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Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo: $599 for 4TB

Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt Duo: $599 for 4TB

Those Thunderbolt accessories that have been desperately missing are finally starting to see the light of day. Western Digital today announced a new product in the MyBook line, the Thunderbolt Duo. Why Duo? The unit features two hard drives that you can utilize in different ways. Either you can the RAID 0 mode and get the maximum capacity and speed out of both disks, or use RAID 1 to mirror the contents of one disk to the other for backup purposes.

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Elgato Thunderbolt SSD hands-on

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD hands-on

Thunderbolt has plenty of speed, you can't argue with that, but so far things to actually plug into the super-fast connection have been in short supply. Elgato has weighed into that rarefied company with the Thunderbolt SSD, a portable drive that delivers exactly what the name suggests. Capable of running from bus power, it's a bag-friendly way of transferring multi-gigabyte files; check out more hands-on details after the cut.

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Space Monkey puts your cloud on other users’ desks

Space Monkey puts your cloud on other users’ desks

The cloud is getting complicated: Space Monkey wants to give you all the benefits of a hosted cloud-storage account, like ease of access and data security, but with pricing more akin to a local drive. An apparent hybrid of DropBox, Pogoplug and BitTorrent, Space Monkey is an oversized external 2TB drive that offers half its storage for you and the rest for hosting tiny chunks of other users' encrypted data. Rather than storing a copy of your content in some random server somewhere, it's distributed among other Space Monkey users' boxes.

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Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Fox, Warner, SanDisk, and Western Digital announce new ‘Project Phenix’ DRM

Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. studios along with storage device makers SanDisk and Western Digital have teamed up to announce a new "Project Phenix" (intentionally mispelled) initiative that's aimed at making high-definition digital movie content available across multiple devices. The new digital rights management (DRM) standard is the brainchild of the Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) and is being developed to be compatible with UltraViolet so that users can download movie content from the cloud as well as transfer it via compliant storage devices to be played on approved TVs, tablets or other media players.

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Toshiba takes over Western Digital 3.5-inch HDD equipment

Toshiba takes over Western Digital 3.5-inch HDD equipment

Western Digital and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies have announced a deal that will see Toshiba acquiring the 3.5-inch hard disk drive manufacturing equipment and IP Western Digital now holds. These 3.5" HDDs are used in desktop computers in all sorts of consumer electronic devices such as DVR's and more. Toshiba acquiring the WD manufacturing gear and IP is part of the mutual agreement for property divesting between the two firms.

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Samsung outs ruggedized SD and microSD memory

Samsung outs ruggedized SD and microSD memory

Samsung has revealed a new line-up of memory cards, seven microSD or SD chips slotting into the company's High Speed Series and Plus Extreme Speed Series, and promising up to 24MB/sec read rates. The brushed-metal cards are available in capacities from 2GB to 32GB in the High Speed Series, topping out at Class 10, and from 2GB to 8GB in the Plus Extreme Speed Series, all of which are Class 10.

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Google Drive incoming to take on Dropbox and iCloud

Google Drive incoming to take on Dropbox and iCloud

Google is preparing to launch a cloud storage service, Google Drive, sources claim, taking on iCloud and Dropbox with free and paid accounts. Set to open for uploads "in the coming weeks or months" the WSJ's insiders say, Google Drive will supposedly undercut Dropbox's paid subscription pricing, which begins at $10 per month for 50GB. A free plan, meanwhile, will offer both individual and business users some cloud-based space without cost, likely ad-supported like free Gmail.

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Seagate says hard disk drive shortage to continue through 2012

Seagate says hard disk drive shortage to continue through 2012

The massive flooding in Thailand has severely limited the supply hard drives for the computing industry all around the world. One of the companies that was hard hit by the flooding was Seagate. I'm sure Seagate, and the computer industry hoped that the hard disk drive shortage would be over this year, but it doesn't seem that will be the case. Seagate is now reporting that the shortage of hard drives will continue throughout 2012, just as some research firms were predicting.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage sets new bar for the business cloud

Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage sets new bar for the business cloud

There's more than one announcement this week from Iomega regarding storage solutions for your own home network, this particular one on Iomega StorCenter ix2 Network Storage speaking specifically to the business crowd instead of your living room. This solution works with Linux, Mac, and PC, and will be bundled with such unique brands of cloud management as EMC Atmos and Mozy. Get your small business on the same piece of hardware to make all things one, and all things simple!

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