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Energizer has been selling its Duo Charger and USB Charger for a long time now. Both of the chargers can charge rechargeable batteries directly from the USB port on your computer.
Energizer offered software along with the chargers that could be downloaded from the Energizer website for PC and Mac machines. The Mac software is reportedly fine, but there is a massive security issue with the Windows version of the software and it should be removed from your PC immediately.
Energizer reports that it is working with the US government and US-CERT to determine how the software was infiltrated with a backdoor program called Arucer.dll. The backdoor opened computers running the Energizer software to access from remote systems allowing remote users to view directories, send and receive programs and files, and execute software. User will need to remove specific files from their registry in addition to uninstalling the Energizer software.
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There are lots of people out there who are massive consumers of digital content and media of all sorts. Many of us have digital media stored on several devices around our home networks including game console, notebooks, and desktop PCs.
Asus has debuted a new networked media player called the O!Play HD2. The player is the first to offer USB 3.0. That fast connectivity will presumably be to offer external storage and allow playback of content on external devices directly.
The HD2 also has a built-in memory card reader and eSATA port too. Full details on the device are missing right now, but we should learn all about the new HD2 in time.
I have been using a netbook when I travel for a few years now and I find that for the most part I can do anything I want using the little netbook. The new netbooks are getting to be much better than the older machines like I am using.
The new Asus Eee 1018P has turned up at CeBIT and the thing makes me want to upgrade pretty badly. It runs an Atom N455/N475 processor and packs in USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 tech. The machine is very sexy with its brushed aluminum chassis and white keyboard.
The rig has 1-2GB of RAM, 250 to 500GB of storage, a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution screen, and WiFi. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is stock, the new 3.0 spec must be optional. The machine is only 18mm thick.
Team Group gives the heads up on two upcoming 2.5-inch external hard disks it looks forward to launching during CeBIT next month.
The TP1022 is USB 3.0-ready and can be purchased in capacities of up to 640GB, whilst the cheaper TP1021 is also offered in capacities of up to 640GB, but sticks with the USB 2.0 interface. Both are self-powered by the USB connection alone.
The TP1022 will of course be the one most will be interested in due to its USB 3.0 support. It uses an aluminum casing with anode sandblasted surface treatment which makes it finger-mark and dirt-proof. It can be purchased in three colors; golden, silver and coffee and comes with a leather bag to use when carrying it around.
For further information on both the TP1021 and TP1022, head over to our press room and get the full rundown.
USB 3.0 hardware was spotted in droves at CES in January and more of the gear will be coming to market this year. To take advantage of USB 3.0 you will need either a new computer or an add-in card for your existing machine.
Belkin has announced its new line of USB 3.0 gear for computer users that will all ship in the US in April. The line includes a new USB 3.0 PCIe add-in card selling for $79.99. A SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ExpressCard for notebooks will sell for the same $79.99 price point. Both will support up to 127 USB devices with enough hubs attached.
Belkin will also be offering a full line of USB 3.0 cables. The cables will come in 4 or 8-foot lengths with A-B or Micro to B connectors for $39.99 and $49.99. It's hard to stomach paying $50 for a cable when we all have gobs of USB cables lying around.
Vantec has given us the heads up on its upcoming NexStar SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter (codenamed CB-SATAU3) which does exactly as the name implies.
As you've probably already worked out, this device allows the user to connect a SATA based hard disk directly to it which can then be connected to a USB 3.0 port for SuperSpeed transfer rates.
Both 3.5" and 2.5" SATA HDDs of up to 2TB capacities are supported and it comes with an AC Adapter which I would imagine is only required in conjunction with larger more power demanding mechanical HDDs.
We'll have availability and pricing information very soon when Vantec officially announce the new device.
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Sharkoon's QuickPort Duo dual docking station is quite the handy little device, allowing users to very easily drop in one or even two 2.5 or 3.5-inch SATA hard disks for instant accessibility.
And now Sharkoon has made it even better, giving both of the residing 2.5"/3.5" docks USB 3.0 support for far superior data transfer rates.
Sharkoon's SATA QuickPort Duo USB3.0 is now available at an MSRP of 59.90 euros (around $82 U.S.).