chances.