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Google Drive. Go ahead and get used to the name, because you'll be hearing about it quite frequently in the coming weeks. Google has largely avoided the cloud storage race thus far, leaving iCloud, SkyDrive, Dropbox and the rest to tend to their own fields. But soon, that playground will have another rival on it, and Google will be delivering "Drive" to the mix. Rumors have been running wild for months that Drive was en route, and now the evidence is unquestionable. In a recent video from Google featuring the Android Developer Relations team, a "Handy Scanner" app is previewed on camera. But when they go to share a PDF, one of the options of the dev phone (running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich)... Read more...
Google’s long-awaited and oft-rumored cloud storage service may actually almost be here, finally. GigaOM’s Om Malik cited “well-placed sources familiar with” Google’s plans that say Drive (or “GDrive”, or whatever it’ll be called) is coming in the first week of April. If you’re keeping track, that’s next week. Malik’s sources indicated that the cloud storage service will offer 1GB of free space (with fees charged for more capacity), a local client, and a Web interface. Initially, at least, the service will be for Google Apps customers--perhaps portending a classic Google years-long beta period--and there will be a third-party API... Read more...
Nokia's Lumia line has already proven to be a spearhead for Windows Phone, and it's clear that Microsoft is seriously winning from the partnership. Lumia users only have a few handsets to choose from at the moment, but Nokia is making that handful look even more attractive with three powerful (and exclusive) app updates. Available only to Lumia phones, there's an updated Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport. The refresh to Drive is perhaps the most significant, adding complete offline guidance options for a number of countries. Simply download the maps before you leave, and then you're able to navigate when you arrive without ever having to use costly roaming data. There's also a new speed limit indicator... Read more...
What's an SSD without a controller? A reckless SSD. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, these controllers are vital to the performance and uptime of a solid state drive, and Marvell's delivering a new kid on the block for use with what could end up being your next unit. The company this week announced mass deployment of the 88SS9187 SATA controller, a 6Gb/sec unit that includes on-chip RAID functionality, an enhanced ECC engine, improved NAND control logic and SATA Rev. 3.1 compliance. It's engineered to meet the news of both consumers and enterprise users, and the company states that a significant number of high-profile SSD manufacturers are set to deploy Marvell's newest solution immediately,... Read more...
Although Google is the reigning king of online services with offerings such as Gmail, Google Docs, and an ever-fluctuating lineup of myriad other products, the search giant has not yet introduced a straightforward cloud storage service. According to a report from the Wall street Journal, that’s about to change. Citing “people familiar with the matter”, the WSJ report says the new service, dubbed “Drive”, will offer cloud storage to consumers and businesses alike, with fees associated with larger storage capacities. It appears that it will be part of the Google Apps suite and will launch within weeks or months. Photo credit: lifehacker There was talk of such a service... Read more...
Thunderbolt clearly is the port to beat at this year's CES, and LaCie is announcing their latest peripherals at the show. There's the new 2big Thunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt series, the latter of which allows users to connect external eSATA drives to their Macs. With speeds up to three times faster than FireWire 800, the LaCie 2big also features RAID security, hot-swappable disks, daisy chain convenience and a solid-aluminum casing. Heavy data users will appreciate capacities up to 8TB with jaw-dropping transfer rates up to 311MB/s. Daisy chaining multiple 2bigs even increases overall performance. The eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series gives new life to existing eSATA drives with... Read more...
Is there ever a time when a new SSD isn't exciting? Doubtful. As the world of solid state flash continues to whirl, Super Talent is introducing yet another option into the mix, the ultra-portable Storage POD Mini. It's a portable USB 3.0 SSD wrapped in a blue anodized, all-aluminum enclosure enables this drive to be both lightweight and rugged yet measure a mere 110 x 68 x 10 mm. Its top speed reaches over 260MB/s, but where this design really shines is in the real world performance. Its on-board processor is able to dramatically accelerate real world performance by compressing your data, in real-time, as it writes and decompressing data as it reads. Your data now uses less space and transfers... Read more...
Hitachi GST introduced its new Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise drive family. The Ultrastar C10K900 features a high-performance SAS 6Gb/s interface and a 64MB cache buffer to optimize the read/write response time. The new Ultrastar drives feature average seek times as low as 3.8 milliseconds, and a reduced average latency time below 3.0 milliseconds. In addition to performance, the drive also offers power efficiency by consuming up to 65 percent less power than similar 3.5-inch enterprise drives. The Ultrastar C10K900 family is available in 900GB, 600GB, 450GB and 300GB capacities. Hitachi GST is now shipping Ultrastar C10K900 qualification units and expects to offer volume shipments in Q1 2012.... Read more...
A 60GB solid state drive won't impress too many notebook users these days, but if you're looking for a speedy boot drive in your desktop (while relying on a sizable HDD for everything else), you don't need to sink a ton of money into a sizable SSD. 60GB will work just fine for that, thank you very much. OWC has a new option to consider, the Mercury Electra 6G. Priced at just $129.99, it's a SandForce-driven 6Gb/s 60GB SSD that uses Tier-1 (Grade A) NAND to deliver 556MB/s read and 523MB/s write sustained data rates for over 7X faster performance than a standard factory hard drive found in Mac and PC computers. If that's too small for you, this same drive is offered in sizes as large as 480GB,... Read more...
Is 2011 finally the year of the consumer SSD? Perhaps. With prices falling and more and more machines shipping from the factory with an SSD in place of an HDD, it's easier than ever to get a hold of one. That doesn't mean that they're everywhere, and they're far from "affordable" for most folks, but with each and every new SSD introduction, they get a little closer to mainstream adoption. Samsung's been a huge player in this space; recently, they shipped a consumer SSD capable of hitting 500 megabytes per second, and now, another model is on the docket. The SSD 830 Series is poised to deliver SATA 6Gb/s speeds to consumers when it ships this October. It'll incorporate a SATA Rev. 3.0 interface... Read more...
Just a few short weeks after the release of its high-end WildFire-branded solid state drives, Patriot is at the ready with a new family of drives, dubbed Pyro. Like the WildFire, the similarly fire lovin’ Pyro is built around SandForce’s sought after SF-2200 series solid state storage processor. But with this newer series of drives, Patriot has paired the controller to less expensive asynchronous NAND flash memory. This pairing results in a much more affordable solid state drive that offers very similar performance to higher-end models with synchronous NAND flash memory in the vast majority of scenarios. There are exceptions, however... Patriot Pyro SATA III Solid State Drive Review... Read more...
Just a few short weeks after the release of its high-end WildFire-branded solid state drives, Patriot is at the ready with a new family of drives, dubbed Pyro. Like the WildFire, the similarly fire lovin’ Pyro is built around SandForce’s sought after SF-2200 series solid state storage processor. But with this newer series of drives, Patriot has paired the controller to less expensive asynchronous NAND flash memory. This pairing results in a much more affordable solid state drive that offers very similar performance to higher-end models with synchronous NAND flash memory in the vast majority of scenarios. There are exceptions, however, which we’ll show you on the pages ahead.... Read more...
Sony Optiarc revealed a new dual USB bus powered slim portable DVD/CD rewriteable drive designed for use with notebooks, netbooks, and desktop PCs. The new DRX-S90U drive features a lightweight design. The drive supports up to 8X DVDR recording speeds. The drive can also record to 8.5 GB DVDR Double/Dual layer and 4.7 GB DVD-RW discs at 6X speeds, DVD+RW at 8X, DVD-RAM at 5X and CD-R/RW at 24X. In the box, you'll get the drive as well as a copy of Nero 10. The drive connects via USB 2.0. SONY OPTIARC AMERICA INC. ROLLS OUT SLIM PORTABLE DVD/CD REWRITABLE DRIVE SAN JOSE, Calif., July 14, 2011- Sony Optiarc America today unveiled its first dual USB bus powered slim portable DVD/CD rewritable drive... Read more...
Backup hard drives are a dime a dozen these days, but Clickfree has something that none of those others have: guaranteed no-click backups with some of the slickest software doing it. These drives probably aren't the best for power users who love to manually initiate every process that happens on their PC, but for average consumers who just want things done in a hurry, it's ideal. The company's new C6 EASY Imaging drive is their newest one, offered in both laptop and desktop versions. The portable drives are 500GB ($140) and 1TB ($180) in size, and run entirely off of a USB connection. The desktop version is available in 1TB ($150) and 2TB ($180), and both of these rely on EASY Run technology... Read more...
USB sticks have been around forever. No surprise there. But they've been improving in recent years, proving that there's still demand for these little guys so long as capacity increases along with transfer rates. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate is the company's latest, complete with an eight-channel MLC architecture and write speeds as high as 120MB/sec. Read rates are pegged at 200MB/sec, with capacity options of 64GB and 128GB. That's huge for a USB key, and could very well replace some of those old USB hard drives you have been lugging around. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate uses a powerful Single Chip USB3.0 Controller and four eight-channel controlled MLC storage cells. The memory stick... Read more...
More SSDs? Yes, please! Competition can't come soon enough in the solid state drive market. Years after the first one was introduced, the majority of these are both too small and too expensive for most consumers to actually consider. But Kingston's pushing the performance barrier back, hopefully to allow lower-end units to proliferate the mainstream. For the hardcore, bleeding-edge junkies, you'll probably be interested in the company's first SandForce-based SSD, the HyperX SSD. It'll ship in 120GB and 240GB capacities as either a standalone drive or in a Bundle Kit. It's a SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/sec) SSD, allowing for equential read/write throughputs of 525/480MB/s, IOPS of 40,000/60,000 (240GB).... Read more...
OCZ's really firing on all cylinders this week at Computex. Aside from breaking records with their Z-Drive, they're also combining an SSD and HDD on a single PCIe card for one of the most awe-inspiring desktop storage solutions that we've seen in quite some while. The new RevoDrive Hybrid improves upon the older RevoDrive design by stuffing a pair of storage solutions onto a single card, giving users the best of both worlds: capacity and speed. The 2.5" drive on the board is (reportedly) not crafted by OCZ, but that's hardly anything to gripe about. The fact that it's real and working is astounding in itself. The SSD portion can use multiple SandForce controllers arranged in a RAID 0 array to... Read more...
New portable hard drives seem to be popping up today at a blistering pace, but one thing most of 'em can't handle is severe drop. That's where Clickfree's newest drive comes in. The company's auto-backup line is gaining a new member this week, with the introduction of the C2 Rugged. This toughened-up drive claims to be the planet's only rugged portable drive with "automatic set-up and installation." It's built to U.S. military standards, and will continue to operate after drops from as high as four feet. The drive contains an EasyRun feature that will automatically start, search, organize and backup a user's data whenever it's connected to a Mac or PC. All a person needs to do is plug the Clickfree... Read more...
We have heard of rugged SSDs, but this is really taking things to a new level. Emphase, which is a company providing Industrial and Military solid state storage for embedded systems, has launched a new series of rugged Military-grade storage with MIL-STD-810F compliance. But not only that; these new SSDs can "self-destruct" with the push of a button. Yeah, totally James Bond-like. They're engineered to withstand severe conditions, but should it ever fall into the wrong hands, the SLC Flash drive (2.5" SATA III) can be evaporated. Transfer rates on this drive can reach 170MB/sec (read) and 90MB/sec (writer), and it's loaded with options for handling data in breach of security scenarios including... Read more...
Just last week, we gave a glimpse of what OCZ has in store for the enterprise SSD market with our preview of the Vertex 3 Pro. Without giving away all of the juicy details, the Vertex 3 Pro essentially buried the competition and offered performance that was significantly better than any current-gen solid state drive. As we mentioned though, the Vertex 3 Pro is an enterprise-class drive, and as such, it sports a price tag outside of the realm of your typical PC enthusiast. OCZ did hint that the “non-Pro” version of the Vertex 3 was coming soon, however, and stated that it would be priced “significantly lower”. Well, here we are, just one week later and we’ve already... Read more...
Just last week, we gave you a glimpse of what OCZ has in store for the enterprise SSD market with our preview of the Vertex 3 Pro. Without giving away all of the juicy details, the Vertex 3 Pro essentially buried the competition and offered performance that was significantly better than any current-gen solid state drive. As we mentioned though, the Vertex 3 Pro is an enterprise-class drive, and as such, it sports a price tag outside of the realm of your typical PC enthusiast. OCZ did hint that the “non-Pro” version of the Vertex 3 was coming soon, however, and stated that it would be priced “significantly lower”. Well, here we are, just one week later and we’ve already... Read more...
Seagate, Western Digital, OCZ, the regulars. You've heard of those guys, and you know what they create. But have you heard of Anobit Technologies? Likely not, but it may not be long before they're also a household name in the storage sector. This Israeli start-up has recently emerged onto the public scene, and the product they are touting could very well shift the way we look at SSDs. The company's first product is a MLC NAND-based solid state drive, which they say is as "reliable as today's higher-end and higher-cost single-level cell (SLC) enterprise-class flash drives." According to the company, their Genesis SSDs "extend standard MLC endurance from about 3,000 to more than 50,000 write/erase... Read more...
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