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The new 9200 ECO NVMe SSDs have a U.2 form-factor that is specific to enterprise servers. (Source: Anandtech)

Micron showcases 11 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3 X8 SSDs at SC17

The 11 TB NVMe SSD is part of the new 9200 ECO lineup, which also features 8 TB capacities and PCIe x4 / x8 variants. These SSDs come in a more exotic form-factor known as the U.2 that is specific to enterprise servers. Micron states that the PCIe x8 versions can perform up to 5.5 GB/s sequential reads and up to 3.5 GB/s sequential writes.
The Optane DIMMs are based on regular DDR4 DIMMs but the interface will differ, while the capacities will go beyond 512 GB. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel Optane DIMMs to hit the market in second half of 2018

The Optane DIMMs will come in DDR4 module sizes and will also feature NVMe-like capacities of at least 512 GB. These will improve data caching without the need of an SSD, speeding up load times in applications and games. Estimated cost is around US$88.
QNAP TS-x77 NAS lineup with AMD Ryzen (Source: QNAP Systems)

QNAP now shipping the AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 business NAS

The new QNAP TS-x77 NAS for business customers is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processors and comes with 6, 8, or 12 bays. It runs the intelligent QTS 4.3 operating system and features up to 64 GB RAM.
The XPG SX6000 line also includes models with 128 GB, 256 GB and 1 TB capacities. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA releases XPG SX6000 512 GB NVMe SSD for US$145

The XPG SX6000 NVMe SSD offers the best value on the market right now. For only US$145, gamers and video editing pros can benefit from 1 GB/s read speeds and 800 MB/s write speeds. The M.2-2280 form factor is designed to fit both desktops and laptops. ADATA also provides 128 GB, 256 GB and 1 TB variants.
Intel Optane SSD 900P prosumer drive (Source: Intel)

Intel intros the first Optane SSD for desktops

Available with 280 GB or 480 GB of storage space, the new Intel Optane SSD 900P is up to 4 times faster than the mainstream SSDs currently on the market, also providing an impressive level of endurance.
Even though the PCIe 4.0 specs are ready to be implemented, these will not be seen in commercial products from Intel and AMD until 2019. (Source: PLDA)

PCI-SIG releases PCIe 4.0 specs, teases PCIe 5.0 performance

Expected to be fully adopted by 2019, the PCIe 4.0 specs bring 64 GB/s bandwidths in x16 duplex running at 16 GHz, plus improvements such as reduced system latency, lane margining and superior scalability.
The circular enclosure is water and dustproof, and can take a bit of a beating. (Source: Silicon Power)

Silicon Power releases the Bolt B80 circular external SSD

The Bolt B80 features a stylish rugged aluminum enclosure with water/dustproof certifications. Capacities range between 120 GB - 480 GB, while reading speeds go up to 500 MB/s and writing speeds go up to 450 MB/s through the USB 3.1 Type-C connection.
Western Digital's microwave-assisted magnetic recording process. (Source: Western Digital)

40 TB+ hard drives by 2025 thanks to Western Digital's new microwave-assisted writing technology

Western Digital's new microwave-assisted magnetic recording technology allows for huge increases in data density. Capacities of 40 TB plus should be reached within 8 years.
The helium-filled enclosures provide greater durability and reduced error rates for the PMR platters. (Source: Anandtech)

Seagate introduces consumer-oriented 12 TB Helium HDDs

The new Guardian 12 TB HDDs come with helium-filled enclosures that provide increased stability and durability for the PRM platters. The Guardian lineup consists of 3 variants: Baracuda Pro Compute is designed for desktops and entry-level attached storage (250 MB/s transfer rates), IronWolf NAS targets 1-8 bay NAS devices (210 MB/s transfer rates), and IronW...
The Automotive and Industrial cards work safely up to 185 degrees F. (Source: SanDisk)

Sandisk unveils Automotive and Industrial SD/microSD cards

The Automotive and Industrial memory cards feature improved speeds (up to 80 MB/s for reading and up to 50 MB/s for writing), and come in capacities ranging between 8 and 128 GB. Special features include remote health and performance monitoring, data retention "Read Refresh" mechanism, host lock and extreme operation temperatures.
The CP600 iGame Edition comes with an RGB cooling system. (Source: Colorful)

Colorful reveals 3 new NVMe SSDs

Colorful will be the first company to ship new NVMe 1.3 M.2 2280 SSDs with the new PCIe 3.0 X4 2262/2263/2263XT controllers from SiliconMotion. There are three models: a budget CN600 DRAM-less edition, a mid-range CN600 DRAM edition, and a high-end CP600 iGame Edition. These will begin shipping in late 2017 and will be available in Asia and Europe.
Toshiba has reached a deal to sell Toshiba Memory Corporation. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba sells Toshiba Memory Corp to a consortium including Apple, Dell, and SK Hynix

After months of trying to sell Toshiba Memory Corp, Toshiba has managed to reach a deal with a consortium of companies for US$17.81 billion that involves the soon-to-be-former subsidiary being independently managed and still able to develop NAND flash products.
The price per GB offered by Western Digital is still the best on the market. (Source: Western Digital)

Western Digital releases the 12 TB WD Gold HDD

The 12 TB WD Gold drive offers increased security and durability for enterprise customers. It comes with eight 1.5 TB platters, 256 MB cache, 255 MB/s data transfer rates, and has an MSRP of US$521.99.
The QNAP TS-x77 features upto an 8-core 16-thread AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and 64 GB of RAM. (Source: QNAP)

QNAP briefs about QTS 4.3.4 OS and the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen

QNAP offered a glimpse into some of the advancements coming to the QTS 4.3.4 operating system that includes new features such as snapshot support for ARM-based QNAP NAS. It also offered a closer look into the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs.
BK Yoon, CEO of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics. (Source: Samsung)

IFA 2017 | Samsung believes they "will lead the hyper-connected world" with IoT

Samsung is a company which covers a wide range of consumer electronics, appliances, and services that they believe puts them in the perfect situation to lead the way in what they call "The hyper-connected world."
The V30 standard enables video recording speeds of up to 30 MB/s. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA adds improved standards to the Premier Pro microSDXC / microSDHC UHS-I Class 10 memory cards

The refreshed Premier Pro microSDXC / microSDHC UHS-I Class 10 series are now A1-ready, featuring read speeds of up to 95 MB/s and write speeds of up to 90 MB/s. Storage capacities range between 1 GB and 256 GB. ADATA also implemented the V10 and V30 standards for video recording speeds up to 30 MB/s.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild packaging for Nintendo's new microSD cards. (Source: Business Wire)

Official Nintendo Switch microSD cards are coming this Fall

SanDisk-branded microSD cards carrying the Nintendo Switch logo will be available staring October in 64 GB and 128 GB varieties. The two memory cards will be identical in function to non–Nintendo-licensed cards.
Microsoft Surface Laptop color options. (Source: Microsoft)

A new 1 TB Surface Laptop is available for those with US$2700 burning a hole in their wallet

Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for a variant of the Surface Laptop that features an i7-7660u, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB solid state drive. It is due to arrive on October 3rd, which is almost an entire month earlier than the new color options are due.
SanDisk Ultra 400 GB microSDXC memory card (Source: SanDisk)

IFA 2017 | SanDisk intros the world's largest microSD card to date

More than two years after the introduction of the 200 GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I as the world's largest microSD card, SanDisk sets a new world record by unveiling its 400 GB sibling.
Upthere cloud storage apps, Western Digital completes acquisition of Upthere

Western Digital acquires Upthere

The Californian startup Upthere joins Western Digital one year after receiving US$77 million in venture funding, but the financial terms of this new deal were not revealed to the public yet.
The My Book Duo can act as a hub that powers PC peripherals and even recharge mobile devices. (Source: WD)

Western Digital ups capacities for the My Book Duo external HDDs to 20 TB

The latest My Book Duo features two WD Red 10 TB 7,200 RPM drives configured in a RAID 0, which allows for sequential read speeds of up to 360 MB/s. The new 20 TB version will be available on September 6 for US$800.
The SilverStone TOB03 is only 0.37-inch thick. (Source SilverStone)

SilverStone presents the 0.37-inch TOB03 ODD CD/DVD/BD/BDXL burner

The TOB03 is built in collaboration with Panasonic. It supports all read/write standards for CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, except UHD Blu-ray. Prices are expected to vary between US$70 - 90.
3D XPoint: Intel Optane Memory Review

3D XPoint: Intel Optane Memory Review

We have tried and tested the Intel Optane Memory's functions as a classic storage device. Even though some users might benefit from the new technology in specific cases, we cannot really recommend it.
Intel Core i7-7740X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
Samsung Portable SSD T5 Deep Black and Alluring Blue color options

Samsung Portable SSD T5 now available

With prices starting at US$129.99 for the 250 GB model, this new portable SSD comes in blue and black, also offering 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models. It comes with 256-bit AES hardware data encryption and supports transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.
The new XPG SX9000 SSDs are aimed at gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and video rendering professionals. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA readies the XPG SX9000 PCIe Gen3x4 NVMe 1.2 SSD

The XPG SX9000 SSDs come in 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacities, and offer read/write speeds of up to 2800/1450 MB/s, thanks to the Marvell 88SS1093 controller. The M.2 2280 form factor allows these SSDs to be fit in laptops as well as in desktop PCs.
External SSD: Samsung's T5 Review

External SSD: Samsung's T5 Review

Samsung has introduced its T5 SSD, the latest model in a series of external high-performance SSDs. Like its predecessors, the T5 offers blazingly fast data transfer rates and in a high-quality premium package but it lacks innovation.
Intel Core i7-6700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 450 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
The MA10-ST0 is a Mini-ITX form-factor server motherboard. (Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte unveils unannounced 16-core Denverton SoC from Intel

The new MA10-ST0 server motherboard comes packed with the high-end 16-core C3958 Denverton SoC that hasn't been previously announced by Intel. The combo is designed to power NAS servers.
Dropbox two-factor authentication now available via WiFi connectivity only

Dropbox gets two-factor authentication via mobile app

When in need to access an account while located in an area where no cell signal is available, but WiFi is at hand, Dropbox users can now take advantage of the mobile app to verify their identity.
Samsung plans to release successors for the 960 EVO and Pro SSDs. The 970 and 980 NVMe SSDs are expected to be launched in 2018. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung plans to release 128 TB QLC SSDs

The 128 TB QLC SSD could come in 2019, but, until then, Samsung has plans to launch successors for the 960 EVO and Pro SSDs with the new 970 and 980 64-layer 3-bit per cell V-NAND NVMe series coming in early 2018.
Intel's "ruler" form factor is specifically designed for data centers. (Source: Intel)

"Ruler" form factor SSDs announced by Intel

The new ruler form factor SSDs fit perfectly in 1U rack units, solving problems with wasted space in data centers. Thus, a 1U rack can now store up to 1,000 TB (1 petabyte). Intel promises 3D NAND and Optane SSD models with the new ruler form factor in the near future.
The Nytro 3000 SSDs feature a dual-port SAS connection that provides reliability, endurance and read speeds of up to 2.2 GB/s. (Source: Seagate)

Seagate presents new Nytro NVMe SSD models, teases 13 GB/s read speeds

The Nytro 5000 consumer-grade NVMe SSDs feature compact form factors and storage spaces of up to 2 TB, while the Nytro 3000 industrial-grade models can store up to 15 TB and come with a 12 Gbps SAS interface for increased reliability and endurance. Seagate also teased the 64 TB AIC drive that is supposed to reach read speeds of up to 13 GB/s.
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52

84% Acer Switch 5 (7500U, 512 GB) Convertible Review

Hot worker. We are testing the Surface Pro rival and successor to Acer's Swift Alpha 12, and we will discover to what extent it can meet Windows standards. Acer tackles this feat with high performance at a low price.
Update: Lower power consumption in idle scenario
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 1.3 kg
The M.2 2230 removable module allows OEMs to provide upgrade options for laptops and other mobile devices. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba announces M.2 form factor BG3 Single Package NVMe SSD

The latest BG3 single package SSDs feature the M.2 2230 removable module and will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. The NVMe technology provides sequential read speeds of up to 1,520 MB/s.
Mozilla is trialing a single-download encrypted file sharing website. (Source: Mozilla)

Mozilla tests file sharing service that deletes files after one download

Mozilla has added three new experiments to their Test Pilot program. The most interesting is a website available to users of any browser that allows single-download encrypted sharing of files. The other new experiments are a note taking app and voice search.
IBM Research Exploratory Tape Scientist Mark Lantz explains how 330 TB could fit into the cartridge he is holding. (Source: PC Mag)

IBM fits 330 TB in palm-size cartridge

IBM colaborated with Sony and managed to achieve the highest areal density of 201 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in2) for magnetic tape. The 330 TB cartridge capacity could be doubled every two years.
Apple is not the only company forced to either cooperate with the Chinese government or face losing access to the market, but they are the largest. (Source: Shutterstock)

Apple pulls VPNs from Chinese App Store

Apple has pulled a number of censorship-defeating tools from their App Store in China, citing Chinese law. The move to accommodate the Chinese government deprives many in the country of access to information.
The Micro-B connector is sheltered within the Type-A one, while the Type-C connector is protected by a special rubber cap on the opposite side. (Source: Silicon Power)

Silicon Power outs all-in-one Type-A / Micro-B / Type-C Mobile C50 USB drives

The Mobile C50 drives come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB configurations featuring a unique 3-in-1 design.
Guide: How to check a new laptop for issues

Guide: How to check a new laptop for issues

Make sure your new laptop isn't a lemon with our comprehensive checklist to avoiding defects.
USB 3.2 in the works for a 2019 launch (Source:

USB 3.2 in the works for a 2019 launch

Theoretical transfer rates will double to 20 Gbps without even needing to purchase any new cables.
SK Hynix is the second largest DRAM chip manufacturer, with a quarter of the worldwide market. (Source: SK Hynix)

DRAM chip manufacturer SK Hynix reports record profit

After recording a record profit in the first quarter of 2017, SK Hynix has broken that record by reporting a second consecutive record profit. Operating profit increased by 24% and net profit by 30% between the first and second quarters.
QNAP TS-x73U rackmount NAS with quad-core AMD R processors

QNAP launches AMD-powered TS-x73U NAS

This new business-class rackmount NAS is available featuring 8, 12, and 16 bays, with both single and redundant power supply options. It uses the quad-core AMD RX-421ND processor and comes with a pre-installed dual-port 10 GbE SFP+ network card.
The new Samba client for Andriod doesn't use updated SMB protocols. (Source: Android Police)

Google's new Samba client for Android uses the highly vulnerable SMBv1 protocol

The SMBv1 protocol was the entry route for the recent ransomware attacks, and it comes as a surprise that Google is still developing an app based on this protocol — even after it has been deprecated, putting end users at risk.
Google Drive to become Backup and Sync in the coming weeks, June 28 launch postponed

Google delays Backup and Sync's release

Although Google Drive was supposed to be replaced by Backup and Sync on June 28, it looks like this change has been delayed by a few weeks and, sadly, there is no accurate launch date to talk about at this stage.
Microsoft acquires Cloudyn to help improve Azure

Microsoft acquires Cloudyn

This new acquisition aims to help the Redmond giant improve its cloud services, more precisely Microsoft Azure. Cloudyn's technology allows enterprise customers to optimize their cloud-related spending.
The My Passport Ultra series comes in a metallic enclosure with matte black-gray or white-gold finishes. (Source: Western Digital)

Western Digital releases 4TB My Passport Ultra external HDDs

The new external HDDs can backup local data as well as online and cloud data from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Google Drive.
The new 96-layer BiCS 3D Flash chip will see mass production in 2018. (Source: Computerworld)

Toshiba announces 96-layer 3D Flash chips for SSDs

Toshiba and Western Digital counterattack Intel's affordable 64-layer 3D flash SSD launch with announcement of their upcoming 96-layer 3D Flash chips that are said to provide 40% more capacity per chip and cut down costs even more.
Lexar's JumpDrive brand was once synonymous with USB storage. (Image source: Amazon)

Lexar memory cards and flash drives have been discontinued

Micron Technology, Inc., stated that they will discontinue the Lexar brand of removable storage devices in an effort to pursue "higher value markets."
Intel's 545s 512GB SSD model is priced at $180. (Source: Intel)

Intel launches new affordable 64-layer 3D NAND 545s SSD

Intel presents its first 64-layer 3D flash series with storage capacities ranging from 128GB all the way up to 2TB. The 512GB model costs $180.
While the price tag of $270 may not sound like a deal, it's the cheapest the 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD has been in a few months amid inflated prices. (Source: Amazon)

Deal: Save $50 on a 1TB SSD through Amazon

The 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD, a 2.5-inch SATA III drive, is currently on sale on Amazon. Customers looking for a high-capacity SSD at a relatively low price may want to act on this deal.
Google Drive becomes Google Backup and Sync and will release on June 28th. (Source: Google)

Google Drive will become Google Backup and Sync, will be able to back up more files

Google Drive will soon become Google Backup and Sync, which will start backing up your selected files not just from your Google Drive folder, but from almost anywhere on your computer.

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