Archive for the ‘USB’ Category

USB Flash Drive Cufflings Are Uber Cool


Proud to be a geek? Than you’ll love these awesome flash drives that double as stylish cufflinks, and allow you to literally wear your geekiness on your sleeves.

Now this is what I call functional fashion. With these USB flash drive cufflinks you can look elegant at work, or a dinner party, and always keep your important documents, or favorite music very close. The cufflinks are engravable and come in gunmetal and gold finishes.


USB Cleaner Keeps Your Ports Squeaky Clean


I bet you never even thought about cleaning those poor USB ports, on your old rig, did you? Well I’m still not sure if you need to, but if you really want to, these USB port cleaners, from Sanwa, are just what you need.

Now that I’ve got your attention, you’re probably wondering how these USB port cleaning things work, right? Well, let’s just say you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to handle them. Shaped like your ordinary USB drive, these things fit right into the port. All you have to do is insert and remove them a few times, and the job is done.


QuickerTek Charge Monitor Measures the Power Input of Your iPad

QuickerTek-Charge-MonitorThe popular Apple iPad is known as a power-hungry piece of machienery, and knowing just how much current is going into it, is actually more important than you think.

The QuickerTek Charge Monitor is designed to tell you just how much power is coming out of your USB ports, and into the iPad. Bceause of its insatiable appetite only a few computer models can actually generate enough energy to effectively recharge it. All you have to do is stick it into one of your gadgets’  USB ports and stick a USB cable at the other end. The four LED markers light up, depending on the power levels.

It might seem like a useful device, but considering most USB 2.0 ports only deliver 500mA (with only a few recent Gigabyte entries cranked up to 1500mA) it’s worth knowing if you can use USB to recharge your gadgets. Since the iPad requires at least 1000mA to recharge, the QuickerTek Charge Monitor can help you find the USB port with the right amount of juice.

The QuickerTek Charge Monitor costs $29.95 and is compatible with Apple products like the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Microsoft Launches Pricy Xbox 360 Flash Drives

Xbox360-flash-driveSince Microsoft has prevented users from storing their data on external storage devices, it had to come up with a way to provide mode storage space. It has, but can you afford it?

You probably can, but I’m sure you won’t like paying a large amount of cash for a few extra gigabites. Unlike the PS3, which allows players to save data on any external device that connects via USB, the Xbox doesn’t have this native feature, so it requires a workaround. But the brains at Microsoft immediately saw this as a way to squeeze more money from their clients.

The new Xbox 360 flash drives offer 16 Gb of extra space, but at a cost of $70. That’s more than some stores sell their 20 gb drives, these days, and the new Microsoft sticks come with no extra features, other than their compatibility with the Xbox 360, and a free month of Xbox Live Gold, which is worth $8.


Seagate Adapter Kit Unleashes the Power of USB 3.0


Seagate has released the new GoFlex drive series, and to make them more appealing, it’s offering you the chance to take full use of the USB 3.0 speeds.

USB 3.0 mighht be the next big thing in data tranfer, with speeds theoretically 3 times highr than USB 2.0, but it’s still such a new technology that Seagate couldn’t incorporate it in the new GoFlex external drives. But it’s done something almost as good. The company is now selling a smart kit that will turn any laptop’s Express Slot into a USB 3.0 port for one of its GoFlex drives.

To experience the unbelieveable speeds of USB 3.0, all you have to do is connect an adapter to the GoFlex drive, and then plug it into one of your laptop’s USB 2.0 slots. It may not be the most comfortable, or good looking solutions, but until something better comes along, it’s totally worth the advantages of the new USB 3.0 technology.


Old-School USB Lock Keeps Your Data Safe

USB-flash-drive-lockWith USB flash drives like Kingston Data Traveler 5000, this kind of USB lock seems pointless, but it does look badass.

All you have to do is push in the USB stick, set the combination, and spin the tumblers. For the untrained eye, the USB flash drive seems safe, especially since trying to pull the stick out of the lock will damage it. But, in reality, this tumbler USB lock doesn’t anybody from accessing the data directly from the chip, inside the flash drive, provide it you know how to do it.

But, the old fashioned lock does look unbreakable to most people, just don’t try to use it to secure documents regarding national security or such things.


PQI Will Be The First To Launch USB 3.0 Portable HDD

PQI H566 Portable HDD

PQI has unveiled the first 2.5-inch USB 3.0 portable hard drive, which can reach transfer speeds of up to 5GBps, 10 times faster than USB 2.0 .

Known as the PQI H566, the drive features Ur-Smart and Ur Fortress security software with encryption functions for classified data protection and personal data privacy. The portable HDD weighs 200g and it will be available with different storage capacities : 320GB, 500GB and 640GB.

There is no information on when it will hit the shelves or about pricing yet.

Via Techchee

CHIPDRIVE MyKey Keeps Your Passwords Safe

CHIPDRIVE-MyKeyStruggling to remember a bunch of passwords is getting harder and harder, these days, but CHIPDRIVE MyKey is here to help.

This ingenious USB device has been available in Europe, for a year now, but it just hit the shelves, in the US. The smart card chip inside CHIPDRIVE protects your passwords with encryption and a PIN code, allowing you to take them everywhere you go and lock up your computer, when you leave.

CHIPDRIVE MyKey also allows you to fill online forms, store internet addresses and keep secure notes. It combines a portable encryption and PIN-protected password manager, with a Windows access lock that prevents curious eyes from seeing your private data.

The new CHIPDRIVE MyKey is available for only $29.99.

The Eiffel Tower Comes To You As USB Flash Drive

USB Eiffel Tower Flash Drive

Have you ever had a french kiss right on the top of the Eiffel Tower and you want to keep these memories alive? Then you’ll certainly want to carry with you this USB flash drive shaped like the original French tower.

As you can see in the picture above, you have to remove the top of the USB flash drive and plug the USB connector in your computer. It comes with password protection for your tot secret data and it is available with 8GB of storage capacity. The Eiffel Tower USB flash drive retails online for $39 at USB Fever

Asus To Offer USB 3.0 Across A Variety Of Product Lines

USB 3.0

It is just a matter of time until the USB 3.0 will completely replace the USB 2.0. Asus realize that and they seem to be the first to offer USB 3.0 with a variety of products.

So the guys at Asus are claiming that their future notebooks, netbooks and a variety of mainboards will be equipped with USB 3.0 ports.

This is an important step for Asus in trying to populate the world with USB 3.0 devices and I hope that others will do the same.

Keydex USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Offers Up to 4.8Gbps Transfer Speed

Keydex 1

The Keydex 2.5-inch HDD Enclosure with an unique screw-less case that allows you to replace the hard drive with it very fast, in about 25 seconds. It doesn’t require any tools or screwdriver to open the enclosure. The Keydex offers SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection that is capable to reach a transfer speed of up to 4.8Gbps.

Also, the Keydex HDD features HDD stabilizer technology which prevent accidental data loss. Its case is also stackable and allows a number these enclosures to be stacked on top of one another. (more…)

Kingston Releases 256 Gb USB Flash Drive


Larger than most laptop hard-drives, yet considerably smaller than a chocolate bar, the 256 Gb Kingston DT-310 is a great alternatives for those looking for viable ways of carrying large volumes of data.

In 2009, Kingston introduced the world to its first generation of 256 Gb flash drives. Actually, the rest of the world, because the DT-300 was never available in the US. Now, after extensive research that showed architects, designers and engineers were looking for easy ways of transporting large files, Kingston is making things right and releasing the Data Traveler DT-310.


Porn Detection Stick Hunts for Dirty Pics


If you thought your “fun” folder was well hidden among work projects, think again. The anti-porn powers of the world have united their forces to create a dreadful tool called the Porn Detection Stick.

If your life partner is really curious about how you spend your lonely nights, when she’s not around, all she has to do is stick this puppy into your computer’s USB port and it will start the hunt for any porn or nude photos you might have stashed away.

How does the Porn Detection Stick do all this, you ask? It uses special algorithms to analyze human skin tones, body part separation, curvatures and face detection to select porn related imagery. This baby can scan over 70,000 images in an hour and a half, with a false positive result of only .0006%.


Soviet USB Stick


Actually, a more appropriate term would be USB brick. With USB sticks getting smaller every day, Russians thought they’d swim against the current and create a giant memory stick.

Featuring a giant wooden case, an on/off switch, a cooling fan, and, of course, a USB drive, the Soviet USB drive is able to store up to 4 Gb of data , and no, it’s not USB 3. But it does rival a vacuum cleaner, as far as noise is concerned.

Check out the photos and the video at the bottom.


Buffalo Introduces World’s First 4-Port USB 3.0 Port


Japanese tech giant Buffalo have apparently created the world’s first 4-port USB 3.0 port.

USB 3.0 has barely taken off, and Buffalo has already announced it will be launching a little device with 4 ports. The gadget known only by its sophisticated code (BSH4A03U3) will be launched in black and white, for a price of $88.

Buffalo’s wonder port will be compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X 10.4 and backwards compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0. The 4-port USB 3.0 port will be released in Japan next month and will soon be available worldwide.

Dolphin USB Flash Drive from EMTEC

EMTEC Dolphin USB Flash Drive

EMTEC has released another animal-shaped USB flash drive, the Dolphin. It comes in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB storage capacity and features USB 2.0 interface. The flash drive can provide a writing speed of 7 MB/s and a reading speed of 24 MB/s.

The 2GB version is priced at 10.99 Euro while the 8GB version can be acquired for 27.99 Euro.

Via techfresh

Scosche solBAT II Solar USB Gadget Charger


The Scosche solBAT II Solar USB Gadget Charger has been designed to provide power for any USB device making it the perfect gadget for those who are out and running low on battery on their iPhone, iPod and so on.

The solar charger features a solar panel that collects solar power and transforms it into electricity which will then be stored on a 1500ma lithium-ion battery. After that, you can use it to recharge your devices every time you want and the recharging process will be as quickly as a normal one. The device also has suction cups, so you will be able to mount it on the windscreen.

The Scosche solBAT II Solar USB Gadget Charger will be available soon at the price of $30.

Via gizmodo

Kingston DataTraveler 5000 – The World’s Safest USB Drive


Most people probably don’t carry top secret files on USB sticks, but what about those poor spies and secret agents who need ultra protection for their data? Kingston DataTraveler 5000 to the rescue!

That’s right, the new DataTraveler 5000 USB flash drive is “certified for government-approved secure data protection.” and that’s saying something. The portable device is IPS 140-2 Level 2 certified with Level 3 pending, has 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption, uses XTS cipher mode and elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) algorithms to ensure your files don’t fall into the wrong hands. Kingston’s ultra-save flash drive will also come with an on-board Malware scanning application.

The DataTraveler 5000 comes in 3 different storage variants: 2 GB ($111). 4 GB ($185) and 8 GB ($400). And if you thought the government spy remark at the beginning was a joke, you should know “”For its U.S. government customers, Kingston offers a variety of Trade Agreement Act-compliant (TAA) products and has a dedicated federal sales team in place.”

Check the full specifications of the Kingston DataTraveler 5000, after the jump.


DIY Flash Drive Made from a Sperm Whale Tooth


There are so many new flash drives coming out every day, each with its own interesting design, and it’s pretty hard to decide which one to present. But one made from the tooth of a sperm whale is definitely worth a look.

Flash drive modder Manyakus decided wooden flash drives are too common these days, so he decided to go for steel and a sperm whale’s tooth. Yup, that’s definitely out of the ordinary. After carefully meauring and cutting the materials to fit the actual USB stick, Manyakus spent quite a long time carving the Celtic dragon he used as a decoration, but it was more than worth it.

When plugged into a USB port, the eye of the dragon lights green. If you’re looking to try somthing similar take a look at the photos of the work process, after the jump.


HP Delivers First USB 3.0 Laptops


USB 3.0 is the next big thing in data transfer technology right now and computer manufacturers are stepping over each other to deliver machines with built in USB 3.0 technology.

HP has apparently won the  race and managed to sell the first laptops with implemented USB 3.0 technology. The HP Envy 15 (if you opt for the ATI 5830 graphics and  quad-core i7 processor version) and the Elitebooks 8540p and 8540w have built in USB 3.0 and allow data transfers 10 times faster than before (provided you connect to another USB 3.0 device).

USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, so you’ll be able to connect to older equipment, only it won’t works as well.

via I4U