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Archive for September, 2007

Blaupunkt Purposely Forgets CD Player in Car Stereo

I’ve been saying forget CDs for years and Blaupunkt agrees as with their latest car stereo model, the SD27, they gave CDs the finger.
usb car stereo
This CD-less car stereo supports flash memory as the primary music input. The MP3 and WMA player supports MMC and SD cards with a well displayed LED for ID3 tags. The Blaupunkt SD27 car stereo also supports USB connectivity with optional direct-connect to iPod and Bluetooth interfaces. At $160 even the stone-aged audio cassette junkie could make the migration to digital music. Source & picture: Giz Continue Reading

As We Expected – USB Will Rule Cell Phone Juice Connection

usb cell phone power connectorUSB will be the one standard for cell phone connections says the OMTP (Open Mobile Terminal Platform). microUSB that is. We reported about China making the same decision back in Dec of 06, and as we predicted the same standard would hit the US. Well, it did…so one more feather in our [GetUSBinfo] cap. China’s press release about the USB standard for cell phone connection was more direct. The recycling costs of different types of cables is too high, to standardize on a single USB charger connection means reduced costs for the manufacturer. In my opinion, a good decision like making USB the single standard benefits the consumer by having a universal plug (rare!) and it betters the environment with less cable crap. Reference: China sets standard for USB as cell phone charger connection. Continue Reading

Hack: iPod Touch as Mass Storage Device

As if you need one more device for storing files you eventually can never find, the iPod Touch can now be used as a USB mass storage device.
ipod touch hack
At this time, the following hack only applies to MacFanBoys – I’ll post a PC solution when found. Per TUAW:
You know that “Enable disk use” checkbox? The one that appears in iTunes for most modern iPods? That checkbox isn’t there for the iPod touch. The touch provides no built-in disk access utilities but if you have an Intel Mac, and aren’t afraid of the command line, you can use these Media Folder utilities to copy files to and from your touch.
Note: To follow updates jump over to TUAW. Continue Reading

iTunes Dream Machine

SANS Digital is pushing this steller two bay network storage enclosure with iTunes server support. Although you can home-brew your own USB drive with iTunes support and give public access to your home network, the SANS Digital MobileNAS MN2L will also do the trick.
itunes server
For the “out of the box” type the MN2L has FTP support for easy access through the internet – something our home-brew version does not – along with RAID 1 or 0 settings for protection against hard drive failures. Another feather in the cap is cross platform support for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you’re feeling spendy, this will set you back $299. SANS Digital MobileNAS MN2L product page. Continue Reading

Could a USB Key Better Your Child’s Web Surfing?

Japanese gaming company, Bandai is looking to make the world a safer place. Web surfing can offer a lot of unwanted information to children and expose them to content even the worst parent wouldn’t want them to see.
kids usb security key
Bandai created a USB security key to safeguard children while surfing the net. The USB Key automatically logs on with a “kids mode” interface. This allows the kids to surf sites like Yahoo! where it logs only to the kids games section. Additionally the Bandai key links to recommended or modified kid-friendly only sites. There is a “the toy box mode” as well. In this mode the children can experience playing games in a very different way. There is a message function that allows the children to communicate with their parents on the net. Bandai did some market research and found about 70% of children internet users are between the 4th and 5th grade. Bandai should have done some more research to realize the kid friendly Mickey Mouse and Poo design is too young…should have gone with Transformers or Ninja Turtles (yes their making a come back!) Source: New Launches.com Continue Reading

M-Audio USB Mic Makes Any Session Sound Better

Bundle in a USB port for M-Audio’s Session Music Producer and you get the Producer USB microphone. As Podcasting gets more popular for content distribution the tools to create and mix a professional Podcast is getting easier. The USB Producer takes conversion of audio to digital into one simple step: plug in the mic. M-Audio consolidated the audio card into the USB mic to make one idiot proof device even the most stoned musician could operate. Do you see the headphone jack built in? This allows for direct audio monitoring without computer latency. The impressive USB Producer mic comes with stand and cloth carry bag.
usb producer podcast
At $99 any Podcasting enthusiast could pocket this, but if you’re looking for options, check our GetUSBinfo’s other Podcast articles. Continue Reading

Not USB 3.0, But Speedy USB 2.0 by Buffalo

Buffalo figured out a way to turbo boost USB 2.0 to claim increased transfer speed of up-to 60%.
turbo usb
So what’s the deal? Buffalo gives no detail to this increased performance and makes a broad statement about Windows and Mac compatibility for the two new USB Turbo products, the MiniStation and DriveStation. I would figure Buffalo addressed power issues as many USB devices have poor power management which directly effects performance. The Buffalo MiniStation with Turbo USB is a portable storage device designed to withstand durable environment such as bumps, drops and turbulence (what?) you’d experience in everyday life. The Buffalo DriveStation with Turbo USB is a tower configuration ideal for home or office and includes a 7200 RPM SATA drive with Turbo USB enhancements. The MiniStation has a price range of $99 to $250 The DriveStation has a price range of $130 to $500. Buffalo Turbo USB information page Continue Reading

Getting The Most Out of Your Mac Keychain Utility

I’m not a Mac guy, but I can spot a [good] nugget of info when I see it. The Keychain utility on a Mac is designed to safeguard your important passwords, credentials, log-in info, and all those financial records.
mac keychain screen shot
So how can you maximize your Keychain security – well at Nevali.net they marry up the Mac Keychain and USB drive for some good-ol-fashion USB security where even the most paranoid can sleep well at night. If interested, make the jump. Photo courtesy of Jaron Brass. Continue Reading

WUSB Can Hear the Footsteps of WUSB 1.1

WUSB or Wireless USB products just began to ship and WUSB 1.1 is ramping up. Although a mild ramp, as with current transfer rates of 40Mbits/second the 1.1 spec needs to hit at least 500Mbits/second otherwise it’ll never see the light of day.

wusb 1.1

The 1.1 spec will support band groups at 6 GHz and above, including the 3-4 GHz supported by wireless USB 1.0. It aims to lower power consumption by an undisclosed amount. It also will adopt the techniques of near-field communications for letting two devices identify themselves to each other with a simple contact.

As (source) Gizmodo said: “…realistic or not, we like the ambition.”

Currently the USB Implementers Forum has certified a handful of notebooks and hubs for the 1.0 spec. The WiMedia Alliance is expected to certify the first 1.0 products shortly.

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DVR Snuggles Up With iPhone & iPod

ReplayTV is not the first to introduce a USB dongle for DVR use, however, they are the first to integrate a format easily playable on Apple hand-held devices like iPhone and iPod touch. The Personal HD system bundles both digital ATSC and analog NTSC technology and play over-the-air HDTV signals or old school analog TV source. So now you TV junkies can overload on adictively pathetic reality TV shows (well, except Survivor).
replaytv iphone ipod
The real joy of the USB tuner is the software. The Personal HD specifically supports transfer of video to a format playable on widescreen hand-held devices made by Apple. Not to leave anyone out in the cold, the software can preserve multiple shows at once and even support USB devices from rival companies, such as ATI (AMD) and Pinnacle. The ReplayTV goodie bag for the Personal HD system include direct encoding in a 4:3 ratio, intelligent keyword filter system to find shows by cast member names, show IDs or genre. Although the reply system isn’t out just yet, it will be later this fall at the tune of $100. Source: Electronista Continue Reading

3G iPhone Just Months Away, 2008

It’s been confirmed:  The iPhone will be 3G and the new version is due out sometime in early 2008.  Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, made the following statement at the “Mum is no longer the word” press conference at a London Apple store earlier this week:
“You can expect a 3G iPhone later next year… We are working on the next iPhone already, the one after that and the one after that.”
The news comes as a 2G EDGE-enabled iPhone will be available in the UK on November 9th. When asked why the current model didn’t have 3G, Jobs blamed power issues saying that the 3G chipset would be too much of a drain on the unit’s battery life which promises 8 hours of call time, but said that future models would have the technology. BeSocial: methodshop | digg story Continue Reading

Try and Lose Your Keys Now – GPS Keychain

Proporta is calling out a challenge. Try and lose your keys while clipped to their all new, world’s smallest GPS Keychain. The Freedom Keychain GPS receiver is ideal for connecting to your…wait for it…keychain, notebook, PDA or mobile phone.
gps freedom keychain
The Freedom GPS Keychain works will all popular mapping software such as Google maps and you can hone in via 20 satellite channel connection. The tracking device is powered by Lithium Polymer batteries battery and working time is rated at 9 continuous hours. USB charger cable and car charger are provided with the package. At $180 it’s a mighty expensive GPS keychain , but a priceless GPS tracker for your laptop. Freedom GPS Keychain product page. Continue Reading

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