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USB-C is a great new connector, but has been somewhat slow in its inevitable march to becoming the default option. But now a range of new products from laptops to phones use USB-C, so there are a handful of accessories sporting the new plug. So what different options are there, and how much do they cost?

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Pretty much everybody uses USB cables, be it at home or at work. Charging smartphones over USB is extremely convenient but security vendor Kaspersky Lab cautions that not every USB port is safe to use. The company noted that attackers can steal files and infect smartphones with malware over unsafe USB connections. Here's what you need to know.

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Let’s face it. We have all bought cheap USB cables from shady merchants in the past. I’m charging my phone with one of those cables right now. But there is always a risk that a dodgy USB cable can do damage to a device it is connected to. USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the group in which certifies USB devices, has announced a new protocol to fight against non-compliant USB Type-C cables. Here’s what you need to know.

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Custom macro keypads are great for shortcuts in video games, document editing, or anywhere else a good keyboard shortcut comes in handy. The problem is they tend to get expensive, especially when you look at higher-end models. Luckily, it's easy and cheap to build your own.