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GetUSB Dealz: 32GB Flash Drive Only $59

Wouldn’t it be nice to get 1GB of data storage for $1 on flash drives?  We are not there yet but getting close.  We are about $2 per GB for this 32GB Kingston DataTraveler.

c10 flash drive

It doesn’t come with the lifetime warranty we typically see, only a 5 year one…but chances are you’ll lose it before then anyway. The c10 drive comes in four colors [Red, Yellow, Blue, Green] and has a full cap design to protect the entire stick.  No word on performance, but the typical flash drive has a write speed of 5.5MB/s and a read speed of 15 MB/s, again not official just our experience speaking here. Just 5 years ago I had a laptop with a 40GB hard drive, now we have flash drives just about as big and much less expensive.  This deal is for a limited time at buy.com and has a normal price of $90. Continue Reading

Off USB Topic – Have You Seen The Gear Ring?

Once again, I am off topic of USB, but sometimes you get ultra cool products that you must mention.  Today I found a great gadget from our buddies at Gizmos For Geeks.  It’s the Gear Ring.

Gear Ring

Very elegant in design and intrigues the engineering in all of us.  The Gear Ring is comprised of 6 mini gears which rotate in unison as you twist the top portion. The product is high quality stainless steel and engineer to very tight specifications.  This makes for an easy and smooth feeling as you twist the ring. Although I’m not a ring guy myself, other than my wedding ring, it is intriguing enough that I’m going to buy one.  It’s not THAT much, only $165.  Ring sizes include 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Source:  GizmosForGeeks. Continue Reading

microSD Duplicator From Nexcopy

Nexcopy announced an all new microSD duplicator line of products which range from 20 ports to 60 ports for data loading to microSD media.  Nexcopy is known for their USB duplicators, and has since expanded out to Secure Digital, Compact Flash and now microSD duplicators.  They had a microSD solution before but it used microSD to SD adapter cards.  This new line of product uses only the microSD media itself, no adapters.

microSD duplicator

Nexcopy reports this could increase production throughput by as much as 30% because of reduced labor involved with the SD adapter cards.
“The microSD duplicator is ideal for telecom recycling centers who need to process and format microSD media left in cell phones and SmartPhones after a contract has expired. With the new duplicators, formatting, erasing, verifying and data loading is a very simple and straight forward process.”
I’m sure many system integrators who are embracing the small flash memory type will also rejoice in seeing a product that will speed up production.  In addition, with telecommunication companies and service providers getting on board with data loading free content and promotional campaigns to microSD as incentives for cell phone purchases. To learn more about the microSD duplicator visit Nexcopy’s product page. Soucre:  PR-Inside.com. Continue Reading

Robot Arm Looks And Works Like Elephant’s Trunk

Engadget posted a video today about a robotic arm which looks and acts like an elephant trunk.  Made by Festo’s it’s an impressive robotic machine.  It appears much bigger than it is, watch the video and you’ll see the arm hand something off to a human.

robotic arm

It really has nothing to do with USB, but just a great video to watch. After watching it, I do wonder how quickly it can move. Continue Reading

Another Great USB Steampunk Product

I have been a fan of USB Steampunk products for a long time.  I’ve even thought about running a Steampunk contest for the most creative, but never gotten around to it.  Today, I’ve come across another great creation which is 100% hand made. The construction is similar to other Steampunk products we’ve seen, made of brass, copper, glass, watch parts and clock parts.  The metal connections from the brass wire outside are made with silver solder and an acetylene torch, which gives it the unique look and feel.  In addition, the maker, put extra time into the fitting and position of the internal components for a solid product.

USB steampunk

The Steampunk device is an 8GB flash drive with a microSD card reader at the tail end, which is a nice twist for someone looking for more storage.  The technology is made of disassembled retail product where the microSD card reader is built into the flash drive.  Clearly the device will show two drive letters when connected to the computer, one for the USB stick and the other for the card reader.

USB steam punk

The price is much higher at $195 then it’s retail original package [about $15], but hey, you’ll never get a great looking, hand crafted USB case like this USB Steampunk. Continue Reading

ASUS USB 3.0 Netbook Out-n-About

We’ve been chomping at the bit waiting for a Netbook to have USB 3.0.  Last month we heard several models coming out while at CeBIT, but still nothing from the manufacturer websites.

ASUS USB 3.0 Netbook

Today SlashGear reported a new ASUS 1018P Netbook with USB 3.0 out-n-about.  You can see the bright blue connectors above.  To give you an idea of what the ASUS 1018P can do, consider working on a Netbook with Intel’s latest Pine Trail Atom N455 and N475 processors, with Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity along with the promise of 10hrs runtime. In addition [and this is good] the 1018P would come with integrated 3G, though there’s no word on whether that will be a standard-fit feature or an upgrade at time of order. The last bit of no-news I guess you could say is no word on price points and no word on availability.  All I can say is Continue Reading

Beer Can Humidifier – Cure Hang Overs?

We all know that hang overs are caused from dehydration.  We’ve all [our loyal fan base] seen USB humidifiers powered by our computers.  Today I’ve come across the combination beer can and USB humidifier, which now begs the questions, could a humidifier help a hang over?  After all, it’s spitting out water all night long which you are breathing in.

USB humidifier

If it could only be that simple. The beer can humidifier appears to be a cool mist product, powered by USB and holds about 8oz of water. The Grunhaus can includes a timer to regulate the time in which you get your “treatment.” The Grunhaus Beer Can humidifier isn’t cheap [but cool] and comes in at $62. Continue Reading

USB Music Album – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is scheduled to re-release “The Fame Monster” on USB around May 3, 2010.  Although USB music albums are nothing new, it’s still a unique way to release music, create a buzz and provide hard core fans with a collectors edition memento.

Lady Gaga

The Fame Monster USB will contain over 800MBs of data and will include music, video and photos.  Of course all eight songs from “The Fame” will be there, including “Bad Romance” and Gaga’s duet with Beyonce, “Telephone.” Additionally, the drive contains nine remixes of songs from both “The Fame Monster” and “The Fame.” Lady Gaga will include her controversial short film “Telephone,” and will include Gaga’s single covers and new photos in a gallery. Pricing was not released, but that doesn’t matter Continue Reading

Chat Stick – USB Flash Drive To Recover All Her Dirty IMs

Several weeks ago I reported on the flash drive which detects p0rn and today I’m letting you know about the Chat Stick.  A flash drive which recovers all those dirty Instant Messages. The USB Chat Stick is loaded with software which scans the host computer for all instant message conversations, deleted or not, and uses recovery software to localize all those discussions into one, nice, handy place; the flash drive.

USB chat stick

So here’s the obvious spin about the USB Chat Stick.  You can search a computers history for children IM conversations to make sure they aren’t sexting or worse, talking to on-line predators.  Or, for the paranoid spouse, a great tool to finally put your curiosity to rest – are they cheating on me? But from a business perspective, I think this has a lot of value.  For example, we spend many hours talking to suppliers overseas about flash drives, MP3 players etc and there are many conversation which get deleted away.  Import business transaction information that, one day, you may need to recover.  The USB Chat Stick can help. Here are the company’s talking points: Continue Reading

Review: USB Benchmark Software

Review:  USB Benchmark software by USB Performance.

USB Performance has a nice USB benchmark testing program with lots of features besides read / write tests. The USB performance testing software gives you the option to test at a File Copy level or a Bit for Bit copy level.  The difference with the File Copy is the process includes reading from the File Allocation Table [FAT] and thus slows down the process.  The bit for bit read/write tests will show the best possible performance your device will be able to obtain.

USB benchmark

Included in the USB benchmark software are some bonus features such as file recovery. We all know with flash memory once you click delete, it’s gone forever.  Well the USB Performance software will recover those deleted files.  OR maybe you’ve lost data with a system Blue Screen or hardware crash, again the USB recovery feature should be able to restore those lost files. Another nice feature is the backup function.  The backup function will create a single image file on your PC.  You can restore or backup the image file at any time.  This nice thing about a single image file [rather than copying all the Continue Reading

MIMOBOT Introduces Star Wars Series IV

Press Release: Mimobot With New Star Wars Series

Mimobot Star Wars

Designer USB flash drive pioneer Mimoco is excited to unveil its newest line of STAR WARS MIMOBOT designer flash drives. Devoted to the film that started it all – STAR WARS: Episode IV A New Hope – the latest series of classic characters immortalized as USB flash drives includes astromech droid extraordinaire R2-D2 and the shooting-impaired Stormtrooper – both back by popular demand from the original STAR WARS MIMOBOT series. Two newcomers also join the 2010 series, including that scavenger of the desert, the Jawa, and the fan selection from the first-ever STAR WARS MIMOBOT Audience Choice poll – Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The completely redesigned Stormtrooper Unmasked MIMOBOT features a removable helmet revealing either Luke Skywalker or Han Solo beneath. Just as their “borrowed” uniforms provided perfect cover for the young heroes during the daring Death Star rescue, these Stormtrooper USB flash drives provide up to 16GB of “armored” protection for your digital life. Stormtrooper Unmasked MIMOBOT will be offered as a blind assortment character, with a 50% chance of uncovering either Luke or Han when the MIMOBOT helmet cap is removed. Check out this very intertaining video:

Star Wars MIMOBOT Series 5 Video! from MIMOBOT & mimoZine on Vimeo.

Mimobot product page. Continue Reading

USB Power And The iPad – Don’t Freak – It’ll Charge

It’s fairly well known from user complaints over the weekend the iPad charges a bit differently then the logic used in our brain.  Here is the low down on the iPad USB power issue if you don’t feel like reading 20 paragraphs for these simple points:

iPad USB power

The iPad will power over USB ports with “high power” while in use.
  • The iPad will [obviously] charge when used with the supplied 10 watt power adapter.
  • The iPad will not charge over lower powered USB ports while “in use”  however, they will charge when asleep.
  • If the user gets the iPad message “Not Charging” you must take this literally.  This means the use of the iPad will equal the draw of power and only when it goes to sleep will it recharge…so it’s like a break even.
Do you have an iPad?  How do you like it?  Comment on our Facebook page. Continue Reading

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