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July 16, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
USB digital drives are great for storing photos, music and other memory hogs on the go. But they're also tiny and easily lost. Enter Verbatim's new Clip-it USB drive, which clips onto a pocket or almost anything. The 4-gigabyte drive comes in a colorful range of plastic housings - just the right accessory for your favorite geek. Costs $18.62 or $52.30 for a three-pack. Info: Verbatim , (800) 538-8589.
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March 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
If you're talking tech with Americans, you may want to avoid using any jargon. A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% in a survey saying that they thought HTML - a language that is used to create websites - was a sexually transmitted disease. The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net , a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms. VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor "Technology is a huge interest for our user base, and month after month we see thousands of people visiting our site to look for coupons and deals to use when purchasing their favorite tech products," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
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March 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
If you're talking tech with Americans, you may want to avoid using any jargon. A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% in a survey saying that they thought HTML - a language that is used to create websites - was a sexually transmitted disease. The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net , a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms. VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor "Technology is a huge interest for our user base, and month after month we see thousands of people visiting our site to look for coupons and deals to use when purchasing their favorite tech products," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
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February 3, 2014 | By Judi Dash
Increasingly, dentists laud powered periodontics. Philips has produced a pricey but impressive update on motorized mouth care to go. The new Sonicare DiamondClean model comes with a charging travel case that includes a built-in charging port with a USB cord and AC wall adapter that can rev up the brush while it is ensconced in the case. The DiamondClean also comes with a powered stand and a "charging glass" that uses inductive technology to recharge the toothbrush while it just rests in the glass, atop the power stand.
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May 26, 2012 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here's how I keep a cellphone charged and out of the way: Bracketron's new Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex. The holder, which plugs into the cigarette lighter, has a gooseneck arm that lets you adjust the phone. A push-button mechanism on the holding unit lets you lengthen or shorten the grips for different size phones or other devices. The power cable plugs into a USB port on the front of the power unit. The holder comes with a micro-USB to USB cable but works with any power cable with a USB plug.
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September 29, 2012 | By Judi Dash
I'm always looking for improvements in mobile power chargers that can handle my mix of USB ports on my growing herd of devices, and Bracketron's new Universal USB Travel Power Kit manages to cover most of my wants. The slim AC power plug folds neatly into its recessed base, so it won't get bent during transport. The 3-foot charging cable is thick enough to last, and sprouts dual connectors, a micro USB plug that works with most of my electronics, and an attached 30-pin plug (for my iPhone and iPad)
BUSINESS
September 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Apple Inc. advised iPhone 3G users in many countries to replace the device's power adapter after it received reports that metal prongs broke off and stuck in power outlets, creating a risk of electric shock. Apple said it would exchange the ultra-compact USB adapters for a redesigned model, without charge, in retail stores and online beginning Oct. 10. In the meantime, iPhone 3G users who received the tiny USB adapter with their phone or who bought it separately should stop using it. Apple said iPhone 3G owners should use its standard USB power adapter, which has fold-up prongs, or charge the device by plugging it into a computer.
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
To help cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices further take over your life, Quirky has released the Pivot Power Mini, a power outlet attachment designed to charge as many as four pieces of electronics at the same time using only outlet. The Pivot Power Mini has two traditional grounded outlets and two USB ports. The design folds for easy travel. The price: $24.99 through Quirky's online store . Designed by 23-year-old Jake Zien, the Pivot Power Mini is an after-market version of built-in USB wall outlets now being installed in some homes.
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December 5, 2010 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tired of tangled wires on your portable electronics? The folks at Black Box are on the case — specifically, a 7-inch-square by 2-inch-deep faux-leather case. The case unzips to reveal five mobile accessories with retractable cables: a USB optical mouse, a USB cable, a cable for wired networking, stereo ear buds, and a notebook AC power cable. Each item in the Deluxe Retractable Cable Kit ($38.95) pops into and out of its own slot. Extension ranges from 2 feet (for the mouse)
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August 17, 2013 | By Judi Dash
The New Trent Travelpak Plus portable battery is both powerful and friendly. The oomph is in its high-capacity lithium innards, which power the two USB ports capable of handling 5 volts/3.1 amps max - enough to fully charge a hungry tablet and cellphone simultaneously. What's friendly is the integrated flip-open AC wall plug (that's one less cable to worry about); it lets you charge your devices while the battery is getting juiced. Also welcome are the four LED indicators, which show the status of the battery, from weak to fully loaded.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Work has begun on the next generation of USB connectors, and the good news is that users will no longer have to worry about whether they're plugging in their connectors upside down. Current USB connectors look quite similar on both sides, but the connectors won't plug in unless users have them facing the correct way -- and even then, there are times when the connector simply won't slide in. As anyone who has ever used a USB connector can attest, it can often take several tries to plug in correctly ( this diagram depicts the situation that often occurs with current USB connectors)
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November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG this week confirmed that its Smart TV sets are collecting information on users' viewing habits even when they have not been authorized to do so. The South Korean tech company's Smart TVs include a feature that gathers information on what users are watching and sends it back to LG in order to come up with recommendations for other content that they might like. LG gives users the option of turning the feature off, but LG said it has verified that its TVs continue to collect that information even if users opt out. LG looked into the issue after it was brought to its attention by a tech-savvy user . PHOTOS: TopĀ 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' "LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public," the company said in a statement.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not one but two new Chromebooks went on sale this week, the HP Chromebook 11 and, as of Thursday, the Acer C720 Chromebook. Both machines run Google's operating system, but how do they stack up? Here's a quick breakdown: Screen Both laptops appear to be using the same if not very similar screens. They feature an 11.6-inch screen with 16:9 ratios and 1,366 by 768 pixel resolutions. Size and weight The two machines are also very similar in size and weight. The C720 Chromebook weighs 2.42 pounds and is 0.7 inches thick while the Chromebook 11 weighs in at a slightly lighter 2.3 pounds and just a tad thinner at 0.69 inches thick.
NEWS
August 17, 2013 | By Judi Dash
The New Trent Travelpak Plus portable battery is both powerful and friendly. The oomph is in its high-capacity lithium innards, which power the two USB ports capable of handling 5 volts/3.1 amps max - enough to fully charge a hungry tablet and cellphone simultaneously. What's friendly is the integrated flip-open AC wall plug (that's one less cable to worry about); it lets you charge your devices while the battery is getting juiced. Also welcome are the four LED indicators, which show the status of the battery, from weak to fully loaded.
NEWS
August 10, 2013 | By Judi Dash
If you need extra moisture when you're traveling, it can be as close as your water bottle and a USB connection. With the Satechi USB Portable Humidifier a 2.4-inch-diameter device rests over the top of a water bottle, replacing the cap. It can be screwed onto the top of compatible bottles (not included, so you'll have to experiment). A removable wick-like filter extends down into the water. Plug the included micro-USB cable into your computer or other USB port, and the wick draws the water through the filter, converting it into vapor.
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June 8, 2013 | By Judi Dash
How frustrating to be traveling and in need of a USB cable, and discover that you left yours at home. No problem. Just reach into your wallet and pull out the ChargeCard . No, not the credit card, but the ChargeCard credit-card-size USB charging cable. Built into the ChargeCard, which is about double the thickness of a regular credit card, is a slender flexible pop-out rubber tongue with a USB plug at its tip. Protruding at one end of the otherwise rigid card is a 30-pin connector for iPhone 4/4S (or some iPods)
HEALTH
February 2, 2013 | By Roy M. Wallack
Nothing's scarier than being invisible on a bike, and that can happen too often with the sun still setting before 6 p.m. That's why there's no excuse not to carry bike lights along, especially when some of the new ones are so convenient and compact that they'll stow in the smallest fanny pack, pocket or tool bag. Little stars Serfas Thunderbolt UTL-6 Headlight and Taillight: Tiny, powerful lights weigh 2 ounces each, measure about 31/2-by-3/4-by-1-inch,...
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January 9, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The iLuv Speaker Dock ($149.99) is a docking speaker designed for playing and charging the iPad, Apple's popular tablet computer. The dock can also be used with iPods, iPhones, and, with the aid of the auxiliary line input, any audio device with a 3.5-millimeter jack. The speakers put out a big, bold sound with powerful bass. Includes AC power cord and USB cable. Info: iLuv , (866) 807-5946.
HEALTH
February 2, 2013 | By Roy M. Wallack
Nothing's scarier than being invisible on a bike, and that can happen too often with the sun still setting before 6 p.m. That's why there's no excuse not to carry bike lights along, especially when some of the new ones are so convenient and compact that they'll stow in the smallest fanny pack, pocket or tool bag. Little stars Serfas Thunderbolt UTL-6 Headlight and Taillight: Tiny, powerful lights weigh 2 ounces each, measure about 31/2-by-3/4-by-1-inch,...
NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
To help cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices further take over your life, Quirky has released the Pivot Power Mini, a power outlet attachment designed to charge as many as four pieces of electronics at the same time using only outlet. The Pivot Power Mini has two traditional grounded outlets and two USB ports. The design folds for easy travel. The price: $24.99 through Quirky's online store . Designed by 23-year-old Jake Zien, the Pivot Power Mini is an after-market version of built-in USB wall outlets now being installed in some homes.
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