Apple's next phone is said to shed the old 30-pin iPod connector in favor of a newer, smaller port. The Apple-obsessed Internet is officially scandalized by the not-yet-official decision. Here's what that tells us about Apple.
Something tech fans have been desperate for for years may actually be about to happen: Most of your computer wires may soon be replaced with a single, simple standard. It could change everything, right down to device design and manufacturing.
Intel's Light Peak data connection tech has evolved, and is now on sale in a real device—Apple's new MacBook Pros. It's clever, super-fast, and is actually a stealthy trick to replace the rats nest of wires on your desk with a new protocol.
It happens to me about, oh, 14 trillion times every day: I go to plug something into my computer's USB port, and it doesn't fit because I've got the plug-head upside down. Then I mutter some curse word, peer at it, and then plug it in the right way. If I added up all the seconds I waste this way in a year, it'd be... well, it'd be enough that I thank the design gods for Ma Yi Xuan, who invented a USB plug that fits both effing ways.
Before you think about mocking the bad English, ask yourself: did I think of this? No? Then STFU.