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Apple MacBook 3rd-party RAM causing instabilities?

Apple MacBook 3rd-party RAM causing instabilities?

Some new MacBook users are reporting problems when attempting to upgrade their Apple laptops with third-party RAM.  The new, aluminum MacBook can support up to 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, with the standard configuration being a pair of single 1GB chips.  In replacing those with third-party memory - including seemingly-identical spec chips from big-name brands such as Crucial - some owners have found their MacBooks suddenly prone to crashing.

 

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Toshiba spends $1B on 30% of SanDisk production capacity

Toshiba spends $1B on 30% of SanDisk production capacity

Anyone else feel like companies are buying up other companies left and right? Well, Toshiba has just announced that they bought 30% of the production capacity of SanDisk's NAND flash memory. And the price tag? $1 billion!

Initially, Toshiba wanted to buy out SanDisk. Samsung made a bid as well. But now with Toshiba's input, SanDisk will be able to make flash memory faster and cheaper.  

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Eye-fi gets Twitter

Eye-fi gets Twitter

Eye-fi is already a well known product. Their SD card already has an added geotracking function that makes it so you can automatically associate any pictures taken and then put on the card with the location they were taken in.

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USB Liquid Flash Drive keeps thumb drives interesting

USB Liquid Flash Drive keeps thumb drives interesting

 There's a seemingly endless supply of gimmicky USB thumb drives out there these days but this one is just too cool to ignore. It's pretty standard in the specs department but it can house liquid and not break!

Available from CNK Promotions, this USB thumb drive has an acrylic casing that is hollow, making it perfect for filling up with a brightly colored liquid. You can order the drive with a logo of your choosing, as well. And with storage space of up to 8GB you can pack away a lot of information in one very small, very cool-looking device.

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Samsung 50nm 2GB DDR3 chips are industry’s smallest

Samsung 50nm 2GB DDR3 chips are industry’s smallest

Samsung have taken the wraps off of the industry's smallest 2GB DDR3 memory chips, built using 50nm processes, which allows for 60-percent higher productivity than DDR2 chips of an equivalent density.  It opens the door for up to 16GB RIMMS (Registered In-line Memory Modules) that save 40-percent of the power required for the same RIMM based on 1GB DDR3 chips.

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Electric Field RAM memory could be faster, more energy efficient

Electric Field RAM memory could be faster, more energy efficient

Japanese scientists have discovered a method of changing magnetic domains - such as those used in RAM and hard-drives - using magnetic fields rather than the current process of electromagnets, in a system that could see storage become faster and more energy efficient.  Magnetic domains, tiny regions inside magnetic materials that behave as individual magnets and can be flipped from north to south, are currently manipulated by an electromagnet, encoding binary 1 or 0.  With the new system that electromagnet is bypassed: applying voltage to a nearby electrode creates an electric field that shifts the domains.

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SanDisk announces 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro

SanDisk announces 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro

SanDisk will soon be announcing their largest mobile phone storage capacity to date with their 16GB microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2). And with a release date in October for the U.S., Europe and Asia, they're just in time to bring the recently announced T-Mobile G1 up to a level playing field with the iPhone 3G in terms of storage capacity.

These new higher capacity memory cards are intended to fall in line with the numerous features available on today's handsets. Where there are more features, there's more need for storage, so SanDisk is keeping with the times. But these cards are not just meant for mobile phones. In fact, they can be used in GPS and video cameras as well.

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