The newest USB port is called USB-C, and it should be the last time you’ll ever have to change the way you plug in electronics.

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Advantages of USB-C include:

  • It’s symmetrical, meaning you won’t have to fumble to get the plug the right way up
  • It works for power and data transfer, meaning you can use the same port to charge your tablet or connect it to headphones, a mouse, a camera, etc.
  • Apple caved, and is making the Thunderbolt cable use the same port shape (no more hunting around for special cables for your monitor or your Macbook!)
  • USB-IF, the nonprofit organization for USB standards, has created a logo for devices that meet their quality and specifications

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Make sure your USB devices follow these international standards, and look forward to carrying just one type of cable for your electronics.

By Sharon Campbell