Kingston Ships U3 Smart Flash Drives

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Kingston Technology yesterday unveiled a U3 powered smart USB flash drive which allows users to have a virtual desktop whenever then plug into a host computer. The new Kingston U3 DataTraveler is available in 1GB and 2GB storage sizes for prices of $47 and $75 respectively.

The Kingston U3 DataTraveler, said the company, is smaller than a pack of gum and makes use of the U3 smart drive computer platform to make it into a vessel by which users can carry, store and launch their own applications from any PC wherever they go. The drive has a custom launch application for opening programs in Windows 2000/XP and comes preloaded with password application Pass2Go, digital imaging application ACDSee and digital publications reader Zinio.

“There’s a huge segment of our population that has become accustomed to doing things digitally,” said Mark Leathem, director, digital media business development, Kingston. “Kingston’s U3 DataTraveler smart drive aims to remove barriers to the digital experience, and make it more user-friendly, streamlined and secure.”