We’d like to warn you about a new way to steal your online banking data. In London, an innocent-looking USB flash drive was found on the ground. The curious (and who wouldn’t be?), finder plugged it into their computer—and unknowingly installed a trojan, designed specifically to steal the user’s bank login and personal data, without warning. An investigation into the matter is underway, so hopefully more details will emerge soon. Now that we’re all much more savvy about phishing and identity theft, techie thieves are finding more and more covert ways to commit their crimes.
We love our flash drive to death, and are still figuring out how we lived without it for so long. The only problem is that it’s so small we keep misplacing it! If you’re in the same boat, here’s an interesting solution: a 512MB USB flash drive—that snaps onto your wrist! Talk about portability. In addition, this wristband has a password function, data can be written and erased over 1 million times(!) and you can store information on it for over 10 years. The downside? The drive is USB 1.1, not 2.0, so expect slightly slower transfer times than you might be accustomed to. Works with both PCs and Macs. Available for $14 USD.
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Still hankering to show off your school spirit, even though March Madness is over? Consider a USB Flash drive with the logo of your favorite college team, courtesy of PNY. Guaranteed coolness on campus and off, and a great conversation piece to boot. The drives come in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes, with prices ranging from a reasonable $15-$45 USD. However, this “special pricing” from PNY only lasts until April 16, so hurry!
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While we recognize that the Xbox 360 Elite is pretty much just an expensive, black Xbox 360 with an HDMI port, the fact that it comes with that extra-fancy 120GB hard drive can’t be overlooked. Oh, wait, actually, it can. Seeing as how the 120GB HDD will also be available as a standalone product, current Xbox 360 owners have no need to upgrade to the Elite, lest they really want that HDMI 1.2 output goodness. If you are in that category, be forewarned - any downloadable content you purchased on your current Xbox 360 isn’t just going to straight up work if you pick up a new Xbox 360 Elite - not unless Microsoft lightens up on the restrictions currently imposed on Xbox Live downloads. You might be better off with just buying the new 120GB HDD and calling it a day. Heck, whether you get the drive on its own or with the Elite, you also get a bunch of content pre-loaded onto the thing. We have the full list for you after the jump.
You knew it was going to happen sooner or later…Yahoo has announced that starting in May they will offer unlimited storage for its free email service to its quarter of a billion users. This is in response to the massive growth of email attachments such as videos, photos and music. Another reason is that the cost of storage is rapidly decreasing, making life for Yahoo—and fellow pack rats worldwide—just a little bit easier. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft (which offers 2 GB of free email) and Google (2.8 GB) will respond to Yahoo’s boldness.
Read More | PC Magazine
With all our digital storage needs these days, the thumb drive industry is growing by leaps and bounds. But the Mother of All Thumb Drives seems to be Transcend’s mammoth JetFlash 16GB. So next time you need to store 4,000 MP3s, 150,000 photos, or over a million Word documents (we hate when that happens!) JetFlash will do the job with ease. In addition, JetFlash can actually be compressed for more space(!), and can be assigned a password—which we highly suggest. Available for $304 USD.
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Because some of us at Gear Live have CRS (“Can’t Remember S***) disease, we have to just keep using the same old passwords or alter them by adding a single digit. Thankfully, the U.S. Military has made available the USB connectable Mandylion Password Manager to the general public after 3 years of testing in warfare.
The gadget can manage up to 50 log-ins, security codes, or safe combinations, up to 14 characters in length. It can also prompt you to change your password at preset intervals and will save all your former data in permanent storage. A mere 2.5 x 1.5 x .375-inches, The Mandylion comes in its own cradle and carries a one year warranty. Its available at
ThinkGeek for $49.99. We are just hoping that we don’t need a password to turn the thing on.
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A friend of ours sent us this video, taking a look at the history of storing media, starting from the old-school film strip. You know…those huge reels you used to watch Martin Luther King, Jr. videos on in elementary school back in the day? While the video is simple, we figure it’s an intresting look at the evolution of storing media. Check it out for a look how to create your 21st Century Shoebox.
International Data Corporation’s John Gantz has recently done a study on data amassed by corporate computer systems and consumers. He included e-mail, spreadsheets, even security and cell phone cameras. The result was that about 161 exabytes (161 billion GBs) were generated in 2006. His conclusion was that there may not be enough space to store data this year.
Today, extra storage only costs about $1.00 per GB as opposed to the $20,000 price tag in 1990. To give you an idea of the enormity of the that 161 EB, IDC figures that it is the equivalent of 36 billion digital movies, 43 trillion song tracks, and 1 million copies of every book in the Library of Congress. Excuse us while we quietly go clean our cache of our last vacation photos.
Read More | USA Today
Apple just pushed out an update to their Backup software, which they highly recommend for all Backup 3 users. On our MacBook Pro, the download was 5.5 MB, while on our Mac Pro it weighed in at 6.3 MB. Not bad at all, especially with the promise of backup and restore with external drives, better memory management, and improved restores of bundled file types. Apple, as always, has provided full details on the Backup 3 support page, linked below.
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