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USB Cables As Impulse Items


usbtypecconnectorSurely you’ve seen them at the checkout counter.  Lately, I was in a CVS drugstore picking up a few odds and ends and I spotted USB cables at the checkout for just a few dollars each.  Naturally, I had to grab one because I actually was having problems with one of my USB cables used to charge my cell phone.  With the new Type C USB cable ready to launch later this year, will the old USB cable still be seen as an impulse item?

How Will Pricing Compare?

It’s hard to believe that these new USB cables will be as inexpensive, affordable, cheap, what have you, as the current USB cables.  Something new and improved is never cheap, as a rule.  It’s going to be quite some time before all of your mobile devices incorporate the new USB ports, so what will that do to the sales of the old USB cables?  Will there be a surge in sales to snatch them all up before they become extinct?  Will people stop buying them altogether?

Don’t Be so Quick To Discard Your Old USB

A new USB cord means new USB ports.  New USB ports means that all of the devices you now have in your possession are going to be obsolete – at least when it comes to using the new and improved USB cables.  Cell phones, laptops and smart tablets have not yet gone the way of existing USB cords – that is, found at the checkout counter as impulse items.  Though with everyone needing to buy new mobile devices in order to accommodate the new cords, will the sale of devices containing the old USB ports plummet?

It seems nothing can ever be simple.  Though the new Type C USB cable will be compatible with all updates, our current devices are anything but compatible with this updated USB cord. So now what?


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USB Modems: Wi-Fi All Over

By this time, most people have experienced the liberating joy of Wi-Fi. Between laptops, smart phones, tablets and game consoles, people are connected like never before – literally with no strings attached. However, when it comes to accessing the Internet on their laptop computers, many people remain confined to an area close to their wireless router. It’s similar to the way a cordless home telephone, linked to a land-line, isn’t really the same as a cell phone, even a “dumb phone”.

Cut the Cords

There are plenty of communications companies, though, that are happy to meet their customers’ demand for increased range without diminished services. AT&T and Cricket are just two companies that offer mobile broadband through the use of a USB modem. Similar in appearance to most flash drives, a USB modem will pull down signal in almost any area in which your cell phone does. Better yet, the modem and the additional broadband service are often offered in discount bundles.

Hot Spots Everywhere

Just as many people have given up their land lines and their desktop computers, preferring a fully wireless existence instead, many customers of mobile broadband have no use for their old modem-and-router setups. The use of a USB modem also eliminates the need to constantly log on whenever you encounter a new “hot spot” or other public Wi-Fi location (such as Internet cafes, hotels or restaurants).

Online access, in any place or at any time, gives the user a clear advantage. Whether one’s pursuits are professional, academic or purely recreational, the freedom of true wireless Internet comprises measurable value. The convenience alone makes the investment worthwhile, but the potential rewards loom a lot larger than that.

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History of Data Storage

For as long as there have been computers, there has been a need for data storage, both internally and as a portable medium. The digital divide closed so rapidly in modern societies that it is easy to forget that just 20 years ago, desktop computers were the only option, and they were running hard drives with around 25 megabytes of capacity. Just ten or twelve years ago, 256 MB of RAM was considered top of the line, and a 60-gig hard drive was pretty much standard.

Climbing the Ladder

Portable data storage was equally limited. The 3.5″ floppy diskette – which wasn’t really floppy, the way its predecessor was – could only hold so much, so major projects meant using multiple diskettes. Zip drives were popular for a short time, as they held more data than a floppy, but proved to be no more than a speed bump, as compact discs made them unnecessary (and necessitated no small amount of data transfer). Those who chose not to move their files had to buy plug-in ZIP drives to use their files on their new, Zip-less computers.

It’s Everywhere

Finally, the USB flash drive made data storage and transfer convenient and universal, and is able to keep up with the leaps and bounds of today’s (and tomorrow’s) machines. Some USB flash drives can hold as much as a terabyte of information – substantially more than the average laptop’s hard drive. Moreover, the flash drive evolved in ways that its digital ancestors had not – it became a cultural statement, with USB flash drives taking every shape and form imaginable, from flashlights to pocket knives to ball point pens.

The ubiquitous USB port has also eliminated other once-promising industry ideas, such as the SCSI port; pronounced “scuzzy”, it quickly went the way of the Zip drive after being hailed as the fastest way to connect external devices like scanners and printers. But it was never going to expand the revolution they way USB did, leading as it has to newer and better media devices (such as the iPod), including the ultimate interaction between devices: The computer and the smart phone.

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The USB 3.0 Influence

It’s clear that improvements in USB technologies can be incredibly influential in helping to improve the United States in a variety of ways. The advancements in data speed and capacity transferring technologies is essential for raising the limitations on businesses and private consumers as well. The increasing speeds and increasing limitations on size and efficiency increase the overall productivity of the end-user.

Increasing Innovation

The increasing amount of technological options and tools has the potential to increase innovation and productivity in the end-user as well. The more people that have access to the internet and high data transfer speeds and storage the more people will benefit from individual innovations.  The USB 3.0 is the ultimate tool of connectivity and it has barely scratched the surface of its true potential. One day soon transferring data at rates of terabytes per second will be commonplace in almost every household in the country.

Technology Ignites

The technology behind the USB 3.0 is being applied to more and more devices as time goes on. Speed and capacity are serious limitations in regards to productivity and capabilities in the business world and for personal consumers as well. Increasing accessibility to the internet and advancement sin technology can create more opportunities for business relationship around the worlds while improving the environment for innovation and can help spur the growth of more entrepreneurs as well.

The combination of the USB 3.0, cloud computation applications and mobile computation services have far reaching implications for improving and driving innovation in the United States. AS time goes on more and more people will have access to these sophisticated technologies as the infrastructure and pricing models improve to reach a larger majority of the population. As time goes on there will be an ever increasing need for IT professionals and professionals that understand how to work with, manipulate and interpret large sets of data as well.

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Picking the Best Flash Drive

It’s always important to understand why you think you need a flash drive before going online or to the store to buy one. There are so many different reasons, features and options with flash drives that it’s best to identify your need before making a final choice. Many times you may not even need a flash drive by the time you’re done exploring your options.

Why a Flash Drive?

USB flash drives are helpful for storing, transferring securing and backing up data. Many times the level of need for these depends on your accessibility to the internet and your current budget. Many of the same services and functions a flash drive offers can be found online with certain cloud computing services and applications. Clouds can be used to transfer, store, secure and backup data.

What’s the Difference?

A Flash drive provides a hardcopy and direct access to the data whereas a cloud requires internet services and an operating device to access the data. This is a major deciding factor in the elimination process. Speed can also be a deciding factor. There are major differences in transfer speed between USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and uploading or downloading data from the cloud. There are also size limitations with the files that can efficiently transfer to or from the cloud whereas USB drives are typically limited to fewer than 300 GB in size.

In the ideal situation, it is best to have access to both the flash drive and professional cloud applications as well. The flash drive is an effective tool to finishing work at a remote location without internet access. The flash drive is going to be the best tool for transferring massive amounts of data in an efficient time period as well. Backing up or retrieving information from the cloud is also wise. The ideal situation is to use a flash drive in conjunction with cloud applications to make the most of the technology.

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The USB 3.0 Growing Standard

The USB 3.0 is the latest and greatest innovation to hit the flash drive industry. More and more companies are coming out with various versions of the high speed high capacity flash drives. Many professionals are awaiting the release of password encrypted and secure USB 3.0 flash drives. Slowly but surely USB 3.0 ports and flash drives are becoming the standard in many types of electronics and equipment.

Why the Switch?

Mainly the switch to USB 3.0 is becoming standard due to the advancements in other types of technology. The USB 3.0 is being utilized in other products and electronic devices in order to support the increasing functionality and needs of advanced technologies. More electronics are requiring an increase in speed and capacity of data transfer to function and to entertain the end-user as well. Upgrading to these ports also provides more efficient connectivity between various devices for the end-user.

What’s Next in the Industry?

The next thing to come in the flash drive and USB 3.0 world is the prominence of secure flash drives for business and professional purposes. Most people today must choose between the fast performance of USB 3.0 flash drives and the secure encrypted functions of USB 2.0 flash drives. By the end of 2012 there will more a wide variety of password encrypted flash drives with different levels of security at the USB 3.0 level.

The USB drive is not going anywhere although its prominence and popularity may wane with the growth of the mobile computing and cloud computing industries. There are an increasing number of options in order to get simple tasks done for professionals and businesses alike. Take the time to the research and establish wither flash drives or cloud applications are able to handle your needs today. The USB 3.0 industry has just begun its growth.

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USB 3.0 on the Horizon

The faster USB 3.0 technology has yet to make an impact or real presence in the mainstream desk computer industry. Apple has not implanted the USB 3.0 technology in any of their computers and Intel has just recently started building a position in this marketplace. Windows 8 comes standard with USB 3.0 compatibility. There have been some technical issues but this new innovative technology will become common place soon enough.

Becoming more Prevalent

The new MacBook will feature a USB 3.0 port on an Apple computer for the first time. Many of the new desktops, smart phones and mobile computing devices like tablets are featured with the newest USB 3.0 port. This is not necessarily standard so if this is important to you it’s imperative to check before making your final decisions. Having USB 3.0 is not always necessary though, be sure not to overpay for a feature you don’t really need.

Know the Difference

The USB 3.0 is realistically probably only 4 to 8 times faster than the USB 2.0 ports. The new design is structurally the same as 2.0 but it has more features including more bandwidth and the ability to handle more data at a faster rate. These new ports are backwards compatible as well, that means the 3.0 can be used in 2.0 ports at 2.0 speed and 2.0 plus can be used in 3.0 ports at 2.0 speeds. The 3.0 is extremely useful for businesses that need to transfer large amounts of data sets or media files in a quick and efficient manner.

The USB 3.0 is pretty much the standard for most of new technological equipment coming out in the market place. USB ports are commonplace on most technology these days including newer cars and televisions as well. USB technologies will shape the future we live in.

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The Power of USB

USB devices are incredibly useful for entertainment and professional business purposes as well. Anyone that uses technology and travels or keeps a busy schedule can utilize flash drive devices. The USB 3.0 device is just the beginning of exploring the capabilities of data exchange and transfer by electronic devices. Eventually USB ports that transfer terabytes of data per second will become commonplace in every household. More and more corporations and products are using USB ports to help build appeal and attract new customers.

Using the Flash in Life

Flash drives can be useful in any situation in life. Eventually that will be the standard method of transferring and storing information. Companies can save time and expenses behind innovative technology manufactured on a microscopic yet efficient scale. The ability to transfer data at incredible speeds will drive technical innovations for decades into the future.

Supporting technology

As technology advances peoples standards and aspirations increase. The technology has to support the demand and is driven and supported by previous innovations. The technology behind the advancement in storage capacity and data transfer speed affects multiple industries throughout the world. More and more electronics and equipment use USB and the supporting technology in a variety of ways.

The flash drive and USB technology will surely pave the way into the future. Entertainment devices, smart phones and mobile pc will all use USB and flash drive technology as the primary port for connectivity for many decades into the future. USB technologies seemingly have no limits with common place terabytes of speed on the horizon. The nature of the innovations for each will shape the ways corporations communicate and interact with each other and consumers as well. The implications of the technology for storing and transferring data in vast quantities while saving space is invaluable to human civilization.

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People Using USBs

Using flash drives makes moving to new locations or traveling for work an effortless task. Many businesses are using flash drives as keys to access private company information and server networks. Corporations provide employees with flash drives embedded with codes that change daily; the employee just enters the new code each time they need to access the corporate network from a remote location.  The USB drive is a safe and convenient way to secure private data. Many flash drives can be encrypted with passwords for security purposes.
The Importance of USB
USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are becoming the ultimate tools for technological connectivity. Nearly every type of high end technological device uses some sort of USB device. The more USB ports a device has the more appealing the device is to mainstream consumers. Even most new cars have USB ports so drivers and passengers can connect their own devices to charge or sync with the vehicle. For many people the deal breaker for an ideal purchase often depends on whether there USB ports available or not.

The Flash Drive Path

These ports enable consumers and professionals to connect and match nearly any type of device with another. As technology and mobile computing industries advance the USB is becoming more prevalent and standard for almost every type of device.  Many people use USB ports and flash drives to connect to the Internet. This ability to plug in and connect to the Internet from any location will continue to become more popular as the speed and capacity limits for USB devices continue to advance.

These types or devices have the functionality and appeal to replace all other mediums for data storage and transfer. Flash drives are available nearly anywhere and are competitively priced so anyone can afford them. These devices will become so commonplace and embedded in our everyday lives that future generations will wonder how we ever survived without them.

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A Future USB

Using the USB is the best way to transfer and back up data. This technology is making other storage options seemingly archaic and obsolete. Technology companies are focused on making transfers faster and thus more efficient. There seems to be no end or limitations to the usefulness or efficacy to this innovation in technology. Most business and consumers are using USB 2.0 has the preferred option while manufacturers are making USB 3.0 models that transfer information 10 times faster.

USB Potential

It is slowly replacing the plug and socket as the default and preferred way to connect for power.  Almost anything can have a USB port these days, these plugs can handle any size or speed necessary for optimum data transfer rates. USBs and flash drive really are powerful and limitless. Today manufacturers make USB flash drives that store more memory than desktop computers made five or ten years ago.

Utilize USBs

USB flash drives are the modern briefcase in a sense. These devices are the ultimate tool for storing, organizing, transferring and backing up data and information. One of the best things about the flash drive is the ability to categorize and organize data, documents and files into folders. Flash drives can hold program files, movies, digital books and just about anything imaginable that one would use on a computer. In the palm of your hand or hiding away in the fifth pocket a USB drive with 128 gigs can store more data and files than the average laptop or notebook.

The USB flash drive is as useful for the executive professional as it is to the business owner or average consumer. USB flash drives can be used to store massive movie collections, backup files for the business or executables and programs for the computer. If you move around a lot or have a busy schedule the USB drive is an essential tool to have.

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