ADATA Launches HD650X and HD710M USB 3.0 Hard Drives

We already had a little view on ADATA’s new drive line-up during our visit at CES 2016 in Vegas last month and now two of the new portable drives have been officially launched. The two new drives are both from the rugged series and can withstand quite a bit of mistreatment. The two newly launched drives are the HD650X designed for use with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One as well as the HD710M camouflage-styled drive.

The Xbox One currently ships with a 1TB hard drive built-in, but considering the fact that a game these days easily take up 50GB and subscribers keep getting games for free, that 1TB can quickly end up full and leave you with the decision on what to delete to make room for something else. That is where the ADATA HD650X comes into play as it adds 2TB extra storage directly to the gaming console via the USB 3.0 port. The colour scheme has also been made to match the console with its green and black. Being that this basically is a normal USB drive, it’s also compatible with Windows XP and newer as well as Mac OS X 10.6 or later and Linux Kernel 2.6 or later.

The ADATA HD710M is designed for general usage and comes in two capacity options: 1TB and 2TB. The camouflage coloured enclosure is made from the same concept that we’ve seen in previous models such as the HD720 that we recently reviewed. It is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof to keep all your data as safe as possible. It doesn’t just have the basic IP6X cerification, but also the IPX8 and the US Army MIL-STD-810G 516.6 certification. These in combination allow the drive to be completely dust proof, extremly drop and shock resistant, and waterproof in up to 1.5 meters of water for an hour without damage to your drive or data.

ADATA didn’t reveal an official pricing, but you can expect these new drives to have a similar price to the other rugged ADATA HD drives already on the market.

More iPhone 7 Details

Every year we see another selection of technology released, sometimes contain new technologies and sometimes old technologies are continued into the next selection of hardware released. One market that keeps moving forward is the mobile market and Apple looks to continue with its iPhone 7. With rumours about it being waterproof spreading, it was only a matter of time before we got more iPhone 7 details, something we now have.

A source that is said to have had knowledge of the plans detailed several features that have long been rumoured. The big one will be that the iPhone 7 will come without the standard 3.5mm headphone jack and will instead use a propriety headphone jack built into the lightning port and created in collaboration with Wolfson Microelectronics. With rumours flying around since their patent application for the new headphone connection, the new system is said to feature noise-cancelling technology created by Wolfson Microelectronics both within the phone and the headphones themselves in order to help reduce background noise. The source continued to say that other companies would need to buy a licence to use the technology within their own models.

The source states that they are also putting in wireless charging technology (after considering it in their last two iPhones) into the iPhone 7, alongside the new waterproof status that its said to carry.

While it is still several months before the phone begins production, many iPhone users will no doubt worry about the need to buy expensive headphones or an adapter in order to listen to music on their iPhone without wireless headphones.

iPhone 7 Rumoured To Be Waterproof!

We have all dropped our phone, some of us have been lucky enough to pick up a functioning phone afterwards. Some of us, however, have been less than lucky, dropping our phone into a puddle or a cup and seeing that water cover the device. After a night in rice in the airing cupboard, we’ve all wished we just had a waterproof phone. It looks like that may be the case for the new iPhone 7 though.

Tests reportedly conducted on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have shown that they are apparently virtually waterproof (we at eTeknix do not recommend testing this with your own phone), while the iPhone 7 is set for release later in the year it is also set to bring along several new features.

With dual rear cameras and optical zoom, fingerprint recognition on the main screen and wireless charging, it could soon see you enjoying a whole new experience with a device which could even get rid of that little home button at the bottom of your phone. Another rumoured feature is that the iPhone 7 could be completely waterproof, a feature which will come as more of a relief to some than it will to overs.

Are you looking forward to the iPhone 7? Have you ever dropped your phone in water before? In the meanwhile enjoy this video of someone dunking iPhones in water.

 

Is The iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Waterproof?

Apple’s launch presentation of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus concentrated on 3D Touch, enhanced camera optics and other minor tweaks. While these are interesting additions, they don’t really compare to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ integrated protection against water spillages. Bizarrely, Apple didn’t mention this at all during their conference despite the technology being a huge selling point to demanding customers. You only have to look on eBay to see the amount of handsets being sold at a major loss from liquid damage.

So how does it work? Apple employs an adhesive edge surrounding the handset which acts as a gasket and results in a 0.3mm size increase. This material is designed to block any water coming into contact with the internal components and the logic board also features a silicone cover. As a result, the handset is virtually waterproof and users have reported no issues after submerging their phone in water. However, hardware damage can occur to the headphone port or other external inputs.

In the video, we can see how water interacts with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and the protection integrated into each handset. This makes it one of the most rugged phones out there, but I’m perplexed why Apple kept this to themselves.

Inateck MercuryBox Bluetooth Speaker & Mobile Products Review

Introduction


Inateck is a brand name I’m seeing more and more recently. While they don’t make a lot of big products, such as PC cases and graphics cards, which we see plenty of here at eTeknix, they do make a lot of smaller lifestyle products that many of use day-to-day. From mobile devices, to desktop computers, Inateck has an interesting range of accessories and products to help improve your usage experience. Today we’re going to be looking at their very promising MercuryBox Bluetooth Speaker, but Inateck were also kind enough to send us their new 2-Port Rapid Charger and a nifty waterproof bag (more interesting than it sounds).

First up, let’s take a look at those cool little accessories. The first is the Inateck 2-Port Rapid Car Charger, which is pretty much what it sounds like, it’s a car cigarette lighter adaptor that provides you with a couple of USB sockets; but there’s also a nifty little extra!

In the box, you’ll find a fairly straight forward Micro-USB cable, perfect for connecting your smartphone, SatNav, dashcam, etc.

The actual unit is really compact and the back is slim, so it won’t stick out of your dashboard too much.

The cool part, however, is that it comes with a hard-wired lightning cable, giving you room to charge an Apple device while keeping the two USB ports free!

Even better, both ports are rapid charging 2.1A ports, always a welcome bonus.

Onto the next funky accessory, the Inateck Waterproof case. This is a simple one, it’s a 100% waterproof sleeve, which is perfect for your smartphone, but Inateck also say you could use it for money, documents, medication and all kinds of stuff. This isn’t something you’re going to need every day, but if you’re on holiday and want to jump in the sea with your kids, it could be the difference between a soaking wet phone and a dry one.

It’s pretty easy to use, come with a neck strap and while it may not look like the coolest thing on Earth, it’ll get the job done. It’s also amazingly lightweight and slim, so keeping it in your bag shouldn’t be a problem.

Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Review

Introduction


There are a lot of different methods for portable storage and one of them is external hard disk drives. Today I’m taking a closer look at such a solution and it isn’t just the run of the mill drive either. Silicon Power released the Armor A65 back in march and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it performs with everything it can do.

One of the big selling points in this drive is the durability and protection. The drive is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, comes with encryption software, and it has been rigorously tested. The Armor A65 is the first portable hard drive that passes the IP67 standard in the industry that certifies complete protection against dust penetration, has passed the U.S military’s drop test and can stay submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30-minutes.

The outside of the drive has a rubberized surface that gives you a great grip on the drive, so even though it is shockproof you most likely won’t drop it by accident. The downside to this surface is how well it holds onto dust and other particles. Below is a photo of the drive after I tried to wipe it with a cloth and it had the completely opposite effect. Instead of getting clean, it sucked anything out of the cloth.

Good thing that the drive is waterproof, so cleaning it isn’t any issue. I just held it under running water and rinsed it off before drying it with a paper towel. The result is a great looking drive again.

The Armor A65 consists of two layers of rubber and a middle frame to create a unibody design which makes the casing very resistant and durable. The internal suspension system provides a vibration damping function to reinforce overall stability while the outer rubber cover not only creates a shockproof shell but makes the surface anti-slip and anti-scratch. Featuring advanced 3-layer protection, the rugged Armor A65 is an expert in shock resistance which I’m really looking forward to testing. It’s rare that I get to be reckless with hardware.

We’ve established that the drive is very robust and can withstand a lot, but it is also a portable drive and has to be convenient – and it is. The Silicon Power Armor A65 comes with a built-in ledge on the bottom of the drive where you can insert in included USB 3.0 cable and have everything neatly store together. To meet different storage needs, the Armor A65 is available in 500GB and 2TB capacity options besides the 1TB that I’m testing today.

Armor A65 Product Features:

  • Compliant with the U.S. military drop-test standards MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV (transit drop test), a freefall test (122cm) on 26 contact points.
  • Industry’s first to meet IP67 dustproof/waterproof standards
  • Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
  • Delicate cable storage design
  • SP HDD Lock Utility free software download for full disk encryption
    (Note: Please remember your password and keep it safe. If you forget it you will not be able to access your data.)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Intelligent LED indicator
  • Easy to plug and use; no external adapter required
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions

Armor A65 Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 143.4 x 86.7 x 20.7 mm
  • Weight: 242~277g (by capacity)
  • Capacity: 500GB、1TB、2TB
  • Material: Rubber/ Plastic
  • Color: Black
  • Interface: USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates: Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode); Max. 480 Mbps (USB 2.0 Mode)
  • Power supply: DC5V (Power supplied through USB)
  • Supported operating systems: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature: 5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature: -40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty: 3 years

Apple Watch is Actually Waterproof

The Apple Watch release is imminent with delivery dates being pushed forward for customers who have pre-ordered. Some have already received theirs and have taken it upon themselves to test the watch.

In some of these tests, the Apple Watch was subjected to a 5-minute shower test which it passed with full functionality. After that, it was treated to a soap and water 5-minute test; again to full functionality. After these tests, they tested how water tight it was by submerging the watch in a bucket of water for another 5- minutes. The watch shrugged off the water and continued working.

The tester then decided to go to the next level, he decided to take it swimming for a whole 15 minutes. The watch suffered slightly with delayed touch response, but it continued with full functionality of the other features.

Apple are massively under-rating the waterproof rating for the Apple Watch, which would make sense to avoid water damage claims, but that would be a massive selling point for a new device; where you don’t have to remove it to take a dip in the pool. Despite the tests, we still recommend not carrying out these tests yourself with your watch and try to avoid hot water which would cause expansion of the metal casing around the screen.

Are you expecting a delivery of your Apple Watch soon? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you TIME for providing us with this information

Sony Unveils Xperia Z4

Sony have unveiled the latest phone in their Z range.The announcement arrived on their Japanese website outlining the specs for the new device.

The Z4 will have a 5.2-inch, HD display and is 6.9mm thick. The device will weigh 144 grams and contains a 1920*1080 resolution screen. Sony have made they Xperia range known for their waterproofing and their ability to withstand dust and dirt. The new phone comes with an IP6X dustproof rating and is also IPX5 and IPX8 certified, meaning it is not just splash resistant but can be fully submerged in water for a long period of time. The new device will also have a fully waterproof USB port so there is no requirement for the little caps that were used on earlier devices.

The new device will be available in 4 colours, White, Black, Copper and aqua green but Ssony have not released a price as of yet.

The Z4 will be equipped with a 20.7 megapixel camera on the rear with a 5 megapixel one situated on the front of the device. Underneath the solid construction, the device contains a 2930mAh battery, a 64-bit Qualcomm snapdragon 810 processor, a whopping 3gb of ram and comes with Android Lollipop installed. Sony state that the device will have 32GB of internal memory with an SD card slot that supports up to 128GB.

As yet Sony have not released an international release date.

Thank you to Cnet for this information.

Image courtesy of GSM arena.

Pebble Time’s Kickstarter Smashes Records by Raising more than $20 Million

Pebble’s Time watch has launched on Kickstarter a month ago and has recently closed with a $20.3 million funding campaign.

The Pebble Time is said to feature a colour e-ink display, 20% thinner body, a seven-day battery life and even has a waterproof feature. The watch was available at $179 during the Kickstarter campaign compared to the retail price of $199 you can find it today.

The company’s campaign apparently broke two Kickstarter records. The first one was on the day it launched, having it be the fastest project to raise a huge amount of money in a matter of minutes and the second one was achieved the following week, when it became Kickstarter’s most funded campaign.

For those of you who have contributed to Pebble’s Time watch campaign, it is worth pointing out that the company will start shipping the watches in May.

Thank you The Next Web for providing us with this information

Silicon Power Introduces Armor A65 Durable Portable Hard Drive

Silicon Power has launched their latest Armor series portable hard drives, the Armor A65, that comes with almost any protection you could want. It is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, comes with encryption software and is rigorously tested. The Armor A65 is the first portable hard drive that passes the IP67 standard in the industry that certifies complete protection against dust penetration, has passed the U.S military’s drop test and can stay submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30-minutes.

The Armor A65 consists of two layers of rubber and a middle frame to create a unibody design which makes the casing very resistant and durable. The internal suspension system provides a vibration damping function to reinforce overall stability while the outer rubber cover not only creates a shockproof shell but makes the surface anti-slip and anti-scratch. Featuring advanced 3-layer protection, the rugged Armor A65 is an expert in shock resistance.

A portable hard drive doesn’t just need to be robust, it should also be portable. The Armor A65 has a built-in and attached USB 3.0 cable that reduces the size and makes it easier to carry. To meet different storage needs, the Armor A65 is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity options.

“The Armor series has been well received in the market, but we still keep improving to bring innovations to users,” said a SP Industrial Designer. “We tried to make the Armor A65 more out of the ordinary, in either its function or appearance. It is the first portable hard drive in the industry that applies the unibody cup-like design and passes the IP67 dustproof/waterproof standards. Thus, we’re confident that the Armor A65 can withstand any demanding conditions.” SP always takes every detail into consideration; for water and dust are the most common threats to portable hard drives, we especially designed the Armor A65 to remove all of the threats and set a new standard for data safety.”

 

Armor A65 Product Features:

  • Compliant with the U.S. military drop-test standards MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV (transit drop test), a freefall test (122cm) on 26 contact points.
  • Industry’s-first to meet IP67 dustproof/waterproof standards
  • Advanced internal hard drive suspension system
  • Delicate cable storage design
  • SP HDD Lock Utility free software download for full disk encryption
    (Note: Please remember your password and keep it safe. If you forget it you will not be able to access your data.)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Intelligent LED indicator
  • Easy to plug and use; no external adapter required
  • SP Widget free download software, providing 7 major back-up and security functions

Armor A65 Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 143.4 x 86.7 x 20.7 mm
  • Weight: 242~277g (by capacity)
  • Capacity: 500GB、1TB、2TB
  • Material: Rubber/ Plastic
  • Color: Black
  • Interface: USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
  • Data transfer rates: Max. 5 Gbps (USB 3.0 Mode); Max. 480 Mbps (USB 2.0 Mode)
  • Power supply: DC5V (Power supplied through USB)
  • Supported operating systems: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Linux 2.6.31 or later, Mac OS 10.5 or later
  • Operating temperature: 5℃~ 55℃
  • Storage temperature: -40℃~ 70℃
  • Warranty: 3 years

Thanks to Silicon Power for providing us with this information

Kingston Announced a Pair of next-Generation Encrypted USB Flash Drives

Kingston announced a pair of next-generation encrypted USB Flash drives designed to safeguard valuable data. The DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 and DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 Management Ready protect sensitive information with hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption and titanium coated stainless steel casing.

DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified and provides a tamper-evident seal for physical security to detect and respond to attempts to access, use or modify the cryptographic module.

DataTraveler 4000 Gen. 2 Management Ready features the same security and features but offers the optional SafeConsole management from BlockMaster. SafeConsole gives the ability to remotely reset passwords, configure password and device policies and activate audit for compliance.

Both drives offer USB 3.0 data transfer rates and are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities. They are backed by a five-year warranty and free technical support.

Features and Specifications:

  • High-end FIPS Validated Security: 100-percent of stored data is protected by hardware-based, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in XTS mode
  • Tamper-Evident seal: physical security to detect and respond to attempts at physical access, use or modification of the cryptographic module
  • USB 3.0: latest USB standard guarantees backward compatibility with USB 2.0
  • Read-Only Access Mode: when selected, access files in Read-only Mode to avoid potential Malware risks
  • Enforced password protection: complex password is user-set with minimum characteristics to prevent unauthorized access
  • Secure: drive locks down and reformats after 10 intrusion attempts
  • Easy to use: no admin rights or application installation required
  • Customizable: preload content, password length, maximum number of password attempts and internal/external serialization numbering
  • Ruggedized: titanium-coated stainless steel casing
  • Waterproof: protected against water damage
  • TAA Compliant
  • Speed:
    4GB: 80MB/s read, 12MB/s write
    8GB & 16GB: 165MB/s read, 22MB/s write
    32GB: 250MB/s read, 40MB/s write
    64GB: 250MB/s read, 85MB/s write
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    USB 2.0 compliant and 1.1 compatible
    Two free drive letters required for use

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information

Apacer Launches AH154 “Star Wish Drive” USB 3.0 Waterproof Flash Drive

Apacer has gone a little mushy and released the Star Sand USB 3.0 Flash Drive to “Guard your every little wish!”. The new AH154 Star Wish Drive is available as 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities while being waterproof, dustproof and shockproof to protect those valuable stored memories.

“We all remember that we have once received a glass bottle filled with white star sands. We sealed our wishes in the bottle with a cork and waited for them to come true. For many people, star sands carry numerous romantic memories. Each grain of pure white and perfect star sand represents unforgettable memories and promises.”

The compact and light drive has full IPX7 waterproof features and comes with a chain to hang the drive on a bag, key ring or mobile strap. The chain acts as a cap holder at the same time, so you won’t lose or forget it. Apacer also launched the AH139 simultaneously and is the USB 2.0 little brother to the AH154. The aqua blue and pure white dual-color drive is available as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities.

The new Star Wish Drives also come bundled with the free-of-charge ACE compression software that can increase the capacity by up to 500%.

Thanks to Apacer for providing us with this information

G-Technology Launches Rugged Mobile HDDs

G-Technology probably isn’t a company you’ve heard a lot from, but they have enough knowledge in their backs being a part of HGST (WD). They’ve announced the new G-DRIVE ev ATC and the G-DRIVE ev RaW solutions rugged HDDs with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. G-Technology also announced new Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 all-terrain cases for turning the original G-DRIVE ev, RaW, or ev SSD into a rugged all-terrain storage solution.

“My work as an adventure photographer takes me around the world to remote and sometimes dangerous locations, and keeping my once-in-a-lifetime shots safe is top priority,” said Lucas Gilman, adventure sports photographer and filmmaker. “Working closely with G-Technology, I was able to secure a G-DRIVE ev ATC and took it with me to Peru and Hawaii for recent surfing photo shoots. G-Technology’s newest G-DRIVE ev ATC helped ensure that my irreplaceable images were safe, all while withstanding sandy beaches, bumpy off-road terrain and ocean mist.”

The G-DRIVE ev RaW is a rugged and lightweight portable hard drive that is strong enough to withstand a 1.5-meter drop. It is USB 3.0 bus-powered and designed to go anywhere, providing on-the-go access to photos, videos, music and more. The G-DRIVE ev RaW can be used as a standalone device or used with the Evolutions Series’ G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt or the new ev all-terrain case. The drive comes formatted for Mac to increase out of the box compatibility as Windows users more easy can reformat the drive to their needs. Availability will be this month for an MSRP of $129.95 for 1TB and $99.95 for 500GB.

The G-DRIVE ev ATC kicks it up another notch with a waterproof and floating enclosure (for a limited time) and a resistance for drops from up to two meter height. The case is removable and also compatible with earlier G-DRIVEs as well as purchasable on its Inside it has a 7,200 RPM-based hard drive to maximize transfer speed using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.

The G-DRIVE ev ATC will also be available later this month with a capacity of 1TB and an MSRP of $229.95 for the Thunderbolt version and $179.95 for the USB 3 version.

Thanks to G-Technology for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of G-Technology

Dunkable Phone Technology Maker P2i Explores Asian IPO

P2i, a technology spin-off from Britain’s Ministry of Defence, is looking to raise 10 million pounds ($17 million) from Singapore investors as it readies the launch of its “Dunkable” or waterproof technology for smartphones and tablets.

P2i’s technology applies a thin, transparent, splash-resistant polymer coat to products ranging from clothing to mobile phones. The company is in the process of introducing a new version of it called  “Dunkable”, that will allow devices to survive being fully immersed in water.

“This is all about growth. We are now at the inflexion point in our business,” P2i’s CEO Carl Francis told Reuters. The firm aims to turn profitable this year and has raised about 47 million pounds since it was set up 10 years ago.

Already counting Motorola and Siemens AG among its global clients and backed by investors such as Unilever Ventures, P2i is mulling a listing on an Asian exchange in the next 12-18 months. They have not made their final decision as to where yet. 

P2i faces fierce competition on the market with competitors such as HZO and Lotus Leaf Coating. Senior analyst Ross Kozarsky said, “Hydrophobic coatings is becoming an increasingly dense landscape with a slew of emerging developers.”

It is difficult to differentiate yourself as a brand to the consumer, in a market where no one wants to acknowledge your product. Most customers of this technology don’t advertise with it, they just want to reap the benefits.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Reuters

Fujitsu Make Windows 8 Tablet With A Fan That Works Underwater…Well Kind Of

Engadget reports that Fujitsu has made a Windows 8 tablet capable of working under water. The 12.5 inch tablet from Fujitsu is part of their Autumn lineup for Japan and it runs on Intel’s QH77/M chipset with an Intel Core i5 4200U 1.6GHz CPU. When not submerged the CPU requires active cooling and has a fan to do that, when submerged the tablet then pretty much reverts to water cooling as the fan deactivates.

When asked if the fan could power the tablet along underwater like a submarine apparently Fujitsu said it wasn’t strong enough for that, but they did of course try first and it does work underwater! Still if you’re in the market for a tablet with the versatility to handle the depths of the ocean, or just your bath, then this could be one to consider when it comes out officially later on this year.

Image courtesy of Engadget