Today's slim, svelte computers look great. You, on the other hand, look like a total yutz fumbling around to plug a thumb drive into a USB port that's somehow perpetually upside down. What if saving your data was as easy as slapping a sticky note on your screen? That's what a design team proposes with this highly theoretical design for paper-thin, sticky memory cards.
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The highly classified, confidential documents that revealed the NSA's massive data-mining operation, PRISM, were leaked from the NSA's facilities on none other than a simple, innocuous thumb drive. Any sort of portable digital device is understandably barred by the highly secretive branch of government, but whistleblower Edward Snowden somehow managed to download thousands of files — of which investigators claim to "know how many he downloaded and what server he took them from."
Last week we posted a story about a tiny Android-powered computer packed into a shell not much larger than a thumb drive. With its 1.5GHz single-core Cortex-A8, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of Flash storage, it's not hard to imagine myriad uses for this ultra-ultra portable machine. Now we have a video showing off exactly what it's capable of.
Android in your pocket? OK, you already have that if you have an Android phone, but in terms of flexibility, nothing quite beats an actual PC. So what if you could carry about a small portable computer running Android, just waiting for whatever task you want to throw at it? Enter the AllWinner A10 Android 4.0 mini PC.
There are some sensitive documents that you want to ensure don't fall into the wrong hands, such as contracts, financial records, and that stash of naked pics you have from uni. This voice-authenticating USB drive ($50) will ensure no one's snooping into your sensitive stuff.
To kick off our celebration of Chinese New Year, why not get yourself a lucky Year of the Rabbit USB drive from Kingston?
Kingston has just debuted three USB 3.0 flash drives. Available in 16GB ($US89), 32GB ($IS138) and 64GB (a hefty $US270) models, the flash drives can attain write speeds of 60Mbps and read speeds of 80Mbps.
The world has changed. My first digital camera - a Cybershot P9 from Sony that shot 5MP stills and cost me $1,300 (right before the bottom fell out of the digital camera market) was state of the art for its time. Nowadays, both DSLRS and compacts are shooting HD video, 10MP stills and can chew through your memory faster than my old Cybershot chewed through its included 32MB memory stick. Fortunately, memory has also changed to adapt to the growing needs of the discerning photographer, with faster read and write speeds and higher capacities. And Giz AU has partnered with Lexar to offer readers the chance to win one of 10 high capacity storage prize packs.
In recent years, that vast majority of thumbdrive "innovations" have been...well...non-technical. However, Kanguru has actually done something useful by integrating an eSATA plug with a standard USB 2.0 drive. For folks with eSATA capability, that means performance speeds that are several times faster than USB. The drive even comes packaged with an eSATA + Power bracket and an eSATA + Power cable for easy hookup. The drives are shipping now in 16GB ($US85) and 32GB ($US120) varieties with a 64GB version slated for January of 2009.