Review: LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control allows only known thumb drives

LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac places restrictions on all unrecognized USB storage devices connected to your computer. It allows thumb drives and external hard drives placed on the whitelist to be used by the system, while it instantly unmounts any unknown USB drives, automatically placing them in the blacklist. This premium app has a trial version that supports only LOK-IT branded thumb drives and does not allow modifications to the whitelist.

Because LOK-IT USB Storage Device Control for Mac hooks deeper in the OS than most apps, it comes with an installation wizard that requires administrative access. Upon … Read more

Hands-on with the Nomad ChargeKey Lightning cable

The Nomad ChargeKey aims to solve a common problem: There's never a sync cable around when you need one.

You know the routine: You're killing time at the airport and suddenly realize that your iPhone battery is down to 6 percent. There are USB charging ports everywhere, but you don't have a cord. As long as you have your keys, however, you're in business.

True to its name, the ChargeKey is a key-shaped cable with a USB plug at one end and a Lightning (or Micro-USB) connector at the other. With it, you can sync or … Read more

Criminals pilfer ATMs with malware infected USB drives

Robbing ATMs is nothing new. There's the everlasting stick-em-up, the bogus card scheme, ATM phishing, and more. But, it appears new ways are being invented to pull off successful cash machine heists.

It was recently revealed that thieves were able to access loads of ATM money by injecting machines with malware using USB drives, according to the BBC.

These break-ins involved both low- and high-tech techniques. Apparently, the criminals manually cut holes in the machines to plug in USB sticks that then installed malware on the system. Once the machines were infected, the robbers would patch the holes on … Read more

Two gifts under $100 for the audio enthusiast

Forget Black Friday, the best deals can crop up at any time, and today we're looking at two great audio products recently reduced to just $99: the Audioquest Dragonfly and the Logitech UE Smart Radio.

Last year, the Audioquest scored raves with its Dragonfly USB DAC/headphone amp -- or soundcard to the rest of us. This is a compact USB key which includes an onboard amp and originally sold for $249. But now that a new 1.2 version is out, outlets like Amazon are selling off the old version at a bargain price-- just $99.

The Dragonfly … Read more

PKparis unveils world's smallest Android flash drive

For weeks now I've been sorely tempted to buy the Republic Wireless Moto X, but there's one thing preventing me from pulling the trigger: the 16GB of unexpandable storage. That's just not enough for the amount of apps, music, and video I want to carry.

Thankfully, because the Moto X supports USB OTG, it's a fairly simple matter to plug in external storage for my media. Of course, the typical solution for such an exercise is a USB OTG cable and a flash drive, but the new PKparis K'2 is a flash drive that plugs directly into an Android device's Micro-USB port.… Read more

The 404 1,395: Where, OK Glass, where is the pulmonary artery? (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Of course Applebee's is going to replace waiters with tablets.

- Charting the popularity of tech through hip hop lyrics. More graphs on Medium.

- The secret meeting that changed rap music, and destroyed a generation.

- A surgeon's review of Google Glass in the operating room.

- With new USB connector, no more wrong-way-up cables.… Read more

With new USB connector, no more wrong-way-up cables

The group behind the USB standard has begun work on a new connector that's designed to fix a two-decade-old problem: it can be hard to tell which way is up.

The Type-C connector will make Universal Serial Bus more like Apple's Lightning connector, which is used on newer iPads and iPhones. With it, customers don't have to make sure the connector is flipped upside-down compared to the port.

USB is burdened by a variety of different connectors today, meaning that customers often must have the right cable to plug in the right camera, external hard drive, phone, … Read more

Review: USB Autorun runs silently and adds some extra convenience to USB drives

USB Autorun supercharges your USB's autorun by giving you more control over what happens when you plug a drive in. It lets you completely bypass Windows' autorun prompt while still getting the desired result. Since it's a portable program, its ability to move with you on any drive makes it even cooler. It might also upset your antivirus software, but you can bet that it's clean.

USB Autorun lets you assign commands to a USB drive, so it instantly starts working the second you plug it in. You can pair your drive to a certain file, as … Read more

Install PS4 updates via a USB flash drive

A software update will be available for PlayStation 4 owners as soon as they power on the system. While the update isn't required (single player games can still be played without an Internet connection), it is recommend that you install it to receive the full benefits of Sony's latest console.

There are two methods for installing the update: directly onto an Internet-connected PlayStation 4 or with a USB flash drive. The latter can be utilized for those who don't have an Internet connection readily available.

Here's how to do it:

Step one: Insert a USB drive … Read more

Get a free Wintec 4GB flash drive

Something a little different today...

Regular readers know I'm a huge fan of cashback services, which is why they appear in the very first chapter of "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets." (OK, last plug for a while, I swear.)

If you've never tried one and want to see what all the fuss is about, the folks at TopCashback have crafted a sweet little offer especially for Cheapskate readers: a free-after-cashback 4GB Wintec flash drive from your local Sears store.

So where's the link? To help keep confusion to a minimum, I'm … Read more