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PRESS RELEASE: Kingston Delivers New U3-Powered Smart Drive
Kingston U3 DataTraveler USB Smart Drive Combines Storage with Leading Software: Pass2Go, ACDSee, and Zinio
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has introduced the Kingston U3 DataTraveler, a U3TM powered smart drive that helps streamline and support the "digital life" experience.
Available in capacities up to 2 GB and smaller than a pack of gum, the latest Kingston® U3 DataTraveler® features software to help file, organize and share photos; automatically populate forms; generate, manage and secure passwords; and read and interact with digital publications.
Representing a new paradigm in computing, the U3 smart drive computing platform transforms a USB flash drive from simple storage device into a new consumer product that people can use to carry, store and launch their own applications from any PC, wherever they go. One of the goals of the U3 platform is to make software programs, personal preferences, passwords, settings, and files more portable, personal, and protected. U3 smart drives feature a "U3 Launchpad" from which applications can be opened on Windows 2000/XP.
"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."
The Kingston U3 DataTraveler smart drive comes preloaded with Pass2Go®, ACDSee® and Zinio® software packages. The Pass2Go portable automated password manager, form filler, and password generator offers users secure, automated logins to online accounts and completes online registration forms with one click. No trace of Pass2Go is left on any computer, and it encrypts passwords (and generates random passwords) for complete data security. Pass2Go is the portable version of RoboForm®, named PC Magazine's Editors' Choice and CNET's Downloads.com Software of the Year.
The ACDSee award-winning image viewer, graphics converter, and digital imaging software solution lets users acquire, find, organize, edit, manage and share photos and slideshows from any PC in the world without compromising data privacy or mobility. ACDSee supports JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF and PNG file formats.
The Zinio reader transforms print magazines into digital format, for the look and feel of print with the convenience of digital. Publications are instantly available and accessible online and offline, fully interactive with links to flash, video and audio clips -- and users have the ability to search, highlight, paperclip, annotate, print and more. Users receive four free issues of six popular titles of digital publications, and can then subscribe to additional titles at substantial discounts over newsstand prices.
The Zinio reader comes with four free issues of six popular titles of digital publications, and users can then subscribe to additional titles at substantial discounts over newsstand prices. Likewise, Kingston U3 users can upgrade to enhanced versions of the Pass2Go and ACDSee software packages at 50-60 percent off the retail price.
"U3 smart drives let users dramatically improve their computing experience by accessing and interacting with their personal digital universe securely and in the same way, everywhere," said Kate Purmal, chief executive officer of U3. "The new U3 DataTraveler drives from Kingston along with U3 smart software applications from key developers like ACDSee, Pass2Go and Zinio give users even more ways to enjoy the portability, flexibility and convenience of their smart drives."
Kingston U3 DataTraveler Kingston U3 DataTraveler Part Number MSRP (U.S. only) 1-GB Kingston U3 DataTraveler Smart Drive DTIU3/1GB $47.00 2-GB Kingston U3 DataTraveler Smart Drive DTIU3/2GB $75.00
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world's largest independent manufacturer of memory products. With manufacturing facilities operating in Fountain Valley, California; Malaysia; Taiwan; and China, Kingston supports all memory processing functions from receipt of wafer through to completed module. Kingston serves a network of distributors, OEMs, and retail customers in more than 3,000 locations worldwide. For more information, please call (800) 337-8410, or visit www.kingston.com.
(First posted on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 23:58 EDT)