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Imation Launches New 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive

Imation Corp., a global data storage and information security company, today launched the new Imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive for Android devices. With both a standard and a micro USB connector, the plug-n-play drive conveniently connects directly to compatible mobile devices and computers to provide additional storage space. The new products were unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and will be on display at Imation's booth in the Venetian Titian ballrooms 2201A-2201B on January 7 - 10, 2014.

"The new Imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive provides consumers with something extremely valuable: additional storage space, no batteries or internet required," said Toshi Hokari, executive director, product management and marketing, Imation. "Whether it's used to transfer photos or videos to a computer or another Android device, or to easily view content on the go, the 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive solves a major headache mobile device users often experience-running out of storage space at critical times."

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB Launched

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ:STX) today announced the second generation of its sleek external storage lineup, Seagate Backup Plus Slim. With a svelte compact design and superspeed USB 3.0 interface, the Backup Plus Slim drive is the ideal storage solution to aggregate and back up valued photos, videos and other files despite being spread across numerous devices, social networks and personal computers.

This new offering includes the backup software, Seagate Dashboard, which made the first generation of Seagate Backup Plus drives so popular. The Seagate Dashboard software provides an easy one-click backup solution, but can also be set as a scheduled backup up as needed. Additionally, the Dashboard software will back up Facebook and Flickr albums to ensure that even video and photos shared through these networks are backed up and easy to find. Use the Save and Share features to download and upload content from these social media networks. Even all the photos you have been tagged in can be backed up from your social networks to the drive.

LaCie Announces Sphère Hard Drive, Designed by Christofle

Today, two brands known for elegant design announce a silver-plated hard drive: LaCie Sphère, design by Christofle. Whether gracing the table of a 19th Century prince or the desk of a modern-day CEO, a piece by Christofle makes an impression. Building on LaCie's initial partnership with Christofle that produced the Galet USB key, the Sphère integrates Christofle's luxurious heritage with the industry's latest technology.

The handcrafted hard drive is enclosed in a spherical case of silver-plated steel. Due to its round shape, the LaCie Sphère requires a careful manual plating process. It is stamped, silver-plated and finally polished for a perfect brightness in Christofle's silversmith workshop in Yainville (Normandy), France. The highly reflective finish makes the hard drive a decorative piece to accompany any upscale home or office workstation.

Green House Announces Flash Drive with USB and Micro USB Connectivity

Green House has now officially embraced the newfound trend of making flash drives with both USB and micro USB ports. The Japanese company's dual-interface offering is called PicoDrive Smart and it has a full-size USB connector supporting the USB 3.0 interface, and a micro USB (2.0) port.

The PicoDrive Smart measures 37.3 x 12.3 x 4.6 mm, it comes with a one-year warranty and is selling in 8 GB (1,980 yen / ~ 19 USD), 16 GB (2,980 yen / ~ 28 USD) and 32 GB (4,980 yen / ~ 47 USD) capacities.

Lian Li Releases the PC-Q33 Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces a new brushed aluminum Mini-ITX chassis - PC-Q33 - with a flip-open design and space-efficient hardware support. The PC-Q33 provides plenty of working space for DIY builders. Builders can swing open the top and front panel of this brushed aluminum chassis providing easy access to the internal components.

At 18L, the PC-Q33 supports a tremendous amount of hardware for its size. Taking advantage of every available space Lian Li's latest brushed aluminum chassis accommodates CPU coolers up to 180mm (7.0") in height and ATX power supplies up to 200mm in length. The latest powerful low-profile graphics cards up to 220mm (8.6") easily fit inside the chassis.

Leef Introduces the Bridge 3.0 Flash Drive

Leef Technology LTD. (Leef) today announced Leef Bridge 3.0, the first USB 3.0 flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. Leef Bridge 3.0 will make its U.S. debut on January 19 at select RadioShack stores nationwide as a retail exclusive for 60 days. Leef Bridge 3.0 is designed using USB 3.0 technology to deliver file transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 devices.

"We're excited about the way the RadioShack team has embraced Leef Bridge 3.0," said Jonny Anderson, partner and director of product design at Leef. "As one of the largest retailers of Android phones in North America, we believe the RadioShack team is uniquely positioned to demonstrate how easy it is to transfer files from an Android phone to another device with no cable, cloud service, Wi-Fi or data connection needed. Leef Bridge 3.0 is so simple it's beautiful."

Silicon Power Presents the USB 2.0 Ultima U06 and USB 3.0 Blaze B06 Flash Drives

Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions, presents the new collection of designed flash drives - USB 2.0 Ultima U06 and USB 3.0 Blaze B06. Embracing distinctive beveled-shape design and varied delightful colors, Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 are out of the ordinary and turning storage devices into chic accessories that can perfectly match with your different looks. Moreover, the talented snap-on cap design makes flash drives handier and easier for daily use. In addition to clever and attractive product designs, Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 also offer you diverse capacity choices with friendly costs, making themselves the whole package for you.

Shape Your Memories with the Perfect Angle
With the perfect angle of 13.14°, SP Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 display the unconventional beveled-shape to show the extraordinarily voguish style. Blending elegance with modern streamlined drive bodies, Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 come to be the perfect combination of hi-tech and high fashion. Moreover, Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 demonstrate an exceptional aesthetic effect with the different material arrangement of glossy and matte surfaces. Not only featuring the trendy appearance, Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 are also designed with a circular form and matte surface which allow a better handling and higher protection from the damages caused by scratches, fingerprints and dirt. Furthermore, the Ultima U06 and Blaze B06 adopt the ingenious snap-on cap design by which users can easily use and store without worries from cap loss. And the groove design at the end of the body makes it a truly fashion accessory that can be easily attached to your purses, bags and key rings.

Silicon Power Unveils the X10 and T01 Mobile USB OTG Flash Drives

Still worried about the limited storage capacity of your Smart Handheld devices? Having too many photos or videos which are too precious to delete? SP/Silicon Power, the world's leading provider of memory storage solutions today unveils a whole new storage line, USB OTG Series - X10 and T01 Mobile, built for changing your storage experience of your mobile life. These two revolutionary micro-USB flash drives greatly multiply the storage capacity to your Android devices, such as Smartphone or tablet, allowing users to back up or store their personal files on-the-go!

One Device, Dual Access, Multiple Enjoyments
Built in with dual connectors, SP X10 is able to connect to your Smart Handheld devices via micro-USB interface, as well as to PC or notebook via standard USB port. This two-in-one specification enables OTG series to deliver a seamless and spontaneous data transferring from and to for your portable devices. Without compromising your limited storage space on your smartphone or tablets, users can easily back up or access to their personal photos, video and audio files anytime and anywhere.

Transcend Releases JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives

Transcend Information, Inc., a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is proud to announce its launch of the JetFlash 380 and JetFlash 510 USB Flash Drives. The JetFlash 380 USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) Flash Drive is designed to transform the way Android users carry, transfer and exchange personal digital content. Virtually unnoticeable when plugged into a USB port, the stylish JetFlash 510 flash drive offers a space-friendly way for users to benefit from portable storage without adding bulk to their mobile device and even enjoy a personal playlist while driving.

JetFlash 380 USB 2.0 OTG Flash Drive - Think of it like a mini HDD for Android devices
Besides a standard USB interface found on regular flash drives, the dual access JetFlash 380 also features a micro USB connection for Android devices that support USB On-The-Go. This allows users to move or copy files to and from their device's memory card via a steady USB connection that is faster and more reliable than Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile internet 3G/4G. Combining two interfaces into one compact high-capacity flash drive, the JetFlash 380 focuses on the portable storage needs of mobile device users and eliminates dependence on computers, cables and adapters.

Monster Digital Announces the Mobile Personal Cloud

As digital media is being created on many different devices using multiple types of memory, a need for more simplified and consolidated access to memory has arisen. To fill this need, Monster Digital has released the Mobile Personal Cloud, an innovative multi-function wireless media access hub. Monster Digital, a leading provider of premium memory solutions, is confident users will find the lightweight, smartphone-sized device an exciting addition their digital ecosystem, especially when it comes to mobile entertainment.

Flexible memory and storage access
The Mobile Personal Cloud is equipped with dedicated ports for SD and microSD cards up to 64 GB, as well as standard-sized type A USB for flash drives or external hard drives up to 2TB. Micro USB is used for wired connectivity and charging the onboard battery. When a PC or Mac is connected via the micro USB port, it acts as a reader and hub, simultaneously giving access to memory cards and/or a device plugged into the type A USB port. Not only can data be viewed or played, it can be transferred among the connected storage. For example, an HD movie file from an SD card can be copied to an external hard drive.

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.
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