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GetUSB Dealz: LaCie 350GB USB Hard Drive Only $60 Bones

Even at full price, the LaCie Petit 350GB USB hard drive is a good deal which is $79.  For a limited time you can get the same drive for $20 less, or $60. The LaCie USB Hard drive is small and mobile with aluminum case to protect your data.  Includes scheduled auto backup software and USB boost for a 33% jump in performance. Get the USBDealz now.

usb hard drive lacie

Here is the company sales pitch:  The LaCie Petit Hard Disk is one of the smallest, most compact drives on the market, making it an ideal choice for users that need constant access to their data. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket, but looks good on any desk. Its USB 2.0 interface helps the LaCie Petit work on almost any computer, anywhere. Simply plug it in and you’re ready to begin storing or sharing your data, with the fast speeds you need for efficient data transfer. Covered in aluminum, the LaCie Petit features a sturdy, resistant casing that keeps your data cool, and most importantly, protected. The aluminum exterior is tough, but also light enough for mobility, ensuring your data will always make it to its destination. Get this USBDealz now! Continue Reading

Zap And Kill USB Sticks With Rfiddler Modified Nerf Gun

Some guy in Germany had a bit too much time on his hands and modified a Nerf gun into a electromagnetic USB stick stun gun.

rfiddler usb stun gun

This gun is by no means subtle and was modified from an old Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6. Added to the mod was an MP3 player and amp for sound effects, a flash unit and 50-turn copper spool. The completed gun, including accupack, chips, LEDs, paint, and primer, cost around $75 to construct and still works as the original N-Strike gun. The video shows several RFID products killed so the signal no longer works, and the author also claims it will destroy USB sticks, and I would assume, many other electronic gadgets. Clearly a fun and interesting product for the hobbiest, but very little particle use. Source:  Pocket-Lint.com Continue Reading

Lavish Gresso USB Drive

MSN did a fun article on 8 lavish gadgets for the holidays, and of course, a USB flash drive made the list.

Gresso introduced a 64GB USB flash drive which is F1 racing inspired with sleek design, look and material.  Gresso used the base material to be carbon fiber [the black] and titanium alloy as the accents [silver] then glazed the entire device with a special ceramic coating.

Gresso USB flash drive

The Gresso branded USB stick will set you back 6,448 Peso’s or about $500 USDs.  Still small enough to be lost in any coat pocket, but a perfect stocking stuffer for the well-to-do.

So the question becomes:  would your friends be more impressed with the Gresso flash drive or a $500 bill?

500 bill

I’d pick the cash.

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Mister Rogers iPhone App

TouchScreen Preschool Games has just released another iPhone app; Mister Rogers. GetUSB.info doesn’t make it a habit of reporting on iPhone applications, but when you know the author and game publisher it’s worth taking a moment and saying “good job.”

mister rogers iphone app

Murtha Design had their first block buster iPhone app, ShapeBuilder and from that success Murtha Design has teamed with PBS.org to develop the Mister Rogers iPhone app.
Mister Rogers Make a Journal encourages children to identify and talk about their feelings about their everyday experiences like school, playtime, and friends. The App features an animated version of favorite Neighborhood of Make-Believe character Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites children to make a journal to help them reflect on the things they do and to express how they feel.
What is amazing about this application is the goal of establishing Emotional Development truly works.  I have a 4 and 6 year old child and they both create journals about their day and from simply listening to their interaction with the program, I can learn about my child’s day without pressuring them for daily activity reports and grilling them on “how was school today?”

iphone app

Here is a clip of the Mister Rogers iPhone app in action: Continue Reading

USB Projector The Size of Your Hand, Really

Fuchi View is making our life very portable with their new Pico Projector Plus USB projector.  As you can see from the picture the Pico Projector is literally the size of your hand.  The dimensions are a tiny 11.5 x 6 x 2.6cm.

fuchi view usb projector

Although the built in memory is only 1GB making it ideal for shorter presentations, to take full advantage of the multimedia functions you can use the SD memory slot to project even the largest of multimedia files. If you are serious about this product there here are a couple more bullet points to consider:  Display formats include JPG, BMP, AVI, MOV, DivX, XviD, 3GP and MP4.  Runs off AA batteries or AC adapter.  Connects via mini USB cable.  Screen size from a small 5 inches to a large 65 inches.  Contrast ratio 260:1.  Aspect ratio 4:3 and the key element of resolution being 640 x 480 RGB. Continue Reading

USB Surgeon Flash Drive In The Wild

The USB surgeon is not alone, he also comes as a doctor and nurse.  Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of the entire medical family but we do have the following.

usb surgeon flash drive

First, SlipperyBrick and TechFresh reported on the drive earlier today, but we thought a “in the wild” photo would also be fun.  Here is a snapshot of them multiplying before your eyes.

surgeon usb drive

As SlipperyBrick pointed out, it’s a fun little drive that you can decapitate as well as play out classic MASH scenes or more current Grey’s Anatomy drama. The USB surgeon flash drive can be found at USBGeek.com for just a shade over $20. If we find the doctor or nurse, we’ll let you know…chances are, they are in the supply closet…no wait, that’s Scrubs. Source:  SlipperyBrick & TechFresh Continue Reading

AT&T Will Consider Limiting iPhone Data Plans

AT&T reports that smart phone users, which make up 3% of their market, are eating up nearly 40% of the data bandwidth on their mobile network.

att apple

To no surprise, AT&T is considering ways to free up network bandwidth so that everyone without a smartphone, isn’t effected.  So what does this mean?  It means AT&T might be giving a screw j_b to iPhone users. – by far the biggest consumers of bandwidth from smartphones.
iPhone users on average consume five to seven times more data per month than average wireless subscribers, according to analyst firm Sanford Bernstein. And all this usage is clogging the network, causing many iPhone users, especially in large cities such as New York and San Francisco, to experience dropped calls, slow 3G service, and issues connecting to the network at all.
So what is AT&T considering?  I would think upping the usage fees, but this might not work for those who don’t care about monthly fees.  Another approach are incentives.
“We’re going to try to focus on making sure we give incentives to those small percentages to either reduce or modify their usage so they don’t crowd out the other customers in those same cell sites,” said de la Vega according to a transcript of the conference. “And you’ll see us address that more in detail.”
Either way, I have a strong feeling AT&T will be limiting or slowing data usage for iPhone users.  Continue Reading

Press Release: Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry Now Available

Sugar Labs Nonprofit Announces v2 of Sugar on a Stick with Improved E-Book Readers, Recycles Any USB Stick Into Learning Environment for Children; Partners with Nexcopy, Inc. PARIS, December 8, 2009 — Netbook World Summit — Sugar Labs(R), volunteer-driven nonprofit provider of the Sugar Learning Platform for over one-million children around the world, announces the release of Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry. Available for download at https://www.sugarlabs.org, Sugar on a Stick can be loaded onto any ordinary 1Gb or greater flash drive to reboot any PC, netbook or recent Mac directly into the child-friendly Sugar environment without touching the existing installation. Sugar is also available for GNU/Linux distributions, runs under virtualization on Windows and Apple OS X, and features built-in classroom collaboration and automatic backup to a Journal. The latest version of Sugar offers simpler navigation, improved wireless networking, streamlined updating of Activities for children, easier keyboard configuration, better Gnash support for Adobe Flash content, and more. New Activities such as Physics and OOo4Kids join updated favorites such as Browse and Read, suitable for reading e-books.

sugar on a stick

“Sugar on a Stick is a great way to experience Sugar”, commented Walter Bender, Sugar Labs executive director. “In this holiday season, we wish to remind parents and teachers that e-books are not only for costly reader units for the well-to-do, but freely available as part of the open-access to knowledge movement to help children everywhere develop critical learning skills and to bridge the digital divide wherever it exists.” Continue Reading

Video: SuperTalent Shows Off USB 3.0 Flash Drive

SuperTalent announce their USB 3.0 flash drive in November of 2009.  Today we have a short video of that drive in action.  You can see the performance of the device is much greater than any 2.0 device.  How would you like to copy files at 78MB per second?

USB 3.0 flash drive

I spoke with SuperTalent last night and still no word on official price or official launch date.
<a href="https://www.linkedtube.com/k2wDRWLl5zs99902a39a03bcacf374d260dad3d77fc.htm">LinkedTube</a>
Source: SuperTalent. Continue Reading

How To: Turn Off Autoplay XP Home For USB Sticks

How to turn off autoplay XP home edition for USB flash drives.

Windows XP Home edition requires a different method to turn off the USB autoplay function than XP Professional [which we reported on earlier].

It’s not difficult to turn off the USB autoplay, just a couple easy steps.

Note:  We are going into the Registry so be careful not to do anything other than what we suggest.

Got to>  START > RUN > type “regedit

Navegate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
+ software
+ Microsoft
+ Windows
+ CurrentVersion
+ Policies
+ Explorer

**The “+” are the registry hives you must expand.

Now click the + Explorer directory just once so it is blue.  On the right side you will see “NoDriveTrypeAutoRun

Right click that and Select “Modify

turn off usb autoplay xp home

Here you most likely have b5 listed in the “Value data” field.  Simply replace that value with 95.

Click OK.

turn off autoplay usb

Close out of the Registry and reboot your machine.  Done!

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Sony USB Human Vein Reader

You learn something new every day.  Today I learned that Sony has been working on a new bio technology that reads vein structure of a human hand.  The project is called “Mofiria.”

USB vein reader

Object behind this project is taking the biometric finger reading technology one step further, and using vein structure as the authentication code [after all we have all seen movies where a fake silicon finger gets the burglars in]. So now the biometric technology is all buttoned up, Sony developed a USB vein reader that users could implement in the field. Continue Reading

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