Apple releases iOS 16.3 with support for hardware security keys
iOS 16.3 adds an extra layer of protection against phishing attacks and unauthorized access. Hardware security keys are small physical devices that can connect to Macs and iPhones via USB-C and near-field communication (NFC).
Instead of using the regular six-digit verification code to unlock a d... Read more
EU USB-C charging regulation enforcement to start in December 2024
Soon after voting in favor of forcing manufacturers to make USB-C the standard in electronic devices in October, the European Union announced Dec. 27, 2024, as the deadline for companies like Apple to comply. The proposals to make USB-C a common standard by law date as far back as ten years.
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Ministers give final approval for mandatory USB-C in EU
In a statement by Jozef Síkela, the Czech Minister for Industry and Trade, the European Council gave its final approval to go ahead with an EU-wide USB-C charger directive.
In 2024, USB-C will become the industry standard for a wide range of electronic devices, encompassing phones, headphones, ... Read more
Universal charging ports for smartphones, tablets and laptops
New smartphones and tablets sold in the European Union must have a USB-C charging port from 2024 onwards. Laptops follow in the spring of 2026. Regulators can be authorized to take products without USB-C charging ports off the market.
The bill was presented by the European Commission in 2021 an... Read more
USB-C gets upgrade to 80 Gbps data rates
The USB Promoter Group, the standardization organization for USB, released the first details of USB4 version 2.0. The specification upgrades USB-C and allows data rates of up to 80 Gbps.
The initial specifications are a significant upgrade from the current standard. USB4 version 2.0 allows up to... Read more
Phillips launches new multi-utility monitors
The new monitors are expected to help the electronics manufacturer keep up with recent consumer trends.
The Phillips 5000 series have been one of the most popular monitor choices for millions of consumers worldwide, helping the company remain a relevant household name in the 21st Century.
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Chromebooks will be able to tell if your USB-C cable is good enough
The most recent Chromebook update added a function that warns users when the USB-C cable they're using isn't up to par.
Users will be notified if the cable does not support either USB4 or Thunderbolt, or simply cannot manage the data speeds necessary, starting with Chromebooks that employ 11th a... Read more
Logitech’s Lift, a new low-cost vertical mouse, improves ergonomics
Logitech launches a brand new low-cost vertical mouse, Lift, which aims to minimize wrist pressure and improve ergonomics.
Today, Logitech has released Lift, an advanced wireless vertical low-cost mouse available in various colors for just $69.99. It is designed for both right- and left-handed p... Read more
Philips introduces monitor with built-in USB dock and webcam
Philips has expanded its Monitors B Line with two new monitors. The Philips 243B1JH has a built-in USB dock, and the 242B1G is built to consume as little power as possible.
Both models are 1080p monitors with a screen diagonal of 24 inches. The 243B1JH stands out with its built-in USB dock. User... Read more
Review: Philips B-line 346B1C, affordable and complete USB-C monitor
USB-C docking in monitors is the future but it is also very expensive. Especially if you also want an extra widescreen. The Philips B-line 346B1C intends to solve this problem and offers extensive functionality and an ultra-wide curved 34-inch screen for just under 500 euros. Techzine examines if t... Read more