SanDisk Announces 128GB iXpand Flash Drive and Updated Sync App With Touch ID
This week at mobile-focused technology show Mobile World Congress, SanDisk plans to announce a several updates to its line of iXpand Flash Drives and companion app, mainly focused on expanding storage space and enabling quicker and more secure data decryption with the help of Touch ID.
The iXpand flash drive includes both USB and Lightning connectors to allow users the ability to easily transfer files, photos, and videos from an iOS device to a desktop or notebook with a traditional USB port. Currently available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes, the company will be announcing its first addition to the iXpand line with the introduction of a 128GB model for even more file storage.
SanDisk also promises new iOS 8-inspired updates to the iXpand Sync app, notably implementing Touch ID to let users encrypt and decrypt their most sensitive files while transferring data to and from the drive. The company also notes that the update will allow users to interact and open files from the iXpand drive with various other “popular apps”, as well as save content inside of the third-party apps directly onto the drive.
No official pricing has been given for the 128GB drive yet, but seeing as the current highest capacity version of the iXpand flash drive at 64GB retails for $109.99, those interested in the new high-end model can expect to pay a substantial premium over that for double the storage.
Update: SanDisk has issued a press release regarding the announcement, noting that the new 128GB iXpand drive will be priced at $149.99
Sony’s PlayStation 4 VR headset launching in the ‘first half of 2016’
Sony’s PlayStation 4-powered virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, has new specs and a slightly different look (seen above). Okay, it doesn’t look that different. What’s new? For one, the screen resolution is improved: it’s now 1,920 x RGB x 1,080. The refresh rate is doubled from last year at 120Hz, and the new 5.7-inch screen also has a higher field of view (nearly 100 degrees). Oh right! It’s got a new, bigger screen at 5.7 inches! But you already guessed that. Further upping the specs is lower latency, now under 18 milliseconds.
Most importantly, the unit will launch at retail in “the first half of 2016.” That’s… kinda soon? Almost?
First things first, there’s a new screen and it’s 5.7 inches. It’s an OLED, and the specs specifically are 1,920 x RGB x 1,080. Wait, what? The long and short is that the screen has a higher resolution than last year’s model. It will help reduce the “screen door” effect that many VR headsets suffer from, in so many words.
The screen is afforded “super-low latency” (sub-18 ms) by way of improvements Sony’s made to the software across the past year, and the field of view has been expanded to “nearly” 100 degrees. And the design has changed a bit as well: It’s now got nine LED sensors on the outside, making it way more glowy blue than before, but also offering more points of articulation to be measured by the corresponding PlayStation 4 camera.
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Gozer – Big Hero 6 & Whiplash,
Gozer tried out the ESimple Film Screen Protection for iPhone 6 and quite enjoys it. It’s hard to see, which is the absolute point of a screen protector. The cutouts near the top speaker area and around the home button line up perfectly. A few bubbles were found after applying the film but they were minimal. Gozer liked the card that was included to get the bubbles out. Application was simple and a ripple effect to “set” it impressed him. The screen protector does what it’s supposed to do: protect the screen with minimal fuss. Overall, this is a quality purchase for your iPhone.
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See it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVirN4UIt0o
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