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Lexar’s New Multi-Card 24-In-1 USB Reader Also Works With The iPad’s Camera Connection Kit

Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader (Image courtesy Lexar)
By Andrew Liszewski

Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit lets you directly connect a digital camera, or an SD memory card, to your magical device, saving you the hassle of having to sync to iTunes to view your photos on its large display. But what if your camera doesn’t use SD cards? And what if its USB cable went missing eons ago? Well in that case Lexar’s got your back since their new Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB card reader works with the iPad’s USB adapter. So instead of just SD cards, you can now access photos from a wide variety of memory card formats* directly from the iPad. It of course also works on a PC and has an ‘innovative’ pop-up design to protect the card slots when not in use. All that for just $29.99, though if you do intend to use it with your iPad, you’ll also have to shell out another $29 for the aforementioned Apple Connection Kit.

And if for some reason you don’t believe that such technological sorcery is even possible, I’ve included a video after the jump of Jeff Cable (Lexar’s Director of Marketing) demoing the reader with an iPad on location at a photoshoot.

*Supported flash card formats: CompactFlash® Type I and Type II, SD™, SDHC™, miniSD™, miniSDHC™, MMC™, MMCplus™, RS-MMC™, microSD™, microSDHC™, M2™, Memory Stick™, Memory Stick (with MagicGate™), Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick Duo (with MagicGate), Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo “HX”, xD-Picture Card™, xD-Picture Card Type-M, xD-Picture Card Type-M+, and xD-Picture Card Type-H.

[ Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

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Hitachi-LG Officially Announce The HyDrive SSD/CD/DVD Combo Drive

HyDrive (Image courtesy Engadget)
By Andrew Liszewski

Today Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. officially announced their new HyDrives, designed for laptops and compact PCs, which incorporate a 32GB or 64GB SSD into a CD/DVD optical drive. The obvious benefit to such a setup is that you can have a dual drive configuration in a mid-sized laptop, with the fast SSD for your OS and applications, and a large regular hard drive for media and other content. Now according to Engadget, the first generation of the HyDrives, which should be available come August, will actually be 12.7mm thick which means they won’t fit in most laptops, relegating them for use in compact desktop PCs and HTPCs. But the second generation, which will hopefully be available by March of next year, will have a smaller 9.5mm form factor making them usable in a wide range of laptops, as well as increased capacities of up to 256GB.

Specific pricing info wasn’t announced today, probably because the drives will only be available to OEMs at launch, but a ~$200 premium was quoted for systems featuring one of the new HyDrives.

[ Engadget - Hitachi-LG goes official with HyDrive: SSD-equipped optical drives landing in August ]

2GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks – 4GB Of Storage For $195

2GB Ravi Ratan Flash Drive Cufflinks (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

For the well-dressed IT guy or BOFH (are there any who aren’t?) comes this stylish set of engravable cufflinks from Ravi Ratan that each feature a concealed 2GB USB flash drive. So for $195 you essentially get 4GB of storage, sleeve cuffs that aren’t flapping in the wind and a mystery metal. I want to assume they’re made of silver, but makes no mention that they are. Though gold plated versions are also available for the same price.

[ 2GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

ioSafe Squadron Disaster Proof Internal Hard Drives

ioSafe Squadron (Image courtesy ioSafe)
By Andrew Liszewski

Like their larger counterparts, ioSafe’s Squadron line of disaster proof hard drives keeps your data safe through all but the worst of calamities. They’re fireproof to 1400° F for up to 15 minutes, but also feature a reflective heat shield that deflects over 98% of the radiant heat from a fire, prolonging the life of the drive. They can also survive being submerged under 5 feet of fresh or salt water for 24 hours. And since the drives feature a considerable amount of additional padding and extra material surrounding them, the company’s ‘Air Flow Cooling’ vent system keeps the drive running at normal temperatures during day-to-day use and can immediately seal shut in the event of an emergency.

But unlike the massive external drives offered by ioSafe, the Squadron drives can actually be installed in a standard drive bay on your desktop PC. The only downside to the extra protection is the Squadron’s price and capacity. The largest SATA version currently available is just 320GB in size, which will cost you $309.99 when they start shipping on May 17.

[ ioSafe Squadron Hard Drives ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]

Lexar 600X Compact Flash Cards Now Available

Lexar Professional 600x 32GB CF Card (Image courtesy Lexar)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve got a memory hungry DSLR and an extra $500 burning a hole in your pocket, Lexar wants you to know that their 600X 32GB compact flash card should now be available at various retailers. The card has a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 90MB/s when used with an UDMA 6-enabled device, though the press release doesn’t mention what the max or burst write speeds might be. And if the 600X is too rich for your blood, Lexar also announced a 300X version of their 32GB CF card with sustained write speeds of 45MB/s and a slightly more reasonable price tag of $250.

[ PR - Lexar Professional 600x and 300x 32GB CompactFlash Cards and Professional ExpressCard CF Reader Now Available ] VIA [ Mobile Magazine ]

Canon And Focus Enhancements Announce FS-CF and FS-CF Pro Solid State Video Recorders

FS-CF and FS-CF Pro Solid State Video Recorders (Images courtesy Canon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Canon just announced a couple of new prosumer video cameras that record directly to compact flash memory cards, but those already using the company’s HDV and Mini-DV camcorders don’t have to feel like they’ve been left out of the solid state storage party. Canon’s also announced the FS-CF and FS-CF Pro solid state video recorders which are actually made by a company called Focus Enhancements. They connect to the camera via its firewire port and are able to record up to 2.2 hours of 1080i HDV footage to a single 32GB CF card. Using a 64GB card will of course double your record time, but I assume Canon’s using a 32GB card as an example since the device’s removable Li-on battery pack is only good for about 3 hours of recording.

The FS-CF and FS-CF Pro both support HD framerates ranging from 24P up to 60i in both QT, M2T and MXF OP Atom formats, but can also generate MPEG-4 proxies which are easier to share online. You’re also able to review recorded footage on the device’s color back-lit LCD display, and browse through a thumbnail gallery of your videos using a convenient scroll wheel. (The Pro version also provides a web interface.) And when it’s time to edit, you can either remove the CF card in order to transfer the footage to your NLE, or simply connect the device to your workstation via USB 2 and use it as an external drive. The FS-CF and FS-CF Pro are expected to be available sometime in late April for $995 and $1,295 respectively.

[ PR - CF-Card Recording With Canon HDV Camcorders Through Focus Enhancements Solid State DTE Recorders ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Brinell Purestorage – “The Exclusive Portable Hard Disk”

Brinell Purestorage (Images courtesy Brinell)
By Andrew Liszewski

Do you value looks over capacity, speed and price point? Then step right up as Brinell has a series of portable drives which they refer to as “the exclusive portable hard disk.” It does seem a little snooty, but with finishes that include wood, chrome, leather, brushed stainless steel and what looks like carbon fiber, that’s exactly the clientele they seem to be going after.

Besides an included microfiber cloth to keep the drives looking their best, there’s not much to talk about in terms of features. They’re your basic USB 2.0 external drive, available in either an XS size which uses a 1.8 inch 160GB drive, or an S size that uses a 2.5 inch 500GB drive. Pricing depends on which finish and size you get, with the least bang for your buck being the XS black chrome & wood version which will set you back about $250 for a mere 160GB.

[ Brinell Purestorage ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Infinitec “Infinite” USB Drive Isn’t Really


By Evan Ackerman

Infinitec is introducing what they’re calling the “next generation” of USB flash drives, the Infinite USB Memory (IUM) drive. Rather than storing data on internal flash memory, the IUM pairs with your computer, forming a wireless data transfer link. So, whatever device you plug the IUM into sees it as simple USB flash drive, while behind the scenes the IUM is streaming data directly from your computer, making available as much data as you care to give it, hence the “infinite” moniker. This isn’t some kind of infinite cloud storage thing, however, it’s just that the capacity of the IUM isn’t limited by the hardware on the IUM itself.

I can’t immediately figure out how the wireless bit works, but it’s going to be one of two ways. The first, which seems most likely from the way the IUM is described, is that it uses your laptop’s wireless card to transfer data. This means that if you’re out of range of your laptop’s wireless signal, your IUM loses its functionality. The alternative (and I don’t think it works this way) would be that it somehow connects to your laptop over the internet, which means that the IUM would function anywhere it could get WiFi access, possibly allowing you to set up secured access points ahead of time.

Whichever way it functions, I wouldn’t really think of this as a USB flash drive at all, for the simple reason that you can’t use it to back up or transfer data independently of your laptop. It’s more of a wireless USB network adapter, in that it gives any USB compatible device access to the data on your laptop via a local (ad-hoc) wireless network. This is definitely a handy capability, although its usefulness is limited to electronics with USB ports but without a network connection that you don’t want to plug your computer into directly (although there is something to be said for ease of use, which the IUM certainly appears to offer).

The cost for this convenience is $129, which seems rather steep to me, although (for what it’s worth) it’s generally equivalent to the Eye-Fi Pro, which offers the same kind of wireless ad-hoc network functionality.

The Infinitec IUM Drive goes on sale July 1.

[ IUM Drive ] VIA [ ZDNet ]

Silicon-Power Announces The World’s First 400X 128GB Compact Flash Card – Suck It SD!

Silicon-Power's 400X 128GB Compact Flash Card (Image courtesy Silicon-Power)
By Andrew Liszewski

So I realize that CF’s days are numbered, and SD will eventually win the flash card war, but for now compact flash manages to stay just one step ahead of secure digital when it comes to storage capacity. Well maybe a few steps to be exact, given Panasonic just announced a 64GB SD card, where as Silicon-Power just revealed their new 128GB CF model. The 400X card features write speeds of up to 90MB/sec allowing it to file away your monstrous RAW shots as fast as you can snap them, though there’s no word on how quickly it will snap away your hard earned cash.

[ PR - Silicon Power Announces World’s First 400X 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card ] VIA [ Mobile Magazine ]