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StickMount app updated, SELinux handling improved

StickMount is a rather popular app, which we recommend that you should try (for real). The app allows you to mount USB stick storage to mostly Nexus devices such as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. The app has just been updated by Chainfire, one of the more popular XDA developers, for some Android 5.0 goodness and some fixes.

Google steps up 2-step security with USB Security Key

With the security situation these days, a password, especially a simple, easy to guess, and reused one, just no longer cuts it. To help users who may or may not have migrated to stronger passwords, some sites and services have implemented two-step authentication that takes advantage of the smartphone that we almost always have with us nearby. Taking that to a somewhat more convenient but more limited level, Google is introducing Security Key, which uses a USB flash drive to implement that very same security feature.

Bleep charging cable backs your data up while you charge

For many people, their smartphone is the place where they have all their data. Contacts for work and play are in the phone and if the phone was lost or stolen, it would be very bad indeed to lose the data for most people. A new charging cable has turned up on Indiegogo called bleep that not only charges your phone, but it also backs up the data on your phone at the same time.

Samsung lets you charge three devices in new wall charger

Gone are the days when you would just need one USB wall charger since you only have one device that you need to charge. But since most people now carry multiple devices, and you cannot of course monopolise all the wall outlets at any given places, you would need a contraption that can power all your devices (or at least three of them). Samsung brings you its Multi-Charging Wall Charger, whose name explains itself already.

New USB jack shown, faster charging and reversible

When it comes to powering our devices, micro USB is the current standard for Android. The issue (which we’re reminded of when toying with the new HTC One) is that the cable and plug are directional. Unlike the Lightning cable found on iOS devices, we have to angle the charging cable on our Android devices just right. A new standard aims to end that, though, as the USB Implementers Forum is introducing USB 3.1.

Leef Access microSD memory card reader unveiled

We've seen various external storage solutions for mobile devices, and it looks like another has since been unveiled. Leef Technology has released the Leef Access, which is a dongle that makes use of an existing microSD memory card and then plugs into your Android smartphone using a microUSB connection.

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive review

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive has been announced this morning. Essentially, this is a flash drive with a microUSB port on one end, and a regular sized USB port on the other. The drive works in connection with the SanDisk Memory Zone app, and is touted as being "the easiest way to free up space on your phone or tablet." With that in mind, the folks at SanDisk sent a unit over in advance, which means we have already had a bit of hands-on time.

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect cloud in a pocket now available

Dell has just announced the retail availability of its ultra-mobile pocket-sized computer, the Wyse Cloud Connect. Bridging thin clients and mobile devices, this new breed of device delivers a set of virtualization and remote desktop features that makes this small gadget ideal for both enterprise and personal use.
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