Silicon Power Scores Two iF Design 2015 Awards

SP/ Silicon Power is well known for their storage products and they are often wrapped in a gorgeous outside. SP has once again received one of the most influential and prestigious recognitions from iF Design Award 2015 for the Stream S06 3.5-inch external hard drive and the Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG flash drive.

The iF Design Award was founded in Germany in 1953 and has since become one of the most reputable and famous design awards all over the world. iF Design Award attracted 4,783 entries from 53 countries this year and SP was one of them.

The Stream S06 3.5-inch External Hard Drive is a 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive wrapped in an elegant look. The handle combines design with functionality and allows for easy carrying from place to place.

The Mobile X31 USB 3.0 OTG Flash Drive takes advantage of a micro-USB and a USB 3.0 connector in a compact form factor. The duality allows the use on both OTG enabled Android devices as well as an ordinary USB host like your PC. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface allows for those speedy transfers while the swivel cap design allows quick and easy use as well as protection.

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ADATA Launches New Smart OTG microReader

ADATA has launched a new smart OTG microReader that combines a microUSB and standard USB connectors to share files among different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs. The normal USB connector acts as the microSD card reader at the same time, resulting in a very small device.

The microReader is compatible with OTG devices running Android 4.0 or higher without the need for further cables or adapters. On-The-Go devices can be extremely useful as we’ve seen in some of our recent reviews and as such it’s great to see more devices being released. It supports all microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards, simply insert the card into the base of the standard USB connector.

The adapter has a slim design that should prevent interference with other attached USB devices and comes in several packages. You can get the adapter alone or packed with microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 64GB.

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Toshiba Announces New TransferJet Adapters

Toshiba announced the first TransferJet adapters for iOS devices as well as a second-generation of USB adapters for Windows and Android systems. TransferJet is a wireless close-proximity system to transfer files from one device to another at high speeds and without a cable. The physical layer transmission rate is 560 Mbps while the maximum data throughput is 375Mbps.

“As we increasingly are taking higher quality photos, videos and more, people need an easy way to share these very large files with their friends and family, or simply save them to their PC,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President, Branded Storage, Toshiba America. “Until now, there hasn’t been a simple, fast and affordable way to instantly transfer files between devices – TransferJet makes it easy.”

The extremely short transmission distance minimizes the potential for leakage of data without the need for difficult security measures or setup procedures. Users also have the option to register devices and enable TranferJet to recognize those specific devices only. As TransferJet radiates very low-power radio waves, it causes virtually no interference to other wireless systems and unlike Wi-Fi there is no impact on performance even if multiple users simultaneously use them nearby.

The new TransferJet adapters will be available for purchase in March 2015 for a $79.99 MSRP.

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Sony Announces Dual USB Drive For Android Devices

Sony announced a 2-in-1 flash drive, and just in time for holiday season too . This would make a great present to receive or give due to the SA Series device’s special feature, which is providing a normal USB 2.0 connector on one end and a microUSB connector on the other end.

“Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible,” said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics. “These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking.”

The flash drive will be available starting from January in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities. This new drive would be ideal for moving video, music and pictures off a smartphone and onto a computer’s hard drive. To help with this, Sony will provide a File Manager app on Google Play, allowing users to move, delete, sort and playback files.

“Consumers can also use the drives as additional or temporary storage for their smartphones and tablets, a storage option that’s ideal for enjoying large data files like feature-length movies or personal music libraries,” reads the press release.

The File Manager is said to be compatible with Android 4.0.3 to 4.3 Jelly Bean only. Supporting operating systems include Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows Vista, Mac OS 10.4 or later, and the same Android builds as previously mentioned. A locking cap protects the connectors from dust, debris and damage, and the devices’ metal body is durable enough to withstand everyday mobile use.

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Nokia Guru To Be An iPod Shuffle Competitor

Nokia is known for cool accessories, and the new batch of phones and tablets about to be unveiled soon from the Finns is likely to be no exception. A new gadget called Nokia Guru has appeared, and it has every bearing of a music-related accessory.

The matchbox-like cyan Guru in the picture has a volume rocker and a play button, as well as a pair of in-ear headphones matching its color. There is a microUSB port in there as well, suggesting the device might carry its own battery and/or storage. There is an NFC tag, and some are suggesting it is Bluetooth equipped, too, so what exactly is the goal here, remains to be seen.

It could be a player and a Bluetooth headset in one to help keep the huge Lumia 1520 in your pocket. And if it is, Nokia’s first phablet could have a cyan version. Who knows? We’ve also heard that the new Lumia 525 about to be shown will be a music-centric phone, so the Guru could be meant for it. All is likely to be revealed sooner than expected, more specifically when Nokia World is taking place, so let’s hope for something amazing.

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