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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

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