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PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HD Review 3070

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Design PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HDClick to EnlargeThe PhotoFast i-FlashDrive sports a sleek design with a white, glossy plastic body. It features the same shiny white exterior that’s become the staple of Apple’s accessories and chargers. On one end you’ll find a USB 2.0 plug and on the other is a removable Lightning dock connector compatible with Apple’s iPhone 5, iPad 3 and iPad 4. The 9-pin connector acts as a cap that comes off to reveal the 30-pin dock connector for previous generation Apple products. Measuring 2 x 1 x 0.3 inches and weighing only 0.6 ounces, the PhotoFast i-Flash Drive fits into the palm of your hand with ease. App PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HDClick to EnlargeAfter plugging the PhotoFast i-Flash Drive into your iPhone or iPad, it prompts you to download its accompanying app. After the installation, you can begin transferring and managing files immediately. PhotoFast’s utility app is smooth, intuitive and organized, resembling the interface you would find in an iOS Settings menu. When opening the app you’re greeted with four options: You can choose to back up your contacts, view files on your iOS device, add files to the flash drive, or use the cloud to interact with your Dropbox account. PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HDClick to EnlargeHowever, we found the Dropbox integration to be sluggish and buggy when we tried to connect our account. Pressing the “Dropbox” button directs users to a screen where they are asked to enter their email address and password, but the app froze on multiple occasions when we tried to do this. The PhotoFast app makes it easy to create folders and port photos from your device. A “+” symbol at the bottom of the screen launches a sub-menu of actions. Clicking the “From Library” option automatically breaks down your photo gallery into three neat options: Camera Roll, Instagram and My Photo Stream. After choosing a photo, the app lets you customize the image quality and photo size before transferring it to the drive. The i-Flash Drive took no time to copy a 1.09 MB photo at the highest image quality from our iPhone 5. PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HDClick to EnlargeThe “From Clipboard” option will create a new file in the Local Storage category and paste any text you’ve copied from a Web browser or the iPhone’s Notes application. The drive also offers an option to record voice memos, and you can also choose to back up or restore your contacts through the “Contact Backup” option on the Home screen. Moving and copying files to different sections of the device was a breeze. The top of the screen contains Home and Edit options, and the edit button allows you to delete, move, copy or email any file. You can also choose to password protect your files by pressing the lock icon at the bottom of the screen. After pressing the button, you can select files to lock and create a password to access them. While the i-FlashDrive app supports MP3 music files, there’s no way to retrieve music from your iPhone or iPad. You can, however, copy music from your desktop or laptop to the flash drive. The app also features an integrated music player that will play back songs; it sports an interface similar to iOS’ native music player. Performance PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HDClick to EnlargeAlthough the PhotoFast i-Flash Drive impressed us with its user-friendly app, it performs slowly compared to USB 3.0 drives. During our LAPTOP File Transfer test, it took 18 minutes and 9 seconds to copy a 5GB folder of multimedia files from our notebook to the PhotoFast i-Flash Drive, equaling a rate of 4.7 MBps. This is far slower than other flash drives such as the Patriot Supersonic, which performed the same task in 2 minutes and 4 seconds (41.3 MBps). The PhotoFast i-Flash Drive copied files to our notebook much quicker, executing the task in 5 minutes and 4 seconds (16.7 MBps). However, this is still slower than the Patriot’s speedy Memory Supersonic (93.1 MBps). Value Not only does the PhotoFast i-Flash Drive perform slowly when transferring files, but it’s also pricier than standard USB 3.0 drives. The device comes in four configurations: 8GB for $99, 16GB for $150 ($170 with the Lightning tip), 32GB for $200 (Lightning tip included) and 64GB for $329 (Lightning tip included). By comparison, the 32GB Patriot Supersonic USB 3.0 stick costs just $39 on Newegg, and Apple sells a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter for $29 on its site.luoqiyin666

Verdict PhotoFast i-FlashDrive HDClick to EnlargeThe PhotoFast i-Flash Drive makes it fairly easy to transfer files to and from your iPhone or iPad and PC. With a standard thumb drive, you’ll miss out on the intuitive and fluid user experience of managing files that PhotoFast’s app offers. It’s up to you to decide if this convenience is worth the high price tag and middling transfer speeds.For more information, please visit 32GB USB Flash drive

A Disconnect on Cellphone Unlocking Legislation 3100

Friday, April 5th, 2013

When the White House embraced an online petition earlier this month to legalize cellphone unlocking, it marked another key milestone in the rising importance of technology policy issues. The petition, which garnered more than 114,000 signatures, was created to draw attention to an obscure rule change preventing consumers from unlocking mobile devices bought after January. The effort gained steam quickly, prompting statements of support from the White House, the Federal Communications Commission and a host of lawmakers. In the few weeks since then, allowing consumers to unlock their cellphones and tablets so they can switch wireless carriers has quickly become the default position on the Hill. Members of the House and Senate have rushed to offer legislation, but the bills each tackle the problem differently, with varying permanence. The range of approaches and the debate over their efficacy demonstrates again how tech issues span multiple policy areas and remain highly opaque to all but a handful of stakeholders. In a rule change that took effect Jan. 28, the librarian of Congress narrowed an exemption in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act that previously allowed consumers to unlock their mobile devices. Obama administration officials criticized that move on March 4, saying it went against the administration¡¯s own earlier internal recommendation, and pledged to back a narrow legislative fix. Some mobile devices are sold unlocked, while others require the installation of a software program or other means to circumvent a pre-assigned wireless carrier. The rule change meant that consumers who unlock their phones could be open to potential criminal liability, according to Derek Khanna, a former staffer for the House Republican Study Committee. Khanna teamed up with entrepreneur Sina Khanifar, who created the petition on the White House website. The first lawmaker to offer legislation to legalize cellphone unlocking was Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., one of the few senators who has backed the tech industry¡¯s calls for changes to copyright law. Wyden¡¯s bill would create a permanent DMCA exemption for cellphone unlocking, negating the need for the librarian of Congress to renew the exemption every three years. Thus far, his legislation has gained the most support. ¡°Overall, [the Wyden bill] is the best way forward so far,¡± said Sherwin Siy, vice president of legal affairs for the consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge. Khanna called Wyden¡¯s bill ¡°probably the best of the bunch,¡± although he noted that the legislation wouldn¡¯t legalize the underlying technology that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones. luoqiyin666

But a Democratic aide said Wyden¡¯s bill could create trade issues because of pacts such as the recent free-trade agreement with South Korea, which include prohibitions on new permanent DMCA exemptions. Under the free-trade agreements, the aide said, additional exemptions must be made by the librarian of Congress through the process established by the DMCA every three years. Another bill, offered by the two chairmen of the Judiciary committees, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., would instead temporarily reverse the librarian of Congress¡¯ decision on the cellphone unlocking exemption, while sending the issue back to the LOC for review after the normal period. The aide said the librarian is likely to revisit the issue within one year as part of an expedited review of whether the exemption should apply to tablet computers. For more information, please visit unlocked mobile phones for sale