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USB thumb drives are a great way to keep a lot of content in your pocket for dirt cheap, but they're not much good when it comes to sharing that data with mobile devices -- a problem SanDisk aims to eliminate.
SanDisk announced a new line of wireless flash storage devices on Monday known as SanDisk Connect. Coupled with mobile apps for iOS and Android, the storage devices provide convenient access to up to 64GB of data from anywhere.
Using the SanDisk Connect apps for iOS, Kindle Fire or Android, users can load movies, music, photos or documents with drag-and-drop ease, while also being able to use them as a traditional USB flash drive on Mac or Windows computers.
The smaller SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is now available for preorder from Amazon, NewEgg and MicroCenter, with a wider retail rollout coming to Best Buy next month, priced at $49.99 for 16GB or $59.99 for 32GB. The built-in battery promises up to four hours of continuous streaming on a single charge, and is capable of connecting eight devices and three media streams at once.
For those with larger storage needs, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive adds a SDHC/SDXC memory card slot while upping the ante to eight connected devices and five simultaneous streams, priced at $79.99 for 32GB or $99.99 for 64GB (SD card optional); the Wireless Media Drive will ship in the fourth quarter.
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