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3/12/2015
11:05 AM
Eric Zeman
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Google Chromebook Pixel Turns To USB Type-C

The second generation of Google's Chromebook Pixel laptop series keeps the aluminum design, improves battery life, and adopts USB Type-C for fast charging.

Google's second-generation Chromebook Pixel

Google's second-generation Chromebook Pixel

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SaneIT
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3/16/2015 | 8:20:48 AM
Re: Two hours of power in 15 minutes is a good deal
This is one of the first things I wondered when I heard that Apple was moving to the single USB-C port.  Accidently killing an older device because it isn't designed to handle the additional current sounds like a good way to force upgrades.  My other concern though is that we're seeing one or two USB-C ports to take the place of 3-5 various ports.  How irritating is it going to be that you have to carry a dongle that splits the USB-C into 3-4 legacy ports so that you can actually use devices you already own or in the case of that single USB-C port what happens when you can't get one dongle that has all of the port types that you need?  Are you going to be switching back and forth until you get fed up enough to go out and by new peripherals?
Whoopty
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3/13/2015 | 8:20:55 AM
Type C charging
USB Type C has the potential to not only end the endless reversing of other USB connectors, but the fact that it can provide enough power to charge larger devices like laptops means we finally have a universal charger for all of our gadgets. That's big news. 

The 3.1 faster data rates are always welcome too. 
danielcawrey
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3/12/2015 | 11:19:16 PM
Re: Two hours of power in 15 minutes is a good deal
I'm interested in USB-C but I think it is going to take some time for the industry to catch up with the standard. I also remember when Apple released Thunderbolt, which is still not very common. Yes, it is on many Apple devices. However, the number of peripherals is still small. 
D. Henschen
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3/12/2015 | 1:06:03 PM
Two hours of power in 15 minutes is a good deal
I'm looking forward to USB-C performance showing up across many devices. Have phones, a GPS watch and fitness bands that all take too long to charge off of USB -- even when using higher-power 2amp USB slots. Will there be any danger for older devices that weren't designed to handle that level of power? Are there safeguards, or are we going to see burned-out batteries and fires caused by this upgrade?
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