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Solar Power Clothing Collection Charges Your USB Gear

Just last week, we reported on a solar panel which rotates with the sun to optimize charging time and power.  Today we bring you another method to recharge your life, but this time wearing clothes.  Silvr Lining is a start up clothing company which integrates solar panels into your every-day cloths. The style Silvr Lining embraces is that of a casual fit – as it would be difficult to integrate solar panels into a bikini or fitted top. The company integrates several 6 x 8 panels into the outside of pocket panels so the lock blends with the style. The solar panels are the right size to charge most any small USB gadget like MP3 player, phone or PDA device.  It also appears the pockets are big enough you might just fit that iPad which is so awkward to carry around. The solar power pants from Silvr Lining run just under $300.  The company is based in Los Angeles and all cloths are made in the USA.  Not sure how fashion conscience you are, but if you are Continue Reading

Tilting Solar Panel for Your USB Gadgets

In a concept design only, Eric Strebel and Jim Nogarian prototyped a solar panel which can rotate with the sun.  The case has three angles on the bottom, a flat surface for sunlight directly above around noon time, and two 45 degree angle for morning and afternoon sun.  It’s a good idea…I think.

USB solar power

After a little bit of research it appears the direct sunlight approach to solar is a thing of the past.  New technology allows diffused light to generate electricity through the solar panels and thus maximizes any solar panel even slightly exposed to sunlight. Putting this information aside, The Solcar Vox does look like a fresh idea on charging your USB gadgets or other devices which charge via USB like the iPhone. If you like the idea you can pre-order the prototype which is Continue Reading

Digital Camera is USB Hub by Samsung No Less

Samsung is looking to put a new twist to the classic digital camera with multiple USB ports.  The idea is simple, once a picture is taken, the folks in the picture can turn over their thumb drives for a quick download of the picture just taken.

camera USB port

Not a bad idea considering most of us now have USB sticks in our pocket, car or computer bag.  I think the wifi SD card is a bit better of an idea, but this too will work. The concept camera from Samsung has three female USB ports to accept mass storage devices [tech term for USB stick] and a male USB for connecting to a computer for downloading. Continue Reading

How To: Fix MacBook Air and USB Ethernet Adapter

How To: Fix MacBook Air and USB Ethernet Adapter

If you are one of the few who rushed out to purchase the MacBook Air, you might have found yourself in a bit of a pinch.  How to get the USB Ethernet Adapter working?  If this is you, or a friend you know, here is a quick fix until a new Apple update is published.

MacBook Air USB Ethernet Adapater

First, it appears that some have luck plugging the adapter into different ports on the MacBook Air, but it’s not a universal solution. After a bit of investigative work sifting through the Apple forums, you can do the following for a sure thing fix: Continue Reading

How To: Turn Off USB Auto Run in Windows 7

How to turn off autoplay Windows 7 for USB flash drives.

Some may want to turn off the USB auto play so that when a USB device is connected the auto pop-up window doesn’t appear.  I don’t mind the pop-up window as it usually defaults to the area or program I’m trying to get into anyway, but for some, I could see the frustration.  So on that note, here is a quick USB tutorial on how to turn off the USB auto run function. First, click START > RUN and type in gpedit.msc  then click RUN.

USB autorun Win7 - 1

Next you’ll want to navigate to the location shown below.  That would be: Computer Configuration > Admin Templates > Windows Components  Once there you would double click Windows Components

USB autorun Win7 - 2

That will take you to the following area where we can select the menu to edit the USB autorun functions.  Double click the AutoPlay Policies

USB autorun Win7 - 3

Next select the Turn Off Autoplay by double clicking it. Continue Reading

US Military Bans USB Sticks As Result of Wikileaks

Bradley Manning was able to download over a quarter million documents from the US government via USB slurping…where by, he downloaded the sensitive data directly to his flash drive, then sent the docs to Wikileaks. Not a cool move Private Manning. So as a result, the US Military is banning all USB flash drives with systems connected to, or have access to, the SIPRNET network.  The Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, in simple terms, the internet used bye the DOD.  Of course it’s much more sophisticated then your office network with internet access. The US Government has taken this breach of information so seriously that any military who do not comply with the data transfer ban “may be punished under Article 92 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.” The article covers failure to obey orders and dereliction of duty and makes clear that any persons in violation of such rules “shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

US military bans USB

Like I said, not a cool move Manning. Continue Reading

USB Movie Kiosk – Flix On Stix

If you haven’t noticed, Red Box Movie rental kiosks have popped up all over the place.  Most notably are the Red Box’ at the grocery store, which makes perfect sense, you’re going to the store anyway, why not put a movie rental at check-out.

Movies on USB

Flix-on-Stix is looking to do the same thing, only difference is the Flix On Stix is renting your beloved movie on USB.  The concept is simple, yet peppered with problems.  Lets cover the concept first…the idea is having a user insert their USB drive into the Flix on Stix kiosk and download a movie.  Great idea…simple, convenient and assuming cheap. Look just one step deeper and you start asking yourself about transfer times.  The Flix-on-Stix is USB 3.0 enabled, but SuperSpeed flash drives have just ‘barely’ come to market, most will have USB 2.0.  So to download a low quality video will take at least 10 minutes.  Next, what kind of DRM does Flix on Stix use?  We know our USB and their is no universal USB copy protection that will work on PCs, Macs and set-top boxes…so how & where will these movies play?  The last bit is the type of movies to be offered…we know studios wont sign off on DRM that isn’t proven by CDSA [https://www.cdsaonline.org/] so after all this, I’m not sure where Flix On Stix leaves us.  What do you think? Continue Reading

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