Elan is a UK based company who developed the “Mobidapter” for mobile power users.Â The connector does not require drivers and will allow any USB device to be seen by the mobile host.Â Further, the Mobidapter doesn’t require a PC, so important tasks like backup, sync or accessing files will be much easier. Unfortunately, there is no word on price and expected ship date is mid June 2009. Continue Reading 3 Comments
This design, the microSD skull is also accompanied by another sytle which features a heart – I guess Elecom, the manufacturer is going for a his and hers theme. Pricing isn’t set, but I wouldn’t expect them to be a penny more than a typical microSD card. Source:Â Ixplora.com. Continue Reading 2 Comments
These cards could help to make a particular handset or plan more attractive to a subscriber by offering songs, movies, maps for GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation or applications. However, locking the card will ensure consumers couldn’t use the content elsewhere.SanDisk reports the data lock portion could be updated remotely via IP protocols which means a vendor could update music lists, content and video depending on the subscribers requirements, needs or membership. Some critics believe this technology is coming at a bad time, since users enjoy cross platform sharing for their music, along with Apples move towards less DRM on their music.Â However, what these critics don’t see is the need to protect other types of intellectual property.Â Although music and video is the big numbers, mainstream target market, there is an infinite need in the pro-sumer and corporate world for data lock and protection. Continue Reading 26 Comments
Sorry for the rant, but to boost the value of the phone with a $20 8GB microSD card isn’t all that impressive. Interested to hear more about the Blackberry Storm?Â You can read the following reviews: Verizon Storm. Continue Reading
The Certgate microSD card is definitely a gateway for them to get more products into your facility as you need their server network to run the back bone security software that syncs up with the microSD token. However, it is the most efficient way to expand mobile data security in IT and PKI infrastructures from desktop systems to all kinds of portable devices (laptops to PDAs or smart phones). It is a perfect solution for mobile and desktop applications and highest security demands, because it is based on tamper-resistant strong encryption (2048 bit) within the smartcard and thus allows the usage of low-cost mobile devices. Without getting to involved with rewording their key features, this is what Certgate bullet points for us: Continue Reading 5 Comments
To soften the blow and increase adoption of the SlotMusic concept, SanDisk is offer a very inexpensive MP3 player at just $19.99.Â The SlotMusic player may also be purchased with pre-loaded microSD cards for a total price of $39.99.Â This price point gives a significant advantage of the iPod Shuffle as you get device and music for the same price of just the Shuffle hardware. SanDisk put together a great demo presentation about the SlotMusic concept and I highly recommend checking out the link. Now that we see music making the shift to pre-loaded mircoSD cards, the concept of a microSD duplicator makes a bit more sense doesn’t it? With the backing of SanDisk and it being one of the largest flash memory retailers in the world, they have the channel and connections to make SlotMusic a success.Â It will be interesting to see what artists jump on the wagon and explore the digital distribution of music via microSD cards. SlotMusic demo. SlotMusic player product page. Continue Reading 2 Comments
In no time you can have a web cam setup for family chat or spy camera to keep an eye on that questionable one.Â At just 89mm tall, it would be hard to tell what was sticking out of your PC.
Through an acquisition, Samsung would strengthen it’s channel for supplying it’s flash chip to retail and channel sales of end-user flash memory. With weak chip prices and fluctuating buyer habits, a move like this could strengthen Samsung’s position and would put Samsung at over 50% of world wide control of production, distribution and sales of NAND flash memory.
Avi Cohen of Avian Securities said it was an “unlikely prospect” due to SanDisk being unwilling to sell at the bottom of the cycle, and Samsung becoming a direct competitor to many of its customers and regulatory concerns. “Regulators in the US, Korea and Europe among others will likely have issue with one player controlling north of 50 per cent of NAND [Flash memory] supply,” he said.Another option is Samsung reducing it’s royalty license to SanDisk to gain synergy with the top seller, reduce SanDisk’s bottom line and secure channel distribution of flash memory.
However if a deal goes ahead, it could block efforts by Samsung rivals Toshiba and Hynix Semiconductor to topple Samsung’s market leadership. Toshiba runs joint production lines with SanDisk and Hynix is also conducting joint re-search with the US group. Samsung controls 42.3 per cent of the NAND flash memory market, trailed by Toshiba with 27.5 per cent and Hynix with 13.4 per cent, says market researcher iSuppli.Source:Â Financial Times. Continue Reading 1 Comment