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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.

Samsung lets you charge three devices in new wall charger

Gone are the days when you would just need one USB wall charger since you only have one device that you need to charge. But since most people now carry multiple devices, and you cannot of course monopolise all the wall outlets at any given places, you would need a contraption that can power all your devices (or at least three of them). Samsung brings you its Multi-Charging Wall Charger, whose name explains itself already.

New USB jack shown, faster charging and reversible

When it comes to powering our devices, micro USB is the current standard for Android. The issue (which we’re reminded of when toying with the new HTC One) is that the cable and plug are directional. Unlike the Lightning cable found on iOS devices, we have to angle the charging cable on our Android devices just right. A new standard aims to end that, though, as the USB Implementers Forum is introducing USB 3.1.

Leef Access microSD memory card reader unveiled

We've seen various external storage solutions for mobile devices, and it looks like another has since been unveiled. Leef Technology has released the Leef Access, which is a dongle that makes use of an existing microSD memory card and then plugs into your Android smartphone using a microUSB connection.
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