Lucas MearianSenior Reporter, Computerworld

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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, electronic health IT, renewable energy, 3D printing, and telematics/car tech for Computerworld.

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.

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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.

Apple's all-flash MacBook Pro, iCloud drive industry changes

The announcement by Apple that it is selling a flash-only MacBook, combined with native iCloud support, will likely lead to a drop in SSD prices and push other laptop makers in a similar direction.

Toshiba touts industry's densest SSDs with faster performance

Toshiba today announced a new line of solid-state drives that use 19-nanometer process technology, the smallest circuitry to date.

Report: 60TB disk drives could be a reality in 2016

Advanced technologies such as HAMR could mean disk drive capacities from 30TB to 60TB by 2016, according to a new report by IHS iSuppli.

Researchers use diamonds to boost computer memory

Researchers were able to use diamond tipped tools to add pressure to a phase-change memory alloy and increase its data storing capacity and performance.

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Crowdsourcing game helps diagnose infectious diseases

Researchers have created an online game designed to crowdsource the process of distinguishing malaria-infected red blood cells from healthy ones.

Privacy advocates slam Google Drive's privacy policies

Privacy advocates and cloud services users are concerned about Google's terms of use for its new Drive storage services, saying Google can basically do what it wants with a customer's data.

U.S. consumers turn to Facebook, Twitter for healthcare answers

A survey of 1000 U.S. consumers shows that many now use social networks to discover healthcare information.

Hitachi releases first enterprise-class 4TB hard drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced its first enterprise-class 4TB desktop hard drive.

Asavie launches pay-as-you-go VPN for iPad users

Asavie Technologies launched a cloud-based secure VPN service for iOS devices for corporate workers to access data from anywhere in the world.

Box releases mobile app menu for iOS devices

File sharing and collaboration service Box announced a new menu of third-party iOS applications that work on its service and can be more easily accessed.

Seagate promises 60TB drives this decade

Seagate said it is the first hard-drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch on a disk platter.

iPads used to bolster physician training, speed up patient care

More than three out of four medical residents at the University of Chicago said tablets allowed them to complete tasks quicker.