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myUTN USB Server Secures Your Peripheral Over Fiber Optics

usb server security

SEH launched a mini USB server designed to secure USB peripherals over fiber optic and Ethernet networks.  What the myUTN USB Server does is allow connection of a USB device into your fiber optics network or Ethernet network without needing additional USB cables or drivers.  Imagine plugging in your printer or scanner into a fiber optic port on the wall rather than a traditional USB port of your computer.  In addition, the myUTN USB Server provides top-level security so data being transmitted over the network wont be compromised.  A good example is connecting a USB bar code scanner for products or medical devices to the network with ease and security. Continue Reading

Review: Telescope Lens for 3G iPhone

Review: Telescope Lens for 3G iPhone

I was so excited to get the new telescope lens for the 3G iPhone, but at the same time, apprehensive that it would be a gimmick. I was thrilled to find out the telescope lens actually worked!  The case used to mount the lens also snaps On and Off quite easily.

telescope iphone lens

Using the case without the lens is a great way to add some protection to the iPhone, but when using a dock station, you’ll need to remove the case. The lens screws on and off so you can fit this inside your travel pack and take it out when you need it. Obviously you won’t leave the lens on while cruising around town.It doesn’t come with a lens cover which is fine for me, but considering it’s stored more than used, especially if you are planning to be mobile, it would be nice to have something so the lens doesn’t accidentally scratch.  For me, a zip-lock bag works fine. I took some photos around the house.  Just like a real zoom camera lens, you have Continue Reading

USB Volcano

Here is an excellent example for the term “useless USB gadget,” the USB volcano.  The USB volcano is comprised of a plastic shaped volcano which blows red plastic bubbles out from the center after you’ve filled up the jar with water.

usb volcano

The USB volcano illuminates, so when the lights are off you get a cool glow effect from the LED lights.  Gadgets4All is pitching this as a great décor item to spice up your desk space or turn your boring atmosphere into some more Jurassic Park.  I don’t know about that.  Even at $18 I’m having a hard time finding a reason why.

usb volcano lamp

USB Volcano product page. Continue Reading

Review: 4 Port USB Car Charger Adapter

Review: 4 Port USB Car Charger Adapter

I love this thing…It’s exactly what I wanted. I did not want to purchase a different charger for every device I have and my bluetooth speakerphone adapter and both cell phones are all charged via USB cable so now I can charge all three of them through the USBFever 4 port USB car charger and adapter.

usb car charger

I don’t think I’ll ever use all four at once but knowing that you can is empowering (pardon my pun) After a trip to Sea World, my iPhone 3G was just about depleted (no surprise about the short battery life – but I wouldn’t trade it for any other phone, in fact, I’m slowing transitioning from Windows to Mac for my personal computer as I’m not playing FPS games anymore and the Vista Operating System turned into a huge let down for me). So I decided to set the iPhone stop watch and take some screenshots by pressing Continue Reading

World’s Largest USB Stick: 64GB From Transcend

transcend largest flash driveThis isn’t the first time we’ve reported on the World’s largest USB flash drive as that bar continues to rise. Yesterday [Sep 23, 2008] Transcend announced their newest V20 drive is available at 64GBs.  That’s as big as my laptop from 10 years ago.  Now it’s the size of my thumb.  I put the date in here to so we can reflect back in another 5 years and laugh. The V20 Transcend includes their value add JetFlash elite data management suite which includes:  Software that turns the V20 into a key to automatically log on to website accounts, or even temporarily lock the computer to prevent unauthorized access. Users can also browse their favorite bookmarked websites and check their email from any compatible computer with the included internet favorites and mobile email functions. Even though Readyboost never really caught on, the drive has been thoroughly tested for it’s official support. Continue Reading

USB Powers the New Touchscreen Blackberry Storm

I’m a big Blackberry fan and yesterday I received a notice in the mail for the long awaited touchscreen Blackberry.  It’s finally making the grand enterance.  Coming out in about 1 month is the Blackberry Storm.  This new touchscreen is a direct competitor to the iPhone and a nice addition to the RIM product lineup.  After all, they’ve been behind for about 1 year.

usb blackberry touchscreen

The Blackberry Storm will be offered by Verizon in the US, has four front panel buttons and is powered by USB.  For me, I like the four button navigation and sleek look of the Storm.  What I’m a little concerned about is the touchscreen typing.  I’m afraid nothing will compare to the Quirky keyboard I currently use on my World Edition.  I’ve tried the iPhone and it’s a nightmare, I’m hoping the Storm will be a little better. I couldn’t dig some details such as price and whether the Storm has a camera or not.  The image shown had some criticism that it was photochopped, but it looks identical to the official Verizon notice I received yesterday. Source:  CellFanatic. Continue Reading

USB Cabbage Flash Storage

There are some things in this world I just don’t get.  Like the idea that space has no end, or how strong a little ant can be…or why someone would make a USB cabbage flash drive. The only explanation I can drum up, is a food emporium having an expo and some [out of touch person] thought it would be fun to make flash storage in the shape of cabbage leaves.  Strange.

usb cabbage

We’ve seen the sushi, Coke cans and cookies – but cabbage?  Come on. Continue Reading

USB Finger Skateboard Makes Any Parent Smile

Interactive motion control games are definitely at the top of most kid’s lists.   The Wii was so popular we’ve got blogs about it, and last Christmas it was THE gift to give.  This year, another motion control game piece might be the hot ticket.  Actiga is announcing a full line of mini-motion controllers for gaming this fall.  Below is a picture of those hard-to-get finger skateboards, mounted on a pivot ball and connects via USB.

usb finger skateboard

USB controllers will be available for both Mac and PC systems in versions that look like realistic skateboards, RC Cars, baseball, and a futuristic racing vehicle. Each of the controllers will connect via USB and will sell for $19.99. It’s not clear if the controller has games built-in like the plug-and-play devices for TV or if they are simply controllers to be used with other PC games already on the market.
The USB finger skateboard would be an ideal controller stick for your kids favorite skateboard game. Source:  EverythingUSB. Continue Reading

Imation Wireless USB Hard Drive

Yep, you heard it right.  Imation, from my understanding, is the first to offer a USB hard drive that is completely wireless.  Well, expect for the power cord. The Imation Apollo Pro WX is the wireless hard drive with speeds close to that of wired speeds.  Since the product isn’t yet available, we’ll need to wait for real-world results, but I’m keeping an optimistic outlook.  Mostly because I REALLY want one.

imation wireless hard drive

The Apollo Pro WX will use Seagate hard drives and will come in a variety of sizes with a maximum capacity of 1.5TBs.  The wireless hard drive solution has a total range of about 30 feet.  Meaning your hard drive can sit, by itself, up to 30 feet away from computers and read/write data as though you had a direct connect hard drive.  Talk about conveninece, this is it! Since USB wireless isn’t available on all computers, the Imation wireless hard drive will still come with an available USB port and cable for those who haven’t made the switch. Along with no price tag, Imation is also vague about release date, just sometime in the fall. Source:  Electronista. Continue Reading

External USB LCD Display

Mini-Box is pushing a sweet little and compact external USB LCD display with a 4 line by 20 character display called the PicoLCD.  At just $49 in single purchase use, the PicoLCD is an ideal solution for those needed an external navigation system for an embedded product or a product with limited space for navigation control.

usb lcd display

The PicoLCD connects via USB and is a full speed device.  With the 4×20 character display you can program to show just about any amount of information you need.  There is a 7 button menu system which includes a scroll up and down and Enter/OK button.  In addition you have the ESC, F1, F2, F3 and Home button. The PicoLCD has a light blue background with white characters making it easy to read in just about any light source and situation. Continue Reading

GetUSB Dealz: Dymo USB LabelWriter Duo

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LabelWriter Duo is truly a powerhouse in PC and Mac labeling. Imagine combining the features and functions of a LabelWriter 400 Turbo for fast printing of die-cut paper labels, with an electronic labelmaker that prints permanent & colorful plastic, nylon and polyester labels.

The LabelWriter Duo is just 92 bucks.  Now that’s a GetUSB Dealz.  Free shipping with ground service.  This low price of 92 doesn’t need rebates or coupons, just a blow-out special.

The DYMO LabelWriter Duo uses advanced, super quiet 300 dpi thermal printing, which means great looking labels without any ink or toner, so no added cartridge or toner expense.

The label media support is out of this world with over 23 different types.

Quick connect via USB and includes rolls of paper and ink.

Grab the GetUSB Dealz now!

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