• The coronavirus pandemic has seen many musicians heading online to perform. But latency issues can make rocking out with bandmates over an internet connection somewhat problematic. Sweden's Elk Audio is aiming to nip lag in the bud with Elk Live.
  • Audio gear maker M-Audio has launched two USB interfaces geared at folks who are looking to break into computer-based recording, podcasting, live streaming and more, without emptying their bank accounts.
  • ​Sony has wheeled out a versatile new USB hub geared toward working professionals with a need for speed. The MRW-S3 is packed with ports to support a variety of data transfer methods, but is spearheaded by what the company is calling the world’s fastest SD and Micro SD card readers.
  • If you buy a USB-equipped gadget today, you'll get the latest USB 3.1 standard, if you're lucky – but the technology isn't standing still. The preliminary specs for the USB4 standard have just been announced, promising a doubling of potential speeds and a range of new capabilities.
  • ​A new prototype USB stick called the SuperSpeedBlazer is claimed to turn a Mac in to a Windows 10 machine capable of running the latest games. The device is claimed to boot Windows in around 10 seconds.
  • ​​A new charging cable might be able to withstand a few months of being bent into shape, but give it enough time and those wires will start to give way. The USB93 is a rather clever solution to this dilemma, using a rotating ball to avoid undue stress on the cable and keep things in working order. ​
  • ​There's no denying that some synthesizers can be very pricey monsters, but there are quite a few that you can carry around in your pocket. Now the UK's WS Audio has developed a synth in a USB stick, which is claimed to be the world's smallest analog synthesizer.​
  • ​You might think that wired connections are the way to go if you want to keep the data flowing between peripherals and your computer secure. But researchers have found that USB connections are prone to data "leakage" that can compromise data security.
  • ​They may be modeled on the human brain, but neural networks are better at sorting through huge amounts of data and identifying patterns. Now to make them more accessible to smaller developers, Intel has launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, packing deep learning into a USB thumb drive.
  • ​Tascam has released two USB interfaces designed to help podcasters focus on the content rather than complicated equipment. The Ministudio series is made up of a Personal edition stocked with essential podcasting tools and a Creator edition that adds advanced audio and video production features.
  • Irish power solutions provider myVolts has developed the Ripcord, a cable that allows musicians on the move to power their gear from a smartphone, tablet or USB battery bank.
  • A few months after creating what was claimed to be the world's smallest MIDI synth, which was smaller than the capsule at the end of a 5-pin DIN cable, a self-confessed MIDI lover and prolific electronics tinkerer has managed to cram a tone generator into the black plastic inside the USB plug.
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