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SanDisk Automotive and Industrial SD cards can handle extreme temperatures

SanDisk Automotive and Industrial SD cards can handle extreme temperatures

SanDisk has taken the wraps off its new Automotive and Industrial SD cards, both of which are designed to withstand extreme temperature ranges. As their names suggest, neither card is intended for average consumer usage, but rather specialized purposes related to industrial and automotive needs. Both varieties of cards range in capacities from 8GB to 64GB.

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OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

This week the folks at OWC have a new super-duper-dongle that they call the USB-C Travel Dock for Mac and PC. This device rolls with five ports, extending the abilities of the meager USB-C port well beyond its original, single-ported existence. Of course this device would be nothing if USB-C wasn't able to provide the connections - it's a teamwork sort of situation.

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SD Association announces UHS-III allowing for 624 MB/s speeds

SD Association announces UHS-III allowing for 624 MB/s speeds

The need for speed no longer just applies to cars. Or games related to cars. In an age where digital photography is prevalent, from phones, to cameras, to drones, being able to record and transfer image data at high speeds has become just as important as the camera sensors themselves. That is why the SD Association, the industry group tasked with standardizing SD technology, has announced the latest specification for the tiny data storage. Called, what else, UHS-III, this spec for the SD bus interface doubles the data transfer rates of the previous UHS-II, from 312 MB/s to a whopping 624 MB/s.

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Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

We are living in a 4K age, with TVs, monitors, and even some smartphones capable of display such high-resolution content and cameras, and, yes, smartphones being able to create hi-res images and videos. The bottleneck, however, is the intermediate holding place for 4K content captured by cameras. In other words, memory cards. While handy and compact, SD cards aren’t exactly the fastest storage medium around, but they’re the only ones you can use with digital cameras. Well, worry no more, because Sony has just announced its new SF-G line of SDXC cards which it boasts is the world’s fastest memory card.

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StarTech’s new dual-slot SD reader transfers data between cards

StarTech’s new dual-slot SD reader transfers data between cards

StarTech has introduced a new SD card reader that'll make life easier for photographers and others who frequently use these media cards. The dual-slot card reader -- which is being offered in USB-C and USB 3.0 varieties -- makes it easy to write content to two cards at once, to access content from two cards at once, and to transfer content between the two cards. The reader has a built-in cable, as well, eliminating the need to carry one around.

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Eyefi, Toshiba FlashAir will soon play nice with each other

Eyefi, Toshiba FlashAir will soon play nice with each other

Not all SD cards are created equal. While these pieces of plastic are more known for providing extra storage for digital cameras and laptops, some cards offer more. These are the so-called Wi-Fi SD cards, enabling wireless transfer from SD card to some other wirelessly connected device. And there are, in fact, two competing, ergo incompatible, brands: Eyefi and Toshiba’s FlashAir. But thanks to a licensing deal between the two, cards from one company will soon be able to work with apps and services of the other, creating one big happy Wi-Fi SD card family.

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Eye-Fi back tracks, has app to put old products on life support

Eye-Fi back tracks, has app to put old products on life support

At the start of July, Eye-Fi, makers of the popular Wi-Fi enabled SD cards, made a very unpopular announcement. One that could have ended in a lawsuit of some sort along the way. While it was technically just shutting down some old servers and services, it was, in effect, bricking "legacy" Eye-Fi cards as well. Unsurprisingly, there was such an uproar among its customers that Eye-Fi really had little choice but to give in and offer those customers an imperfect but probably acceptable solution, a software that will let them continue using those products long after the have been formally declared dead.

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Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card arrives in June

Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card arrives in June

Samsung has just taken the wraps off a crazy-small way to carry around a lot of data, relatively speaking: the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. According to Samsung, this is the highest-capacity microSD card in its class, and it comes just in time for all the 4K cameras and VR video rigs hitting the consumer market. Pop the card into your camera, for example, and you can record up to 12 hours of Ultra HD 4K-resolution videos.

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DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

Anyone who has been around computers for very long will remember the good ol' A drive. Back in the day, the 3.5-inch floppy drive sat at the top of the drive hierarchy and if you venture into BIOS, you can still find remnants of that drive, even if you have never owned one. Computer geeks who hoard their gear probably have a slew of 3.5-inch floppy drives sitting around and if so, you can make yourself this floppy drive with 118GB of storage.

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