You'd have assumed that by the time the 24th century rolled around, Wi-Fi would be available across the galaxy. But Picard's Enterprise apparently still relied on isolinear chips — Star Trek's version of flash drives — to share data. ThinkGeek's version probably isn't quite as advanced, but you don't have to tell your imagination that.
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It doesn't matter how much storage Apple stuffs into the latest iPhone, your ever-growing music, photo, video and app collections will max it out in no time. Instead of constantly having to delete files so you have room to keep adding new media, SanDisk's new iXpand Memory Case will simply boost your iPhone's storage capacity.
Unless you have a new smartphone, a new tablet or a new laptop, this next gadget is not for you. If you do, though, then it might just make your life a lot easier. It's also a glimpse into the future, in a world where all our USB ports are reversible and even the dodgiest random flash drives that you find down the back of your couch transfer your data quickly.
There was a lot of potential when someone at Disney decided to turn Rey's Speeder into a USB flash drive. That is, until the company decided to cheap out and put a paltry 4GB of storage in it. It won't even be able to hold the HD digital copy of The Force Awakens you're so desperate to download.
The last thing you ever want to do is connect a random flash drive you've found to your computer's USB port. But a security researcher who goes by the nickname 'Dark Purple' has created an even more dangerous flash stick that can physically destroy your computer — not just infect its drives.
We know from past experience that getting a deal on a cheap USB 3.0 flash drive doesn't always work out. Just because it supports 3.0 doesn't mean it'll be faster than USB 2.0. Sandisk's Ultra Fit series however is the exception, especially when you can pick a 32GB model up for $15.
Just about the worst thing is being stuck on an airplane without easy access to your favourite downloaded videos due to a flat battery on your laptop. Sandisk's latest dual USB drive lets you load it up with TV shows, movies or other media to watch indiscriminately on your laptop or tablet or smartphone, and it does so faster than ever.
It's often the case that when a gadget is over-packed with functionality, usability is sacrificed and it ironically ends up being less useful overall. But the On The Go, which promises to replace your flash drives, portable chargers, and sync cables with a single multi-connector contraption, looks like it's managed to strike the perfect balance between form, functionality and ease-of-use.
Remember those rumours about a 12-inch MacBook that ditched a MagSafe connector and traditional USB ports for a single USB Type-C port? If true, SanDisk's new Dual USB Drive will be the first flash drive that's able to connect to that redesigned hardware without an ugly adaptor.
I hate Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong — I enjoy romance, and being in love, and all that crap. I just despise all the bullshit ads about buying flowers and candy and state-sanctioned representations of erotic attachment. That's why I got a warm glow inside when my sweetie gave me this awesome flash drive on the weekend and said, "Happy Valentine's Day."
Even if you've dropped a few extra dollars on a 'durable' flash drive that can safely be tossed about, it might not actually be as tough as you think it is. At least not compared to this non-descript drive from Green House that's a master of survival. It's rated to work at temperatures as cold as -34 degrees Celcius, or as hot as 85 degrees celcius, so no matter where on earth work takes you, your data is safe.
Tiny capacious flash drives not only make it easy to carry gigs and gigs of data wherever you go, they also makes it easy to lose gigs and gigs of data. So if you've had more flash drives go MIA than you prefer to remember, Toshiba will now let you password-protect those lost files with a built-in PIN pad so you don't have to worry about your data falling into the wrong hands.
If you're OK with doubling the thickness of your svelte Android smartphone with a chunky case, you've probably realised that the myriad of OTG microUSB flash drives out there won't actually attach to the bottom of your device. So SanDisk is throwing a bone to those of you paranoid about breaking your phone with a new USB 3.0 flash drive featuring a cartoonishly long microUSB port that can reach past the thickest case.
It turns out there are still some ways to improve a USB flash drive that don't involve just cramming more storage inside. The iStick Pro, coming sometime in March of this year, features a Lightning connector on one end for attaching to iOS devices, and a wonderful transforming USB/microUSB connector on the other making it also compatible with laptops and Android devices.
If you're regretting your decision to save a few hundred bucks on your iPhone or iPad by opting for the smaller 16GB model, there are ways to boost your smartphone's storage capacity. But because swapping in a larger microSD card just isn't an option in the Apple world, you'll have to settle for an external storage solution. And while there are lots of Lightning-friendly flash drives already on the market, the iBridge from Leef features a clever curvy design that wraps around behind your device in an attempt to be less intrusive.
You might wonder why anyone would actually spend money on a USB flash drive when companies hand them out for free at trade shows. The answer is speed — a free flash drive copies files slower than a tired snail. You can always spend hundreds on a fast USB 3.0 flash drive to speed up file copies, but even the most expensive option can't compare to the speeds you'll get from VisionTek's new compact SSD drives.
There aren't too many reasons you'd buy a high-end USB 3.0 flash drive. Maybe you are a design or graphics professional, transferring hundreds of files on a regular basis where time is money. It could be that you need a combination of incredibly fast flash memory and capacious storage in one drive. Perhaps you just have too much money to spend on fancy PC peripherals. The Lexar JumpDrive P10, available in capacities up to a ridiculous 128GB, is even faster than the Sandisk Extreme Pro.
Despite countless ways for us to share information online, business cards are somehow still a popular way to pass on contact info. So instead of trying to replace them, the creators of the swivelCard simply found a way to make business cards better with a built-in USB port that lets you share everything from your resume, to a photo gallery, to a video — and not just your name, email address, and mobile phone number.