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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.
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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.
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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.org)

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.
AT&T Locker service shutting down on August 3, 2017

AT&T Locker shuts down in August

This cloud service does not allow its users to store new files since June 4, and all existing files will be deleted in August. The service will be discontinued on August 3, announces AT&T.
Acer Aspire F17 F5-771G-50RD

80% Acer Aspire F17 F5-771G (i5, GTX 950M) Laptop Review

Whisperer in disguise.Acer’s 17-inch aluminum multimedia machine surprised us with its unexpectedly quiet gaming qualities. Is the 699-Euro ($800) laptop worth it despite its drawbacks?
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
QNAP TS-x77 Series NAS with AMD Ryzen processor

COMPUTEX 2017 | QNAP announces the world's first AMD Ryzen NAS

The new TS-x77 NAS will hit the market in the third quarter with 6, 8, and 12-bay models, all powered by Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, next to up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. The pre-release version will be on display at COMPUTEX Taipei until the end of the week.
Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel is taking its first steps in making Thunderbolt 3 more universal with royalty-free implementation for manufacturers starting next year. One can only hope that this will lead to universal GPU docking stations as well.
QNAP TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS for van live media production

QNAP launches TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS

This new Intel Kaby Lake-powered, Thunderbolt 3 NAS can accommodate up to 90 TB RAW capacity by using 10 TB 3.5-inch hard drives. It comes with Intel Core i5-7500 and 16 GB DDR4 RAM or Intel Core i7-7700 and 32 GB RAM.
The completely non-serviceable SSD of the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. (Source: iFixit)

Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend

Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
WD 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 Helium 7200 RPM Enterprise HDD now shipping

WD now shipping the 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 enterprise hard drive

This fourth-generation helium hard drive comes with a five-year warranty and provides up to 54 percent better power efficiency when compared to 8 TB air drives, as well as a rich set of features such as Instant Secure Erase and self-encryption.
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS available with 2, 4, and 6 bays, all with Intel Celeron J455 processo

QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available

This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

We review modern USB-C SSDs from Samsung (T3), WD (G|Drive), Angelbird (SSD2go PKT), SanDisk (Extreme 900) and a USB 3.1 USB-C case for M.2-SSDs from DeLock. Which drive is the fastest and how much power do they consume? We will answer these questions in the following article.
QNAP TVS-873 NAS gets a Red Dot Award for its design

QNAP TVS-873 wins a Red Dot Award for design

Thanks to this award, the QNAP TVS-873 NAS will be shown for an entire year in the Red Dot Design Museum. This NAS is driven by a 3rd gen AMD R-Series APU and features up to 64 GB RAM, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, dual HDMI out, and more.
Adata launches 256 GB Premier One UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC card

Adata launches 256 GB Premier One UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC card

Write rates of up to 260 MB/s will be possible to better support extremely high resolution recording and VR applications.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)