GlobeSurfer ICON is a self-contained wireless access device, offering a simple Internet access method. It attaches to any PC through the USB connector and provides instant Internet access at DSL-speed using the latest HSDPA wireless network technology. GlobeSurfer ICON, combines the convenience of high speed wireless connectivity (up to 1.8 Mbps downlink) with extreme ease of use. Automatic drivers installation, built-in control applet, and one-button connect, all contribute to maximum user-friendliness. There is no need for installing SW from discs, connecting DSL wires and filters, setting parameters.Â It therefore appeals to the broadest market of PC-owners looking for simple access to Internet.Continue Reading
Several weeks ago GetUSB heard that external USB 2.0 devices may cause certain notebook computers to consume power excessively. In the interest of tracking down the source of the problem, Tom’s Hardware Guide worked with engineers from both Intel and Microsoft. Through their extensive collaborative research, they reported that an Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) driver in Windows XP Service Pack 2 is the sole cause of the unusually high power drainage observed by all three teams. Today, Microsoft confirmed that it is developing a new patch to fix this particular driver bug, whose nature is somewhat different of those addressed by earlier Microsoft Knowledgebase postings. Source of full story by TGDaily.
Microsoft posts fix for USB power drain plug.
Microsoft has posted a fix for a driver flaw that prevented owners of Windows XP Service Pack 2-based notebooks from taking advantage of power-saving sleep states.
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Atmel, a global leader in semiconductors, announced USB and OTG (On-The-Go) in the AT90USB family. Several products in the AT90USB line have USB interface for applications needing to communicate with USB host. The AT90USB1287 and AT90USB647 comply with the USB OTG standards for use as both host or device. The USB host capability is key to embedded devices needing to communicate without PCs, a good example of this would be transfer of data between two devices without a computer, i.e. from camera to printer for On-The-Go productivity. Engineers; click on image for more details.Continue Reading
Windows Automotive and Fiat are poised to unveil a new in-car technology via USB called “Infotainment.” This Bluetooth based technology will interact with hand held devices like phones, PDAs, GPS systems and other communication devices. Connection is made from a hardwired USB port located in the glove box to the internal car system. Voice activated features, like reading SMS messages, playing MP3 files and moreContinue Reading
One of the necessary evils of migrating from aCD player to a digital music player is the tedious process of extracting music from already owned CDs. Sure, anyone with a computer can use one of the available music extraction software programs, many of which are free. But for those that don’t have access to a computer, or that don’t want to tie up their computer system resources while “ripping” CDs, there is another option. EZPnP is perhaps best known for their EZDigiMagic CD Burner, a standalone device which removes files such as digital photos from memory cards, and then burns that data to a CD. They have now introduced the EZDigiMusic MP300 which basically does just the opposite. Instead of copying data from a memory card to a CD, it copies music files from a CD and converts them to MP3 files which are then placed directly on a memory card or onto a connected USB enabled flash memory device.Continue Reading
With so many USB flash drives on the market the Japanese company, Solid Alliance, has tipped the scales by making Sushi designed key drives. Sure to have been a lunch-time idea, we see a variety of sushi available. Maybe the perfect gift – maybe not. Appears the storage capacities range from 32MB to 128MB. At this time GetUSB could not find a US supplier but did find the Solid Alliance Shop in case you’re interested.Continue Reading
So you have limited space on your desk and enough gadgets to fill your closet. You still need a calculator for those tough commission check calculations but also need a 10 key numeric touchpad because your laptop is miserable for inputting numbers, well ThinkGeek has the answer. This convenient device is a standalone calculator which also transforms into an input numeric device via USB. Expandable cord and full size buttons. Runs about $35.Continue Reading
Turtle Beach announces it’s release of the “Roadie” portable surround sound system.Â Smaller then a deck of cards, this guy packs a host of features.Â Connecting to PC or Laptop via USB, the Roadie transforms computer sound into 5:1 or 7:1 theater sound.Â Digital singal processing provides a stereo 10-band EQ with ambience control for full, dynamic sound and independent 10-band EQs for each speaker making it possible to adjust speakers and even delay for a customÂ surround sound feel.Â We see this as a great application for business man wanting an elaborate presentation, college kids who study and game or perfect for the home gaming enthusiast or music buff.Â List of $79.95 but we found it less.Continue Reading