As of the most recent software update (9.2), TiVo's added quite a few fixes to its high-def DVRs: the Series3 and the TiVo HD now offer the TiVo To Go, Multi-Room Viewing, Rhapsody, and expandable storage features that were originally promised. Now it appears that TiVo has solved the other big sticking point: compatibility with Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology. The company announced today that it's developed (with the help of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association) an add-on USB adapter that will enable its two high-def DVRs to properly tune cable channels being broadcast with SDV … Read more
Sure, the latest iPod nano is crazy-cool, but it's still another gadget you have to tote around. Why not use the phone that's already in your pocket? Plenty of models can pull double duty as MP3 players, meaning all you need for mobile-music goodness is a high-capacity memory card.
eCost has a Patriot 4GB MiniSD card for $26.99 (after a $20 mail-in rebate), which should hold about 1,000 MP3s. Just make sure your phone does indeed have a MiniSD slot and not a MicroSD slot, and that it supports SDHC cards. The Patriot comes with an … Read more
On Monday, November 26, Leverage will open up its gift card management service. It will be the place for you to register all those plastic cash cards you get from people who want to give you a gift but don't want to give you a gift. The service will track all your cards and the balances you have on them, let you buy and swap cards, send offers your way from the retailers whose cards you're holding, and pay you interest on the unused balance on your cards--which is weird, when you think about it for half a … Read more
We thought the whole pen convergence trend had subsided after seeing the most recent combo devices with built-in camcorders and DVRs. But video is apparently only the beginning for the versatile writing instrument, which also has designs on the storage market.
There have been many USB memory pens, as Chip Chick has noted, but now things have gotten downright silly with an SD card reader. The "3 in 1 Cocos Card Reader" also has a USB drive and actually writes, hence the three functions, with storage of up to 512MB.
But unlike the earlier surveillance-oriented pens, we wouldn'… Read more
Last week I wrote about the Eye-Fi Card, a special SD card that enables digital cameras to upload their photos wirelessly. Well, I've had several days with the card, and I'm ready to give you some first impressions. Unfortunately, the card I've been using doesn't include the firmware the Eye-Fi Card will use at release, so I can't yet give this product a formal score.
The card comes with a USB reader, a small instruction booklet, and nothing else; all the pertinent software is included on the card, and it autolaunches when you connect it … Read more
Lexar is about to start shipping a new reader to complement its line of 300X Professional UDMA CompactFlash cards. First announced back in February, the reader features two slots: one UDMA-compatible CompactFlash slot and one SDHC-compatible SD card slot. The reader's slick design includes an integrated cover for the card slots. If you press buttons on the sides of the reader, the middle portion pops up and the slots become accessible. When you're done, just push the middle part down and the slots are covered, so you don't have to worry about dirt or dust getting inside … Read more
The Congressional Quarterly's Jeff Stein recently reported that the FBI went trawling through grocery store records in order to track down Iranian terror cells. In his article, he writes, "like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists." The program, however, was short lived and was quickly "torpedoed by the head of the FBI's criminal investigations division, Michael A. Mason, … Read more
Wi-Fi-enabled cameras aren't really anything new. Many professional photographers use wireless adapters with their SLRs, and we've seen a small handful of Wi-Fi-enabled snapshot cameras over the past few years. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi on SLRs requires a rather pricey equipment investment, and Wi-Fi on snapshot cameras until now has only worked on certain models with built-in wireless modules.
Eye-Fi has announced its plans to change the limitations of wireless shooting with the Eye-Fi Card. While it looks like an ordinary (albeit painfully orange) 2GB SD card, it's really a 2GB SD card with a Wi-Fi chip inside.
After … Read more
How fast your camera shoots is due in part to the memory card it uses. Even the cleverest mechanical artistry is not enough if it's hampered by a sluggish write speed.
For that reason pro photographers would certainly appreciate the 8GB Extreme III SDHC, a drugged-up storage card for faster transfer speeds. Though the emphasis is on speed (read/write speed of 20MBps), there're some hardware and software extras. The bundled MicroMate is a USB 2.0 reader that can turn the card into a mass storage device or a card reader while the included RescuePRO software is … Read more
SanDisk is suing 25 companies for infringing on its patents on removable flash storage devices.
The flash memory maker filed a suit with a U.S. District Court in Wisconsin and another with the U.S. International Trade Commission Wednesday evening, seeking damages, a permanent injunction and an order from the ITC banning the importation of the products.
The roll call of the companies is a long one, but here goes: ACP-EP Memory, A-Data, Apacer, Behavior Computer, Buffalo, Chipsbank, Corsair Memory, Dane-Elec, Edge, Imation/Memorex, Interactive Media, Kaser, Kingston, LG Electronics, Phison Electronics, PNY, PQI, Silicon Motion, Skymedi, Transcend, TSR, … Read more