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Free USB flash drive from Microsoft

Microsoft is promoting their Windows Licensing tools via USB flash drive. Fill out a simple form to receive your free flash drive. The drive will arrive full of valuable information about licensing including, FAQs, product information, a license brief, transfer of license information and additional resources. Click image to begin the request/form. It’s only while supplies last.

Well, they didn’t issue a flash drive despite their promotion, this is what we received instead:

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Wet and wild USB flash drive from Integral Memory

Integral Memory is now selling their water tight Splash USB drive, a smart choice for kids transfering files from home to school. It’s water resistent (not water proof) and comes in a variety of cool colors. Capacties range from 128MB to 2GB and each unit ships with security encryption software and zip compression software to make the most of your space. The Splash has a rubber sided case which Integral also claims to help make the drive shock resistent.

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Wireless USB has official specification

Installed on more than 500 million PCs worldwide, the Universal Serial Bus supplies easy connectivity for everything from printers to MP3 players. Now the USB Implementers’ Forum has set the stage for wireless USB.

Last May, the group published the Wireless USB Specification, a document describing how devices could harness the Wireless USB protocol. Everyone from Intel Corp. to start-ups like Alereon Inc. of Austin, Texas, are preparing interoperable Wireless USB components. Expect products carrying the “Certified Wireless USB” logo by this fall, said Jeff Ravencraft, chairman of the USB Implementers Forum.

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Microsoft to release patch for USB power drain

Several weeks ago GetUSB heard that external USB 2.0 devices may cause certain notebook computers to consume power excessively. In the interest of tracking down the source of the problem, Tom’s Hardware Guide worked with engineers from both Intel and Microsoft. Through their extensive collaborative research, they reported that an Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) driver in Windows XP Service Pack 2 is the sole cause of the unusually high power drainage observed by all three teams. Today, Microsoft confirmed that it is developing a new patch to fix this particular driver bug, whose nature is somewhat different of those addressed by earlier Microsoft Knowledgebase postings. Source of full story by TGDaily.

Microsoft posts fix for USB power drain plug.

Microsoft has posted a fix for a driver flaw that prevented owners of Windows XP Service Pack 2-based notebooks from taking advantage of power-saving sleep states.

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SanDisk partners with Safend

The collaboration between SanDisk and Safend ensures that data stored on corporate laptops and desktop PCs can be securely transferred to SanDisk TrustedFlash(TM) devices. TrustedFlash is a highly secure technology being built into SanDisk mobile flash memory cards and USB flash drives. It combines SanDisk’s 32-bit controller architecture with an embedded high-performance cryptographic engine provided by Safend, providing real-time encryption and tamper-resistant data protection. As a secure platform that is transparent to the consumer, TrustedFlash is ideal for safeguarding information and supporting secure value-added applications.

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