Sandisk's latest Extreme USB Flash Drive 3.0 can transfer files up to 10 times faster than 2.0 drives with speed of up to 190MB. It takes 20 seconds to transfer 3GB and four minutes for 40GB. Back compatible with 2.0, it is ultra thin and holds up to 128GB of data. Take your pick of 16, 32 and 64GB models. SanDisk SecureAccess software is included for security. Optional online data storage of up to 2GB is available as is backup service.
Audible has been available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry for a while now and it was only a question of time before Windows Phones got theirs. The audio book application is free and there are over 100,000 titles to choose from. A fee of $7.49 for each of the first three months is being offered and then users pay $14.95 for one credit per month and 30% off other books. Subscribers can cancel any time with no penalty. WP 7.5+ is supported on phones Nokia Lumia, HTC Titan and Radar, and the Samsung Focus S.
Belkin has a new pair of modular WiFi based devices that can turn an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a remote control. The WeMo Switch plugs into any outlet and can be connected into any network. It can be turned on and off at home or remotely with the free WeMo app. It can even be placed on a time schedule. Opt for the WeMo Switch + Motion Bundle and you get the added benefit of a sensor that can detect motion and turn on within 10 ft. Since it is a module system, more can be added down the line.
Apple has found an alternative to sending kids aged 8 - 12 to summer camp or having to endure three months of endless video gaming. They have established filmmaking camps at their retail outlets beginning July 23. Two 90 minute sessions will teach them how to use iMovie and GarageBand to create their own video classics. Optional Apple Camp Film Festivals on Saturdays give them the chance to share their creations.
The iHome Bluewave Bluetooth Audio Receiver is an adapter that can transform an iPhone dock into a wireless speaker system for Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. With a simple and quick setup, it automatically turns on when the user comes within 30 feet. Play some tunes and games, check your email and tweet easily with your smartphone. The receiver is available for $39.99, you provide the dock.
The AirStrap Med was built for iPads used by the medical community even when traveling. Sanitizable, it is lightweight and gives full access to its touch display, even when wearing latex gloves. Compatible with the latest gen iPad and iPad 2, Griffen Technology uses actual doctors and nurses when designing the case that has a 2-part frame and built-in screen shield. Non-medical personnel can also use the case at an $89.99 price, or a less expensive AirStrap that comes with a neoprene safety strap.
Harman Kardon has released 5 new earphones/headphones including two sound-isolating in ear models for the iPhone. There are also two on-ear and one over-ear headphones made for Apple devices. All have noise-cancelling technology, 30 hours of battery life and made with slow-retention foam for a comfortable fit. Look for BT, AE, CL and NI -phones to come out this summer with prices starting at $99.97.
The InPulse Notification Watch has been out for a while now and can alert its user to incoming email, SMS, calendar alerts and caller ID. For use with Blackberry or Android devices, it can be put it in vibrate or visual alert mode and customized with filters, colors or fonts. There are plenty of apps for the watch and Allerta is encouraging others to design them as well with its SDK. The best part is that you can now find them at prices starting at $99.00.
By the way, a Kickstarter campaign raised over $10 million for Pebble, an e-paper smartwatch for developers or those who admire Dick Tracy. It can receive notifications, comes in white, black or red and has vibrating notifications, messages and alerts that needs a simple wrist shake to end.
Leave it to the military to come up with a plan to snatch more funding to explore and develop centers that would allow wireless recharging from as far away as 50 ft. The plan would cost $5 - 6 million and soldiers would be able to charge their devices without plugging in. The Army plans to build wireless transmitters on bases for passive recharging, including perhaps drones.
JVC has a new 4.1Ch Audio Tower that almost does too much. The iPod/iPhone dock comes with HD Audio, CD playability, MP3 and WMA support and can offer regular or 360º stereo from its four speakers. Available in black, white or red, the NX-SA5 has the additional benefit of not only purifying your device, but the built-in Ionizer will clean the surrounding air.
We suppose that one can never get enough Harry Potter and although there will be no more books about Hogwarts, J.K. Rowling is collaborating with Sony and London Studio to create Augmented Reality technology in The Wonderbook: Book of Spells. After opening the interactive book, one can learn about and practice spells, with the PS Move acting as magic wand and the TV screen projecting the images. The PlayStation 3 game and book is available for pre-order now and will be out December 2012.
LaGuardia Airport, St. Paul International and Toronto Pearson Airport have found a fun way to amuse patrons waiting for a delayed flight. OTG Management runs airport restaurants and is incorporating 2,500 iPads for free usage. Both the software and the tablets themselves will be locked in but still isers can surf, play games and check Facebook. The program will be completed over the next year or so and OTG plans to expand up to 100,000 iPads if it is successful.
Intel remains on the forefront of technology and may be working on a set top box that can determine gender and age of the viewer and will launch appropriate ads. While this premise still appears at the planning stage, the company believes that interactive features is a plus for TV advertisers by using niche marketing. Then again, showing a 12 year-old the next best thing to bug her/his parents for seems a bit daunting.
Nest Labs is going all out to get us all to adopt their Learning Thermostat. We first introduced the device late last year and it is now available at Lowes, the Apple Store and Amazon. If the $249 price is unsettling, just remember that you will save on power in the long run as it "gets to know you" and lowers temperature according to your utility usage.
Virgin Mobile will be offering Apple's iPhone 4S June 29 on a pre-paid plan. Following the release of the same by Cricket Wireless also this month, the phone itself is offered for $549.00 for 8GB and $649 for 16GB with plans starting at $30.00 monthly. Pricey, but then remember that these smartphones are not under contract. If you so choose to go for the "Big Plan" before July 1, you get a 2GB monthly bonus. Sign up for preorder now.
Portable and minute, the NuForce Cube is more than just a cutesy speaker. It has two 3.5 mm audio jacks, one for mobile devices and the other for headphones that can also boost audio quality and power. There is also a USB-to-digital converter to improve sound on your laptop and the Cube has an optional iPod nano docking connector. Each has a rechargeable battery to allow for 8 hours of continuous play. At a size of 2.3 x 2.3 x 2.4", the speaker comes in blue, red, black and silver.
Plug in this Wall Powered Wireless Signal Repeater and your WiFi range can be extended or connect to cable to utilize as a standard access point. The device is great for larger areas like airports, hotels or convention center or any multi-floor building with CAT5 sockets. The repeater carries a $24.95 price.
Politicians who try to delete tweets that they are not proud of may find their comments on Politwoops. The Sunlight Foundation takes the ones that have been posted and deleted and displays them for the humiliation all over again. While Twitter policy states that once they are gone they should stay gone, enjoy the service while it lasts. You can comment on and retweet them before the buzz is killed.
Denon has a new series of 11 models of headphones that can do more than just listen. For example, their Globe Cruiser can run an iOS travel app, the Music Mania comes with the ability to adjust EQ and integrate with TuneIn Radio, the Urban Raver is for those who like to share music on social websites and Exercise Freak has GPS for tracking activities. The headphones will be available at prices starting at $179.00 beginning August 2012.
Want to make your minimal voice heard on the subject of Facebook's privacy and user rights policies? Until June 8, users can vote on whether to keep the existing policies or adopting their new ones. You certainly cannot contribute to the big picture, but you can help to decide about matters concerning how your information is shared. Hit the link to vote.
The Joy Factory offers simplified charging with the ZipMini. Usable for up to four devices, it works by touching your smartphone, tablets, e-reader or other electronics. There are no tangling cords and no power loss since there is a direct plug in by magnetization. The kit comes with a micro USB receiver and Apple 30-pin zip tail connector.