It’s nice to see the continued growth of U3 software for flash drives. Take my latest find, an educational music package for kids, MusiCan. The music is clearly aimed at children and my little one loves MusiCan and the animated screens which go with it.
There are various levels of learning in each collection from identifying animals to learning your way around a keyboard. Here are a couple screen shots:
If you are not aware of Foxit then it’s a software program for managing Adobe PDF documents. The most notable feature is the ability for Foxit to launch and read PDF docs without the long wait time experienced with Adobe software. Foxit is now available for your U3 flash drive.
Looking to install U3 on a regular flash drive? Or home-brew upgrade from generic flash drive to U3? Well, it’s not going to work and this is why.
U3 is not just software, it’s hardware too. In other words, if you don’t have the right hardware on the flash drive you’ll never get the U3 launch pad to load. U3 wrote their spec to call for certified IC controllers on the flash drive. Without a specific IC controller U3 will never work. So that’s it. If you want more info then read on.
Kids will grasp at anything to make homework a little easier and with the over whelming amount of on-line content, schools are stacking on harder and harder projects to push a child’s limits. StudyMinder U3 software management system is an asset for any Academic these days. Combined the popularity of the personal flash drive and the power of the U3 launch pad there will never be another excuse on why your kid’s lost his homework.
The StudyMinder is a time management system which has several valuable features other management software packages don’t have, for example:
Hatano Denki updated the original RayTrace with RayTrace2. First things first, destroy all the bombs with the Ray. Next lead the Ray to the goal via the mirrors. There are 48 stages in RayTrace2 which I believe is 36 more then the original.
A German software company (Derbrill) now offers Drops for U3 flash drives. This U3 game is fast paced and very addictive.
Drops is a cross between Bejeweled, Connect Four and Tetris. Open U3 Drops and a screen with colored balls appears. Simply click the group of balls connected with the same color to score points. The more in a group the better your score. Although not difficult at first glance,
U3 announced a bug prevents some applications from running on Vista. The problem occurs when your Vista computer has one or more non-U3 mass storage devices attached. A good example would be your PC having a card reader connected while trying to launch a U3 drive. Not all hope is lost as the error [message: #0x80040210 (DAPI_E_COMM_FAIL)] only occurs when that non-U3 device is connected with a drive letter assigned yet no media in the device.
Easy SlideShow takes your pictures and synchronizes them with transition effects and audio for top-shelf looking slide shows even your Grandmother could put together. Created for the U3 addicted flash drive user – it’s a snap to put together your award winning life for on-the-go display. U3 is a portable software platform which runs from your U3 flash drive so the Easy SlideShow will run on any PC.
Easy SlideShow is free to try and $15USD to buy. Takes up about 4.5MBs of flash space…plus pictures and audio of course. Here’s other U3 related items.
Back in Octoboer of 2006 Yahoo! Widgets and U3 came together to offer the Yahoo! Widgets engine for U3 flash drives. The Yahoo! Widget Engine for U3 allows you to run 1,000 of widgets directly from your U3 flash drive. Take your Yahoo! Widgets everywhere you go. Below is the link to grab the Widget engine and install it onto your flash drive.
Be sure you have a U3 flash drive and it’s inserted and active (powered up in PC) in your OS before installing. The download is 10.7MBs and from there you can launch for installation. The Yahoo! engine comes with some Widgets pre-installed. You need 32MBs of space on the flash drive and need to run at least Win2000 or XP with SP1 or better. Sorry Mac folk, since U3 is only Windows compliant you are SOL.
Yahoo! Widget Engine for U3 downlaod. It’s free.
Portable Bookmarks is a U3 compliant internet bookmark management utility which is easy to use with unique features. Portable Bookmarks makes for a great edition to heavy internet users who rack up numerous bookmarks while going about their business.
What we like most about this package is the software’s ability to deal with multiple PCs and browser types while maintaining the web links. In addition Portable Bookmarks does a good job of providing duplicate sorting and parsing features to
Little on the heavy side and looking to track those extra pounds? CalorieKing introduces a diet log for the U3 flash drive platform to record everything you eat and the exercise you do against the world’s largest food and exercise database. But then again, if you are disciplined enough to download CalorieKing software, activate it in your U3 flash drive and enter daily food intake and exercise routines then chances are…
Lexar announced their new Lexar JumpDrive 360 USB Flash Drive at the 2007 CES show. The new style is a capless design and encased in a rotating metal jacket you flip out before use – kinda like a switch blade.
All Lexar drives will now ship with BitLocker Drive encryption software and Windows PE 2.0 for Vista. Of course Lexar is claiming the JumpDrive 360 is compatible with ReadyBoost, but who isn’t making that claim these days. Finally, Lexar will include their PowerToGo software on the JumpDrive 360 and all other devices, which BTW is a spit image of U3.