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Unofficial LEGO Minifig Flash Drives Are All Kinds Of Awesome

LEGO Minifig Flash Drives (Images courtesy Etsy seller 123smile)
By Andrew Liszewski

Wow, check out what Etsy seller 123smile is now selling! We’ve covered their LEGO flash drive creations before, but these new Minifig USB drives are a must-have. They’re available in 2GB ($59.95), 4GB ($69.95) and what looks like 4GB high-speed ($79.95) capacities and come in a variety of characters including Star Wars figures which I’m sure will be their best seller. Now I’m not saying LEGO should copy what 123smile is doing, but come on! When you see things like this you have to wonder why the company can’t think of anything more creative than another flashlight?

[ Etsy – 123smile – LEGO Flash Drives ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Toshiba Announces Transforming USB Mice And Flash Drives


By Chris Scott Barr

In case you weren’t aware, the Transformers franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To commemorate the anniversary, Toshiba is releasing a new line of mice and USB flash drives. As you would imagine, there is more than meets the eye with each one. All will be fully transformable, and will set you back $50 each. Kids and huge fans of the series might enjoy them, but $50 is a bit much methinks. They haven’t released a lot of details, such as the capacity of the USB drives, though we do know these will be out before the holiday season.
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Transcend JetFlash V70 Anti-Shock And Eco-Friendly USB Flash Drives

Transcend JetFlash V70 (Image courtesy Transcend)
By Andrew Liszewski

For you clumsy yet eco-conscious types, Transcend has just released a new USB flash drive called the JetFlash V70 which fully meets the U.S. military’s drop-test standards (MIL-STD-810F 516.5—Transit Drop) thanks to its durable eco-friendly silicone rubber housing. The drive is also splash and dust resistant as a result, and even features a hard to lose tethered USB cap. I assume the drives are available now, or sometime in the near future, and will come in 16GB (red), 8GB (orange), and 4GB (purple) capacities.

[ PR – Transcend Releases JetFlash V70 Rugged USB Flash Drive ] VIA [ Fareastgizmos ]

The IronKey S200 Flash Drive Might Relieve Your Chronic Paranoia


By David Ponce

It’s kind of hard for flash drive manufacturers to stand out these days. They’ll try anything. So when they’re not making them out to look like a spoonful of cereal or kitten ears, they sometimes give them higher capacity or make them really freaking small. The IronKey S200’s claim to an undisclosed chunk of your wallet is security. It’s the only flash drive on the market to meet FIPS 140-2, Level 3 validation for cryptographic modules mandated by government agencies. That means it’s really, really secure so it should at least make you feel like your porn your sensitive documents are safe from prying eyes.

It comes in 16GB capacity and is compatible with Windows XP, 2000 and Vista as well as Mac OS X and Linux. There’s no word on price or availability yet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Electronista ]

Buffalo Thumbkey Flash Drives Bumped To 16GB

Buffalo 16GB Thumbkey (Image courtesy Geek Stuff 4 U)
By Andrew Liszewski

Buffalo just upped the capacity of their itty-bitty 5mm Thumbkey USB flash drives from 8GB to 16GB, making them the perfect way to easily lose a big chunk of data. The drives should be available from Geek Stuff 4 U in black, red or white sometime near the end of June with a price tag of about $136. Expensive yes, but a ridiculously easy way to increase the storage space on your netbook.

[ Buffalo 16GB 5mm Thumbkey ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Mobidapter USB Flash Drive Adapter For Mobile Phones

Mobidapter (Images courtesy Elan & iostore)
By Andrew Liszewski

Instead of having to connect your mobile phone and a USB flash drive to a PC in order to transfer files between the two, the Mobidapter lets you do it directly, as long as your phone has an external SD. It includes adapters for full size SD card slots as well as microSD and miniSD, and it will read any USB flash drive with a capacity of 32GB or less. Power is leeched from the cellphone’s battery, and the actual copying procedures are handled by the phone’s file browser, with the device simply showing up as a USB flash drive. (Though that could vary depending on the OS.)

The Mobidapter will set you back about $46, but it seems like a dead easy way to backup or upload multimedia content to your phone without the hassle of booting up a PC.

[ Mobidapter ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

DiskGO 128GB Flash Drive

DiskGO 128GB Flash Drive (Image courtesy EDGE Tech Corporation) By Andrew Liszewski

Kingston may claim to be the first company to offer a 128GB flash drive, but DiskGO has already beaten them when it comes to pricing. While Kingston’s asking a wallet-lightening $546 for their 128GB DataTraveler, the DiskGO 128GB model will sell for a mere $389.95 when it becomes available sometime after July 31. And that’s with free shipping!

Of course if you don’t need 128GB right now it’s probably not a bad idea to wait it out because it’s inevitable that one day we’ll all have a drawer full of ‘tiny’ 128GB flash drives from trade shows or other promotions that aren’t even worth giving away.

[ DiskGO 128GB Flash Drive ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Kingston DataTraveler 200 Is The First 128GB Flash Drive

DataTraveler Flash Drives (Image courtesy Kingston)
By Andrew Liszewski

It was bound to happen, but it’s still pretty cool to see the release of a 128GB USB flash drive. The Kingston DataTraveler 200 comes in 32 and 64GB flavors, but it’s the “built-to-order only” 128GB model that will have most of us drooling. All 3 drives include a sliding USB connector instead of an easy-to-lose cap, which is nice, and while the 32 and 64GB models will set you back $120 and $213 respectively, that 128GB one will retail for a hefty $546!

[ PR – Kingston Technology First to Market with 128GB USB Flash Drive ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Maker Faire 2009: USB DataSquid


By Evan Ackerman

Unlike the ambiguously betentacled USB sea creatures we’ve seen before, this is most definitely a USB squid, and not a cuttlefish. Nifer Fahrion makes each DataSquid by hand out of wool, and endows them with USB data storage which is accessible by removing the two long tentacles. 8 gigs worth of squid is $95.

[ NifNaks ]