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Yubico launches new YubiKey 5 Series 2FA keys, supports passwordless FIDO2 and NFC

Yubico, one of the more well-known names in two-factor hardware security keys, has just revealed its new YubiKey 5 Series: four new keys that all support FIDO2, and a big USB-A model that does NFC. The new keys look almost exactly like their counterparts in the old YubiKey 4 Series, with the same durable designs for both USB-A and USB-C keys.

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Google's new USB-C headphone adapter promises lower latency and longer playback on Pixel phones

Google got in the headphone dongle business when the Pixel 2 infamously axed the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack after Google made a big to-do about Apple's recent iPhone's doing the same thing in its reveal of the original Pixel the preceding year. The company has now quietly refreshed its headphone adapter, with its listing on the Google Store claiming the improved dongle provides 53 percent lower latency and 38 percent longer playback time than its predecessor.

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[Deal Alert] Topgreener's dual USB-C wall outlet is $28 ($7 off) on Amazon

Wouldn't life be just a little simpler if you could plug your phone right into the wall with just a USB cable? Actually, you can. If you're about that kind of convenience, here's a deal for you: Topgreener's dual USB-C wall outlet is currently $27.99 on Amazon, down from its historical price of $34.99 — a hearty discount of $7.

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[Update: Winners] We're giving away 40 Choetech USB Type-C to HDMI cables, plus 50% off coupons for everyone else (US only)

We've done a few giveaways with Choetech in the past, and now it's time for another one. This time, we're giving away 40 of the company's USB Type-C to HDMI cables. If you would rather buy the cable outright, we also have an exclusive 50% off coupon to share.

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[Deal Alert] Aukey 46W USB-C charger on sale for $28 (normally $35) today only

You can never have too many chargers around, and the Aukey 46W Type-C brick should meet most if not all of your needs. It can juice up laptops like the Pixelbook and MacBook as well as phones like the Pixel. It's on sale right now for $27.99, but this is an Amazon Lightning Deal—it's going fast.

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A comprehensive list of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0-compatible mobile devices [Update]

Back in September, Qualcomm announced that devices armed with their new generation of processors – flag-shipped by the Snapdragon 820 – would be capable of even faster and more efficient charging speeds with Quick Charge 3.0. After the announcement, Rita wrote a great summary of the advantages of QC 3.0 over QC 2.0 that you can read if you want specific details about the upgraded charging standard.

Fast forward seven months and the first QC 3.0 Android devices are finally starting to trickle out to consumers. Since we have one of our best team members writing reviews on QC 3.0 charging devices, we thought it would be nice to keep an updated list of QC 3.0 compatible devices for you, our readers.

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[Deal Alert] 3-pack of Aukey USB C to USB A cables for $6.95 (42% off) with Amazon coupon code

They say the future is wireless, but unfortunately we still live in the present. Phones, tablets, and laptops are all charged using cables, and it seems that you can never have too many USB Type-C cables lying around. Luckily, Slickdeals has spotted a great deal for three Aukey USB A to USB C cables with a coupon code that'll save you 42% off the already discounted sticker price of $11.99.

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Essential USB-C Earphones HD review: Earbuds that ditch the dongle, but add cost and compromise

The headphone jack is dead, or so we're told by OEMs, but the selection of wired USB Type-C headphones is still woefully inadequate. If you aren't interested in all the problems associated with Bluetooth audio, you're pretty much forced into the donglelife. But Essential just launched two new pairs of USB Type-C powered headphones, including the Earphones HD. Although the HDs aren't bad, for $100 it's tough to recommend them unless you absolutely can't use a dongle. 

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Libratone Q Adapt USB-C earphones review: Pricey, but for good reason

It's sad, but the headphone jack is being included on fewer and fewer phones every year. Ever since Apple started the trend of relying on one connector with the iPhone 7, Google, HTC, Motorola, and more companies have all released flagship devices without the 3.5mm jack that all of us knew and loved.

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HyperDrive is a combo USB-C hub, stand, and Qi charger on Kickstarter (and it's already funded)

Usually, we aren't too into Kickstarter stuff here at AP. No small number of crowdfunded endeavors have failed to materialize in the past, and too many of them are merely rebadged OEM goods. But in this brave new dongle-filled world, the HyperDrive has caught our eye. It's a combo USB-C hub, Qi charger, and phone stand all in one. And, unlike many Kickstarter promises, this one has already hit its funding goal.

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