Data Storage

SD Association unveils App Performance Class SD cards

SD Association unveils App Performance Class SD cards

The SD Association has announced a new type of memory card that users of smartphones and tablets that need more space for their favorite apps will want to know about. The new App Performance Class is part of SD Specification 5.1 and establishes technical and market requirements to run and store apps on SD cards. The specification still supports storage of images, video, music, documents, and other data as well.

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LaCie Bolt3 and 6big: ultra-fast desktop storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie Bolt3 and 6big: ultra-fast desktop storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie has two more desktop storage products to go alongside the 12big it announced back at NAB: the Bolt3 and the 6big. All three products (including the 12big) feature Thunderbolt 3 for use with Apple’s new MacBook Pros or other supported devices. According to LaCie, these products feature the ‘fastest and largest desktop drives’ currently available, making them suitable for videographers dealing with 4K content and more.

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Amazon Prime Photos Family Vault lets you share with up to five people

Amazon Prime Photos Family Vault lets you share with up to five people

Amazon has announced another very cool benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers. The new feature makes it easy to share your family photos and video with family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos has been available for a while now, but the new feature adds in Family Vault allowing you to invite up to five other family members to use the service at no additional cost.

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Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar has announced a collection of new microSD cards and accessories to work with said microSD cards, including a new 256GB 633x unit this week. This card, they suggest, is able of storing 9 full hours of 4K video at once. Devices without a microSD card slot can also partake, just so long as they've got their own micro-USB port or USB-C port, now that the company has revealed their C1 microSD Reader and their M1 microSD Reader as well.

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OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

Last November, Microsoft advised OneDrive users that some big changes would be coming eventually — that OneDrive storage would be decreasing from 15GB to 5GB, that Office 365 users wouldn’t be getting unlimited storage, and the 15GB of camera roll storage would be removed. Microsoft gave its users a chance to opt out of this change; those who missed the memo are now receiving warnings that their OneDrive allotment is about to be slashed.

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Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

A few days ago, Samsung quietly launched a new storage option: the 4TB 850 EVO, a SATA SSD hailed as the highest-capacity SSD available for anyone to buy. It’s a welcomed storage option for those who’ve stuck with their trusty HDD over capacity concerns, though the 850 EVO does come with a substantial price tag: $1,500 USD. On the plus side, the drive comes in a 2.5-inch form factor and it is available to purchase as of this past Friday.

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SanDisk iXpand Memory Case lets your iPhone 6 remember more

SanDisk iXpand Memory Case lets your iPhone 6 remember more

The debate over whether microSD card slots are essential or not still goes on for some people and OEMs. But considering Apple refuses to let go of its 16 GB baseline models, for some iPhone users, additional storage is not just a luxury but a necessity. Being an iPhone, of course you're normally out of luck. Unless you get one of SanDisk's new iXpand Memory Cases which, as you might have guessed, lets you have the semblance of external storage on your iPhone 6 or 6s. Plus it protects your premium looking and priced smartphone, too!

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Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro devices launch with up to 3TB

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro devices launch with up to 3TB

Western Digital has a new line of storage devices for creative users and others who produce a lot of content. Called the My Passport Wireless Pro, these devices are part of the WD Pro Series and offer wireless data transfers and storage in capacities up to 3TB. Western Digital says it designed the devices specifically for the “creative community,” such as photographers who take a ton of photos and need a way to offload them from their cameras.

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Transcend StoreJet Cloud is a personal server with up to 8TB of space

Transcend StoreJet Cloud is a personal server with up to 8TB of space

Tired of having to upgrade your Drive space or worried about someone hacking your preferred cloud storage company? Transcend has introduced a personal alternative called the Storejet Cloud. Coming in both 4TB and 8TB sizes, the Transcend Storejet Cloud is designed for those who have a lot of data to store, but would rather do so on owned hardware stored in one’s own home or office.

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Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

In the future, when you need to store more than what your 100 terabyte storage drive can handle, you wouldn't be looking to the cloud for answers, you'll be looking inside yourself. Sort of. This almost zen-like idea isn't just science fiction anymore. It is very well the future of computing. Or at least Microsoft believes so, to the point that it just purchases 10 million long oligonucleotides, a.k.a. DNA molecules, from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. These DNA molecules will be used in Microsoft's own research into making synthetic DNA a viable commercial data storage solution.

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Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Today might be April Fool's day, so I'll preface this piece by letting you know that this isn't a prank of any sort. It very well may be some form of witchcraft or sorcery, but it does actually work. It turns out that you can free up a significant amount of space on your iPhone by doing little more than trying to watch a movie.

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Monument is a personal photo storage and organization box

Monument is a personal photo storage and organization box

If you take bunch of photos and videos, you may find current storing options lacking. You can upload content online, of course, but not everyone enjoys using online cloud services, and there’s the monthly subscription issue…something typically required if you have thousands of photos and want to upload them in their original, full resolution. Enter Monument, a small box that works as a personal storage solution for storing and organizing content.

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