The problem with little USB jump drives is that no matter how many you own, you've never got one when you need it. You could've have sworn you tossed one in your bag, but when it's time to pass files around, it's not there. That's why we're tempted to keep LaCie's new PetiteKey dangling from our keychains.
There are some sensitive documents that you want to ensure don't fall into the wrong hands, such as contracts, financial records, and that stash of naked pics you have from college. This voice-authenticating USB drive ($50) will ensure no one's snooping into your sensitive stuff.
I have a drawer filled with USB drives that I've picked up along this windy life of mine but none of them look like Empty Memory, an artsy, almost jewelry-esque USB stick that looks like it's hollow. They only hold 4GB of data but BOY DO THEY LOOK COOL.
Across New York, there are USB drives embedded in walls, buildings and curbs. The idea is to create an anonymous, offline file-sharing network in public space. The drives are completely public and anyone can plug in to drop and download files.
Files! We've all got 'em. Digital ones. Paper ones. Ones that help us maintain our cuticles that we're sometimes embarrassed to admit we own. But I digress. For keeping track of the first two, there's Verbatim's new Clip-it USB drive.
The last time we saw the Pogoplug, it was shockingly pink and not exactly something you'd stick onto your manly, serious-looking desk, but now it comes in a "Biz" version which'll do all the same file-sharing, without the girly looks.
Forget obsessing over stock and fussing over fonts. There's no point. Because Ramiro Pareja Veredas has created the ultimate business card. It's a circuit board that displays all your relevant info, and it's got a fancy trick up its sleeve.
Hey, look! It's a gimmicky USB drive that actually provides a somewhat useful service! Lockface, developed by Futen in Japan, uses your computer's web cam to identify you before letting you access its data.
Do you think that your eardrums being intact is a good thing? Then please, don't show this Twilight USB drive to any girls between the age of 9 and 15. Or was it 45. Can't tell these days. [EntertainmentEarth]
Rocky doesn't need anyone to hold his feet for situps. Nor do Apollo Creed or Clubber Lang. Not to be racially insensitive, but are Apollo and Clubber's USB connectors slightly larger?
I wish these Mario, Koopa, Goomba, and Shroom 4GB USB thumb drives were actual Nintendo mass-produced products. That way I wouldn't have to spend $55 on each of them, but hey, they are handcrafted with love.
Remember those heady days when USB drives used to cost hundreds of dollars? Well, thanks to Kingston's latest 128GB monster, they can again.
Mimoco's getting more clever with their latest Star Wars mimobot flash drives—Darth Vader and Clone Rex have removeable masks, and one out of six Vaders will have the Uncle Fester face underneath, not the NOOOOO one. [Mimoco]
Ars tricked Matt Woodward into running a gauntlet of tests on eight USB flash drives—a gadget you typically only evaluate by price/storage—to discover the secret king of flash drives. It's an epic piece.