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InfiniteUSB connects multiple devices to a single USB port

If you have ever had to cycle your smartphones or tablets around because you only have one USB wall charger or a single available USB port on your notebook, we feel your pain. You try to get enough power in each device that you can use them all and often you end up without enough power in any of them for what you need to do.

NomadClip is the carabiner for your gadget-related needs

If you're the type of person who likes to have a carabiner clipped to your belt or bag and find the jiggling of your keys or whatever is attached to it comforting, then you'd always welcome an additional function to this already useful accessory. NomadClip not just holds your keys but it can also charge your smartphone or tablet, as long as you have a place to plug your USB into.

Google’s new Chromebook Pixel touts USB-C ports

As expected, Google has come out with a revamped Chromebook Pixel to add to its growing army of Chrome OS ultrabooks. And as expected, the Pixel still bore the same high resolution screen that made it so interesting 2013. Sadly, it actually is still the same 12.85-inch 2560x1700 touch-sensitive screen with the 3:2 aspect ratio and not even slightly higher. One interesting tidbit about the new model though is that it bears not one but two USB-C ports, hinting at a positive future for the new reversible plug standard.

Echo Connect Plus charges Android and iPhone devices

There are many people out there that use both Android and iOS devices for business and pleasure. Perhaps you have an Android smartphone but an Apple tablet. Maybe your personal smartphone is an Android device, but your employer hands out iPhones for business use. Whatever the case, a bunch of people out there need to keep both Android and iOS devices charged.

thingCHARGER frees your outlets with built in charging dock

Smartphones and tablets are starting to show up everywhere in our house. You either have your own or a few that the family shares. Regardless of how many devices you have, eventually you have to charge it. It could be a mess with all the wires running around the house and would be much easier if the wires disappeared. thingCHARGER is a smarter and less messy way to charge all your devices. The charger is designed like an electrical outlet but with a charging dock located at the top of the outlet.

ADB Tools allows your device to connect with ADB over wifi

This is a constant issue for those who like to tweak their Android devices just so – the one where you need to connect your device to ADB (Android Debug Bridge) and you have to look for a spare USB cable to be able to do that. Well, not anymore, we guess. The good guys at the XDA forums just keep making our lives easier, this time with ADB Tools – an app that allows your device to connect to ADB over wifi.

StickMount app updated, SELinux handling improved

StickMount is a rather popular app, which we recommend that you should try (for real). The app allows you to mount USB stick storage to mostly Nexus devices such as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. The app has just been updated by Chainfire, one of the more popular XDA developers, for some Android 5.0 goodness and some fixes.

Google steps up 2-step security with USB Security Key

With the security situation these days, a password, especially a simple, easy to guess, and reused one, just no longer cuts it. To help users who may or may not have migrated to stronger passwords, some sites and services have implemented two-step authentication that takes advantage of the smartphone that we almost always have with us nearby. Taking that to a somewhat more convenient but more limited level, Google is introducing Security Key, which uses a USB flash drive to implement that very same security feature.

Bleep charging cable backs your data up while you charge

For many people, their smartphone is the place where they have all their data. Contacts for work and play are in the phone and if the phone was lost or stolen, it would be very bad indeed to lose the data for most people. A new charging cable has turned up on Indiegogo called bleep that not only charges your phone, but it also backs up the data on your phone at the same time.
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