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Juicing electric cars though manhole covers among new wireless charging experiments

Automakers and municipal governments are testing new technologies that would make it possible to offer wireless charging stations embedded in the pavement or even in manhole covers -- thus removing the power cords from electric vehicles.

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Thunderbolt drive shipments surge, but USB still reigns

Single disk drive shipments continue to surpass all other storage devices, such as RAIDed NAS systems, for personal data storage, while shipments of hardware with the Thunderbolt interface surged in the past year.

Hands-free tech still poses high risk for drivers

A study from AAA finds that even hands-free technology, like Apple's iOS in-car displays, still poses a relatively high level of driver distraction.

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Seagate unleashes first consumer SSD

Seagate Technology today announced its new portfolio of flash-memory devices, taking the wraps off its first consumer SSD and its next generation of enterprise models.

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Next-gen USB SuperSpeed to eliminate power cords

USB SuperSpeed will move from 5Gbps bandwidth to 10Gbps in the coming year, but it's also leaping from 10 watts to 100 watts for charging, which could power monitors and even HDTVs.

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Apple leads consumer cloud storage wars

Apple is dominating the cloud storage wars, followed by Dropbox, Amazon, and Google according to Strategy Analytics "Cloud Media Services" survey.

Western Digital claims HDD capacity doubled with nanotech breakthrough

Western Digital's HGST Labs announced a breakthrough in the ability to double HDD capacity through two innovative nantechnologies—self-assembling molecules and nanoimprinting.

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Western Digital My Book Studio desktop hard drive with USB 3.0 capability

Western Digital bumps My Book Studio desktop drive to USB 3.0

Western Digital introduced a new My Book Studio desktop drive for Macs that offers USB 3.0 connectivity as well as 4TB of storage capacity in a single drive.

Helium gas shortage risks popping WD's drive plans

With worldwide demand and prices at an all-time high, Western Digital's plans to use helium in its drives may be ill-timed as the world's reserves are quickly drawing down.

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Disk drive shipments rebound from Thai floods

A year after a flooding disaster in Thailand took out a large portion of hard disk drive production, the industry has fully recovered with shipments to the computer market expected to hit a record level this year.

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Hard disk drives vs. solid-state drives: Are SSDs finally worth the money?

Should you replace your hard drive with an SSD or a hybrid drive? Will you get your money's worth?

Crowd-sourced online storage service Symform charges bytes instead of bucks

Symform's new free and unlimited cloud storage allows customers to pay with bytes instead of bucks, contributing local storage capacity via crowd-sourcing.

Crucial unveils bargain SSDs for older laptops

Crucial today announced a new solid-state drive (SSD) targeted at users who want to upgrade older computer systems with a flash drive that boasts a price well under $1 per gigabyte of capacity.

Micron's DRAM buyout makes it a key Apple supplier

Micron bought Elpida Memory for a song, according to one industry analyst, and in doing so it not only becomes a tier-one DRAM player, but a leader in the mobile space as a supplier to leading smartphone and tablet makers.

Drobo embraces Thunderbolt, releases Drobo Mini

Drobo today announced two new storage arrays, including its first portable unit, the Drobo Mini, and a larger array with as much as six times the performance.