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Active Media WWF Penguin flash drives

Active Media WWF Penguin flash drives

Every sale of Active Media's new WWF Penguin USB flash drive may prompt the company to send off a 5-percent donation to the WWF, but we're hoping it won't encourage owners to grab poor, innocent penguins, snatch off their upper-bodies and attempt to ram the remainder into the nearest USB port.  Real penguins don't come in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB or 16GB capacities, after all.

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LaCie LaCinema Classic Bridge HDD media player

LaCie LaCinema Classic Bridge HDD media player

Can we have too many glossy, glowing boxes?  LaCie don't seem to think so, hence their latest toppled-obelisk design, this time housing a hard-drive media player.  The LaCie LaCinema Classic Bridge can be used with any existing 3.5-inch hard-drive, outputting upscaled 1080p video via HDMI, but it also has a USB port for external, removable drives.

 

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A-DATA NH92 “world’s slimmest” portable HDD

A-DATA NH92 “world’s slimmest” portable HDD

A-DATA have announced what they're saying is the world's slimmest portable hard-drive, the NH92.  Based on a 2.5-inch HDD, the A-DATA NH92 measures 12mm thick and weighs 152g, despite offering capacities from 250GB to 500GB.

 

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Brando HDD adapter doubles as HDMI mediaplayer

Brando HDD adapter doubles as HDMI mediaplayer

Brando have unveiled a useful hard-drive adapter, which turns any 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drive into both an external USB drive and a mediaplayer.  Connecting to a TV or other display via HDMI, the SATA HDD Multi-Media Player Adapter can funnel up to 1080i resolution content through its own on-screen mediaplayer app.

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OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 500GB 7,200rpm external HDD

OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro 500GB 7,200rpm external HDD

In the rush to grab "world's best" titles, companies will do just about anything.  If you're OWC, you'll grab a Seagate 500GB 7,200rpm hard-drive, slap it into a cheap looking acrylic caddy and brand it "the largest capacity, fastest bus powered portable storage solution on the market."  Heady words indeed, but once you're past the hyperbole you'll probably be more interested in the fact that the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro offers a choice of USB 2.0, FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 interfaces.

 

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Iomega eGo USB hard-drives get slick rugged upgrade

Iomega eGo USB hard-drives get slick rugged upgrade

Iomega have announced their updated range of eGo USB portable hard-drives, now available in four colors and with up to 500GB of capacity.  Based on 2.5-inch 5,400rpm HDDs clad in anodized aluminum cases just 16mm thick, the 200g drives feature Iomega's Drop Guard to protect data from drops of up to 51-inches. 

 

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Clickfree Traveler and DVD Transformer auto backup systems

Clickfree Traveler and DVD Transformer auto backup systems

Clickfree have announced a new drive in their automated backup range, the Clickfree Traveler, which is around the size of a credit card and weighs about the same as a pen.  As well as up to 64GB of storage, it includes the latest version of Clickfree's automatic backup software.  There's also news of the Clickfree DVD Transformer, a simple dongle that makes backing up to DVD or CD straightforward.

 

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Samsung U5 MP3 Player comes with fitness program

Samsung U5 MP3 Player comes with fitness program

It looks like Samsung is gearing up to release a brand new MP3 player specifically for the Korean market. The new player is called the U5 and what makes this one stand out is the inclusion of a fitness program designed to help you stay in shape.

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Sarotech Frigo RAID enclosures

Sarotech Frigo RAID enclosures

With a name that sounds awfully like a certain other external RAID enclosure, and a logo that's also pretty similar, we could waste plenty of column inches calling Sarotech's Frigo hard-drive enclosures Drobo knock-offs.  Instead, let's just accept that these things happen, and ask whether space for up to two (Sarotech Frigo RS-2) or four (Sarotech Frigo RS-4) 2TB SATA drives are tempting enough to overlook any similarities.

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Century Netbook Stand with DVD & HDD

Century Netbook Stand with DVD & HDD

Don't let the hard-drive and DVD burner fool you: this isn't an ultraportable laptop, but a netbook cooler with extra talents.  Century's Netbook Stand aims to address two of the more common complaints about budget ultraportables, low storage capacity and no optical drive, by squeezing both things into a compact slice.

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Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy now works with Mac

Kingston DataTraveler Vault Privacy now works with Mac

If you're a fan of Kingston DataTraveler USB storage but weren't ever able to use them because you're an Apple user, you'll be pleased to hear the company has come around and are now offering a Mac compatible version of one of their popular storage devices.

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Sugar on a Stick: OLPC without the XO-1

Sugar on a Stick: OLPC without the XO-1

Part of the OLPC project's appeal has been its innovative Sugar OS; now Sugar Labs have released a public beta of Sugar on a Stick (SoaS), which allows anybody to create a portable Sugar environment that will run on any computer.  Fitting onto a 1GB USB memory stick, SoaS combines a compressed version of Fedora 11 with the Sugar Labs amendments.

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