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LAS VEGAS – LaCie will introduce three new storage devices this week, including a limited edition Blade Runner hard drive.
The Blade Runner was created in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck and the company plans to have a production run of just 9,999 custom-built models. The 4TB unit marks the 20th anniversary of the LaCie-Starck partnership.
The Blade Runner is now available at the LaCie online store and specialty retailers with a $319 street price.
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New York — Western Digital has increased the capacity of its My Book Live Duo to 8TB.
The previous top capacity available was 6TB. The new version is available today with a $389 suggested retail.
The My Book Live Duo is a network-attached storage device capable of creating a “personal Cloud” storage system. The system backs up all the computers on a home network and allows the data to be accessed from anywhere via the web.
Seattle – Amazon unveiled this week its Cloud Drive Photos app for devices based on the Android operating system, such as its Kindle tablets.
The app and service allows Android devices to automatically and safely store images in the cloud.
The Cloud Drive Photos app service provides users with 5GB of free storage, enough to hold thousands of digital photo files within fingertip reach.
San Diego – Iomega has added two new members to its StorCenter network-attached storage (NAS) drive line aimed at advanced users and small- to medium-sized businesses.
The Iomega StorCenter px2-300d is an Intel Atom-powered double-bay desktop network storage device with up to 6TB of storage; and the new StorCenter ix4-300d Network Storage is a four-drive device with up to 12TB of storage.
New York – Consumer adoption of Cloud storage has taken off faster than expected with an estimated 375 million people worldwide now using one of the services, according to IHS iSuppli.
iSuppli had forecast that about 500 million people would sign up for cloud storage service by the end of 2012, but after the halfway point in the year this the figure had already hit 375 million. IHS has not changed its forecast for the year.
Glen Cove, N.Y. – Broadfield Distributing is offering a one-box solution for long-term data archival to Blu-ray discs.
The company's BluStor bundle includes a compact Pioneer BDR-XD04 burner drive, two blank 50GB BR-R 6x discs and Digistor Rewind software for a suggested $149. A BluStorXL bundle for $199 swaps in two 100GB BDXL 4x discs.
The company said the bundles were brought to market to address the growing needs of videographers, editors, photographers and other digital content creators for a safe, secure and long-term archiving solution.
El Segundo, Calif. — Less than one year after disastrous flooding shut down most hard-drive manufacturing in Thailand, the category has rebounded and hard-disk drive (HDD) shipments could hit record levels this year.
IHS iSuppli is forecasting a 4.3 increase in HDD shipments to 524 million. If reached, this will be the highest number of drives ever shipped. In 2013 shipments are expected to rise to 537.9 million, with 553.3 million in 2014, 563.5 million in 2015 and 575.1 million in 2016.
Fremont, Calif. — Lexar unveiled what it’s calling the industry’s first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card.
The Professional 400x SDXC UHS-I is a Class 10 card using the SD 3.0 specification. It’s designed for photogs who deal with 1080p FullHD and 3D video.
Read speeds are listed at 60MBps.
“By utilizing Micron's industry-leading, 128GB, 20nm NAND flash-memory process technology, Lexar is the first to market a 256GB SDXC card,” said Wes Brewer, products and technology VP for Lexar.
Irvine, Calif. – Western Digital announced that company president Steve Milligan will take over as CEO, effective Jan. 2, 2013.
Milligan will replace current CEO John Coyne, who is retiring. This is Millligan’s second tour of duty with WD.
Milligan came to Western Digital when the company acquired Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) earlier this year. Milligan was CEO of HGST from 2009 until Western Digital bought his firm in March 2012. Previously, Milligan served as WD’s chief financial officer before moving over to HGST.
Irvine, Calif. — Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its line of Exceria memory cards to include MicroSDHC versions.
The Exceria cards are compliant with the UHS-I Memory Card Standard (maximum bus transfer rate from 25MBps to 104MBps). The minimum recording speed is compliant with UHS speed class 1 (minimum read and write speed of 10MBps) and SD speed class 10 (minimum read and write speed of 10MBps).
The first MicroSDHC Exceria cards to be introduced will be the water-resistant Type HD series, designed for use in extreme conditions.