USB 3.2 and 3.1 Explained: What’s Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 2×2?

USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Gen 1
While USB 4 may be the latest and fastest generation, the most common USB ports on PCs and peripherals have a "3" in the version number, specifically USB 3.2 or USB 3.1 or even 3.0. When you're looking at spec sheets, you'll also also see generation numbers after the USB 3.2 or 3.1 so, for example, there's USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and even USB 3.2 Gen 2x2. And yet some ports with different version numbers actually have the same speed! Confused yet?Fortunately, when you get past all the confusing decimals and generation numbers, it's easy to determine what speeds you can expect from your USB ports, cables and devices. You just need to know the lingo, which we outline below.  USB 3.2, USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 Versions and Speeds USB VersionSpeedAltenrate NameConnector Type(s)Identical toUSB 3.2 Gen 15 GbpsSuperSpeed USBType-A, Type-C, Type-B,...

Back Market, platform for refurbished tech gadgets, raises $335 million

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Back Market, an online platform for buying, selling and servicing refurbished tech gadgets, said on Tuesday it raised $335 million in its latest funding round which valued the company at $3.2 billion.The company, started in France in 2014, aims to make it easier for customers to buy refurbished gadgets like iPhones without having to worry that the seller may be peddling stolen or broken goods, said Chief Executive Thibaud Hug de Larauze.To ensure the quality of the refurbished-goods merchants, Back Market has a strict onboarding policy, he said. That includes an acceptance rate to join the platform of only 30%, followed by a sales limit of five items a day for 40 days to prove their products have low failure rates and their customer service meets the standards.“We basically take all the feedback from the clients. We make a quality score. And...