Cowon's next MP3 player has been previewed, and the keyring-style iAudio E2 is already causing no small amount of confusion. While it ostensibly resembles a screenless PMP in the manner of the iPod shuffle, the row of icons at the top of the Cowon teaser (which you can see full-sized after the cut) does seem to suggest a more complete range of features.
Super Talent have unveiled what they're describing as the world's smallest 32GB USB drive, squeezing 32GB of NAND flash into a water-resistant casing. In fact, six new models are on offer with the new capacity, each boasting up to 30MB/sec transfer rates.
Remember that Active Media charity penguin flash drive from back in June? Someone has obviously told Active Media that not every portable storage buyer likes penguins, as the company is back with a polar bear version offering up to 16GB of storage and a donation to the WWF with every purchase.
This new flash drive meets FIPS 140-2, Level 3 validation, which is required for devices in government agencies and is currently the only USB drive to meet this standard. It's super tough, tamper-resistant and features self-destruction circuitry for added protection.
It also has AES-256 encryption and can store up to 16GB of data. You can restrict networks on this drive as well as set up a read-only mode. You can enable anti-malware and anti-virus scanning if you wish as well. The IronKey S200 works with Windows 2000-running PCs or later, Mac OS X or later and Linux. We don't know when the S200 will be released or how much it'll cost, but we'll keep you posted.
Hitachi have announced a new range of simple USB hard-drives, together with a basic NAS adapter which can connect two external drives to a network. The SimpleDRIVE Mini and SimpleTOUGH portable USB drives are available in 250, 320 and 500GB capacities, with the former adding ruggedness and the latter basic colors.
LaCie have given their LaCinema Rugged multimedia hard-drive an HD upgrade, in the shape of the unsurprisingly-titled LaCinema Rugged HD. The 500GB external hard-drive keeps the shock-resistant chassis, HDMI port and remote control, but now supports 1080p high-definition media in H.264, MKV, WMV9 and MPEG-4 formats.