Europe’s move toward a universal gadget charger, explained

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My phone uses a different charging cable than my laptop, which uses a different cable than my PC’s keyboard, which — for some reason — uses the same charging cable as my toothbrush.

In other words, my life is maddeningly full of cords. And I’m not the only one.

This week, the European Union came to a provisional agreement requiring products like those (except maybe the toothbrush) sold within its borders use the same USB-C charging port. That means companies using proprietary technology — like Apple — will need to make some big changes.

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