Wireless storage and streaming solutions have been around for awhile, and most of the big storage companies have out their own version of wireless storage, mostly in the form of a hard drive that you can connect to wirelessly if you're short on space on your mobile device. However, SanDisk is implementing a different method that includes nothing but a flash drive.
SanDisk has announced that its portfolio of SSDs is being expanded with three new drives, among them and most notable being the SanDisk Extreme II SSD. As with many of the other devices and hardware we've heard about this evening, SanDisk will be showing off the Extreme II and the other two drives, both of which are OEM offerings, at Computex this week.
If you're in the market for a new iMac and want it to be as fast as possible, naturally a solid state drive is the way to go, and Apple seems to agree with that. The Cupertino-based company has added 256GB and 512GB solid state options in the online Apple Store, allowing customers to boost the speed of their new rig if they don't need a lot of storage space.
Ever-increasing storage demands prompt increasingly higher capacity storage cards, including the newest release from Transcend, a 64GB microSDXC UHS-I. This ultra-high speed memory card offers very fast transfer speeds in the tiny microSD shell, bringing high storage capacity to your small mobile devices. This is part of the maker's UHS-I line, which ranges from 8GB to 64GB.
We've certainly seen 1TB flash drives before, but today at CES, Kingston unveiled the world's highest-capacity USB 3.0 flash drive, the HyperX Predator, with a capacity of 1TB -- 1,024 large, sweet gigabytes. While the high capacity usually gets priority over speed in most flash drives, Kingston's Predator doesn't skimp on that, promising read/write speeds of up to 240MB/s and 160MB/s, respectively.
It's not uncommon for high-capacity memory cards for digital cameras and other devices to be very expensive. Some higher capacity SDXC cards can run well into the hundreds of dollars. Kingston has announced the launch of a pair of new high-capacity SDXC Class 10 memory cards with impressively reasonable prices.
Sony has set a new memory card speed record, achieving a whopping 168MB/s from its next-gen XQD S-Series cards targeting HD video and high-res photographers. The 64GB QD-S64 and 32GB QD-S32 cards use a PCI Express Gen interface to hit an identical 168MB/s read and write rate, meaning it takes just 3.8 minutes to shuttle across 32GB of data to your computer.
The ever-expanding line of fabulously designed USB Flash Drives from Mimoco continues to get bigger with MIMOBOTS Batman and SDCC 2012 exclusive BANE from the upcoming blockbuster film The Dark Knight Rises! These two bots are being put out in anticipation of the film's July 20th release and come packed with special Mimory and mimoDesk suites of screensavers, wallpapers, and avatars galore. Both these bots and the newly announced Superman and Flash flashdrives (ironic greatness!) they'll be available in up to 64GB sizes!
If you thought, the United States had some crazy tax laws, try on this one from Germany. Germany has had what's called the blank media tax since the audio cassette was introduced decades ago. The reason for the tax, according to the government, was to compensate music companies for what was assumed to cause a negative impact on the sales of commercial recordings. That blank media tax has stayed in place all these years as blank media changed and now applies to flash drives as well as memory cards for your camera.
After recently introducing a 2TB My Passport portable hard drive with USB 3.0 for PC users, Western Digital today announced the 2TB My Passport Studio, its first portable storage drive of such large capacity dedicated for Mac users. It works with Apple Time Machine for streamlined data backup, but offers two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 port instead of the much faster, but also much more expensive, Thunderbolt.
Apple could be planning another flash memory speed boost in the upcoming MacBook Air refresh, according to new reports, with the company tipped to be using 19nm "Toggle DDR 2.0" storage for the slender ultraportable. The high-speed NAND, Macotokara's component source suggests, is capable of 400Mbps transfer rates, using new, smaller chips that Apple would supposedly solder directly to the base circuit of the updated Airs.