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Gigastone to Introduce On-the-Go Drive With Both USB and MicroUSB Connectors

Gigastone Corporation, a leading Taiwan-based technology manufacturer that is making its North American debut at 2014 International CES, will introduce its new On-The-Go USB/MicroUSB drive at the show. The handy item allows up to 32 GB of content to be easily stored and transferred in either direction between a computer or laptop and an Android smartphone or tablet. It will be showcased at CES in LVH Hospitality Suite 17-121.

"People today face a dilemma of having material stored on their PC or laptop and needing it on their smartphone or tablet," said Sherry Chapman, senior director of marketing at Gigastone. "Our new dual-drive, bi-directional On-The-Go USB/MicroUSB connector is the perfect way for 'on-the-go' individuals to save, backup, or transfer files. And the process is as easy as 1-2-3."

Monster Digital Introduces the Advanced Series USB OTG Flash Drives

Recognizing the need for a faster, more secure solution for backing-up and transferring smartphone and tablet content without using Wi-Fi or the cloud, Monster Digital has released the Advanced Series of dual connector Mobile USB OTG Flash Drives. Monster Digital is a leading innovator and provider of premium quality memory and storage solutions, specializing in the rapidly growing flash based memory category.

The Advanced Series USB Flash Drives are USB On-The-Go (OTG) compatible, and vastly expand on the usefulness of mobile flash drives in today's digital ecosystem. Most beneficial to users is the dual USB connector feature, consisting of a standard-sized type-A USB connector, as well as a micro USB connector. Micro USB is the standard format common to most Android based smartphones. So photos, media files, contact information and other vital content can easily be transferred to the drive, saved there as a back-up or, using the standard-sized USB connector, moved onto a Windows PC or Mac.

Sony Introduces a Flash Drive with Micro USB and USB Connectors

Sony's newest USB flash drive is a "2-in-1" device, with dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connectors for fast and easy back-up, sharing and storing of personal content. The new drive fits most Android smartphones and tablets so mobile consumers can transfer and view photos and videos without using cables or Wi-Fi access.

According to industry research, photo-taking is the third most common use for a smartphone, with viewing and sharing not far behind. Tablets are also finding similar use, increasing the need for multi-function devices.

Cooler Master Outs CM Storm QuickFire TK in Cherry MX Green Limited Edition

Cooler Master rolled out its QuickFire TK compact gaming keyboard in a limited edition with Cherry MX Green switches, and Razer-like green key back-lighting. Cherry MX Green switches are preferred for their moderate stiffness, good tactile feedback, and clicky actuation, compared to the smooth push of the Cherry MX Red. The keyboard is otherwise identical to the original, with 377.5 x 138 x 33 mm (LxWxH); 92 keys, including the main cluster, and a number pad; 7 macro multimedia keys, and full NKRO over USB. It's priced at US $122.

Next Generation USB Connection Definition Underway

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced that the development of the next generation of USB connector has begun. The new USB Type-C connector, built initially on existing USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB. This supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is anticipated to be completed by the middle of next year.

Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector and cable solution include:
  • An entirely new design tailored to work well with emerging product designs
  • New smaller size - similar in size to the existing USB 2.0 Micro-B
  • Usability enhancements - users will no longer need to be concerned with plug orientation/cable direction, making it easier to plug in
  • The Type-C connector and cable will support scalable power charging
  • Scalability - the connector design will scale for future USB bus performance

Intel's 2014 Thunderbolt Controller Detailed

Intel is continuing on its mission to establish Thunderbolt as the next universal device interconnect standard, despite steep competition from the 5 Gb/s USB 3.0, the upcoming 10 Gb/s USB 3.1, and stringent validation and licensing barriers on its own end. To that effect, the company outlined its mainstream Thunderbolt controller, which it plans to launch some time in 2014. The company is planning two major introductions to the standard, to help it compete against USB - power delivery, and ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) networking.

The controller, Broadwell Thunderbolt-LP, isn't designed too differently from what's available in the market. It handles a 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt link by aggregating two 10 Gb/s channels, relays DisplayPort 1.2 from the system's graphics device, and connects to the rest of the system over PCIe 2.0 x2. The chip is built in the 8 x 8 mm package, and features operational and idle TDP ratings of 1.5W and 1mW, respectively. The changes Intel is making to the standard will enable power delivery of up to 53W over a standard tethered cable. That's enough power to run a drive dock with up to six 3.5-inch hard drives, or a small (<24-inch) flat-screen monitor. The other big feature is ad-hoc networking, which enables people to set up peer-to-peer 20 Gb/s connections between two PCs much in the same way they did with USB and RS232, back in the day. While it's no Ethernet replacement, it could prove useful in certain environments, such as content-creation. Intel is expected to make some Thunderbolt-related announcements at CES, next January.

Source: VR-Zone

Green House Releases 51-in-1 Media Card Reader

To help people find their way through the labyrinth of media card formats Green House has developed and launched a reader claimed to support no less than 51 storage offerings. Dubbed GH-CRM1A-BK, the reader measures 69.2 x 42.2 x 13.6 mm, it has a USB 2.0 interface (USB 3.0 would have been nice) and supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro-Duo, Memory Stick micro and Compact Flash cards.

The GH-CRM1A-BK is backed by a one-year warranty and costs 980 yen (~ 10 USD).

ASUS Announces Xonar U7 Echelon Edition 7.1 USB Sound Card

ASUS today announced Xonar U7 Echelon Edition, a compact 7.1-channel USB sound card that retains the high audio quality of the award-winning Xonar U7 and adds the military-inspired digital camouflage pattern that is unique to the Echelon range.

As well as stylish looks, ASUS engineers have also worked hard to add an impressive range of exclusive features designed to help gamers, including Sonic Radar for in-game sound visualization and Sonic Studio Pro for fine control of every audio feature.

Team Group Introduces the M131 Flash Drive

In response to the heated feedback and support since the Team Mobile Storage Series was launched, Team Group has recently launched a new member of series: M131 dual interfaces mobile UFD. The Team M131 also supports OTG smartphones and tablets and is equipped with dual interface USB 2.0 and Micro USB to enable you to link PCs and mobile devices to ubiquitously share data on the go (OTG)!

As a member of the Team Mobile Storage Series, the Team M131 adopts the dual-piece 2-in-1 design with the dual interface of Micro USB & standard USB2.0 and three functions. Through the Micro USB interface, documents and video files in an Android mobile device can be stored in M131, and previously stored files can also be directly browsed. M131 has another function: The Micro USB to USB adapter. In addition to the original flash drive, it can be connected to other USB interface devices, such as a keyboard, mouse, and other USB products.

Samsung Introduces New "Slot-in" Portable Optical Disc Drive

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and its convergence technologies, announced today a new slot-in, slim portable DVD writer, the SE-B18AB optical disc drive (ODD), that adds to its former version's sleek design and convenient functions.

The new SE-B18AB provides a metallic-finished surface which nicely matches today's slim laptop designs. With its stylish footprint and smart features, consumers will appreciate the SE-B18AB as an excellent laptop companion.

Apacer Launches the "FlowerCandy" AH172 Mobile Flash Drive

People all around the globe are in a frenzy about Candy! So why not also sweeten your smartphone and tablet PC? Apacer rolls out the "FlowerCandy" AH172 Mobile flash drive dedicated to Android smartphones and tablet PCs supporting USB OTG (On-The-Go).

Taking the shape of a flower, the colorful AH172 "FlowerCandy" is like a love token for lovers! Whenever you want to share the video clips and photos in your mobile device, simply connect AH172 and in no time the files can be transferred successfully instead of a laptop to transport files. It is so quick and easy that AH172 "FlowerCandy" is your best buying option to share files as well as fun. The AH172 "FlowerCandy" comes in huge capacities: 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB, which add ultra-big storage to your smartphones/tablet PCs.

Silicon Power Announces USB 2.0 Ultima U05 and USB 3.0 Blaze B05 Flash Drives

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, announces the latest specially-designed retractable flash drives- USB 2.0 Ultima U05 and USB 3.0 Blaze B05. The sleek flash drives are available in a variety of vivid color choices that will surely satisfy your expectation of a trendy tech-style. The adoption of the retractable USB connector allows to easily incorporate the Ultima U05 and Blaze B05 into daily operations, with the USB only a push of a thumb away.

Worry Free Experience
SP Ultima U05 and Blaze B05 introduce the innovative retractable USB connector design that allows users quick access to files and documents within seconds with the push of a thumb. With retractable mechanism available, users can end the search for lost drive caps and truly enjoy a worry free experience. Although the new flash drives come cap-less, special precautions have been taken to keep the drives away from dust and debris. Furthermore, the Ultima U05 and Blaze B05 are designed with a matte surface to provide higher resistance to scratch, fingerprint and dirt. Moreover, Ultima U05 and Blaze B05 are designed with a LED indicator by which users can easily recognize the transferring status with just a simple glance.

Transcend Releases 64 GB High Capacity USB Flash Drives for Effortless Storage

Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend ), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today launched two new 64 GB capacity flash drives including the 64 GB USB 3.0 JetFlash 770 and the 64 GB USB 2.0 JetFlash 520. With enormous storage space and clever capless designs, these USB flash drives offer the easiest way to transfer large files between USB port-equipped computers.

Extra-large 64 GB Capacity
Taking full advantage of their 64 GB capacity, Transcend's latest USB flash drives allow users to store, transfer, backup and share their entire collection of personal media files and vital data. Each 64 GB flash drive can hold more than 30,000 images (jpg compression, 2 MB file size), 16,000+ mp3 songs (4 min per song, 128 Kbps quality), or over 23 hours of DVD quality video (2.25 GB per hour).

Lamptron Announces CM615 Fan Controller

Lamptron announced the CM615 multi-channel fan-controller. Built in the 5.25-inch form-factor, it can handle up to six channels, supplying up to 30W of power, each. The controller draws power form a 4-pin Molex connector, and plugs in to your motherboard, using a standard USB 2.0/1.1 header. Using that, it can interface with its included software, which can let you monitor, log, and stream your cooling data over the Internet. The controller features a brushed aluminium bezel, framing an LED touchscreen. The controller lets you control fans either arbitrarily, or using temperature targets, with which the controller handles speeds to maintain a target. You can also create speed/temperature curves using the software, for the controller to follow. It features start boost, with which you can fire up all fans to 100%, at system start-up. The company didn't reveal pricing or availability information.

Team Group Launches the P200 Portable SSD, Minimalistic USB 3.0 Drive

Team Group Launches the PD200 Portable SSD, Minimalistic USB 3.0 Drive

Team Group Incorporated, the global leader in memory storage products released the PD200 Ultra-speed portable drive. Equipped with SSD and USB3.0 high-speed transmission interface, it is only the size of a name card, 8.6mm in thickness. The lightweight product brings ultra-speed convenience beyond imagination.

The 1.8" Team PD200 small portable drive with SSD features high quality built-in flash memory and uses a new generation of USB 3.0 high-speed transmission interface. Compared to the traditional hard drives, it is without a mechanical structure, thus greatly reducing the probability of product failure, while featuring temperature resistance, anti-shock, mute and low power consumption. The PD200's read and write speed reaches up to 250MB/120MB per second. Take the time needed to transmit a 2GB file for instance, the speed is 2.3 times faster than the traditional USB3.0 external disc and 11 times faster than a USB3.0 flash drive, thus indicating its stunning performance. Notebook and Desktop users can now enjoy the ultimate performance of SSD when accessing files through the portable PD200.

ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Launched

ASUS today announced the Xonar Essence STU USB external digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and headphone amplifier, based on the acclaimed design and quality of Xonar Essence ST/STX internal sound cards and going beyond their already high standards. Offering audiophile-grade performance, Xonar Essence STU delivers USB connectivity and accessible external controls.

It offers clear sound with a 120dB signal to noise ratio (SNR), strong 600ohm headphone amplifier, asynchronous USB audio and swappable Op-Amps for DIY sound modification. Precision clock tuning technology further enhances audio fidelity, making Xonar Essence STU a great choice for discerning music lovers who need a quality DAC and headphone amplifier to drive the full capabilities of high-end headphones.

Silicon Power Presents Two "2014 Year of the Horse Special Edition" Flash Drives

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions presents the latest "2014 Year of the Horse Special Edition" flash drives -Touch T03 and Firma F80. Embracing great gratitude and hope for the upcoming Chinese Lunar Year of the Horse, Silicon Power re-designs two of its most popular metallic flash drives -Touch T03 and Firma F80 and perfectly depicts the image of horse with extraordinary artistic carving techniques.

In Chinese culture, "horse" is generally regarded as the symbol of courage and dignity, which is also widely used as a spiritual and auspicious icon for Chinese people to express their enthusiasm and determination. Along with such meaningful implication, Silicon Power wishes to deliver its blessings for all of you through the remarkable design and delicate craftsmanship of the brand new "2014 Year of the Horse Special Edition" flash drives for the holiday season.

Team Announces M132 Flash Drives with USB OTG and Wi-Fi Support

At a time when the mobile phone has become a daily necessity and smartphone addicts are everywhere on the street, smartphones and tablets now form part of human life, whether for work or for entertainment. As the scope of applications for smartphones and tablets expand, insufficient storage space or low data transfer speed have become an annoying trouble for consumers. After hearing your needs, Team Group specially developed the Mobile USB storage series. The newest M132 UFD is equipped with dual interfaces for smartphones and tablets supporting the OTG function. The lightweight style from the COB package and the steady black tone as its cover are the shared features of all mobile devices.

To ensure broader and more convenient applications, M132 of the Team Mobile UFD series is equipped with Micro USB and USB3.0 interfaces for mobile devices supporting OTG. The Micro USB allows users to store multi-media files and documents from an Android-based mobile device in the M132 or to directly browse data and files that have been stored in the M132. More importantly, the transfer speed of Micro USB is much faster than the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Besides saving on mobile network fees, you can get rid of the hotspot restrictions to freely enjoy the fun and convenience of true mobile life. The M132 is also a high-speed UFD equipped with USB3.0, with a read/write speed of 85 MB/s and 20 MB/s, respectively, enabling you to easily access multi-media files and documents to and from a PC.

ASUS Launches Essence III Preamplifier, USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

ASUS today announced Essence III, a USB digital-to-analog (DAC) converter with a fully balanced design and the latest Direct Stream Digital (DSD) playback designed for those who demand the purest audio quality and listening flexibility.

High-precision clocks and asynchronous USB virtually eliminate jitter, while separate printed-circuit boards for digital, analog and power ensure that the Essence III's audio delivery is crystal-clear and free of crosstalk. Remote-controlled volume driven by stepped attenuators allow output levels to be set with great precision - even from the far side of the listening room.

Satechi Launches New Smart Travel Router & Adapter

Featuring a compact, cube design, the Smart Travel Router & Adapter features four of the most common plug configurations able to fit electrical outlets in over 150 countries including US, Canada, China, and most countries in Europe. The convenient accessory doubles as a router able to convert a direct internet connection from a hotel or conference room into a private connection for added security and mobility. It is also able to improve and extend the range of any existing Wi-Fi connection up to 100 feet.

The versatile Smart Travel Router & Adapter features an AC power port and a 2.1A USB port able to charge smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras, handheld game consoles, and more. The small but mighty device fits easily into any suitcase, purse, backpack, or carry-on, ideal for keeping all electronics juiced anytime, anywhere.

DashDrive Durable UD320 Flash Drive, USB On-The-Go From ADATA

ADATA Technology has announced the release of the DashDrive Durable UD320 USB Flash drive, the company's first implementation of the USB On-The-Go (OTG) specification. USB OTG allows devices such as smartphones and tablets to act as a host, allowing USB flash drives to be connected directly for data transfer.

The UD320 is equipped with a micro-USB interface that fits directly into the port of mobile devices running Android 4.1 or higher, without the need for a cable or an adaptor. It also has a standard USB port that can connect to USB slot of any desktop computer. With capacities of 16 and 32 gigabytes, the UD320 greatly simplifies managing files on mobile devices, giving smartphones and tablets immediate access to files stored, and also allowing for easy backups of media created on the mobile device.

Apacer Launches OTG AM700 All-In-One Card Reader

According to the results of the latest Taiwanese Survey on the Trend of Digital Lifestyle and Consumption released by the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute, the use of mobile applications and services has become a part of everyday life of consumers. Apacer, which has always been committed to innovative and high-quality product demand, rolls out the first multi-function card reader, the AM700, equipped with OTG (On-The-Go) technology. It can be directly connected to smartphones and tablet PCs for data sharing. Moreover, the scope of mobile applications is more extensive and has no limitation.

LaCie and Porsche Design Introduce Ultra-Sleek USB 3.0 Key

LaCie and Porsche Design announced the new Porsche Design USB Key. It is the latest inclusion to Porsche Design's exclusive electronics line. The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is one of the few ultra-portable devices on the market to feature up to 32GB of capacity and USB 3.0 speed. It melds design, performance and technology to give users a stylish accessory for any keychain, purse or briefcase.

The LaCie Porsche Design USB Key is one of the smallest USB 3.0 keys available. Despite its small footprint, the key exudes Porsche Design's esthetic and drives incredible performance up to 95MB/s*. It is also durable enough to withstand daily use thanks to the slim steel construction and scratch-resistant connector. While on a business trip, users can conveniently access, securely store and easily share large documents or media files in seconds.

Func Starts Shipping the KB-460 Gaming Keyboard

Func has just sent word that the Computex-unveiled KB-460 has finally begun shipping to various territories. Seen below, this new gaming keyboard features a customizable individual key illumination system, Cherry MX Red mechanical switches, 128 KB of on-board memory for storing up to five key profiles, a 1.8 meter-long braided cable, a gold-placed USB connector, a two-port USB hub, and a Func Mode for gaming (activates re-assigned keys and disables the Windows key).

The Func KB-460 is currently listed (on pre-order) with a price tag of €79.90.

Sony WG-C20, 9mm Thick Portable Wireless Server To Hit Retail In November

Measuring just 14.4x7cm and 9mm thin, the pocket-sized server is evolved from the WG-C10, now adding even more possibilities to manage all your content while you're on the move or at home. Styled to match the latest Xperia smartphone, it's also a great companion for other phone and tablet users. Slip in an SD memory card and use the WG-C20 to view and share all those photos, videos and MP3 music? even office documents and other PC files. For even more storage capacity, hook up USB devices like a flash memory, digital camera or portable hard drive1.

It's the first Portable Wireless Server from Sony that supports NFC for fuss-free wireless connection. Just touch your Xperia or other NFC-equipped mobile device briefly against the WG-C20: the app wakes up and automatically makes a direct Wi-Fi connection with no fiddly set-up codes. Then enjoy wireless streaming of photos and movie clips from the server onto your smartphone. With support for DLNA, the WG-C20 is just like a mini home media server. Stream stored video, photos and music to your TV, hi-fi, PCs, tablets and other networked DLNA client devices around the house - with no cables needed. You can also hook up an external hard drive via USB cable and share the contents.
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