USB Type C

USB Type-C: Why It is So Important?

A USB Type-C port with support for Thunderbolt 3 means that a single cable is all you need to push power and transfer a big amount of information (up to and including two 60Hz 4K displays).

USB’s has been around a long time. Longer than most other ports actually. It was revolutionary. This standard was made popular by Microsoft when they included USB support in their Windows 98 operating system and by Apple when they removed the traditional mouse and keyboard ports for their iMac lineup and started using USB.

Now, some of you guys are probably thinking, “I’ve been connecting keyboard and mouse via USB all my life! That’s not the traditional port?”. Well, no. In fact, we needed 2 different ports for mouse and keyboard.

They looked the same but didn’t work if you connected them to the wrong port.  Before USB came around, almost all the connections were parallel, but the ‘S’ in USB means “Serial”.

They are a lot faster than the parallel ports and one port could be used to connect different kinds of devices like mouse, keyboard, printer, digital camera, webcams, flash drives, external HDD etc. This is getting familiar right?

But what’s all the buzz about USB Type-C or USB 3.1. It caught our eyes when Apple was being “Apple” in 2015. They released their 2015 MacBook with just 2 ports. A USB Type-C and a headphone jack (thank god). That’s the same ports on most modern smartphones. And as expected, people went nuts. We are used to seeing a long array of the port on both sides of our laptops. How can we live with only this one port? Google did the same thing with their Chromebook Pixel a few months prior. But they put one on each side.

That was actually a very clever thing to do. Now you could plug the charger on either side of your Chromebook.

Apple went on with this trend and on put 2 or 4 (depending on the model) Type-C ports on their MacBook Pro Lineup, only these ports.

That’s good and all, and I’m sure it’s faster than the previous generation, but why would we sacrifice all the other ports? Honestly, we don’t need them. Yeah, you read it right. The type-C is the port that’ll replace all ports. At least, that’s the idea. And I’m all for it. But how?

It can carry up to 100W of power. That’s more than enough to charge most modern laptops. It’s got a theoretical maximum speed of 10Gb/s. For those who do not understand what that means, it can output 4k at 60Hz. So, no need for HDMI. And it can do whatever the old USB ports could. It is backward compatible. And it is REVERSIBLE.

Yeah, you can plug this in any way you want. You don’t have to try 3 times to plug in a flash drive from now on. And some might have heard the word “Thunderbolt 3” here and there by now. USB Type-C can be Thunderbolt 3 compatible. And what can we do with that? In brief, you can connect a desktop-grade graphics card to your Ultrabook with just one port. This is one of the uses anyway.  

So, have I been able to convince you that USB Type-C is the future, and why is it so important?

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iPhone 11

6 Text Tricks for iPhone

Has it happened to you that with iOS 13 it costs you much more to select or copy text or undo actions? Well, in this article I will explain all the secrets so that you master all these actions with your iPhone.

How to move the iPhone cursor?

There are two ways to move the cursor of your iPhone through a text. The first one is quite obvious. You just have to touch the cursor with your finger and then move it across the screen. But beware before iOS 13 when you put your finger on the screen the cursor was going to you. But not now, it should be you who put your finger on it, keep that in mind.

Move cursor iPhone

On the other hand, now you have iPhone, you can turn the iOS keyboard into a trackpad. This extremely useful if you want to move the cursor on the screen and do not want to cover the text.

To make the trackpad appear you just have to leave your finger for a second on the space bar. You will see how the letters and numbers disappear from the keyboard. When this happens move your finger on the screen and see how you control the movement of the cursor.

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iPhone trackpad

How to select words, phrases, paragraphs and full texts?

Perhaps this is what has changed the most in iOS 13 and what can confuse people the most. At least it confused me until I found all the gestures that I am going to tell you how to select different parts of a text quickly and effectively.

But look how simple it is, these are all options:

Select a single word: Double tap on it or just touch it and leave it pressed until you see it selected.

Select a phrase:  To select a single phrase, touch the screen three consecutive times on it and you will see that it is selected automatically.

Select a paragraph: If you want to select a paragraph, touch the screen four consecutive times on it and you will see it highlight immediately.

Select a full text: If you want to select all the text you are working with, leave your finger on a blank space on the screen, one where there is no text. In a couple of seconds, lift your finger and see how a menu appears in which you can choose the option to select all the text.

Copy and paste on iOS 13

Luckily, in iOS 13, we can still copy and paste as we have always done. Simply select the menu option that appears at the top of the screen when we select any text. And I say personally, I do not like the new option that Apple proposes to do this.

The new way Apple has devised to copy and paste text is by doing the following:

Once you have selected the text you want to copy, make a tweezer gesture with three fingers on the screen. You will see a text at the top of it that will inform you, and you have copied that text. If you want to paste, make the gesture just the other way around. Put three fingers together on the screen and then slide them open.

Undo and Redo actions

Honestly, I don’t know very well why Apple has waited until iOS 13 to incorporate a more consistent undo and redo option. Until now, if we wanted to undo the last action we had done. We had to shake our iPhone as if it were a shaker and what you want me to say, it didn’t make me a drop of grace.

The shake to undo gesture still works on iOS 13, but now we can use an alternative that is much safer. If we want to undo the last action we have done, we only have to slide three fingers on the screen from right to left. We will see what we have deleted again. This works in any part of iOS; it is not only text that you can redo. What you have deleted mistakenly is an email. You can make the gesture that I told you and the mail will return as if by magic.

Undo and redo iPhone

What you want is to do the opposite, that is to undo an option that you have just redoed, do the opposite gesture, slide three fingers from left to right across the screen.

Secret menu to copy paste text and undo and redo actions

To finish a trick that will allow you to go very fast if you regularly use these actions that I just explained to you. There is a way to activate a “secret” menu at the top of the screen so that you have these options always at hand and a touch away.

I say that it is secret because unlocking it is not intuitive, but it is very simple to launch. You just have to put three fingers on the screen and leave them still for a second and you will see how a menu appears with different options at the top of it.

iPhone secret menu

This menu is not exclusive to the note’s application. You can use it in any application where you can enter text, including social media or messaging applications.

And this is all you have to know about how to manage your text on the iPhone.

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iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro vs Google Pixel 4: Which is more faster in speed?

In this article, we will describe logically the debate of speed test between iPhone 11 Pro and Google Pixel 4. Stay with us and know which is the best?

The specifications of the different mobile devices are difficult to compare. Especially between different systems such as iOS and Android. On the one hand we have the famous benchmark, in which Apple’s iPhone usually stands out above the rest, and on the other we have the so-called speed test.

These tests consist of timing the time it takes for a smartphone to open and wait for a certain number of apps to load twice. In this way, the speed of the processor is measured at the time of opening the apps and the efficiency of the operating system, keeping in memory the different processes.

Probably the most accurate and professional test of all is the one performed by Phone Buff, since it has a robotic arm that opens and closes apps autonomously, so that the human factor of the equation is eliminated. Now they have compared iPhone 11 Pro with Google Pixel 4, and the result is very surprising in favor of the Apple device.

iPhone 11 Pro proves to be much faster than the Pixel 4

It may interest you iPhone 11 Pro vs Google Pixel 4, the exponents of iOS and Android facing each.

As you may have seen, the test opens a total of 16 applications among which we have social networks such as Facebook, productivity apps such as Word or Excel, touch-up applications, which also process both a photo and a video, several games and others apps like Amazon.

In the first lap the speed difference is already visible, the iPhone 11 Pro ends in just 1 minute and 50 seconds, while the Pixel 4 manages to finish in 2 minutes and 18 seconds, shortly before the iPhone finishes its second lap.

In the end the times remain in the rogue way:

iPhone 11 Pro: 2 minutes 39 seconds and 50 tenths.

Google Pixel 4: 3 minutes 16 seconds and 54 tenths.

As we see the iPhone 11 Pro proves to be much faster than the Google Pixel 4 both in the first and the second round. After the first opening of all apps, the difference was 28 seconds in favor of the iPhone, but after the second round the differences widened to 37 seconds. This type of test shows us how optimized the software and hardware are, and there it is difficult to beat iPhone and iOS.

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