Smaller is better -- that must be the slogan that SanDisk is banking on with the creation of the Cruzer Blade, which takes small to a whole new level, especially when it comes to USB flash drives. This newly announced piece of tech is about the size of a paperclip, and it actually only weighs about the same as a penny. Yes, that's ridiculous, but there's still plenty of space on the inside to actually be worth your while.
When you look at your keyring right now, what do you see? (Of course, you have to have a keyring for this little test to work out, mind you.) Your keys, from your car to your house, and maybe a little trinket to show how lucky you are. Well, what you need is a flash drive. No, reallly -- that's what you need. Just imagine how cool, and important you'll feel if you've got 32GB of data right there, easily accessible, ready whenever you are to get that next file to your computer, or anyone's computer for that matter. You're already starting to feel better about this, right?
Apparently, at least according to LaCie, their brand new XtremKey 8GB USB flash drive is the most adventurous USB flash drive in the market. We don't think we can necessarily argue with that point, considering we don't think many USB flash drives intend to be that adventurous. But, hey, if you plan on taking your USB drive with you on a particularly precarious mountain climbing adventure, or you've got a 10-ton truck you'd like to roll over it, at least you'll be content in knowing it won't just disintegrate.
Hitachi has outed its latest external hard-drive range, the Hitachi LifeStudio family, and seeing as how you need to sex-up storage if you're going to differentiate yourself these days, the new HDDs get automatic content management and nifty little dockable USB memory sticks. Plug in a LifeStudio drive and it can automatically pull out the photos, video, music and documents and organize them on its own storage - it can also do the same with Facebook, Flickr and Picasa web galleries - then present them on a "3D wall" UI for easier browsing.
As for the detachable USB key, on the LifeStudio Plus drives there's a dockable 4GB memory stick that users can set up with specific files from the main unit that they want to be able to take out and about with them. The USB key always has the latest versions, and when you return it automatically syncs back any changes you've made.
What price convenience? If you're talking about SanDisk's official, licensed Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive then that price is $34.99 or $69.99 depending on whether you want 8GB or 16GB of storage for your console. The branded sticks take advantage of the April 6th storage update for the 360, which allows gamers to store their profiles, game-saves, demos and other data on a USB drive.
Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive. Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.
Tuesday is one of the days that, the moment it starts, you're wondering how fast it's going to end. After all, it's the day before Wednesday, and hopefully that means you're half way done with your work week. That's one of the reason we're so happy to bring you the Daily Slash, where we can let you wind down with the day's ending topics, so you can feel rejuvenated for your hump day challenges. As for what's on tonight's platter, which of course we focus on the Best of R3 first, is an Android-based handset that's coming direct from a wireless carrier, the latest and greatest when it comes to virtual desktops for your iPad, and the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets reviewed. And then in the 'net, we've got new chips from Intel, an Iron Man 2 goodie that's great for all ages, a hoodie with a little bit of light, and finally one of the greatest looking eBooks we've ever seen. So let's not waste any more time, shall we?
We can't say we've ever felt the pressing need to save time and download energy by buying our external storage and digital movies at the same time, but Seagate's latest FreeAgent Go offers just that simplicity. The 500GB USB 2.0 portable hard-drive comes preloaded with twenty different feature-films, although you don't actually get them included in the purchase price; instead, Seagate - and Paramount Pictures, who they've partnered with for this - allow you to pick which titles to unlock, charging you between $9.99 and $14.99 for each one.
It's April 6th and that means Xbox 360 users will be getting the software update that allows them to use USB memory sticks as external storage for their consoles. Up to 16GB per stick can be formatted to be recognized by the 360 - though the rest of the stick's capacity, if it's larger than the Xbox partition, can still be read by a computer - and two sticks can be plugged in at any one time.
There are lots of people out there who have data on their computer that they don't want unauthorized people accessing. Whatever you need to keep safe from your collection of 80's music to personal information like medical records encryption is the way to go. Onix International has announced that the latest EncryptStick Version 4.1 flash drive is now available.