Google just announced the new Chromebook Pixel today, two days after Apple unveiled its new Macbook, and for all the differences those two laptops will have, they also have one very important thing in common: a USB3.1 Type C connector. That connector is used to charge them, as well as to transfer data, hook up external displays, or most any other USB accessory. This is very exciting.

USB3.1 Type C is fully reversible and finally does away with the most annoying aspect of modern USB cables: multiple port types. USB3.1 will finally eschew micro, mini, type B, and other weird-ass ports in favor of a single port design that is much smaller (and reversible, did I mention reversible?)

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