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Leaked PDF From Intel on USB 3.0

To be clear, we are not suggesting Intel has new information on the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, but rather new information on how USB 3.0 technology will play with Intel’s new Panther Point Platform. What this means is that Intel will start native integration with their new chipset in the coming year.  An interesting point gleaned from the leaked PDF is that USB 3.0 will not [natively] support Windows XP or Vista operating systems.  For those computers, the user will need to purchase a PCI to USB 3.0 adapter controller card [NEC is most popular for that peripheral]. Panther Point will support up to 14 USB ports in total, four of which are USB 3.0 and rest are legacy USB 2.0. Texas Instrument and Renesas have plans for a 4-port USB 3.0 solution but none of their solutions have obtained USB-IF certification approval yet. This may all change once Intel starts shipping Panther Point laptops and desktops in 2012. Continue Reading

Share The Love Plug-Less USB Outlet Connector

I’m sure you had to read the title once or twice.  Well, you know what they say…a picture is worth a thousand words.  Doubt I’ll drum up a thousand words for this post, but you get the point. The FlipIt is a slick little piece of plastic which fits between your wall prongs and the outlet itself.  This way you can high-jack some power off the outlet, while still sharing it with other electronics.  The FlipIt then redirects the juice to a USB port where you can plug any device which uses USB for recharging. It’s a brilliant idea. It’s $15. After seeing it, don’t you wish you thought of it? Source:  Those guys Continue Reading

Nexcopy First To Market With SuperSpeed USB Duplicator

It’s clear USB 3.0 is coming.  It’s an unstoppable train which is building momentum with each new day and each new product launch.  Millions of PC and peripherals will ship this year with the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed bus interface.  With that said, it’s no wonder the timing of the Nexcopy SuperSpeed USB duplicator couldn’t be at a better moment.  Now it’s possible for users to manage these new peripherals without using legacy 2.0 products. The SSUSB160PC is a 16 target USB duplicator which works off the USB 3.0 technology.  What you need to remember is that a USB 2.0 stick won’t jump to the 3.0 speed just because it’s a new interface.  Fortunately, the 3.0 system will easily handle 3.0 hard drives, which seem to be the most prevalent in the market, as well as 3.0 flash drives which are just starting to show as mainstream. The SSUSB160PC is a slick looking product with a light weight aluminum body making it ideal for on-site duplication and data loading.  The USB duplicator has a built in 120 watt power supply and will copy at your devices maximum transfer rate.  For some ideas, it’s reported by Nexcopy that 32GBs of data can copy in about 6 minutes. We’ve reported on other products from Nexcopy Corporation – maybe it time I request an evaluation unit…some glamor shots after the jump… Continue Reading

Wireless USB 3.0 Monitor Is Really Proximity Monitor

Samsung has a new Central Station WLED monitor system in 23 inch or 27 inch format.  The wireless solution is very unique in that it automatically detects your devices with in the 1 meter range.  So as you approach with your laptop, the monitor will automatically sync up with your PC. In additional the Samsung WLED includes USB ports on the monitor so as your PC approaches, those peripherals hanging off the side will also become usable with your laptop.  I should actually re-edit this post and mention netbook as those screens are way too small and something like this would be ideal. Samsung didn’t get a change to post lag-time between user input on the PC and the reaction of the monitor for said input, but I’d venture to say it’s minimal – Samsung doesn’t cheat corners. Continue Reading

Dynamic8 Turns Mundane USB Charger Into Must-Have Accessory

Doing a bit of research for iPhone chargers I came across the Dynamic8 iPhone and iPad charger.  The look is fantastic and is very contemporary.  No protrusive charger sticking out half way into the drivers console, but rather flush, stylish looking accessory.
  • Enjoy full use of your iPhone or iPod during car trips, and arrive with your battery fully charged
  • Amber/green charging status light
  • Detachable dock connector to USB Type A cable that you can also use to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer
  • Easily replaceable 2 Amp automotive blade-type fuse to protect against spikes and surges
  • Works with iPhone, iPad models that feature full-size dock connector, and iPad shuffle (1st generation)
Only down side…they call it the “iCar Charger” Continue Reading

USB Locker Is Bunker For USB Ports

With USB flash drives becoming a big threat to companies for spreading viruses and data slerping it’s smart to take some precautions about how employees use USB ports. I think NZXT Bunker understands that. NZXT introduced the Bunker which is a 5.25 inch bay with 4 USB ports neatly placed behind a locking front door. Now you’ve got physical security against USB abuse. Granted it still wont stop those with access to spread a virus, intentionally or not, or perform some IP data slerping, but at least it’s a strong deturant. EverythingUSB made a great quote about this:
As anyone who has ever gone to a LAN party knows, you need to watch your stuff or else something is just as likely to go missing! It really is a sad state of affairs, but the truth of the matter is you don’t bring any expensive peripherals to a LAN party unless you are willing to keep them on your person at ALL times.
Too funny. The NZXT Bunker sells for $25 and can be purchased right off their site. Continue Reading

Kingston Road Map for USB 3.0

Kingston LogoThe Intel based standard for USB 3.0 was announced nearly 2 years ago and since then, products have slowly trickled in to the market place. Of course there is a cycle to progress…you can’t get peripherals until you have controllers [main stream now] and once you get controllers you expand out to peripherals. That being said, Kingston, one of the largest memory manufacturers on earth, has launched a fairly detailed road map for USB 3.0 products. Kingston was amongst the first to announce USB 3.0 flash drives into retail under the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 drive and HyperX MAX 3.0 external USB hard drive – both launched earlier in 2010. And now, as the first product on their roadmap for the year, have introduced the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, which will serve as their flagship model and be part of the HyperXperience product line, a family of high-performance Kingston Flash products that will include SSDs, USBs and flash memory cards. Kingston made the announcement at CES but doesn’t expect to release the less expesnive USB 3.0 flash drives until Q2, 2011 under the DataTraveller DTU30 brand and will include capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB. Continue Reading

Parrot Car Receiver Peppered with USB Ports

Parrot is launching their new car stereo receive which has strayed away from the trend of all touch screen interface.  The Asteroid is a Google Android based receiver with loads of features and functionality. The receiver still has a graphical interface to display the content being played, but the navigation is all “old school” buttons and radial dial. Parrot Asteroid What is most interesting about the new Parrot receive is the many number of USB ports located on the back side.  With the four USB ports the Asteroid gives the user plenty of options. Of course you’ll get the expected RCA jacks for hooking up your car’s stereo system and a 3.5 mm jack for connecting your MP3 player.  The Asteroid has three high speed USB ports and one 1.1 Continue Reading

5 New USB 3.0 Hard Drives From CES

Every tech guy I know anxiously awaits the CES trade show at the start of each year.  I think it’s the only help for getting us through the vacation blues after a long Christmas break.  I’ve seen a bunch of news about USB 3.0 gear from CES 2011.  Many of them are USB hard drives and here are the most recent five we’ve read about. Buffalo Buffalo launches a complete line of USB 3.0 storage devices.  The DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 is a four drive, high speed RAID enabled storage solution offering transfer speeds up to 235 MB/s, twice as fast as USB 2.0. Equipped with four hard drives configured in RAID 5, DriveStation Quad USB 3.0 also supports RAID 0, 10 and JBOD modes for flexibility between data redundancy and available storage capacity Seagate Seagate introduces some new ‘super slim’ USB 3.0 hard drives.  Seagate’s new ultra-portable GoFlex drive comes in a metal case that’s only 9 millimeters thick, which Seagate says is a full 38% thinner than their previous generation. This is made possible by some 7 millimeter thick 2.5″ drives that still manage to deliver 7200 rpm performance via USB power, and you get a solid 340 gigs for Continue Reading

AirStash Changes The Way You Store Data for Your Apple Products

AirStash The AirStash, in one word, Amazing.  This device solves all the problems of lack of storage with Apple products.  With the AirStash you can now budget down to purchase the cheapest iPad or iPhone because the AirStash gives you the extra storage you need. The AirStash, in simple terms, is a wireless storage dongle you carry around which provides unlimited storage. The AirStash uses self powered WiFi to sync with your iPod, iPad or iPhone.  The AirStash uses an SD slot for unlimited storage.  The controller on the AirStash will recognize up to 32GB SD cards…from there you just swap out memory and keep saving. AirStash for iPhone Since the AirStash is wireless you can stream audio or video from the device to your Apple product.  This means you can run GBs of music or videos without bogging down all the memory on your iPhone or iPad. The only drawback I see is that you cannot dump photo’s from your Apple product to the AirStash [I’ve emailed the company to make sure my info is correct].  But you can easily take pictures using a digital camera [that uses SD cards] and simply pull the SD card from the digital camera and upload those photo’s to your iPhone / iPad. The AirStash [kudos on the creative name] is available for $99 and is well worth the money rather than paying $100s more for a bigger Apple product. If you’re not convinced yet, watch this 3 min YouTube video and get hooked. Continue Reading

iTunes Backups Suck Your Hard Drive Space – How to Fix It

The iTunes backups for your mobile iPhone device or iPad device will eventually suck up much of your hard drive space.  From the source article, this can be as much as 20% or more, depending on the amount of content iTunes is backing up.


To alleviate this problem, you can redirect your iTunes backup location to be an external storage drive, or a 2nd hard drive on your system.  By using a Windows symbolic link routine, you can take control of where the backup location will reside.

For this tutorial you’ll need to download NTFS Junction utility [free] and do some CMD prompt edits to bring it all together.  If you are not comfortable with the above, yet quest the solution, then I recommend getting someone a bit more knowledgeable with Windows to perform the task.

  1. So to begin, you need to download this free tool to create NTFS Junctions. (This is a tool provided by a Microsoft engineer on Microsoft’s website ironically enough)
  2. When you unzip that file, extract the junction.exe into the C:\Windows folder so that you can run in from anywhere.
  3. Next up, you need to move all of your existing backup files to their new location.  This could be secondary hard drive, or another partition, or even an external hard drive.  Before we move the files, make sure iTunes is closed.
  4. To move the files, open up a “My Computer” Window and type this into the address bar: “C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync” (without the quote of course) and press enter.  This should take you into your iTunes MobileSync Folder where the Backup folder is located.
  5. You need to right click on the Backup folder and select “Cut”.
  6. Now navigate to where you’d like your backups to be located.  For me, I wanted them on the D: drive in a folder I created called “iTunes Backup”.  Paste the Backup folder to this location.
  7. Next you need to open a command prompt.  To do this, click on the Start button and type in “cmd” (again, no quotes) and then press enter.  A black window should open up that looks like this.
  8. Now for the easy part, creating the junction.  All you need to do to create the junction is type in the word “junction” then the path to where Windows stores the files, then the path to where you decided to place your backup.  So for me, I typed in: Junction “C:\Users\onelson\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “D:\iTunes Backup\Backup”  (Note that there are quotes around both paths since both paths contain spaces, these quotes are required).
  9. If everything worked correctly, the junction command should indicate that it created the junction

If you decide to use an external storage device be sure the device is powered on before you start the backup process.  Ya, some people are knuckleheads and will forget!

GetUSB.info did not write this tutorial, but we’d love to hear your feedback in our community.

Source:  TheiPhoneGuru.com.

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