USB Type-C remains a versatile port with a ton of potential, but the fact that different Type-C ports have different capabilities is still a sticking point.Especially in laptops and desktops, it s hard to tell whether a port will charge the laptop or drive a monitor or just do plain old data.For the USB Implementers Forum, a body which can strongly recommend ways for USB licensees to market and label their products but can t actually mandate anything, defining new standards and logos are its best weapon against consumer confusion.To that end, the USB-IF is introducing a new Certified USB Charger Compliance and Logo Program, a more consumer-friendly face for Type-C chargers compatible with the USB Power Delivery spec.Certified chargers will resemble a traditional power brick or wall wart and will be interoperable with compatible USB Type-C devices, and it s one more incremental step toward universal chargers that actually work with every gadget you ve got to carry around.The new USB logo for certified power adapters.
Nothing is worse than the dreaded day you lose or break the charger that came with your device.No matter where you hunt, you d never know for sure if the next one that comes along will be as good as the first.There was no way to tell if a $30 USB charger is really that much better than a $12 one.The USB Implementers Forum USB-IF is instituting a compliance program for USB chargers.The USB-IF is a support organization devoted to the use and advancement of USB technology.One of the problems that users run into is that sometimes after market chargers don t measure up to the standards for all of the devices that they are plugged into.
The USB Type C standard is a very young one, but thanks to the push from certain companies, everyone is jumping in quickly.Soon, however, worries about picking up a correct USB-C charger or even bringing multiple chargers for different USB-C devices will be a thing of the past.the USB-IF, has just announced a certification program that will ensure that chargers comply with set standards and are, therefore, safe to use.But when chargers are involved, the failure to meet specifications becomes dangerous, both for the device and the owner.Thus, the USB-IF is implementing a Charger Compliance and Logo Program to try and rein in the herd before things go out of control.And if Benson Leung's regular reports are any indication, it's getting rather messy out there.
When you go to buy a charger, it comes with a reasonable expectation it won t fry your phone.Unfortunately, with newer USB-C chargers the reality hasn t been so clear cut.Many third-party cables have been shoddy, spurring Google engineer Benson Leung into a one-man campaign to call out offenders.The USB Implementers Forum USB-IF , the group behind certification, announced a new logo and compliance program that should go a long way towards preventing such tragedies.USB-IF The certification program is a much-needed effort to give customers more information about what they re buying.Certified chargers will resemble a traditional power brick or wall wart and interoperate with compatible with USB-C devices, according to the group.
HDMI Licensing, the licensing agent responsible for administering the licensing of the HDMI specification, recently announced the release of HDMI Alternate Mode Alt Mode for USB Type-C.Developed by the HDMI Founder, the new specification allows cable manufacturers to create HDMI cables that terminate in a USB Type-C port.The HDMI cable will utilize the USB Type-C connector on the source side and any HDMI connector on the display side.This means you ll be able to connect things like PCs, tablets, smartphones and laptops to TVs, PC monitors and projectors with a single cable, eliminating the need for clunky adapters or dongles.Jeff Ravencraft, USB Implementers Forum President and COO, said being able to easily connect devices with USB Type-C to the huge installed base of HDMI-enabled TVs is a substantial benefit to consumers.The executive added that they re also coordinating with HDMI Licensing to ensure consumers can recognize when HDMI Alt Mode is supported on USB Type-C devices.
The USB implementers forum has loosed USB Audio Device Class 3.0 onto the breathlessly-waiting world.USB-C cables can already carry data, power and video over a single cable.The new spec means there's a standard way to deliver sound over a USB-C cable.With one cable to rule them all now a possibility, device-makers have a decent reason to contemplate the demise of the venerable 3.5mm audio jack recently ditched by Apple's iPhone 7.One fewer hole in a device is handy for those attempting waterproofing ... or sales of expensive wireless headphones.And for the rest of us?
The USB Implementers Forum has announced the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 standard, which aims to replace the 3.5mm jack with a Type-C connector.The USB Implementers Forum USB-IF has announced a new specification for carrying audio over the USB Type-C connector, in a bid to wave farewell to the humble 3.5mm audio jack.Apple has made a number of headlines of late following its decision to drop the 3.5mm analogue audio jack from its latest iPhone devices in favour of digital audio transferred either wirelessly via Bluetooth or using wired headphones tapped into a digital audio signal from the Lightning port.While an adaptor which allows traditional 3.5mm analogue headphones to be connected to the Lightning port is bundled with each phone, the company's intention to push the industry into phasing out a remarkably long-lived connector is clear.While Apple may seem to be leading the charge - though it is not the first company to release a phone which requires an adaptor to use 3.5mm headphones by a few decades - the USB-IF has made it clear that it is more than willing to help its members follow.The company's latest formal standard, USB Audio Device Class 3.0, details how to carry audio signals over USB via a Type-C connector.
USB Type-C audio is finished, and the 3.5 mm headphone jack's days are numbered.The future of mobile device audio is here, and if you hated the iPhone 7 s Lightning connector headphones, you ll loathe this new solution.The USB Implementers Forum USB-IF recently announced the audio specification for USB Type-C was now complete.Officially named the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, this new release sets the standard for how audio should work over USB Type-C.The USB-IF hopes the new specification will be the primary solution for all digital audio applications, including headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions.The new audio specification can help reduce power consumption on devices, and will come with advanced features like hotword detection.
Although USB has long been able to ferry digital audio data, recent events in the mobile world have put that capability under a microscope.Specifically, the prophesied death of the 3.5 mm audio jack.As if putting the proverbial nail on that decades-old connector s coffin, the USB Implementers Forum has just announced a new USB Audio Device Class 3.0 standard that, well, standardizes digital audio output via the young USB Type-C connector.And even in its announcement, the USB-IF mentions how the new feature could help OEMs remove the 3.5 mm hole from their devices.If there were any doubt that Apple still has the clout to be a trendsetter, this would probably put those to rest.The latest standardized capability practically combines two things that could arguably be traced back to Apple: the push for USB-C as a standard, all-in-one connector and divesting audio responsibilities from the headphone jack.
the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the first Samsung smartphone to use a USB-C input.One upgrade that has become so well received that the company now expected to go ahead with the feature to all its future flagship, writes Sammobile.The biggest reason is the improved laddningsförmågan and faster data transfer.But a new specification suggests it can be more than that.the USB Type-C has today received its Android Device Class 3.0 specification by the USB Implementers Forum, which gives manufacturers the technology needed to remove the old 3.5 mm jack from its devices, but it takes damage to the battery.To remove the jacket would also create the ability to build thinner phones that are more water-resistant.
We're all too used to stock cables that can't stand up to the rigors of everyday life, but Belkin's latest USB-C offering has been made to outperform and outlast.The company is adding to its line of ultrastrong Mixit Duratek accessories today with a new USB Type-C cable.Belkin’s Lightning and Micro USB Duratek cables have been on the market for more than a couple months now, sporting Kevlar-reinforced conductors and double-braided nylon shielding on the outside for enhanced durability.This new USB-C cable is no different, and the company is touting the same five-year limited warranty here as with its previous Duratek products.The cable measures 4 feet in length — likely much longer than the cable that shipped with your smartphone or tablet — and has been certified by both the USB Implementers Forum as well as Apple’s MFi program.Unremarkable as that might seem at the outset, they’re actually important distinctions that separate the highest-quality cables with the litany of cheap knockoffs sold online on sites like Amazon.
If you're the type of person who copies hundreds of photos or mammoth video files to your external hard drive, good news: USB ports are about to double in speed again.The new USB 3.2 technology doubles that to 20Gbps using new wires available if your device embraces the newest USB hardware -- specifically the modern USB-C connectors and cables.The industry group that announced the move Tuesday, the USB Implementers Forum, isn't willing to commit to 20Gbps just yet.Marketing plans need to be finalized before USB IF starts making any performance promises.Sorry if all this USB terminology is confusing.The USB 3.2 technology defines how data is sent over cables; the USB-C technology is a physical specification that defines what plugs and wires look like.
Google is preparing to launch a new “Made for Google” program, according to a new report.The new program would most likely see third-party accessory makers gain access to tools, documentation, and technical support much like in Apple’s MFi (Made for i) scheme.The details of such a program were confirmed by two sources with direct knowledge of the initiative and another with Google’s plans for its upcoming hardware announcement, according to 9to5Google.While we don’t have a ton of details at this moment, the program seems to center around the USB Type-C standard.It’s easy to envision a plan by which Google certifies third-party accessories like battery packs, wall adapters, and USB cables that all carry the USB Type-C port.The USB Implementers Forum Inc. puts out a standard that all cables are supposed to adhere to but we’ve even seen some cables shipped by Android OEMs not meet spec.
USB is getting more power -- the kind that's measured in watts and that's useful for charging phones and laptops -- and the companies behind it are trying to make that power easier to use.At the CES tech show, the consortium in charge of USB announced work to ensure USB gets better at fast charging -- and won't zap your laptop.The USB Fast Charger project will mean you're more likely to be able to top up your battery as fast as possible.Phone manufacturers need to be able to control chargers carefully, but often could count on only their own chargers to have the necessary smarts.The new charging technology will mean you'll be able to plug your phone into a third-party charger, the one at your friend's house, or your laptop's charger and still get the electricity you need as fast as possible."You'll see USB-certified fast chargers very soon," said Jeff Ravencraft, president of the USB Implementers Forum.
Apple, Microsoft and the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) have announced a human interface device (HID) standard for braille displays.This collaboration is huge news for people who are blind or suffering with low vision, as it will make using a braille display across different hardware far, far easier.The idea is that it removes the need for braille devices to have specially designed software or drivers.This will substantially reduce development time and, hopefully, open up the market.You can find more information in the release.I’ve got to say, I was shocked this wasn’t already a thing.
The USB Implementers Forum — a group that includes major tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google — has announced a new USB HID (Human Interface Device) standard for Braille displays.That may not sound like much, but it’s a big move forward to make computers more accessible to people who are blind or have impaired vision by making it much easier to use Braille displays across different operating systems and devices without having to worry about unique software or drivers for each device.Ultimately, it means that soon, users will be able to simply use Braille readers as plug-and-play devices across a wide hardware ecosystem, much in the same way that users are able to simply plug in a USB mouse or keyboard.The standard seeks to make this process function similarly across operation systems, whether it’s a PC, Mac, or Android device.With the finalized standard, device manufacturers and operating system providers will have to make new hardware and software updates to support it, which should start happening as early as next year.
Apple, Microsoft and a handful of other tech companies are making it so you can plug in a braille display much like a mouse or keyboard.The companies have teamed up with the USB Implementers Forum, a nonprofit that promotes adoption of USB tech, to integrate braille into a new USB Human Interface Device (HID) standard (PDF), according to Engadget.People with vision disabilities often rely on braille, but some braille displays only work with certain PCs or require additional software and drivers to use.The new HID standard helps manufacturers build braille displays so they work across different computers and operating systems.So people could theoretically take their braille display, plug it into any computer and start using it.Much like you can plug in a USB keyboard and start typing right away.
Today, many people who are blind or have low vision must cobble together different hardware and software just to use computers.But a new standard backed by some of the biggest names in tech should mean that braille device users won't have to search for custom software for different operating systems and screen readers.The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced today that it has worked with technology leaders—including Microsoft, Apple, and Google—to create a new Human Interface Device standard for braille display.The standard is intended to make it easier for different operating systems and devices to include braille features.“The new standard for braille displays will significantly narrow the gap in communication between people who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf-blind and their sighted and hearing counterparts,” said Joseph Bruno, president and CEO of Helen Keller Services, in a statement.“It allows these individuals to more seamlessly connect to their favourite devices, which is a major step in helping them connect to the world around them.”
Three years down the line from its introduction, you’ll find it on most smartphones and many laptops, but its apparent simplicity isn’t the whole story.It doesn’t refer to the actual USB standard supported by a cable or port, but its physical shape and the technology and wiring that can be built in.As we’ve mentioned, this connector can technically support data transfer, charging, video output (technically known as Alternate Mode), and more.These underlying USB standards, as well as connector types like USB-C, are developed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).New plugs and new USB technology are often revealed at the same time, which can be confusing, but they’re technically separate—it’s the version of USB, as well as the physical shape and configuration of the port, that determines what you can do with your smartphone or your laptop.As for the accompanying USB-C standard, that’s not been changed since its introduction.
EU regulators are planning to investigate if there's a need for a legal mandate to force phone manufacturers to use standard chargers.Should they do so, proprietary chargers—including Apple's non-standard Lightning connector on its phones—could wind up being prohibited.For the better part of a decade, the EU has been pushing phone manufacturers to standardize the chargers they use in an effort to cut the amount of electronic waste they generate.Phones typically come with a charger, and customers often toss the old charger when they buy a new phone.Ideally, old chargers are recycled, but they often find their way into a landfill, with the EU claiming that some 51,000 tons of waste are generated each year.The EU's long-term goal is that phones and chargers should ultimately be bought separately, with one charger being retained across multiple phone generations.