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Disposible Paper USB Flash Drive

Despite every effort for the world to go paperless, there is always one more idea or product to use it. Today we hear about IntelliPaper USB drives. This is a new technology where the parent company, IntelliPaper, is trying to raise funds for it’s manufacturing.

The idea is putting a controller chip embedded between several pieces of paper. From there, USB contacts are created to transmit the electical current of the four pins required to make USB work.

Granted, this wont be an 8GB flash drive, but you can autorun a website, store some basic information or embed music for an audible greeting card.

The ideas do seem limitless when you watch the video off the start-up webpage at Indiegogo.

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LaCie Porsche Design SSD USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Slim is in…hasn’t that been the motto of runway models for the past 20 years.  I guess you can say the same for tech gadgets, laptops and of course storage peripherals.

LaCie introduces the Porsche Designed ultra slim 120GB SSD hard drive.

The $149.99 Slim Drive P9223 by LaCie, powered by none other than USB 3.0, follows the same minimalist design set by Porsche Design. It has a thickness of a mere 11mm; this makes it a great compliment to a 17mm slim MacBook. It’s chassis is made of solid aluminum which doubles as a heat sink for fast dissipation of any heat build up from the NAND chips.

The LaCie Porsche SSD can top a transfer speed of 400/MBs.  But it’s not a walk in the park to get that data transfer rate.  You need to have a computer which supports the USB Attached SCSI [UAS] protocol.  This is a protocol which overcomes the aging bulk-only transport method which has been around since USB 1.0.

Source:  EverythingUSB.

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Apple Sells Lightning to 30pin Adapter

Apple has added Lightning to micro USB port support to its online store. The new Lightning to micro USB adapter is compatible with the newest iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch device. The product can be used to sync as well as charge each type of device.

The move shows Apple’s willingness to extend its new adapters capabilities. In the past, a 30-pin dock connector to micro USB adapter was only available for sale in Europe. The new adapter, while listed in the United States, is also shown with EU specifications.

Apple had refused a micro USB adapter on its 30-pin connector because it wanted to stick with proprietary options that would protect its devices from third party device adapters. The move in the EU, however, allowed for less waste since old adapters from legacy devices could be adapted

Apple also chose to forgo micro USB adapters because they didn’t allow the company to make iOS devices as thin and light as they wanted.

Micro USB adapters are not as fast as Apple’s Lightning connectors; however, they are also not a standard type of connection option like 30-pin connectors had become over five years of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch sales.

Apple sells an adapter to convert from Lighting to 30-pin so that most legacy accessories can still function, but some devices have become unavoidably incompatible with the newest iOS devices because of the Lightning connector. In some cases, users have become angered when video capabilities would not operate with the company’s lightning to 30-pin connector adapter.


Other adapters already offered by Apple include options for SD card readers, VGA connectors, Lightning to HDMI, Firewire, and eSATA.

The new micro USB adapter comes at a cost of $19.

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USB Power Brick 11000mAh Output

Brando is reselling [because they don’t actually make anything] a 5 socket USB power brick.  The power block will supply a total of 11,000 mAh of Output, with not much of any port having significant Watts.

It is probably a good product for a trickle charge to several devices or a quick charge to one or two, so if you’re far away from that car charger, wall charger, or solar charger the USB power brick would be a nice edition.


The USB power brick sells for $60 USD + shipping of a couple dollars

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USB Copy Protection by Nexcopy

Nexcopy has released a USB Copy Protection solution for those who need to share files, but without giving the “receiver” full ability to copy and re-distribute.

The great thing about a USB flash drive is file sharing.  They are great for copy and saving and taking files on the road.  This same convenience factor also makes it very difficult to have Digital Rights Management as well.  With Nexcopy’s USB Copy Protection, it’s not difficult any longer!


First, lets explain the difference between write protection and USB copy protection.  Some thing it’s the same, but it’s not.

USB write protection [also called data lock] means the files cannot be deleted off the drive…it also means files cannot be added to the drive.  But you can still copy the files off the drive to your desktop or hard drive.

USB copy protection provides the same functionality as write protection, but in addition, does not allow

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How To: Make Mountain Lion Installer on USB

I read a great article on The Unofficial Apple Weblog [TUAW] about making a Mountain Lion installer on USB.

To make an installer version of Mountain Lion on USB you’ll obviously need a copy of the OSX Mountain Lion installer.

Next, go to your applications folder and find the actual installer…should be called Mac OS X Mount Lion.

Rich click that bad boy and select the Show Package Contents form the pop-up.

Navigate to Contents > SharedSupport and then start looking for the InstallESD.dmg.  This is the image file for the installer.

Now we need to launch the DiskUtility so open a new folder with Command N.

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