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Microwave-powered hard drive will boost capacity to 40TB, blow your SSD away

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SSDs are all the rage these days thanks to their extremely fast speeds, smaller sizes, and lower potential for physical failure. They're great, but there's one area where they serious lag behind their older physical disk brethren: storage capacity. Western Digital, which has continued to push disk-based drive technology forward even in the face of stiff competition from SSDs, has developed something that could keep the "old" standard in the lead for a long, long time, and it's all about microwaves.

The company is preparing its eventual rollout of MAMR — or microwave-assisted magnetic recording — storage tech, and it's already showing some really impressive capabilities. In fact, Western Digital expects that by the year 2025, MAMR-based drives will be able to handle up to 40TB of data, making it a fantastic option for data centers and eventually consumers.

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Mike Wehner

October 15th

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IBM made an entire hard drive out of a single atom

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Electronics get faster, smaller, and (hopefully) more reliable as time passes, but the march towards the miniature only has one logical place to end, and that's at the atomic level. IBM Research is apparently already there, and the company announced today that it has successfully managed to store data on a single atom, and it's an achievement that could potentially change the way storage devices are developed in the future.

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Mike Wehner

March 9th

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iPhone users are going to want Twitter’s latest update

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There's a new Twitter update out today. I know this news normally ranks just above the latest Windows Update in terms of interest, but the new version of the app brings a feature that could clean out a whole bunch of space on your iPhone.

The update adds storage options to the Twitter app. If you go to Settings-->Storage, you can see what content you currently have cached. I didn't even know that Twitter cached any more data than a couple recent tweets, so I was a little shocked (and just a touch annoyed) to see it's been hogging a couple hundred megabytes.

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Chris Mills

March 8th

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Apple won’t skimp on storage for the iPhone 8

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For the last ten years, Apple has had an odd habit of nickel-and-diming customers over the cost of internal storage. Although the flash storage chip inside the iPhone normally costs Apple $20, it's stuck with a base level of 16GB of storage for the longest time, only recently springing for a 32GB base option with the iPhone 7.

Once you've loaded up the OS, a couple slo-mo videos and a few Spotify playlists, it still isn't enough for most users. Sure, you can buy iCloud storage for a couple bucks a month, but the more logical solution for Apple would be to have a base option fo 64GB, much like most flagship Android phones.

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Chris Mills

February 21st

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This Two Terabyte Flash Drive Packs More Storage Than a MacBook

For those eager to easily misplace two terabytes worth of photos, videos, MP3s, and other important documents, today Kingston unveiled a three-inch USB flash drive packing more storage than even a fully spec’d MacBook Pro.

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Andrew Liszewski

January 4th

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40 years after the first landing on Mars, this NASA scientist looks to resurrect Viking 1’s analog data

viking_bio_mfilmreader.jpg It’s been four decades since the Viking 1 lander touched down on Martian soil, the first lasting human presence on the surface of the Red Planet. It beamed its unprecedented data back to NASA, where it was stored on the hot new format of the day: microfilm. Now one scientist wants to bring these analog records into the digital world — for posterity and for science. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 21st

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Finally, you can put a 10TB hard drive inside your home PC

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I know, I know. That pathetic 4TB hard drive just isn't cutting it for storing your collection of rare memes. You've had to use an external drive, or *shudder* Dropbox to handle the overflow. But never fear! For the surprisingly low price of $535, Seagate will sell you a 10TB drive with a five year warranty, complete overkill for basically anyone's storage needs.

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Chris Mills

July 20th

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With one atom per bit, this 1-kilobyte hard drive is only 100 nanometers wide

atomic_storage_feat Here’s an interesting milestone to talk up around the water cooler: Researchers in the Netherlands have created a microscopic storage system that encodes every bit with a single atom — allowing them to fit a kilobyte in a space under 100 nanometers across. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 18th

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The Europas — It’s time for different type of tech conference

awards3 (1) Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

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Mike Butcher

May 20th

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Can tech teach kids to teach themselves? XPRIZE, Google, and the UN team up to find out

reading_feature Hundreds of millions of kids around the world lack access to, among other things, basic education — much less organized school systems with adequate teaching resources. XPRIZE is hoping that tech can help where humanitarian efforts have yet to make a dent — and putting $15 million on the line to that end, with the help of Google and the United Nations. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 29th

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