Back in April, Seagate released its first single-disc 750GB hard drive based on perpendicular recording technology. Today, Seagate's corporate communications team sent out an e-mail that confirms they're working on a 1TB 3.5-inch hard drive, also based on the same technology. There's no actual product announcement, which is, well, odd. But according to Seagate, we should see shipment of the 1TB drive in the first half of 2007.
It's amazing the little tidbits you can pick up when you're in close proximity to Microsoft headquarters. While I was staying in Redmond, Washington briefly during the last week of December, a little birdie began to tell me about a Windows SideShow device that is supposedly in development. If you don't know much about SideShow (I didn't, until a couple of weeks ago), there's an MSDN page that offers some excellent illustrations. Anyway, the device in question supposedly is a pocketable gadget, to be manufactured by Dell (with Windows branding, I assume). It will have … Read more
LaCie unveiled six new products to its storage lineup today, ranging from a Blu-ray drive, to a biometric hard drive, to a RAID array.
The d2 Blu-Ray drive is an external optical drive that works with both Windows and Mac machines, via either FireWire or USB connection. It comes bundled with Roxio burning software and a 50GB Blu-ray disc. The drive reads and writes (and rewrites) 25GB or 50GB BD-R, BD-RE (rewritable), DVD+/-RW DL, and CD+/-RW. It's available for preorder for $1,149.
The Quadra Hard Drive sports four interface options: USB, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and … Read more
Until recently, Toshiba has been content to remain somewhat behind the scenes, populating millions upon millions of consumer electronics devices with its tiny hard drives. But it seems the company wants a piece of the branded market: Toshiba announced today its first line of personal storage products, the blandly named Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive.
Each unit houses a 5,400rpm, 2.5-inch Toshiba hard drive, wrapped in a shock-mount system--a great feature for portable drives. The design looks fairly sleek, with a black aluminum casing and a glowy blue light that indicates power. It's USB … Read more
Items like this appear to leave little doubt that Western capitalistic values have taken firm hold in China.
Lenovo and the Beijing Zhongshi Boda Company have released a pair of gold and silver USB drives made from 30 grams of the precious metals. Spluch says they're being sold as a limited-edition set to commemorate the "Year of the Pig" according to the lunar calendar, inscribed with Chinese proverbs, for $1,280 in Beijing. That's a lot of money, especially in China, but it's still a bargain compared with this single USB key from Japan that … Read more
We admit to having a weakness for Italian design houses, and when they combine their talents with one of our many OCD tendencies we simply can't resist.
Con & Con's "E-Base Charging Station" provides a place to store your ever-growing collection of devices and--most important to us--conceals the unsightly wires connected to them. Gizmowatch says the $180 station comes in a more neutral black-and-gray combination if orange isn't your color.
There's something of a generation gap at Crave, but we try not to get into that whole skiers-vs.-snowboarders thing. Even those of us who have never set boot in a board can appreciate the concept behind the "Snow Drive" USB storage keys. Pclaunches says ACP-EP Memory designed the drives in conjunction with top snowboard makers, as well as endorsements from such athletes as X-Games star Eddie Wall, who has lent his name to a special signature series. But if you're not into winter sports, you can wait till summer to break out a "Surf Drive&… Read more
In the end-of-'06 wrap-up madness, there are a whole lot of people talking about Web 2.0, YouTube, social media, connected-home technology, the Wii and its corresponding Wiinjuries...the list goes on. But there's been almost no mention of the rash of completely useless USB-powered devices that infested the gadget market in 2006 with a viciousness that can only be compared to bubonic plague in a medieval village or head lice in a kindergarten classroom. I mean, they were everywhere. They're so ubiquitous, in fact, that I've decided I'm not going to touch 'em in '… Read more
We'd been staring at this photo for awhile, trying to figure out what it looked like. Then it dawned on us: an ice cream maker. (We could have said a toilet, but that might be rude.)
Having solved that burning mystery, we then turned our attention to a more useful question: Does anyone really need an iPod FM transmitter specifically designed to fit in a car cup holder? The answer then came in a post by Newlaunches, which reported that the "Trinity" is made by the same company that gave us the "Lumi Flasher." Need … Read more