You can't claim you're living in a high tech abode if your power outlets don't boast USB ports. And even if they do, will they support SuperSpeed USB 3.0 devices? TruePower's U-Sockets do.
Fastmac.com is currently taking preorders for the redesigned, two-port socket for $20/pop, down from the regular price of $30. Each one includes a pair of standard three prong power outlet ports, plus two USB ports nudged over to the side that are capable of "charging any USB (1.0 to 3.0) powered device including mobile, iPod, iPhone, PDA, MP3, PSP, MP4 players, and digital cameras."
Curiously missing is any specific mention of Apple's power hungry iPad, so if that's important to you, you'll want to look into it before depleting your Paypal balance outfitting your home with new power sockets.
The U-Sockets are slated to ship 4-5 weeks from the date of order.
TDK was our favorite brand of cassette back in the days when we were taping our albums so we wouldn’t scratch the vinyl. Imation owns the brand now, and they’re slapping it on a new family of home-audio products—including a USB turntable and several iPod docks—dubbed TDK Life on Record.
As much as we respected TDK tape, we didn’t have high expectations for a line of audio products bearing the name. After all, the TDK we remember never manufactured anything other than tape. But when Imation’s Steven Swenson demoed some of the new iPod docks for us at the Belagio this morning, we were surprised at how great they sounded. We’ll reserve final judgment until we get a shipping product in our mitts, of course, but we now have a much different set of expectations.
On the software front, SanDisk used CES to announce it's now offering encryption and online backup features across its entire retail USB portfolio. This includes the company's SecureAccess software, which creates a password-protected folder or "vault" on the USB drive, and up to 2GB of storage in the cloud offered by Dmailer.
"Business travelers lose more than 12,000 laptops each week in U.S. airports, and more than half of those laptops contain confidential or sensitive information," said Kent Perry, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Data security has become an absolute necessity, and SanDisk USB drives with SecureAccess software offer an easy to use vault protected by AES encryption."
SanDisk is also expanding its USB flash drive offerings with the introduction of the Ultra and Cruzer Edge. The Ultra serves up transfer speeds up to 15MB/s and comes in 8GB ($45) and 32GB ($110) capacities, while the Cruzer Edge sports a compact slider design and is available in 2GB ($13), 4GB ($32), 8GB ($45), and 16GB ($80 capacities).
Hit the jump to read about SanDisk's CompactFlash announcement.
In this week's suprisingly on-time episode of the Maximum PC No BS Podcast, Gordon, Nathan, Alex and Andy have hands-on time with Google's Cr-48 netbook (AKA the Chrome OS developer netbook), take a look at Falcon Northwest's latest over-the-top gaming rig, and talk about Intel's new mobile chip. In the rant, Gordon explains what's wrong with USB ports, and muses about the wisdom of raising a nerdling.
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Super Talent is serving up a free speed boost to RAIDDrive owners via a new firmware update that makes the already fast drive even faster. Can you guess the caveat?
According to Super Talent, the new firmware unlocks additional performance potential that allows the drive to hit up to 370MB/s, but it has to be connected to a second generation USB 3.0 host controller, like Fresco Logic's FL1009 chip.
Unlike other USB 3.0 controllers, such as the NEC chip that's so prominent, Fresco Logic's FL1009 part makes full use of PCI Express 2.0 x1. Fresco Logic claims its USB 3.0 allows each port to sustain full bandwidth, resulting in ultra fast transfers above and beyond what you'd normally see with USB 3.0.
Networking specialist Trendnet recently announced what it claims is the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, the TEW-648UBM.
Boring name aside, this nifty device measures just 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches. Pop it into an open USB port and Trendnet says it will extend a mere 0.3 inches from the edge of your PC. For most people, the adapter should be small enough to keep permanently plugged into your notebook, even as you shove it into your laptop bag.
"The TEW-648UBM eliminates size constraints when using wireless adapters. On-the-go users no longer have to worry about leaving their adapter plugged into their laptop," stated Sonny Su, Technology Director for Trendnet. "As well, the addition of a WPS button makes it really easy to connect to WPS enabled routers and access points."
Duracell's new myGrid USB charger purportedly offers plenty of power for all your mobile gear in a pinch. It comes with enough juice to provide at least four hours of run time for your smartphone, at least 100 hours of reading time on your Kindle or other eBook reader, and at 30 hours on your MP3 player.
"The mobile lifestyle isn't just about cell phones. From iPhones, GPS systems or portable games like the Nintendo DS series, consumers rely on a number of devices to stay connected, entertained and informed," said Bob Jacobs, Duracell marketing director, North America. "Duracell, through our Smart Power portfolio of products, is dedicated to providing consumers with the power solutions they need. USB Charger is a great example of this vision that gives you freedom to use your devices when away from the power grid."
Duracell says the myGrid works with hundreds of popular devices and virtually anything that can be connected via USB. It's also compatible with Duracell's myGrid charging pad.
The myGrid USB charger will in stores in time for the holidays with an MSRP of $35.
There's still room for innovation in the USB thumb drive market, as Verbatim just proved with its new Store 'n' Go Clip-it USB drive. Use it as a tiny USB key to store digital files, and as a paper clip for your hard copies.
"We’re very excited to launch the Clip-it USB drive, a unique and ultra-convenient way for consumers to consolidate their digital files and paper documents at home and in the office," said Mark Rogers, Verbatim Product Manager, Flash. "The new unit makes it easy for users to keep all of their data in one place, and, with its diminutive size and light weight, the Clip-it is a great option for physically sending and sharing files."
At least in terms of capacity, Verbatim is taking a one size fits all approach by only offering the new drive in 4GB, though you do have five colors to choose from, including pink, green, blue, orange, and black. The drive will be available at the beginning of December for $20.
The USB Implementers Forum (USB IF) just released the Wireless USB 1.1 specification, which introduces a handful of changes over the original spec that debuted in 2007.
"The Wireless USB 1.1 specification is the next step in Wireless USB technology," said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF president and chairman. "Consumers want a fast, easy-to-use solution to wirelessly transfer content from PCs to devices. Wireless USB 1.1 is the solution supporting robust, high-speed wireless connectivity among devices."
The new spec adds UWB upper band support for frequencies of 6GHz and above and is backward compatible with Wireless USB products already in use. With the 1.1 spec, Wireless USB now supports near-field communication (NFC) and proximity association. Other features include lower power requirements and, as a result, improved battery life.
Attaching a USB flash drive to your keychain isn't exactly a groundbreaking concept, it's just that most models don't look like they actually belong there. That's not the case with Super Talent's new KeyDrive.
Super Talent molded its KeyDrive so that it will look right at home dangling from any keychain, and it's small enough to remain inconspicuous. And don't feel like you have to baby the KeyDrive from accidental drops or inclement weather, because it's also sturdy.
"Making a drive that mimics an actual key and fits on your keychain is a natural fit. We took it to the next level by making the drive metal, rugged, lightweight, and water-resistant," Super Talent said.
The KeyDrive is available in Silver or Nickel color in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. No word yet on pricing.