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 |  Mar 12 2012, 3:02 PM

Ignoring software updates is an easy habit to get into, especially when it’s simpler to hit the “cancel” button than enduring an arduous process and wasting time.

There’s a nasty surprise in store for you if you’re one of the people who groans when your Mac or PC gets an update alert and you also happen to drive a car with MyFord Touch.

As we reported last week, the company started mailing USB sticks to some 300,000 customers with an update for your MyFord or MyLincoln Touch infotainment operating systems. It’s simple enough to install, but according to a story reported by Automotive News, the update takes an hour to perform and  the engine must be idling.

While it’s probably not such a big deal to spend that time reading a book in the driver’s seat or taking a nap, driver’s don’t actually have to go through the wait time themselves, which is potentially causing an expensive problem for dealerships. Instead of carrying the update out individually, drivers may also bring their cars into a Ford dealership to be serviced — free of charge. What’s more, those opting to do this get a free rental for the day. Doing so saves you from spending gas money on an update.

It remains to be seen if customers will choose to come in for the update or do it themselves, but at a minimum of an hour per, that represents a lot of time technicians could spend working on other problems.

On the other hand, if Ford’s plan works and most people handle the update personally, this could be a significant step in the opposite direction by encouraging people not to bring their vehicles in for unnecessary service.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Dec 26 2011, 12:00 PM

We’re all about cool flash drives – especially if they look like this. That’s why, when we heard about Flash Rod’s trippy DeLorean USB flash drive, our inner McFlys gave out a excited squeal.

Offering 4GB of storage space and is able to run on a USB 2.0 connection, the DeLorean USB flash drive will impress friends and co-workers when you whip it out to download files, photos and other important information. At just $25, it’s a pretty good price for a USB flash drive – and the cool factor alone is worth the cash.

If the DeLorean isn’t your cup of tea, you can always go with the A-Team van or Hot Rod Pig. They’re all available on Flash Rod’s online store.

[Source: Gizmodo]

 |  Dec 23 2011, 4:30 PM

Flash drives have never looked flashier. Case in point: Flash Rods new Mercedes SLS Hard Drive.

The newest in Flash Rod’s automotive flash drives series, this detailed scale replica of a 2011 Mercedes SLS has got some serious junk in the trunk – a 2.5″ hard disk drive and a USB 2.0 port in the rear.

In terms of looks, this hard drive gets it right, inside and out. Take a peek inside at the upholstered interior – you’ll be impressed with the attention to detail. Outside, its gull wing doors, trunk and hood open and close, and if you look close enough, you can see the disc brakes behind its mag wheels. To let you know that data is being transfered, its tail lights flash.

The Mercedes SLS Hard Drive comes in black, red and silver and sells for $250 each. You can order them online at the Flash Rods online store.

[Source: Everything USB]