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GIGS.2.GO Disposable USB Flashdrive

April 5th, 2013

GIGS.2.GO Disposable USB Flashdrive

As USB drives these days are really cheap so I think that is why Kurt Rampton and BOLTgroup have come to the idea of making this GIGS.2.GO, a credit card sized pack of 4 USB drives. Just tear a gig if you need and its recycled paper body makes easy for labelling. More pictures after the break. Read more…

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Kingston’s 1TB DataTraveler HyperX Predator

January 11th, 2013

Kingstons 1TB DataTraveler HyperX Predator

Can you imagine that? A 1TB USB Drive. Yes, Kingston has announced its new 1TB DataTraveler HyperX Predator. It is a USB3.0 memory drive that comes with a read/write speed of 160MB/s. The USB drive is protected with a zinc alloy metal casing and comes with a 5 years warranty. Kingston has started their shipping on their 512GB DataTraveler HyperX model which priced at $1,750. Not sure when this 1TB is going to ship out. Video after the break. Read more…

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USB Bracelet

November 5th, 2012

USB Bracelet

I have seen people giving away silicone USB memory drive bracelet in some event, but this one is something even cooler – made with real braided leather cord, its another USB bracelet. Designed by an etsy seller Merete Nordvik Larsen.

Unique NEW bracelet USB (2GB) The Scandinavian piece of design is made with real braided leather cord (4mm). Always wear your memories with you. The silver and golden metal accessory is a perfect gift idea on every occasion. Weddings, birthdays, Valentines, graduations, confirmations … For all loved once!

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Toshiba outs Canvio Slim portable drive: 500GB, $115 and just 9mm thick

September 25th, 2012

Toshiba outs Canvio Slim portable drive: 500GB, $115 and just 9mm thick

It turns out that if you take an Ultrabook-style 7mm hard drive and put it in a sleek enclosure; you end up with a portable HDD that’s barely any bigger, thicker or heavier than a smartphone. Toshiba guessed this might happen, and so it came up with a new addition to its Canvio range: the Canvio Slim, which sports 500GB of PC- and Mac-compatible luggage room, uses a single USB 3.0 connection for data and power, and is encased in either “graphite-black” or silver brushed aluminum. Look for it in stores from October priced around $115, including a three-year warranty.

SOURCE via Toshiba Direct

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Samsung starts mass-producing 4x faster mobile flash memory, kickstarts our phones and tablets

August 2nd, 2012

Samsung starts mass-producing 4x faster mobile flash memory, kickstarts our phones and tablets

Samsung isn’t content to leave fast NAND flash memory to traditional solid-state drives. Its Pro Class 1500 promises a big jolt to the performance of frequently pokey smartphone and tablet storage. By how much? That name is a clue — it reaches 1,500 IOPS (inputs/outputs per second) when writing data, which along with 3,500 IOPS data reads is about four times faster than any previous embedded flash chip Samsung has tested.

In the real world, that leads to as much as 140MB/s when reading data and 50MB/s for writes. The speed comes after Samsung has thrown virtually every trick in the book at its new chips, including a dense 20-nanometer manufacturing process, quick toggle DDR 2.0 memory with its own controller and a new JEDEC memory standard with 200MB/s of bandwidth to spare.

Samsung hasn’t named customers for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB parts that are rolling out of the factories, although we’d do well to remember that a flourishing phone business doesn’t guarantee that the only major customer is Samsung itself: even in the face of legal challenges, Samsung still has at least one noteworthy client that tends to snap up much of its flash supply.

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CompactFlash Association develops XQD 2.0 spec, promises up to 8Gbps throughput

July 26th, 2012

CompactFlash Association develops XQD 2.0 spec, promises up to 8Gbps throughput

Just as were starting to get cozy with the still vastly unavailable XQD format, the CompactFlash Association is back with version 2.0 of the spec, which it says could provide transfer speeds of up to 8 Gb/s (1,000 MB/s). You’ll need to have access to a PCI Express 3.0 interface in order to take advantage of that throughput, however — a boost from the 5 Gbps offered with the previous-gen solution. XQD 2.0 is still under development, with Sony footing the bill, and the organization is welcoming “additional participation” as it works to refine the standard. There’s no saying exactly when we’ll start seeing devices that employ the new tech, though CFA is aiming to make the spec available “in the second half of 2012.” Cards that utilize the new format will enable video capture at higher bandwidth that the SD and CF media of today, and while we seem to be managing just fine with the current stock for capturing 1080p, faster storage will certainly be welcome in the future, once 4K, and perhaps even larger formats, make their mainstream debut.

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Lexar XQD memory cards announced, will duel with Sony for Nikon D4′s attention

July 16th, 2012

Lexar XQD memory cards announced, will duel with Sony for Nikon D4's attention

Nikon’s D4 is currently the only belle at the XQD ball, and until now, Sony was its only memory suitor. However, Lexar’s just arrived with a new line of cards to compete for the D4′s affections. The Fremont-based company says it collaborated with Nikon to build the PCI Express-based memory, and that they’ll hit the market sometime in the third quarter of 2012 — with no mention of specs or prices so far. Unfortunately, that means we don’t know how Lexar’s offerings will stack up against Sony’s H-series or S-series cards already on the market. That said, while you wait for more details about Lexar’s new cards, feel free to check out the lovely data the D4 will be putting on ‘em when they arrive.

SOURCE via Lexar

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Sony S-Series XQD memory cards hit speed record at 168MB/s, starting at $500 for 32GB in Japan

July 3rd, 2012

Sony S-Series XQD memory cards hit speed record at 168MB/s, starting at $500 for 32GB in Japan

Sony’s new S-Series XQD memory cards will be the fastest you can buy when they arrive on the Japanese market July 11th, with a transfer speed of 168MB/s — a boon if you’re shooting continuous raw photos or high data rate HD video. The company claims that you’ll need a Thunderbolt connection on your computer to take advantage of all that speed, which comes via the PCI Express Gen interface used for the memory cards. The 32GB and 64GB models will also have plenty of space to put all that media, but you’ll need to pay for the privilege, to the tune of $503 and $754, respectively. Of course, those prices may not be an issue if you’ve already plonked down the coin for one of the few devices that support them.

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G-Technology kicks out USB 3.0 G-Drives for Macs, keeps your Retina MacBook Pro well-fed

June 26th, 2012

G-Technology kicks out USB 3.0 G-Drives for Macs, keeps your Retina MacBook Pro well-fed

If you’ve just picked up a MacBook Pro with Retina display or a 2012-era MacBook Air, you may be jonesing for a matching external hard drive to take advantage of that much-awaited USB 3.0 support. G-Technology has you covered — and how. Updated versions of the laptop-oriented G-Drive Mini, Mobile and Slim (you’re looking at the Mobile up top) all roll in the higher peak speeds and progressively trade raw speed as well as 1TB capacities for sleekness, while the twin-drive, 1.5TB G-RAID Mini will tax that 5Gbps bandwidth without becoming too ungainly. Not taking your external storage on the road? The single-disk G-Drive now climbs to 4TB in addition to jumping on the USB 3.0 bandwagon, and the dual-drive G-RAID will serve up as much as 8TB at the newly brisk speeds. All but the G-Drive Slim support FireWire to ease those jitters over transitioning from old to new, although they won’t all arrive at the same time. Most of the G-Drive and G-RAID gear will be showing up in August at prices between $110 and $810, but the two Mini-labelled drives could be a bit late to the party with a less defined summer target.

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Drobo debuts a duo of Thunderbolt drives: the 5D for desktops and the Mini for road warriors

June 23rd, 2012

Drobo debuts a duo of Thunderbolt drives: the 5D for desktops and the Mini for road warriors

Drobo’s been delivering quality desktop storage for businesses and prosumers for a while now, but previously, the company hadn’t dipped its toe into Thunderbolt waters. But that’s about to change with its two new units.

The 5D is a BYOD desktop offering with two Thunderbolt ports and one USB 3.0 socket for connecting up to five hot-swappable, 3.5-inch drives to your Mac or PC. It also has an mSATA SSD for data-caching quickness and a variable-speed fan to keep things cool and quiet. We don’t know exactly when the 5D will go on sale — Drobo’s not telling until July — but it’ll cost under $850 when it does, and that price includes a Thunderbolt cable.

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