Archive for May, 2007

Broaden Your Horizons With USB to RGB Dongle

IO Data is looking to broaden your viewing horizon with their USB to RGB dongle. Ideal for laptops without video or D-Sub output this “could” help improve your viewing experience by replacing the laptop screen with a bigger monitor. Then again, if you are missing video out, you’re probably missing USB too.
USB to RGB dongle
Before you consider building a panel of monitors from your laptop be sure to check your video card capabilities as most laptops can’t support more then original screen plus one monitor anyway. Another option is trying a new USB monitor which does the video processing for you. Continue Reading

USB Mini Computer Is Security Specific

There are times when my Avast Home Edition Security Software seems to lock up for 3 to 5 minutes downloading the latest update or version. Although it’s not a lot of time, the repeated event grinds on my nerves. For that reason I was very pleased to read about the Yoggie Pico Security System. The first of it’s kind, the Yoggie Pico device is a self contained mini computer on a USB stick which runs and manages 13 different security applications.

yoggie pico usb security

At first thought – doesn’t seem like much – why not load up 13 security applications on your computer and save a USB port? Well, the beauty lies within the combination of a self contained unit, a processor to run it self and the combination of hardware and software to protect your computer. Continue Reading

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Teams with USB

Undoubtedly there are certain sports which carry hard-core fans. Fans who will go to any length for that one unique piece of memorabilia. Right up there with hockey and football fans are Indy Car Race fans. Although I can’t find the press release now, today I received visual candy confirming our beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway has officially endorsed the USB flash drive technology. Indianapolis Motor Speedway USB drive:
indianapolis motor speedway usb
For just $20 you too can get this exclusive (I want to say limited edition, but not sure) Indianapolis Motor Speedway 512MB flash drive for your storage pleasure. It’s never been easier to one-up your Indy loving geek friend with this piece of sporting memorabilia. Alan McKelvey, Retail Manager for IMS on-line stores sent me this back room photo to let the world know they mean business.
indy car usb
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QiGO USB Keys Unlock Internet Experience

So you’ve got a killing web experience but have no idea how to convince your visitors to pay for the premium product. Maybe some physical marketing material would help.
qigo usb keys
That’s the exact idea QiGO is going after.
“More and more companies are offering paid premium internet services but there is no compelling way to sell that experience physically, such as at retail or in a gift box. It’s still virtually impossible to go into a retail store today and buy an internet experience such as a one year’s subscription to a Web site or access to a popular band’s premium fan site,”
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The Pink Samsung 8mm Slim Mouse

Aving News gave some visual news about the new Samsung 8mm ultra-slim mouse. Although it’s no MoGo Mouse that slips into your PCMCIA slot, it is another great product for the minimalist. The Samsung USB slim mouse is going on sale in Korea next month – not sure if it will ever hit the states.  Specs include a USB connection, wheel that scrolls horizontally and five buttons.   Without seeing any buttons there must be a click feature on the wheel, and if there is – I’ll be the first to tell Samsung it’s a poor design.  But kudos for being slim.
samsung slim mouse
samsung usb slim mouse
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Give Your Secretary Something Else To Do; iPod Dictation with MemoMic

I would much rather have a 28 year old secretary take dictation then use the iPod MemoMic but using this we can put her to use on other tasks. The high fidelity digital audio mic recorder turns your iPod Nano into a flexible, detachable microphone suited for any situation.
ipod mic
As you can see in the picture, the recording time is prominently displayed on your iPod Nano screen in real-time, with built-in speaker you can instantly listen to your own monologue. Rather than pay double time for your trophy-looking secretary to first dictate then type, the MemoMic records your message as separate files on your iPod to later be important into iTunes. Getting creative, you can use Garage Band or similar audio editing software to play with soundtracks, movies or slideshows. The iPod MemoMic has a list of $60 but we found it for under $45. Continue Reading

Minimalist Falls in Love With microSD USB Reader

For the minimalist the PQI USB card reader S721 is what you’ve always wanted. There is no better way to compliment the microSD card size than with a micro USB card reader.
pqi s721 microsd usb card reader
microsdhc usb card reader
The PQI S721 is exceptionally small. It also supports the microSDHC format so an ideal purchase for future use. The microSD USB card reader comes in orange-yellow, blue and red to match your phone look…if you’re into that. Continue Reading

GetUSB Dealz – Lexar 2GB JumpDrive FireFly Only $15.15

Until June 4, 2007 you can get the mini Lexar 2GB JumpDrive FireFly for only $15. Actually, you can get it for $5 if you have never used Google Checkout and sign up for this purchase. Not bad for 2GBs and Lexar is an award winning flash drive manufacturer so you’re not going wrong with a slow device.
lexar 2gb jumpdrive
Here is the official sales pitch:
The powerful, high-speed Lexar FireFly has a simple plug-and-play design that allows you to quickly and easily transfer and store digital documents, photos, MP3 files, and video clips. So wherever you go, your information goes with you.
Your out the door price is really $30 with a $15 mail in rebate. Grab your GetUSB Dealz now! Continue Reading

USB Plasma Ball; Shocking Twist

usb plasma ball
Brando, maker of all cheezy USB things, is attempting to rekindle the plasma ball. Although you wont find the USB plasma ball at your local Spencer’s Store Brando is offering it for $16 and ships directly to anywhere in the world. Here at we couldn’t think of a better way to idolize the USB stick then putting some electric shock around it. Potential security feature? Maybe I’ll stop giving Brando a hard time for the boat-load of USB crap they keep pumping out. Continue Reading

Swanky USB Lock Is Locked, Cocked and Ready to Rock

I’ve given tips on how to disable USB ports via security software or changing Windows USB register files, but the simplest way to secure a USB port is to block it. The folks at Earth-Trek developed a swanky USB lock which uses the UFD shaped key to also house the USB locks.
usb lock
As you can see in the picture, the key uses a mechanical lever type setup to insert the USB lock, then detach the key from the seated lock and the USB port is blocked. Judging by the picture it might not be hard to tear out the USB lock, but you’ll probably make enough noise in the attempt to draw attention.
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USB Arcade Joystick, Happy Gamer Stays Up for Hours

Although I’m not a gamer, my buddy pointed this one and wanted fellow gamers to know. This new USB joystick from Elecom is finally what many are looking for – a well built, sturdy PC controller with enough buttons to play any game. The new Elecom USB JC-AS01BK would be ideal to re-live the glory days of Mortal Combat, Track-n-Field and even Asteroids. Although no dual joystick configuration for classics like Karate Champ.
usb joystick
The USB joystick is compatible with PS3 and check out these stats; truly arcade caliber components with micro switched steel-shafted ball joystick and eight heavy gauge push buttons with four auxiliaries for use as start/select buttons or what ever. The Elecom USB joystick runs just under $60USD.
elecom usb joystick
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Cingular Brand Killed Before iPhone Launch

After purchasing the remaining 40 percent of Cingular last year, AT&T has begun the process of rebranding some 1,800 Cingular stores. The telecom, which will be the sole carrier of the iPhone in the U.S., is undertaking the rebranding move just weeks before Apple’s hotly anticipated smartphone hits the market.
“Our branding Email Marketing Software – Free Demo campaign is performing at and above projected levels, and customer response has been very positive,” Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chief operating officer, said. The San Antonio-based phone giant is accelerating its rebranding efforts of one of the best-known brands in the market, and will make the orange “Jack” logo and Cingular name disappear from new devices being sold. The decision to move to this phase of the branding campaign is based on research that indicates that consumer awareness of AT&T — one of the best-known, most durable and iconic brands in the world — is high and ahead of expectations, the company said. Continue Reading

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