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.
It's a bit late for a Father's Day gift, but if your dad also happens to be a geek -- or owns a computer -- you can add new life to his vinyl records with the Crosley Radio Revolution CR6002 travel turntable.
Crosley's built a product line of nostalgic looking devices, but this portable turntable is anything but. Sure, it plays those old 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records, but it doesn't look anything like the record players you've seen back in the day. In addition to a modern look and USB connectivity, the CR6002 also comes with few modern amenities. Take a peek:
Software suite for ripping and editing audio content
Dr. Martens is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and what better way for a shoe/boot company to commemorate the occasion than by releasing a...USB flash drive?
That's one of the items being offered as part of the company's comically named "POS collection." The drive measures 2 inches tall and holds 2GB of data, plenty enough to serve as another kind of "boot" drive, but not a whole lot else.
But hey, it only runs $25, which is about the least you'll ever spend on a Dr. Martens boot.
Shout it with us: No more wires! That's the idea behind Samsung's PL90, the company's latest point-n-shoot camera with a built-in USB connector. No more fumbling around your bag for that USB cable, just flip open the connector and jam the digicam right into a free USB port.
"We want consumers to enjoy the entire photographic experience through the PL90, with the ability to capture, connect, and share pictures instantly and even charge on the move," said Sangjin Park, President of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. "In this fast paced world, we understand that our customers need to have these capabilities at their fingertips, and the PL90 puts this power in their hands. The PL90 is further evidence of the continued innovation behind Samsung cameras."
More than a one-trick pony, the PL90 comes packed with a respectable spec sheet. There's a 12.2 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, 30FPS VGA movie mode, red eye fix, and a handful of proprietary technologies.
Go quad or go home. That's the general theme behind Patriot's new Xporter Rage series of USB flash memory drives, which offer up to 27MB/s read and up to 25MB/s write speeds, a result of the quad-channel design.
"The Xporter Rage USB Flash Drives are exceptionally fast and provide an outstanding value to users," states Meng Jay Choo, Product Manager at Patriot. "Designed around the quad-channel performance solution, these drives are some of the fastest available. When you also consider the convenience and ease of use offered by the capless rubber-coated housing, Rage drives are ideal for enthusiasts and professionals who need to transport and quickly access their important data on-the-go."
The Xporter Rage series is available now in a variety of capacities to suit a number of budgets, including 8GB ($25 street), 16GB ($40 street), 32GB ($75), and 64GB ($140).
Here's a scary thought - while you sit there firing foam projectiles at co-workers, your USB rocket launcher could be harvesting your personal data and sending it to a snooper. What's worse, your security software would be none the wiser.
This would be an example of a hardware trojan, which up to this point were mostly considered to be modified circuits. A hacker might, for example, intercept a microchip while it's still in the factory and code subtle changes into it so that whatever device the chip goes into ends up crashing.
John Clark, Sylvain Leblanc, and Scott Knight, three computer engineers at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, set out to prove that a hardware trojan could be sent out by other means, specifically by exploiting a weakness in USB's plug-and-play functionality, New Scientist reports. Because the USB protocol blindly trusts any device being plugged in to honestly report its identity, a hacker would need only to switch it out with a compromised device that reports the same information.
To show that it was possible, the team assembled a keyboard with malicious circuitry that was successfully able to swipe data from the hard drive and transmit it in one of two ways - by sending out Morse code via LED flashes, and by encoding data as a subtle warbling output from the soundcard. The transmission isn't limited to these two examples, however, and could just have easily been sent via email, but the team was more interested in seeing if they could steal information on the sly.
"We've shown any USB device could contain a hardware trojan," says Leblanc. "Security software, if it checks USB devices at all, tends to look only for malware on USB memory sticks."
Leblanc went on to say that "you could mount a hardware trojan attack with a USB coffee-cup warmer," so the next time someone asks how you like your coffee, "malware free" might be an appropriate response.
Good news for secret agents and anyone else who has a need to keep their data both portable and secure - Corsair has gone and doubled up the capacity of its Flash Padlock 2 USB thumb drive to 16GB.
Previously only available in 8GB, the Flash Padlock 2 sports a couple of security safeguards, including a user-defined PIN. A user's PIN can range from four to ten digits, while the data inside remains scrambled with 256-bit AES encryption. It should also be noted that the PIN is hardwired to the drive, so there's no special software to install, allowing you to unlock the drive on any USB-equipped PC, be it Windows, OS X, Linux, and even game consoles.
Corsair didn't say when the 16GB version would be available or for how much, though we'd guess it to command around $100. For reference, the 8GB version sells for around $55 street.