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Arrays of gold, pillar-supported bowtie nanoantennas have been used to record audio inform...

The use of optical sound-on-film recording on early movie films revolutionized the motion picture industry and remained the standard method of audio recording in that medium for more than 80 years. Now researchers from the University of Illinois have emulated that feat in miniature by claiming to have recorded the world's first optically encoded audio onto a plasmonic film substrate. The size of human hair, this substrate has a capacity over five-and-a-half thousand times greater than conventional analog magnetic recording media.  Read More

Physicists working at UC Santa Barbara claim to have created breakthrough quantum circuitr...

Before the dream of quantum computing is realized, a number of inherent problems must first be solved. One of these is the ability to maintain a stable memory system that overcomes the intrinsic instability of the basic unit of information in quantum computing – the quantum bit or "qubit". To address this problem, Physicists working at the University of California Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara) claim to have created breakthrough circuitry that continuously self-checks for inaccuracies to consistently maintain the error-free status of the quantum memory.  Read More

SanDisk's new microSD card packs an impressive 200 GB of storage

With all the high quality snaps, audio and video that we fill our mobile devices with these days, it doesn't take much to for the onboard storage to hit capacity. But SanDisk has just introduced a new microSD card designed to provide a little more storage breathing room. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Premium Edition, packs a whopping 200 GB of storage capacity, while retaining the same diminutive microSD form factor.  Read More

In the search for ways to store data permanently, ETH researchers have been inspired by fo...

Taking inspiration from the way fossilized bones can preserve genetic material for hundreds of thousands of years, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a "synthetic fossil" by writing digital information on DNA and then encapsulating it in a protective layer of glass.  Read More

Toshiba has launched the world's first SDHC memory card to feature built-in NFC

Toshiba has launched the world's first SDHC memory card to feature built-in NFC (Near Field Communication). Unlike other wireless SD cards which make it easy to transfer images, the new NFC card has instead been designed to let users see what's stored on it using a suitably-enabled smartphone, without than having to put it into a camera or computer.  Read More

The Seagate Seven unveiled at CES 2015 is the world's thinnest portable 500 GB HDD

Thin is something that will never go out of style in the realm of consumer electronics. Seagate has long adhered to this idea and continues in this vein with the launch of the world's thinnest 500 GB portable HDD, the Seagate Seven.  Read More

The SecureDrives Autothysis128t SSD has the ability to self-destruct when triggered via te...

A misplaced storage device could lead to the leaking of a few embarrassing photos for some, while for those dealing in confidential information there might be a whole lot more at stake. Enter these self-destructing hard drives from London-based data security specialists SecureDrives, which appear ordinary storage devices on the surface but are capable of destroying onboard data when triggered by a simple SMS message.  Read More

Here's how a few tips on how to keep your data in the cloud private and secure

Whether you like it or not, a lot of your data is probably being stored in the cloud, and that's a trend that's not going to stop. While it is convenient to have your data available from virtually everywhere, it's also prone to security vulnerabilities. Here are some tips on how to keep your cloud-based data private and secure.  Read More

Seagate has begun shipping the world's largest capacity HDD (Photo: Shutterstock)

For many, solid-state drives are the way to go because of the speed advantages they offer over traditional platter-based hard drives. However, HDDs still hold the advantage when it comes to cost per GB. It's with that in mind that Seagate has started shipping the world's first 3.5-in HDD with a whopping capacity of 8 TB.  Read More

Sony has increased the capacity of magnetic tape, which is still widely used for data back...

One of the joys of old science fiction movies is watching the giant reel-to-reel tape drives spin around as they serve computers less powerful than a modern wristwatch. But magnetic tape isn't just something found in old UFO episodes; it’s a key component in modern digital systems required to keep modern online systems reliable. At the INTERMAG Europe 2014 international magnetics conference in Dresden, Sony announced a new breakthrough in magnetic tape technology that keeps the medium relevant by allowing a tape cartridge to carry 74 times the data of a conventional data tape, or the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs.  Read More

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