We're sure somewhere out there, someone is selling a replica of the Iron Man suit worn by Tony Starks, and it probably costs a fortune. If you're a fan of Iron Man and can do without the full-body garb, the new Iron Man 2 USB flash drive by Tyme Machines might be more up your alley.
"We at Tyme Machines pride ourselves on bringing beloved characters, such as Iron Man, to life in full 3D and making them available to fans across the world," said John McDaniel, Chief Marketing Officer of Tyme Machines. "We expect the Iron Man 2 movie release to generate many more fans of this great superhero and feel we have created a product that any fan can be proud to tote around and show off."
The 3-inch drive comes in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB and sports the same looking Mark VI suit as in Iron Man 2, complete with the new triangular chest plate. What you don't get, however, is support for USB 3.0.
Don't go writing off sub-10-inch netbooks just yet, lest you overlook Sony's VAIO P series. Tablets, 10-inch netbooks, and increasingly faster and more functional smartphones be damned, Sony apparently thinks there's still a market for near-pocket sized netbooks, and to prove it, they've gone and updated their VAIO P series.
Lightweight and portable, Sony says their P series netbooks measure about the size of a business envelope and about as thin as a cell phone, while weighing a mere 1.4 pounds. There's now an optical touchpad complementing the central trackball, and it's the first notebook line from Sony with a built-in accelerometer.
According to Sony, you can browse through pictures, PDF documents, or navigate back and forth through your web browsing history by giving the VAIO a gentle shake. And like other handheld devices with a built-in accelerometer, the VAIO P series will switch between portrait and landscape mode depending on the device's orientation.
Other features include up to a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, up to 64GB of hard drive space, 2GB of DDR2 memory, SD memory card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and various other odds and ends (full feature-set here).
Available in Onyx Black, Garnet Red, Crystal White, Gold, and Pink, the new VAIO P series will start shipping in the US this June starting at $800.
OCZ's Enyo Portable SSD solution might very well be the world's sexiest external storage device, and it's certainly one of the fastest. That's because OCZ slapped a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface on the drive, which already sports an SSD inside.
"We are continually searching for new ways to make the benefits of solid state storage available to consumers, and our new Enyo SSD is designed to make those benefits portable," said Ryan Petersen, CEO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The Enyo is a sleek external SSD that makes use of the increasingly popular SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface to make transferring anything from spreadsheets to high definition movies significantly faster than traditional media. Consumers never have to leave home without their valuable files again."
The Enyo supports up to 260MB/s read and 200MB/s write speeds for blazing fast transfers compared to USB 2.0. According to OCZ, the Enyo can transfer a 500MB YouTube clip in just 1.6 seconds, far faster than the 17 seconds it would take with a USB 2.0 port. But the real benefit is in extra large transfers, such as a moving a 1TB backup file in 47 minutes compared to 9.3 hours with USB 2.0
OCZ's sleek Enyo will be made available in 64GB, 128GB, and 128GB capacities. No word yet on price.
How do you look good while toting around 1TB of data? Ask Toshiba's new 1TB Canvio portable hard drive, which combines an easy-to-use backup solution with oodles of storage and shoves it all into a stylish casing.
"As the survey shows, home computers hold very personal and valuable assets, and yet the majority of people aren't doing enough to help protect that precious data," said Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. "For consumers who know backup is important and want an easy path to peace of mind, the Canvio is a no-brainer. It simply acts like an insurance policy against the loss of crucial data and precious digital memories."
Toshiba says the 1TB Canvio can store up to 285,000 digital pics, 263,000 music files, or 820 digital movies, and do so in a frame smaller than a postcard weighing about six ounces. The Canvio product line also comes in 500GB, 640GB, and 750GB models, as well as five different color options, including Raven Black, Satin Silver, Liquid Blue, Rocket Red, and Komodo Green.
Pricing breaks down to $120 (500GB), $140 (640GB), $160 (750GB), and $200 (1TB).
You can put all the security measures you want on your portable PC, but odds are good that unless you're running some heavy encryption across your entire hard drive--I cry for your system's performance--an industrious cracker is going to find some way into your files should he or she have physical access to your laptop. And it's not like it's that hard to steal a laptop: you pick it up, you run away, you bust your way into the operating system. Done and done.
That's where a little application called LaptopLock comes into play. This download is more like a half-and-half, in that it combines the services of a Web app and a downloadable application into one awesome package. Let's paint a scenario: You lose your laptop. You're terrified that someone has actually taken your laptop and, worse, your laptop contains all of your personal information in a little file called "Nathan's Important Information" right on your desktop. What? You were doing your taxes; It's not unheard of.
This story would usually end a few hours later after you've managed to cancel all of your credit cards and cried buckets of tears at the thought of someone stealing your identity, provided said thief hasn't already used your debit card information to go on a personal shopping spree. Now, had you installed LaptopLock beforehand, the roles would be reversed: You'd be sitting easy and the thief would be freaking out at his or her missed opportunity.
Somebody's feeling a little jealous of Apple's success in the mobile space, and that somebody is Sony. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reports that Sony is readying a plethora of handheld gadgets in an attempt to steal away some of Apple's market share.
Two of these upcoming gadgets include a smartphone capable of downloading and playing games, and a portable tablet-like device that combines elements of a netbook, e-book reader, and handheld gaming systems.
It's important to note that Apple's success has been the result of not only its hardware, but its software distribution model, and towards that end, both of Sony's aforementioned devices are expected to work with Sony's new online media platform, which launches later this month, the WSJ reports.
But can Sony truly tap into Apple's market share?
"That's the vision, but it's still not quite clear what specific steps Sony will take to achieve that, especially when iPad and other highly capable mobile devices are crowding the market," said Nobuo Kurahashi, a consumer-electronics analyst a Japanese brokerage Mizuho Investors Securities.
Listen up, Windows 7 aficionados: This one's for you. You've no doubt noticed your operating system's lack of location-based functionality. Unlike Apple's competing OSX, which can triangulate your system's position based on the geographical locations of nearby WiFi hotspots, you can't really... well. You can't do any of that on Microsoft's platform. While you might not need to know exactly where your desktop is (hint: your dwelling), it would sure be nice to have this feature for a more mobile system.
And that's not even in the, "I'm lost in the wilderness and I see a bear help" sense. Wouldn't it be great to automatically have the weather displayed for your current location on your Windows sidebar? If you use Twitter (and yes, readers, I realize you hate Twitter), you could just as easily pull up a listing of messages centered around your particular location: "I just ate a great meal here," or "@bear2 There is a silly human wandering around here; I will eat him," et cetera.
Well, Microsoft hasn't come to your rescue on this one--a third-party developer has created an free application that allows you tap into the wonders of geolocation all by your lonesome. Go fetch your laptop from the other room, then click the jump!
Security rivals thermal paste as the most important thing you have to keep in mind when building or using a system. Every bit of software on your PC should be updated; every external access point into your digital life, closed. There's no reason why you should be handing over the keys to the castle to random Internet strangers. Powerful virus protection, a strong firewall, and a bit of common sense -- among other tricks -- will go far to preserve your fortress of a system.
Now that's all well and good for the desktop in your living room, but what about third-party machines? We've all had to jump on a system over which we've had no control--no observance or administrative rights to ensure that every bit of the operating system checked out to ideal security standards. You can always head over the falls in a barrel and type your passwords and login credentials blindly, with no foresight or worries that you're inputting valuable information on a potentially infected machine. That, or you can do what I'd do: Make sure that your every keystroke and action is somehow safeguarded through the use of portable applications that you can carry on a storage device of your choice (cough USB key cough).
And that's exactly what I'll be exploring in this week's Freeware Files: Five awesome portable apps that you can carry with you to increase your security presence on a PC that isn't yours. These aren't panaceas--you'll still want to be as critical and as cautious as you would previously. However, they're a step in the right direction toward (hopefully) a data-leak-free lifestyle.
If you got a jones-ing for portable scanning, Fujitsu has got just the thing: the ScanSnap S1300 Mobile Scanner. This compact and lightweight device has a long list of features and, best of all, is designed to be used on-the-go.
The S1300 checks in at 3.1 pounds, and is 11.2 inches across. It offers duplex scanning, up to eight pages per minute at 300dpi for color and 600dpi for grayscale. It can work with documents as small as business cards and as long as 34-inches. The sheet feeder will accommodate up to ten pages, with double-sided pages automatically handled.
The S1300’s software, which is both Mac and PC ready, allows output to searchable PDFs, Word and Excel documents, and content management software, such as Entourage or ACT! You can also dump output straight to email.
It's been nearly a week since I last reported about Apple's reluctance to allow its users access to the Flash platform. Apple--and Steve Jobs himself--have reportedly claimed that the instability of Flash was the driving factor behind Apple's ripping of this app straight off of its mobile devices (including the brand-new iPad) in favor of an HTML5-based solution for interactive content.
Although Adobe seemed to be letting Jobs' alleged tirade against Flash earlier this week go unanswered, ‘twas not meant to be. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has since responded in the company's official "Executive Perspectives" blog. I'm not much of a betting man (nightmares of CES losses haunt me to this day), but perhaps you are: Just which way do you think Lynch points the finger of blame for Flash's absence on--quote unquote--"a recent magical device."