Storage

Transcend curries 4K favor with faster SD cards

Memory card maker Transcend announced higher-speed SD cards on Friday that are geared for videographers shooting high-resolution 4K video.

Transcend's new SDHC and SDXC cards are graded UHS-1 Class 3 and come in two varieties. The "Extreme" models have read and write speeds of 95MBps and 85MBps, respectively.

The non-extreme models have read and write speeds of 95MBps and 60MBps, respectively.

The newer UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) Class 3 specification requires sustained write performance of 30MBps.

Yes, SD card categorization is a bottomless pit of acronyms. Here are two more: SDHC and SDXC, which govern maximum capacity. … Read more

Dropbox to bring personal and work account toggling in April

Dropbox is said to soon be enabling an upcoming feature that lets users create distinct work and personal accounts without having to log in and out, according to The Verge.

The tech news source got its hands on an email that Dropbox recently sent to its business users that said the company plans to launch the feature on April 9. The company originally announced the feature last November, but it's been unclear when it would roll out.

Dropbox has increasingly geared its cloud storage service toward business customers. Last April, it launched Dropbox for Business, which allowed for a … Read more

Dropbox gets chatty and buys workplace chat service Zulip

Dropbox has quietly acquired a workplace chat service startup called Zulip, according to TechCrunch.

While the two companies are keeping mum on the buyout, an email that Zulip sent its customers was published on Pastebin Monday. In the email, the company confirmed the acquisition.

"We have some news for you, but you gotta keep it secret. Can you do that? Alright, sweet," the email said. "Here's the deal: Dropbox is acquiring Zulip. We're incredibly excited about working with an awesome group of people on a problem with huge scale, at a company that's as … Read more

Synology flagship DSM 5.0 NAS operating system now live

Two months after the beta was announced, Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 is now live.

Since its inception, DiskStation Manager has been by far the most advanced operating system for NAS server and helped Synology NAS sever to win many of CNET's Editors' Choice awards, such as the Synology DiskStation DS1513+.

The new upgrade brings in a totally revamped user experience. The interface has been overhauled with lots of improvement with a Control Panel that incorporates a new ease of use collectively found in other native operation system, such as Windows, Mac OS, and even iOS. It … Read more

Get a 250GB Samsung SSD for $139.99 shipped

Quick housekeeping note: CNET is in the midst of some site updates, which is why the comment system is currently offline and why you didn't receive a Cheapskate newsletter on Friday. (Here's the post in case you missed it.) Pardon the dust; I'm told things should be settling down shortly.

On to business. I'll never buy another laptop that has a traditional hard drive. Having experienced the joys of SSD, I simply can't go back to slower, noisier, hotter drives that consume more power and are subject to mechanical failure.

Yep, from now on, I'… Read more

Box expects to make more than $200 million in annual revenue

Cloud storage service Box expects to double its revenue this year by making more than $200 million, Bloomberg reported Friday.

Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that Box will publicly unveil its plans for an initial public offering in a few weeks. It was reported in January that the company has secretly filed for an IPO.

Box, which CEO Aaron Levie and his childhood friends started in 2005, has quickly become a well-known provider of cloud enterprise services. The company has a lot of competition, including Dropbox and Microsoft's OneDrive. But, Box has aggressively pursed both individual users and companies, by … Read more

IBM laying off up to 25 percent of 'hardware' division

IBM has confirmed that it's laying off a portion of its workforce in order to focus on new priority areas, like the cloud, analytics, and cognitive computing. This means certain divisions of the company must see cuts.

"As reported in our recent earnings briefing, IBM continues to rebalance its workforce to meet the changing requirements of its clients, and to pioneer new, high value segments of the IT industry," IBM spokesman Doug Shelton told CNET in a statement. "To that end, IBM is positioning itself to lead in areas such as cloud, analytics and cognitive computing, … Read more

Get 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for free

I can't pass up an opportunity to make fun of Microsoft, so let's dive right in.

Bing Rewards: Microsoft's blatant way of bribing users to use Bing instead of Google.

OneDrive: Microsoft's admittedly decent cloud-storage service that used to be known as SkyDrive -- until a lawsuit forced Microsoft to change the name six years after it launched. (Face-palm.)

The standard OneDrive freebie account comes with 7GB of space, but for a limited time, you can get 100GB of OneDrive storage for one year when you "spend" 100 Bing Rewards points.

The idea, of … Read more

WD ships new Purple hard drive for surveillance applications

Answering Seagate's latest surveillance hard drive (HDD) that was introduced yesterday, WD announced today the availability of the WD Purple HDD, the company's first 3.5-inch, high-capacity internal drive for surveillance applications.

The new WD Purple drive is very much a traditional desktop hard drive that supports the latest SATA3 (6Gbps) standard. However, designed specifically for video surveillance units, the drive can work 24/7 for always-on environments. Most other hard drives are designed to work about 8 hours per day.

WD says the Purple HDD comes equipped with AllFrame and Advanced Format Technology (AFT). The former is … Read more

5TB hard drive is here, inside LaCie's latest Thunderbolt storage systems

The hard-drive capacity race has just started again as LaCie announced today the availability of a 5TB internal hard drive in its three Thunderbolt series, the 5big, the 2big, and the d2.

This is the first time a new capacity was announced not by the original maker, which is Seagate in this case. However, LaCie has been part of Seagate since 2012. This is a SATA3 Desktop HDD internal drive that spins at 7,200rpm, model number ST5000DX000.

The addition of the 5TB drive option (up from 4TB) means that LaCie's Thunderbolt series can now up its top capacities … Read more