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In similar style to Corsair's Survivor series of flash drives, OCZ have announced today some very rugged well-built offerings of their own in the ATV and ATV Turbo series.
These flash drives will cop a real beating as they are both shock and water-proof, the Turbo series has extremely quick memory chips in it which allow for read rates of up to 35MB/sec and write rates of 30MB/sec, of course they are Windows ReadyBoost ready as well.
The external casing features a durable and colorful rubber 'tread' pattern which will keep the internals very safe even when submerged in water.
The ATV and ATV Turbo flash drives come in sizes ranging from 2 to 8GB.
Sunnyvale, CA-September 5, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the toughest and fastest additions to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. The all-new ATV and ATV Turbo are ruggedized storage solutions for professionals, students, and gamers on the go, and are built to handle whatever rough terrain you encounter. Developed to compete with the fastest flash drives in the world, the ATV Turbo features unbelievable speed for today's busy lifestyles.
SanDisk have found a way to make solid-state storage more affordable to the entry-level market with its new uSSD 5000 SSD series. These are small USB-based SSD offerings and will be embedded onto motherboards found in sub-$250 systems.
BERLIN, GERMANY, August 31, 2007 - Joining global efforts to bring affordable personal computers to millions of people in developing nations, SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the uSSD 5000 solid state drive (SSD), which can be used as an economical substitute for hard disk drives in sub-$250 PCs. Among the first computers using uSSD solid state drives will be the Intel-powered classmate PC, intended for educational markets in emerging nations.
Apacer downunder have just released details of their new "Handy Steno AH421" flashdrive, this supposedly the first in the world with a blade-shaped design which can be swiveled 180 degrees for further convenience.
The USB drive is also Vista ReadyBoost approved and is available in capacities of 1, 2 and 4GB, with the 4GB model priced at $85 AUD.
Grab the announcement here for full details.
Sydney , Australia - 03 September 2007 - A "boutique" USB flash drive was born. Apacer Technology Inc, a global leader in memory modules and digital storage, today announced the new Handy Steno AH421, a USB flash drive that can embed in a notebook or PC. With the world's first blade-shaped design, its revolutionary adaptor can perfectly fit with Personal computer or Notebook, and allows user to carry Notebook everywhere without pulling it out.
ASUS have just released a new SATA based DVD writer which is capable of recording at up to 20X. The DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter includes LightScribe direct disc labeling technology and boasts 20X DVD±R write, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities.
For further details head over to ASUS's website.
Taipei, Taiwan, August 29, 2007 - ASUS, provider of high-performance optical drives, today introduced the DRW-2014 L1T internal DVD rewriter with LightScribe direct disc labeling technology. This innovative DVD RW drive provides a high speed of 20X DVD±R write, 8X DVD±R (DL) and 14X DVD-RAM reading capabilities. In addition, users can expect to enjoy five times faster data transfer rates than the current DMA33 standards with the SATA interface.
Toshiba have unveiled a new lineup of 2.5" mobile SATA HDDs this week, with two out of the bunch being especially noteworthy.
One of them (the MK3252GSX) tops the storage capacity limit for 2.5" drives with a huge 320GB, whilst the MK2049GSY is a 200GB drive which is one of the quickest 2.5" drives released to date as it has a 16MB memory buffer and spins at the same speed as mainstream desktop drives, 7200RPM.
For further details on the new lineup you can grab Toshiba's PDF formatted press release here.
IRVINE, Calif., August 20, 2007 - Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced the world's first 320GB1 2.5-inch HDD, as the lead product in a new series of 5,400 RPM notebook drives. The company also expanded into the high-end 7,200 RPM performance class with a family of products offering up to 200GB capacity.
Toshiba's new 5,400 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs feature capacity points from 80GB to 320GB, using both 120GB-per-platter and 160GB-per-platter designs in the MK-46GSX and MK-52GSX families, respectively. The high-end 7,200 RPM MK-49GSY series features capacity points of 80GB to 200GB. All three families support the Serial ATA interface at a 3.0 Gbps data transfer rate, and free-fall sensor options are available on select models.
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.