FreeCommander includes way more functions than Windows Explorer, but it doesn't look nearly as good. It's cluttered with confusing buttons and lots of menus that you have to wade through. Once you get the hang of things, though, you'll find it to be a useful tool.
This program turns the traditional file menu into a split-screen file manager. That makes it so much easier to look at multiple folders at once. In addition to that, it's easy to drag files from one folder to another without accidentally making copies or messing things up. Initially, it's … Read more
USB is due to get a lot more oomph now that the latest specification for version 3.1 has been approved.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group revealed Wednesday that it's completed its specification for USB 3.1. The new spec will be able to push SuperSpeed USB to data transfer rates of up to 10 gigabits per second. In contrast, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed can deliver speeds of up to 5Gbps.
"SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps uses a more efficient data encoding and will deliver more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over … Read more
The death of a 23-year-old Chinese woman last week, who was allegedly electrocuted while answering a call on her iPhone, is now believed to be linked to a third-party USB charger.
Ma Ailun was apparently using a third-party charger with her iPhone 4, instead of one made by Apple. That's according to Xiang Ligang, a phone expert interviewed by CCTV earlier this week (Google translation), who suggested that the charger may have had fewer safety measures built into its hardware, and experienced a failure.
The incident, which is still being investigated by both Apple and local authorities, was originally … Read more
In 2012, Acer became the first Windows PC maker to embrace Thunderbolt, Intel's super-fast communication technology. But that enthusiasm didn't carry past mid-2013.
The utility and ubiquity of performance improvements of USB, combined with Thunderbolt's high cost, led Acer to drop the port from its machines last week.
"We're really focusing on USB 3.0 -- it's an excellent alternative to Thunderbolt," Acer spokeswoman Ruth Rosene said. "It's less expensive, offers comparable bandwidth, charging for devices such as mobile phones, and has a large installed base of accessories and peripherals," … Read more
AVD Soft's Free USB Disk Security 2013 can prevent viruses and other malware from an infected portable drive from entering your PC through a USB port. It also scans removable drives for viruses. It covers all types of portable storage devices that connect via the USB interface, including thumb drives and portable hard drives. Many antivirus packages protect USB drives, but if yours doesn't, or if you prefer a specialized tool, here's your chance to add it for free. Free USB Disk Security 2013 requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 or better. We tried it in 64-bit … Read more
I don't know what's going on with hard-drive prices lately, except that they're getting more awesome by the day.
To wit: While supplies last (and I'm concerned they won't last long), Newegg has the Seagate Expansion STBV3000100 3TB USB 3.0 hard drive for $99.99 shipped. Surprisingly, there's no coupon code needed to get this deal, which would run you about $20 more elsewhere.
The aptly named Expansion is a fairly boring-looking black slab stocked with a 3TB drive. Seagate doesn't specify the rotational speed, but I'll wager my weight in … Read more
Over the past year or so we've seen a new product category emerge: the portable digital converter/headphone amplifier. Of course, no one "needs" such a device -- phones and iPods already have converters and amps built-in -- and sound perfectly fine with average headphones. The sound is good enough, but your phone's converter and amp share space and battery power with the phone's electronics. A separate converter and amp, about the size of a phone, has only one mission: improved sound quality. So if you upgraded to a high-end in-ear headphone, like the $399 … Read more
With its step-by-step process, Free ISO to USB makes it really easy to move an ISO image to a USB drive. While this process will be welcomed by beginners, a drag-and-drop setup would be more fun for more advanced users. Nevertheless, if you need a really basic program, this is the one you want.
This program takes you through a straightforward, four-step process to find and move the file you want. Since you can't skip steps, you might get bored if you already know how to find the file and just need software to do the moving or burning. … Read more