Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Dec 2013 23:40 UTC
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USB cable developers have announced that a forthcoming version of the connector's plug is to be reversible.

It means users of the Universal Serial Bus cables will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device.

The specification is due to be completed by mid-2014, and the first product on the market by 2016.

Spend only a few days using Apple's Lightning connector, and you'll realise how small things like it being reversible just makes life that tiny little bit less frustrating. About time USB did this.

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USB 3.1
by ozonehole on Thu 5th Dec 2013 00:22 UTC
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Perhaps more significantly, along with the new type-c connector we get USB 3.1, which is said to be twice as fast as USB 3.0. All good news, except that it seems to take forever to get USB technology out on the shelves so we can buy it. USB 3.0 has been around since 2008, yet it's only recently become possible to find external hard drives and memory sticks supporting that standard. New computers are still being manufactured with USB 2.0 ports. If the past is anything to judge by, I don't expect that USB 3.1 will become common until 2018 at the earliest.

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