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Kingston DataTraveler with urDrive makes your digital life more portable

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November

dt109.jpegUSB flash drives are nothing new and many people use them to quickly carry and move around data from home to office. They're available in all shapes, sizes and colors and have become so inexpensive that they're now common giveaways at trade shows and conventions. But now, due to software innovations, these little drives can do much more than store files.

Kingston Technology now offers software called urDrive preloaded on three of their USB DataTraveler models, the DT101G2, DT108 and DT109. The software offers a bunch of features with access to additional content, including a free download of Norton PC checkup, games from EA Games and PopCap, cloud storage to backup the data on your drive and access to Fooz Kids, which is a special kids' web portal controlled by parents. Additional apps can be downloaded from the included access to a special app store.

When you isert your DataTraveler and launch the software, the urDrive interface pops up like a desktop for your USB drive. From here you can access all the content described above. And since the software includes a portable web browser that stays on the Data Traveler, you can move from PC to PC to access your data without leaving a footprint on each machine. This makes it perfect for use in public places or at the office.

 

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I received an 8GB DT109 as a sample, and it's a tiny and attractive USB 2.0 drive that could be used on a key chain or lanyard with very little notice. It's available in seven different colors and I found it at several places online for less than $10 with the 16GB version coming in and under $20. That's an excellent value, when you consider all the extras.

One caveat is that the urDrive software is for PCs only, The drive itself, however, is Mac compatible.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 4:56pm]

    

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