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Charge your MacBook Pro fast with Nomad’s new USB-C cable

Nomad’s new 100W USB-C cable allows you to charge your MacBook Pro, transfer data, and more.

Tech accessory company Nomad officially launched the newest addition to their series of cables yesterday, and it’s perfect for USB-C users who need a powerful cable with high durability.

Simply dubbed the USB C Cable – 100W, this robust accessory allows for a whopping 100W power transfer — more power than any phone or tablet requires. That means if you use it to charge any of your handheld devices, they’ll juice up as quickly as they possibly can. In addition, the Nomad USB-C supports full-speed charging for all compatible MacBooks, including the 15″ MacBook Pro that has a max charging speed of 87W.

If you routinely use your USB-C cable to transfer data, Nomad’s got you covered there, too: The 100W USB-C offers ultra-fast 10gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 data support, and offers reinforced RF shielding for extreme data sync speeds. If you like, the cable can even handle 4K video.

Design-wise, the cable is heavy duty while remaining sleek in appearance. Its extra thick wire gauge and polyamide core is encased in a thick protective PVC jacket and then covered in braided ballistic nylon for abrasion and tear resistance. The worst part of any user-cable relationship is needing to toss it out due to strain — especially around where it connects to your device — but thankfully this USB-C cable “works reliably after 4,000 multi-directional 150 degree flexes at the lightning connector” according to the company.

The Nomad 100W USB-C cable is priced at $ 39.95, and is available for purchase on Nomad’s website. If you’re just looking for a reliable USB-C but don’t need as much power, the company also offers a thinner 60W version.

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Samsung unveils 30.72TB SSD with blazing fast performance

Two years ago, Samsung unveiled a massive 15.36TB SSD and now it has doubled that storage in a single drive – the PM1643. It is a SAS drive with 30.72TB capacity that is built out of the latest V-NAND chips. The new drive promises speeds of up to 2,100MB/s sequential read and 1,700MB/s write (400K/50K IOPS for random reads/writes respectively). To achieve such performance numbers, Samsung used Through Silicon Via tech – the drive includes 40GB of DRAM. This is clearly an industrial drive and has protection from memory loss if the power suddenly goes out and there’s ECC to maintain…

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For Small Businesses, the Future Is Fading Fast

A Rose by Any Other Name

Small businesses, we are told, are the lifeblood of America. In reality, they are far more than that. They are vital to the economic survival of billions worldwide. In a recent interview with Futurism at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Roberto Azevêdo, Director General of the World Trade Organization, emphatically outlined the significance of local entrepreneurs. “In the world, around sixty to ninety percent of the workforce is employed by small and medium enterprises,” Azevêdo said, “so we have to help them.”

And they do need our help because they are dying.

Foreign corporations that are not held to America’s environmental protection, worker rights, or intellectual property laws have caused the cost of goods to plummet. Wages and profits in the U.S. plunged in near parallel.

“In the world, around sixty to ninety percent of the workforce is employed by small and medium enterprises, so we have to help them.”

When asked what he would say to small business owners about globalization and the future (the untimely death?) of their business, Azevêdo said that (somehow, inexplicably) these developments are actually a good thing for the little guy. “Globalization is the future of small and medium enterprises. They are the ones who stand to gain the most.”

This is a little hard to believe. Giants like Walmart, Amazon, and Alibaba are such massive powerhouses they threaten to drive all competitors, no matter how big or small, into early graves. Let’s take a look at just one. Amazon isn’t just selling products for your home. They sell clothes. They sell books. They stream movies and television shows. And now, they sell your food both locally and online (Amazon recently bought Whole Foods for $ 13.7 billion). It’s not too hard to imagine a world in which, in the very near future, Amazon is virtually the only one who sells anything.

For decades now, small businesses have been shut down by competitors both foreign and abroad. Of course, some small businesses have thrived, but these are generally not the small mom-and-pop shops that once dotted the landscape of the United States. They are the startup apps made by your college roommate — not exactly the “economic lifeblood” that one thinks of when they think “small businesses.”

Still, it does little good to debate the benefits or shortcomings of globalization because it is already here, and we can’t stop it. “You know, Amazon and other competitors will always be there. The big guys will always be there. The small and medium enterprises, they want to grow and become Amazon. What’s important is that they are ready to compete. We have to make sure they are in a position to compete,” Azevêdo said. And he is right. The question, then, is how to help them.

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A Lending Hand

Alright then, globalization it is. How do we ensure that we all make it in the future? Azevêdo doesn’t have the answers, “It is tough. It is difficult to be ready because the world is changing in so many unpredictable ways,” he said, “so you have to be in a constant examination of your own practices, of your institutions, of your infrastructure.” That seems obvious and sensible, but what does it mean, practically speaking?

“It is tough. It is difficult to be ready because the world is changing in so many unpredictable ways, so you have to be in a constant examination of your own practices, of your institutions, of your infrastructure.”

If the world truly is changing as fast as Azevêdo say it is, what hope do we have even if we are at our most vigilant? It takes months, if not years, of deliberations to get legislation passed. By then, it will be too late for many industries and for the many people whose livelihoods depend on them.

“It’s okay. There is room for everyone,” Azevêdo told me. But I am not convinced. Our policies need to be able to evolve alongside technological developments, but this is simply not how our nations are structured, and it’s not how our legislation bodies operate.

If our policies can’t adapt fast enough to keep up with the changes wrought on society by technological developments and increasing globalization, perhaps we can train our people to adapt. Having a highly skilled and knowledgeable labor force is an alternative option Azevêdo provided. But that doesn’t save small businesses, that just allows displaced workers to find other employment (probably working for Amazon or Walmart).

Of course, the solution likely isn’t trade barriers. Neither is it isolationism. But are we really supposed to believe that, when faced with the questionable ethics and dictator-like dominance of global conglomerate, the solution is simply to educate the populace and “be vigilant” as Azevêdo suggests?

I doubt it, but perhaps there is some other answer. Let’s hope so because international influence is the future. “Globalization is not a choice. Globalization is a reality. It is not going to disappear. It’s like breathing,” Azevêdo proclaimed.

Many, it seems, are doomed to suffocate.

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