Storage is one of the first world problems when it comes to modern computing devices. We can’t have enough of it on iPhones and laptops, and we want it to be as fast as possible. It’s pretty self-explanatory why having more storage for pictures, media, and apps is better. But we don’t want to deal with slow memory, whether that’s iPhone flash storage, microSD cards, hard drives or SSDs. The fastest the storage, the better performance any computing device will deliver. And Samsung just announced that it’s ready to mass-produce high-speed 512GB SSDs that weigh just 1g and have a volume about a hundredth of a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD.
Solid state drives (SSD) make for wonderful additions to any computer. Doing something as simple as replacing a regular hard disk drive (HDD) with an SSD will get you a massive return when it comes to speediness and performance. Flash-based SSD memory is significantly faster than HDDs and can revive old computers regardless of operating system. It’s probably safe to say that once you go SSD, you’ll never look back.
As fast as SSDs already are they’re about to get a whole lot faster when Seagate releases the fastest-ever SSD this summer. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy one even after they’re released.
Computers are only as fast as their components, and one key component is about to get a serious shot of adrenaline.
Solid-state drives marked a huge step forward in device memory, capable of reading and writing data at speeds far greater than any disc-based hard drive. SSD technology still uses electronic chips to move data though, which introduces a number of factors that limit the speeds at which data can be transferred. A revolutionary new type of memory chip being developed by researchers at Oxford University and Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has completely eliminated those speed-limiting issues, and it could lead to storage solutions that outperform SSD drives by a staggering margin. More →
If you’re looking to replace your current hard drive or SSD with a better option, then you absolutely have to check out Samsung’s 950 Pro, a new SSD that’s so fast it leaves all competitors in the dust. The 950 Pro series is supposed to launch in October and it delivers read speeds of up to 2,500MBps and write speeds of up to 1,500MBps. For those of you keeping track, that’s four times the read speed and three times the write speed of its predecessor, the 850 Pro. More →
How many times have you complained about the low amount of RAM or internal on your computer or smartphone? It turns out Intel and Micron have been listening for quite a while and the two companies have announced a brand-new type of memory that’s both faster and cheaper than NAND storage and DRAM memory.
But the best thing about the companies’ new 3D XPoint technology is that it can apparently replace both NAND and DRAM in a device while simultaneously improving overall speed.
SanDisk recently announced brand-new solid-state drives (SSD) that are as cheap as regular hard disk drives (HDD), but the company has even more interesting memory products you should know about, including the “world’s highest-performing portable SSD” and the “world’s smallest 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive.” More →
Solid-state drive (SSD) can significantly increase the performance of a computers compared to regular hard-disk drives (HDD), but flash memory has never been the most affordable option for buyers. However, that’s about to change, as SanDisk on Tuesday announced a new family of SSDs that should be as affordable as regular HDDs. More →
I’ve been using Apple’s mid-2011 MacBook Air for almost a week now and even though it’s physically the same unit that it replaced (for the most part) on the exterior, this is an entirely different beast. For starters, Apple’s second-generation MacBook Air improved greatly on the first model by offering up a redesigned case complete with two built-in USB ports, an SD card reader and SSD hard drives as the only available options. The older Intel Core 2 Duo processors however, severely limited the computer. It was functional enough for me to replace a Core i7 MacBook Pro, but it was slow; normal tasks would bog the system down, and the computer would heat up at the drop of a dime. All this has changed with the latest MacBook Air, however. Read on for my thoughts.More →
Japanese blog Macotakara.jp is reporting from parts makers in Asia that Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air refresh, expected in the next two weeks, will use super-speedy 400Mbps NAND flash storage chips. In addition to being incredibly fast — even faster that the current MacBook Air solution, which uses an mSATA connector to connect the SSD to the motherboard — these new NAND flash storage chips would be soldered directly to the motherboard, bypassing any connector. If true, this new change would result in 100-times performance increase over the current solution, and coupled with a rumored bump to i5 / i7 processors, the new MacBook Airs should absolutely fly. More →
Sony announced its brand new VAIO Z laptop on Thursday, an ultralight device that weighs just 2.6 pounds. The Windows 7 Professional-powered notebook is equipped with a 13.1-inch 1600 x 900-pixel display, a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB solid state drive, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and can be purchased with an optional battery sheet that provides up to 14 hours of battery life. Similarly, its optional Power Media Dock accessory supports up to four displays at once, has its own 1GB graphics card, can be purchased with a DVD or Blu-ray drive, and offers support for Intel’s new “Light Peak” port. The VAIO Z will make its debut in July in the UK first for £2,700 ($4,320), Read on for the full press release.
ASUS is on a mission to become a tablet-toting, force to be reckoned with and it looks like that mission could begin to yield some pretty nifty tablets moving forward. And while ASUS’ aim is to become the world’s No.2 tablet vendor by next year, it sounds like ASUS will continue to cook up some interesting products in other categories as well. Netbooks don’t get as much coverage these days, but the category is still a pretty big money maker for companies like ASUS. According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen who spoke to reporters at CeBIT, we can look forward to both Android and MeeGo netbooks from the company in the near future. Shen also says ASUS is working on a Windows Phone that will launch next year. Moving back to tablets, Shen talked up 3D displays, quad-core processors and SSD drives when discussing the company’s roadmap, though he didn’t get into any specifics. The just announced Apple iPad 2 gave competitors plenty of room to shine in 2011, though it could be almost impossible for any single vendor to make any real headway with imminent floods about to drown us all. What definitely won’t help is a lot of talk with no products to back it up, so we’re hoping ASUS has some intriguing devices in hand next time executives talk tablets. More →
Ever since Apple released Mac OS X Lion 10.7 to developers to test, new features have started to become uncovered. 9to5Mac has been doing a great job compiling a list of some new (and pretty lust-worthy) features that are available in the next version of Apple’s operating system for the PC, and here’s a brief recap of what you can expect to see come summer:
- TRIM support for super-fast SSD writing
- Recovery partition to your startup hard drive removing the need for the OS X installer disc in case something goes wrong
- Possible Dropbox-like functionality for MobileMe storage
- Find my Mac functionality in Apple’s MobileMe service
- Removed support for PowerPC applications
- Removed Front Row (possible it’s only in the seeded development OS, however)
- Podcast Producer, a true podcast production tool letting you create various shows, episodes, and effortless edit, upload, and share your podcasts
- Yahoo IM! support in iChat including video and audio conferencing, iOS-style symbol keys (hold down a key on your keyboard and an onscreen symbol list appears like in iOS), and live URL previews when you hover over a URL link
There are many more findings in Mac OS X 10.7, but these are some of the exciting smaller ones that haven’t yet been announced. More →
We have been told by one our Apple sources that the new MacBook Pro laptops will be available for sale in the next two weeks, and Apple stores are set to start receiving the shipments in “the coming days.” As far as what the refreshed MacBook Pros will hold, our source mentioned a few interesting features. For starters, we are told that the new laptops will contain glass trackpads that are even larger than the pads found on current-generation MacBook Pro models. The next bit of information doesn’t quite make sense to us, but we have been told the OS on the laptops will be loaded to a separate (internal) 8-16GB SSD while everything else will remain on the regular hard drive. There will be options for just SSD drives but the base models will feature regular hard disks with the SSD combo for the OS. Our source also said that the new MacBook Pro models are about a half-pound lighter on average than each of their relative current models, and there will be five different SKUs as had been previously reported.
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