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— Science

Study calculates humanity's information capacity – but we're still running second

By - February 13, 2011 1 Picture
Prepare for some mind-boggling numbers. A new study has estimated how much information there is in the world in terms of how much humankind is able to store, communicate and compute. Looking at the period from 1986 to 2007, the study is the first to quantify humankind’s ability to handle information and how it has changed in the past two decades. But despite the monumental figures, the numbers still pale in comparison to the order of magnitude with which nature handles information. Read More
— Computers

PopDrive makes data protection simple and foolproof

By - January 18, 2011 8 Pictures
Having been responsible for the daily tape backup routines in various office locations in a previous working life, I can tell you it's a royal pain in the behind. The PopDrive system from DHK Storage puts a couple of 2.5-inch form factor HDDs in a RAID configuration so that if one fails, it can be replaced without fear of data loss. The lightweight, pocket-sized unit's drives can be swapped out without the need for tools, and physical connection to a computer system is made possible via 3Gb/s eSATA or USB 2.0. Read More
— Around The Home

Casulo: The bedroom in a box

By - December 13, 2010 26 Pictures
We've all been on one side of this dilemma: either facing a move into an unfurnished property and wishing for temporary rental furniture to tide us over, or surveying unwieldy furniture for transport and wondering why we ever bought so much? Enter Casulo, an intelligent mobile bedroom furniture design which hopes to deliver a quick-fix for short-term rental. Read More
— Computers

Latest LaCie USB 3.0 external HDDs pack 3TB drives

By - October 28, 2010 7 Pictures
LaCie has given a bump to its USB 3.0 external hard drives in terms of both capacity and speed with its latest d2 and 2big drives. Taking advantage of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, the company’s dual drive 2big USB 3.0 offers 6TB of storage and a 20 percent speed boost to 306MB/s – claiming the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to date – while the single drive d2 USB 3.0 offers 3TB of storage and transfer speeds of 156MB/s. Read More
— Computers

Angelbird Wings storage solution offers SSD expansion via PCIe

By - October 20, 2010 4 Pictures
If parting with a whole suitcase full of cash for solid state drive storage doesn't really appeal then Angelbird's PCIe card solution might be worth a look. Designed to allow users to add storage modules as and when they can afford to, the Wings card comes with its own fairly small amount of SSD storage where the operating system can be placed for fast booting, plus four expansion slots where additional capacity can be added. Angelbird is producing its own expansion cartridges but will include clips and couplers so that users can slot in whatever SSD solution they want. Read More
— Computers

Updated Western Digital external HDDs offer up to 3TB and USB 3.0

By - October 8, 2010 8 Pictures
Remember those innocent days when a humble cassette tape more than met our computer entertainment needs? As more and more of our lives have been digitized, our storage requirements have risen at almost the same rate as our impatience at waiting for files to travel from one place to another. Western Digital offers some relief with the announcement that it has upped the storage capacity and data transfer capabilities on its popular My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE and MyBook Essential external drives. In addition to offering up to 3TB of space for keeping digital memories, media, photos and files in one place, the range now also features USB 3.0 connectivity. Read More
— Computers

Verbatim launches Clip-It USB drive

By - September 25, 2010 7 Pictures
Just when you thought that there was no way a Flash drive could be made even more useful, Verbatim turns one into a paperclip. Its new Store 'n' Go Clip-It USB Drive will be available in 2GB and 4GB storage capacities, providing a clever way to send digital multimedia files together with printed documents. Read More
— Computers

Viking Modular introduces an SSD in a DIMM memory form factor

By - August 27, 2010 1 Picture
Viking Modular has unveiled a novel approach to adding a solid state storage boost to a computer or server. Instead of being bound by the familiar 2.5 or 3.5 inch (63.5/88.9mm) form factor, the company has introduced SATADIMM - storage on a memory module. It's shaped like system RAM and slides into DDR3 slots on the motherboard but connecting up its onboard SATA interface results in up to 200GB Enterprise Class Solid State Drive storage being made available. Although likely to find its way into business systems and data center servers in the immediate future, system designers may well find the module useful for creating even thinner mobile devices, such as tablet computers. Read More
— Environment

Energy storage system to top up peak electricity supply

By - August 11, 2010 1 Picture
The amount of power drawn from the electricity grid can vary greatly at different times of the day. It usually peaks in the early evening for a couple of hours after the mass exodus from school and work, while short-lived spikes are also common after major televised sporting events, during commercial breaks and in the morning hours. This can cause headaches for energy companies as they struggle to match supply with demand. But researchers have now found a way to manage these short-lived draws on the electricity grid far that could halve the fuel needed. Read More
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