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Flash drives just keep getting smaller in dimension while growing in stature and storage capacity. In fact many of them are no bigger than the actual USB plug, and if they do get any smaller then you’re going to need specialist tools to remove them from your PC, never mind attempting to find them again once you’ve secreted them about your person (we don’t need details). This 4GB flash drive is concealed in the back of a fairly inconspicuous looking watch. Not only does that mean you could carry round government secrets...

USB Flash Drives come in all shapes and sizes, and Corsair are one of the companies responsble for the influx of such devices. The Flash Padlock from Corsair is one of the most secure and simple ways to store large amounts of data and offers peace of mind that your data is completely secure even when you’re mobile. Owners can enter their own pin codes, and as soon as you remove the flash drive from the computer, it automatically locks using that code. To unlock it, simply use the mini keypad provided to enter the pin and you’re...

Solar is the big thing in ecogadgets. Portable, light weight, and surprisingly inexpensive solar chargers can be used to encourage life into most of your portable devices and at gadgetshop they also have a solar powered backpack. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that you charge it up and then it packs and carries your personal belongings. The bag includes a rechargeable battery pack for emergencies as well as various mobile phone connectors and a mini USB cord. Inside the bag you get numerous compartment type walls that you can use,...

A terrabyte is one of those figures that sound incredible, but they’re just too large to truly fathom. It’s a bit like the prices that Internet companies are being valued at. In reality, a 1TB hard drive is going to offer little genuine use to most of us except that it gives us bragging rights to tell people we’ve got a 1TB hard drive. You could store 200,000 mp3 tracks, roughly equivalent to every single one of Cliff Richard’s 17,500 albums. If you’re more of a movie buff you could, in fact, store around...

When the mp3 file format came along, it negated the need to store hundreds of “backup” discs in the glove box of the car. It meant that we could happily record numerous discs onto one mp3 disc and just carry that single CD in the conveniently helpful CD player. Researchers have long struggled to perform a similar miracle with DVDs because of the limitations of diffraction. While lab tests have discovered methods of counteracting this problem, scientists had yet to discover a means to transform these discoveries into robust and practical...

It’s not often that a hard drive manufacturer has the cunning foresight to create camouflaged portable hard drives is it? And, if we’re being completely honest, there’s probably a damn good reason for that. But we’re not ones to shun the pointless because there will undoubtedly be somebody somewhere that has been keenly awaiting the introduction of a camo drive. Well, put your acrylic paint and brushes away, because Iomega has developed the hard drive that you can lose in your garden. At £75 it isn’t that...

External hard drives offer an excellent method of backing up essential data, and storing everyday data. Size restrictions are pretty much non existent and even the price of 1TB external drives are more than reasonable if you shop around. The Trekstor Datastation duo is the perfect example offering 1TB of secure storage for £115. 1TB offers you more than ample room to store pretty much everything you currently have without needing to upgrade any time soon. SUB 2.0 connectivity ensures good performance with 24.5MB/s and 16.0MB/s download...

Samsung MP3 players may not be as widely purchased as iPod, but they tend to offer excellent design and superb features for a not entirely unreasonable price tag. The Samsung K5 is an excellent example – modern and stylish in design, it also offers an excellent slide out speaker for when you don’t want your personal MP3 player to be that personal. Available on Amazon for less than £100, the 2GB model is a snip compared to some of the more over priced alternatives on the market. Its ultra slim design make it practical for carrying...

With HD-DVD being the Betamax of the 21st century, Blu-Ray players are, apparently, the future. Of course, the PS3 offers one of the most affordable all-round solutions to owning a Blu-Ray player, but we don’t all want to use a games console that bears a striking resemblance to a George Foreman grill to watch films. Unfortunately, try though I might, it’s a real struggle to find any Blu-Ray players or recorders that stand out. News that Blu-Ray sales tumbled (from an already unimpressive figure) last month does little to make...

Microsoft and their policies on openness are always a hot topic. A recent announcement declared that the software behemoth would be releasing a web platform known as Live Mesh. Live Mesh aims to connect a user’s online and offline activities enabling them to work on any project regardless of where they are or what PC they are at. Live Mesh is a genuinely bold bid that not only aims to bring together all of our computing activities, but also integrate every web enabled device in the same manner. Currently, many consumers complain...