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Card Reader Doubles as USB Hub

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, Misc. Tech, Storage

USB Card Reader/HubWe are not exactly sure why this device was designed the way it was, but perhaps its inventors were going for something that would fit right in with your messy household. It looks like a can, but is in fact a Card Reader and 3-port Hub Combo II. It supports SD, SDHC, MMC, XD, CF, and T-flash/MicroSD. It will also transfer files to your PC by USB 2.0. At a size of 58 x 58 x 88mm and a weight of 101g, the plug-and-play reader/hub needs Windows 2000/XP/Vista to run, comes with a USB cable, and has a price of $20.00. Just don’t mistake it for a Coke while it is plugged in.

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USB Light Stick Speaks for You

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, USB

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Light sticks have come a long way. This one features a 32 LED display and will support BMP and JPG banner creation via USB with 128 x 32 pixels. The Light Show Stick has a built-in memory and can store about 85 characters and powers up with 2 included AA batteries. It comes with a neck strap so you can take it to all the important events of the season and a driver CD to help you master its abilities. At a size of 295 x 36 x 18mm and weight of 98g, it has a $22.00 price.

 

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Holux GPS Logger Unveiled

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: GPS, Misc. Tech, Wireless / WiFi, USB

Holux GPS LoggerHolux has released the M-241 wireless GPS logger with dual interface (Bluetooth and USB GPS-mouse) and memory capable of recording up to 130,000 positions such as longitude, latitude, altitude, and time. Running on one AA battery, it has a 32 x 8.9mm display for position, speed, available memory, date, and time. You can set it either by distance or time in one of 3 languages. The logger can be yours for ~$80.00 on Amazon.

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Train Your Brain With Headstrong

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Science

Headstrong

Headstrong is now in beta testing and is allowing its brain training software free of charge. Take their “fitness” test which then creates a custom program for you and suggests exercises to help thwart Alzheimer’s or what we simply refer to CRS disease. Developed by clinical neuropsychologist Nicola Gates, one of their claims is that you never have to worry about memory lapses again. We were a bit hesitant to take the test, but figured we would take a shot at it. It seems that they have forgotten us as they haven’t sent the results. Patience is not one of our virtues.

 

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Transcend Into 16GB Flash

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Software, USB

Transcend V60Transcend has released its JetFlash V60 with up to a generous 16GB of memory. Plug in the battery-sized device into your USB for speeds of 2.0 and 1.0/1.1. It will not only transfer your data, it features password protection, a boot-up and PC lock, LED usage status display, and a lifetime warranty. Compatible with Windows 98SE/ Me/ 2000/ XP/ Vista, Mac OS 9.0 / OS X and Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later for simplified transference, the V60 is available in 4 colors for prices of $12.40 for 1GB up to $134.00 for 16GB.

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Kindle Receives Widespread Attention

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Kindle

Although it has been around for about 3 years, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezo is hyper-touting the Kindle, the book size device that can store up to 200 books in its memory, as well as newspapers, magazines, and blogs. We watched Mr. Bezo explain its virtues Monday night on the Canadian “Charlie Rose Show,” such as its being able to handle multiple books at a time, free first chapter previews, an included Oxford English Dictionary, auto-page memory, and 30 hour recharge time.

He also mentioned that most of the 90,000 books that you can download are on best seller lists and are only $9.95 apiece. The only thing he didn’t mention were its rivals, the Sony e-reader and Illiad, and the exorbitant price of $399.99.

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Samsung Announces 32Gb 40nm Flash

Posted by Brian Viele Categories: Design, Storage

Samsung Memory Cards

Samsung has announced that it has produced the first 40-nanometer (nm) memory device.  This new 32Gb 40nm flash device incorporates “Charge Trap Flash” (CTF) architecture, which improves both performance and manufacturing efficiency.  This new architecture greatly decreases inter-cell noise by replacing the normal floating gate technology with what Samsung calls “TANOS” which is comprised of tantalum (metal), aluminum oxide (high k material), nitride, oxide and silicon.  The lower noise levels will allow the technology to be further scaled to as small as 20nm.

Samsung’s 32Gb devices will be used in devices ranging from 4GB to a tremendous 64GB!  That’s up to 64 Hours of DVD quality video or over 1,300 Hours of MP3 audio. Expect to see the new more efficient CTF devices begin to replace current floating gate systems over the next year.  With these new chips expected to potentially hit 256Gb meaning up to 512GB memory cards, this is a huge step towards PC’s with purely solid state storage drives. 

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