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Eye-Fi Launches Their New Mobile X2 Card, Direct Mode And Mobile Apps Soon To Follow

Eye-Fi Mobile X2 Card (Image courtesy Eye-Fi)
By Andrew Liszewski

The world’s most feature-packed SD memory card just got a bit more capable today as Eye-Fi has officially launched their Mobile X2 version featuring their new ‘Direct Mode’. The new mode, which was first shown off at CES earlier this year, lets the Eye-Fi card connect directly to an Android or iOS mobile device by creating its own wi-fi network, so the card and your smartphone/tablet can communicate even if you’re out in the middle of nowhere.

Direct Mode will also be available for the company’s existing Eye-Fi X2 cards via a firmware update available sometime next week, though users excited to try it out will still have to wait for the accompanying iOS and Android apps to hit their respective app stores. The new mode is pretty exciting though, as it lets users almost instantly see their shots on a larger display if they’re using it tethered to a tablet, and if the device happens to be equipped with 3G mobile data, the shots can then be automatically sent to an online gallery.

The new Eye-Fi Mobile X2 card which features 8GB of storage and the Direct Mode functionality already built-in will be available starting April 17 for $79.99.

[ Eye-Fi Mobile X2 ]

Lexar Introduces A 128GB SDXC Card, You May Never Have To Delete Another Photo Again

Lexar Pro 133x SDXC Cards (Image courtesy SlashGear)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you spend your days shooting RAW images on a large sensor DSLR then 128GB of storage on a single SDXC card will certainly be handy, but not life changing. However, if you prefer to go all Ansel Adams with just a compact P&S capturing JPGs, then 128GB of storage is going to go a long way. In fact depending on how prolific you are, you may end up replacing the camera well before you need to delete a single shot.

The Class 10 rated card boasts a minimum read speed of 20MB/s (though write speeds are a bit slower) and come with Lexar’s Image Rescue software which can recover files off a card even if it’s become corrupted. Not exactly reassuring when a memory card manufacturer includes recovery software by default, but losing 128GB in one fell swoop would definitely suck. Not surprisingly early adopters will be paying a premium for the 128GB card, $329.99 to be exact, though a more affordable 64GB version is also available for ‘just’ $199.99.

[ Lexar Professional 133x SDXC Card ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

ByteSpotter – “The Hard Drive For Connoisseurs” (Or Those Who Like To Spend Almost $500 For 1TB)

ByteSpotter Hard Drives (Image courtesy Convar)
By Andrew Liszewski

Have I ever wondered what it looked like inside a hard drive while it was thrashing about? Yes, of course I have. Am I willing to pay a ~$500 premium for the privilege of seeing some polished discs spinning and a metal arm moving about? Probably not. But I’ve been accused of being a contrarian, so maybe I’m in the minority here. If seeing the inner workings of a hard drive are on your bucket list, then I’m pretty sure these ByteStopper drives are the only way you’re going to be able to cross that one off your list.

In addition to a whopping 1TB of storage, your $484 (€348) investment does afford you several options for how your ByteSpotter drive looks including your choice of top cover, bottom cover, grills and even how the screw threads are finished. What I like best though is the thought that not only does this process probably nullify the drive’s warranty, but I have my doubts the facility where they’re assembled is anything close to the clean rooms used by Hitachi when the drive was originally assembled.

[ ByteSpotter Hard Drives ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

ScreenDeck – A Shelf For Your TV Things

ScreenDeck (Images courtesy Able Bay)
By Andrew Liszewski

Life’s all about compromises. You may save a lot of space in your living room by upgrading that massive CRT television to an LCD or plasma, but you soon realize that at least you could use that relic of technology as another shelf. Thin might be in when it comes to TVs, but try putting anything larger than the Wii’s sensor bar on top of a flat-screen and you’ll soon realize you’ve bought more than you bargained for.

But the ScreenDeck from Able Bay promises to give you back what you’ve lost, and have your cake and eat it too. It’s nothing more than a shelf designed to mount to the existing VESA screw holes on the back of your flat-screen TV, assuming they’re not already being used to hold it to a wall, that’s perfect for holding accessories like media players, gaming sensors, antennas and probably the most common use, center channel speakers. At $39.99 available from Amazon at some point, it’s not terribly expensive either.

[ ScreenDeck ] VIA [ Apartment Therapy Unplggd ]

Nexcopy 16 Port USB 3.0 Duplicator

Nexcopy USB 3.0 Duplicator (Image courtesy Nexcopy)
By Andrew Liszewski

The most practical use for a USB duplicator like this is to speed up the process of copying corporate info to a bunch of promotional USB flash drives you intend to give away at a trade show. If you’ve decided not to just let an outside company do it, whether for cost or security reasons. And thanks to the Nexcopy SSUSB160PC’s support of USB 3.0, that copying process will go even faster now. Assuming of course you’re using USB 3.0 flash drives.

But what company is already giving away USB 3.0 flash drives as promotional/informational items? And where do I find them? There were still companies at CES, arguably the most tech-friendly of trade shows, distributing their press kits on plastic discs! So I find it hard to believe that USB 3.0 flash drives have reached the point of being an affordable promotional item. The duplicator does become a little more useful if you’re looking to clone a pile of USB 3.0 external hard drives for your traveling sales team or something, but with a price tag of $1499 I’d say it’s probably smarter to just drag your feet for another year when these are more commonplace and a lot cheaper.

[ Nexcopy 16 Port USB 3.0 Duplicator ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

SanDisk Takes Compact Flash Cards To 128GB

SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB CompactFlash Card (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

It may not have made headlines like 3D TVs or tablets did at CES this year, but SanDisk, who thankfully skipped a booth for a quiet back-hall private meeting room this year, introduced their new 128GB compact flash cards which for the time being claim the ‘king of the castle’ crown. Not only do their Extreme Pro CF cards feature gargantuan capacities, but they’re also now the fastest CF cards on the market with up to 100 megabytes per second write speeds thanks in part to their UDMA-7 interface. The kicker? (You knew this was coming.) Available in the latter part of Q1 2011 for $1,499.99.

[ PR - SanDisk Announces World's Fastest High-Capacity CompactFlash Card ]

Novelty Slipper-Themed Hard Drive Dock Actually Looks Useful

Slipper USB 3.0 SATA HDD Dock (Images courtesy USB.Brando.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it clearly has aspirations of being just another novelty USB peripheral, this slipper-themed hard drive dock looks quite useful, particularly if you’re the type who uses a stack of old hard drives like they were flash drives. Instead of requiring you to open a housing and permanently installing a drive inside, this dock allows them to easily slide in and out. As long as they’re 2.5 or 3.5-inch SATA drives that is. Larger drives or IDE models might put up a real fight.

It’s USB 3.0 compatible for speedy file transfers, and as you can see the faux red toes sticking out of one end actually serve as an ejection lever, making it easy to remove the drive. And it’s hot swappable so you can rip out a drive and slap in a new one without having to worry about disconnecting the dock from your PC. $45 from USB.Brando.com.

[ Hornettek Slipper USB 3.0 SATA HDD Dock ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Flash Rods Cram 500GB Inside A DeLorean

Flash Rods DeLorean (Image courtesy Flash Rods)
By Andrew Liszewski

A company called Flash Rods adds 4GB of flash storage to Hot Wheels sized die-cast cars, but they also retro-fit those fancy 1:18 scale model vehicles with larger hard drives. So in keeping with today’s unofficial Back To The Future theme, here’s their DeLorean model which adds 500GB of storage to the time machine as it appeared in the third movie of the trilogy.

The addition of the hard drive leaves no visible modifications to the car itself, except for a USB port on the back where you’d normally find the ‘OUTATIME’ plates. At $250 it’s actually pretty steep for just 500GB of storage, even including the price of the car, but I don’t think you’re ever going to find a more appropriate drive for use with OS X’s Time Machine feature.

[ Flash Rods - BTTF DeLorean ] VIA [ Everything USB ]

Seagate GoFlex Desk 3TB External Drive Reviewed. Verdict: Bigger is Better


By Ian Chiu

As with most things in life: BIGGER is BETTER when it comes to portable storage and no company knows that better than Seagate. They were the first to come out with single 3.5″ form factor monster 3TB hard drive and what better way to put all that space to use than in an external storage solution?!

With a very reasonable footprint that is no larger than previous models, the 3TB Seagate GoFlex Desk is a marvel of engineering. The ultra dense platters of the 3TB hard drive contained within gives this drive the potential to be just as fast as it is good looking. Sadly, its stock configuration is less than optimal as Seagate has hobbled it with the down right ancient USB 2.0 interface. Luckily, where it is a GoFlex drive the interface can easily be upgraded. When you combine USB 3.0 bandwidth with this drive, the potential of the GoFlex 3TB is fully leveraged. But you have to be willing to pay the price all that space and speed demand! Is this price worth it? Only you can answer that question for yourself. Everything USB has the full review.

[ Seagate GoFlex Desk 3TB External Drive Review @ Everything USB ]