EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices

The European Union has announced plans to force smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices. The rules will apply to tablets, headphones, portable speakers, video game consoles, cameras, and more.

The EU has a history of soul-crushing tech policies. As you know, they like to sue big tech (rather than promote innovation), but this… this goes too far!

USB-C connectors suck. Unlike other, more acceptable connectors, USB-C plug and jack combos don’t “click” into place. They just kind of sit there, and you have to guess if you’ve got a good connection. More often than not, you have to twist and jam the plug into the jack until the connection is solid, which causes the exceptionally short lifespan of every USB-C jack.

What is the EU thinking? USB-C? I wonder how Tim Cook will feel about this piece of legislation.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and he hosts the Shelly Palmer #CryptoWednesday Livestream. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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