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SanDisk View redesigned to directly compete with iPod Nano

SanDisk View redesigned to directly compete with iPod Nano

So you want to sell a few more units of your first ever flash-based music and video player, what do you do? You scrap the original full-screen design and go with a model that looks, and surprisingly works, almost just like an Apple product.

That seems to be the way things work these days, if you want to move any units at all, make whatever it is you are making look and function like some Apple product. Even though this player bests the Nano in screen real estate at 2.4 inches, the Nano will probably still sell more.

SanDisk Shipping 8GB Memory Stick Micro M2 Flash Cards

SanDisk Shipping 8GB Memory Stick Micro M2 Flash Cards

They aren’t quite shipping them to the public yet, instead they are shipping them to phone manufacturers and wireless network operators so they can test and try them out. Apparently they are just about only used in Sony Ericsson phones for storage of music, pics, and vids.

I suppose the idea of shipping these enormous flash cards for various phones and devices is that most media player manufacturers are hitting around the 4-8GB range in their players and they are selling like crazy. So instead of letting them take the entire market, they are just making cards to go in their mobile devices that make them comparable options.

SlashGear Review: SanDisk Cruzer Contour USB Flash Drive

SlashGear Review: SanDisk Cruzer Contour USB Flash Drive

Right now, USB drives seem to fall into one of three categories.  You've got your bargain basement, no-brand sorts, often to be found as giveaways full of promotional literature at trade shows; then there are the bizarre drives, shaped like sushi or animals.  Finally, there are the drives that aim to be the modern-day version of a gentleman's cigarette holder (only far more socially acceptable and a darn sight healthier); something weighty and classically designed, which you can fiddle with while you're not actually using.  SanDisk are decidedly proud of their Cruzer Contour, a drive falling resolutely into that final category, and they sent one over to SlashGear hoping that we'd like it so much we'd let them get to second-base.

 

SanDisk’s latest memory is especially flash

SanDisk’s latest memory is especially flash

If you ever want a good cure for insomnia, find the nearest old British Conservative and ask them their opinion on the gold standard and whether it was the right thing to do to uncouple the pound from it.  I promise you'll be asleep in around four minutes.  Still, the best thing about gold is the silly ways companies cast it in order to advertise or add that "luxury edge" to a product; today it's SanDisk's turn, and their $5,000 solid gold memory cards.

 

Sandisk’s WiFi DAP Sansa Connect gets hands-on feedback

Sandisk’s WiFi DAP Sansa Connect gets hands-on feedback

There was once a time when I was ashamed to admit that I didn't own an iPod.  Now being resistant to Apple's charms is discretely admired, and while the iconic DAP might still be synonymous with portable music for the man (or woman) in the street, the tech-aware are beginning to look further afield for their mp3 hit.  Contrary to popular bile, Microsoft's Zune really did stand a chance - WiFi could've been their winning stroke, had they considered its potential long-term affect on the market and not the short-term walled garden of the three play/three day approach - and now it has been roundly trounced it turns to Sandisk and their Sansa Connect to fly the "iPod may be pretty but we want something less saturated" flag.

 

Read on for a round-up of hands-on first impressions, as well as some user feedback...

PC to TV media swapping made super-simple

PC to TV media swapping made super-simple

I've a shudder-inducing feeling that my own personal purgatory will be a nightmarish bombardment of acronyms and abbreviations.  Seriously, is there any other industry so in love with initials and oddly-constructed names?  Well, the latest to offend my eyes is USBTV, basically a USB memory stick with built-in video encoder and video line-out.

 

Tech-shy users slap the key into their PC, drag'n'drop a load of content onto it (which get DRM-encrypted as it transfers) and then either slot it into an LCD or Plasma TV which has a compatible USBTV USB port, or use the cradle and a bog-standard video-out cable. 

It might sound bland - and compared to wireless media streamers, it is - but it's obviously caught the attention of LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer and Zoran who have all jumped into bed with Sandisk.  Expect to see USBTV products later this year, after some trial testing starts at the beginning of February.

USBTV [via EverythingUSB]

SanDisk announces 32GB SSD

SanDisk announces 32GB SSD

Apetites get bigger as bodies get slimmer for tiny memory drives heading down a bullemic path. Hard disk drives just wont cut it in this world anymore, as solid state drives are ever increasing in memory capacity while staying ever so tiny and durable. SanDisk has just annouced their 32GB 1.8-inch SSD that will set the new standard for SSDs to come.

Achieving a sustained read rate of 62MB per second and a random read rate of 7,000 IOPS for a 512-byte transfer, this SanDisk SSD is more than 100 times faster than most hard disk drives, claims the company. Also, it has an extremely low power consumption rate compared to hard disk drives.

However, consumers hoping to have this new 32GB SSD in their next mobile device can expect an increase in price by around $600 in the first half of 2007.

SanDisk Launches 32 Gigabyte Solid State Drive [Via: Geekzone]

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