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Pixel 4 has USB video output disabled in software

The Nexus 5 was the last of Google's phones to support video output over a wired connection (remember SlimPort?), but some have continued to hold out hope for the feature. While it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Pixel 4 still doesn't support wired video output, one interesting fact about it has been discovered: it seems to be disabled in software.

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Google's Stadia controller won't support USB-C headphones at launch

During the first Stadia AMA on Reddit, we learned that support for Bluetooth audio through the controller would be coming but not available at launch in November. The Stadia FAQ page has just been updated to highlight that the same is true of audio over USB-C.

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[Update: It's back] This 90W USB-C PD charger is USB-IF certified, and it's only $26 on Amazon

The USB Type-C marketplace is no longer the shitshow that it once was, though it still pays to be careful when buying a new charger or battery. Much of the time, this means having to pony up a bit extra for the properly rated offerings, but that's not always the case. Nekteck's 90W USB-C Power Delivery charger with built-in cable is certified by the USB-IF, and it's only $25.99 on Amazon.

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Moshi's Avanti C hybrid 3.5mm/Type-C headphones are worth the steep asking price

For those of us that prefer wired headphones, or who merely can't tolerate the bugginess of Bluetooth on many Android phones, there aren't a lot of USB Type-C choices out there — especially if you don't want noise canceling. Moshi's new Avanti C checks the right boxes, though. There's no charging, no Bluetooth, and no ANC. What you do get is good audio, nice build quality, and dongle-free wired compatibility with 3.5mm and USB Type-C sources. Moshi thinks that's worth $200, and I agree.

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Moshi's Mythro C USB Type-C earphones are well worth the $50 price tag

The 3.5mm headphone jack is now an exception rather than a standard in the flagship smartphone world. Many consumers have turned to Bluetooth options, but there are still some folks who prefer wired audio. If you're in the latter camp and you hate dealing with dongles, you'll probably want a set of USB Type-C headphones.

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Aukey's 46W Type-C wall charger is on sale for $24.14 ($10.85 off) with coupon code

High-wattage USB-PD charging is, thankfully, becoming the norm for laptops, phones, and other devices. It's easier to get replacement charger you know will work properly, but the hardware can be expensive. Aukey has a well-reviewed 46W charger on Amazon, and it's a real bargain today.

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Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 review: A must-have for anyone who plugs things in

Odds are you didn't buy your phone or laptop because of the charger that it came with. They're an incidental feature compared to the gadget itself — some reviews don't even mention them — but you definitely need one. If that dependency drives you to buy another USB Type-C PD-compliant wall-wart, Anker's new PowerPort Atom PD 1 is among the best 30W chargers you can get. It's tiny, powerful enough to drive some laptops, and pretty cheap at a mere $30.

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Aukey 10,000mAh USB-C battery on sale for $17 ($6 off) with coupon code

It used to be hard to find a reasonably priced USB Type-C battery pack, but it's getting downright cheap these days. The Aukey PB-XN10 power bank is usually a good value at $23, but it's even cheaper today with a coupon code. It can be yours for a mere $17.01 if you act fast.

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USB Type-C Authentication Program gets started, sounds like it's effectively DRM for Type-C devices

Today the USB-IF, the non-profit behind the USB standard's marketing and specifications, revealed the formal launch of its "USB Type-C™ Authentication Program," originally announced back in 2016. The optional program "defines cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices." If that sounds like a thinly veiled euphemism for hardware DRM to you, that's because it is.

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Unlimited power: ASUS ROG Phone charges when plugged into itself, solves world's battery problems

Battery technology has been slow to evolve, which limits how much processing power we can pack into pocket-sized devices. If only there was some magical new technology that could solve the world's battery woes. Graphene? Lithium-air? No, the answer, friends, is the ASUS ROG Phone. This modern marvel of mobile technology has two USB-C ports, so obviously, it can charge itself.

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