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Gold Toaster or Ugly Gold PC?

gold pc with usb

I don’t know what these guys are thinking but here’s an ugly bold box called a PC.  From the front it looks like a toaster for only one slice of bread.  From the side it’s got a handle for only god knows why. With all the fancy gold on the outside, I’m curious what the back looks like.  Probably your standard PC output panel. In case you are wondering, we have no idea how much this gold gem costs but we do know it’s got a Dual Core 2.0 processor, eight USB ports, 100GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. As Music Radar stats:  “I bet it still crashes!” Source:  MusicRadar via UberGizmo. Continue Reading

Unlimited DRM Music from Datz

Digital Rights Management have surrounded music ever since the MP3 standard was set back in the late 90s.  We’ve slowly seen labels and artists go the route of DRM free music, and today Datz.com is trying it again.

usb music album datz

The program Datz.com is promoting is a $100 membership fee which gives you access to download as much content as you want.  The membership comes with a CD and a loaded USB stick.  It seems the USB music album continues to grow in popularity.  The fee will last you 12 months, but what you accomplish in downloads is yours for life.  Transfer, burn or copy those MP3 to any number of players you want. Some of the record labels Datz.com is claiming you’ll get include EMI, Warner Bros Records, Beggars Group and The Orchard.
What’s the catch? Well, there’s an ominous phrase in the press release, “…a wide selection of new music released in 2009 will be available to Datz Music Lounge members,” indicating that perhaps not all of the new releases will be available?
In either event, if you love music and can part with a C note – Datz might be worth a shot. Source:  ShinyShiny.tv. Continue Reading

Cryptzone Releases New eUSB Encryption Tool

Press Release:  Cryptzone, the Nordics leading Data Leak Prevention provider, today announced the release of their new USB flash drive encryption software, Secured eUSB 4.0. Secured eUSB 4.0 is the first product to be integrated in the new version of Cryptzone´s centrally managed security platform, the Simple Encryption Platform (SEP) 4.0.

eusb security cryptzone

Providing security to USB drives is a growing problem for many companies but with Cryptzone’s solution, companies can now take control of this problem. Secured eUSB can convert any existing USB flash drive into a secure means of transporting sensitive data. The new version of Secured eUSB, version 4.0, will enable users to encrypt, decrypt, compress and password-protect personal files – even entire folders – stored on USB drives. Operating on the Windows platform Continue Reading

Electromagnetic Eavesdropping Over USB Cables – Crazy!

We saw this post a couple days ago over at Engadget and I’ve been meaning to write about it.  Apparently there is new technology which allows you to eavesdrop through USB cables, Ethernet cables and the like.

electromagnetic eavesdropping

The idea is using electromagnetic radiation shot off by USB cables to decrypt the information flowing over them to crack your security and privacy.  The crew at Security and Cryptography Lab at Switzerland’s EPFL have managed to eavesdrop wired keyboards and track keystrokes made by the user. What gets really crazy, is the electromagnetic eavesdropping, or cracking, can be administered up to 65 feet away.  It’s clear that no one is safe. Continue Reading

35MM Slide Lamp Is Photo Nerds Dream

This is not your ordinary lamp with bulb, switch and lamp shade, oh no.  It’s an ultra niche lamp specifically designed to show off your 35MM slide film.  Yes, we go with the assumption you are too poor to develop your slides, yet have enough in your nest egg to spring for this contemporary design.

35mm slide lamp

The lamp slide holds up to 36 slides and comes in three different sizes [lengths] of 2, 4 and 6 feet.  Prices start at $140 and end just above $200.

slide lamp for film

It’s definitely a conversation piece as the design is very unique.  However, we feel the conversation will be more along the lines of Continue Reading

Free Phone Calls On Your iPhone with Fring

fringfing is a free iPhone app that allows you to use IM chat technology for free phone calls.  fring is a mobile internet & community portel to be used with your social network sites, IM chat software and VoIP services like Skype. The concept is leveraging your network connection from your iPhone to use the on-line chat and VoIP services you traditionally use with your PC or Mac. Use fring to check and see who’s on-line.  Use fring to call those you see on-line. Beyond fring’s social appeal, it also saves money letting you make affordable local and international calls to landline and regular cellular numbers using your SkypeOut/SkypeIn account or almost any internet voice service (SIP) such as SIPNET, EuteliaVoIP, VoIPVoIP and VoIPTalk, even from non-SIP enabled handsets. What’s more, fring does all the work for you,  automatically logging you into your favorite WiFi hotspots so you save time and hassle without having to configure your WiFi access points each time. Continue Reading

How To Format Any Size USB Drive as NTFS

If you take a typical USB stick and select the Windows format option, you only get the FAT and FAT32 option for anything under 4GBs.  However, there are times you might want to format as NTFS.  For example, you want to set specific file and folder privileges to the content and you feel NTFS is the best way. Well, there is an easy solution and it’s just a matter of setting the options correctly in Windows for your device. This is how you do it: Start > My Computer > Right click on the drive letter for the USB stick and select Properties.

ntfs for usb

Next click the Hardware tab of the Properties dialogue box and select the device which you’d like to change.  In this case, it’s drive letter F shown as “Simple Flash Disk 2.0 USB Device“  From here you can double-click the device or highlight in blue and click the Properties button. Continue Reading

Quick Access USB Volume Control

USB Fever introduces a quick access volume control via USB.  This gadget docs to the side of your monitor or desk and with a swipe of the finger will adjust your volume control.

usb volume

Great for the gamer or web addicted employee who wants the full experience of multimedia on-line video while reducing the risk of exposure through loud noise when the boss walks by.  With the swipe of the finger, that volume is down to mute.  Couple the USB volume control with hiding your flash drive on your computer, and you’ll remain stealth hours at a time. However, for more serious applications this USB volume control is ideal for kiosks where users need to adjust volume, yet no keyboard or mouse are available.  This simple USB conntected volume control is the perfect answer.  Or maybe older folks who want a quick and easy way to adjust sound volume while using the computer, again the USB Fever volume control is an ideal option. USB volume control product page. Continue Reading

GetUSB.info Now Available in Greek

GetUSB in GreekOne of the unique things GetUSB.info strides to offer is content in a variety of different languages.  The team which makes up GetUSB are dedicated to their task, love technology and enjoy writing about USB related devices, gadgets and news.  Today we announce GetUSB.info now available in Greek. We have tried translator engines to no avail.  They do a miserable job of automated translation, so we search the globe in the hopes of finding internatonal publisher to spread the word from GetUSB.info.  Today we welcome Andreas Gerogiannis of Corfu Greece.  Andreas is the editor of his own technology blog called CyberEddie and will also manage the gr.getusb.info domain. Currently, GetUSB.info is available in Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese and now Greek. We are looking for editors to continue the work with our Italian and Dutch domains.  If you are interested, or know of someone who might be interested, please let us know. Welcome Andreas! Continue Reading

Tektronix Brings SuperSpeed USB Test Tools to the Geeks

tektronix usb 3.0Tektronix just announced test tools for the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed specification.  This means those uber geeks – and we don’t mean that in a derogatory way – will have the tools to prove their devices meet the new USB 3.0 specification. It is estimated that initial SuperSpeed USB interface ICs and consumer products should appear in early 2010, with widespread adoption continuing throughout 2010. The first SuperSpeed USB products will likely include data-storage devices such as flash drives, external hard drives, digital music players, and digital cameras.
“SuperSpeed USB is a giant leap forward in data transfer rates for many devices and consequently requires much more sophisticated testing,” said Ian Valentine, general manager, Technology Solutions Group, Tektronix. “SuperSpeed USB will operate at 5 Gb/s, more than 10 times greater than the existing high-speed USB standard. This speed will require comprehensive signal testing for transmitters, interconnects, and receivers. Customers will be able to fully test the physical layers of their SuperSpeed USB devices using the latest test solution from Tektronix.”
The Tektronix test solution for USB 3.0 includes: Continue Reading

Ultra Clean Sound From Andrea Electronics

pure audio usb stickPress Release:  Andrea Electronics Revolutionizes PC Sound Quality with Debut of New High Fidelity USB Sound Card. Andrea Electronics revolutionizes PC sound with their all new PureAudioâ„¢ USB-SA high fidelity external sound card.  Yes, it’s the shape of a USB stick, but it packs the power of even the most impressive sound cards.  In fact, it’s designed to surpass the quality of hi-end sound cards. Andrea Electronics is a specialist in noise cancelation technology and has incorporated their technology into the PureAudioâ„¢ USB-SA sound card.  The idea is to provide superior tools for noise cancelation so conversations via VoIP, gaming chats, or on-line video such as YouTube will sound much better than from traditional sound cards found inside your PC.

usb sound card

One of the fundamental problems with sound cards inside your computer is their location.  Sitting right next to a power supply or processor means there is audio degradation from noise emitted from these devices.  By having the PureAudioâ„¢ USB-SA external sound card away from all this, your sound quality is greatly improved.  Coupled with the Andrea Electronics noise cancellation technology it’s unlikely you’ll get anything as clean and clear as the PureAudioâ„¢ USB-SA.
“We were immediately impressed by the compact size and the quality. The full duplex device isn’t just a petite pretty face. It produced the lowest noise floor of any previous soundcard we’ve tested.” said Lunis Orcutt of KnowBrainer, value added reseller of speech recognition equipment and software.  “The USB-SA seems to be well thought out and attractively priced. Some of the microphones that we sell have difficulty with full duplex USB Pods but none have a problem with the USB-SA, which is now our favorite.”
The PureAudio™ USB-SA external sound card is available from a number of on-line retailers and outlets.  Pricing is $45USD.  Andrea Electronics product page. Continue Reading

USB Webmail Notifier Lets The World Know You Have Mail

If you have the personality which requires attention from your co-workers, family and friends, then the Brando USB Webmail notifier is definitely for you.  The USB webmail notifier uses a large envelope box which illuminates each time you receive an email.  As you can tell from the picture, it’s quite a ghastly looking thing.

usb webmail notifier

The lighted envelope box connects via USB and comes with it’s own USB client software.  The webmail software runs from the box so even if you can load your personal email server, the simple USB connection will let you get email notifications from Yahoo, MSN, Outlook, Outlook Express and just about any POP3 account. You can set the illumination color to that of Continue Reading

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