Items tagged with Flash Drive

Like something straight out of a Hollywood action movie, foreign spies managed to swipe sensitive information from the Pentagon by plugging a dirty flash drive into a U.S. military laptop, according to reports. This actually happened some two years ago, but is just now coming to light now that it's been de-classified by Uncle Sam. "It was a network administrator's worst fear: a rogue program operating silently, poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an unknown adversary," Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn wrote in an article for Foreign Affairs. "This ... was the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever and it served as an important wake-up call." Flash grenade...get... Read more...
Boot drives. Pretty simple to understand, right? It's a hard drive or solid state drive (usually), internal or external, used to boot up into a given operating system. Well, that used to be the definition. Now, mentioning "boot drive" takes on an entirely new meaning. Dr. Martens, which is a boot company that has been around for years and years, just celebrated their 50th. In order to really revel in their achievement, they could have just produced a new shoe. But instead, they did something different. Very different. They produced a USB drive, and as you might guess, it's a "boot drive" in more ways than one. Not only can this USB flash drive act as a boot drive for your computer, but it's also... Read more...
The media streaming dongle that the world has been waiting for since CES 2010 is finally available to pre-order. After undergoing a slight design change and suffering from a minor delay, Infinitec's "IUM" (infinite memory device) is now scheduled to ship globally by the end of this month. For those who pre-order now at $129, free shipping will be included. Furthermore, Infinitec is claiming that their IUM is the world's first dual Wi-Fi product for consumers, which gives it the ability to connect to two separate WiFi networks simultaneously. This will allow the user of the IUM to connect their computer's WiFi to the IUM without losing their internet connection. In essence the IUM will connect... Read more...
The race to "bigger" is never-ending in the storage department, even when we're talking about USB flash drives. Recently, USB drives have hit somewhat of a ceiling, with 256GB being the largest that is advertised to consumers. But Lexar has a better idea. Rather than pushing things even larger at price points that no average person could afford, they have tweaked their Echo SE line to create an entirely new kind of product. The 128GB Echo SE looks like a standard USB flash drive, but it's actually far more than that. The device is an auto-backup drive that begins to back up your hard drive as soon as you plug it into your computer. This is particularly useful for those with 120GB or smaller SSDs,... Read more...
The world's most adventurous USB flash drive? That's a fairly bold claim to make, particularly when you're a finesse company like LaCie. We have seen quite a few rugged flash drives grace our pages, but the company that is generally known for producing the best looking storage products is now looking to produce the best looking and toughest USB flash drive. Can there really be a product with the best of both worlds? The LaCie XtremKey actually is pretty extreme, with versions available that hold up to 64GB of storage inside an enclosure that's made to withstand the elements. It uses a premium flash memory modules inside a 2mm metal pipe casing, and it's sealed with wear-resistant screw threads... Read more...
Super Talent's latest flash drives are designed for USB 3.0. However, even if your computer doesn't support the latest USB standard you can still benefit from these new drives. According to the company, the latest flash drives also offer measurable performance improvements as USB 2.0 drives. The USB 3.0 flash drives are based on a quad-channel design which Super Talent has found offers the best performance the company has seen from a USB 2.0 port. Tomorrow's Technology Provides Measurable Benefits Today Super Talent USB 3.0 flash drives offer outstanding USB 2.0 Performance San Jose, California - May 6, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM... Read more...
Score a point for SanDisk, the flash memory card maker who managed to convince Microsoft to let them be the ones to provide the official Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive. Microsoft added USB storage device support to its gaming console less than a month ago, and with SanDisk's USB stick, gamers need not worry about formatting or downloading an initial storage update. Just plug it in and you're good to go. "Xbox LIVE contains a world of content for gamers to explore and download, including full-length games, movies and music," said Shuki Nir, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Retail, SanDisk. "The Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive by SanDisk is specifically engineered to deliver a great user experience... Read more...
Corsair says that "big things do come in small packages," and while we know nothing about undersized packages, we can see why Corsair is prone to brag. After all, they've just crammed 32GB of capacity into a flash drive hardly bigger than a quarter.The 32GB Flash Voyager Mini USB flash drive is Corsair's largest capacity yet in that particularly lineup, with other models checking in at 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB. Like the others, the 32GB variant boasts a cap-less retractable USB connector that you flick open with your thumb, just the way the cool kids do it. And with 32GB, Corsair says you can store up to 9,000 6-megapixel pictures, or over 140 hours of MEPG-4 video.The new drive is available now for... Read more...
It's a USB flash drive, or is it? Active Media Products, which is a mainstay in the flash memory and storage industries, has just released a unique new take on the typical flash drive, and rather than usign the new USB 3.0 standard, they're choosing to use something else entirely: eSATA.eSATA is an underutilized port that transfers data far quicker than USB, but early models required an accompanying USB port for power, so many people just overlooked it. Now, many eSATA ports have USB capabilities built in so that power can also be ported through, and if you need a new flash drive with USB 3.0-like speed (but don't have a USB 3.0 card), this might do the trick.The new eSATA Flash Drive promises... Read more...
Super Talent introduced a new USB 3.0 SuperCrypt drive that offers AES hardware encryption and high performance. The new drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and supports USB 3.0 speeds of up to 240MB/s. For encryption, Super Talent offers two options, both of which include the STT encryption utility for password control. The SuperCrypt drive offers 128-bit ECB encryption, while the SuperCrypt Pro features 256-bit XTS encryption. The USB 3.0 SuperCrypt drive will be available sometime this month. Super Talent Introduces Encrypted USB 3.0 SuperCrypt Drive The USB 3.0 Flash Drive that Delivers Secure Performance in Capacities up to 256GB San Jose, California - March... Read more...
It's not too often these days that a product hits the market and really catches everyone off guard (in a good way, at least), but it looks like a small start-up named Infinitec has done just that. It has launched a new product with a huge tagline: the Infinite USB Memory Device. "Infinite" sounds pretty crazy to us, but the IUM is actually not a flash drive at all; instead, it's a USB stick-styled device with a small computer within it.Why would you need a USB stick in your PC when it can't hold anything? The IUM is actually an ad hoc streaming device, which creates a small, dedicated Wi-Fi network that enables a host machine to send files to a receiving machine over the air. In other words,... Read more...
Corsair announced the new Flash Padlock 2 secure USB flash drive. As the second generation of the Corsair Flash Padlock drive, the new Flash Padlock 2 uses two security technologies to help protect your data. First, the drive employs a user-definable PIN. In order to unlock the drive and access data on it, you must enter the correct PIN using the drive's integrated keypad. Second, the contents of the drive are encrypted with 256-bit AES data encryption. In addition to 256-bit AES hardware encryption, the drive also offers increased security of the communication between the on-board processor and the USB controller. Other enhancements to this drive include the ability to create a new PIN if the... Read more...
Security often gets overlooked when we're talking about USB flash drives, but it's not to be taken lightly for those who carry around delicate files. Kingston has just introduced a new DataTraveler drive that's supposedly "ultra-secure," which means that it's "certified for government-approved secure data protection." The DataTraveler 5000 is IPS 140-2 Level 2 certified with Level 3 pending, and features 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption. That's a lot of words to say that this is one of the most secure drives you could ever buy, and frankly, it's probably more than you'll ever need unless your a government spy. It uses XTS cipher mode and also uses elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms... Read more...
Slip-ups and the like happen, but they're never fun to deal with. Thankfully, Kingston is helping those affected by their latest goof get over the bitter taste by giving them a new, bug-free replacement. In a world full of lackluster customer service, this is a welcome change to the norm. Evidently, a number of Kingston's DataTraveler Blackbox, DataTraveler Secure – Privacy Edition (DTSP) and DataTraveler Elite – Privacy Edition (DTEP) were shipped with inadequate security protocols, but the company will be replacing affected drives with new units that include "an improved security architecture." Kingston is offering its customers the following: a FIPS-certified replacement for the DTBB; and... Read more...
It may not be the first USB 3.0 flash drive to be announced, but it's still one of the first (and it's blazing fast). PQI, a mainstay in the flash storage industry, has just introduced its newest USB stick, and this one is significantly more important than its last.A week after unveiling a pair of USB 3.0 external hard drives, the company has today pushed out its first USB 3.0 flash drive in the Cool Drive U366. It's wrapped in an all-aluminum shell with a clear plastic lid, and it features 5Gbps maximum transfer rates. In case you're bad with numbers, that's 10x the maximum on USB 2.0. There's no mention of a price or ship date just yet, but we suspect it'll be on store shelves shortly after... Read more...
Kingston is helping companies secure mobile data with its new DataTraveler Locker+ USB Flash drive. This new flash drive encrypts 100% of the contents using 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption. Access to the drive's contents requires a complex password. Brute force attacks against the drive are reduced since the drive locks down and reformats after 10 incorrect attempts. The new DataTraveler Locker+ is available in capacities up to 32GB. Kingston also offers the DataTraveler Locker which allows for both a public and an encrypted zone. Kingston Digital Ships Secure, Affordable USB Flash Drive DataTraveler Locker+ Allows Portable Security at Lower Cost Fountain Valley, CA -- November 17, 2009... Read more...
It's tough to stand out in the USB flash drive game. It's easy to pick a favorite MP3 player, a favorite TV brand and even a favorite game console, but does anyone really pay attention to USB flash drive marketing? We'd argue that one company that has managed to stick out is Corsair, particularly with its Survivor line of drives.The company has just introduced its Survivor GT family, a crew of new ultra-rugged, high-speed USB flash drives in 32GB and 64GB capacity. Naturally, these are made from some pretty tough stuff, and they'll withstand just about anything you can throw at them. No prices are mentioned, but we're guessing you'll pay a fine premium for the ability to take your flash drive... Read more...
The Major League Baseball season may be over, but you can bet fans of the New York Yankees won't be forgetting the 2009 season anytime soon. Just a few months after Dell announced that it was selling notebooks with MLB covers, along comes Centon Electronics with a ploy of its own to milk ardent supporters of the club (or any club, really) for a few more dollars.The company, which is best known for producing DRAM and flash-based memory wares, has today introduced their officially licensed MLB Key chain USB Flash Drives. As expected, all 30 MLB teams are included, though we get the impression that quite a few more orders will be placed for Yankees and Red Sox dongles compared to Royals and Pirates.... Read more...
Super Talent unveiled a new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives. The new drive will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports. (Of course, when plugged in to slower ports, you'll be limited in speed.) Using a separate UAS Protocol driver with a USB 3.0 port, the SuperSpeed drive can reach up to 320MB/second transfer speeds. Look for the new drives in December. Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive USB Drives Support UAS Protocol to Attain Transfer Speeds up to 320MB/sec San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash... Read more...
Thanks to a new partnership between Kingston and Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE), a division of Paramount Pictures, you'll have another option for purchasing your favorite movies: flash memory. Instead of buying a traditional DVD or Blu-ray Disc, the two companies are hoping you'll like their new offer to purchase movies on Kingston USB drives and SD cards. Full-length motion picture feature films will be available to consumers as part of a bundle package and for sale. “This unique agreement enables PDE to make available its entertainment offerings on USB and SD cards,” said Alex Carloss, EVP and GM of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “As more and more movies are viewed on computers and... Read more...
HDTVs just keep growing larger and larger. So do prices on data plan rates. But we can think of a few things that just keep shrinking: CPUs, GPUs and USB card readers. Frankly, it's amazing just how small some USB flash drives and card readers are these days. Some of 'em just seem too small for your own good, and some of 'em seem more likely to get lost than used. Enter Kingston's MobileLiteG2, a second generation card reader that fits pretty well into the latter category we described above. Measuring just 2.45" x 1.16" x 0.646" in size, this incredibly tiny device is one of the smallest card readers we've seen--at least one of the smallest that accepts such a wide variety of card formats. Outside... Read more...
When it comes to Kingston, you can bank on it being about one of two things: new memory or new flash drives. Today, we're taking a peek at the latter, with Kingston Technology taking the opportunity to increase read and write speeds on its DataTraveler 410 USB flash drive.Shipping in capacities up to 32GB, the drive can now support 20MB/sec. read and write rates--a move that follows a recent speed bump of the higher capacities (16- and 32GB) of Kingston’s consumer-level DataTraveler I, DataTraveler 101 and DataTraveler 112 drives to read and write speeds of 10MB/sec. Oddly, there's no word on the technical reasons behind the change, and this definitely doesn't have anything to do with USB 3.0.... Read more...
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