Over the past year or so we've seen a new product category emerge: the portable digital converter/headphone amplifier. Of course, no one "needs" such a device -- phones and iPods already have converters and amps built-in -- and sound perfectly fine with average headphones. The sound is good enough, but your phone's converter and amp share space and battery power with the phone's electronics. A separate converter and amp, about the size of a phone, has only one mission: improved sound quality. So if you upgraded to a high-end in-ear headphone, like the $399 … Read more
With its step-by-step process, Free ISO to USB makes it really easy to move an ISO image to a USB drive. While this process will be welcomed by beginners, a drag-and-drop setup would be more fun for more advanced users. Nevertheless, if you need a really basic program, this is the one you want.
This program takes you through a straightforward, four-step process to find and move the file you want. Since you can't skip steps, you might get bored if you already know how to find the file and just need software to do the moving or burning. … Read more
LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control successfully minimizes the chance of confidential data breach by locking out USB drives. The application quietly runs in the background and will disable any USB storage device when attached to your computer unless the device is on the application's white list.
Though the download checks in at about 2MB, setting it up may take a while. Upon startup, the program prompts you to make an account and sign in, but you don't have to if you're just looking to use the app on a local computer. LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control works … Read more
Your MacBook could one day save space by combining two ports into one.
"Combined Input Port," an Apple patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes a way to unite a USB port and a memory card slot into a single unit.
Combining two ports with two different connectors poses a challenge. But the invention envisioned by Apple would vary the depth and position of the respective connectors, allowing for both a USB device and a memory card to be inserted.
As the patent application describes it in technical jargon:The input port … Read more
Sorry about yesterday's oopsie with the hard drive. As I've noted countless times before, and as stated at the bottom of every post, deals are subject to availability, expiration, and other terms determined by sellers. The rub with most coupon codes is that I don't know when they're about to expire.
Likewise, it's hard to know when an independent seller working through Amazon will run out of something, which makes me a bit leery about today's deal. But, hey, nothing ventured, nothing saved, am I right? (It's an expression!)
For a limited time, … Read more
Shooting a lot of photos and/or videos? Ripping a lot of Blu-ray movies? Recording a lot of TV shows? Activities like these require a lot of storage -- the more, the better.
Through tomorrow, or until they sell out, Newegg has the Western Digital My Book 3TB external USB 3.0 hard drive for $79.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code 72HRSL066 at checkout. (Note that you must be a registered Newegg user in order to use the code.)
Update: Well, folks, the universe has conspired against me once again. I promise you I tested that code … Read more
Flash & USB Recovery can help when you accidentally delete important files from your removable and external memory devices, cards, and discs. NetGate Technologies' Windows 8-ready tool scans your drives for deleted but recoverable files and recovers files with a click. It can handle all of your system's drives, including internal and external hard drives, flash drives, SD Cards, and other memory devices. Its Deep JPEG Image Scan can find long-lost image files. A Log File records your searches. Flash & USB Recovery is free to try, but file recovery is disabled in the unregistered version.
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The other day I asked if it still made sense to buy a mammoth hard drive. For my money, the smarter buy is a compact, portable, smaller-capacity drive that's fast, affordable, and USB-powered.
Like this one: While supplies last, TigerDirect has the Western Digital Elements SE 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive for $59.99, plus around $4 for shipping. That's after redeeming a $10 mail-in rebate (PDF). It sells elsewhere (Newegg, Staples, etc.) for at least $80.
Compatible with Windows and Mac systems alike (though you'll need to reformat it for use with the latter), the … Read more
I've reviewed a number of portable headphone amps over the years, but they just took the analog output of a phone or MP3 player and made it sound better. Ideally, you want to totally bypass the player's digital converters, but up until recently that was a very expensive proposition. The V-Moda Vamp Verza cuts the price to less than half, and works with iPhones, iPads, and iPods, as well as Androids and computers. I'm really impressed with the little Vamp Verza's sound.
The look and concept were designed by V-Moda's Val Kolton in Milan, Italy, … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about a couple months ago.
Until wireless charging hits the mainstream (with either Apple or Samsung leading the -- sorry -- charge), we're all slaves to cables.
For example, I'm currently traveling with an older iPhone, a newer iPad, and a Kindle. Because each one has a different power port, I have to travel with three different cables. That's just wrong.
I've seen various hybrid cables that pack multiple charging tips into a single cord, but none with the Lightning connector used by newer iDevices. Until now: … Read more