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Western Digital Introduces New My Book World Edition Network Hard Drives

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Western Digital sent out a press release this morning, announcing its newly redesigned My Book World Edition network hard drives. Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, the My Book World Edition is designed to automatically back up files from all the PCs and Macs on a home network. The drive also features integrated UPnP media server and iTunes Music server software, allowing you to stream content directly to an Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or computer using iTunes software.

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WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its newly redesigned My Book® World Edition™ network storage drive, simplifying the critical but tedious task of backing up an entire household's precious files. Designed for consumers who have multiple computers on a home network, the new drive will be available in 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte capacities, and is compatible with PC and Mac® computers.

Consumers are amassing increasing amounts of digital media on their computers, including irreplaceable photos, movies and documents. While 70 percent of users in a recent WD study of 1,500 U.S. consumers claimed to be "backing up," most use sporadic, tedious processes such as copying to CDs/DVDs or USB thumb drives. Having several computers multiplies the work. My Book World Edition network drives are designed to automate and simplify the backup chore for the 36 million networked homes in the U.S. according to research firm Parks Associates. Just plug the My Book World Edition drive into a network router, click a few buttons and the My Book World Edition storage device backs up the files from all the PCs and Macs on the network. Any changes to the files on these computers are automatically and continuously backed up to the drive.

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Kingston Digital Releases 16GB microSDHC Card

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is releasing a 16GB microSDHC Flash memory card for use in mobile phones. The larger capacity card offers greater storage options for the latest mobile phones and other digital devices and joins the microSDHC card family which includes the 4- and 8GB products.

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"The increased functionality of the latest mobile phones has helped fuel and raise consumers' appetites for more digital content," said Wendy Lecot , Flash business development manager, Kingston Digital. "Today's mobile lifestyle includes using phones as portable media players and as a camera. The Kingston(R)16GB microSDHC card removes the barrier of limited internal handset or device memory and allows users to store more photos, songs, games and videos."

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Toshiba To Acquire Fujitsu's Hard Disk Drive Business

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Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) and Fujitsu Limited (TOKYO: 6702) today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the transfer of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The companies plan to conclude a transfer contract at an early date, and aim to complete the transaction in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Fujitsu will facilitate the transfer by bringing its HDD-related businesses and functions together in a new company. Toshiba will acquire about an 80 percent stake in this company and make it a Toshiba Group subsidiary. In order to promote a smooth transfer, Fujitsu will continue to hold a stake of under 20 percent in the new company for a certain period of time, after which it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.

The consolidation of the two companies' HDD businesses will enable Toshiba to reinforce its already strong position as a leading vendor of small form factor HDDs (2.5-inch and smaller HDDs), widely used in notebook PCs, mobile devices, automotive and consumer electronics. It will also give Toshiba entry into the enterprise HDD market for server and data storage system applications, where Fujitsu is currently a leader. Toshiba aims to build its position in the enterprise market to meet expected growth in demand for data storage systems.

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Transcend Launches Limited Edition Spirit Of India Flash Drive

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Transcend is pleased to announce the launch of its special edition India Spirit Drive for its customers in India. In celebration of achieving monthly shipment of over 1 million pieces in India, Transcend has created this unique flash drive to express its respect and appreciation for the continued support of valued customers throughout India. The limited edition Spirit of India Flash Drive is available exclusively in the Indian market. With this special flash drive, Transcend would like to reinforce its promise to Indian customers that Transcend will continue to produce superior quality products to meet continuously evolving market demands.

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The India Spirit Drive is a modified version of Transcend’s popular ultra-compact JetFlash® T5 USB flash drive, which measures a mer 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D) and weighs just 2g. Extremely small yet easy to use, the Spirit of India Flash Drive breaks free from the flash drive status quo. Its unique ultra-tiny casing with retractable USB connector make it perfect for attaching to a keychain or mobile phone, and its eye-catching design accented with India’s national colors are sure to wow Indian flash drive users!

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Hardware Reviews - 2/13/2008

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120mm Fan Roundup - 35 Models Compared @ Madshrimps
Cooler Master Silent Pro-M 600w Power Supply @ Virtual-Hideout
Cooler Master V8 @ InsideHW
Eagle Tech ET-CS2LSU2-BK 2.5" SATA to USB Enclosure @ Rbmods
EVO-G MP2 & MP3 Mousepads @
SanDisk Extreme III 4GB SDHC Card @ BCCHardware
SilenX iXtrema Pro IXG-80HA2 with Optional XG-3F2 Fan Kit @ TweakTown
Thecus N3200PRO Three Bay RAID 5 NAS @ Futurelooks

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Patriot Memory Releases 16GB microSDHC With SD Adapter

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Patriot Memory, a global provider of premium memory module and flash memory solutions, announced today the release of their 16GB microSDHC flash memory card.

"Today's mobile devices have become an important tool in people's everyday lives," says Meng Jay, Flash Product Manager for Patriot Memory. "Mobile phones can connect to the internet, record video and play games; in essence it's a mini computer making storage space all the more important."

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Smaller than the size of a US dime, Patriot's 16GB microSDHC flash memory card can store over 6,000 photos or 300 hours of music. The 16GB microSDHC flash memory card is rated, Class 2, which based on (SDA's) Secure Digital Association's standards, classifies it as 2MB/s guaranteed minimum sustained write speeds.

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A-Data Announces XPG 3.5-Inch SSD Enclosure

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A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in high performance memory products, announced today that it has launched A-DATA XPG 3.5” SSD Enclosure to expand its portfolio of SSD solutions. This device is an ingenious hard drive converter, turning up to two 2.5” SATA SSDs into a 3.5” SATA drive.

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With this converter, installing a 2.5” drive into a regular PC will be easier than ever, allowing more convenience to recover data from notebooks onto a desktop computer and vise versa. It’s very valuable and functional for users who expect SSD speed on their home or office desktop; a perfect product with the speed of SATA II for any average or advanced computer user. Also, the hard drive converter features a safety lock mechanism that allow users to lock up the storage drives, making them unattainable to keep the drives fully secured and safe when they are in operation.

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SanDisk Develops 32nm NAND Flash Technology

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SanDisk announced this week that it and Toshiba have co-developed multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory using 32-nanometer (nm) process technology. Using this technology, SanDisk will be able to produce a 32GB 3-bits-per-cell (X3)  memory chip, small enough to fit in a fingernail-sized microSD card. Production of 32Gb X3 memory chips is expected to begin in the second half of 2009.

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) and Toshiba Corporation today announced the co-development of multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory using 32-nanometer (nm) process technology to produce a 32-gigabit (Gb) 3-bits-per-cell (X3) memory chip. The breakthrough introduction is expected to quickly bring to market advanced technologies that will enable greater capacities and reduce manufacturing costs for products ranging from memory cards to Solid State Drives (SSD).

“The development of our third-generation 3-bits-per-cell technology on 32nm within one and a half years after the introduction of the first generation of 3-bits-per-cell on 56nm shows the incredibly fast pace necessary to be a world-class producer in today’s industry,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder and president, SanDisk. “This allows us to offer higher capacities at compelling form factors while reducing manufacturing costs – all helping to expand our various product lines. This new development highlights SanDisk’s deep level of technical expertise and innovation that ultimately benefits consumers.”

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Kingston Increases Capacity Of CF Elite Pro Card To 32GB

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it is increasing the capacity of its CompactFlash® Elite Pro™ Flash memory cards to 32GB. Shipping immediately, the new cards offer larger capacity and fast data transfer rates to allow amateur and professional photographers to maximize the performance of their high-end digital cameras.

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"The Kingston® 32GB CF Elite Pro card is designed to keep pace with and not limit the productivity of the most advanced digital camera equipment on the market," said Wendy Lecot, Flash business development manager, Kingston Digital. "Combining the large storage capacity along with fast read and write speeds makes this card ideal for continuous capture and download of images."

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Samsung Launches New Line-up Of Colorful External DVD Writers

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announces its new external DVD writer, the SE-S084B series. The new tray-type DVD writer is a slim portable device, available in seven color choices. Samsung’s new external DVD writer is designed to meet market demand for external DVDs to complement mini-notebook and netbook PCs, a fast growing sector in the PC industry.

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The SE-S084B series adopts a single interconnect cable for both data transmission and power supply. The DVD writer is connected through a USB port without the need for a separate power cable. This tray-type slim DVD writer weighs less than a pound (0.4kg) making it an attractive easy to carry portable device.

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