Data Storage

Seagate repurchasing $2.5 billion in stock

Seagate repurchasing $2.5 billion in stock

When a company gets much too rich for it's own good, it's time to do as Seagate is doing today: repurchasing a whole lot of shares in their own company. Here Seagate has decided that because of their confidence in their own ability to generate cash at this time, they'll pick up $2.5 billion (of the $3.5 billion they're actually authorized) in outstanding ordinary shares. Seagate will be repurchasing this stock with a combination of cash on hand, future cash flow from operations, and "potential alternative sources" whatever that ends up being.

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Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

Apple Data Center goal is 100% Green

This week the folks responsible for Apple's building construction efforts have broken ground on a new location in Prineville, Oregon where they've promised a "100% Renewable Energy" data center. This data center would help contain such data as iCloud backups like its soon to be partner facility in Maiden, North Carolina. This center promises to be "even more" environmentally friendly than the center that already exists in Maiden, this new facility out-doing the Maiden's giant solar power array which accounts for 60 percent of the center's power requirements.

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HTCSense.com closes shop

HTCSense.com closes shop

This week the folks at HTC are letting their customers know that their own information retention service for mobile data, HTCSense.com, will be shutting down on the 30th of April. This service has been active with and for HTC customers for some time now and the actions which HTC customers must take to save their data are included below. HTC has given customers a bit over a month to download the data they've had on file with HTC at HTCSense.com, at which point the information will be deleted entirely.

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Seagate hits 1Tb per square inch milestone

Seagate hits 1Tb per square inch milestone

Seagate today announced that it has reached a new milestone in hard drive technology. The company claims to be the first hard drive manufacturer to achieve a storage density of 1Tb (1 terabit = 1 trillion bits) per square inch. This makes it possible for massive 60TB (terabyte) hard drives to arrive within the next decade.

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Researchers devise a way to store data on magnetic media using heat

Researchers devise a way to store data on magnetic media using heat

Much research has been performed working on ways to improve the speed and power efficiency of data storage devices such as hard drives. A group of researchers from York University are working as part of an international team and the team has found that they can store information using heat instead of a magnetic field on a magnetic medium. The results is much faster and more power efficient storage of data than any traditional hard drive offers today.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 Storage Spaces

Microsoft details Windows 8 Storage Spaces

Microsoft has posted to its Building Windows 8 blog details on the next-gen platform's new Storage Spaces feature. Storage Spaces continues the Drive Extender concept from Windows Home Server, allowing the system to pool physical hard drives of various sizes and interfaces to redundantly store data for scale, resiliency, and efficiency.

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IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed card readers and 4-port hub announced

IOGEAR USB 3.0 SuperSpeed card readers and 4-port hub announced

This week IOGEAR has announced three new USB 3.0 devices, each of them with data transfer speeds up to 10 times that of previous generation USB 2.0 devices. What we've got here is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-point hub, a Multi-Card Reader/Writer, and an SD/Micro SD Card Reader/Writer, each of them available for under $50. What USB 3.0 allows is improved connectivity and efficiency between computers and peripherals that transfer digital content and create and store it as well - 5Gbps speed at the head of the pack.

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Drobo and Pogoplug offer 10GB of free cloud storage

Drobo and Pogoplug offer 10GB of free cloud storage

If you are thinking about getting a Drobo storage device like the Drobo S v.2 or already own one, you have some free cloud storage coming your way. Drobo and Pogoplug have announced that they have teamed up for a deal that will offer Drobo users 10GB of free Pogoplug cloud storage. The Drobo owners will also get a custom version of the Pogoplug software to make the Drobo accessible from anywhere in the world.

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Dropbox for Teams service aims for small business owners

Dropbox for Teams service aims for small business owners

So you've got a business in the works that needs to share files that are potentially gigantic across the ocean and through the woods, but you don't exactly want to be transferring these files by mailing iPods back and forth - what do you do? How about Dropbox for Teams? That's what Dropbox is essentially saying this week as it launches the new service which has plans starting at $795 for a total of five users. The differences between this and Dropbox's free service might seem slight to the lay user, but for the small business owner - features here are great.

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Federal server crashes and loses 70,000 job applications

Federal server crashes and loses 70,000 job applications

If you have been looking for a job and recently applied at a federal agency, you need to check the status of your application. Apparently, the online hiring system the federal government uses went down for a few days last week. The system takes applications, ranks them, and rates the apps so that positions can be filled. The server was online two days after the crash.

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