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Brazilian Cult Bans USB for Being Satanic

Paz do Senhor Amado, a Brazilian evangelical Christian cult, has asked its members to abandon USB devices because the symbol for the port resembles a trident -- which, of course, Satan wields to torture souls in Hell. The cult's leader, Welder Saldanha, says that anyone using a USB is, in fact, a Satanist. Saldanha suggests using Bluetooth instead, but we're too lazy to pair everything. So ALL...

Aram Bartholl's 'Dead Drops' Embeds USB Drives in NYC Walls

As part of his residency at Eyebeam, Aram Bartholl sealed five USB flash drives into the walls of several New York City buildings, such as the New Museum, Eyebeam and the Union Square subway station, allowing anyone with a laptop to plug in and share whatever they want. "'Dead Drops' is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network in public space," writes Bartholl on his site. We...

Quirky's USB Hub-Organizer Cranes Its Graceful Neck for Clumsy Lummoxes

If you're clumsy like us, you've probably bumped a USB drive loose from the computer at least once in your life. With luck, the files stored on it weren't damaged when this happened. But, rather than just hoping for good fortune, you'd be better off checking out the new USB hub from the consistently awesome designer, Quirky. Dubbed 'Contort,' the four-port hub and cord organizer sports a flexible...

Wine Bottle-Shaped USB Speaker and FM Radio Only Makes Us Thirsty

December may be months away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what you could buy your favorite alcoholic uncle this holiday season. Instead of grabbing yet another handle of his special medicine, though, you might want to consider getting a bottle that'll keep on giving -- something like, say, a Wine Bottle USB Speaker and FM Radio. As Coolest Gadgets explains, the bottle...

Flipper USB Connects Even When Upside Down, a Mix of Clever and Pointless

If you're not particularly observant and are more than a tad stubborn, we can easily see the following scenario playing out: trying to plug your iPod, camera or flash drive into your computer's USB port, while the plug is upside-down. Rather than check why the cable isn't simply sliding into the port, you force it harder and harder until eventually the port, the plug or both are broken. You might...

DIY Bicycle Rigged to Charge USB Devices While Riders Cruise

With so many geeks riding bicycles, it was only a matter of time until the two-wheeled mode of transportation would get wired. An Instructables.com user recently posted a set of DIY instructions that demonstrates how to rig a bike to power USB devices. The user took a regular USB car adapter, and connected it to a voltage regulator, which leads to a stepper motor mounted near the bike's rear...

Down-to-Earth Design: Arman Emami's USB Clip Memory Stick

Here's your perfect little design of the day: the USB Clip memory stick. Designer Arman Emami just won a Red Dot Design Award for this adorable piece of utilitarian consumer tech, and we think it's just lovely. Like an over-sized paperclip, USB Clip attaches to documents, letters, press materials or what-have-you for an economic and ecological alternative to stapling yet more paper. As we at...

Future Bride Gives Groom USB Wedding Ring to Hold 'Lifetime of Memories'

Share It may seem like a trivial choice to some, but picking out the perfect wedding ring is actually a pretty major decision. This is the piece of jewelry, after all, that your future spouse will be wearing (in theory) til death do you part, so it probably shouldn't look like a Ring Pop. Even more importantly, this ring could one day serve as an immediate deterrent to any bar flies or hussies...

USB Mailbox Uses Postal Nostalgia to Tell You That You've Got Mail

For those who miss (and can still remember) the quaint thrill of receiving honest-to-goodness snail mail in their mailbox, manufacturer Brando, known for what may be the world's smallest mouse, has made the USB Mailbox Friends Alert. The miniaturized plastic mailbox connects via USB to a user's computer, syncing via software to a variety of common e-mail programs (Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook and POP3...

Any USB Peripheral Is Now a Potential Threat

A group of Canadian hackers have identified and learned to exploit a flaw that allows them to turn any USB peripheral into a sort of hardware trojan horse. Plug-and-play USB devices follow a consistent rule, the device identifies itself to the PC. The computer, by rule, will believe that a UB device is whatever it claims to be; if a keyboard says it's a camera, the PC will register it as a...

USB Gadget Scratches Itches for You, Drills New Depths in Laziness

We've always thought that technology exists, in some sense, to scratch those hard-to-reach itches that are common to all lazy human beings. But we never thought the human race would devolve to the point where we'd need to develop complex technology to scratch real itches for us. Apparently, dear readers, we have. A new gadget, called the 'UBS Itching Removal Instrument,' uses electronic and...

We Spy USB Buildings, Explore the Library of Congress Digitization Process

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Spotted in Australia on Google Maps: these streets and buildings (above) look suspiciously like USB cords. [From: Neatorama] Our very own Josh Fruhlinger reminisces...

IBM Gives Malware-Infected USB Keys to Security Conference

Share If you're a hacker determined to prove your invincibility, what better place to make a statement than at high-profile event committed exclusively to information security? That's exactly what happened at this week's AusCERT conference, where, for the second time in as many years, organizers fell prey to a virus planted on USB keys handed out to delegates. "At the AusCERT conference this...

The Ultimate Lamp by Starck and Holzer, Cell Phones Portend the End in Horror Flicks

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Boy, are we stoked about Philippe Starck's latest lamp, recently presented during Milan Design Week. The lamp, manufactured for Flos, is a collaboration with a few of...

Cityscapes Built from Old 8-Bit Games, YouTube's Best Keytar Solos

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Flickr user Max Capacity [AM] lifts pixels from old videogames to build 8-bit cityscapes, from San Francisco to New York. [From: flickr] Kick your weekend off...