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USB 3.0

The HoverCam Solo 8 Document Scanner features ultra HD 4K resolution, full motion (30 fps)...

Pathway Innovations and Technologies has updated its document camera line with what's billed as the world’s first 4K, USB 3.0 document camera with full-motion video: the Hovercam Solo 8.  Read More

LaCie's 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series and d2 Thunderbolt Series externa...

Digital movies, music and multi-megapixel photos have an annoying way of eating into your once ample external storage. LaCie has responded to such storage woes by upping the top end of its d2 Thunderbolt Series single hard disk drive systems to 5 TB at 7200 RPM, and its 2big and 5big Thunderbolt RAID units to 10 and 25 TB respectively.  Read More

The LaCie Sphère hard drive is the result of a collaboration with Christofle

Following on from its collaborations with designer Neil Poulton on its Rugged Hard Disk and Phillippe Starck for its Blade Runner disk, LaCie has looked to France-based manufacturer of fine silverware, Christofle, to add a touch of class to its latest hard drive offering, the LaCie Sphère  Read More

Existing USB Cables (pictured) are officially on their way to obsolescence (Photo: Shutter...

Tired of trying to plug in a USB cable, only to discover that you have to flip it over? Well, it looks like that design could be going the way of the 5.25-inch floppy disk. Earlier this week, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the development of the new USB Type-C connector, which will work in any plug orientation or cable direction.  Read More

The specification for 10 Gbps USB 3.1 has been finalized

10 Gbps USB transfer speeds are a step closer following completion of the new specification by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group.  Read More

The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 is a four-bay USB 3.0 card reader hub

The Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 is a four-bay USB 3.0 card reader hub designed for professional photographers who need to import images and video from multiple cards quickly. The modular device can transfer from up to four memory cards at once and enables users to mix-and-match depending on whether they shoot on SD, CompactFlash or XQD memory cards.  Read More

Belkin's Thunderbolt Express Dock supports the connection of up to eight peripherals

We’ve been following Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock since it first showed up at IDF 2011. After receiving a makeover, the device again popped up at CES 2012 with the promise of a September 2012 release. It might be seven months late, but the wait is finally over.  Read More

Barcelona's Now Computing has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring its StormFly o...

As I know only too well from personal experience, factors such as damaging or space-hogging downloads, personalized desktops, tweaked settings or all manner of accumulated digital detritus can have serious effects on the performance of shared computers. Super Talent offered some welcome relief to PC users in 2010 with its Express RAM Cache thumb drives, allowing users to carry their own virtual desktop, personal files and favorite programs from computer to computer. Now Computing out of Barcelona, Spain, has taken the next logical step by throwing a full operating system on a wrist-worn flash drive. StormFly bypasses the resident PC or Mac operating system completely, so it doesn't leave a trace of user activity, and includes enough space for personal files and user settings.  Read More

USB 3.0 is set to get a speed boost from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps (Image: Shutterstock)

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has used CES 2013 to announce an enhancement to the USB 3.0 (aka SuperSpeed USB) standard that will see the throughput performance of USB 3.0 double from 5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. The speed boost will come courtesy of enhanced USB connectors and cables that are fully backward compatible with existing USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.  Read More

The Apophis USB drive is made with 18-carat gold or 925 silver ... and real meteorite

Who says that USB flash drives have to be simple little plastic items designed for carrying around data? ZaNa Design certainly doesn't think so. As such, it's launched a thumb drive called the Apophis that starts at US$1,100 and is made with authentic and certified meteorite.  Read More

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