Friday, October 21, 2011

Travelers know how crummy electronics can be when it comes time to pack in all the stuff that keeps it going, aka, chargers. Some are small but those pesky prongs that stick out make packing difficult. Some have collapsible prongs but are large. Shesh, can some one give us a break? As David Lee Roth use to say, one break, coming up! XtremeMac has released the InCharge hOme USB which is slim and has a collapsible prongs for easy traveling and packing. The cable can also be be removed and used on any Mac or PCs USB port for charging and syncing. It can be yours for $29.99.

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Oakdale, MN – October 18, 2011 – XtremeMac, a leading designer and manufacturer of accessories and audio solutions for Apple devices, is thrilled to announce the new InCharge Home USB Wall Charger, the perfect travel charger, slim and full power. With 10 watts of power, the InCharge Home USB provides rapid charging for iPod, iPhone or iPad as well as other USB powered devices.

The compact InCharge Home USB features a slim design with collapsible prongs for easy portability and convenience when traveling. Additionally, the low profile InCharge Home USB allows access to a second wall outlet. The included 4ft detachable USB to 30 pin cable can be used for charging/syncing with a computer.

The InCharge Home USB is available now in the U.S. for $29.99 at

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About XtremeMac:
Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, XtremeMac is a portfolio brand of Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN). Founded in 2001, the same year Apple introduced the first iPod, XtremeMac provides innovative solutions to protect, power and play Apple devices. The brand’s award winning cases, speaker docks and charging solutions incorporate leading edge design and advanced technology to enhance customer experience with Apple products. Additional information can be found at, Facebook/XtremeMac and Twitter/XtremeMac.

XtremeMac, the “X” logo, and InCharge are trademarks of Imation Corp. iPhone, iPod, iPod Classic, iPod nano and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

If you need a second monitor for your laptop or even desktop and just want to plug and go, then you should give the AOC USB Monitor a try. Drawing power from the USB port and providing either mirror screen or an extended desktop, the USB Monitor is a fantastic buy at $139 available this October. With a resolution of 1366 x 786 at 16 inches and a built-in kickstand, the e1649fwu will add to any desktop nicely.

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Fremont, Calif. – September 20, 2011– AOC, the worldwide leader in monitor display technology, announces the sleek and portable USB Monitor, the ultimate laptop accessory. The lightweight monitor features a convenient built-in USB port that receives both power and signal via a single USB cable for plug-and-play connection. The monitor does not require a power cord or VGA cable, and is ideal for dual- and multi-monitor setups. Along with functioning as an extended display, the accessory can also be used for on-the-go presentations. The AOC USB Monitor will be available at major retail chains nationwide in October 2011. The 16-inch model (e1649fwu) will have an MSRP of $139.

“The USB Monitor showcases AOC’s dedication to expanding its display offerings and using the latest technologies to come out with innovative and user friendly products,” said Robert Velez, Marketing Manager of AOC. “The USB Monitor is ideal for business presentations, photo frame applications, multiple monitor displays and as a companion monitor for laptop and netbook users who want more out of their computer.”

With the launch of the USB Monitor, AOC continues its commitment to providing the latest in digital display technologies and innovative styling. The 16-inch e1649fwu model also offers impressive image quality with 50,000,00:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 5ms response time and 1366 x 786 resolution. A handy built-in Smart Stand pivots out when needed and stores flush against the back of the monitor when not in use. The foldable stand supports both portrait and landscape display. Because the monitor does not require a power cord or VGA cable, it permits maximum portability while still allowing the display of multiple applications like instant messenger, movie player, gaming and digital picture frame apps.

The e1649fwu has a clean and modern aesthetic that is complemented by a black piano-polish finish on the bezel, while a hard glass screen offers superior protection. One laptop can support multiple USB Monitor connections to create a multi-monitor setup. The USB Monitor is also compatible with desktop PCs.

Every AOC monitor is manufactured to meet the most stringent green standards. Along with being mercury free, the packaging for the eco-friendly USB Monitor is made from recycled materials. In addition, AOC’s industry-leading LED display technology allows for a powerful and crystal clear display while minimizing power consumption.

• Panel Type: LED
• Widescreen 16:09
• Screen Size: 15.6”w
• Viewable Image Size: 395 mm
• Brightness (typical): 250cd
• Contrast ratio (typical): 50,000,000:1
• Response Time: 5ms
• Max. Resolution: 1366×768 @60Hz
• Input Signal: 1 USB
• HDCP Compatible: No
• Special Features: USB Powered

About AOC
AOC is the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs. With more than 60 years of design and manufacturing experience, AOC has earned a reputation for selling user-friendly, technologically advanced monitors, TVs and multi-functional displays. Every aspect of AOC’s global business focuses on the development of products that fit seamlessly into consumers’ digital lifestyle. For more information, please visit

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sync Digital Pictureframes, MemoryCards and USB MemorySticks with your Mac

Berlin based nova media today announced the immediate availability of FrameLoader in the Mac App Store. FrameLoader synchronises photos, music and movie files on a Mac with digital pictureframes, SD cards and USB memory sticks.

FrameLoader will convert pictures, music and videos automatically into a format which can be displayed by the selected digital Pictureframe. To display media files on a TV or other devices, FrameLoader can synchronise media files with an SD card and USB memory stick.

“Up to now it has been a pain in the neck to copy and convert files every time you want to see them on a digital pictureframe. Using FrameLoader, you simply attach the frame to your Mac and let the software do the rest.”, states Jan Fuellemann, PR spokesperson at nova media.

To select the media contents, FrameLoader displays a list of iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists. They can conviniently be checked or unchecked to be synced. Custom media files can be dragged and dropped into FrameLoader and selected accordingly. A click of the sync button starts the synchronisation process and an activity monitor displays the details of the sychronisation process.


FrameLoader is available today at the Mac App Store for US-$ 11.99 (Euro 9.99). The software requires an Intel Macintosh computer running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher. A demoversion of FrameLoader is available at nova media’s website å

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gemini Introduces FirstMix -- USB DJ Controller for Aspiring DJs

Gemini, a division of GCI Technologies and a leading innovator of modern DJ technology, is excited to unveil the FirstMix USB DJ Controller for aspiring DJs. This easy to use, yet feature rich controller with two touch sensitive jog wheels that allow anyone to scratch like a pro.

A “Best in Show” winner at the 2011 Winter NAMM show, FirstMix connects via USB and allows users to DJ using their iTunes or other music library. FirstMix ships with Cross LE DJ software from MixVibes and is also compatible with Traktor, Virtual DJ and Algoriddim’s DJAY and other popular DJ software.

“We took many of the best features from our Gemini professional DJ products and integrated them into FirstMix for anyone who is interested in a fun and easy way to get started in digital DJ,” says Mark Wilder, Vice President of Marketing for GCI Technologies. “FirstMix lets you ‘scratch’ right out of the box and gives you the tools you need to put together a great party mix.”

Other key features include the ability to seamlessly mix songs together, spice up tracks with effects, play music in reverse, adjust bass and treble output and record your set. Priced at $79.95, the FirstMix is the newest addition to Gemini’s Digital DJ Controller line and will be available through musical instrument, electronics, and DJ retailers in May, 2011.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

NZXT Unveils Bunker USB Locking Device

NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce Bunker, an advanced USB locking device designed for USB expansion and protection of gaming accessories. Plug in gaming mice, keyboards, and headphones and lock it with a sophisticated 20 key lock system and durable door to prevent theft at LAN parties and schools. Bunker installs easily into any open 5.25” drive bay and provides 4 additional USB ports for expanded connectivity.

“We place a great deal of importance on portability and security,” said Johnny Hou, Founder and Chief Designer at NZXT. “Whether you’re transporting your rig to a LAN party or would like more peace of mind in the dorm, Bunker will ensure that your peripherals and media remain secure.”

Bunker will be available in March for the MSRP of $24.99. For more information visit

Rockstor Blazer B7

Rocstor, a leading provider of fast, high‐capacity data storage and encryption solutions, announces new addition the BLAZER mobile line of external hard drives. The Blazer B7 ruggedized pocket drives deliver exceptional performance and reliability in a tough aluminum enclosure. Designed and engineered to meet the needs of demanding mobile data storage market, the Blazer B9, 2.5” external hard drives are compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh® Operating Systems.

The BLAZER series ‐ “These drives are made with ruggedized aluminum to fulfill the requirements of demanding consumers who expect their external hard drives to perform under tough working environments. The new Blazer pocket drives contain a fast, high capacity 2.5” SATA drive mechanism, provides with up to 5,000 MB/sec transfer speeds and multiple interfaces in a stylish aluminum case for thermal efficiency and silent operation.

Groundbreaking Design
The first design of its kind, the Blazer mobile series sets a new standard for unprecedented design, quality, versatility and capability that will satisfy the most sophisticated consumers, where the products specifications must satisfy the uncompromising demands of consumers.

The ruggedized tough Aluminum chamber and shock‐absorbent (patent in process) enclosure protect the drive against impact damage, accidental drops and bumps. These outstanding design features prolong product life and protect data integrity under toughest working environments.

Despite its diminutive size and shock‐absorbent chamber, the Blazer B7’s wide array of ports ensures maximum compatibility regardless of the type of computer or operating system in use. A combination of ports, 2x FireWire 800 (1394b, and 1394a ‐ IEEE) and High Speed USB 3.0 (USB 2.0) makes these devices some of the most versatile drives on the market.

Wide Range of Applications
Operating with Mac OS, Linux® and Windows®, this external drive offers storage capacities ranging from 320GB to 750GB (HDD) and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB Solid State (DDS) as well as “plug‐and‐play” capability with hard drive speeds of up to 7,200rpm or 250 MB/sec with SSD. This allows users to quickly back up or archive valuable data, large video files and digital photo collections.
The bootable feature allows the user to boot access and operate all programs and data via any other computer under the same OS environments.

Special Features:
•Ruggedized Pocket size external storage drive
•Robust and tough Aluminum Casing
•Enhanced Shock‐Absorbent casing despite its small size
•Incorporates SSD or SATA Hard Drive
•USB 3.0, and 2x FireWire 800 (1394b) connections
•Bus powered and bootable
•Speeds up to 5,000 Megabytes per second
•Reduces power consumption with hard drive spin‐down support
•Daisy chain multiple FireWire devices as storage needs grow
•Automatic configuration (pre‐formatted for plug and play)
•Compatibility ‐ Mac or Windows® or Linux®
•Includes all necessary cables


Hard Disk Drives = 320GB, 500GB, 640GB and 750GB
Solid State Drives = 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB

Rotational Speeds: available with 5,400 or 7,200 rpm HDD and 250 MB/sec SSD
Interface: FireWire 800 1394b and High Speed USB 3.0 (2.0 compatible)
Transfer Rates: Up to 800MB/s FireWire 800, and up to 5,000MB/s USB 3.
Dimension: ~2.95 x 5x 0.63 (0.75) inch ~75 x 12.7 x 16 (19) mm
Weight: ~0.5 lb (~0.2Kg) or less

System Requirements:
Mac or PC computers with USB 3.0 (2.0) or FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b or 1394a) port(s) Apple: PowerPC® or Intel® Core Duo® processor PC: 266MHz or faster Intel or equivalent processor Recommended Memory: 512MB RAM
Operating System requirements: Apple: PowerPC® or Intel Core Duo® processor running Mac OS 9, X, Leopard, Snow Leopard … PC: Microsoft®, Windows®, 2000, Me, XP, Vista® or Windows 7®

Power Requirements: FireWire or USB Bus Power

Availability: The Blazer B7 will be available end of February 2011, through our distribution and reseller channels domestically and internationally. For more product information, visit

Monday, January 3, 2011

AOC Unleashes the Breeze Tablet with  8-Inch Screen

AOC, the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs, announces the launch of the Breeze, an ultraportable tablet with an industry-leading 8-inch, 800-by-600-pixel touch screen and a full USB 2.0 port. The Breeze Tablet runs on the Google Android 2.1 operating system and is powered by a Rockchip processor. Weighing in at only 1.1 pounds, it is a truly portable device that puts the Internet, e-mail, games, movies and music at your fingertips. The Breeze Tablet offers a seamless user experience and will be available for purchase at a sub-$200 price point at national retailers.

“In developing the Breeze Tablet, we were able to capitalize on our expertise in video displays and our strength in the computer industry to create a device that matches our 60-year reputation of providing quality and user-friendly products at a great value,” said Robert Velez, Marketing Manager of AOC.

Ideal for work and play, the Breeze Tablet lets you stream media from an attached USB device or the Internet via Wi-Fi onto its 8-inch, 800-by-600-pixel touch screen. The device will play several hours of audio and video when fully charged, and includes a built-in speaker, standard headphone jack and microphone. The Breeze comes preloaded with essential applications like Web browser, video and audio players, photo browser, e-mail, calendar and e-book shelves, and provides access to additional apps like office suite through the Android marketplace. The Breeze offers 4GB of on-board storage space, as well as a micro SD card slot for further expansion. The full USB 2.0 also allows for additional storage.
Key Standard Features
§ Google Android 2.1 OS
§ 8-inch touch screen with auto-rotation
§ Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
§ 4GB internal memory
§ Full USB 2.0 port
§ Additional ports: USB OTG, 3.5MM stereo headphone jack, DC in jack
§ Micro SD card reader
§ 12 hrs audio playing time/up to 6 hrs video time
A full line of accessories is available for the Breeze Tablet, and AOC offers a two-year accident coverage program for loss or damage of the device.

Thursday, November 18, 2010
NewerTech Announces USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter

Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech®), a leading developer of Macintosh®, PC, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad™ performance upgrades and accessories, announced today the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter for connecting any 2.5″, 3.5″, or 5.25″ hard drive, SSD, or optical drive to Macs and PCs via USB 3.0 for file transfer after the upgrade of an internal hard drive; for backing-up and storing file archives; and for data access from stored backup drives with driverless, Plug & Play ease and SuperSpeed 5Gb/s data transfer rate performance.

The NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter is available immediately for $39.99 MSRP from NewerTech’s exclusive distributor, Other World Computing (OWC®), as well as through the retail channel. It comes with everything needed for immediate use including power cables, interface connecting cables, a heavy duty UL listed 2.0 Amp AC adapter, and a full one year NewerTech warranty. It is compatible with Mac computers running OS 8.6 or higher including all versions of OS X and Microsoft Windows based systems. For more information, see For more information on NewerTech’s complete line of accessories and upgrades for Macs, PCs, and iDevices, visit:

Offers Easy Drive Upgrade File Transfer
With digital audio, video, and photo files growing in size and becoming a part of daily life, consumers need larger hard drives to store their content libraries. After upgrading to a larger capacity drive, the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter enables consumers to transfer data between the drives and the give the switched out drive a second life as an external storage solution. The adapter also enables use of drives on an “as needed” basis for emergency data access should files need to be restored to the computer’s internal drive as well as transfer data from drives removed from a failed computer.

Universal Compatibility…Works With All Drives
Truly universal in compatibility, the NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter has been tested to work with all hard drive brands, including Maxtor, Seagate, IBM, Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, and Fujitsu; optical drive brands, including LG, Lite-On, Panasonic, Pioneer, Plextor, Sony, Teac, and Toshiba; and removable media drives, such as Iomega Zip. The NewerTech USB 3.0 Universal Drive Adapter provides a USB 3.0 data transfer rate speed of up to 5Gb/s (500MB/s) and is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0/1.1 interface equipped computers.

Product Highlights:

  • Easily transfer files and access data from internal and external 2.5″, 3.5″, or 5.25″ hard drive, SSD, and optical drives with any standard IDE/ATA/ATAPI 40 pin or SATA interface
  • Gives a second life to switched-out drives… instantly turns any ATA or SATA drive into an external drive
  • Supports USB 3.0 & USB 2.0/1.1 standards
  • Maximum transfer rates up to 5 Gb/s (500MB/s)
  • Supports hard drives up to 2TB
  • No drivers to install – Plug & Play
  • LED informs of an accurate device connection and disk activity
  • Includes all connection and power cables including a 2 Amp UL listed power adapter for drive power.

“We’re very excited to be adding the fastest data transfer interface currently available to our universal drive adapter line,” said Grant Dahlke, Brand Manager, Newer Technology Inc. “The USB 2.0 model has been a resounding success with the media and consumers over the past six years and we fully expect this new model to become a ‘must have’ tool for computer technicians as well the average user.”

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Fast and Tiny: LaCie FastKey Goes from 0 to 260MB/s in 26cm3

Today LaCie announces the smallest SSD USB 3.0 drive, delivering speeds up to 260MB/s – LaCie FastKey. Small enough to hide in the palm of your hand, LaCie’s FastKey can transfer 1000 mp3 or five DIVX files in less than 60 seconds.

100 Times Faster than USB 2.0
While the FastKey can perform up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, its peak performance goes far beyond that. Combining the performance of SSD, USB 3.0 and DRAM cache technology, the FastKey can write small files up to 100 times faster than your average USB 2.0 hard drive.

“With most flash drives, transferring a large number of photos and mp3 files can take a few minutes,” said Luc Pierart, Business Unit Manager, Personal Storage, LaCie. “With the Fastkey, transferring small files is immediate. You can back up or share your music and photo libraries as you head out the door.”

Compact Metal Design
Combining the highly robust solid-state flash technology, with sturdy aluminum casing, the FastKey ensures your data is as safe as it is mobile. But don’t mistake its high capacity for a 2.5” mobile SSD. The LaCie FastKey packs 120GB into a sleek flash drive (measuring just 26cm3) with no wasted space. And with the included strap, users can secure the FastKey to a keychain or bag for additional on-the-go convenience.

Full Data Protection
The LaCie FastKey not only protects data from the outside, it includes software AES 256-bit encryption – so your data is secure no matter how it’s used. Simply choose the amount of capacity you want to encrypt, and access it with a custom password. Now you can pass the FastKey to colleagues and friends and know your personal files are secure. If privacy is a priority, you can encrypt the full capacity.

For even more storage and sharing options, the LaCie FastKey also comes with 4GB of secure online storage from Wuala.

The LaCie FastKey is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+ starting at $149.99. For more product information, visit

LaCie Starck Mobile Drive USB 3.0

Author: Sven Rafferty
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
LaCie Brings Industry-Leading Speeds to High Design:  LaCie Starck Mobile Drive USB 3.0

LaCie announced today the latest addition to its USB 3.0 portfolio, bringing the fastest interface on the market to the award-winning design of Philippe Starck – LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0.

USB 3.0 Technology
Reaching speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0*, the Starck Mobile USB 3.0 is an ideal gift for technology enthusiasts who demand stylish aesthetics with leading technology.

Ensuring connectivity is never an issue, the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 – simply connect it into any PC or Mac for a seamless plug-and-play experience.

Strength of Metal
Encased in 2mm of sturdy aluminum, the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 is one the most resistant choices for consumer hard drives on the market. The aluminum offers resilience from blunders, improved heat dissipation, and is fully recyclable.

User-Friendly Software Suite
The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 comes with LaCie Setup Assistant software to easily install your drive on PC and Mac. It also includes LaCie Backup Assistant, which helps make automatic backup a snap. In addition, you get 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to securely store, share and sync your data online.

The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 will be available in a 500GB capacity through LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of $109.99. For more information, visit

*Based on theoretical rate given by USB-IF. For more information visit