Items tagged with USB

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...
Well, isn't this just useful? If you're an avid computer user, particularly a mobile computer user, you've probably dealt with sticking a USB flash drive or USB cable into a USB port "the wrong way." And by that we mean upside-down. Best case scenario, you simply pull it back and try again; worst case, however, you could ruin either the device/cable or the connector itself. UltraTek has a solution to a problem that has haunted (or at least annoyed) computer users for years. The Flipper USB is a male USB end that accepts a USB device or cable regardless of which side is inserted up or down. It's not that complex, but it looks like you'll need a Flipper for each USB port you want made "universal."... 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...
Can your USB keyboard and mouse be trusted? Can anything that you plug into your USB port be trusted? In a word, no. It's something we all should have known by now, but the truth is finally coming out thanks to some new research on the matter. Security experts have known forever that USB flash drives and hard drives could contain malware and other viruses, but now we're learning that even strange USB peripherals such as coffee cup warmers and reading lights could also transmit harmful data. Basically, the new research confirms that modified USB devices could be swapped without the knowledge of the end-user, and that modified device could be coded to steal data or otherwise compromise a computer.... Read more...
Product delays in the consumer electronics industry aren't altogether uncommon, but we're of the belief that it's better to wait and really nail the execution of things than to rush something out ahead of time. Infinitec, a start-up company that first came to light a few months ago, has now updated us with a revised ship date for their first product. The IUM, which is being described as the world's first infinite USB memory device, will now ship on August 31st of this year. If you're just now coming up to speed with this product, it's basically an ad hoc streamer that enables any device with this in the USB port to stream content (files, multi-media, etc.) to any other machine. PC to Xbox 360?... Read more...
Need a new USB drive? Need one with lots of security? Corsair has you covered. The company has just released their newest drive, the Flash Padlock 2 Secure USB Drive. Of course, with a name like "Flash Padlock," you probably knew it was "secure" right from the start. It's a password-protected USB drive that's available in sizes as large as 16GB, which is double the amount found in prior versions. The device uses two main protection mechanisms: first, there's a user-defined PIN number, which is entered directly on the Padlock using an integrated keypad. The second is 256-bit AES encryption of the contents of the drive. The best part of this setup is that the drive remains platform independent,... Read more...
T-Mobile USA deserves more respect than they get. They're the smallest U.S. carrier out of the "Big 4" (Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and AT&T), and they definitely have the smallest amount of native 3G coverage areas. But they were the first to launch an Android phone (the G1), and they're still the only place in the U.S. where you can buy an HTC HD2 on contract. They're also well known for low prices and great service, but lacking in the 3G department has probably helped to keep their subscriber count down. But that's changing. The operator has today announced the expansion of their HSPA+ network, promising "4G speeds" to over 25 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. The company... Read more...
Super Talent announced a new USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache drive. According to the company, the new drive will boost small block random performance by up to 110x over USB 2.0 speeds. The drive will come in 32GB and 64GB capacities and will be available in early July. Super Talent Introduces USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache™ USB 3.0 flash drive delivers Huge real world performance gains San Jose, California – June 1, 2010 – Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new “USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache™ drive”. Available in 32 & 64GB capacities, this new drive implements a DRAM caching system to... Read more...
Secondary LCD monitors are growing in popularity. Mimo Monitors seems to come out with a new version every couple of months, and more companies are beginning to create similar rivals. And Samsung, for example, is taking the product category to an entirely different platform. Most of these USB-driven, secondary monitors are around 7" diagonal; Samsung's new version is a whopping 18.5", which is plenty to be a dedicated primary display. The LCD was demonstrated at SID 2010, and it's fully USB drive. Power consumption was as low as 6.3W, and it only required USB 2.0 to function. The panel on display was powered entirely by a standard mid-tower PC, and according to the company, they should be getting... Read more...
When you think of "netbook," you probably think of "Asus." When you think of "secondary monitor," you probably think "Mimo." The USB-driven monitor was practically unheard of just a couple of years ago, but Mimo Monitors has made this a respected product category in record time. Now, just about everyone seems to be looking for ways to add screen real estate, with some going so far as to install an app on their iPad that turns it into another monitor. With Mimo's new 720-F, there's no need for fancy software. Just plug this USB monitor into your machine, mount it wherever you want and enjoy seven extra inches of pixels. This new display has an 800x480 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and 400:1... Read more...
USB is everywhere. It's truly the Universal Serial Bus, with focus on the "Universal" part. Every PC we can think of has at least one or two of the ports, and just about every peripheral on the market supports it. It's one of the few constants in the PC universe, but outside of the PC world, there isn't' too much USB to be had. Every now and then, you'll find a USB socket within a vehicle (usually for iPod connectivity), but have you ever seen one in a wall outlet? FastMac is hoping that you'll soon be answering yes, as the company will soon roll out a U-Socket that has built-in USB ports alongside the typical AC power outlets. The product has been in development since at least last year, but... Read more...
Process technologies continue to shrink at an alarming rate. It wasn't long ago that 65nm seemed tiny, and now Intel is shipping out NAND Flash based around 25nm. In short, shrinking the production size enables manufacturers to squeeze more memory, power, etc. onto an existing form factor. In other words, CPU sockets and DIMM slots won't change sizes very often, so the goal is to simply put more onto the modules we have. IM Flash Technologies, which is a joint venture between Intel and Micron that is targeted for producing NAND flash memory, announced in late January that they were working hard to develop 25 nanometer Flash memory. It was neat, but easy to brush off, since nothing new was actually... 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...
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