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Godfather USB flash drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2009

Godfather USB flash driveLet’s get this out of the way right now. This is an offer you can’t refuse. There. Now that that’s out of the way, check out this 1-16GB capacity flash drive that’s fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. It has durable solid-state storage of 10 years data retention, while hot plug & play enables you to whack, I mean install and uninstall drive anytime. The best part? The Godfather images and quotes.

Because your data is sensitive, you need a flash drive that commands respect. If your data falls into the wrong hands, you might end up sleeping with the fishes.

USB Jewel Bracelet thumb drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

USB Jewel Bracelet thumb driveFor those looking to be stylish while always having some extra memory around their wrist, Brando has released its new USB thumb drive with decorative crystals.

The pros: No one is going to want to steal this tacky crapped up wrist-hugger with jeweled glass bits, so your data should be safe. Cheap crap should be in again this season. The cons: You’ve got a crappy piece of jewelry and already have plenty of flash drives lying around. For $33 you could do much better and probably get 3 rows of crap “Jewels” instead of 2. It’s available in silver or gold colors and the drive supports USB 2.0, Microsoft Windows XP/Vista, MAC OS and Linux OS.

Eraser flash drive erases itself

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on December 29th, 2008

Eraser flash drive erases itselfHere’s a unique USB drive designed by Studioroom906. It’s covered in rubber so you can use it as an eraser. That means that if you use pencil and make a lot of mistakes, you’re screwed, as the outside of your drive will be gone. The moral of this story? Protect your data by using pens.

Who uses pencils these days anyway? Pencil pushers, that’s who. Them and pencil-necked geeks. It ain’t 1957. Try picking up a pen every once in a while. You might get to like it. What’s with those guys that use pencils and then lick the tip? What’s up with that? You’ll get lead poisoning.

Lacie intros currenkey flash drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on December 1st, 2008

Lacie intros currenkey flash driveLaCie’s latest offering makes their flash drives more portable, though you’ll need to be careful that you don’t unwittingly spend it.

It’s thicker than a coin, but the metal exterior of the USB 2.0 drive provides the illusion, thereby making it easy to lose in a pocket full of change, or worse, in some stores register. It will cost you $20 for the 4GB version and $30 for the 8GB version. Not a bad price for the sizes, so you won’t mind too much when you accidentally pay for something with it and some dude at Walmart has some free pics of your wife…

Lego R2-D2 USB flash drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2008

Lego R2-D2 USB flash driveOur favorite droid gets a gadget makeover yet again. When is he ever going to get some respect? If he isn’t pulling aquarium duty, he’s keeping your stuff cold. And when he isn’t acting as your own personal fridge, he’s a drink server.

Well, now someone’s taken a Lego R2 and made him into a USB drive. Which is neat and all, but he still ain’t gettin no respect. Because when you plug the little guy into your usb port, he just looks like he got shot out of a cannon and got stuck in your laptop and should be flailing his legs. Such is the life of an overly merchandised droid.

Intel & Micron announce mass production of 34nm NAND Flash

Posted in Flash Memory by Darrin Olson on November 24th, 2008

Intel and Micron joint venture announces mass production of 34nm NAND FlashIntel and Micron’s joint venture in NAND flash technology, IM Flash Technologies, has announced mass production of 34nm, 32 gigabit multi-level cell NAND Flash device. This move puts the company in the lead of Flash technology ahead of the likes of Samsung and Toshiba with the only monolithic 32 Gb NAND chip that fits into a standard 48-lead thin small-outline package (TSOP).

The companies stated in the announcement that the development of the technology process is going along well and is actually ahead of schedule with the ability to provide companies to create greater capacities of NAND Flash memory for devices like cameras, phones, media players and computers at a lower production cost than what is currently available.

Han Solo in Carbonite USB Flash Drive

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2008

Han Solo in Carbonite USB Flash DriveCelebrate Han’s not so eternal Carbonite nap with this USB flash drive. Although I don’t remember Han’s legs looking all frog-like. I also don’t remember Leia looking like a Hobbit. Still, it’s fairly adorable in a Star Wars Babies kind of way. We hope that this drive will hold your data better and longer then it held Han. 1 full GB of data/carbonite for $25.

Kingston DataTraveler DT150 hits 64GB

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2008

Kingston DataTraveler DT150 hits 64GBKingston’s DataTraveler DT150 USB flash drive has reached the 64GB storage mark, making it the top dog of DataTraveler USB drives. Chances are you won’t run out of space unless you really really love video. The size makes it a great portable backup drive. The Kingston DataTraveler 150 works with Windows Vista, XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X 10.3 and Linux 2.6 and above. Your $177 purchase will get you a five-year warranty and 24/7 tech support too.

SanDisk introduces even bigger, faster CompactFlash

Posted in Flash Memory by Darrin Olson on September 11th, 2008

SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash 32GB memoryToday SanDisk has likely pleased at least a few more professionals in the digital photography and videography world with the introduction of the new 32GB Extreme III CF card. Not only have they doubled the capacity of the largest CompactFlash card SanDisk previously had available, but they’ve also bumped the read/write speed up from 20 MB/second to 30 MB/second with this new item.

Anyone that heavily uses memory cards for digital cameras or video cameras can appreciate how nice it is to have more storage in a single card, and upping the transfer rate by 50% makes the decision to get the larger 32GB CF card just that much easier. Sure you can generally get an SDHC card for a little less money and they are a little bit smaller, but the transfer rate is what will make a difference. The Kingston 32GB SDHC card for example can hold just as much, but moving the card’s entire capacity of data is the difference between about 18 minutes for the SanDisk CF and 2.2 hours for the Kingston SDHC.

USB Flash Drive with Ghostbusters movie

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2008

USB Flash Drive with Ghostbusters movieI feel like I’ve just been slimed with this item. Call me a dork, but the Ghostbusters movie is a classic. And I can’t think of anything better then getting the movie pre-loaded on a flash drive from PNY.

The drive offers 2GB of storage capacity. The only question I have is in regards to the format of the movie file. The 2GB drive is able to store 12 hours of video, 33 hours of music, or 1,080 pictures. No pricing info yet. Apparently this is the first time a full-length movie has been released via a USB flash drive. Why Ghostbusters? Why not!

Folderix USB Flash Drives available

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2008

Folderix USB Flash Drives availableThe Folderix USB flash drives from Art Lebedev, the team behind the Optimus Maximus keyboard, are designed to look like a folder icon, and feature 4GB of storage space. We told you about these when they were still in the concept stage. The good news for those of you who want them is that they are now available from the artlebedev.com website. The price is $55 and you get three colors to choose from: yellow, pink or blue. The case material uses multiple colors of aluminum with a laser-etched logo.

Woody Bamboo, an eco-friendly USB flash drive with style

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2008

Woody Bamboo, an eco-friendly USB flash drive with styleMany gadget makers are looking for unique ways to stand out while providing eco-friendly alternatives to plastic gadgets. As far as USB drives go, this one manages to be both environmentally friendly and able to stand out from the crowd. As a bonus it will hold your data.

The NAND based flash drive will be available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB sizes. The high speed USB 2.0 memory stick resides inside a hardened bamboo shell that can last forever. It comes with a bamboo slide box, so you’ll always know where it’s at. Plus it looks really stylish sitting on your desk.

Lenovo rolls out Olympics themed USB flash drives

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2008

Lenovo rolls out Olympics themed USB flash drivesLenovo is showing some olympic spirit with their new line of Mascot series flash drives, which will remind you of the Olympics and it’s mascots long after they are over. The series consists of 6 colorful 4GB units that will cost around $30 each.

Lenovo didn’t just go all Olympic wild suddenly for no reason, they are the official flash drive designer and manufacturer for the event. They’ve got another series that resemble medallions. If those don’t light your torch, how about an extremely limited edition drive set of five 1GB titanium drives in a special mahogany box?

Biodegradable flash drives are here

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on August 6th, 2008

Biodegradable flash drives are hereMost of the gadgets that we use right now will be tossed away within a few years and probably end up in a landfill somewhere. That’s why it’s nice to see that at least some companies are looking at biodegradable gadgets. Hoshino announced “the world’s first biodegradable USB disk.”

And since it’s made of the corn-based plastic called polylactide, they fashioned it into the shape of an ear of corn. The material can be easily broken down. There’s not a lot of information on the device, but they have apparently made the entire drive biodegradable, and not just the casing. Aside from the obviously corny design, that’s good news. No one wants a bunch of flash drives in landfills.

4GB USB flash drive & lighter

Posted in Flash Memory by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2008

4GB USB flash drive & lighter
Chinavision is now offering a refillable Zippo style metal lighter that comes with a 4GB USB flash memory. It will allow you to both smoke things and store things like the 21st century Marlboro man.

Just like a real Zippo, it’s refillable. Looks like it only comes in cowboy cow skull flavor. It will cost you about $27. Just be careful you don’t fry your data. I’m surprised that zippo hasn’t started doing this. I bet they will pretty soon.