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Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

QHD/2K screen resolutions. 64-bit processors. LPDDR4 RAM. Our mobile devices have increasingly become much more powerful, so it only follows that our mobile storage solutions try to catch up. That will come with the new eMMC 5.1 standard that was just approved by the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards group, which offers, among other things, new features that make reading from and writing to storage more efficient. And Samsung is claiming to be at the forefront of this new wave by announcing the first memory chip to support the new standard.

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A “digital Dark Age” is coming, warns father of the internet

A “digital Dark Age” is coming, warns father of the internet

When the "father of the internet" says you should worry about digital ephemerality, it's probably time to pay attention. Vint Cerf, currently a VP at Google but better known as one of the men behind the creation of the internet, made the ominous prediction that we face a "digital Dark Age" at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, pointing out the rapid pace of development meant that there was a strong possibility that digital files - from family photos, though vital documents, and more - could be left behind unreadable.

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Toshiba Canvio HDDs target portability, entertainment

Toshiba Canvio HDDs target portability, entertainment

Three new hard drives are on their way from Toshiba, each of them tailored towards a specific type of user. Those who have large storage demands will find the Canvio Basic suitable to their needs, with it offering a solid 3TB of storage, while those who prefer something wireless for their entertainment setup will enjoy the Canvio AeroCast. Joining them both is the Cavio Connect II, as well, which is available in up to 2TB capacities alongside features like scheduled backups and remote access.

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Toshiba FlashAir III wireless SD card: file transfers sans hassle

Toshiba FlashAir III wireless SD card: file transfers sans hassle

In our increasingly connected world, having to pause and connect a USB cable or swap in an SD card to transfer files is a cumbersome, nearly archaic process. Wireless SD cards largely solve that problem, making it possible to shuttle, for example, pictures from a digital camera to a laptop quickly. Such is the usefulness of Toshiba's new third-generation FlashAir III, a standard SD card with a twist: the inclusion of its own WiFi for simple transfers among devices even if there's no wireless network available.

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IDrive WiFi puts an encrypted cloud in your pocket

IDrive WiFi puts an encrypted cloud in your pocket

Backup is one of those dull-but-worthy topics, and that's even after you've decided whether to trust a hard-drive or the cloud with your precious documents and cat photos. IDrive has traditionally pushed the latter - the cloud, that is, not the cats - but is throwing out a physical storage device, the imaginatively named IDrive WiFi for consideration when it comes to local backup, too. As the title suggests, the portable hard-drive has wireless baked in for cable-free connectivity, but it can also use that for hooking up with the company's existing online services, too.

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Samsung’s SSD T1 external drive is tiny, but powerful

Samsung’s SSD T1 external drive is tiny, but powerful

One quiet corner of Samsung’s umbrella consumer tech offerings is storage, where they’ve made quite a splash with their SSD options. Today at CES, Samsung is rolling out an upgrade to their SSD storage, going external and big — but also small. Their new SSD T1 is about as small as a credit card (thicker, obviously), but houses a full terabyte of data storage. The SSD is also meant for external use, where Samsung boasts it’s perfect for the mobile consumer.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual flash drive targets Android phones, tablets

SanDisk Ultra Dual flash drive targets Android phones, tablets

In mid-November, SanDisk introduced its iXpand flash drive for the newest iPads and iPhones, and not to leave Android users in the dust, the company has now taken the wraps off its microUSB-toting Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 for Android smartphones and tablets. As its name suggests, the flash drive can connect to two types of devices: Android units with microUSB ports and any device with a regular USB port, something made possible by the inclusion of two different USB connectors on the drive.

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LaCie outs contrasting hard drives: one glamorous, one rugged

LaCie outs contrasting hard drives: one glamorous, one rugged

LaCie is probably more known for its storage bays and racks, but this time it is going for a more portable storage solution, though one of these two you might not want to actually carry with you outside. These two new drives also seem to be opposed to each other in most cases. One looks like a very classy ornament but has a somewhat low storage capacity, while the other is rough and rugged but with features to make your data also resilient. Introducing the LaCie Mirror and the LaCie Rugged RAID.

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Apple facing lawsuit over iOS 8, device storage capacity

Apple facing lawsuit over iOS 8, device storage capacity

No stranger to lawsuits, Apple has been hit with a new case over the reduced storage iPhones have due to iOS 8. In the new class action suit, claimants are saying the advertised storage space for iPhones isn’t accurate as iOS 8 and above take up more storage space than previous iterations. According to the lawsuit, iOS 8 takes as much as 23.1% of storage space on the phones, which isn’t mentioned in any advertising literature. The complaint covers all devices capable of operating iOS 8.

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Resistive RAM ready to take on the big guys soon

Resistive RAM ready to take on the big guys soon

Despite what seems to be fast-paced progress from the outside, much of the tech world moves at a rather slow pace. Take for example data storage technologies. We are, to some extent, getting more storage, sometimes in smaller spaces, but we're basically just lumping more of the same thing. Eventually, the laws of physics will take over and we can no longer expand. Resistive RAM, or ReRAM or RRAM, wants to take take things to the next level by replacing the age-old NAND tech by something completely different.

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