Storage (Personal)

A Cloud for WD Customers

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A Cloud for WD Customers

The WD consumer NAS offering takes to the cloud with My Cloud-- an update on the My Book Live NAS portfolio promising a "complete" personal cloud solution within upgraded internals and externals.

My Cloud drives feature ethernet connections, USB 3.0 ports and dual-core ARM processors, allowing transfer files between PCs and various online storage services, including Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and WD's own My Cloud service.

In addition customers get iOS and Android mobile device apps (existing WD2Go apps as renamed to My Cloud), as well as a Windows/OSX desktop app for further file management and SmartWave Pro PC backup software (Mac users get Time Machine support).

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Sony, Panasonic on Next-Gen Discs

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Sony, Panasonic on Next-Gen Discs

Sony and Panasonic kick off joint development on the next generation of optical storage standard-- with hopes of creating an optical disc with "recording capacity of at least 300GB" by end 2015.

The two companies already have experience working together, having both developed products based on the Blu-ray format.

The team-up currently aims at professional applications (chiefly archiving), but the Continue reading...

SanDisk Intros Wireless Connect Storage

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SanDisk Intros Wireless Connect Storage

SanDisk launches Connect, a wireless flash memory storage line with a pair of devices-- the Connect Wireless Flash Drive and the Connect Wireless Media Drive, both designed for use with multiple mobile devices.

The Connect Wireless Flash Drive is a wireless pocket-sized means of storing, sharing and streaming content across PCs and mobile devices. It offers up to 32GB of storage and up to 4 hours Continue reading...

PQI Accessories at Computex

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PQI Accessories at Computex

Flash memory maker PQI takes advantage of Computex 2013 to reveal a bevy of storage products-- with devices ranging from tiny USB and micro-USB drives to NFC-enabled storage and microSD adapters.

Armed with Chip-on-Board 3.0 technology and dual micro-USB/USB connectors, the PQI Connect tiny (the size of a penny) storage device series is ideal for smartphones and tablets. It features a file system automatically categorised for syncing and sharing files (audio, video, photos) to Facebook and a design that sits flush when connected to ultrabooks and slim notebook PCs.

A further addition to the Connect series is the Connect 203-- a thumb drive with a microSD slot replacing built-in storage.

The Thunder 1 is the smallest bootable USB drive around armed with USB 3.0 and Windows 8 support (at least according to PQI) while the ThunderS501 is a credit card-sized drive with up to 1TB of storage.

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Truly "Stellar" USB Storage

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Truly

Do your customers want a USB drive to impress? If that is the case, they might want the Apophis-- a flash drive with an outer case made out of rare African wood and chunks of 4.5 billion year old meteorite.

Made by Poland's Zana Design, the Apophis also has either 18-karat gold or 925 silver decoration.

For the curious, the name refers to a near-Earth asteroid once believed to have a slight chance Continue reading...

The Next XQD Memory Card Generation

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The Next XQD Memory Card Generation

Sony boosts XQD memory card speeds with the S Series-- read and write speeds reach 168MB/s, up from the 125MB/s of the first XQD generation and the maximum limit of Compact Flash cards (167MB/s).

Available in 64GB and 32GB sizes, the XQD S Series card takes advantage of the PCI-E Gen interfaces and Thunderbolt connections on PCs.

The XQD format is a SanDisk, Sony and Nikon co-development, and has Continue reading...

HDD Makers Diversify Products

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HDD Makers Diversify Products

It appears HDD vendors are branching out into different product categories-- Western Digital now has a wireless router family, while Seagate sells HDDs able to connect to social networks.

Western Digital claims it will bring about "a new era of blazing fast HD entertainment streaming" with the My Net dual-band 802.11n router line. Two years in the making, the routers feature "FasTrack" technology Continue reading...

Race to Cloud Storage

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Race to Cloud Storage

If you are constantly looking for ways to pass on heavy video files or client documents, the race is on for Cloud Storage. Dropbox may be the leader in offering free storage but others want to jump in.

BitCasa recently won venture capital funding for its concept: “Infinite Storage on Your Desktop.” It’s only in Beta, but you can try it for free using our link below.

Go DropBox (free)

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Ultra High Speeds for Samsung MicroSDs

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Ultra High Speeds for Samsung MicroSDs

Samsung announces microSD cards supporting the Ultra High Speed Class 1 (UHS-1) memory card interface, with 16GB cards reaching maximum sequential read speeds of up to 80 MB/s.

The UHS-1 interface is ideal for LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphones and tablets, allowing high-quality image and video playback directly from memory cards.

Currently only SDXC and SDHC cards designed for pro-camera use Continue reading...

My Passport HDD Range Gets 2TB Storage

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My Passport HDD Range Gets 2TB Storage

WD refreshes the My Passport portable HDD range-- with storage extending to up to 2TB (a first from the company) and new enclosure designs.

The drives are available in either white, black, silver, blue and red, all running on a 2.5" HDD. Connectivity comes through USB 3.0.

Pre-loaded with WD SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption, WD offers Continue reading...

The Swiss Army... SSD

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The Swiss Army... SSD

Swiss Army-branded product maker Victorinox has a stand at CES 2012, where it unveiled its latest product-- the Swiss Army SSD.

Just like the popular knife/tool set, it emerges and collapses into its case, and even has a couple of small blades. Being around the size of a small Swiss Army tool set Victorinox claims it is the smallest high-capacity SSD on the market, with sizes ranging from 64GB to Continue reading...

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