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Sony VAIO Laptops Shipping SuperSpeed USB 3.0

When Sony officially supports the USB 3.0 specification by supplying a dual USB 3.0 port on their new VAIO laptops, it’s safe to say the transition is picking up steam.

Sony VAIO USB 3.0

The Sony desktop-replacements are HD VAIO laptops coming with possibly everything you can hope for with the exception of 3D and SSD. The more expensive model ($2,970) will have Core i7-740QM, GeForce GT 425M 1GB graphics card while the lower end laptop ($2,140) will only carry a Core i5-460M and GeForce 310M 512MB. Both Sony VAIO models are stocked with 4GB RAM, the same Blu-ray optical reader, 500GB 2.5″ drive and a dual HDTV tuner as well as a 16.4″ full HD LCD. In the connectivity department, both laptops will feature not one but two USB 3.0 ports – likely powered by Continue Reading

HP Slate – Fiction or Non Fiction?

We’ve seen some talk about the HP Slate coming back.  It was canned several months ago, but just recently we’ve started to hear about reviews and product spotted out in the wild.  Most recently is a blog post from Engadget [source for these images]:

HP Slate

It’s well known the Slate was canceled back in March and I find it very unlikely the company would about-face yet again to re-launch the tablet PC. My theory is the guy posting video on the web, is a guy who got his hands on a prototype unit while it was in development.  The HP Slate most likely had hundreds if not thousands of prototypes made and clearly some of them have leaked into the public sector. The HP Slate shown in the video on Engadget’s site does show so interesting tips.  For example the processing time to switch between landscape and portrait.  We also like the SD and USB connectivity along with nice dock station for the tablet PC.  In our opinion, these to features alone, set it apart from the iPad product.

HP tablet PC

Of course, we’ll leave it up to you to decide. Source: Engadget [including Video clip] Continue Reading

DIY: How To Get Power From USB For Any USB Gadget Project

Here is a 7 minute video on how to wire up any USB port and suck the power right out for that USB gadget you dreamed up at 3am.  For DIY projects, USB hacking is one of the most popular forms of taking something ordinary and making something unique.  So if you’ve never tried a hack or USB tutorial, this is a great building block for yourself.  Enjoy! Source: YouTube. Continue Reading

USB Steampunk: Imperial – The Eagle Has Landed

Yes, we have a soft spot for USB steampunk of just about anything.  Here is another design release from WWWorks aptly named “Imperial.”

USB steampunk Eagle

Like the USB Scorpion steampunk, the Eagle wraps around the tail of the USB with the LED in the position of the beating heart.  What beauty.  What symbolism.Brass tubing protects the inner USB but is also very decorative for looks, the etched brass overlay holds the dark red garnet cabochon above the LED.  The head and tail plugs which hold the USB inside the brass tube is made of scorched wood with “highly visible grain” to give it the old craftsman style look.

USB steampunk Drive

Made in Budapest you can pick one up for just $180USD off Etsy. Continue Reading

Lenovo F360 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hard Drive

With the fast pace of our multimedia lifestyles it’s getting more important to be able to transfer or save large files more quickly.  With this future trend it’s nice to see the USB 3.0 products hitting the market in larger quantities with different product offerings.  Lenovo is introducing their first portable USB 3.0 hard drive, the F360. With the 3.0 getting integrated into more products, it’s nice to see a large industry leader like Lenovo getting on board.

Lenovo F360

The slim F360 USB hard drive is only 11 mm thick with a brushed metal surface treatment and unique etching process to give it a contemporary look.  The no screw chassis is an additional feature, which I guess, is more common these days, but still looks great.The F360 will be a 7200RPM drive and includes a new calibration chip [no info on which one] which guarantees data transfer efficiency, error correction and security to insure your data is always safe, yet accessible. Continue Reading

Windows Phone 7 Offers USB Tethering

There was a tweet about Windows Phone 7 offering USB tethering.  It first started with a claim the feature will be available, and it would be available withour the courier adding additional charges.  Unfortunately, that claim has been retracted.  However, there is still hope for USB tethering.

I think in all likelyhood, Windows Phone 7 will offer USB tethering so you can get to the internet through your phone, but it’ll be with a data plan surcharge.That’s OK by me for the moment because sometimes it’s critical to get your data while on-site or at a remote location where there just isn’t an option.  In addition, this would give WP7 a nice edge on Apple products who don’t let you tether. What do you think? Continue Reading

Intel Planning Some Native – Adding USB 3.0 Chipset

If rumors are to be true, Intel will be adding a USB 3.0 chipset to their winter 2010 lineup.  The Intel Developer Forum is expected to showcase an Intel Cougar Point chipset for desktops.

USB 3.0, Intel

For a bit, it was said Intel will forgo the the USB 3.0 chipset in favor of LightPeak technology, but maybe that technology has hit a bump in the road?  Odd to have Intel flip-flop like this…or wait, maybe not.Currently integrators are turning to a third OEM for the USB 3.0 like NEC, but the Intel native would help reduce expense of motherboard manufacturers and speed the adoption of USB 3.0 technology into laptops, desktops and tablets. Source:  Electronista.com. Continue Reading

DisplayLink USB 3.0 Chip Makes for Multimedia Euphoria

DisplayLink will be pushing a new graphics chipset they say will take a major step toward any device with any display connectivity.  Well damn, that’ll make it easy.

DisplayLink

The nut for DisplayLink is their ability to leverage the bi-directional throughput of USB 3.0 to offer an array of functions and features.  This means multiple full HD videos, high res graphics, standard video imaging and networking data can be simultaneously running.  To give you an idea, apply these products to your imagination:
  • USB or Ethernet bus powered monitors
  • Universal USB docking stations with graphics, networking, and audio
  • Affordable Ethernet and USB zero clients for shared resource computing
  • USB to HDMI adapters for PC to TV connectivity
  • USB to DVI, VGA or DisplayPort adapters for multi-display notebooks
  • Mobile device to display
  • Dual-Headed USB bus powered graphics adapters
The new technology by DisplayLink include items such as: Continue Reading

GetUSB Dealz: Samsung 40 Inch With USB $995

It’s not often you see a great deal on a TV which includes USB connectivity.  Granted, we are starting to see more USB ports on TVs, but it’s still not a common feature like volume or channel. The Samsung 40″ flat screen is only $995.  Normal price is $1,699 so it’s one hell of a deal.

Samsung TV with USB

What do you get when you combine Internet@TV with Auto Motion Plus 120Hzâ„¢ Clear Motion Rate technology? The Samsung LED 6500. With the two USB ports on the back it’s easy to stream audio or video to the TV and expand your limit of multimedia without needing to run network wires from your PC to the TV niche. Get the best of the web, right on your HDTV, with down-loadable and customizable widgets – and coming soon, Samsung apps. Connect to friends, share pictures, shop online and more. And the 6500 is as beautiful as it is functional, with a design that complements virtually any room in the house. The GetUSB Dealz is only available for a short time, so click it and check it, maybe it’s in your budget. Grab the GetUSB Dealz now! Continue Reading

CoolerMaster Intro’s 95W USB Power Adapter Thats Universal

CoolerMaster is definitely taking advantage of the Universal Serial Bus we’ve all come to know as simply USB.  CoolerMaster introduces a universal power adapter which connects via USB.  The new USNA95 is a 95watt power block.  It can easily power your laptop, netbook and USB devices.

CoolerMaster USB adapter

The USNA95 has a simple Red and Green LED to indicate whether a device is being power properly so even the tricky GPS units and SmartPhones will get the right amount of juice. The power cycle time is also faster for peripheral devices as CoolerMaster is stating a 30% faster cycle time to power your devices than a traditional device to PC connection. The USB power adapter is also the smallest one we’ve seen with a size of 62 x 17 x 104 mm and is texture surfaced to provide a durable case for when taken on the road.  Video after the jump Continue Reading

USB 3D Blu-Ray Player From Buffalo

Buffalo is rolling out an all new USB Blu-Ray player for your laptop.  What is particularely interseting about this offer is the forward thinking support for the 3D format.

Buffalo USB Blu-Ray

Buying for the upcoming formats doesn’t come cheap, the new Buffalo USB Blu-Ray player has a list price of $350.  For that price, many will consider getting an all new laptop with Blu-Ray…although it might not have 3D support. The Buffalo portable player is part number BP3D-PI6U2-BK and measures 137- × 147- × 20mm.  The device is currently available in Japan, but will lander later this month in the US. Continue Reading

Japanese Company Makes Dock Station An iDream

Yet another “i” product for all those Apple gadgets, but this time we feel it’s a product worth mentioning.  The iPADock is a dock station to power or sync all your Apple gear in one handy location.  The iDevices has designated USB power ports, designated USB-to-PC sync ports and additional flash memory ports for SD cards, SDHC and Compact Flash downloading. So if you haven’t asked yourself how to clean up your sync area at work or home for the Apple gear…don’t worry, that day will come.  For example, at our house we have 4 iPhones, two iPods, a FlipVideo and several cameras.  All of them will receive power via USB.

iPad dock station

First off, we have 4 iPhones because we’ve migrated from 3G or 3GS to the 4.  The iPods are legacy products we had before the phones, yet we still use them for workouts…and the cameras, well those are good anytime. What I like about the iPADock station are all the power and sync options. Continue Reading

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