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Cheap USB-C Cables Could Kill Your Phone or Laptop

Cheap USB-C Cables Could Kill Your Phone or Laptop

Benson Leung, an engineer on Google’s Pixel team, was doing God’s work by risking his Chromebook Pixel, which charges via USB-C, to test every single USB-C to USB-A cord available to general consumers. One crappy cord, and his $1500 computer would be fried.
You know how this story ends right? On Monday, a cheap cord purchased from Amazon destroyed all his testing equipment, including his computer. According to Leung’s Google Plus page the SurjTech 3M USB 3.1 Type C to Standard Type A cord was unbelievably poorly made, with some necessary wires soldered incorrectly, and other wires missing. (Mercifully, the faulty cable is no longer available for purchase on the site.)

While the SurjTech cable is the most destructive one Leung’s tested, it isn’t the only cord capable of damaging your devices.

This is USB Type-C
If you use a cord that is Type-C to Type-C (with two connectors like the image above) you’ll be safe. Both inputs draw very specific amounts of power and that’s precisely what they should do. The damage to electronics occurs when they’re pulling down too much power, or conversely, not enough power.
The problems start to arise when one end of the cord is the new Type-C input and the other end of the cord is Type-A-that’s the input we all think of when we think USB. Leung found that cords that were Type-C to Type-A were failing to regulate their power draw appropriately.

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What Actually Happens When You Drink Too Much Soda?

What Actually Happens When You Drink Too Much Soda?

Most reasonable people can generally agree on two things: the Earth is round and soda is bad for you. And though we know the first to be absolutely true, what’s so bad about soda? Asap Science explains as only they can in the hand drawn animation below. Basically, it erodes enamel on our teeth, pumps too much corn syrup into our bodies, increases liver fat, makes us obese, brings on diabetes, and ages the hell out of us.

It’s delicious though!

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Why Did Facebook Kill the ‘Yay’ Button?

Why Did Facebook Kill the ‘Yay’ Button?

We have no way of knowing why Facebook rejected the “Yay” button. But it’s kind of funny because “Yay” is slang for cocaine! Realistically, however, the world probably won’t be getting a “Yay” button because joy is confusing.

In case you don’t live and breathe Facebook news (which I sincerely hope you don’t), Zuck and company have been trying for ages to figure out how to fix Facebook’s famous but one-dimensional “Like” button. Its solution was to split that one positive reaction into seven different ones . Unfortunately, “Yay” got axed.

Bloomberg’s lengthy report on the story behind the Facebook’s new reaction emoji, which are set to arrive “in the next few weeks,” goes through chief product officer Chris Cox’s mental process. Cox quickly rejects the idea of the oft-requested “Dislike” button saying it would “sow too much negativity.” So, what became a simple binary solution boomed into seven reactions with room for much more nuance. But that number has now dwindled to six.

How could something as outwardly harmless as “Yay” be “not universally understood?” I guess “Yay” could simply mean yes, like in “yay or nay.” It’s also kinda overkill when preceded by Like, Love, and Haha. But, there’s also that whole thing that “Yay” is slang for cocaine. Suddenly, that blush-filled emoji looks a little too tweaked out.