Code Break — iStorage datAshur Personal2 tech review

Code Break — iStorage datAshur Personal2 tech review

Anyone traveling with or looking to move data securely from one computer might be interested in iStorage’s many offerings.

The company, based in the United Kingdom, offers virus protection and backup solutions on the software side to go along with their bread and butter business — encrypted hard drives with PIN authentication that conforms to the highest in government standards.

Their various drives come in all sorts of different colors, shapes, and sizes. And while their more expensive offerings make the company look like their main demographic is made up of business and corporations hoping to stave off spies and hostile engineers, they have a new offering of personal flash drives for the weekend warriors or the duly paranoid.

The datAshur Personal2 is a flash drive aimed at consumers who want to make sure their files stay private. Whether they’re filled with presentations heading home for some extra polish or security footage that needs a second look, no one without the PIN code should be able to reasonably break through the military grade AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption.

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IPEVO Ziggi HD Plus Document Camera Review

IPEVO Ziggi HD Plus Document Camera Review

The Hardware

Weighing in at one pound and 10 ounces, thanks to its dense base that keeps it planted on your flat surface, the Ziggi HD Plus’ small but solid footprint keeps its rail-thin boom very steady without forcing you to push everything else off your desk or table. The boom bends easily at its three joints, and the lens reaches a height of 15 inches when its at its tallest.

The Ziggi HD Plus’ has an 8.0-megapixel camera with a Sony CMOS sensor. At full-HD (1080p), the camera shoots at 30 frames per second, and switched to its highest resolution (2448p), it slows to 15 FPS, which means fast moving objects will look like they’re waving in front of the camera — not a big deal because you can always dial down the resolution.

The lens can be swiveled left, right, and upside down to get your image or video positioned the way you want it onscreen. Using the boom, it can be turned face-down to hang over an object or pointed forward to broadcast a stream. I can confirm that the Ziggi HD Plus can double as a web cam — in Skype’s options, it was recognized as a camera and gave me a nice preview. In case you were wondering what good the Ziggi would do during a Skype session if there’s no audio — next to the lens is the document camera’s microphone, which is a great feature if you need to broadcast a lecture or communicate on a conference call. At this point, calling it a document camera is like calling a Swiss-army knife a blade — it does so much more than the average document camera.

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New Perspectives — Samsung Gear VR Review

New Perspectives — Samsung Gear VR Review

Remember when virtual reality was supposed to become the next big thing?

Well, according to the company whose slogan for their Galaxy cellphone line is “The next big thing is already here,” the future is now.

After testing out a Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard headset late last year, courtesy of Verizon, I used my gift card from a Samsung Pay promotional to purchase the more refined Samsung Gear Vr headset for $99.99. After waiting for the item to restock, I finally received my headset and tried it out with my Samsung Galaxy Note5.

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