By Lisa Johnston
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Fountain Valley, Calif. — Kingston Digital has launched a combination USB/MicroUSB flash drive to expand the memory of MicroUSB-capable Android tablets and smartphones.
The DataTraveler MicroDuo uses the device's MicroUSB charging port to expand storage up to 64GB. It has a small form factor (2.8 centimeters by 1.6 centimeters by 0.8 centimeters), a built-in key loop and a rotating cap.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
San Jose, Calif. — Netgear introduced this week a pair of cable modem routers including the N600 dual-band Wi-Fi (C3700) and the N300 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3000).
The two-in-one devices integrate a Docsis 3.0 cable modem for faster Internet access and an N300/N600 high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi router.
The N600 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3700) has a $129.99 suggested retail and the N300 Wi-Fi cable modem router (C3000) carries a $99.99 suggested retail. Both are available now.
San Francisco Leef Technology today unveiled a high-performance line of microSD and SD memory cards designed for high-speed storage of HD video and professional-grade photography.
The new PRO line include UHS-I-rated cards developed with 300x processing speeds, about four times faster than standard cards, Leef said. Read/ write data speeds are clocked at up to 45 MBps in 4-bit transfer mode.
Beaverton, Ore. - The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the initial development of the next generation of USB connector, with a smaller, thinner, reversible interface.
The USB Type-C connector is being developed to help enable thinner and sleeker product designs, enhance usability and provide a growth path for performance enhancements for future versions of USB, the industry group said.
Newark, Calif. — Logitech unveiled a wireless keyboard with a Window 8-friendly integrated touchpad.
The TK820 keyboard, which uses the company’s proprietary Unifying 2.4GHz wireless receiver, has a built-in 4-inch touchpad that supports 13 multi-touch Windows 8 swipes. Consumers must download Logitech’s SetPoint software; the software also lets users customize keyboard settings and hot keys.
Unifying technology enables consumers to use up to six compatible devices with just one nano receiver.
Chino, Calif. — Genius has released a 2.4GHz wireless keyboard/touchpad optimized for Windows 8 and its gesture controls.
The SlimStar T8020 multitouch keyboard incorporates Windows 8 gestures to let users navigate the OS with swipes and pinches, eliminating the need for a touch display, the company said.
Taipei, Taiwan — Roccat Studios went to the Computex 2013 show, held here this week, to unveil several new products, including an optical version of its Kone Pure gaming mouse.
The German manufacturer of gaming peripherals had the new Kone mouse on display during the show, as well as its Ryos MK Pro mechanical gaming keyboard with a configurable lighting system. The company also launched the Mac OS driver for its Kone XTD mouse, allowing further customization for users.
Arvada, Colo. — The Mobile Electronics Specialists of America (MESA), a car electronics buying group, announced it has teamed with Scosche Industries for a line of private-label wires and kits.
These are MESA’s first private-label products, Ryan Gunter, MESA executive director, told TWICE. More than 80 SKUs will make up the line, which includes RCA cables, power and speaker wires, amplifier kits, and distribution blocks.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft unveiled a pair of new mice designed to work with its Windows 8 operating system.
The Sculpt Mobile wireless mouse features a dedicated button to access the Start screen, decorated with a blue Windows logo. The mouse also has four-way scrolling and BlueTrack technology for tracking on nearly any surface.
It’s shipping this month for a $29.95 suggested retail.
Delray Beach, Fla. - Software and scanning device supplier I.R.I.S. has introduced the IRIScan mouse with a built-in scanner with optical character recognition technology.
The mouse-scanner works as a traditional mouse but allows a user to scan any printed document and save it as an editable 400-dpi document in any Microsoft Office application.