Items tagged with USB

While the cloud is great at times, there's still a need for physical file transfers to be quick, easy, and seamless. That's where Leef Technology comes in, this week introducing the Leef Bridge. It's described as the first USB flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. The product allows for easy transfers without the need for cables, cloud services, Wi-Fi or any type of data connection. Leef Bridge features a micro USB connector and full-size USB connector that access the same memory so users can share content, photos, videos, music and documents to and from... Read more...
Many have chided Apple for the lack of ports available on its high-end laptops. If you want, you can spec out a $3k+ MacBook Pro laptop... but you can't get more than two USB ports on it, no matter what sum you're ready to shell out. For hardcore power users, the limitations can become something of an annoyance, but that's where third-party accessory makers step in to fill the void. Kanex has already supplanted the outgoing AirPort Express design with the mySpot, and now the company has introduced a genius new adapter that makes up for the MBP's dearth of connectors. The new DualRole is a USB 3.0... Read more...
Look out, Thunderbolt! Apple and Intel's high-speed interconnect just got some new competition, but if you aren't looking closely, you may think it's actually old technology. USB 3.0 is planning to get a major update, and in fact, it'll end up doubling the transfer rates of an already quick technology. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced development of a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) enhancement that will add a much higher data rate, delivering up to twice the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. This supplement... Read more...
Western Digital has a new USB 3.0 hard drive to showcase, and it's for Mac users. The new My Book Studio external hard drive is tailor made to operate at blazing speeds with Apple's new line of Mac products, which (finally) support USB 3.0. The drive doesn't deviate much from the design cues of the past, boasting 4TB of internal storage (or 1/2/3TB options for those who doesn't need the space). The My Book Studio external hard drive comes with a 3-year limited warranty and is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP for My Book Studio 1 TB is $159.99... Read more...
Accessories are a dime a dozen, but this one's a notch above the rest. Velocity Micro, a well-known company when it comes to building gaming rigs, has just introduced an interesting new device called VMultra. It's an all-in-one external drive that combines four different peripheral devices in order to create a major accessibility hub. It's designed for use with Ultrabooks, laptops and netbooks that lack an optical drive, as it includes an external DVD±RW drive, USB 3.0 hub, SD card slot, and 500GB of backup storage. That's particularly useful for SSD-based products with limited internal... Read more...
Cloud storage is absolutely all of the rage these days, with everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft (and even the little guys) hopping on that bandwagon at some juncture. iTwin, a company quite familiar with cloud file transfers, has just introduced the newest edition of its portable device, the iTwin SecureBox. It brings hardware-key based security to Dropbox, enabling even cloud storage to have local privacy. iTwin SecureBox automatically encrypts files dragged into the SecureBox folder and seamlessly integrates with Dropbox, requiring no extra steps. You just plug the iTwin into a PC, toss... Read more...
Docking stations aren't what they once were. While they used to be just about everywhere, oftentimes tied to chubby business laptops, the increased power and use of wireless technologies has made them a bit of a dud. But there's still room for more universal solutions, particularly with USB 3.0 out in the open. Kensington has launched two new USB 3.0 docks based around DisplayLink's USB graphics tech, which also includes support for Gigabit Ethernet and Audio. The Office Dock sd3500v provides the ultimate hot desk expansion and productivity solution with dual-head video support for HDMI and DVI/VGA... Read more...
LaCie's new RuggedKey USB drive is now available. This flash drive is designed to protect data from nearly any threat, including heat, cold, and drops. Thanks to its orange bumper, the RuggedKey can withstand heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The drive is also IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water. The RuggedKey supports USB 3.0 speeds up to 150MB/s. The drive also works with Wuala Secure Cloud Storage so your data will be accessible via the cloud as well as on the drive itself. The LaCie RuggedKey comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities with a starting price of $39.95. LaCie RuggedKey... Read more...
Power savings? Yeah, we can get behind that. Texas Instruments has just announced a new breakthrough that it seems pretty darn proud of. It's a new suite of high-efficiency power management controllers that save standby power to help smartphone users consume less electricity with their 5-watt cube adapters, even when they are left plugged into the wall. According to TI, the new UCC28700 primary-side controllers "will enable smaller cubes, wireless power charging stations and other AC-powered equipment. TI also introduced the TPS2511, an intelligent USB charging port controller that complies with... Read more...
Need a few extra gigabytes for... well, whatever? G-Technology has you covered. The company has today announced a new line of portable and desktop USB 3.0 storage solutions, and considering that USB 3.0 is now a reality on some of Apple's newer machines, it's a match made in designer heaven. G-Tech's drives have always jibed with Apple's design ideas, and now, SuperSpeed is being thrown into that mix. The new G-Drive Slim ships in a lightweight aluminium case and offers up to 500GB of storage, while being entirely powered via a USB 3.0 connector. It'll start at $109.99. There's also the G-DRIVE... Read more...
Lenovo and HP both have found time to unleash loads of new gear in the past day or so, but this one in particular caught our eye. The new ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock is a swanky looking device that's powered by DisplayLink and a DL-3900 Dual Head Graphics chip with integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Audio. According to Lenovo, it offers dual video connections (2xDVI), enabling multiple displays to be connected, as well as five USB 3.0 ports for peripheral expansion. One has to wonder how much use these things still have in a market of increasingly powerful laptops, but those who find it useful will... Read more...
You may not be super familiar with AViiQ, but they're a mobile accessory and design company that tends to crank out some pretty unique products. The latest is the Ready Clips, giving consumers a convenient way of charging or transferring data to and from any USB 2.0. port. AViiQ Ready Clips are said to "eliminate the headaches associated with tangled cables via a minimalistic pen-sized design, and are now available for Micro, Mini and Apple devices." Each one measures 5.5 inches long, ¼ inch thick and weighs less than 0.5 pounds for easy storage and transporting.  They are also completely... Read more...
Sometimes it’s the little things that make your life easier, and that’s what Gigabyte has been aiming for with its On/Off Charge technology. Simply put, On/Off Charge is a utility on Gigabyte motherboards that enables fast charging of iOS devices, even when the system is sleeping or even turned off. With the new third-generation iPad already flooding the brains of early buyers with dopamine, Gigabyte wants you to know that On/Off Charge supports the new device and can charge one up to 40% faster than a standard USB port. On/Off Charge also supports all previous iOS devices, and it’s... Read more...
Sprint announced a new USB modem called the Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB that features a compact design and provides access to Sprint’s 3G and 4G networks in one click. The modem requires no software installation and you won’t have to wait for an application to load to use the connection; the Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB works just like an Ethernet cable. The Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in Connect USB is available for free with a contract and after a rebate. Customers can also opt to purchase the modem and use a pay-as-you-go plan. Day, week, and monthly passes are available. Sprint 3G/4G... Read more...
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