Flash Storage

Germany increases blank media tax on flash drives by 2338%

Germany increases blank media tax on flash drives by 2338%

If you thought, the United States had some crazy tax laws, try on this one from Germany. Germany has had what's called the blank media tax since the audio cassette was introduced decades ago. The reason for the tax, according to the government, was to compensate music companies for what was assumed to cause a negative impact on the sales of commercial recordings. That blank media tax has stayed in place all these years as blank media changed and now applies to flash drives as well as memory cards for your camera.

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WD intros first 2TB My Passport Studio for Macs

WD intros first 2TB My Passport Studio for Macs

After recently introducing a 2TB My Passport portable hard drive with USB 3.0 for PC users, Western Digital today announced the 2TB My Passport Studio, its first portable storage drive of such large capacity dedicated for Mac users. It works with Apple Time Machine for streamlined data backup, but offers two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 port instead of the much faster, but also much more expensive, Thunderbolt.

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Sandy Bridge MacBook Air to use 400Mbps NAND flash storage?

Sandy Bridge MacBook Air to use 400Mbps NAND flash storage?

Apple could be planning another flash memory speed boost in the upcoming MacBook Air refresh, according to new reports, with the company tipped to be using 19nm "Toggle DDR 2.0" storage for the slender ultraportable. The high-speed NAND, Macotokara's component source suggests, is capable of 400Mbps transfer rates, using new, smaller chips that Apple would supposedly solder directly to the base circuit of the updated Airs.

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Kingmax debuts world’s largest capacity microSD card with 64GB of storage

Kingmax debuts world’s largest capacity microSD card with 64GB of storage

Generally speaking when it comes to storage most of us want more. You can a never have enough storage, especially when it comes to your digital content on cameras and other devices that use SD and microSD cards. One of the cool things about having a massive memory card in your camcorder or other devices is that you can just keep the originals on your card and still have plenty of room to shoot new pics or video.

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DIY USB Floppy Disk Mixes the Best of Both Worlds

DIY USB Floppy Disk Mixes the Best of Both Worlds

Back in the day, the floppy drive was all the rage. Being able to transport your data from one PC to another, all thanks to this small, square thing that could usually fit right into your pocket. Of course, back then, the paltry amount of space on those disks is laughable now, but at least they got the job done. So, what if you want to be able to carry all your data on a floppy disk in today's world, just because you're retro like that? Well, you could always start a do it yourself project, where you combine a floppy disk and flash memory.

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Silicon Power Unique 530 flash drive launches

Silicon Power Unique 530 flash drive launches

Silicon Power has hoards of flash drives and other storage solutions in its line. The company has added a new product to its line of flash drives called the Unique 530. The flash drive is enclosed in a "green" silica gel material that is pliable and provides a "sporty" style according to the maker. I'm not sure the silica gel has a sporty look, but it should make the drive more rugged thanks to the rubbery nature of the material.

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