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Western Digital posts fiscal Q2 revenue of $3.8 billion

Western Digital posts fiscal Q2 revenue of $3.8 billion

2012 was a difficult year for hard drive makers after flooding in Thailand seriously impacted hard drive availability. With hard drives in short supply, prices went up which meant hard drives and SSDs were closer together in price giving a boost to SSD sales. It took several months for hard drive supplies return to pre-flooding levels, but the damage had been done to many in the hard drive industry.

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Satechi unveils new USB 3.0 aluminum external hard drive enclosure

Satechi unveils new USB 3.0 aluminum external hard drive enclosure

If you're a computer user that builds your own machines somewhere around your house, you have old hard drives that you didn't want to throw away, but you don't use. I think I have four or five around my house sitting there collecting dust. They are still full of data and on occasion, I get curious about what's on the drive and go through the hassle of plugging them into my computer to see.

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Mushkin unveils 480 GB Atlas mSATA SSD upgrade drive

Mushkin unveils 480 GB Atlas mSATA SSD upgrade drive

If you have a compact notebook or ultrabook, there's a good chance the device uses a very compact mSATA SSD. There is also good chance that you have used all the storage space available on the small SSD that many of these machines come with. Mushkin has announced the US availability of a new upgrade drive for any device using a mSATA SSD with lots of storage later this month.

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Foremay unveils 2 TB 2.5-inch SATA SSD

Foremay unveils 2 TB 2.5-inch SATA SSD

One of the biggest drawbacks to using a SSD has always been the fact that they tend to be available in smaller storage capacities compared to traditional hard drives. While you can find drives with multiple terabytes of storage if you go with a traditional hard drive, most SSDs top out at around 500 GB. SSD manufacturer Foremay has change that with the announcement of a new SSD in its SC199 family.

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Mushkin launches enterprise class SSDs

Mushkin launches enterprise class SSDs

Mushkin is a company that has been offering computer hardware, specifically memory, for quite a while. The company is on hand at CES 2013 and has announced the launch of a new line of enterprise class SSD storage devices. The new line of solid-state drives is called the ProSpec series.

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iKey unveils ultra-compact SWB-86-TP keyboard

iKey unveils ultra-compact SWB-86-TP keyboard

iKey has announced the latest model in its line of ultra-compact keyboards: the SWB-86-TP. This rugged unit is part of the company's WaterBoard line of keyboards, and is aimed at the public safety market, particularly for in-vehicle use. The SWB-86-TP is completely plug-and-play, meaning you can just grab it and go, no drivers required.

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AMD unveils new FirePro S10000 server graphics card

AMD unveils new FirePro S10000 server graphics card

AMD has announced a new server-grade graphics card called the FirePro S10000 will. The graphics card is described as the industry's most powerful server graphics card and is designed specifically for HPC workloads in graphics intensive applications. AMD says the video card can exceed 1 Tflops of double-precision floating-point performance.

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Ubi Ubiquitous Computer pre-orders now available

Ubi Ubiquitous Computer pre-orders now available

Back in August, a tiny little computer called Ubi popped up on Kickstarter. Ubi - which is short for Ubiquitous Computer - was a big hit with Kickstarter backers. Team Ubi was only asking for $36,000, but by the time everything was said and done, the group had a whopping $229,594 to work with. It seems they wasted no time in getting to work either, as Ubi went up for pre-order today.

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Lian Li launches PC-CK101 train case for PCs

Lian Li launches PC-CK101 train case for PCs

Back during Computex, PC case maker Lian Li was showing off an odd little computer case it crafted from aluminum that looked like a train. The case did more than simply look like a train though, it also moved on its little track. Lian Li has now announced the official launch of its train-themed case called the PC-CK101.

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VIA unveils first quad core pico-ITX mainboard supporting 3-D displays

VIA unveils first quad core pico-ITX mainboard supporting 3-D displays

VIA has announced an interesting new pico-ITX mainboard. This little mainboard is very compact at 10 cm x 7.2 cm and is the first to offer a quad-core processor and support 3-D display capability. The little board is called the VIA EPIA-P910 Pico-ITX Board and uses the VIA VX11H MSP and the VIA QuadCore E-series processor.

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Creative launches new Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs

Creative launches new Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs

We can thank GamesCon going on in Germany this week for all the new gaming hardware and peripherals that have surfaced today. At the show, Creative has unveiled its latest line of Sound Blaster soundcards for computer users. It has been a long time since we talked about a Sound Blaster sound card. The Sound Blaster used to be common in gaming PCs, but many people have started using HD integrated audio support on the mainboard rather than a add-on card for audio.

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