We 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.
Read More | Brando
When you are not using your laptop’s PC card slot for what it was meant to do, stash a key, memory, cleaning rag, coinage, or other items that you never seem to remember to take with you when you need them with the StashCard. Made by Wireless Garden, the sneaky device is available at RadioShack, CompUSA, or Circuit City for $9.95, but if you order online from the company, you will save $2.00, which you can then keep inside the StashCard that you just bought.
Read More | Wireless Garden
The good folk at mimoco have added to their Limited Edition FriendsWithYou flash drive series with Malfi, Smiling Malfi, Super Malfi, and Mr.TTT. As with the others, each comes preloaded with soundBytes from designers Sam and Tury, and bonus desktop wallpapers, icons and music. To promote the friendship, the company is sponsoring a Make A Wish contest to give away 5 of them. Submit your wish on their site, but if you don’t want to buck the odds, grab your own mimobot in 1, 2, or 4GB storage capacity with prices of $39.95, $59.95, and $99.95 respectively.
Read More | mimoco
If our Time Capsule unboxing gallery wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got a bit more for you in term of images of Apple‘s new NAS wireless router. We know that images can be deceiving, so we thought we’d put the current Airport Express router up against the Time Capsule and snap some photos so that you can see the size difference. The Time Capsule is definitely larger - understandable, since it has to pack in a 500 GB or 1 TB hard drive. Aside from size, the only other really obvious difference between the two is that the Airport Extreme has a white Apple logo, while Time Capsule’s is silver. Check out the rest of the shots in our Time Capsule vs. Airport Extreme size comparison gallery.
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When Apple announced Time Capsule, Steve Jobs promised that it would ship in February. Well, in similar fashion to the launch of both the iPhone and Leopard, Apple waited until just about the very last moment to get the product out the door. In any event, we ordered our Time Capsule as soon as it hit the Apple Store Online, and it just got out the door today. Looks like we can expect it to arrive around March 4th.
If you ordered yours after we ordered ours, let us know if you are also seeing that yours has shipped as well.
We keep our CDs in shoe boxes for the most part, but if you like to be a little more discerning, we found two new cases that will cheer up your shelves. At the a size of 14.17 x 5.71 x 5.04-inches and a weight of just over 27 oz., the Mini-Van Style Case holds 40 CDs for $25.79. On its box is the description as having a “unique patented design (that) ensures motion device works smoothly, slowly, silently.” While we believe this to be a comment on its opening and closing, you just never know. If you want something a little less expensive, you can opt for the Hamburger 12 CD Flannel Storage Bag that has a 7-inch diameter and weighs about as much as a real Quarter Pounder for $4.95.
Read More | Deal Extreme
One of this year’s hottest topics is storage. It seems like we’re about two steps away from getting flash drives as prizes in cereal boxes. With the release of OSX Leopard and its Time Machine app, backing up computers has become easier than ever. Enter Data Robotics’ Drobo storage robot.
As easy to use as a flash drive, the Drobo has four slots to accommodate 3.5” SATA I or II hard drives, and automatically makes redundant copies of data in order to protect from single drive failure. Drobo uses USB 2.0 to make backing up quickly, and is fully operable with OSX and Windows 2000 and up.
Retailing at $499, Drobo comes with everything you need to get started except the hard drives. It’s available now from online retailers.
You know things are getting pretty commercial when online gadget-oriented companies actually sell pocket protectors. At a size of 5 3/4 x 3 3/8, it is made of vinyl and has multiple storage compartments for a pen, flash drive and MP3 player. It even comes with a sheet of stickers and a 36-inch lanyard in case you want to prove that you are a bonafide geek. At a mere price of $4.95, it would, at the very least, be a great Secret Santa gift next Christmas.
Read More | Archie McPhee
With a standard laptop hard drive form factor and more than 500GB of storage capacity Samsung‘s new Springpoint drives are sure to make a splash. The 2.5-inch hard drive is a mere 9.5mm thick allowing for installation into most standard laptops and sub-notebooks. The new drive has three 166GB platters spinning at 5400RPM with 8MB of on-disk cache and a standard SATA3 interface.
With the drives expected to be available in March of 2008 be on the lookout for notebook manufacturers industry-wide to be releasing portables with the increased capacities in the late spring an early summer - perfect for work or play on the go with all your data, not just the measly 60-120GB you might be toting around at the moment.
Even in the age of high-capacity SSD‘s Samsung belives in the hard drive based microdrive. The newly announced A1 features 30GB and 40GB capacities, a 3600rpm rotation speed, 2MB buffer memory, and a greatly increased shock resistance of 650G’s (650 times the gravity of a stationary object on earth).
As for how they managed to cram 40GB of storage onto a 1” platter, well, that just boggles the minds of the editors here at Gear Live. We expect to see a bevy of new handhelds, digital audio players, and cameras with built in storage with room to grow coming in 2008.
Read More | Samsung Press Release
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