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Is This The World’s Smallest USB Stick?

By David Ponce

Companies keep making claims of smallest this and biggest that, so we’re never really sure of anything. But as far as small USB sticks are concerned, this one from company Deonet seems like it might take the cake. Measuring 19.5 x 14.5 x 2.9 millimeters, it’s hardly bigger than a fingertip and comes in 4GB , 8GB and 16GB capacities. It accomplishes the small size through the use of a “Micro UDP chip (where UDP stands for the USB Disk In Package assembly process, which sees the controller, flash IC, substrate and passive components molded into a very small, single package), which is less than half the physical size of other USB memory solutions.”

There’s no word on price just yet, but the flash drive should be available this January.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]

iHDD 2 External Drive Enclosure Complements Your MacBook & iPhone

iHDD 2 External Drive Enclosure (Images courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Cheap, external hard drive enclosures are almost as plentiful as cheap iPhone cases. And while most PC users probably couldn’t care less how one looks, I suspect that a good number of Mac users are a little more discerning. So while at $26 this enclosure certainly delivers on the cheap, it also manages to deliver on the looks. The glowing Apple logo is what will probably catch most Mac user’s eyes, even if it’s completely unsanctioned by Apple. While the metal trim should appeal to anyone using an iPhone 4.

As for tech specs, for the price it’s obviously limited to USB 2.0, and will accept a 2.5-inch SATA/2 hard drive up to 500GB in capacity. And since it snaps together, you don’t even need to dig out your mini screwdriver kit to assemble it. $25.95 from Amazon.

[ iHDD 2 External Drive Enclosure ] VIA [ Fancy ]

Zip Zip Introduces A Building Block Friendly External Hard Drive

Zip Zip Hard Drive Brick (Images courtesy Chip Chick)
By Andrew Liszewski

We first wrote about the Zip Zip building block USB flash drives way back in 2007, and surprisingly the company has yet to come under legal fire from LEGO since then. So, perhaps with a false sense of legal security, they’ve finally decided to expand their offerings with a new line of external hard drives that look like large LEGO blocks. Except they’re not. Got it?

Available in 500GB to 1TB capacities and sporting USB 3.0, the drives can be stacked together forming one uber-brick storage unit. Or adorned with your favorite, though in no way officially associated, LEGO building blocks. They’ll probably also serve as a handy home base for the Zip Zip USB flash drives. They haven’t popped up on Zip Zip’s website just yet, but it’s safe to assume they’ll be available sometime between now and the start of the Christmas shopping season.

[ Zip Zip ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

Pinetti Quattrogiga Leather Journal Has A Flash Drive Built Into Its Strap

Pinetti Quattrogiga Leather Journal (Images courtesy Jenni Bick)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s hard to entice notebook enthusiasts away from their classic Moleskines, but Pinetti’s giving it their best shot with their Quattrogiga leather journal that features a 4GB USB flash drive built into its strap. Made of silicone the strap is actually held in place on the journal with snaps, meaning it’s completely removable as needed. The journal is also refillable, which basically means it’s just a leather cover designed to wrap around a basic paper notebook, which makes its $85 price tag, $105 for the larger model, a little difficult to swallow.

[ Pinetti Quattrogiga Leather Journal ] VIA [ Apartment Therapy Unplggd ]

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 ]