Well it’s not exactly a rubber hard drive, but the enclosure has a squared pattern made of rubber in either blue or pink. LaCie teamed with a leading designer, Karim Rashid, to create this 3.3 inch storage drive called Skwarim. Capacity ranges from 30GB (pink) to 60GB (blue) and $149/$199 respectively. LaCie’s Senior Product Manager, Olivier Mirloup, saw a market for designer styled storage devices for those looking to stylize their techy look. No word on whether the blue or pink will be the only colors offered moving forward. We wonder if the rubber ads any durability to the HHD – probably not.Continue Reading
Is the 50’s table top jukebox coming back into style? Seems like Teac has the beat on this trend with their new SL-D900 CD player/Radio/Clock. The retro styled CD player can also read MP3 discs and includes a convenient USB port which you can play MP3 files stored in Flash drives or another portable hard drive device. It has 2.1 channel speaker system with built-in sub woofer and with an output of 15W it could make for a swinging good time at dinner. The unit measures 340 (width) x 259 (depth) x 190mm (height) and weighs 5.4 kg.Continue Reading
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
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
Aladin Knowledge Systems launched the eToken which doubles as an authentication device. The eToken provides convenience to users by allowing them to possess their personal data and other information required to open the contents of the system.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
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