Archive for the ‘I/O’ Category
  • Intel USB 3.0 chipsets not coming until 2011 :(
    by Mike
    Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    Hope you like slow and steady, because we've got another year full of it. Mass adoption of USB 3.0 won't happen until 2011. If you're looking for somewhere or someone to point fingers and aim projectiles, look no further than "tech and strategy groups" whom are apparently unable to properly communicate goals and deadlines to Intel's product development teams. The two groups aren't quite "on the same playing field" if you know what I mean. It isn't all bad though. While mass adoption won't b...
  • Upcoming 1st gen USB 3.0 hard drives a little lacking in the speed department
    by Mike
    Posted September 28th, 2009 at 7:22 am
    Looking forward to pick up a few of the 1st USB 3.0 compatible hard drives and start living life in the fast lane? If so, you may want to hold off a tad as initial reports on 1st gen USB 3.0 hard drives from Buffalo and Freecom are anything but exciting. In fact it's pretty underwhelming. The new drives in question: the DriveStation HD-HXU3 from Buffalo and the XS 3.0 (pictured above) made by Freecom are anything but "Super Speedy". With the Buffalo and Freecom drives reported to hum along...
  • Get choosey with Buffalo
    by Mike
    Posted June 17th, 2009 at 9:33 am
    Just can't stand wasting energy even it is minute particles of energy, so small in fact that it's measure in electrons used?   Fret not, there are many other greenies out there just like you.  Buffalo has your back.  The Buffalo 4 port hub features individual kill switches on each of the 4 USB ports giving you the ultimate in eco-friendly design.  Why let these empty holes sip on power when not in use?  Stop their never ending appetite and reclaim your electric bill with pride.  Hit u...
  • Silicon keyboard resists the body’s many fluids, continues to run like a champ
    by Mike
    Posted June 9th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    If you eat and drink by your computer, you most likely have experienced some sort of nefarius substance inhabiting your precious collection of plastic squares with letters stamped on them.  Normally the way to remedy such situations is to unplug the keyboard and use either a damp cloth, paper towel, wet wipe, etc. in hopes that the grime will come clean without harming your keyboard.  But what about those more serious accidents in which large quantities of some odd substance makes its way ...
  • (Yesterday) Apple kills ExpressCard slot in laptops…ExpressCard 2.0 to breathe new life into format - Mac rendezvous impending?
    by Mike
    Posted June 9th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    The recent removal of the ExpressCard slot and replacement of said slot with an SD card slot from Macbook Pro laptops was seen as a bitter sweet moment. While the public outcry will undoubtedly be far less than that over the removal of Firewire from the 13" Macbook (now Pro), there are still several different types of applications and instances where missing that ExpressCard slot is going to cost dearly. What's odd is why Apple didn't incorporate one or two other card formats into the Macb...
  • For those special moments in life…USB Bean Microwave
    by Mike
    Posted June 9th, 2009 at 5:16 am
    Who wants a nice bag of freshly popped popcorn or decadent rich chocolate when you can have something so much better? What could be better than fresh popcorn or chocolate? Beans. But, beans pose a small problem. They taste much better when warm, something that isn't exactly common straight from the can. Computer squatters and bean lovers everywhere rejoice. The USB Bean Microwave is your gadget that will effectively blend your two loves and bring a new sense of wholeness to your life. S...
  • USB 3.0 capable of more - 25Gbps capable ceiling obtainable!
    by Mike
    Posted May 22nd, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    USB 2.0 while fast in its day is simply no match for the size and quantity of files people are now swapping in the more technology saturated world in which we live in today. USB 3.0 thankfully is their knight in shining armour if you will as it will bring a much greater bandwidth max ushering in true high-speed transfers able to cope with large files such as HD movies and lossless music among other types. At the USB 3.0 Developers Conference that was held May 20 to 21, 2009, in Tokyo, Japan,...
  • NEC announces first USB 3.0 controller
    by Mike
    Posted May 19th, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    Speed demons and multimedia hounds who currently waste vast amounts of time waiting for data to transfer to and fro between USB 2.0 devices will soon have a much faster method. While the USB 3.0 specs were finalized a distant 6 months ago, any actual hardware to support the new specs were still MIA, that was until now. Thanks to NEC and their µPD720200 USB 3.0 controller chip that will support speeds of up to 5Gbps, transfer times will be drastically reduced as it will soon be making its wa...
  • Wireless USB finding a new home with Samsung
    by Mike
    Posted February 12th, 2009 at 8:10 am
    Isn't it a pain to have to lug around 10 different cords to 10 different electronics because they all use different sync cables.  Imagine a world where you could just cut the cord and get on with your life...without being tethered down, hampering your ability to live.  Ok, so maybe that was a little dramatic.  However, cords to a digital nerd are like gnats to a cow...not life threatening, but just a pain in the a**.  So it is with great pleasure and excitement to announce that Samsung ...
  • In the video connection world, USB is still the loser..
    by Mike
    Posted January 10th, 2009 at 12:37 pm
      Take a stroll to your local electronics store and look at the back of a high end monitor or TV.  What do you see?  You'll see every type of connection known to man kind and multiple's of some of them.  One would ask, "How did we get to the point where we have so many connections?".  It's manufacturers thinking that they have the next latest and greatest, or best solution for the industry.  Naturally not everyone sees eye to eye and someone else or some other group release their own ...
  • USB 3.0 in Pictures
    by Mike
    Posted January 10th, 2009 at 10:45 am
    Engadget was fortunate enough to have gotten a look at Symwave's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 setup.  What ensued was a lot of super geeky explanations.  It turns out that besides being backwards compatible with USB 2.0, USB 3.0 will also work with USB 1.1.  Good deal!  Since it runs at around 500MB/sec, which is about 10 times faster than 2.0,  it is the drives that they are actually connected to that will show up as the bottleneck.  It is only a matter of time for hard drives to catch up in...
  • More details on USB 3.0
    by Mike
    Posted January 7th, 2009 at 9:04 am
    The aging USB 2.0 standard is soon going to be replaced by the much faster 3.0.  Progress on the next gen transfer format had been stagnated for several months during early talks between the various companies because they could not get personal issues between them sorted out.  But, all is well now and USB 3.0 is coming.  So what does it have to offer? Backward Compatibility Speed! Transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps For example, a 25GB HD movie takes 13.9 minutes to transfer over 2.0.�...
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