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Lilbits: Apple is worth $2 trillion, hard drive failure rates, and the US vs. Huawei

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Apple is basically a money-making machine these days thanks to a combination of sales of popular hardware and control of an ecosystem that allows the company to take a cut of sales of apps, games, music, videos, eBooks, and other content. But Apple became a […]

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WD introduces Red Plus hard drives in response to SMR performance complaints

Recently a number of the companies that produce hard drives have begun shipping models that use SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) technology rather than CMR (Conventional Magnetic Recording). And some users have noticed. For example, the Western Digital Red line of hard drives are designed specifically for use in NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices… but in […]

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Western Digital to acquire SanDisk for $19 billion

Two major storage companies could soon combine forces: Western Digital has announced plans to buy SanDisk in a deal valued at $19 billion. Western Digital is probably best known for producing hard drives, while SanDisk is a major player in the flash storage space. Western Digital says the acquisition will help the company expand its product lineup […]

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Western Digital to buy Hitachi Global Storage

The number of top tier hard drive and solid state disk makers shrinks by one today, with the announcement that Western Digital is acquiring Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. The deal is worth about $4.3 billion, and it gives Hitachi Storage’s parent company (Hitachi Ltd) a share in Western Digital and two seats on the company’s […]

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Toshiba unveils new 1.8 inch hard drives with up to 220GB of storage

Sure, solid state disks are all the rage these days. But you know what’s still cheaper? Hard drives. So while the new Active Media 1.8 inch SSDs announced yesterday top out at 128GB, Toshiba has just announced a new line of 1.8 inch hard drives that will come in sizes up to 220GB. These little […]

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Samsung stops production of 1.8 inch hard drives, good news or bad for netbooks?

Samsung has reportedly halted development of 1.8 inch hard drives. And while Digitimes reports that this could “hamper” the shipments of netbooks and ultrathing notebooks int he short term, it could be a good thing in the long run. Because let’s face it, 1.8 inch hard drives are kind of crappy. Sure, they smaller than […]