Review: Yanmai USB Microphone

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An upright microphone.

We’re in the age of endless conference calls. So I decided to spruce up my audio hardware. Sadly, I don’t have the budget for a professional podcaster’s microphone. Luckily, I was sent this cheapo model to review. And, I’m pleased to say, it’s pretty good! Comes with a reasonably long USB cord, and a pop-shield.…

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Review: YLpower 87W USB-C Charger (MSH-87PD)

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View of a plug suitable for an extension.

My quest to move my entire life to USB-C continue. Headphones, laptops, Switch, phone, eReader – all taking the same power port. Bliss! But that means I need more USB-C chargers. This is the YLpower 87W USB-C Charger. First off, 87? What? The USB-C port is capable of 85 Watts – enough for even the…

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Why doesn’t everything charge via USB?

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Hue Power supply.

This isn’t entirely a rhetorical question. I’m genuinely interested. A few weeks ago, I bought an electric screwdriver. One of the key selling points, for me, was that it charged via micro-USB. My last electric screwdriver had some weird proprietary connector which broke. I’ve hundreds of USB cables – of various lengths – and dozens…

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Why aren’t there any USB-C powered Bluetooth Headphones?

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Bluetooth Logo

Here’s a weird market gap. Most modern phones use USB-C to charge. Increasingly, they forego a headphone jack in favour of using Bluetooth. Peachy! But all of the Bluetooth headphones that I can find are charged via Micro USB. Which is bloody annoying! I want to charge my phone, laptop, camera, games console, and headphones…

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Review: IR Dome USB WebCam – perfect for Raspberry Pi

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Close up on camera lens, sensor, and IR LEDs

The good folk at Ailipu Technology have sent me a fist-sized USB camera to review. This is a cheap and simple way to get external video into a home server like a Raspberry Pi. This is the, slightly cumbersomely named, elp-usb100w05mt-dl36. What’s in the box? The USB cable is around 5 metres long, and is…

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A USB Charger That Goes Up To 11 10

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The good folks at Ntonpower have sent me this utterly ridiculous, and fantastically over-powered USB charger. It has ten frickin’ ports each one capable of delivering 2.4 amps. So, what’s it like? Straight up, it looks like a plastic toast rack. It’s a chunky beast, but surprisingly lightweight. You won’t have trouble lifting it, but…

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AC DC AC DC AC DC AC DC

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My solar panels deliver pure Direct Current electricity into my house. All my house has Alternating Current circuits. Therefore, I need an inverter to change the DC to AC. This is inefficient. Most of the electronic devices I own are powered by DC. So I plug little wall-warts into the AC sockets to convert back…

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Tech Review – Sabrent rotating USB Hub

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As much as I love my MacBook, 2 USB ports just isn’t enough! Between phone charging, memory sticks and a keyboard and mouse, I’m sick of swapping cables in and out of ports. I wanted a USB hub which didn’t have a trailing wire (one more thing to get tangled or lost) and would fit…

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Will Wireless Power Make The EU's Charging Standard Obsolete?

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I’m a big fan of the EU. For all its flaws, it has kept the peace for decades. Not only does it prevent physical wars – but it reduces the harm caused by companies warring against each other. Like most legislatures, it works on glacial timelines. Not only tackling the problems of the past, but…

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USB Cables, Lightning Ports, and Foreskins

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What does the design of cables tell us about the men who invented them? Computer designers often strictly gender the components they create. The most obvious example is the motherboard – the central hub of the computer from which all electronic life descends. As well as circuit boards (often called daughter-boards) – cables are also…

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