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Pioneer Intros External "Picture Frame" Blu-Ray Burner
Nov 1, 2013 - in News
This external Blu-ray burner features a clear side for mounting photographs.
Sony, Panasonic Developing 300GB+ Optical Disc Standard
Jul 30, 2013 - in News
Sony and Panasonic want a 300 GB optical disc by 2015.
Tom's Guide: Tips for Living Without the Optical Drive
Jun 13, 2013 - in News
Check out Tom's Guide's latest article on surviving without an optical drive.
SilverStone Releases Slim Slot-Loading Blu-ray Burner For Mini-ITX Enclosures
Apr 22, 2013 - in News
Silverstone released a thin form factor Blu-Ray drive, which is no different from the alternatives except that it is slot-loading.
Asus Releases Ultra-Slim External DVD Writer for Ultrabooks
Mar 27, 2013 - in News
Asus has introduced its new SDRW-08U5S-U external DVD writer with details not found on more common competing products.
Pioneer Rolls Out Portable Blu-ray Drive
Mar 17, 2013 - in News
Pioneer releases a sleek Blu-ray burner.
Sony Will Cease Shipping MiniDisc Devices in March
Feb 7, 2013 - in News
Sony will cease shipping MiniDisc devices in March.
Rumor: Xbox Infinity Will Have Blu-ray, DVR
Nov 23, 2012 - in News
The Xbox Infinity may have a Blu-ray optical drive, DVR capabilities, 8 GB of RAM and more.
Apple Says Optical Drives Were Holding It Back
Oct 30, 2012 - in News
Senior VP of global marketing stressed that competitors are afraid to ditch optical drives technology.
Transcend Debuts 13.9-mm High Portable CD/DVD Writer
Oct 19, 2012 - in News
Here's the perfect companion to your Ultrabook or super-thin notebook that doesn't have a built-in DVD burner.
Hitachi Says Data Lives Forever in Quartz Glass
Sep 24, 2012 - in News
Hitachi has found a way to store data in quartz glass.
Sony Bailing Out of Optical Drive Market
Aug 28, 2012 - in News
Sony is closing Sony Optiarc Inc. by March 2013 due to fierce competition.
Fujitsu Recycles Old CDs and DVDs Into Notebook PCs
Aug 20, 2012 - in News
Finally putting those AOL trial discs to good use!
IBM Patents Optical Disc With Embedded Flash Memory
Aug 3, 2012 - in News
Just about when the HD wars were settled between HD DVD and Blu-ray, IBM submitted a patent for yet another disc format.
Google: We Really Didn't Delete All Street View Data
Jul 27, 2012 - in News
Google has admitted that it hasn't completely eradicated the personal data it collected via Street View cars.
Self-Assembling Chips Could Push Production Limits
Jul 25, 2012 - in News
Researchers have found a way to enable the creation of circuitry with self-assembling rectangles.
Asus Teases Stylish BDXL Burner with 6x Max Write
May 15, 2012 - in News
Asus teased a new 6x Blu-ray burner supporting BDXL on Facebook.
Samsung Intros ''World's Thinnest'' Optical Disc Drive
Apr 25, 2012 - in News
Here's the world's slimmest optical disc drive, ideal for ultrabooks without an optical drive, and tablets for watching movies on the go.
Intel HDCP Cracked Using $350 Hardware Kit
Nov 29, 2011 - in News
An FPGA development board was used in a man-in-the-middle attack in obtaining and transmitting an encrypted signal from an HDMI port.
Useless Fact: Each Sperm Carries 37.5 MB of DNA Data
Nov 26, 2011 - in News
Did you know that each sperm carries the equivalent of 37.5 MB of DNA data? Imagine the throughput of hundreds of million sperm!
Sony Announces External 100 GB Blu-ray Burner
Oct 22, 2011 - in News
Sony just announced an external Blu-ray writer that is compatible with 100 GB BD XL discs.
Flooding in Thailand Disrupts Tech Supply Chain
Oct 13, 2011 - in News
The ongoing severe flooding in Thailand appears to have impact on the availability on the overall supply in the region.
Q2 HDD, SSD and ODD Shipments Climb Slightly
Oct 13, 2011 - in News
Hard drive (HDD), optical disk drive (ODD) and solid state disk drive (SSD) manufacturers shipped 248.8 million storage devices in the second quarter of this year, 4.5% more than in Q1 and 5.6% more than in the second quarter of 2010, according to IHS.
Three External USB And eSATA Blu-ray Burners Tested
Sep 5, 2011 - in Reviews
The advent of affordable, high-capacity media could bring a renaissance in optical storage, but only if the performance is adequate. We tested a few of today’s fastest drives with USB and eSATA connectivity to find out where this technology stands.
Sony Vaio Z Has External Radeon Light Peak GPU
Jun 29, 2011 - in News
The best of both worlds for the roadwarrior and desktop replacement.
Seagate Takes Over Samsung's HDD for $1.375bn
Apr 19, 2011 - in News
Samsung and Seagate this morning announced a “broad strategic alignment” that will see Seagate take over Samsung’s hard drive disk division.
Buffalo Launching Portable BDXL Burner for $286
Mar 25, 2011 - in News
Although Buffalo is launching an external, portable BDXL burner, disc prices are so high that the tech may not be in high demand for quite a while.
Intel Launches Light Peak Tech as ''Thunderbolt''
Feb 24, 2011 - in News
It's got the logo fit for a superhero.
128GB Blu-ray Burners Coming Soon
Oct 27, 2010 - in News
Buffalo and Pioneer are launching BDXL burners in Japan next month.
Hitachi-LG's Blu-ray/SSD Hybrid Now Smaller
Oct 6, 2010 - in News
HLDS revised its hybrid Blu-ray/SSD drive to fit into one laptop drive bay.