Items tagged with USB

You may have never heard of Plugable Technologies, but you've heard of DisplayLink. Or do we assume too much? At any rate, you'll know what both are after the company's newest releases, which includes a pair of new USB graphics products enabling easy expandability of any laptop or desktop system with a spare USB port. The UGA-125 enables multiple VGA, DVI, or HDMI monitors or projectors to be added to any system via USB 2.0 (one extra display supported per adapter); just toss this in your bag, and you can instantly turn a USB port into a monitor output. The second product in the UGA-125 family, the UGA-125-HUB, also includes a matching bus-powered 4-port USB 2.0 hub, and unlike proprietary docking... Read more...
Ah, there we go. LaCie is one the big innovators in the hard drive space, which is an area where few companies go out of their way to add style and design to otherwise bland storage solutions. So we figured it was just a matter of time before the company matched offerings by rivals and added USB 3.0 across the board. We're still waiting for the "across the board" part, but at least one of the company's new drives are adding support for the latest generation of USB. The new LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 looks exactly like the older version, with an iconic orange rubber housing protecting it from bumps and drops. Unlike the old one, this drive promises speeds of up to 110MB/sec, and if you need a way to... Read more...
With a little help from DisplayLinke, Diamond Multimedia has come out with a new display adapter the company promises will make easy-work out of attaching additional displays to laptops and desktops. Diamond's BVUMD3 USB HD Display Adapter Plus, as it's called, supports DVI or VGA interfaces and features high quality digital imaging up to 1600x1200 and 1920x1080, while also allowing users to mirror or extend the display in any directions. "DisplayLink’s DL-165 USB virtual graphics chip has enabled us to offer our customers a means to connect multiple monitors to a single device, along with many other multimedia capabilities," says Louis Kokenis, the Product Engineering Manager for Diamond... Read more...
How often have you wished that just about every PC peripheral you have could be placed on a network in order to be accessed from anywhere? Even if you've never considered it until now, doesn't it sounds like a particularly great idea? Addonics, a company known for pushing out unusual adapters that make lives all the better, has just issued a device that does just that: the NAU. Short for Network Attached USB Adapter, this device looks (and works) a bit like the PogoPlug. But the main draw here is its ability to add "any USB device onto a network." Any being the key word. Once the USB device is on the network, any computer on the network can access the device as if it is a locally attached to... Read more...
There's no question that USB 3.0 is a godsend for those transferring huge amounts of data on a regular basis, but what about individuals with machines that lack the protocol? Rather than buying a new machine (a notebook, in this case), PhotoFast are giving users a better and more affordable option: the new GM3000EX ExpressCard.For notebook owners who have yet to find a reason to utilize their ExpressCard slot, this is a solid option. Slip in the card, connect a USB 3.0 hard drive with the bundled USB 3.0 cable, and suddenly you've got USB 3.0 transfer rates on your existing laptop. No price or release is given, but it should hit the market soon.Taipei, Taiwan. Apr. 12th 2010 – PhotoFast Global... Read more...
Intel never really has been one to sit in the back while someone else takes charge, and while that has generally only applied to the CPU world, now Intel is getting their feet into all sorts of other ventures. Look at Light Peak: ten years ago, no one would've expected for Intel to develop their own transmission protocol, but now, it's a forthcoming reality.We had heard before that Light Peak, a fiber-based transfer solution that could reach insane speeds, may ship as early as 2010, and now we're beginning to hear what Intel has planned. Kevin Kahn, an Intel senior fellow, stated at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing this week that Light Peak won't ship in partner devices until next year... Read more...
Want to know what happens when you dump a box of Crayolas into a mixing bowl with NAND Flash memory chips? You end up with a recipe for Transcend's new JetFlash 500 retractable USB Flash drives (take our word for it and don't try this at home, or at least post some pics if you do).Available in five different colors -- purple (32GB), green (16GB), blue (8GB), red (4GB), and orange (2GB) -- the JetFlash 500 series ditches a cap in favor of sliding the USB connector with a flick of the thumb. Transfer speeds differ by model and breaks down as follows:32GB: 32MB/s read, 18MB/s write16GB: 14MB/s read, 5MB/s write8GB: 14MB/s read, 5MB/s write4GB: 14MB/s read, 5MB/s write2GB: 20MB/s read, 6MB/s writeNo... Read more...
Victorinox is a brand you may have heard your dad or grandfather speak of, and if you're someone who associates closely with the outdoors, you may actually own one of their products. If we said "Swiss Army knife," you'd know immediately what we were talking about, and sure enough Victorinox is the parent company that makes those knives.In an effort to bring their latest knife into the current century in terms of relevance, they held an event in their European flagship store on London’s New Bond Street. The reason was to unveil something with a bit of old school flair and a bit of new school utility. The device shown here is an "un-hackable Secure Pro USB drive," and it's encased within a Swiss... Read more...
Secondary displays aren't a new sector; for just over a year now, select companies have been offering smaller, USB-connected displays that help give desktop and notebook owners a little bit of extra screen space, and given that these are mobile, you can tote them easily and use them on multiple computers. MEDL Technology is really amping things up, though. Most others have been sized between 5" and 9", but this company's new USB monitor checks in at a whopping 13". Of course, 'The Panel' is just a prototype today, but it's getting a lot of attention around the tech world. At IDG's DEMO conference in Palm Springs, California, 'The Panel' made its debut. It's considered a lightweight and durable... 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...
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Arcade console is about to get a lot more interesting, and a lot more viable. For most, the idea of buying the cheap(er) console and then buying an expensive Xbox 360 hard drive or 512MB Memory Unit was something that just added up to "too much." But in order to continually battle Sony and Nintendo, they are reportedly planning to enable USB Mass Storage support across the console line. If you're not much on terminology, this means that your normal USB drive will soon be able to be used as storage for the Xbox 360, and since 16GB USB keys are supported, a couple of them will essentially give you a 32GB hard drive (if you leave them plugged in) for storing DLC content and... Read more...
Energizer has discontinued the sale of its Duo Charger/USB Charger due to a vulnerability in the Windows-based software that was supposed to be downloaded to support it.The devices allowed users to charge nickel metal hydride batteries from either a wall socket or a USB connection. The documentation with the charger suggested users download software from www.energizer.com/usbcharger (the page has since been taken down). The software allowed the user to view the charging status from a computer.A code was inserted in the software - Windows version only - that contained a backdoor allowing unauthorized remote system access. Simply removing the software won't completely remove the vulnerability,... Read more...
When we first caught wind of this story, we thought maybe there was some kind of bizarre oral fixation that prompted a New York resident to toss a perfectly good USB thumb drive into his mouth and swallow it like a Tylenol. As it turns out, Florin Necula was simply trying to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid.We've seen this tactic in several spy movies, and we're guessing so did Necula. But what Necula didn't take into account was how much more durable portable flash drives are compared to paper, which is a lot easier to digest. But more on that in a minute.First, let's discuss for a moment why the hungry New Yorker would eat a flash drive in the first place. According to The Smoking... Read more...
USB 3.0 is continuing to flourish in a big way, and while it's not unexpected to see the big names (Seagate, Western Digital, etc.) pick up the protocol, you know things are really starting to heat up when the smaller ones do as well. Walton Chaintech has just introduced what they call the "smallest USB 3.0 device in the world," with that device being the Apogee-branded Astro Drive Series A101. The red and silver pendant is the smallest USB 3.0 thumb drive available for purchase, boasting maximum read speeds of 186MB/sec and write speeds of 130MB/sec. It's available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, and while we aren't quite sure what they mean by it, the company makes clear that this is "more... Read more...
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