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Archive for May, 2007

Beware of Freebie USB Sticks; Could Have Worms

I read an article today about the growing concern of worms embedded on USB flash drives. With the popularity of UFDs it’s important to protect yourself so that viruses, worms and identity theft don’t happen to you. This new type of worm is embedded on UFDs, than automatically runs when connected to an operating system.
Computer owners should tread very carefully when plugging an unknown device into their PC as it could have malicious code planted on it.
The best way to prevent a worm or virus from entering your system is disabling the autorun file on your Operating System before connecting the USB thumb drive. Since memory prices have dropped the USB stick is a hot item for tradeshows, give-aways and direct mailers. For this reason, it’s important to protect yourself from unwanted viruses. In addition, these flash drives could become a big threat to companies as the financial motivation to obtain secure information has big payoffs. Continue Reading

Toilet Tunes: iCarta iPod Dock Review

The bathroom. It’s one of the most important (and hopefully used) rooms of your home. So much so, that people usually add radios to their bathrooms and provide a soundtrack to their personal grooming and thinking. But isn’t this the iPod generation? Why just settle for a radio? The iCarta iPod dock lets you bring and enjoy your iPod into your private sanctuary. This iPod dock is integrated into a toilet paper holder and is compatible with all dockable iPods. It features four integrated high performance moisture-free speakers and is powered by an AC adapter… so you can power up your iPod while you download. For showering, shaving, and all other things you might use your bathroom for, enjoy your music your way. Bring in your iPod. Let it enhance each moment of your life. Power Requirements:
  • 12V, 1.5A AC adapter Unit Dimension
  • Width 8.25 x Height 3.68 x Depth 7.12 inch, 210mm x 93mm x 181mm
  • Accepts standard toilet paper rolls
You can charge your iPod while playing music. The only problem is that it isn’t waterproof – but then again, neither is an iPod. By the way, that song stinks. Light a match. Continue Reading

Linksys Wireless USB Network Adaptor, The WUSB200

Linksys, a division of Cisco, released their new Wireless G USB Network Adaptor aimed at small business. What Linksys did with this product is incorporate range booster technology to increase signal strength and improve data transfer speeds.
linksys wireless usb network adaptor
The RangeBooster technology makes the claim that range will increase by double and data transfer speed will increase by about 35%. And if you’re concerned about security, well then wireless products might be a little scary. Linksys covered their bases with a WPA2 256-bit encryption engine along with a Security Monitoring abilities to get the low-down when there’s a crack-down. No word on pricing or availability.
linksys wireless usb
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GetUSB Dealz – 9 Inch Digital Picture Frame Under $100 – Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

For a limited time Buy.com has a 9 inch digital picture frame which also plays MP3 music for that perfect Mother’s Day gift. List price is $119, less $20 rebate = $99 total price. ($89 bucks with Google Checkout) Free shipping.
digital picture frame
Here’s the sales pitch: The AXN-9900M 9-inch digital multimedia player supports both JPEG photo viewing, and music (MP3) playback. It comes with a remote control, built-in memory that can store up to 20 pictures (depending on size), USB input jack and cable, built-in E-port and AC/DC Power Adapter. The extremely slim remote controls viewing and music options to enhance your experience without leaving your chair. Use the USB cable to download media directly from your computer or a variety of other sources. Supporting Secure Digital, Multimedia Card and Sony Memory Stick flash media types make the new Axion media frames an excellent solution for digital camera users that do not have a computer. The built-in E-port lets you connect a TV-tuner or Gamepad and enjoy hours of entertainment. Grab the GetUSB Dealz now! Continue Reading

Gefen Wireless USB Hub

The long awaited wireless USB hubs are starting to show their face. Belkin did a push for nearly a year before their wireless hub came out; Gefen just made their announcement about a 4 port wireless USB hub.
gefen wireless usb hub
This is an excellent choice for those having peripherals further then a common USB cable connection. The Gefen WUSB hub uses a USB dongle at the host PC and will communicate up to 60 feet to the wireless hub. Since these types of products have not hit the shelves yet, the real-world transfer rate is yet to be determined. The specification calls for data transfer rates between 55Mb/s to the max of 480Mb/s (wouldn’t that be nice) but I believe that will depend more on distance. Continue Reading

Spiderman Web Design MP3 Case for Sony Video Walkman

Excited to see the new Spiderman 3 movie? Well nothing would show off your enthusiasm better then a Spiderman themed MP3 Case.
spiderman web mp3 case
For the new release, Sony Pictures teamed with Proporta, a leading MP3 case design firm and manufacturer to develop a spider web like silicone case fit for the latest Sony MP3 player, the NW-A800.
spiderman case
Katrina from Proporta said, “The soundtrack to Spiderman 3 is packed with class acts such as The Killers, Snowpatrol and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs which can all be downloaded onto your new Sony NW-A800 – the latest offering from Sony’s MP3 player range.”
The Spiderman web silicone case along with a Sony Video Walkman are free at the movie premier Continue Reading

A Little USB Fan Fair

With summer just around the corner now might be a good time to start thinking about how to keep cool. Elecom put some design effort into their latest USB fan collection. Along with design efforts, they must have gotten a new photographer – these are probably the most sexed-up USB fan pictures you’ll ever see.
usb fan elecom
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Poll Results: Is Your Flash Drive Speed Important?

GetUSB.info closed our latest poll asking the all important question about speed: “Is Your Flash Drive Speed Important?
poll results slow usb drive
After 178 votes, it came down to most care but not by much. 40% didn’t care how fast the flash drive was, just as long as the speed wasn’t dog slow. With file sizes getting bigger and now the average amount of data stored on a flash drive being over 1GB – one can’t help to look at transfer speed. One of the worst things to wait for are file transfers – like watching paint dry. Thanks everyone for voting. If you’d like to see our latest question, visit GetUSB.info Continue Reading

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