Hey there Siri, it’s me Voicelok. You don’t know me but I’m thinking we could be soul mates. You see, I’m a voice-authenticating USB flash drive and you, well, everybody knows who you are. At least they ought to by now. Unlike other USB flash drives or thumb drives, I have built-in voice recognition software. I am actually known as the only USB storage device whose contents are under voice activated password protection. I can be helpful without requiring the standard types of software installation. Owners need to simply find the nearest USB port and speak their password to authenticate. What’s that you say, laryngitis? Ah, what if the user has laryngitis? Well, as I was saying, I’m no ordinary USB drive, there’s an override for that. And by the way, I am PC and MAC compatible. I know, I know. For now, being a humble USB device I am not as fabulous as you, but I’m getting there. And well, you and me together – could be a match made in – science?
Another of the many reasons to love USB flash drives is that you can also install Google Chrome on them for ultimate portability. With the release of Google Chrome Portable (or actually, Google Chrome Portable 17.0.963.83 Stable), fans of Chrome can make any computer their own with a USB drive. As with all portable apps, it’s simply a matter of plugging in your USB flash drive, downloading, installing and voila – you’re ready to roll. Long before its official release Google Chrome Portable was already being downloaded by those in the know. For users who believe that launching Chrome from their USB drives is slower than in other situations, there could be several reasons for these problems. None of them are inherent in the portable app or the USB drive. One reason could be due to the specific computer into which the flash drive is connected. Some USB ports are slower than others. It could also be a problem with the specific flash drive, so the idea is to get one with the speed and capacity to match your preferences. Of course, Google Chrome Portable isn’t just for USB flash drives, it can be used with any portable device.
Some time ago Victorinox, the Swiss Army Knife people, in recognition that the USB flash drive is practically a survival tool, added a USB flash drive to their famous, portable multi-tool set. But that was then. Now it’s a new day for Victorinox as they launch an even better USB drive. Well actually, they launched drives at CES 2011. One of these is the Victorinox SSD which offers a terabyte of storage capacity, enough to hold 220 million pages of text or almost two years worth of uninterrupted music. The other product is the Victorinox Slim, a USB drive with faster read/write speeds and enough bells and whistles to keep data secure and portable. And in recognition of today’s world, the Victorinox SSD has separate housing for flight-friendly or regular use of its implement. The flight-friendly version is a knife-free body, all the better to get through airport security. We can’t wait to see what they’re planning next.