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Win flash memory or upgrades from Crucial Technology

With computers, handhelds, PDAs and peripherals getting smaller and the file sizes they produce getting bigger, Crucial Memory is promoting their high quality, low priced flash memory and USB thumb drives through a click to win promotion. Here at GetUSBinfo, we’ve used the Crucial website and order processing several times for quick, reliable service. Crucial also provides a very user friendly and intuitive memory questionnaire to insure each visitor gets the exact memory they need for which ever device they are upgrading. We give them an A+. Good luck with the contest.

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Rubber Hard Drive from LaCie

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.

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Audio Advantage Amigo from Turtle Beach

The Amigo is USB sound card ideally suited for laptop users. With both analog and digital outputs along with a surround-sound simulator it should bring a rich, full listening experience. Packed with features like built-in mic, volume and mute control, headset and support for extended stereo sound it’s a great amigo for the executive on the go or student not looking to miss a word from his professor. Pricing starts at just $49. Click for device diagram and connector explanations. Continue Reading

Retro looking BoomBox from Teac with USB port

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.

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GlobeSurfer ICON is a self-contained wireless access device

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.  It therefore appeals to the broadest market of PC-owners looking for simple access to Internet.

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Microsoft to release patch for USB power drain

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.

Download is here.

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SanDisk partners with Safend

The collaboration between SanDisk and Safend ensures that data stored on corporate laptops and desktop PCs can be securely transferred to SanDisk TrustedFlash(TM) devices. TrustedFlash is a highly secure technology being built into SanDisk mobile flash memory cards and USB flash drives. It combines SanDisk’s 32-bit controller architecture with an embedded high-performance cryptographic engine provided by Safend, providing real-time encryption and tamper-resistant data protection. As a secure platform that is transparent to the consumer, TrustedFlash is ideal for safeguarding information and supporting secure value-added applications. Continue Reading

Atmel adds USB and OTG to it’s MCU family

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.

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Palm certifies mVox MV900 speakerphone

The mVox MV900 is a portable and true hands-free speakerphone with DSP voice processing technologies together with speaker independent voice dialing. Now certified to work with Palm Treo 700w and Treo 650 it is the ideal communication solution for mobile professionals using it with Bluetooth cellular phones or with computers to make conference calls via Voice over IP such as Skype, Google Talk, Yahoo IM, and DialPad. With voice activated speed dial and the industry’s smallest, clearest, and loudest speakerphone with 120dB peak volume it’s acceptance from Palm is a stamp of approval for it’s design and performance. Continue Reading

Fiat and Microsoft present Blue&Me

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 more

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Review: EZDigiMusic MP300 – PC-less MP3 ripper

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.

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