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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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Google Project Vault bakes super-security into microSD

Google Project Vault bakes super-security into microSD

How much trust can you squeeze into a microSD card? If you're Google ATAP, the search giant's outlandish research arm, it turns out the answer is "a huge amount." Today at I/O the ATAP team revealed Project Vault, a full security computer packed into a microSD form-factor, and which if plugged into a phone, PC, or even an Internet-of-Things device could allow for entirely encrypted communications without the host device ever seeing what's being discussed or worked on. Best of all, Google is releasing the whole thing as an open-source project.

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Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Google has been known to dislike the use of external storage on Android devices, which explains why none of the Nexus smartphones and tablets had a microSD card slot. Google's position is understandable from a software engineering point of view but clashed with popular consumer demand. In Android M, however, Google makes an almost complete U-turn and has found a compromise to the problem, finally providing an official way for users to move apps to removable storage. It has a strange name for it too, calling it "Adoptable Storage Devices".

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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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Sony has $160 microSD card coming for ‘Premium Sound’ lovers

Sony has $160 microSD card coming for ‘Premium Sound’ lovers

It’s all about sound. And noise. Well, to Sony it is, at least. In a bit of a head-scratcher, Sony is releasing a new microSD card, called the microSDXC. This 64GB card is labelled as being “for Premium Sound”, to which Sony hopes audiophiles everywhere will buy it. At $160, it’s a lot pricier than similarly specced microSD cards. That massive price boost (like five-times as much) is explained away, where Sony explains it has “less electrical noise when reading data”.

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Moto G microSD expansion? Not so fast

Moto G microSD expansion? Not so fast

Since the first announcement of the Motorola-made smartphone Moto G, there’s been chatter about the possibility of expanding its internal memory. This week a teardown of the machine has gone the extra mile in figuring out if indeed this smartphone would be able to work with a microSD card though its official specifications for the public suggest that this is impossible. The first big clue came in the suggestion that one piece of its internal configuration was hiding a microSD card inside.

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Google Music update brings save to SD card, sharing abilities

Google Music update brings save to SD card, sharing abilities

The Android version of the Google Music app has been updated this week to bring on several much-requested abilities to the masses. The first of these changes is the ability to download and save song files to your smartphone's SD card. This does not mean that you'll be able to pop the SD card out and have all the files ready to play on any device, only that you'll be able to store your on-device files on the card itself - they need the app to play.

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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch earns Sapphire glass, Google Play, and 1GB memory

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch earns Sapphire glass, Google Play, and 1GB memory

If you'd seen the Omate TrueSmart "2.0 Smartwatch" before but wondered why they'd not brought the best of the best specifications to the market as it hit the Kickstarter circuit earlier this month. What we're seeing now is a collection of updates to the device that - before the age of crowd-funding - we'd have never seen. Before this age, all of these changes would have been made behind the scenes, with only a final product released all at once.

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