Apple just took the wraps off of its new 3TB Time Capsule automatic wireless backup hard drive. The company said that it will continue to offer a 2TB version of its Time Capsule alongside the new 3TB version, and it doesn’t look like there are any other differentiating specs. Apple appears to have also quietly updated its Airport Extreme product with support for up to 450Mbps file transfers over both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, and the website has also been refreshed a bit. The 2TB Time Capsule drive is now available for $299 and the new 3TB model will set you back $499.
SD storage took a great leap forward at CES on Wednesday. The SD Association announced a new SDXC specification which allows for up to 2TB of storage capacity and read/write speeds up to 104MB per second with future expansion up to 300 megabytes per second! The new SDXC format uses Microsoft’s exFAT file system to support large capacity cards and will provide interoperability with a wide range of PCs, consumer electronics, photography equipment and mobile phones. SDXC cards will be available as full-sized SDXC cards and microSDXC. The new specification drops support for the less popular mini-SD format. The detailed specifications for the open standard will be released in the first quarter of 2009 with widespread device support expected in late 2009 – early 2010. 2TB of storage in your digital camera or mobile handset?! Yes please.
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