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iStick™: USB Flash Drive with Lightning for Apple phones and tablets

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iStick™: The World’s first USB flash drive with integrated Apple Lightning connector. Made for iPhone & iPad.

iStick allows you to easily, quickly and safely move data between computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches without the need for Internet, wireless networks or the Cloud where hackers and others (e.g. 3rd party server operators) may gain access.

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We all have used a USB flash drive at least once in our lives. They are great for transferring large files between computers, require minimal setup and the transfer speed is much faster than the fastest Cloud storage. It doesn’t require the Internet to work and your data is never sent through 3rd party servers. The USB flash drive is great but it doesn’t work with your favorite Apple iDevices. Until now.

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Current iStick App Features

  • Free universal iPhone/iPad/iPod touch iOS app
  • Music & Movie Player (able to decode MKV, RMVB, AVI, WMV etc.)
  • 1080p HD movie streaming, direct playback from iStick
  • Photo & Document (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, PDF, iWork) Viewer
  • Open files directly on the iStick without the need to copy to iDevice
  • Copy/Move files between iDevice and iStick
  • File Management (Copy/Cut/Paste/Delete/Rename/Create Folder)
  • Backup photos/videos from iDevice Camera Roll to iStick
  • Support “Open In” functionality
  • Open files from other apps in iStick app
  • Open files from iStick in other apps
  • iDevice Contacts backup and restore

Product Specifications

  • Capacity: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB
  • Connectors: Standard USB 2.0 and Apple MFi-Certified Lightning Connector
  • iStick-to-USB Speed: 12MB/s (Read), 7.5MB/s (Write)
  • iStick-to-iDevice Speed: 2.5MB/s (Read), 1.9MB/s (Write)
  • Construction: ABS Plastic and/or Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 51.6 x 28.6 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 10g
  • Supported File Formats: Video
    .mp4, .m4v, .mpv, .mov, .mpg, .mkv, .wmv, .flv, .3gp, .gif
    Audio
    .wav, .aac, .aif, .aiff, .caf, .m4a, .mp3
    Images
    .jpg, .tiff, .gif
    Documents
    .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics

Compatibility

iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th Generation)

Head on over to the Site for all the details.

Put Your Photos On a Diet

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Calling all Apple iPhoto people. This is a must. You know the way your 34,567 🙂 photos start to take over your hard drive? Well here is a solution. Do your self a favour and download this App for your Mac (They offer a Free trial)  In a nutshell it compresses your photos WITHOUT loosing the quality, dont believe me? check out one of my photos [original size = 9 Megs] taken on my Nikon D3

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 11.56.52 PMThe one on the left is 128kb the one on the right is the original (9megs) It can do a whole folder (if you get the paid edition $19.99) or 20 files at once (trial version) It even shows you how much space you will save 🙂 They have it for Windows too.

Check the website out : http://www.jpegmini.com

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Support is ending for Windows XP . . so?

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Having been in IT for the past 30 years I have built up a collection of friends whose first port of call when printers, computers and now smart phones behave badly, is me. Seriously people, when was the last time anybody picked up the phone and called Microsoft because their Windows XP did strange stuff? Or ask the Microsoft support hotline how to do something? In my years with computers I have done it ONCE, and you know what? The foreign accent chap on the other side of the phone (probably in a Pakistani or Indian bomb shelter) had no idea what I was talking about.

Which brings me to the seriousness of Microsoft ending support for Windows XP. Well this has about as much cosmic significance as a foot print in the sand on a deserted beach. In fact that has more impact on the souls of sand dwelling crabs which live of dead and rotting sea birds which fell from the sky due to a Comet which crashed into Russia  . . . than Microsoft has on millions of XP users.

But what about the “security” updates I hear you ask? Well yes I retort, but you haven’t done an update in the last 342 years anyway, as the last time you did that your computer crashed so you vowed silently never ever ever to do updates again . . . . In fact your resources will probably more than double as now your computer will not have 65 Gigs of XP updates waiting to be installed.

So why are you all frothing at the mouth and vowing to bring a class action law suit against Microsoft? Here is what is going to happen (as it happened for windows 3 , 95, ME, 98, 2000, server 2003) : in a few years you are going to want to install a cool Facebook App or silly game or something insignificant onto your trusty Windows XP machine and you are going to faced with a rather rude message which will read something like : We are sorry but this Application only runs on Windows [insert current windows version here].  So what do you do? Ditch the App and live without it? Rush out and upgrade? Sit close to the radiator at home and rock back and forth wiping the drool from your mouth, longing for the security of your baby blanket which mother so coldly gave away to the homeless people 38 years ago?

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And as for the business community . . . the IT companies are probably masturbating 24/7 thinking about how much money they are going to extract out of their existing corporates in upgrades, trouble shooting and completely unethical charges.

Stay calm and consider a glass of wine.