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We told you about the Kingston Digital DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, their fastest ever USB Flash drive back in November. Now it’s time to review this bad boy.

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The DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is designed for enthusiasts, gamers, early adopters and high end consumers; it features the fastest speeds and largest capacities that Kingston has to offer in a USB Flash drive. Faster speeds and higher capacities enable users to quickly store their digital files and keep it with them at all times, in HyperX style.

Its high-speed eight-channel architecture provides USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write. Users can save time associated with opening, editing and copying large files and applications between devices. The fast write speeds also allow users to work on large files or applications directly from the USB 3.0 drive without performance lag.

DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 is backed by a five-year warranty, 24/7 tech support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Who are Kingston Digital?

From their website:

Kingston has grown to be the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory enhancement products. Founded in 1987 by John Tu and David Sun, Kingston has grown from offering a single in-line memory module into an international company with over 2,000 products that support over 20,000 systems with sales exceeding $6.5 billion in 2010.

Reliability is the cornerstone of Kingston’s product strategy and contributes to the high degree of trust between Kingston and its customers. Kingston is dedicated to exceeding the industry standard when it comes to detail, product quality and product reliability.

Specifications

  • Capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed:
    • USB 3.0: up to 225MB/s read and 135MB/s write
    • USB 2.0: up to 30 MB/s read/write
  • 8-Channel Architecture
  • Backwards Compatible: with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 ports
  • Solid/rugged design: durable metal and rubberized casing provides increased protection
  • ReadyBoost Support
  • Dimensions: 2.952″ x 0.916″ x 0.626″ (74.99mm x 23.29mm x 15.9mm)
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Simple: just plug into any USB port
  • Practical: durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
  • Warranty: 5 Years

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the flash drive, some instructions and a key ring loop.

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A Closer Look

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Today saw the release of aTV Flash (black) version 1.1.1 for the 2nd generation AppleTV.

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Here is what Firecore said:

What’s new in 1.1.1?

  • Added support for embedded ‘Timed Text’ subtitles
  • Added support for external SSA subtitles
  • Added support for .dvr-ms files
  • Added background audio looping for DVD menus
  • Improved metadata loading performance*
  • Improved .SRT subtitles parsing
  • Improved compatibility with AirPlay
  • Improved filter bar selection in list view mode
  • Improved support for special characters
  • Improved file name parsing
  • Improved playlist behavior
  • Resolved rare DVD playback and menu issues
  • Resolved floating crash when accessing remote files
  • Resolved floating crash when audio queue service is not available
  • Resolved rare crash when opening pre-playback screen
  • Resolved playback issues when attempting to use corrupt subtitles
  • Resolved issues related to hiding menu items
  • Resolved issues with installer version check
  • Removed white line visible on some h.264 movies
  • Files that are 90% viewed are now marked as watched
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

*Note: A one time re-cache will be required to take advantage of the new performance improvements. This will take place automatically when browsing through your media files.

Superb! Where can I get it?

If you’re already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.1.1 version can be installed through the Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu. Links for the new version can also be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

If you’re not yet using aTV Flash (black) you can get started here.

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Today saw the release of aTV Flash (black) version 1.1 for the 2nd generation AppleTV.

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Here is what Firecore said:

Happy Tuesday! Today we are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) 1.1 for the 2nd generation AppleTV. This new version includes a healthy dose of goodness by adding things such as custom view options, web page auto-load, playback improvements, and a huge pile of bug fixes.

Full details on all the great new features as well as how to update can be found below.

New View Options

For the most part we found people love the grid view, but for some media types a list view may be more desirable. Now it’s possible to have the best of both worlds!

Once the default view type has been set through the Media –> Settings menu, a different view can be set for a specific folder or group of folders. To access this option simply highlight the folder you wish to adjust, hold the center button (to open the popup menu) and choose the desired view type. The chosen view will be used when viewing the contents of that folder, as well as any subfolders contained inside.

We’ve also added a sort by date view option. This option can be found in the Media –> Settings menu, and when enabled will cause the most recent media to appear at the top.

Improved Couch Surfer with Auto-Start

Couch Surfer has gotten a number of improvements, not the least of which is a brand new auto-start feature. This feature enables the AppleTV to automatically load a ‘homepage’ anytime it’s powered on. Support for automatically reloading the specified page is also included. This allows the AppleTV to be used as a low-cost digital signage solution.

Full Changelog

  • Added support for .IMG files
  • Added option to mark specific folders as grid or list view
  • Added subtitle position setting
  • Added support for larger thumbnail images
  • Added support for UTF-8 paths in DVD files
  • Added web page auto-loading feature
  • Added screen position setting in Couch Surfer
  • Added show/hide menus option
  • Improved audio synchronization in DVD and AVI files
  • Improved metadata fetching logic
  • Improved filenames parsing logic
  • Improved playlist logic that marks files as watched
  • Improved buffering performance
  • Improved ISO files handling (resolved network error warning)
  • Improved error handling for DVD files
  • Improved growl notifications display logic for audio files
  • Improved warning messages for unplayable files
  • Improved grid view stability
  • Improved fanart loading
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved installation routine
  • Improved installer device detection
  • Resolved issues with long DNS names
  • Resolved issue with extra period appearing at the end of some DNS names
  • Resolved crash observed when audio subsystem could not be initialized
  • Resolved issues with chapter handling logic
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Many other miscellaneous fixes

Excellent! Where can I get it?

If you’re already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new 1.1 version can be installed through the Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu. If you need to re-install aTV Flash (black) links for the new version can be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

New users can order aTV Flash (black) here.

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Today finally saw the release of aTV Flash (black) for the 2nd generation AppleTV after a long and interesting beta period.

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Here is what Firecore said:

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado – November 16, 2011 – FireCore has announced the release of aTV Flash (black), a suite of applications to enhance the 2nd generation AppleTV. aTV Flash (black) empowers the AppleTV to do more by adding the ability to play additional media formats; surf the web with an HTML5 compatible browser; listen to Last.fm radio; and access Weather forecasts and RSS news feeds.

The new Media Player included with aTV Flash (black) can access files directly from a Mac, PC or NAS drive without having to use iTunes. It downloads and organizes metadata and covert art automatically and will present media in your choice of a list or grid view. Supported file formats include AVI, FLAC, ISO, M2TS, MKV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, VOB, WAV and many others. Support for AC3/DTS sound, subtitles, DVD menus, playlists and photo slideshows are also included.

Also included is Couch Surfer Pro; a fully featured web browser that includes support for HTML5 streaming music and video. The browser can be controlled using the standard AppleTV remote, or the free iPhone/iPad Remote app.
Rounding out the offering is an interactive Last.fm feature that provides access to Last.fm streaming radio, as well as artist bios and slideshows. Intuitive weather forecast and RSS news feed options are also included.

Pricing and Availability

aTV Flash (black) is available now for $29.95, which includes updates for one year.

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Today saw FireCore release the latest version of it’s aTV Flash product, version 4.4, for the original Apple TV.

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Here is what FireCore posted:

We are pleased to announce the release of aTV Flash version 4.4 for the original silver AppleTV. Included are a handful of new features, as well as compatibility updates for the latest iOS 5 and OS X 10.7 software. Read on for more details.

What’s new in 4.4?

  • Added support for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Added NFS file streaming (Lion compatible)
  • Remote HD: Added support for iOS 5 AirPlay streaming
  • Remote HD: Added support for playing DRM protected media from iOS devices and iTunes via AirPlay
  • Remote HD: Added support for doubleTwist + AirTwist add-on (AirPlay from Android devices)
  • Remote HD: Added supports enhanced slideshows with music when streaming via AirPlay
  • Updated metadata scrapers
  • Resolved VPN setup issues
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

Note: Remote HD’s AirPlay features require the Remote HD iOS app, which is sold separately. [iTunes Link]

How do I use the new NFS streaming feature?

Full details on setting up NFS streaming from Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) can be found here.

Great! Where can I get it?

aTV Flash version 4.4 is available through the Downloads tab in your account. If you’re already running aTV Flash on your AppleTV you can update through the Maintenance –> Manage Plugins menu.

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Today Firecore released RC1 of their aTV Flash (black) software for the AppleTV 2.

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Here is what they said:

We are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) for the 2nd generation AppleTV. RC1 is a major update for aTV Flash (black) and adds a number of exciting new features include a brand new ‘grid view’ browsing mode, huge subtitle related improvements, and countless other performance and playback related improvements.

Keep reading to learn more about what’s new.

All-New Browsing Options

We’ve added an all-new grid view which allows you to browse through media by simply viewing a grid of posters, instead of a list.

From the grid view you can press the center (select) button to get more details about the movie through the ‘Pre-Playack Screen’ or if you’re in a hurry just press play/pause to start the movie right away.

The list view has also gotten a healthy overhaul as well. Movies and TV Shows are now listed using the prettier ‘fetched’ name instead of the actual filename. Additionally metadata is fetched and cached in bulk, so there’s no more waiting for cover art and metadata to load.

Note: You can switch between the Grid and List views through the Media –> Settings menu.

What’s new in RC1?

  • Added grid view and pre-playback view options
  • Added bulk metadata fetching with growl-like status
  • Added fetched names in list view
  • Added hardware decoding for .m2ts files
  • Added support for embedded subtitles (MKV, M4V, etc…)
  • Added support for ISO (DVD) files
  • Added TV Show metadata fetching
  • Added metadata correction for Movies and TV Shows
  • Added movie title in Top Shelf (instead of filename)
  • Added DSI ping for better operation with AFP shares
  • Added folder tagging
  • Added metadata view indicator
  • Added support for metadata overriding using xml files
  • Added DVD menu buffering
  • Added support for subtitles with invalid timestamps
  • Added support for AppleTV 4.4 (iOS 5)
  • Added subtitle ‘Weight’ setting
  • Added option to show/hide local files
  • Improved data buffering and playback performance
  • Improved XSUB subtitle support
  • Improved network error handling
  • Improved filename parsing for metadata fetching
  • Improved NAS drives support and increased connection timeout
  • Improved video loading process
  • Improved DVD menu handling
  • Improved playback position detection
  • Improved memory footprint
  • Improved SMB share handling
  • Resolved DVD subtitle issues
  • Resolved Voiceover related issues
  • Resolved audio synchronization issues
  • Resolved problems when streaming from an AirPort Extreme
  • Resolved AFP related issue when resuming after a long pause
  • Resolved issues that caused the first subtitle section to be skipped
  • Resolved performance and crash related issues for certain DVD files
  • Resolved audio playback issues when the connection to Last.fm fails
  • Resolved potential issues in shares handling and filename processing
  • Resolved AFP related crashes
  • Resolved .dvdmedia extensions and folder images not hiding
  • Resolved floating crash during metadata fetching
  • Resolved various cloud backup issues
  • Many other miscellaneous fixes

Splendid! Where can I get it?

If you’re already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new RC1 version can be installed through the Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu. If you need to re-install aTV Flash (black) links for the new version can be found in your account under the Downloads tab.

New users can pre-order aTV Flash (black) here.

Note: Installing RC1 requires AppleTV 4.2 or later.

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Today Firecore released beta 6 of their aTV Flash (black) software for the AppleTV 2.

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What’s new in Beta6?

General

  • Added show/hide options for standard AppleTV menus
  • Added option to manually install if no AppleTVs are detected
  • Improved auto-update disabling
  • Improved installation error handling
  • Minor UI adjustments

Media Player

  • Added new lightweight player
  • Added recently played items to ‘Top Shelf’ in main menu
  • Added Favorites to main menu
  • Added option to manually mark files as watched/unwatched
  • Added ‘Test Connection’ option for AFP/SMB shares
  • Added support for DVD subtitles
  • Added support for multiple DVD audio tracks
  • Added basic support for MT2S files
  • Improved overall video playback (especially HD video files)
  • Improved thumbnail generation when cover art is not available
  • Improved FF/RW controls
  • Improved DVD menu and video playback
  • Improved DVD playback progress reporting
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved AFP/SMB streaming
  • Improved error handling for invalid files
  • Resolved most video stuttering issues
  • Resolved energy saver mode issue
  • Resolved issue that resulted in some DVDs being displayed in (squished) 4×3 mode
  • Resolved numerous DVD playback issues
  • Resolved flickering when navigating through certain menus
  • Resolved additional conflicts with XBMC
  • Reduced number of network connections used
  • Minor UI and other miscellaneous fixes

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Yesterday Firecore released beta 5 of their aTV Flash (black) software for the AppleTV 2.

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Here is what they said:

Today we are pleased to announce the release aTV Flash (black) Beta5 for the 2nd generation AppleTV.

Beta5 features improvements to virtually every aspect of aTV Flash (black) but our main focus has been on building and improving the Media Player feature. Media Player has received a big boost in Beta5, but is still under heavy development with many more exciting features and improvements still to come.

Keep reading to find out what’s new in Beta5.

AppleTV 4.2.2 update

Yesterday (5/11) Apple released a 4.2.2 update for the 2nd gen AppleTV and Seas0nPass has been updated to provide an untetheted jailbreak for this new version. As usual, the latest version of Seas0nPass can be found at seas0npass.com.

Note: Updating to 4.2.2 is not required to install Beta5.

What’s new in Beta5?

General

  • Added AppleTV 4.2.2 compatibility
  • Improved installer routine
  • Improved handling of failed installations
  • Improved error handling
  • Minor UI adjustments

Media Player

  • Added SMB streaming
  • Added photo slideshows
  • Added basic video playlists
  • Added ‘Favorites’ section
  • Added individual photo browsing and viewing
  • Added support for ‘xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/folder’ shares
  • Added support for guest/anonymous NAS logins
  • Added volumes list sorting
  • Added option to disable metadata fetching
  • Added option to hide file extensions
  • Improved handling of HD video files
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved DVD file detection
  • Improved remote share folder browsing (root folder issue)
  • Improved Remote.app support
  • Resolved artifact issues (green line near bottom of screen)
  • Resolved rare crashes related to AFP streaming
  • Resolved issues in share navigation resulting in incorrect ‘menu’ button handling
  • Resolved issues resulting in incorrect video playback after rewinding on ‘fastest’ speed
  • Resolved issues related to removing saved shares
  • Resolved duplicate AFP share entries
  • Resolved conflicts with XBMC
  • Minor UI fixes
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

Couch Surfer Pro

  • Added HTML5 audio support (for sites like http://tv.tunein.com/)
  • Added EyeTV streaming
  • Improved web pages scrolling and layout handling
  • Improved iOS-optimized JavaScript support
  • Improved highlighting of large web elements
  • Auto-complete history is now cleared when clearing history
  • New SSL indicator
  • Other minor bug fixes

Weather

  • Added 5-day forecasts
  • Added location search option
  • Added automatic location detection (if no saved locations exist)
  • Added day/night weather forecasts
  • Added ‘Feels Like’ temperature info
  • Minor UI fixes

Last.fm

  • Added lightweight audio streaming player
  • Improved memory management

What we’re still working on

  • New lightweight audio/video player
  • Additional codecs
  • DVD chapter controls
  • AC3/DTS (5.1 surround) sound
  • Subtitle support
  • Multiple audio track support
  • Improved UI and file browsing
  • Better memory management

(If you missed it last time, a brief demo of Media Player in action can be seen here).

Great! Where can I get it?

Beta5 is available through the Downloads tab in your account. If you’re already running aTV Flash (black) on your AppleTV all the new features can be installed through the Maintenance –> Manage Extras menu.

Enjoy! :-)

If you are looking for a very fast external hard drive, then why not take a look at the SSD Flash drive from iomega?

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Here is how iomega describe the SSD Flash:

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Specifications

  • Preformatted and hot plug-and-play
  • No AC adapter needed
  • Compatible with PC and Mac
  • NAND Flash Type— MLC
  • Max Read— up to 191MB/s
  • Max Write— up to 130MB/s
  • Data Transfer Rates— USB 3.0 up to 5 Gbits/s*
  • MTBF— 1.2 Million Hours
  • Hardware Encryption— 256-Bit AES Encrypted Storage Controller
  • Three year limited warranty (with product registration)

Dimensions: 4.35″ x 2.72″ x .37″ (L x W x H)
Weight: .24 lbs

The SSD Flash comes in either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB. For this review we are looking at the 128GB version.

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What’s in the Box?

The box contains the SSD Flash drive itself, a small manual, some other paperwork and a USB 3.0 cable.

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Performance Testing – USB 3.0

The read test:

iomega SSD USB 3 read test

The write test:

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Performance Testing – USB 2.0

The read test:

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The write test:

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Final Thoughts

I like this drive. It is small and fast and it is very light weight so you won’t even notice you are carrying it. It is also very quiet and even after a lot of use it wasn’t that hot.

The drive easily picks up fingerprints and other marks, but it can be wiped down with little effort.

The inclusion of disk encryption software was a very welcome addition, and the software is very easy to use. I highly recommend if you are going to use this drive for storing anything personal you use the encrypted partition.

I was happy with the speeds from my USB 3.0 card, and I think if I had a motherboard with a dedicated USB 3.0 port on it I would probably get faster speeds!

Price wise, the 64GB is £183, the 128GB is £325 and the 256GB is £624, so make no mistake these drives are not cheap, but they are good.

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Yesterday FireCore, those guys behind the aTV Flash software for the Apple TV, hot on the heels of beta 1, released beta 2 for aTV Flash (black) for the 2nd generation Apple TVs.

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Here is what FireCore have said about the beta:

We’re proud to announce the release of the second beta version of aTV Flash (black) for the new AppleTV.
A quick rundown of what’s included in beta 2 can be seen below. For full details and a first look at a brand new teaser video please view the full announcement here.
What’s new in beta 2?

  • Full support for the AppleTV 4.1 (iOS 4.2.1) software.
  • Added Windows compatible installer (requires Windows XP or later)
  • Added optimized navigation when using the standard Apple remote
  • Added search and url suggestion engine
  • Added user-agent toggle setting
  • Added streaming support for Australia, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand
  • Improved version checking for app downloads
  • Improved error handling during installation (no more mysterious password prompts)
  • Improved Last.fm scrobbling
  • Many additional improvements and bug fixes

How do I get it?

  • Current Users – aTV Flash (black) is available as a free upgrade. Download links and any available renewal specials can be found in your account.

New Users – aTV Flash (black) is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $19.95. All pre-orders get instant access to all beta versions as well as the final version once it’s available.

Have you tried it yet? Watch out for the UWHS review soon.

Yesterday FireCore, those guys behind the aTV Flash software for the Apple TV, released a beta for aTV Flash (black) for the 2nd generation Apple TVs.

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Here is what FireCore have said about the beta:

At long last we’re proud to announce the release of the first beta version of aTV Flash (black) for the new AppleTV. This version features a number of exciting features, with many more to come. It took a bit longer to complete than anticipated, but it’s a great start to what we hope will be a powerful software suite for the new black AppleTV.

During the beta phase we will be working to improve current features and add new ones, so we would appreciate any feedback you may have. More info on how to submit feedback can be seen near the end of the post.

Read on for more details on what’s included and how to get the beta.

Compatibility

The first version of aTV Flash (black) is compatible with the 4.0 AppleTV software only. The new 4.1 software requires a few adjustments but we plan to have compatible version available soon.

Update: Currently aTV Flash (black) is for Mac only. We plan to have a Windows compatible version within the next few days.

Pricing

aTV Flash (black) will be available at the discounted discounted price of $19.95 during the beta (pre-order) phase. Once the final version is ready for release the price will return to the normal level of $29.95. The original aTV Flash is also being reduced to $39.95.

What’s in the beta?

  • Surf the Web – Experience the web in all its glory and stream HTML5 video from many popular sites (note: not all HTML5 sites supported yet).
  • Discover New Music – Find new artists you’ll love by accessing Last.fm radio stations, artist bios and slideshows.
  • Plex Client – Stream media from Plex Server running on your Mac. (big thanks to quiqueck for putting this together)
  • Info on Demand – Keep track of current weather and news feeds on your AppleTV.
  • One-click Updates – Install, remove or update plugins in a snap through the native AppleTV interface.

What’s coming soon?

  • Go Beyond iTunes – Enable playback of additional media formats.
  • Access Media Anywhere – Stream media from most NAS devices.
  • Much, much more…

How do I get it?

  • Current Users – aTV Flash (black) is available as a free upgrade. After logging into your account you will have an extra download link for aTV Flash (black). Your normal aTV Flash license and download links will remain unchanged. Additionally any available renewal specials can also be found in your account.
  • New Users – aTV Flash (black) is available for pre-order at a discounted price of $19.95. All pre-orders get instant access to the beta.
  • Beta Signups – Those that signed up for the beta will be receiving information on how to download and install the beta via email. We’re working hard to get this done ASAP so please be patient.

Have you tried it yet? Watch out for the UWHS review soon.

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