Data Storage

Samsung 860 QVO SSD targets entry-level consumer market

Samsung 860 QVO SSD targets entry-level consumer market

NAND-based storage like SSDs are often hailed for their reliability and speed but their prices have put them out of reach from average consumers. Fortunately, technology and manufacturing may be starting to become cheap enough that data storage manufacturers will soon be able to offer cheaper options. That does seem to be Samsung’s spiel for its new 860 QVO SSDs, offering capacities that reach up to 4 TB without reaching the prices of other SSDs, even its own. At least in theory.

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Samsung Android 9 Pie Adoptable Storage is too little, too late

Samsung Android 9 Pie Adoptable Storage is too little, too late

It seems that Samsung is finally trying to play the good Android citizen card lately. In addition to cleaning up its act as far as monthly security updates go, it has also opted to work with Google right from the start in supporting its grand vision of foldable phones. Now based on leaked firmware for its Android 9 Pie beta, Samsung may finally be adopting the Adoptable Storage feature introduced a few years ago. That said, such a feature may not make much sense considering smartphones these days have generous amounts of internal storage.

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Lexar JumpDrive F35 USB protects your data with your finger

Lexar JumpDrive F35 USB protects your data with your finger

Almost all smartphones these days, even some budget-friendly ones, have a fingerprint scanner, though some are even moving beyond it now. Laptops are just getting started on that trend but those could only protect what's stored in the computer. Your data in external hard drives and USB flash drives? Ripe for the picking (unless they've been heavily encrypted). Enter Lexar's newest USB flash drive designed to protect your files in the same way that smartphones do: with your fingerprint.

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Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

NAS products are almost perfect for today’s average household. Such network-attached storage solutions are not only great for backing up digital files that have become critical to today’s workers and students, they are also great for serving up the growing number of digital content we enjoy. NAS, however, scares the heck out of almost anyone unfamiliar with networks and computers because of their complexity of their setup, their maintenance, and their price. Which is why Synology is bringing out the 1-bay DS119j to address those pain points.

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Windows 10 Storage Sense will upload rarely used files to OneDrive

Windows 10 Storage Sense will upload rarely used files to OneDrive

Data storage on most PCs is cheap. Or t least cheaper than, say RAM. Adding more is almost never a problem, unless you’re talking about devices with more or less fixed storage capacities and little or no expansion capabilities. Like laptops or tablets. Since Windows 10 has to cater to them all, Microsoft is making it smarter about the way it handles data storage. In the upcoming Windows 10 update, it will make its Storage Sense feature free up even more space by offloading old files to everyone’s favorite dumping ground: the cloud.

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2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar might have a data recovery problem

2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar might have a data recovery problem

It seems that the uncertainty over Apple’s newest MacBook Pro generation. The problematic keyboard has been “fixed” by what is practically a cover-up. The most powerful Core i9 model might be throttling too much to take advantage of all that power. But now there might be an even bigger threat to the 2018 MacBook Pro’s longevity. Based on teardowns, sources, and lack of documentation, the latest gen notebooks might be unable to save the data on your SSD if its logic board becomes irreparable.

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Massive Attack album stored in DNA

Massive Attack album stored in DNA

Massive Attack's album Mezzanine is 20 years old. To celebrate, the band is working with scientists to store the album on DNA. Once coded, the band's classic album could last for at least hundreds of years, maybe thousands of years or longer. The technology that allows this was developed at ETH Zurich, and that's where the band went to get their business done.

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Google One: What is it?

Google One: What is it?

This morning Google One was introduced to the world by newly minted Google One VP, Pavni Diwanji. This is a new name for a new subscription system with Google - and it begins with storage. This system takes over what was consumer-faced data storage, and ramps up from there. As Diwanji suggests, Google One is "a simple plan for expanded storage that includes extra benefits to help you get more out of Google."

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New Galaxy S9 and S9+ models might make early adopters cross

New Galaxy S9 and S9+ models might make early adopters cross

New Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus, if you prefer), models are coming to Samsung online. These new models will sport expanded storage over their predecessors, coming with either 128GB or 256GB internal storage. Both models will be made exclusive to Samsung's online store.

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Samsung 970 PRO, EVO NVMe SSDs put SATA drives on notice

Samsung 970 PRO, EVO NVMe SSDs put SATA drives on notice

A lot of tech marketing puts the spotlight on CPU cores and clock speeds but professionals know that data storage can make or break a workflow just as much. Unlike with CPUs, however, advancement in storage technology hasn't exactly made great leaps and we're pretty much still tied to decades-old tech. Samsung, however, wants to tell you that you don't have to compromise. With its new 970 PRO and 970 EVO NVMe SSDs, you are promised six times faster speeds than equivalent SATA-based SSDs. With a price to match, of course.

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Western Digital, Seagate launch portable storage for content creators

Western Digital, Seagate launch portable storage for content creators

As the capabilities of cameras, both smartphone and professional, increase, so too the demand for high-quality, hi-res content. Such content, however, doesn’t just happen by magic. They are carefully crafted which, somewhere along the way, means they have to be stored and processed on high-speed, high-capacity storage. To meet not just the demand for content but the need to process that content on location, storage specialists Western Digital and Seagate are announcing new solutions for creative professionals on the go.

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Nimbus ExaDrive DC100 100TB SSD sets new storage milestone

Nimbus ExaDrive DC100 100TB SSD sets new storage milestone

Nimbus Data just set a storage milestone with the announcement of its new ExaDrive DC100, a 100TB solid-state-drive. This model boasts the largest capacity of any SSD to date, offering more than three times the storage capacity of its closest competitor, the company says. In addition to its record-breaking capacity, Nimbus says its ExaDrive DC100 uses 85-percent less energy per terabyte than competing models.

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