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Your Next USB Port May Be the Swiss Army Knife of Ports

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In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won’t understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because that’s what the VESA standards body just announced with the new USB 3.1 Type-C jack, coming right around the corner. USB 3.1 Type-C is the same wonderfully reversible miniature USB port we’ve been telling you about for a while now, the one that just went into mass production this very fall. It’s also the same one that should be able to carry up to 100 watts of power, which sounds like plenty when you consider that current MacBook Airs ship with a 45W AC adapter. But here’s the coup de grâce: VESA has announced that the Type-C connector will also carry DisplayPort. That means it could 1) drive a 4K external monitor, 2) deliver 10Gbps of USB 3.0 throughput for your devices, and 3) charge your computer all at the same time. Sound like something you’d want?

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.