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USB Type-C Authentication Program gets started, sounds like it’s effectively DRM for Type-C devices

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Today the USB-IF, the non-profit behind the USB standard's marketing and specifications, revealed the formal launch of its "USB Type-C™ Authentication Program," originally announced back in 2016. The optional program "defines cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices." If that sounds like a thinly veiled euphemism for hardware DRM to you, that's because it is.

The new authentication mechanism "empowers" vendors to "protect" us customers against "non-compliant USB chargers." Bad chargers and cables are/were a legitimate problem for the USB Type-C ecosystem (praise be to Benson), but the USB-IF's program allows for vendors to use this means of accessory certification for anything they choose.

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USB Type-C Authentication Program gets started, sounds like it's effectively DRM for Type-C devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Unlimited power: ASUS ROG Phone charges when plugged into itself, solves world’s battery problems

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Battery technology has been slow to evolve, which limits how much processing power we can pack into pocket-sized devices. If only there was some magical new technology that could solve the world's battery woes. Graphene? Lithium-air? No, the answer, friends, is the ASUS ROG Phone. This modern marvel of mobile technology has two USB-C ports, so obviously, it can charge itself.

The ROG Phone has the usual USB port on the bottom of the phone for charging, but it's a gaming phone.

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Unlimited power: ASUS ROG Phone charges when plugged into itself, solves world's battery problems was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] AUKEY’s new 46W USB-C PD charger is $41.60 ($15 off) with coupon code on Amazon

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

These days, everything from phones to laptops to game consoles uses USB Type-C. The adoption of this fancy new reversible port took some time, but things have mostly stabilized now. If you haven't yet invested in a decent USB-C charger, AUKEY's new one supports 46W Power Delivery, and we've got a coupon code that drops the $56.99 price down to $41.60.

This charger has three ports: one USB-C and two USB-A.

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[Deal Alert] AUKEY's new 46W USB-C PD charger is $41.60 ($15 off) with coupon code on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pixel USB Type-C earbuds now available on the Google Store for $30

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

There were whispers about second-generation wireless Pixel Buds being announced today, but that didn't happen. As previous leaks suggested, the Pixel 3 comes with USB Type-C earbuds, so you aren't limited to using the included headphone jack adapter. If you lose your earbuds or you aren't buying the Pixel 3 at all, you can now get the earbuds separately on the Google Store.

The 'Pixel USB-C earbuds' are fairly basic, but they can play "24-bit digital audio" and feature adjustable loops (like the wireless Pixel Buds).

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Pixel USB Type-C earbuds now available on the Google Store for $30 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Yubico launches new YubiKey 5 Series 2FA keys, supports passwordless FIDO2 and NFC

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Yubico, one of the more well-known names in two-factor hardware security keys, has just revealed its new YubiKey 5 Series: four new keys that all support FIDO2, and a big USB-A model that does NFC. The new keys look almost exactly like their counterparts in the old YubiKey 4 Series, with the same durable designs for both USB-A and USB-C keys.

Two-factor hardware security keys used to be the purview of system administrators and high-value account executives, but they're rapidly becoming more common at the consumer level.

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Yubico launches new YubiKey 5 Series 2FA keys, supports passwordless FIDO2 and NFC was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s new USB-C headphone adapter promises lower latency and longer playback on Pixel phones

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Google got in the headphone dongle business when the Pixel 2 infamously axed the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack after Google made a big to-do about Apple's recent iPhone's doing the same thing in its reveal of the original Pixel the preceding year. The company has now quietly refreshed its headphone adapter, with its listing on the Google Store claiming the improved dongle provides 53 percent lower latency and 38 percent longer playback time than its predecessor.

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Google's new USB-C headphone adapter promises lower latency and longer playback on Pixel phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Topgreener’s dual USB-C wall outlet is $28 ($7 off) on Amazon

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Wouldn't life be just a little simpler if you could plug your phone right into the wall with just a USB cable? Actually, you can. If you're about that kind of convenience, here's a deal for you: Topgreener's dual USB-C wall outlet is currently $27.99 on Amazon, down from its historical price of $34.99 — a hearty discount of $7.

You can get an even deeper discount if you opt for a two- or four-pack, which are $53.58 and $105.57, respectively.

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[Deal Alert] Topgreener's dual USB-C wall outlet is $28 ($7 off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

We’re giving away 40 Choetech USB Type-C to HDMI cables, plus 50% off coupons for everyone else (US only)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

We've done a few giveaways with Choetech in the past, and now it's time for another one. This time, we're giving away 40 of the company's USB Type-C to HDMI cables. If you would rather buy the cable outright, we also have an exclusive 50% off coupon to share.

This cable is exactly what it sounds like - there's a USB Type-C connector on one end, and a full-size HDMI on the other.

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We're giving away 40 Choetech USB Type-C to HDMI cables, plus 50% off coupons for everyone else (US only) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Aukey 46W USB-C charger on sale for $28 (normally $35) today only

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

You can never have too many chargers around, and the Aukey 46W Type-C brick should meet most if not all of your needs. It can juice up laptops like the Pixelbook and MacBook as well as phones like the Pixel. It's on sale right now for $27.99, but this is an Amazon Lightning Deal—it's going fast.

This charger has two ports; one Type-C with USB-PD fast charging and a standard USB Type-A port that tops out at 10.5W.

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[Deal Alert] Aukey 46W USB-C charger on sale for $28 (normally $35) today only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

A comprehensive list of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0-compatible mobile devices [Update]

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

QC 3.0Back in September, Qualcomm announced that devices armed with their new generation of processors – flag-shipped by the Snapdragon 820 – would be capable of even faster and more efficient charging speeds with Quick Charge 3.0. After the announcement, Rita wrote a great summary of the advantages of QC 3.0 over QC 2.0 that you can read if you want specific details about the upgraded charging standard.

Fast forward seven months and the first QC 3.0 Android devices are finally starting to trickle out to consumers.

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A comprehensive list of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0-compatible mobile devices [Update] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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