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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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SanDisk Sansa slotMusic PMP Reviewed: Decent but debatable

SanDisk Sansa slotMusic PMP Reviewed: Decent but debatable

With only six buttons, an LED and a headphone jack, you could argue that there's really not that much to review about the SanDisk Sansa slotMusic PMP.  Announced yesterday, the music player is designed primarily to use SanDisk's new slotMusic microSD format, 1GB memory cards preloaded with albums; AnythingButiPod have been pressing all six of those buttons in their quest to discover if it's worth your twenty bucks.

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SanDisk Sansa slotMusic PMP & pre-loaded microSD cards launch

SanDisk Sansa slotMusic PMP & pre-loaded microSD cards launch

SanDisk have unveiled their latest PMP, intended to work with the company's attempt to control media distribution, slotMusic.  Offering 1GB microSD cards with pre-loaded DRM-free music, each costing $14.99, together with compatibility with your own cards up to 16GB in capacity, the new sanDisk Sansa SlotMusic PMP has no display and only basic controls, but costs a mere $19.99.

 

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 39 2008

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 39 2008

Netbooks made their typical strong showing this week, with ASUS announcing their intention to put 3G HSUPA into the Eee PC 901.  Meanwhile their N10 was reviewed and deemed the first netbook "suitable for serious gaming", a promising title indeed.  Lenovo's S10 also hit reviewers' benches, making a strong - if at times warm - case for the smallest IdeaPad, while Packard Bell unveiled their 'dot', targeted much more at the budget end of the scale.  They'll have a fight on their hands, though; SlashGear reviewed the Acer Aspire One this week too, and when it comes to value for money it's a tough one to beat.

Arguably the biggest news of the week, however, has been T-Mobile's G1 - the first Android-based handset to be officially announced.  Our sister-site AndroidCommunity.com ran a Live Blog of the whole event (and gave away a G1 to one lucky forum member), and we've got the photo galleries and hands-on video to show for it.

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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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SanDisk blames ‘Vista shortfalls’ for delays in MLC SSDs

SanDisk blames ‘Vista shortfalls’ for delays in MLC SSDs

SanDisk has criticised Microsoft's Windows Vista OS as not being "optimized" to take advantage of the speed benefits of solid-state drives.  Speaking during the company's Q2 financial results conference call, SanDisk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eli Harari described what he called the "Vista shortfalls" and how developing their SSD drives had been a special challenge.  In fact, Harari blamed Vista for putting SanDisk behind its competitors in the sector.

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SanDisk buy MusicGremlin, putting WiFi downloads in Sansa PMPs

SanDisk buy MusicGremlin, putting WiFi downloads in Sansa PMPs

SanDisk are looking to take on Microsoft's WiFi enabled Zune and Apple's mobile iTunes store, with the company today revealing that they have bought out MusicGremlin.  Described as a "digital content distribution" specialist, MusicGremlin were responsible for the short-lived MG-1000 PMP, the claim to fame of which was its ability to download tracks on a subscription basis while mobile, together with wirelessly sharing those with other subscribers of the company's "MusicGremlin Direct" store.  Initial reviews were positive, but the PMP's lack of brand cachet and small user group (which meant building momentum for track swapping was difficult), together with the increasing dominance of iTunes on the digital music market, saw it disappear.

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