Lexar Announces New 200GB High-Performance microSDXC Card

Lexar released a new memory card for those that need a lot of speed and a lot of storage at the same time as they announced the release of their new 200GB microSDXC card that comes with a 633x speed rating and an SD Class U1 rating.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a 200GB card in this size, but it is the first time that it goes mainstream and becomes an available card for normal people that want that extra capacity in their smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices based on SD cards. The 633x speed rating (633 times 150KB/s) equals to about 95MB/s which is the read speed that this card can perform – far higher than the official U1 rating. The 200GB capacity is enough to store up to 17 hours of 4K and Full HD video, 33,000 photos, or 28,000 of your favourite songs – if you even got a library that size at all.

“Professional and everyday photographers are now more passionate about shooting high-quality video, on everything from digital SLRs to sports and aerial cameras,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “With the Lexar 200GB microSDXC UHS-I card, photographers can continue to capture and store large amounts of content on the go, without having to worry about running out of space.

Lexar also included a USB 3.0 card reader for high-speed card-to-computer transfer of all your captured moments. The card reader is naturally backward compatible with USB 2.0, so a connection to legacy systems won’t be an issue either. The 200GB Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty while the card reader itself has a 1-year limited warranty.

Should your interest be tickled by this news, then the good part is that it’s already available and it isn’t even as expensive as you might think. The new card is currently available for purchase with an MSRP of £109.99.

ASUS Travelair N Wireless 1TB Hard Disk Review

Introduction


When it comes to storage you can either go the ordinary and boring route, or you can opt for something that breaks with the norm with more features than you would expect. I’m taking a closer look at ASUS’ Travelair N today which is a portable USB 3.0 hard disk drive that also works wirelessly with a built-in access point, comes with an SD card reader built-in, and has One-Touch NFC capabilities on top of the 1TB storage capacity.

The ASUS Travelair N ‏(WHD-A2) is a 1TB portable USB 3.0 hard disk drive at heart and that in itself isn’t without. You can easily carry 500 movies, thousands of photos, songs, and files with you where ever you go. An ordinary portable drive has some limitations on the road, mainly the connection interface. What if you would like to access the drive from your mobile phone or tablet? What if you are far from a power outlet? Well, that is no problem with the Travelair N that comes with built-in wireless network capabilities and a battery.

Using the 2.4GHz band, the Travelair N can connect to pretty much any wireless devices available. It is compatible with IEEE 802.11b, g, and n-style connections which cover the entire spectrum of the wireless band. The antennas are internal, so you don’t need to worry about connecting them or breaking them off either. The Travelair N uses enterprise-level WPA2 wireless security to connect with your smart phone or tablet, ensuring all of your content is kept private and secure.

Not only does it come with built-in wireless capabilities, the drive also features a built-in 3300 mAh battery that is rated for up to 8-hours usage. This should be plenty of time until you’re near a charging ability again.

And no, ASUS didn’t stop here and added more features to this drive. The Travelair N supports NFC technology for instant one-touch connection to supported devices without any configuration needs. Simply touch your NFC-supported smart phone or tablet to the drive and you can browse your media library and files straight away.

The final feature of the drive itself is the built-in SD card slot that lets you back up your data from memory cards with simple steps. This is the perfect solution to empty the memory cards onto a larger storage medium and keep shooting those photos while you got the opportunity.

ASUS created the AiDrive companion app which is available on almost any platform: iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android devices. The app features an intuitive user interface to let you quickly and easily view and share your photos, videos, and files.

The Travelair N can connect with up to five devices simultaneously when transferring files and up to three devices when streaming movies in HD quality. This allows you to easily share a single drive between multiple systems, devices, and people.

A portable drive needs to have a better resistance to environmental hazards and the Travelair N features an IP43-rated water-resistant design. This should guarantee a protection from accidental splashes and spills onto the drive.

With all the talk about USB 3.0 for PC connections and wireless for mobile devices, we shouldn’t forget that we also can connect a drive like this to all our other smart devices with USB or wireless capabilities, may they be gaming consoles, smart TVs, or something else.

Feature Highlights

  • One-Touch NFC for easy connection
  • Integrated SD Card reader expands storage capacity
  • Connect up to five devices simultaneously
  • Splash-proof design with IP43 water resistance
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use companion app

Package and Accessories

ASUS packed the Travelair N in a horizontal shaped box which is unlike most that come more square. That’s very fitting for a drive like this that is anything but ordinary. The front will let you know what you purchase in a simplistic design including features and capacity.

On the rear of the box, you find a lot more details to the different functions such as environmental protection, wifi, and NFC.

Inside the box was a USB 3.0 cable, a warranty card and safety notice as well as the quick start guide. Normally there would also be an AD/DC power adapter for charging purposes, but that was missing in my review sample.

Hackers Can Now Use Square Reader to Act as a Credit Card Skimmer

The Square Reader device has been a popular and cheap alternative to point of sale devices. However, as you know where everything is heading nowadays, what can be used to make transactions can also be used to hack your accounts too.

A few grad students seem to have managed to alter the Square Reader with everyday tools so it can be used to skim credit cards. They say that this was made possible due to the fact that Square Reader is made using cheap components and direct communication with smartphones. Of course, its developers wanted it to be cheap and effective, but in doing so, they opened up other unwanted doors too.

The mod consists of stripping away the encryption on the Reader, which makes all credit card information visible after swiping it through the device. Of course, once modified, the Reader becomes unusable with the official Reader app, but the student researched a way of making a custom app and adapting it to the hacker’s purpose. The app they made was so great that it automated the whole process, meaning that a hacker would have access to a target’s bank account as soon as he or she swipes the card through the tampered Reader.

So, the bottom line here is that the devices are not as safe as people thought. If you’ve paid a merchant through a Reader device, you should keep an eye on your bank statement. It is said that all models of the Reader are vulnerable and can be tampered with, so customers should take caution when completing transactions through a Reader device.

Thank you Motherboard for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Mashable

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.

Thanks to ADATA for providing us with this information

Amazon X-Ray Now Available on Kindle for Android

After being available for Kindle for three years and iPhone and iPads for two years, Amazon’s X-Ray feature has finally made it to Kindle on Android. The X-Ray feature gives users access to encyclopaedic details incorporated into their favourite books.

With X-Ray, readers can find a list of characters and where they appear in the book, a glossary of terms (useful for understanding made-up words; think the Nadsat dialect from Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, which features obscure words like moloko, droog, or chelloveck), and highlights significant or famous scenes and phrases. The features is also useful to students, offering the ability to make flashcards, bookmarks, and page notes.

Kindle X-Ray is available in the most recent update of the Amazon Kindle app.

Source: Engadget

Glose: The Ebook Reader for Social Networkers

Have you ever wanted to turn your love of books into a social experience? Now you can with Glose, the new ebook reader and store. Glose allows users to discuss quotes and segments from their ebooks with friends and other users, make and share notes and annotations, and compare reviews with your followers. It’s like your own virtual book club.

In addition to the reader, Glose also has its own ebook store, featuring 300,000 books from a whole host of publishers – including Penguin Radom House, Harper Collins, and MacMillan – upon launch. All ebooks sold through the store are cross-platform compatible. The Company’s CEO and co-founder, Nicolas Princen, reveals the inspiration behind Glose: “I kept a notebook with handwritten notes and key quotes that I wanted to learn by heart or read later. This notebook — I lost it.”

Glose is currently available for iOS and online, with an Android version on its way.

Source: TechCrunch

Tor/Tails Linux Users and Linux Journal Readers Tagged as “Extremists” by NSA

Tor and Tails Linux Users, as well as Linux Journal readers have been apparently tagged as ‘extremists’ by the National Security Agency, having leaked documents reveal that the XKeyscore snooping program is apparently targeting anyone who is interested in online privacy and use the latter software.

For those who do not know, XKeyscore is a piece of software which was among a number of surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden last year. Having said that, sources say that a number of Tor project members and security specialists from NDR and WDR in Germany have analyzed the source code and identified two German Tor Directory Authority servers as being under surveillance by the NSA, having other specific IP addresses cited.

However, the code appears not to keep every country in ‘lockdown’. Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia and the US have apparently been given a free pass from the NSA’s surveillance program. For those who are not, the program is stated to mark and track IP addresses of users who search for keywords such as ‘tails’ or ‘Amnesiac Incognito Live System’, along with ‘Linux’, ‘ USB ‘,’ CD ‘, ‘secure desktop’, ‘ IRC’, ‘truecrypt’ or ‘ tor’, having also referring to the Tails Linux distribution as “a comsec mechanism advocated by extremists on extremist forums”.

The report also states that, aside from Linux Journal, other websites such as privacy.li, FreeProxies.org, HotSpotShield, MegaProxy, FreeNet, Centurian, and an anonymous email service called MixMinion are on the surveillance list. Aside from the surveillance details, nobody knows who leaked source code in question. While the obvious ‘target’ would be Snowden himself, other security specialists point to a ‘second leaker out there’.

Following the leaked information, the NSA has apparently released an official statement (available here), stating that the agency only collects data relevant for them and authorized by law, pointing out that tools such as the XKeyscore have different layers of searches and data gathering, relevant to and in accordance with every nation’s laws.

Thank you Tech Spot for providing us with this information

Linux Heading to Open Source Cars, Releasing Automotive Grande Linux Distribution

Open source operating system Linux has apparently shifter its focus towards a new sphere, leaving the real of desktops, notebooks, and even smartphones, having targeting the automobile market. A new Linux distribution by the name of Automotive Grande Linux has reportedly been released this week, being dedicated towards cars in an attempt to bring a new open source solution to the technologically advanced era we live in.

It is said that AGL, in collaboration with and sponsored by the Linux Foundation, brings together a host of partners from the automotive industry, communications, computing hardware, academia, as well as other sectors. The first release has been stated to have launched on June the 30th, having to bring a solution for a wide range of products, from cars, to laptops, TVs and even smartphones. The distribution is said to be based on Tizen IVI and is available for free here.

The first AGL release is said to have support for a limited series of features, specifically designed for deployment in cars and other vehicles. The features consist of Home Screens, Dashboards, Google Maps, HVACs, Media Playback, News Readers in the shape of an app carousel, Audio Controls, Bluetooth Phone support and even Smart Device Link Integration. Participants in the AGL project and the Linux Foundation hope that this initiative will help future ‘connected’ cars run on open source software in order to deliver the next generation of entertainment, navigation and other similar tools for use inside vehicles.

“Openness and collaboration are key to accelerating the development of a common, standard automotive platform so the industry can more quickly achieve its vision of delivering the connected car,” said Dan Cauchy, General Manager of Automotive, The Linux Foundation.

The GM also added that the Linux Foundation expects AGL development to continue steadily after its first release, having to introduce “a number of additional capabilities and features in subsequent releases.”

Thank you The Var Guy for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Linux Foundation

Android News Casters Hitting the Scene in Japan

Japan recently facilitated the ‘Andriod: What is Human?’ exhibition which brought to the table some exciting new advancements in lifelike technology.

In the future, it is quite possible we’ll be read the news by Android robots closely resembling those pictured above. Not only do these ‘robots’ provide a pretty face, they can interact with humans, read news headlines, tell jokes and read out Tweets – basically anything a regular news presenter is tasked to do.

The two Androids shown on Tuesday are called Kodomoroid and Otonaroid, they’re designed to mimic gestures and movements of humans whilst upkeeping a lifelike appearance.

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To show off the full capabilities of their creations, the scientists interacted with the androids and displayed their news reading functionality. Kodomoroid was heard making fun of Hiroshi Ishiguro stating “You’re starting to look like a robot!” after she had delivered her news piece to the audience as seen in the video above. Otonariod unfortunately caught stage fright, and after a quick reboot said “I’m a little bit nervous” – which is understandable in such a large crowd of stunned journalists.

These Androids will be held at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in a bid to interact with visitors and help Ishiguro collect research information on human reactions to his creations.

Ishiguro also proudly stated:

“You can take my androids on planes. The torso in the suitcase and the head in carry-on” Breitbart

Will we see these more in the future? The answer is likely yes. Should we be worried about losing all of our jobs to ‘the machine’? That is for you to decide!

Image courtesy of Breitbart

Enermax Mobile Rack And Card Reader On Display At CES 2014

On our continued tours around the suites at this years CES in Las Vegas and we find ourselves in the Enermax suite. Now typically when we think of Enermax – chassis, fans and power supplies are what spring to mind along with cooling solutions. Well this year sees the range of products that they have to offer grow as we see a small range of storage accessories appearing amongst the rest of the products that they have on show here.

Amongst this range of products we find items that should cater for most users needs these days with sith single and multi-bay options for housing hard drives, memory cards and additional USB ports right on the front of your case. With products like these taking up a fair portion of the market – especially when we note at the wide variety of products that both Akasa and IcyDock have to offer, Enermax are keen to show that their items also pack quality as well as functionality.

The ‘Mighty Series’ as it has been named does offer a large number of items that until now we’ve net seen, with a mixture of both drive bays. card readers, USB hubs for both USB2.0 and USB3.0 specifications available to suit the needs of many enthusiast users. Considering Enermax are shouting out quality with these units, I’ll be getting in touch with Enermax to arrange some samples for review.

Naturally, we urge you to keep an eye out as I aim to get some of these products in for review and to put them through their paces. Hopefully they come up trumps in terms of performance and well as looks and going by my previous encounters – things are looking good. Keep on watching as we keep you up to date with the latest content from this years Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

AOL News Reading app Hits the Google Play Store

AOL just released a news reading app on the Google Play store which is available for both smartphones and tablets.

Unlike other news apps, the new AOL app uses the Flipboard interface, giving you the ability to scroll through top news broken down by category. Sections like Entertainment, Food, Health, Money, Sports, and others are available in the “Main Menu” and AOL says that if you are signed in with your account, the news will trim to your preference as you use it.

Aside from news, the new AOL app gives you access to a full AOL email experience, which is odd given the fact that it could have easily be broken up into two separate apps.

Summing it up, the app still looks like a basic news reader and most users won’t give up on their news apps pretty soon, but it is promising given the fact that it is only the first release.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Android Central.

ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage Reader and Power Bank Review

With mobile devices being the way forward, we know that storage for these devices is becoming ever more important. Because of this we have been seeing through recent months a number of wireless storage solutions appear on the market that expand the capacity of multiple devices simultaneously giving the freedom to take your data anywhere and share it with ease, such as Kingston’s WiDrive and the Gauntlet wireless hard drive that we looked at recently from Patriot.  At the same time we’ve also seen battery packs becoming more and more popular as the need to charge your battery on the go also becomes more crucial and chargers such as the PowerFreakz Evolution 3000 are here to meet that demand.

Whilst this is all well and good, let’s face it, with all these add-ons of chargers and drives and mobile routers that we end up having to carry around with us (especially for us reviewers when we are at events such as CES and CeBIT) it’s inevitable that we are going to get caught out either by the bulk of these items combined or by forgetting one of them.

This is where the DashDrive Air comes into play. In essence it is a wireless storage device the also features a built in router for sharing a wireless connection to multiple devices and a battery pack as well to keep those mobile devices topped up. Not surprisingly it was only time before we saw something like this crop up, saving on space and money, but also by creating convenience at the same time.

Packed inside a rather compact box, we find some images across the bottom showcasing the units three main features on offer. We can also see the unit itself through a window with its honeycomb style upper face.