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One of the major highlights of GMail's web-based mailing system was the massive amount of storage space available to each user, with the likes of Hotmail and other competing services struggling to compete.
Well that has now changed as Microsoft have raised the limit of their Hotmail service from what was previously 2GB up to a staggering 5GB!
More than twice the storage isn't the only thing new for Hotmail users. As noted by Hotmail program manager Ellie Powers-Boyle's blog, the webmail should now respond to user commands faster. "We've spent more time in this release identifying what parts of the product are slowest and fixing those. We hope that you notice an improvement when this update is released to your account, and we'll continue our work on performance in future releases," Powers-Boyle wrote.
Hotmail users with multiple contact entries for the same person will find that the new version will have consolidated all duplicates into one. Powers-Boyle gives the example, "If you get a message from 'Steve Kafka' and click "add contact" but there's already a Steve Kafka, we'll let you know and let you add Steve's other e-mail address to your existing 'Steve Kafka' contact entry. We're just trying to be smarter to make your life easier and faster. There's also a wizard you can run to clean up your existing duplicate contacts."
if you're often attaching and removing hard drives from your system manually, you'd be wise to look at getting yourself a removable hard drive tray. Thermaltake have just introduced a new one dubbed the Max4, designed for 3.5" SATA drives and taking up one of your vacant 5.25" drive bays.
Rack technology is another product added to the MAX4 line. The Max4 HDD rack is easily installed in any 5.25" drive bay and supports all of today's mainstream SATA hard disks with a transmission speed of up to 3Gbp/s. Patented designed connectors reduce poor attachments from the HDD to the SATA interface increasing the life of the interface disconnect/removal up to 50,000 times. The smart ejection mechanism provides gentle and smooth insertion and ejection of hard drives.
Newer Technology have announced a neat little portable NAS (Network Attached Storage) solution to the market which can be easily attached to an existing network using ethernet, as well as having USB 2.0 connectivity too.
NDAS technology is also embedded on the miniStack NAS, which means not only is your data protected from unwanted intruders, but it also makes for easier setup without the need for TCP/IP settings etc.
The miniStack NAS comes in a range of capacities from as low as 80GB through to 750GB.
For full details grab the official announcement here.
Based on the award-winning miniStack, winner of Macworld Magazine "Top Product," MacAddict Magazine "Editor's Choice," and 123macmini.com "Accessory of the Year" Awards, miniStack NAS addresses the growing trend of computers as the hub of home entertainment by offering a shared local drive for wired or wireless networked computers for drag-and-drop sharing and storage. It is the ideal server for the digital lifestyle because it offers storage capacities up to 750GB, the ability to stream multimedia and HD files to UPnP(tm) (Universal Plug and Play) compatible media players, and easy set-up by eliminating complicated network TCP/IP configurations.
TwinMOS are showing off a new family of "super-mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1" flash drives this week, these being very slim and convenient (dimensions of 42.6×14.7×2.8mm) but boasting a large capacity of 8GB. Of course they'll work a charm with Windows Vista, and also come in a range of colors.
Grab the official announcement from TwinMOS for full info folks.
?7 August, 2007, Taipei?Following the slim and lightweight trends of current computers, consumer electronics and communication products, consumers are increasingly aware and sensitive to the design, fashion and convenience of products. Based on the operational philosophy of "Value Built on Professionalism" and its superior RD capacity, TwinMOS Technologies has successfully developed the super-mini USB2.0 Mobile Disk B1 for Windows Vista by subverting the style and size limitations of traditional USB disks to fulfill the consumer's expectation.
Western Digital are on a bit of a roll lately in terms of releasing new HDDs. Recently they unveiled both standard and enterprise class 750GB hard disk drives, and now they follow on with a new line of power-efficient hard drives with capacities ranging from 320GB through 1TB.
The new "GreenPower" line of hard drives are said to cut power consumption by up to a whopping 40%, that's a pretty bold claim right there but you never know, WD could be onto a really good thing here. To help keep power usage to a mininum the drives have the ability to adjust their spindle speed on the fly (between 5400 and 7200RPM) depending on whats being asked of the drive at the time.
Other specs are 16MB of onboard cache, support for 300MB/s SATA speeds, and WD's exclusive IntelliPower, IntelliSeek and IntelliPark technologies embedded.
For the full rundown on 'em have a read of the official PR on Western Digital's website.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower family of WD® desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year.
Storage specialists "TrekStor" have just fired up details on their website of a new external storage solution they call the "DataStation duo w.u". This unit boasts 1TB of storage capacity which is made possible via two seperate 500GB HDDs enclosed in an aluminium housing. Included is a copy of Nero's "BackItUp2" software suite and the pricing on it is said to be around $430.
Head over to the official website for further info.
3.5" external HDD enclosures flood the market these days, so it's become very hard for companies to make their product stand out.
Thermaltake dont have to worry about that with their new "Muse R-Duo Raid External Enclosure" though, as this one is capable of taking up to two 750GB HDDs in RAID 0, 1, Linear or BIG.
Some of the key features are as follows :-
* Integrated high performance 30mm fan
* Backup & restore software included
* Supports eSATA & USB2.0 interface
* Brushed aluminum housing
* Rotating acrylic foot stands
* Supports plug & play and hot-swapping
For more images and details on on it head over to Thermaltake's website.
Promise has released its first NAS product, the SmartStor NS4300N. It's a rather attractive looking, for a NAS that is, square black box with rounded corners on one side and some silver highlights.
It will take up to four SATA hard drives and it features RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. It connects to the network via a Gigabit Ethernet interface. It also features one touch backup for the clients, however, it doesn't seem to smart that you have to go and press a button on the NAS to backup your systems.
It also supports an external UPS and it has a pair of USB ports that can be used with external USB drivers or printers. It's compatible with the FTP, SMB, CIFS, AFP and NFS network protocols and it works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
You can find out more here
Corsair have always had a tendancy to be one of the first when it came to revolutionising an already saturated market of varying types of USB flash drives.
As further backing to that, they have just introduced an entirely new family of flash drives with a "padlock" feature embedded. What this does is allow users a simple way of protecting their data from being accessible to just anyone, this by means of using a series of buttons on the outer-shell. A 4-digit PIN is required to be entered prior to being given access to the contents on the flash chip.
This feature is entirely independant of any system software manipulation. The drives will be available in both 1 and 2GB capacities, and are set to be released towards the end of this quarter.
For further information on them, head over to TechConnect.
After years and year of impressing us with highly-overclockable memory modules, Corsair has managed to take the flash drive market by storm too with its Flash Voyager line-up. Now, after establishing a few speed records with the Flash Voyager GT and shattering dreams of fragility with the ultra-durable Flash Survivors, Corsair has turned towards a new of flash drive users, security.
Whilst we have the spotlight on Corsair, TechConnect have also acertained that due to the sub-par success rate of Corsair's most recent watercooling kit (the Nautilus 500), they've chosen to put future cooling projects on the backburner. They have put their focus entirely back onto memory products and power supplies. Whether or not they will choose to have another go at the watercooling market down the track is anyone's guess at this stage.
WD have just announced their new AV (Audio / Video) series hard drives in Australia, these designed to suit environments where reliability, low-noise and low power consumption are a requisite for their roles (such as surveillance systems, digital set-top boxes, IP Gateways etc. where they will often be running 24/7.
Capacities of the family are from 80GB through 500GB, and you can get the full rundown on the particular technologies implemented in the AV series in the official announcement here.
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - July 04 , 2007 -Western Digital announced a new family of hard drives for audio and video recording products, one of today's fastest growing digital storage markets. Drawing on its expertise as a leading supplier to major consumer electronics and surveillance manufacturers worldwide, WD has designed its new 3.5-inch WD AV hard drives with technologies that provide the increased reliability, cooler and quieter operation and low power consumption required for these demanding environments. The WD AV drives in capacities ranging from 80 GB to 500 GB are available through the company's distribution network.