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A U.S. Grand Jury has issued subpoenas to Toshiba and their U.S. partner, San Disk, in regards to claims of price-fixing.  While these two are both very well known brands here in the U.S., they are only part of the investigation which covers more than 20 companies:“The filing said 23 other companies were also sued for the same reason.NAND flash memory is used in digital cameras and music players such as Apple Inc's iPod.”It does seem a bit far-fetched that a group of 23 businessmen from different corporations would be able to collude long enough to fix prices without shareholders or financial analysts... Read more...
SanDisk is partnering with Yahoo to offer wireless downloads from Yahoo's Music service on their Sansa Connect mp3 player. Streaming radio from Launchcast and Flickr photos too. Neat. The US $249 model comes with 4Gb of memory, a 2.2-inch colour LCD screen, inbuilt Wi-Fi and a MicroSD slot that allows you to expand the storage capacity of the player. The Wi-Fi connection lets you do more than just buy music wirelessly when it range of and connected to a Wi-Fi access point - it also lets you listen to streaming radio stations from Launchcast... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, or thinking about it, then you might know what ReadyBoost is. If you don't, it's essentially a way to cache some of the system page file to a USB drive.  The result is typically better performance on machines with limited memory.  The only problem is that it requires a USB 2.0 port. That means it's external; and therefore subject to being disconnected when whiskers thinks it's a fun toy.  It also makes it one more thing to drag along to a LAN party.   While some might wonder why fate can be so cruel, along comes InnoDisk... Read more...
While it seems that almost every major player in both the storage and memory markets is working on developing solid state disks (SSDs), Transcend is planning to differentiate their initial products from the competition. How are they going to do that? Most of the competition is initially setting themselves up to replace traditional mechanical drives, but Transcend is going straight for the ExpressCard slot. Don't have a laptop with an ExpressCard slot? Transcend has thought of that too, and is including a USB adapter with their new drives. This way you can use it now, and get a shiny new... Read more...
Super Talent Announces SATA Solid State Disk Drives Flash Based Drives in up to 128GigaByte Capacity in Three Standard Form Factors San Jose, California - March 14, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced a full range of Solid State Disk (SSD) drives with an industry standard Serial ATA interface. This new line of SATA drives is offered in industry standard 1.8-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3.5-inch form factors, making these drives 100% compatible with conventional hard disk drives. However, these products are built with only solid... Read more...
Flash vendor SanDisk is shipping a 32GB, ATA-interfaced, solid-state drive (SSD) aimed at enterprise notebooks. The 1.8-inch SSD UATA 5000 can radically improve storage performance and reliability, while adding around $600 to retail costs, the company claims. SanDisk describes its SSD as a fifth-generation flash disk design from flash memory pioneer Msystems, which SanDisk acquired last summer. Msystems's earlier "DiskOnChip" products were priced prohibitively for the consumer market, but have proved popular in aerospace, defense, medical, and other reliability-oriented embedded applications,... Read more...
Seagate announces a monster hard drive! "We should expect to see 1TB hard disk drive products within 6 months." In a statement to DailyTech earlier today, the company claimed: Seagate's 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power... Read more...
Finally, a government program regarding technology that I can support. HotHardware has reported in prior articles Seagate Announces Encrypted Hard Drives for Notebooks and How To Turn Your Stolen Laptop Into A Snitching Doorstop both concerning the issues that are being served by this memorandum. After story after story of government laptops being stolen and compromised, the U.S. government is making progress in encrypting all information stored on its data devices. On June 23, 2006, a memorandum (PDF) from the Executive Office of the President... Read more...
When was the last time you defragged your hard drive? Me neither. Diskeeper Corporation has included automated defragmentation functionality in its latest version of its system maintenance software: Diskeeper 2007. The technology, dubbed InvisiTasking, allows system maintenance to run invisibly in the background, and draws on unused system resources in order to perform defragmentation without affecting network performance. The launch of Diskeeper 2007 represents a new step forward for defragmentation, said Diskeeper product manager Michael... Read more...
SanDisk Introduces World's Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player - The 8GB Sansa e280 For $249.99 MSRP New Model Now Holds Up To 10GB of Music With Optional 2GB microSD Card; SanDisk Also Announces Price Reductions On Current 2, 4 And 6GB Sansa MP3 Models As Retailers Get Ready for the Holiday Season MILPITAS, CA - Aug. 21, 2006 - SanDisk(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) 1 Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is... Read more...
There is a great article available at MSNBC regarding the 50th anniversary of IBM's RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control); the ancestor to today's hard drives. It's amazing to see how much progress we've made in 50 years.  Today's largest single desktop hard drives offer roughly 150,000 times the capacity, in a tiny fraction of the space, and for very little money, relatively speaking.  You have to love technology. "If there's a bottle of vintage champagne you've been saving, next month is the time to pop it open: it's the 50th anniversary of hard-disk... Read more...
ExtremeTech takes on Seagate's big, bad bodacious 750Giger... Seagate delivers a monster 750GB hard drive, the new Barracuda 7200.10. Seagate's new drive may be just the thing for media junkies, but how do you back up three-quarters of a terabyte?... Read more...
In the market for a new 2.5-Inch Hard Drive? The folks over at X-Bit labs as put together a lengthy review of quite a few different drives. So who's got the best performing drive? Western Digital? Samsung maybe? Try Seagate. "Today we would like to continue testing high-capacity 2.5-inch hard disk drives and within our today's roundup we will introduce to you four new models from Samsung and Western Digital with 100GB+ storage capacities. We will not only compare them against one another but will also add up the results from our previous test session when we looked... Read more...
Fujitsu said it's going to launch desktop personal computers equipped with Blu-ray disk drives in June in Japan, becoming the first company to release PCs compatible with the next-generation optical disks. The announcement comes one day after Toshiba Corp. unveiled a plan to launch in mid-May notebook computers that can handle HD DVD disks, which compete with Blu-ray disks in the market for high-definition optical disks. Fujitsu also plans to launch notebook PCs with HD DVD drives in June, catering for both camps.... Read more...
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