usb

Use A Flexible USB Adaptor To Avoid Breaking Flash Drives

Plugging a USB drive into a port on the front of a desktop is convenient, but you’re also one knee-bump away from breaking the thing. Avoid the problem by using a flexible USB adaptor or extension cord to prevent damage.


RMPrepUSB Turns A Spare USB Drive Into A Multi-OS Boot Disk

Windows: If you have a spare USB drive or SD card lying around, use RMPrepUSB to turn it into a PC troubleshooting tool or a way to install a new OS without burning a disc. You can use the tool to format and partition any storage device, load it up with ISOs or other disk images, and then multi-boot when you need to.


Make A Cable-Managed, Battery-Powered, Multi-Gadget Charger

Charging multiple gadgets gets annoying fast. You have to own multiple cables, a variety of chargers and always have access to an outlet. If you want to bypass all of these issues, you can with a portable, battery-powered option that can charge up to seven gadgets of your choice.


Asus Ai Charger Quickly Charges Your iPhone Or iPad Over A USB Port

Windows: Asus’ Ai Charger is a free utility that lets you charge the iPad from your PC’s USB port, which otherwise doesn’t offer enough juice to charge the tablet. Ai Charger also promises to charge iPhones and iPods 50 per cent faster using standard USB ports.


How To Boot From A CD Or USB Drive On Any Computer

If you’re troubleshooting your PC or installing a new operating system, you’ll occasionally have to “boot it from a disc” or USB flash drive. Here’s what that means and how to do it.


USB Screen Lock Requires A Physical USB Drive To Unlock Your Mac

Mac: If you’re worried that someone might be snooping around on your Mac, USB Screen Lock is an app that adds a kind of two-factor authentication by requiring you to insert a USB drive to unlock the computer.


Turn An Old SNES Gamepad Into A USB Game Controller

The SNES controller is one of my favourite console controllers. Unfortunately, the proprietary connector makes it difficult to use with newer devices. Thanks to the Teensy USB dev board, you can get the best of both worlds: a great and sturdy game controller and USB connectivity so you can use it with modern consoles or with your PC.


Hide A Flash Drive Inside An Old USB Cable

Have some files you want to keep hidden away from prying eyes? Redditor phi303 shows us how to turn an old USB cable into a hidden USB drive for all your secret files and programs.


Tether Your Phone Over Bluetooth For Less Battery Drain

You have three choices when it comes to tethering your smartphone’s internet connection to your laptop: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. It turns out there’s a bigger difference between them than you might expect.


Create Your Own Seven-Port USB Travel Charger

Travelling with lots of gadgets doesn’t mean you have to take heaps of chargers and poorly organised cables — you only need one. Just take the right USB hub and a clever organisation sleeve, and you can have a seven-port travel charger that keeps everything organised, packs easily and charges any USB-based gadget quickly.