Michael Gorman, for Engadget, reporting on a new USB 2/3 spec:

That’s ten times what Thunderbolt can do, and it means that you can charge up your laptop or power most any peripheral via Universal Serial Bus.

That could change the way a lot of peripheral gadgets work, but it also causes problems for laptop users. If you are powering your monitor off your USB port, I would imagine your laptop battery would drain pretty fast.

The brings me to something else that has been bugging me and an ask on Twitter yielded no answers. Why aren’t both sides of USB cables the size of microUSB ports instead of the huge rectangular annoyance that they currently are? Is it a speed/power issue on the smaller connector, or just a silly standard that no one has bothered to question?

Posted by Ben Brooks