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Reader tip: direct download

In response to Paul Pique's enquiry about how to download pictures direct from a digital camera to a USB memory stick, Brian Vale suggests the Belkin product USB Anywhere.

This article appears in the December 06 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

It's a pocket-sized, battery-powered device that allows you to copy files or folders from a camera to another USB drive, or copy drive-to-drive directly. Ian Tasker mentions a similar product from Sitecom called USB-on-the-go, which is available from Newlink. Although not exactly what Paul asked for, any of these products would be a more convenient alternative to carrying a PC around to transfer photos.

Interestingly, the USB Implementers Forum has proposed an enhancement – called USB On-The-Go – that would address the growing need for USB devices to communicate directly without the aid of a PC. So at some time in the not-too-distant future, Paul's idea may actually become possible.

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