In two of its recent blog posts, Irvine, CA's Hard Drive Recovery Group discusses the interesting developments with the USB OTG (or On The Go) flash drive specification as well as how to create a powerful Microsoft account. The posts demonstrate Hard Drive Recovery Group's dedication to customer education, and points out the value of the new USB OTG drive, which can be very helpful to both Android and iOS phone users looking to increase the functionality of their device.
In the post, "Why Own A USB OTG Flash Drive", the company discusses how the USB OTG factor supports interconnection between devices, making it a far more powerful version of the USB specification, which typically only had up until now allowed connections via a USB port.
In fact, instead of enabling a single connection, USB OTG does enable the user to connect an unlimited number of peripheral devices when used, including keywords, mouse devices and game pads. This is a virtual game changer for smart phone users.
"With USB OTG, we are finally beginning to see that the desktop computer may be coming to the end as a computing platform, as peripheral use was really one of its final strengths," said Maureen Davies, spokesperson for Hard Drive Recovery Group, which does offer USB and flash drive data recovery. "Seeing as smart phone and tablet use seems to increase monthly in the face of desktop use decline, we see this as an acceleration of the trend."
Using a "host" and "slave" system much like older desktop computers using the IDE disk specification, the USB OTG setup allows for any number of peripheral connections. However, it also works as a basic flash drive and can be set up as a host for regular USB flash drives. Additionally, USB OTG drives can typically hold a charge, which enables them to act as an additional battery fail safe for smart phones, which are notorious for running out of battery right when it is most required.
"The USB OTG spec is a truly fascinating one, and certainly is a major advance for USB, especially considering most new benefits tended to be data transfer-speed based," said Davies. "This is still an early adopter product, to be sure, but will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as it matures."
A second blog post entitled "How To Set Up A Microsoft Account", shows more novice users that signing up for a Microsoft Account can provide a reasonable amount of peace of mind, while at least enabling a decent amount of security on Windows devices.
"While this blog post is not going to offer a lot of new information for more advance users, a surprise for many will be that a Windows username and password can be configured on a variety of devices, meaning a user doesn't have to set up an account for each device," said Davies. "This is very convenient, but may create privacy issues for many."
The privacy issues that tend to concern many Windows users were first reported when Windows 10 was first offered. While the operating system was offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8, it does have some rather sinister under-the-hood apps that track computer and web usage. Fortunately, a wide variety of free tools are available on the web to stop these privacy breaches. They can be easily found with a Google Search for "windows spying removal tool".
"While certainly having a Microsoft Account does have some benefits in terms of convenience, a smart user must always remember that in today's Internet world, there is no such thing as 'free'," said Davies. "Always be suspicious if a product is free; it may, like Windows 10, be tracking your every move and violating your privacy on a daily basis."
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