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Rubber Hard Drive from LaCie

Well it’s not exactly a rubber hard drive, but the enclosure has a squared pattern made of rubber in either blue or pink. LaCie teamed with a leading designer, Karim Rashid, to create this 3.3 inch storage drive called Skwarim. Capacity ranges from 30GB (pink) to 60GB (blue) and $149/$199 respectively. LaCie’s Senior Product Manager, Olivier Mirloup, saw a market for designer styled storage devices for those looking to stylize their techy look. No word on whether the blue or pink will be the only colors offered moving forward. We wonder if the rubber ads any durability to the HHD – probably not.

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Audio Advantage Amigo from Turtle Beach

The Amigo is USB sound card ideally suited for laptop users. With both analog and digital outputs along with a surround-sound simulator it should bring a rich, full listening experience. Packed with features like built-in mic, volume and mute control, headset and support for extended stereo sound it’s a great amigo for the executive on the go or student not looking to miss a word from his professor. Pricing starts at just $49. Click for device diagram and connector explanations.

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Retro looking BoomBox from Teac with USB port

Is the 50’s table top jukebox coming back into style? Seems like Teac has the beat on this trend with their new SL-D900 CD player/Radio/Clock. The retro styled CD player can also read MP3 discs and includes a convenient USB port which you can play MP3 files stored in Flash drives or another portable hard drive device. It has 2.1 channel speaker system with built-in sub woofer and with an output of 15W it could make for a swinging good time at dinner. The unit measures 340 (width) x 259 (depth) x 190mm (height) and weighs 5.4 kg.

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GlobeSurfer ICON is a self-contained wireless access device

GlobeSurfer ICON is a self-contained wireless access device, offering a simple Internet access method. It attaches to any PC through the USB connector and provides instant Internet access at DSL-speed using the latest HSDPA wireless network technology. GlobeSurfer ICON, combines the convenience of high speed wireless connectivity (up to 1.8 Mbps downlink) with extreme ease of use. Automatic drivers installation, built-in control applet, and one-button connect, all contribute to maximum user-friendliness. There is no need for installing SW from discs, connecting DSL wires and filters, setting parameters.  It therefore appeals to the broadest market of PC-owners looking for simple access to Internet.

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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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