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Archive for November, 2009

Paper Thin USB Key Turns Magazines Into USB Distribution Method

usb webkey

It’s a bit complicated of a article title, but the point is this:  It is now possible to put a paper thin USB key into a magazine ad to drive customers to your site. This fresh approach to implement USB technology into marketing is extraordinary to say the least. Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not talking about a flash drive with storage, I’m talking about a “web key.” A USB webkey is simply a device that auto launches your web browser to a specific web page.  That’s it.  But it’s incredibly powerful. Now a major retailer or manufacturer can send a magazine reader directly to a webpage via a paper thin USB key.  I’d try it just to see if it would work.  I would try it just to see if there was storage on there [if I wasn’t a USB-super-geek]. The process is simple.
  • Step 1 – Open magazine and see the ad
  • Step 2 – Pop out the webkey
  • Step 3 – Connect it to a USB port on your PC
That’s it.  Now your reader is on the web checking out your next greatest invention [Honda Unicycle] To learn more about the USB webkey contact USBcopier. Continue Reading

Kensignton Ultra Slim USB Key Board

The all new Kensington Ci70 USB keyboard is ultra slim for those seeking minimal usage of work space real estate.  In addition, the Ci70 includes a small USB hub for connecting those USB powered gadgets. The USB keyboard comes with two full size USB type A connectors to connect MP3 players, cameras and promotional USB drives and one mini-USB connector for syncing mobile phones and digital cameras.

kensington usb keyboard ci70

Kensington indicates the USB keyboard is 35% smaller then a typical keyboard, but don’t mention the height of this “slim design.”  It appears to be about 1.5cm at the keyboard and 3cm at the back where the hot buttons are located. The Ci70 retails for $50, but we found it at Amazon for just a little less. Continue Reading

USB Movie Sticks – Starts NOW

usb movie stickActor Morgan Freeman and his production company Digiboo are trying to break ground with sales and distribution of movies via USB.  We love the idea! USB Movie sticks might become a thing of the future as Digiboo plans to launch over 100 kiosks in Hollywood Video stores next year; the first will roll out in January. People will be able to plug a USB device into the kiosk, download movies to rent or own, and then plug them in to any USB 2.0 or 3.0-compatible devices. Before you ask, yes, DRM is layered into the movie content so put away your ideas of bit-for-bit USB copies to pirate your movies.  However, you now own the content on a portable device which will pug into just about anything including xBox or game consoles, cars, computers and set top boxes.  No word on how transferable the format will be to get the rented video from USB to something like a iPhone or PDA for portable playback. About two years ago we started reporting on the USB music albums and now it appears we’ll see more articles about USB movie sticks. Continue Reading

Computer History Museum Honors First Microprocessor Intel’s 4004

Intel 4004

Today, a team of engineers will be recognized at the Computer History Museum for designing the first microprocessor in 1971, a 4-bit parallel CPU with 2,300 transistors. That project, from an infant Intel [3 years old], was a huge achievement and one can honestly say “it changed the world.” The Intel 4004 was the first general purpose microprocessor that could be customized with software to perform different functions on different devices. The 4004 started a new era in both hardware AND software, along with a never ending quest of silicon integration that continues to this day. The small team to be honored include: Continue Reading

iPhone Gets RFID For Quick Retail Purchase Opportunities

iCarte is a snap-on device for the iPhone to allow it to receive RFID signals.  This is great for all sorts of on-the-go applications.

The iCarte could be used for micro payments, such as public transportation payments or vendy machine purchasing.

icarte

Another application is getting RFID signals for promotional material.  Such as walking past a movie theater and you would be asked to download the trailer for an upcoming movie.  Or past a music store and you can get a sample of the latest releases.

Makes you wonder what the world will be like in a couple years, doesn’t it?

UberGizmo rumors that Apple might integrate an RFID feature in the next release, but who knows.

Source:  UberGizmo.  Product by: Wireless Dynamics.

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Review: USB Scrub Cleans Your Registry Of Old USB Sticks

UPDATE: USB Scrub by Nexcopy now supports Win7 32/64bit

USB Scrub

Did you know Windows will make over 260 registry entries with a single enumeration of a USB stick?  This means for those with multiple flash drives your registry will get extremely cluttered and bogged down.

With flash drives dirt cheap these days, you’ll find at least a couple dozen going into your computer through the year.  That would be over 6,240 registry entries.

USB Scrub is a free utility which performs a deep cleaning of those unused drivers and registry edits.

We gave USB Scrub a try, and it worked great.  We went from enumerating a single USB stick in 45 seconds to enumerating that stick in less that 12 seconds.

In addition, if you have a USB stick that doesn’t perform correctly or the Windows OS doesn’t see it, chances are the USB Scrub will clear up those problems and your drive will work once again.  This is because a registry entry can become corrupt and simply clearing it out will resolve your issue.

So lets take a closer look.

Using RegShot [a free application which takes a snap shot before and after an event and compares only the changed registry values] I took a snap shot before and after a USB stick was connected and ejected.  The result was this:

  • 78 Registry Keys where created
  • 183 Registry Values where added
  • 261 Registry edits in total!

Here is a snap shop.  Click the image to get the full text file.

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New ioSafe Water Proof & Fire Proof 2TB USB Hard Drive

For those who need disaster recovery protocols put into place, the new ioSafe 2TB hard drive is your best friend.  The USB hard drive is both water proof and fire proof making it the most durable drive on the market, and essential for disaster recovery mandates. I can tell you one thing, seeing is believing.  Check out this 2 minute video where the ioSafe is getting wet and wild and then dried off at over 1,500 degrees.
<a href="https://www.linkedtube.com/5fo1DDqdo1o82adc390a818482494ab0f48de0e9340.htm">LinkedTube</a>
The USB hard drive ioSafe can be submersed in water for 3 days without damage to the digital content. The ioSafe USB hard drive can withstand fire excess of 1,500 degrees for over 15 minutes without damage to the digital content.  So how do they do it?  Continue Reading

Not The Cougar We’d Like To Mention

Not the cougar we’d like to mention, but just as hot.  Brando has a Transformer USB stick that goes from 2GB of storage to Cougar in a couple twists and turns. Granted anyone over 30 probably couldn’t get the stick back from cougar shape to USB shape, but that’s half the fun, right?

Transformer USB

The cougar comes in the black body shape or the spotted white and green body shape. Sure you can grab a 2GB stick for under $10 over here, but for the USB Transformer drive, it’ll more than triple, at $45.

Transformer USB stick

Brando page. Continue Reading

AA Battery Charger Via USB Ports – Save 72%

At the time of this article, Buy.com has a set of AA battery chargers which re-powers via USB at a 72% savings.  List price went from $24 down to $7 bucks! Great stocking stuffer for the geeky Dad, brother or in-law.

AA battery USB recharger

Save the environment by throwing fewer batteries away! This Ni-MH battery recharges with any USB port and has a built in safety circuit to prevents overcharging. LED indicator light lets you know when your battery is fully charged. Grab the Get USBDealz now! Continue Reading

Windows 7 Direct Download Gone For Now

Last week we posted an article for Windows 7 users to download a utility to make a bootable USB recovery stick.  Well, looks like that feature is [temporarily] gone. So what gives? It appears Microsoft lifted some GPL code to make their ImageMaster tool for bootable USBs.  Interesting. We posted how you could make your own nt60 USB recovery stick.  Check it out.

nt60 usb recovery stick

From eWeek here is a bit of detail: Continue Reading

Keep Piggies Warm With XMas USB Heating Gloves

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to turn our energy to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Since Thanksgiving isn’t a Brando thang, they’ve got their eye on the biggest holiday – Christmas. So putting aside that I’m in Southern California, for those in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York…hell anyone East of California could appreciate these USB heating Christmas gloves.  Right?

USB heating gloves, Christams theme

How about your hands freezing and slowing down your reaction when you are playing game? Sure you’d look ridiculous, but you can’t sacrifice your skills.  Or how about stuck in an air-conditioned office space because your boss is 400 pounds and needs an ice locker to work in, the USB Christmas warming gloves would help.  Continue Reading

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