Okay, it’s a feel-good story of how technology saves man, but why did it have to be an iPhone when any old smartphone would have done? Doesn’t Apple get enough news about how wonderful its products are without this? Still, the end result is what matters--a life was saved, and it was an iPhone that helped.
The story is simple: U.S. filmmaker Dan Woolley was injured and trapped in a collapsed building by the Haitian earthquake. Alone and in the dark, he used the light from his digital SLR to find himself a save place to hold up. Then he used the first aid app on his iPhone to tend to his wounds and treat his shock. Sixty-five hours later Woolley was saved by a French rescue team--dinged up, but alive.
Brian X. Chen of Wired’s Gadget Lab sees this as proof of the greatness of technology. We don’t need to be as smart or experienced as MacGyver, we only need to have a smartphone and access to the Internet. (Can you get access to the internet when trapped under tons of concrete?) Says Chen: “Say what you will about the iPhone. This story is incredible.”
Corsair on Thursday announced its new 64GB Flash Survivor USB drive, which the company claims is the "most rugged high-capacity flash drive on the market." And by the looks of things, they're probably right.
Encased in CNC-milled, aircraft grade aluminum, Corsair says the new drive is pretty much indestructible. Each unit comes molded in a shock-dampening collar and EPDM seal, providing water-resistance up to a depth of 200 meters. Corsair notes that reviewers have dropped, baked, boiled, microwaved, and even run over the Survivor with an SUV in an attempt to show just how durable the drive really is.
"The new 64GB Flash Survivor takes the industry's most popular rugged USB drive and takes it to the next level, with a huge amount of storage space, plus best-in-class performance," said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing for Corsair. "The 64GB Survivor is ideal for storing and transporting your music, videos, pictures, and other important files, safe in the knowledge that your data will be safeguarded inside the Survivor's protective shell."
The drive is available now with a street price around $170. To help justify the cost, Corsair says each drive comes bundled with a USB extension cable and dog tags, and comes backed by a 10-year warranty.