SanDisk upgrades iXpand flash drive with USB 3 and wrap around design

SanDisk upgrades iXpand flash drive with USB 3 and wrap around design

SanDisk’s iXpand range flash drive is a popular choice for iPhone/iPad users with its support for both Lightning connector for iOS devices, and USB connector for the desktop. With the flash drive, you can copy and backup files between iOS devices and Macs/PCs.

SanDisk has upgraded the range with a new wrap around design and added USB 3.0 speed when using the drive on your Mac. In addition, SanDisk has upgraded its iXpand Drive app to work with the new hardware. 

SanDisk iXpand Drive app

iXpand Drive app is required to use the flash drive as third party apps are not able to access the flash drive directly due to Apple’s iOS design. With the app, you can automatically backup your photos and videos on camera roll, backup your contacts, and watch MKV, WMV, AVI, MP4 videos on your flash drive. 

SanDisk iXpand Drive comes in 16GB ($49.99), 32GB ($69.99), 64GB ($89.99) and 128GB ($129.99) capacities. You can buy direct from SanDisk. Currently only 32GB and 128GB options are available at Amazon.

Nokia brand to return with Android smartphone and tablet

The return of Nokia phone

Nokia has announced in a blog post that they are back in the smartphone and tablet business. This news comes just as Microsoft announced its offloading of Nokia’s phone business to a Foxconn subsidiary and a Finnish company HDM Global Oy. There is no schedule when we’ll see Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets. The new Nokia will be running Android, making it the dream device of many Nokia fans.

Amazon introduces $8.99 standalone video streaming service to make Prime membership attractive

Just when Netflix implements price hikes for many of its members, Amazon is launching a standalone video streaming service Prime Video at $8.99 per month, or a dollar less than Netflix’s most popular plan. This puts Amazon in direct competition with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

Previously Prime Video was only available with Amazon’s Prime membership, which costs $99 per year. Additionally, Amazon is now offering a monthly Prime membership at $10.99 per month. A Prime membership gives you Prime Video, plus free 2-day shipping, unlimited music streaming, Kindle unlimited, free unlimited photo storage. 

Amazon introduces $8.99 standalone video streaming service to make Prime membership attractive

Comparing the three plans, you will be paying monthly $8.99 for Prime Video, $10.99 for Prime Monthly and only $8.25 for Prime Annual. This makes the annual Prime membership very attractive if you’re a regular Amazon shopper. It is a clever restructuring of Prime plans to make it a more valuable proposition to prospective members.

One thing to note: Amazon does not have a video app on Apple TV. The only way to watch Amazon Prime video on AppleTV is to use Amazon app on iOS devices and AirPlay the video to Apple TV. Check out Amazon Prime if you’re still interested.

Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s thinnest, lightest and most expensive Kindle ever

Amazon releases Kindle Oasis

Amazon has just released Kindle Oasis, its thinnest and lightest Kindle ever. At $290, it is also the most expensive Kindle in the line up. However you get a bundled charging cover at the price, which adds months of usage battery life to the Kindle Oasis. This compares with weeks of battery life for Kindle ($80), Kindle Paperwhite ($120) and Kindle Voyage ($200). The new Kindle Oasis also has a screen with enhanced lighting that uses 10 LEDs. Kindle Oasis will be released on April 27. You can pre-order one now.

Play Playstation 4 games on your Mac with PS4 Remote Play

Play PS4 games on your Mac with PS4 Remote Play

Sony has just released firmware 3.50 for Playstation 4 which adds PS4 Remote Play feature. Remote Play is available for both Mac and Windows PC. You need to enable Remote Play on your PS4. With the Playstation DUALSHOCK controller connected to the Mac via USB, install and run the Remote Play app on the Mac. You can then login to your Sony Entertainment Network account and start playing PS4 games on your Mac. A high speed network connection (preferably wired Ethernet) between the Playstation 4 and the Mac is recommended. 

Windows 98 running in browser

Windows 98 running in browser

It’s a sight to behold watching Windows 98 running in the browser without any installs or plugins. Github user Fabian (@copy) has created an impressive demonstration of emulating x86 CPU hardware running within a browser. It also shows how fast the current Javascript engines have become.

Oristand is a USD25 cardboard standing desk


Oristand is a lightweight flexible standing desk made from recycled cardboard that costs USD 25. It is made to support most laptop and keyboard and can hold up to 60 lbs. Easily store and transport in a flat-pack form, Oristand can be opened out simply and place on any flat surface. If you’re undecided about working with a standing desk, Oristand is the ideal inexpensive way to help you kick started.