Category Archive: USB

Jun 25 2014

iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Charging Car Mount Review

Prius dashboard surface

Introduction Again, I want to thank MobileZap for sending out the iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Qi Charging car mount for me to review on my blog. This car mount was one of a number of solutions physically and technically suitable for my new Nokia Lumia 1520 – this is just one of the wider range of wireless chargers on …

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Sep 28 2013

Get the Most Out of USB 3.0 Flash Drives

This may seem obvious to technically minded people but given the similar look of standard USB ports you could forgive unsuspecting users for thinking that there is no difference between them all. However, if you look closely you can quickly work out which devices you should connect to which USB ports. If you see in …

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Jun 23 2013

Ouya Unboxing

Perhaps a first for the blog but the unboxing videos keep on rolling this time with the Ouya being the next cab off the rank! For those that don’t know, Ouya is an Android console aimed at the lower price range (being around $100) and took about a year to come to fruition after its …

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Apr 26 2013

Bringing USB 3.0 to Higher Power Levels

Just a heads up that if you have USB 3.0 as a prerequisite for new devices then you might want keep your eyes peeled for a new revision to the specification. At the moment, USB 3.0 ports are limited to outputting 10 Watts (a combination of 5 Volts @ 2 Amps) but with the new …

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Apr 24 2013

Incoming Gadget – DisplayLink DL-195 USB DVI Adapter

Just a short update. I’ve ordered an unbadged DisplayLink DL-195 USB DVI adapter for use at work. I am still waiting for my new monitor to arrive but I hope to test it with my laptop and existing external screen when the adapter arrives. Also included in the box are DVI to HDMI and DVI …

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Jul 15 2012

Ouya – The Open Source Game Console

Okay, I have a confession. I have had an itch to pledge for another project on Kickstarter and I gave in far too easily but I reckon this is quite an exciting development for the gaming industry as a whole, if not, for gamers in general. Ouya will be a game console based upon Android …

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Mar 25 2012

BitLocker and iPods – Will They Blend?

Leading on from yesterday’s article about BitLocker and the unfortunate situation that Mac OS X users find themselves in when BitLocker to Go is enforced at work when using USB devices we should also consider one popular USB device, the iPod. It may be a lesser known fact that iPods will use either HFS+ or …

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Mar 15 2012

Incoming Gadget – Raspberry Pi

A quick heads up for tonight. I have had my eyes on an interesting credit card sized computer called the Raspberry Pi. It’s an ARM-based computer (similar to the CPUs found in phones and tablets these days) and is designed to run Linux. It’s also low cost as well with Model A costing around AU$30 …

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Aug 30 2011

Remedies for Stuttering Audio in Windows

Once upon a time, in order to get sound on your Windows computer you’d have to buy and install a sound card of which the most popular were the Sound Blaster line of cards from Creative Labs. Back in those days, The CPUs inside your computer had more than enough to do running Windows while …

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Aug 06 2011

Choose the Best Interface for the Job

Here’s another quick tip for tonight. These days, we have all sorts of interfaces in our computers: wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, Firewire, eSATA, Bluetooth just to name a few. However, sometimes the most convenient interface won’t be the quickest. For instance, when I was transferring all the data from the old drives to the new …

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