Data Storage

Brinell debuts external SSDs with wood, leather, steel trim

Brinell debuts external SSDs with wood, leather, steel trim

In this day and age, we've come to expect premium material options like leather and bamboo on our smartphones, and German storage accessories maker Brinell feels its we apply the same standard to external hard drives. The Red Dot design award-winning company has expanded its Evo line of portable SSDs to include leather, steel, wood, and faux-carbon finishes. Prices start at about $220 for 250GB of storage, and in terms of premium look storage device, that's hard to beat.

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Samsung’s 16TB SSD is the world’s largest hard drive

Samsung’s 16TB SSD is the world’s largest hard drive

If you need so much storage for your computer that a 1 or 2TB hard drive sounds paltry, you might be interested in Samsung's latest solid-state drive (SSD) announcement: the PM1633a, which offers an incredible 16TB of space, yet still features a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure. Well, technically it only has 15.36TB, which is why Samsung is billing it as "about 16TB," but even then it's being called the world's largest capacity hard drive.

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Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.

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Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

When id Software's RAGE video game started flaunting "4K textures" around, there was much debate on the practicality of that amount of data versus what our eyes can distinguish and what our beefiest PCs can handle. And now Intel and Micron, two of the biggest names in the semiconductor industry, wants us thinking about 8K games already? That said, it isn't about the absurdity of the idea but about how its new 3D XPoint memory technology can make it possible, beating the hell out of the popular and steadfast NAND flash storage we have today.

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Samsung introduces 2TB SSD hard drives

Samsung introduces 2TB SSD hard drives

Samsung Electronics has just launched a pair of new solid state drive (SSD) hard drives, each featuring a whopping storage capacity of 2 terabytes. The 2TB SSD 850 PRO and 850 EVO models feature Samsung's Vertical NAND flash chips, and are among the largest storage options now available in retail SSDs. Samsung says the new drives will be available in 50 countries, however exact pricing wasn't revealed.

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You can now buy Sandisk’s 200 GB microSD card on Amazon

You can now buy Sandisk’s 200 GB microSD card on Amazon

At MWC early last March, Sandisk wowed the crowd with what we thought is the highest capacity microSD card so far. Well, it can still cling to that title for now, as it is truly the highest capacity microSD card available in the market. Yes, Sandisk has finally made its 200 GB microSD card available and one can buy it on Amazon already. But while the little card is ready to store thousands of photos and hours of footage, do be aware that you will be paying twice as much for it.

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Microdia has a 512GB microSD card you probably can’t afford

Microdia has a 512GB microSD card you probably can’t afford

SanDisk may have just unveiled their crowning glory at Computex, the 200 GB microSDXC card, but already they have some tough competition, depending on how you look at it. On the same Computex floor, a company called Microdia is flaunting a microSD card that has more than double that capacity. Yes, welcome the 512 GB microSDXC card. This one is set to go out in July if everything goes well for Microdia, but it is going to carry a prohibitively expensive price tag that very few consumers will be able to afford.

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Fixstars boats of a 6TB SSD only 2.5 inches small

Fixstars boats of a 6TB SSD only 2.5 inches small

Data storage is about to get insane. Just a few years ago, terabytes of storage was almost a dream or at least a very expensive reality. But now even the most expensive type, SSDs, are getting oodles of them. But while we have indeed seen SSDs measuring 4 TB or more, Fixstars claims it just one upped the industry. At least for now. The 6 TB of its upcoming SSD-6000M might not sound that much in the face of 8 TB drives, but it has one thing no other SSD can claim: a 2.5-inch size.

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Samsung PRO Plus, EVO Plus memory cards ready for UHD content

Samsung PRO Plus, EVO Plus memory cards ready for UHD content

Our mobile devices are getting more and more capable, both in creating content as well as playing them, so it is only fitting that data storage should catch up to them as well. Samsung already unveiled its UHS 2.0 NAND storage used for internal memory, particularly in the Galaxy S6, and now it's turning its attention to external storage as well. Samsung is adding two new members to its SD and microSD card family, the PRO Plus and the EVO Plus, with the promise of smooth handling of UHD and FHD content.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

In the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Richard and his team, Pied Piper, accidentally create a lossless compression algorithm, whipping all of the big tech companies of the fictional world into a frenzy over the potential in the inadvertent discovery. Today, at the Disrupt New York Hackathon, a team of siblings, Nancy Ghaly and Peter Ma debuted their own lossless compression algorithm. Taking inspiration from the HBO series, the duo named it Piper Pied. The real-life Piper Pied is a compression algorithm that identifies people's faces and compresses the data around them.

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