Data Storage

Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

In the future, when you need to store more than what your 100 terabyte storage drive can handle, you wouldn't be looking to the cloud for answers, you'll be looking inside yourself. Sort of. This almost zen-like idea isn't just science fiction anymore. It is very well the future of computing. Or at least Microsoft believes so, to the point that it just purchases 10 million long oligonucleotides, a.k.a. DNA molecules, from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. These DNA molecules will be used in Microsoft's own research into making synthetic DNA a viable commercial data storage solution.

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Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Today might be April Fool's day, so I'll preface this piece by letting you know that this isn't a prank of any sort. It very well may be some form of witchcraft or sorcery, but it does actually work. It turns out that you can free up a significant amount of space on your iPhone by doing little more than trying to watch a movie.

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Monument is a personal photo storage and organization box

Monument is a personal photo storage and organization box

If you take bunch of photos and videos, you may find current storing options lacking. You can upload content online, of course, but not everyone enjoys using online cloud services, and there’s the monthly subscription issue…something typically required if you have thousands of photos and want to upload them in their original, full resolution. Enter Monument, a small box that works as a personal storage solution for storing and organizing content.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

I run SSDs in my desktops, because I want to enjoy the performance boost that I get from them. My computer will boot faster, programs open faster, and loading times on my games are significantly lower. Of course, I have a NAS where I use traditional spinning hard drives to store my larger bits of data. This is because the older spinning style disks have considerably more storage space than even the largest SSDs. Well, at least that used to be the case.

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Quartz discs used to store 360TB of data, for up to 14 billion years

Quartz discs used to store 360TB of data, for up to 14 billion years

Back when I was in school, the only way to transfer data from home was on a floppy disk. Sure, you might have a CD burner at home, but the discs were rather expensive. Floppies were fine, because the only things you'd really save were documents and some Clipart for your book report. The real downside to floppies is they were terrible at actually retaining data. But what if you had a way to store files that would last 14 billion years?

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New LaCie hard drives bring chrome to USB-C external storage

New LaCie hard drives bring chrome to USB-C external storage

LaCie, the external storage maker known for extravagant hard drive creations, has unveiled its latest artistic creation: the Chrome, created in collaboration with designer Neil Poulton. The desktop sculpture is encased in hand-polished chromed zinc, has 1TB of storage, and features its own dock that uses magnets to hold the drive upright, making it look like a VHS cassette. It's also priced at a steep $1,100, so those looking for extra storage interested in this better have deep pockets.

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Samsung debuts PRO Plus 128GB microSD cards

Samsung debuts PRO Plus 128GB microSD cards

Samsung has just announced the addition of a 128GB option to its PRO Plus microSD card lineup. The flash memory solution is aimed at offering the most storage possible for multimedia content, especially when demands for capacity and speed are increasing as more devices like action cameras, drones, DSLRs, and smartphones are capable of recording and playing 4K video.

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QNAP NAS TS-251+ and TS-451+ are ready for virtualization

QNAP NAS TS-251+ and TS-451+ are ready for virtualization

QNAP has unveiled a pair of new network attached storage devices including the dual bay TS-251+ and the quad bay TS-451+. Both of the storage devices are designed to be scalable and high-performance solutions for small offices and workgroups while being affordable devices to own.

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Lexar goes high-speed with new flash memory line-up

Lexar goes high-speed with new flash memory line-up

Smartphones and digital cameras have become quite sophisticated and powerful, now recording video along the 4K resolution range. But with high resolution, high frame rate footage comes the need for storage that can keep up with the speed and amount of data these cameras dump on them. Internal storage is fast, but its storage capacity is limited in smartphones and sometimes non-existent on cameras. High speed external storage such as cards and USBs are thus in demand, and Lexar has just unveiled a few new ones to supply that need.

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WhatsApp for Android gets Google Drive backup option

WhatsApp for Android gets Google Drive backup option

Google has announced that popular chatting app WhatsApp has a new Google Drive backup option, giving Android users in particular an extra option for backing up their data. The feature allows users to keep their chats, videos, and other WhatsApp data in their Google Drive account; this will allow someone to find the data in case the phone gets lost, but also restore the data onto a new device if the user upgrades to a new handset.

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Scientists invent Superman-like crystal data storage medium

Scientists invent Superman-like crystal data storage medium

Scientists have invented a new data storage medium that they are likening to the crystals used to store data in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. According to the scientists, the crystals are so good at storing data that the data encoded on them with lasers could survive longer than the human race. The data encoded could last for millions of years.

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