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USB Snake Video Borescope – View What You’ve Never Wanted to View

The new USB video borescope from USBFever gives you the chance to check things out that you’ve never wanted to see.  Ok maybe that’s a bit odious [and suggestive], but the option is available considering the water resistant camera head and tube.

usb borescope

The USB borescope has a 300k digital camera on the front end, plus a nice accessory magnetic kit for the tip.  Now it’s easier than ever to find your keys lost behind the couch. Two white LED lights are positioned at the apex to illuminate those dark holes or areas.

usb video snake

What is especially cool about the USB borescope is the ability for taking pictures or live video.  With the video option you can take those YouTube clips to the next level. The USB snake scope retails for $64 + a couple bucks shipping. Product Page here. Continue Reading

Sleeptalking USB Stick

Here is a tricked out USB stick that does the downloading work while your PC is in standby mode.  The sleeptalking USB stick is aptly named, Somniloquy [medical term for talking in your sleep] and provides a great service when you take a closer look.

sleeptalking usb

A team effort between University of California and Microsoft Research came up with the Somniloquy concept to reduce a computers carbin footprint into todays “going green” world.  Many users keep their PCs on for late night syncs, virus software updates, computer hard drive backups, or large data downloads.  The sleeptalking USB stick is designed to allow all of these things to happen while the computer remains in standby mode…meaning reduced power consumption for those critical updates or juice torrent downloads. The Somniloquy is a prototype device that packs an entire low-power PC and embedded operating system onto the USB thumb drive.  It needs only 1/10 the power of a typical PC or laptop. Somniloquy essentially takes over as the computer’s presence on the network while the actual PC is Continue Reading

What Is USB 3.0 Cable Difference

The second half of this year will be exciting for GetUSB.info as USB 3.0 products and devices make it’s way into the retail space.  Today we are going to start off with one of the first products, the USB 3.0 Cable.

usb 3.0 cable

USBFever released their 6 foot USB 3.0 cable for $10.  The cable is USB A male to A male connector.  The cable looks the same as a USB 2.0 cable, so what’s the difference in a USB 3.0 cable?  Read on: USB 3.0 is also called USB SuperSpeed.  When data is being transmitted under the SuperSpeed dual simplex signaling occurs, meaning…it’s possible two sets of data Continue Reading

Sugar Labs Intro’s Sugar On A Stick

sugar on a stickSugar Labs coined the phrase, “One Laptop per Child” and today they are getting us one step closer with Sugar On a Stick. Sugar On a Stick is the Linux operating system fit to run off any USB drive.  Fit to run on any computer setup.  The Sugar Stick is based off the Fedora LiveUSB package and boots into Linux.  The package will keep all data usage on the drive so the host computer stays clean. The Sugar Stick is intended to run on any legacy hardware configuration, so if you’ve got a moment, download the package, put it on a stick and give it a try. Check out the full website:  SugarLabs.org Source:  Betanews. Continue Reading

New York Port Authority Approves Statue Of Liberty USB Drive

Not really, but if they had too – they would.  The Statue of Liberty USB drive is a perfect replica of the original at Liberty Island.  The manufacturer put great detail into make sure the smallest grooves and carves match the real Statue of Liberty.

usb statue of liberty

Available in 2, 4 and 8GB sizes. If you have a moment, here is some information you probably didn’t know about the Statue of Librty: The first model, on a small scale, was built in 1870. This first statue is now in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. A second model, also on a small scale, was further brought to Maceió, a city in the Northeast of Brazil. This model is in front Continue Reading

Belkin USB Micro Cigarette Charger

I’ve seen plenty of cigarette USB chargers, but this one design from Belkin out does them all. It’s not bulky.  It will sit flush in your car.  It’s got feedback via the blue LED light.  It’s iPhone compatible, meaning it’ll charge anything.  Only $15 USD.  Awesome. I went to buy it on-line and it’s not yet propagated into the e-commerce sites, but give it a couple weeks.  It’ll be there.

belkin usb car charger

Source:  Belkin. Continue Reading

Titleist – Number One In USB Golf Balls

We’ve seen some crazy USB drives in our day, and today I’m dropping a note on the latest update.  Today I bring you the Titleist USB golf ball. I don’t believe the Titleist USB golf ball is available at retail stores – this image looks like a virtual drawing – but sure would be cool.

titleist usb golf ball

For a complete list of some novelty USB drives check out this list we did about a year ago.As for the Titleist USB golf ball, shoot me an email  if you’re interested. Continue Reading

No BS – Self Destructing USB Flash Drive By Fujitsu

Don’t get too excited, the flash drive doesn’t blow up and take everyone with it, nor does it spit out harmful bio chemicals for mass destruction.  Rather, the Fujitsu USB flash drive will self destruct using a much less flamboyant method…it will erase itself.

self destructing usb drive

The drive is a prototype design whereby the internal workings include a processor and battery and after a certain amount of time, the data on the stick will erase itself.  Or self destruct. But just incase this method is a bit too hard-core, Fujitsu has an alternate method for data protection.  The second method includes an auto erase feature if the USB flash drive is used to copy files to an unauthorized workstation or server.  Using the Fujitsu re-direct software as the backbone, it can prevent data from  being uploaded to file-sharing networks, sent as e-mail attachments, or printed, according to Fujitsu. Since this is just a prototype you’ll need to wait a bit longer, but for those who are impatient, GetUSB.info knows of one flash drive which already offers USB Copy Protection.  The drive will also Copy Protect PDF files, flash, MPG and a host more multimedia files. Continue Reading

How To: TV Spy Remote To Wreak Havoc

So lets clarify exactly what I’m talking about here…a TV spy remote is a device that allows you to control someone else’s TV without being around, thus wreak havoc in their life.  After all, what could be more upsetting then turning off the TV at your neighbors house during American Idol or watching Jack Bower kick a$$ in 24?  I don’t think there is a greater pleasure. Since you can’t buy a TV spy remote at buy.com or Amazon, or anywhere else, check out this TV Spy Remote tutorial I found at Instructables.

tv spy remote

The tools and materials you need could be found anywhere, as this hack was done at a college dorm room and you know those kids have not $$ or resources. Required materials include: Continue Reading

How To: Make USB Volume Name Longer Than 11 Characters

By default the Windows operating system assigns the Volume name of a USB stick as “Removable Disk.”  However, there are times when you need a different Volume name…and many times the USB Volume name needs to be longer than 11 characters. Using the standard Windows “Rename” function, limits you to only 11 characters.  You can’t always get what you want with just 11 characters…so how do you make the Volume name of USB stick longer than 11 characters? It’s easy, with the help of an inf file.  An INF file (or Setup Information file) is a plain text file used by Microsoft Windows for installation of software and/or drivers. Today we are going to use the .INF file to increase the length of our USB Volume name past 11 characters. For those of you who are familiar with .INF files here is the meat of the answer:
[autorun] Label=type whatever you want here
For those of you less familiar with .INF files they are extremely easy to make and use.  For the USB Volume name this is what you do: Continue Reading

Limited Edition Resident Evil 5 USB Stick

The Resident Evil 5 limited edition USB stick is immediately available for purchase [about a hundie]. The game pack comes with a 3 DVD ‘making of’ feature, the flash drive and some additional marketing swag.

resident evil usb flash drive

Imagine:  The bio-hazard threat has not ended: Just when it seemed that the menace of Resident Evil had been destroyed, along comes a new terror to send shivers down players spines. Chris Redfield, returning Resident Evil hero, has followed the path of the evil literally around the globe. After joining a new organization, Chris heads to Africa where the latest bio-terrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures. Chris must take on the challenge of discovering the truth behind this evi. Continue Reading

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