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Presenting iStick – The iPhone and iPad Lightning USB flash drive

Most people would agree that iPhones and iPads are truly incredibly handy electronic devices. They are amazing devices capable of performing tasks that are quite impossible to achieve with other mobile phones. This iDevices boast of great looks, fast speeds and advanced Apple technology. Nevertheless, they have large memory capacities of up to 32 GB. Such remarkable features render file transfer easier than before. There comes a time when you wish for more space due to videos, apps and photos you accumulate over time. This calls for a perfect device to expand your iDevice storage and quickly migrate all that data over. However, there is great news for iPhone and iPad users; a lightning connector USB flash drive known as iStick.

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Introducing the iStick flash drive

iStick is one amazing device from Hyper that is expected to benefit many iPhone and iPad users. Functioning as a flash drive, the device incorporates a compact and lightweight design. It measures 51.6 x 28.6 x 9.1mm and weighs at only 10 g. It comes in various memory capacity that include 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and a mind blowing 128GB. It is comes in an ABS plastic and aluminum finish, or all aluminum. The drive incorporates a standard USB connector and an Apple MFi-certified Lightning at either end, with a flipping switch between them.

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Performance & use

With the use of this file transfer device you can quickly transfer large file in various formats between your iDevices. Normally, iPhones and iPads have their own file format. So a file won’t run in case they do not recognize the format. This is always as a result of the mismatch of formats. However, this iphone USB flash drive provides you with a perfect solution to the problem. It can transfer various types of files to the iPhone and iPad compatible file type and then transfer the files to the iDevice so that the files are ready to use.

An included app that makes the whole process too easy. It highly supports the copy and paste functions, which makes it easier to handle by a new user. The large memory capacity enables you to save all your files. This may be in form of documents, videos, photos, and music. You can also play and view them at any time right from your iStick device. It enables 1080p HD movie streaming and direct playback. The iStick flash drive is well compatible with most iDevices including iPhone 5/5s/5c, 4th Generation iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and 5th Generation iPod touch. It performs exceptionally well as file transfer is done speedily.

Transferring files from your Mac or Window PC to iPad or iPhone device (and vice versa) usually proves difficult. This is due to the fact that the process involves emailing, or using other apps that may present a challenge especially for the new use. iStick offers a relief to this as it can be connected right into your PC to transfer files. Nevertheless, the process does not require any network set up to accomplish. This means that your data is sent through 3rd party servers, which protects it from hackers.

File transfer Speed

The file transfer speed featured by iStick is quite remarkable, especially when compared to other file transfer devices. The speed would normally vary depending on the type of transfer. For iStick-to-USB the speed is 12MB/s (Read) and 7.5MB/s (Write). On the other hand iStick-to-iDevice transfer speed is 2.5MB/s (Read), 1.9MB/s (Write).

Price

The price of iStick is varies among the various available models. They sell for $129 (8GB), $169 (16GB), $199 (32GB) and $299 (64GB). Hyper has an Early Bird Special offer of 50% discount for those who will place an early order following its launch in August. Some may say this price is too much for a file transfer device but its exceptional performance and speed are really worth the price tag.

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About the company who develops iStick

HYPER by Sanho Corporation is a top manufacturer of storage products since 2002. It started producing iDevice accessories in 2009 and has been actively supplying them to date. Before the iStick technology project, the company had undertaken another technological project known as CloudFTP that was very successful. Products manufactured by Hyper are of high quality, which has made it popular especially in the mobile industry.

Conclusion

iStick USB drive is certainly a remarkable device worth considering by any iPhone or iPad user. It gives you speed, versatility as well as enhanced security, which sets it apart from the conventional file transfer methods.

 

Device Fingerprinting

Device Fingerprinting Might Be The New Way To Track Users Online

Used since the advent of the internet, simple cookies placed on user’s pcs to record their internet browsing habits are now obsolete. Instead, more and more websites have switched to device fingerprinting on people who visit their services, a method which is very difficult to avoid and not very direct either.

Browser Cookies Era

Placed on your hard drive every time you visit a new website, cookies used to observe user preferences of web browsing are very easily removed or periodically deleted by third party applications. One can also activate the Do Not Track option in their browser settings to avoid the issue. As for mobile phones, they do not even use cookies at all, so big advertising companies are forced to seek alternative means.

Modern Online User Tracking Techniques

The new method, called device fingerprinting, involves recording several unique features of each computer, such as the list of plugins used by web browsers and other software installed, the time zone used, fonts, screen resolution and hardware installed. Taken together, all these contribute to the composition of a digital signature comparable to a fingerprint, allowing precise identification of users. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 94% of web browsers are using Flash or Java plugins, opening options for precises determination of the identity of devices.

New user device fingerprinting method is even more efficient than using simple cookies as the virtual signature remains easily identifiable even after the browsing history is deleted from the web browser, which removes any files left behind after websites have been visited. Moreover, changes to the configuration, for example by uninstalling or adding new applications will just help to increase the accuracy with which your profile can be found online.

Device Fingerprinting

Device Fingerprinting

While some internet users perceive it as a privacy violation, device fingerprinting methods based on hardware signature ( or hardware id ) will bring great profits to advertisers willing to use it. They are charging rates between $1,000 and $50,000 promising instead to identify users with the precision of up to 98%. So far, the methods used are still are still perceived with a grain of salt by clients, concerned that these practices could damage the image of the company they run. As for us, the users, the only sure way to protect ourselves from getting monitored online is not to come online, as there still isn’t a web browser capable of circumvent new monitoring techniques.

How To Block Online Tracking Applications

Considering all the conspiracy theories going on after NSA revelations, such solutions will probably won’t start to emerge before at least six to 8 years will pass, at least. At the current moment, the only solutions out there to prevent companies from crawling our data are a little far fetching. It would involve installing and using Virtual Machines to browser,  or using bare naked browsers like Epic. You could go ahead and not use Flash or Java, but then you would be left out of the possibility to visit almost any website that takes use if it.

Of course, advertising companies will argue that if you don’t have anything to hide, you should not be worried. But I am sure there are alot of people out there who would see that point of view as being hypocritical to say the least. What’s your opinion over online tracking practices that are going on lately and will continue to emerge ? Share your thoughts below.

 

Xiaomi Mi Pad Front

Xiaomi Mi Pad – The new kid on the block

Finally, more news about the Xiaomi Mi Pad has been released. All 7.9 inches of it! With impressive specs and Corning Gorilla glass, this device is fast and fortified. It comes with a solid camera with an exciting f/2.0 aperture (All you photography enthusiasts know why this is exciting). Equipped with retina display as well, this tab looks like it is all set to compete with the industry forerunner in tablets, Apple. But should the iPad mini be afraid of this new kid on the block? Only time and the public reviews will tell.

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xiaomi mi pad

The tablet has a Google Android 4.4 KitKat with Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface. But something that trumps having the latest version of Android in the market is the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor that it comes with. This processor is enough to lure those with a serious inclination to playing heavy duty games on their tabs. With storage that comes in 16 and 64 GB and is expandable up to 128GB, most people are impressed. On Xiaomi Mi Pad, thoughts are pretty much leaning towards being largely positive, especially since the company has a reputation of offering some of the best quality hardware at pretty low prices. Their newest offering is thankfully no exception.

If you are someone who isn’t really into gaming, Xiaomi gives you other reasons to purchase their Mi Pad. Most people use their tabs for entertainment, including surfing the web, watching videos, reading books and storing photographs. As you already know, the camera is pretty good with its 8 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera and the screen is retina display. But the scope for good entertainment doesn’t stop there. The Mi Pad also offers stereo speakers for great sound quality and a long lasting battery life. Thus for the Xiaomi Mi Pad, thoughts of even a regular user lean towards being positive.

 

Xiaomi Mi Pad Front

Xiaomi Mi Pad Front

The Mi Pad will be available in a number of colours to suit your taste and style. When people are asked about the Xiaomi Mi Pad, thoughts range from how it is an Android device that looks like something from Apple, to excitement about being able to buy a good looking, hard working, fast processing device without paying through the nose. Each one is entitled to their opinion of a new product, but the Xiaomi Mi Pad is one new product on the block that doesn’t look like it can be ignored.

Cross Platform Apps

Run iOS Apps on Android Thanks to Project Cider

Although the idea behing this project is not entirely new, Project Cider is the first system that will let you run iOS apps on Android.
Over the years, the concept of cross platform applications was not as popular as it is now. For a long time, a Windows application would never run on Mac, or vice versa. This preconception was abolished on a large scale for the first time once Microsoft Office suite for Mac emerged.
Since there are still some applications that are available only for iOS, many have expressed their desire for a method to port some applications from Apple’s mobile platform on Android as well. For the first time, there is a solution to this problem, called Project Cider.

Cross Platform Apps

Cross Platform Apps

The magic of this project is to improve a system for writing native code for iOS which can be also run on Android. Shown in detail in the video below, Project Cider was conducted by a team of researchers at Columbia University. They were proud about the development of a “compatible operating system architecture” which is not based on a virtual machine to carry out the running applications created for the iPhone or iPad. In addition, it is not necessary to change any line of code in the original application and 3D acceleration works great, according to them.
Basically, Cider tricks iOS applications to work on Android’s Linux kernel exactly as it would work on Apple’ XNU kernel.
Before results of such a collective effort will be made public, legal issues related to  transfering applications from an iDevice onto Android must be taken care of. Finally, I am afraid these things might be the most complicated.