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USB News

December 1, 2010

Ocean Blue Software launches USB video recording

by Brian Turner
Ocean Blue Software have today announced a nifty piece of software that allows video recording directly onto a USB stick. Sunrise USB Video Recorder Software allows any USB stick inserted into any USB-enabled media - ie, most HD TV's and PVR's - and record TV programmes as if the stick were a video recorder or PVR. Recordings can even be selected directly ...

Credant: Too many USB sticks unecrypted, shared, lost

by Brian Turner
An online survey has found that USB Flash drive ownership has exploded with 100% of the 229 respondents having at least one such device - 54% possessing between 3 and 6 - and more than 21% owning as many as 10 or more. While good news for vendors of these must-have items, the news may not be so welcome ...

August 3, 2010

MXI Security’s USB drive awarded CAPS certification

by Janet Harris
For the first time UK Government agencies now have access to an encrypted USB device designed to tackle head-on the increasing number of threats to Government security. After a rigorous evaluation process, MXI Security’s® Stealth M600 USB flash drive has received official (CAPS) certification from CESG, the UK’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance. MXI Security is a leader in ...

June 29, 2010

ABI Research forecasts 81 million USB modem shipments

by Jan Harris
Wireless modem devices come in a variety of form factors including USB modems, PC cards, embedded modules, and wireless routers. Among the external devices, USB modems have become the most popular products – so popular that ABI Research forecasts shipments of nearly 81 million this year. Today, the majority of wireless broadband subscribers enjoying portable connectivity use USB ports. The alternative, the PC ...

June 28, 2010

Check Point announces USB secure, virtual office

by Jan Harris
Businesses have never been under more pressure to reduce costs and operate efficiently, yet at the same time workers are increasingly demanding remote access to company applications and data. There has been a rapid growth in the number of users requiring access - road warriors, employees working from home, day extenders, third parties such as contractors and partners, etc. In addition, both ...

June 22, 2010

Businesses still failing to encrypt data on USB sticks

by Jan Harris
As threats to corporate data grow, and the cost of breaches increase, a survey of alleged security conscious professionals has remarkably revealed that over half of respondents (52%), who admit to carrying company data on a USB stick, do not encrypt it. Remarkably, 11% of this savvy audience, who really should know better, ‘protect’ their devices with passwords alone – an ...

June 17, 2010

Lian Li launches cases supporting SuperSpeed USB 3.0

by Jan Harris
Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., the award-winning, aluminum computer chassis manufacturer, is proud to announce that it has launched more cases supporting the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port than any other case maker, making it the leading chassis manufacturer in providing this new connectivity to customers. “We pride ourselves on giving customers the best quality products money can buy. Quickly incorporating new ...

May 6, 2010

NHS Forth Valley loses USB stick

by Jan Harris
Reports are coming in that a member of staff at one of NHS Forth Valley's secure mental health units has been suspended over the apparent loss of a USB stick containing patient's medical records. Credant Technologies says that, since the case involves a data loss involving medical records, it may well be referred to the regional office of the ICO (Information ...

April 28, 2010

Thales announces nShield Edge HSM

by Jan Harris
Thales (Paris: HO), leader in information systems and communications security, announces nShield Edge, the world’s first FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated USB-attached hardware security module (HSM). nShield Edge combines the portability of smart cards with the high security and resilience of HSMs, enabling consistent key management outside the datacentre and across the enterprise. nShield Edge, part of the nCipher product line, ...

April 20, 2010

BlockMaster highlights £500,000 fine for data breach

by Jan Harris
BlockMaster (www.blockmastersecurity.com), a provider of secure USB flash drives, today announces that 42 per cent of employees believe a data breach would cost less than £10,000, 50 times less than what it could cost according to new Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) powers, which can fine firms up to £500,000 for losing data. The survey, conducted amongst 130 Canary Wharf workers, by ...

April 19, 2010

Kingston and David Ginola launch Football DataTraveler

by Jan Harris
Kingston Digital Europe Ltd, an affiliate of Kingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the Limited Edition Kingston Football DataTraveler flash drive that was designed in conjunction with David Ginola. This special edition football USB drive will be available in PC World stores from May 2010. “We’re very excited ...

April 7, 2010

Kingston Digital launches DataTraveler range

by Jan Harris
Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, launches a range of limited edition stylised USB drives. The Kingston DataTraveler range has been customised to four styles to suit a wide range of consumers. Who said storage doesn’t have style? “Four exclusive and bold designs make up this new lifestyle collection ...

April 2, 2010

BlockMaster launches USB Evolution

by Jan Harris
BlockMaster (www.blockmastersecurity.com) a leading provider of secure removable data devices, today announces a USBevolution to educate organisations on security best practice as new laws come into effect that enable the Information Commissoner (ICO) to fine organisations up to £500,000 for a breach of the Data Protection Act. On April 6th BlockMaster’s USB Alert Team will descend on Canary Wharf to raise ...

April 1, 2010

Firebox.com announces the Pogoplug

by Jan Harris
Today, the innovative gift e-tailer, Firebox.com announces that it will be stocking the Pogoplug, small device that connects external hard drives to the internet; therefore allowing you to view or download personal files from anywhere around the world at any time. Just plug in, log on and you’re away - accessing and sharing your files and even streaming your digital media ...

March 29, 2010

Victorinox launches unhackable memory stick

by Jan Harris
Victorinox, the family company behind the famed Swiss Army Knife, has launched a pioneering memory stick design at an event held at its European flagship store on London’s New Bond Street. The device is, says the company, the most secure of its kind available to the public. It uses several layers of security including fingerprint identification and a thermal sensor - so ...

March 24, 2010

Origin Storage announces 1TB Data Locker

by Jan Harris
Origin Storage, a leading manufacturer and distributor of IT storage solutions, has today announced the arrival of their one terabyte (1TB) Data Locker. The Data Locker Secure Drive gives users peace of mind in the unfortunate event that their data storage device is lost or stolen. The 1TB Data Locker is the highest capacity portable hard drive available in the marketplace as ...

March 16, 2010

NetClean stops spread of abuse images via USB sticks

by Jan Harris
NetClean Technologies today announces the UK launch of its software, NetClean ProActive, which prevents child sexual abuse images being viewed or circulated over business networks. It is designed to tackle the growing problem of child sex abuse on the web by blocking images on both the internet and on removable media, such as USB sticks and CDs, which have not previously ...

March 11, 2010

Plantronics Introduces USB Unified Communications Products

by Jan Harris
Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) today simplified its growing Unified Communications (UC) portfolio and introduced new audio solutions that help IT departments deploy UC quickly and keep costs down. The new solutions, including a USB desk phone and premium corded headsets, deliver brilliant audio, unmatched quality and ease of use across all work environments. The Plantronics Unified Communications product portfolio is now organised ...

March 1, 2010

BlockMaster and CryptoCard boost USB device security

by Jan Harris
BlockMaster a leading provider of manageable secure USB devices, today announces that partner, CryptoCard has integrated its BlackShield ID tokens with SafeStick, to provide two-factor authentication as a readily available extension of the SafeStick device and to offer complete protection against identity theft. In addition, SafeConsole’s new Publisher feature will provide users with the ability to launch files and integrated applications ...

February 22, 2010

Kingston launches DataTraveler 310

by Jan Harris
Kingston Digital Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of Kingston Technology Corporation, the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the release of the Kingston DataTraveler 310, the ultimate mobile storage accessory, allowing users to carry a complete digital portfolio of documents. The Kingston DataTraveler 310 replaces the 256GB DataTraveler 300, released in July 2009. The DataTraveler 310 users will benefit from quick ...

February 10, 2010

TechniSat Launches Freeview approved USB DVB-T Stick

by Jan Harris
Expanding TechniSat’s range of PC TV products, the AirStar TeleStick 2 is a small form factor USB stick for the reception of Freeview digital TV and radio programmes on a PC or laptop – including interactive red button services when used with Windows® 7. With Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality, the AirStar TeleStick 2 ...

Ironkey and Actividentity bring stronger authentication to enterprise devices

by Jan Harris
IronKey and ActivIdentity Corporation today announced that they have teamed to deliver a comprehensive solution that enables government agencies and enterprises to utilize Common Access Card (CAC) and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials as a second factor when authenticating to an IronKey multifunction security device. Integration with the ActivIdentity ActivClient™ smart card middleware enables a second factor when authenticating to an ...

January 20, 2010

4,500 USBs are left in Dry Cleaners

by Jan Harris
A survey released today reveals that in the last year, 4,500 memory sticks have been forgotten in people’s pockets as they take their clothes to be washed at the local dry cleaners. From 6th April onwards if data is lost and it causes a major security breach, this could now cost a company up to £500k with new powers given to ...

January 7, 2010

Broadcom announces next gen single-chip 802.11n USB solutions

by Jan Harris
Broadcom Corporation today announced its next generation single-chip 802.11n USB solutions for multimedia applications. As a follow-on to the success of the world's first single-chip dual-band 802.11n Broadcom® BCM4323, these new Wi-Fi® solutions integrate high-performance Power Amplifiers (PAs) in a single monolithic CMOS die and leverage ubiquitous USB interfaces to add high performance Wi-Fi connectivity to PCs, TVs, set-top boxes (STBs), ...

December 30, 2009

Origin comments on Kingston Datatraveler security flaws

by Jan Harris
Kingston Datatraveler security flaws highlight need for highest levels of encryption says Origin Storage. As Kingston Technologies has revealed several of its secure USB drives can be hacked by a skilled cracker, Origin Storage says that the situation is a classic illustration of the increasing levels of hacker sophistication making lower level encryption technologies obsolete. "Kingston has revealed that its DataTraveler BlackBox, ...

December 16, 2009

BlockMaster Launches SafeStick 4.0 – The Laptop Replacement

by Jan Harris
BlockMaster (www.blockmastersecurity.com) a leading provider of manageable secure USB devices, today launches SafeStick and SafeConsole 4.0, designed to provide organisations with the ability to push out portable software (including virtualisation), backup data and to effectively stop the flood of data breaches. The solution has been designed to provide more adequate access control over USB flash drives, which are one of the ...

December 14, 2009

IronKey Reveals New Director of Field Operations, EMEA

by Jan Harris
IronKey is elated at its appointment of Colin Woodland as Director of Field Operations, EMEA for IronKey. This engagement reaffirms IronKey’s focus and commitment on a region it views as vitally important at a time when it is experiencing rapid growth. Colin’s first priority is to qualify IronKey’s EMEA channel - what it looks and feels like, identify the right partners to ...

December 10, 2009

Logic3’s ScreenBeat Pumps Up The PC Volume

by Jan Harris
Logic3 today announced it had added the ScreenBeat USB – an easy to use stylish cylinder shaped metal speaker – to its popular range of iPod, MP3, PC, gadget and games accessories. Designed specifically for use with laptops and netbooks, the ScreenBeat speaker is made of tough but lightweight aluminium, and its USB connection doubles up as the power supply and ...

December 4, 2009

IronKey announces 32GB Secure USB Flash Drives

by Jan Harris
IronKey has expanded its D200 range with 32GB capacity devices which are ideal for larger companies and public sector use. The IronKey 32GB secure drives offer capacity to transport, and to back up, large amounts of data. The dual-channel architecture offers rapid data transfer rates and the drives meet FIPS 140-2, Level 3 security requirements. Basic, Personal and Enterprise editions of the drives ...

December 1, 2009

USB Stick loss could prompt tighter Government security

by Jan Harris
Credant Technologies believes that the loss of a USB stick, containing information on the British Navy’s manoeuvres and staff, could prompt the Government to introduce more stringent security rules. On Sunday the Guardian newspaper reported that the USB stick had been found in a Belfast car park and offered to the press. After the newspaper rejected it, the stick was handed in ...

November 30, 2009

Christmas worst time for leaving devices in taxis

by Jan Harris
According to a survey carried out by Credant Technologies, more people leave USB sticks, phones and other mobile devices in taxis at Christmas, than any other time of the year. The company carried out the survey in London, among 300 licensed cab drivers. It found that Londoners leave around 10,000 mobile phones a month in taxis and over 1,000 other handheld devices, ...

November 23, 2009

Imation ships wireless USB hard drive

by Jan Harris
Imation has announced the availability of the Pro WX, an external hard drive that connects by wireless USB to both PCs and Macs. USB 2.0 devices can be connected to a computer wirelessly, from a range of up to 30 feet. The device holds up to 1.5TB of data on a Seagate 3.5" Barracuda hard drive and offers speeds of 15 mbps, ...

November 16, 2009

CyberPower adds speedy USB 3.0 to Gamer Xtreme machines

by Jan Harris
Gaming machine manufacturer, CyberPower Inc, is adding USB 3.0 and SATA-III as standard on all models. From today, CyberPower customers can configure and order a Gamer Xtreme system with the super speed USB 3.0/SATA III interface. Gamers will still be able to use their current peripherals as both USB 3.0 and SATA III are backward compatible. CyberPower also announced new gaming machines with ...

November 13, 2009

Intel snubs USB 3.0 in favour of Light Peak

by Jan Harris
Although USB 3.0 devices such as Super Talent’s flash drive are already starting to hit the market, it seems that Intel is postponing plans to introduce USB 3.0 chipsets until 2011. There is speculation that Intel might be favouring the Light Peak technology it demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum 2009. This could see a single optic fiber cable serving as universal ...

November 3, 2009

Ironkey launches D200 USB flash drives

by Jan Harris
IronKey has launched the D200 range of flash drives for consumers, government and enterprise customers who want to safely transport large amounts of date. The D200 is a lower cost drive, which still offers high security and remote update capabilities. It features new policy enforcement, usability and field-maintenance capabilities, and doubles as a strong authentication token. The drive is self-defending against physical, malware ...

October 28, 2009

Firebox announces USB tape-converter

by Jan Harris
Firebox.com has announced that the USB Tape Express, a portable device that converts old tapes into MP3s, can now be pre-ordered. Tape Express, which retails for £49.95, connects via USB to either a PC or Mac. As well as allowing you to listen to your old tapes, it converts them to digital files so they can be burned onto a CD, archived ...

October 22, 2009

SanDisk drive earns FIPS and Common Criteria certification

by Jan Harris
SanDisk Corporation’s Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition secure USB flash drive is the first FIPS 140-2 Level 2 USB Flash Drive ever to Earn Common Criteria Certification. The Common Criteria, which is recognised in 26 countries, is an ISO standard used to assess the security functional requirements and security assurance requirements of technology products. With its certifications recognized in 26 countries, Common Criteria ...

October 20, 2009

Firebox announces USB Snakescope Camera

by Jan Harris
Firebox.com has released a nifty USB gadget that will make life much easier the next time you lose your keys down the back of the sofa. The USB Snakescope Camera has a semi-flexible insertion tube with a camera on the end capable of producing images in VGA quality (640x480), and adjustable twin LEDs. The tube is strong enough to use in environments ...

October 19, 2009

USB stick protects kids while online

by Jan Harris
A USB stick from Uxsight is designed to bring peace of mind to parents while their children are online. The Kids Online Guard USB Stick allows parents to restrict the times that their children can go on the computer, and can be set to prevent children accessing undesirable sites. A website can be designated, such as an educational site, which will then ...

October 13, 2009

Origin announces first 1TB portable hardware encrypted drive

by Jan Harris
Origin Storage Ltd has announced the launch of the 1TB and 750GB versions of Data Locker, which secures data by AES hardware encryption. The 1TB drive was introduced to meet the need to securely move large amounts of sensitive data. 320GB and 500GB versions of Data Locker are already available. In addition to hardware encryption, data is secured by a 6-18 digit PIN ...

October 12, 2009

NTA launches VoIP system for hospitality sector

by Jan Harris
NTA (Nationwide Telephone Assistance) Ltd has launched a VoIP system which can help hotels reduce their costs. The VoIP phone system is designed to offer feature-rich service to customers without the need to manage phone switch systems on site. It should also help to reduce hotel costs. NTA recently announced that its website would be available site on the ...

October 9, 2009

Beewi WiFi and Bluetooth adapters released in UK

by Jan Harris
Avenir Telecom released a new range of connectivity accessories from French technologists Beewi at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Mini WiFi Adapter 802.11n (BWA211-A1) is possibly the smallest WiFi USB adapter in the world. It connects a laptop or netbook to 802.11n wireless, and is priced at £19.99. Avenir Telecom also announced the Nano Bluetooth USB Adapter (BBA200- A0), which adds ...

October 8, 2009

Gemalto launches Smart Guardian

by Jan Harris
Gemalto today launched its Smart Guardian device, a USB smart card offering protection for sensitive information. Protiva Smart Guardian protects the integrity of data, and guards against loss, while allowing mobile workers to access corporate resources securely. Data is encrypted and stored on Smart Guardian, and any attempts to tamper with the device will be detected and cause the device to zero-out ...

October 5, 2009

Ironkey launches Enterprise Server v2.0

by Jan Harris
IronKey has launched the IronKey Enterprise Server v2.0, which allows IronKey Enterprise flash drives to be managed remotely, improving mobile data security for users of the drives. Ironkey’s flash drives, which are tailored for enterprises and government organisations, offer automatic encryption, active malware defenses and identity services. Server v2.0 offers enforceable security and user device recovery, and helps ensure that organisations comply ...

September 29, 2009

Verbatim announces Nano wireless laptop mouse

by Jan Harris
Verbatim has released a 2.4 GHz wireless laptop mouse with a tiny USB receiver, not much larger than a penny. The Nano mouse can be used with both PCs and Macs and comes in black, red, pink and blue. Its high-resolution laser sensor can operate at speeds of up to 1,600 dpi and offers precise movement control. It is priced at £24.99 each ...

September 28, 2009

First USB 3.0 device certified

by Jan Harris
The first USB 3.0 controller has been certified by the USB Implementers Forum, and several companies are hoping to have devices with the new, superspeed standard in shops by the end of the year. With the race hotting up, Buffalo and Freecom are both vying to get their Hard Drives to the market. Freecom announced its Hard Drive XS 3.0 last week, ...

September 25, 2009

BlockMaster’s SafeStick a hit with ambulance Service

by Jan Harris
Following the release last month of its SafeStick SuperSonic USB Flash drive, BlockMaster has now announced a major contract with Emergency Services in the West Midlands. The company has supplied West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust with over 300 SafeSticks, as well as a SafeConsole management suite. This will allow the organisation to manage, audit, reset passwords, and apply custom policies to ...

September 11, 2009

Netgear Digital Entertainer Live

by Alan Harten
Netgear launched a new set top box on Tuesday titled the Digital Entertainer Live that allows an HDTV to be connected to a web video service such as Hulu or any hard drive that is on the same home network. The Digital Entertainment Live will cost users around US$200 with the set-box actually weighing in at US$149.00 and the USB wireless ...

USB Mozzy killer

by Alan Harten
It seems that the creators of new USB dives are getting a bit carried away with how many different functions they can try on the novelty market what with fans, alert systems, torches and many more. For those who love the little novelty items and spend some time outside on their patio working at night here is the next in the ...

New USB speakers

by Alan Harten
Altec will soon have a USB version of its most popular speaker for travel, the Lansing Orbit USB. The new speaker will be powered by a USB and allows those with a laptop or netbooks to get a better audio experience while on the go and watching videos or listening to music. The Altec Lansing Orbit USB resembles other models from the ...