Great trick for freeing a power cord when it's trapped under furniture

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Cable management with Bob Marley

Perfect for those who dread coiling their patch cables.

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I just burnt an hour looking for an old-style iPhone/iPad/iPod cable

This is the iPad cable I was looking for.

In the world of ever changing Apple device cables, I had finally run out of functional old-style cables for my iPad 2. I use the iPad 2 for streaming on my exercise bike, and was in a panic this am, when I found the last surviving cable had passed on.

My giant box of varied cables has no more of these. Once they out populated even regular USB.

This two-pack of the old 30 pin style cable should keep me going for a few more years.

iPhone 4s Cable,iPad 2 Cable,TechRise 2-Pack APPLE MFI CERTIFIED Sync and Charging Cable (Length 1 Meter) via Amazon Read the rest

Connector Alignment Chart

I just read Marco Arment's lament for the dire state of the USB-C ecology, where you never know if any given machine, gadget or cable will do the thing you want it to. I thought about all the ports in my life, over the years, and my experiences of the moral qualities thereof.

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Flexible iPhone cable acts as a stand

I have been enjoying this bendable iPhone lightning cable. It is great for keeping the phone where I can see it.

Using it with a 20000mAh USB battery as a base works well too.

Not rigid enough to work as a stand in my car.

COMROLL Cable Charger Holder Flexible Holder Stand Up USB Desk Charging Sync Data for iPhone 5S 6 6S 7 Plus 50cm via Amazon Read the rest

iPhone 7 series Lightning audio + charging adaptor $10

Apple lives to make cables a problem. Here's the new iPhone 7 series adaptor you need at a price you can tolerate.

I hate spending more energy managing my iPhone's battery levels than I do enjoying a road trip. This adaptor solves Apple's latest giant cabling fuck you.

2 in 1 Lightning Adapter and Charger , Lightning to 3.5mm Aux Headphone Jack Audio Adapter for iphone 7 / 7 plus via Amazon Read the rest

Apple: more than 90% of "official" accessories on Amazon are fake (UPDATE: Amazon response)

In a trademark infringement case filed against Mobile Star LLC, which it claims is a prolific counterfeiter, Apple says that more than 90% of the "official" gadgets sold in its name at Amazon are fake. [via]

Moreover, they're mostly garbage, and potentially dangerous.

Consumers, relying on's reputation, have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased from are anything but genuine. This is particularly true where, as here, the products are sold directly "by" as genuine Apple products using Apple's own product marketing images. Consumers are likewise unaware that the counterfeit Apple products that sourced from Mobile Star have not been safety certified or properly constructed, lack adequate insulation and/or have inadequate spacing between low voltage and high voltage circuits, and pose a significant risk of overheating, fire, and electrical shock. Indeed, consumer reviews of counterfeit Apple power adapters purchased from and from the above ASIN report that the counterfeit products overheat, smolder, and in some cases catch fire:

Amazon seems to have gone well shady lately—something's got to give. Lukewarm take: the vast majority of users will think the fakes are genuine even with the media fuss over it, Apple's reputation is what gets quietly burned at the weekend barbecues of America, and Amazon is monolithically indifferent to counterfeiting. Apple might then consider the unquantifiable value of not charging $29 for Lightning cables.

UPDATE: Amazon spokesperson Aaron Toso responds:

“Amazon has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site.

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Great short flexible USB-to-Lightning cable

The Mophie Sync/Charge Lightning/USB cable ($10 on Amazon) is the perfect short cable for charging an iPhone from a portable charging battery. It twists and bends and holds its shape. It's now part of my travel kit. Read the rest

Apple USB-to-lighting cable with built-in battery

This looks like it could come in handy - the Jackery Jewel is a MFU-certified Lightning-to-USB charging cable with a built-in 450 mAh battery. It's $16 on Amazon with promo code JERJEWEL. I just ordered one. Read the rest

Interactive map of submarine cables

How does the internet get routed to Greenland? Just how many cables snake their way through the waters of the Caribbean? Submarine Cable Map is exactly that, but it's beautiful and interactive too. [via Internet is Beautiful] Read the rest

Amazon cracks down on crappy USB-C cables and adapters

I've been whining for months about the crap sandwich Apple and Google created by adopting USB-C for their new laptops without supporting the ecosystem: a writhing sea of dangerously low-quality third-party cables and adapters. Amazon is taking action, banning low-quality USB-C gadgetry from the store.

The crackdown is almost certainly in response to the glut of cheap USB Type-C cables that have flooded Amazon over the past year—and to at least one example of a dodgy cable frying a Google engineer's Chromebook Pixel. In that case, the third-party seller stated that it was a standards-compliant USB 3.1 Type-C cable with SuperSpeed. As it turned out, the cable was completely missing the extra wires needed for SuperSpeed and two of the other wires had been transposed. The miswired cable killed his laptop instantly.

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A cheap dual Apple Lightning and USB micro charging cable

The lack of a universal charging cable is one of my biggest gripes as an iPhone user.

I never have there right combination of chargers and connectors with me on any given trip, so this $9 dual charging cable is a real boon.

Charging is easy. iTune recognizes my iPhone when I plug it in, GoPros mount instantly. The zipper for managing the loose cable ends is a pretty good idea and saves me from headphone-like tangles. All in all, I am getting everything I want out of the cable.

Charging 2 devices at once via my MacBook Air is not the fastest thing on earth, but that may be more a function of the port and then cable. I'll try it with a high speed charging port soon!

TOTOP IPhone 6 Cable, 2-in-1 USB Nylon Braided 2.0 Cable Zipper, 8 Pin Micro USB Cable via Amazon Read the rest

Huge trove of surveillance leaks coming

Al Jazeera and The Guardian are set to publish "the Spy Cables," a massive trove of South African intelligence cables detailing the over-classification of information and the corruption of post-Apartheid South Africa by US political interference. Read the rest