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Able to transfer a HD movie in around three minutes, the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 hard drive

LaCie has added the super fast speed of USB 3.0 to its Rugged 2.5-inch portable hard drive design. The company says the Rugged USB 3.0 is one of its most power-efficient and fastest mobile hard drives, providing speeds up to 110MB/s – three times the speed of USB 2.0 – which translates to the transfer of a HD movie in less than three minutes.  Read More

No need for hard to install IP addressable storage devices, the IOCELL NetDISK 315UNE deli...

IOCELL Networks claims its NetDISK external eSATA/USB 2.0/Ethernet combo hard drive is hack-proof because it’s embedded with revolutionary NDAS technology (Network Direct Attached Storage), which allows a direct connection to a network without the need for IP configuration, making it invisible to the outside world.  Read More

The 2.5in double platter 750GB HDD from Toshiba and the slightly chunkier 1TB flavor

More storage for laptops is now possible thanks to Toshiba managing to squeeze 750GB into a two platter 9.5mm form factor. Boasting the industry's highest areal density, the MK7559GSXP is also joined by a slightly bulkier 1TB three platter HDD and both hold the promise of greener manufacture and improved power efficiency.  Read More

A schematic of data storage in (left) converntional magnetic memory and (right) thermally ...

Solid state drives (SSDs) should - theoretically - offer energy savings compared to the conventional platter-based variety. They have no moving parts and don’t require the battery draining spinning of platters that leads to excessive heat generation. But researchers have found that random thermal fluctuations in magnetic memory can be harnessed to reduce the energy required to store information on these drives, offering the prospect of magnetic-based computer memory that operates at significantly lower power than platter-based HDDs.  Read More

The e-paper display of Western Digital's My Passport Studio drive is always on

The trickle down effect has hit Western Digital’s 2.5-inch Passport external drives in the form of an e-paper display. Customizable always-on e-label smart displays were already available in some of Western Digital’s 3.5-inch external drives, such as the My Book Studio, and have now appeared on the company’s new My Passport Studio portable drive that also features a sleek brushed aluminum appearance and FireWire 800 to complement the standard USB 2.0 interface.  Read More

The Mini HD is small in size yet packed with powerful features

Lacie continues to bolster the media streaming market and has recently introduced another model into its LaCinema range which, like most of its predecessors, was inspired by designer Neil Poulton. As such the new Mini HD sports a familiar sleek, piano-black design with front and rear USB ports to connect media for local playback, HDMI 1.3, RCA and optical audio along with 100Mbps Ethernet for connecting to a wired network.  Read More

Seagate's 600GB Savvio 10K.4 2.5-inch HDD has twice the capacity of its nearest rival

Flash-based Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) may have stolen most of the spotlight in recent years when it comes to data storage, but the traditional HDD still has some life left in its platters. For proof of this look no further than Seagate’s new Savvio 10K.4 enterprise hard drive. Seagate bills the new drive as the world’s highest-capacity, most reliable small form factor enterprise drive with its 600GB capacity and two million hour mean time before failure (MTBF) in a 2.5-inch drive.  Read More

A challenger for the iPad? The X2 iTablet

In what would have to be one of the craftiest marketing ploys seen in recent times, UK company X2 Computing has announced the release of its new tablet PC named – you guessed it - the iTablet. Aiming to give the Apple iPad a run for its money, it features a 1.6GHz Intel processor, 250GB of memory and a 1.3MP webcam, the conveniently named tablet also offers support for Flash and the choice of Windows 7 and Linux operating systems.  Read More

The Aleratec HDD Copy Cruiser Mini is a portable standalone hard disk drive copier for 2.5...

Aleratec has released its new portable hard disk drive duplicator, the HDD Copy Cruiser Mini. Designed for the budget-conscious consumer, the Copy Cruiser Mini offers 1-to-1 copying of 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA I and II hard disk drives. Aleratec says the device is aimed at consumers who want copy their HDDs for backup or when they move to a new computer, but who don’t need the bulk and high price of an industrial model. The Copy Cruiser Mini can also be used for external storage or data backup by connecting it to a computer using its USB port.  Read More

The Kia UVO in-car infotainment system

In addition to its recent 7-year / 150,000km warranty announcement, Kia has created further interest with the showing of its UVO in-car voice and touch activated communication and entertainment system. Developed in collaboration with Microsoft, the system offers users an easy to use interactive hands-free alternative that uses speech recognition for making and taking calls, sending text messages and managing in-car music. Featuring a 4.3” full color touchscreen display and built-in 1GB storage with the ability to rip CD’s and MP3’s onto the system’s “Jukebox”, the open platform UVO system also doubles as a rear view camera when the vehicle is in reverse.  Read More

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