Amazon Kindle updates: new colors and more storage (maybe)

This month Amazon added two new color options for the Kindle Paperwhite: in addition to buying the company’s 6 inch eReader with a high-resolution display in black or blue, you can now get sage or plum color options. But that might not be the only change in the Kindle lineup. Some customers who purchase the […]

Samsung’s UFS 3.1 storage brings SSD speeds to smartphones

Samsung has begun mass production of a new embedded storage memory solution that will bring the kind of read/write speeds I expect from high-end laptops to… high-end smartphones. The new¬†Samsung 512GB eUFS 3.1 offers sequential read speeds up to 2,100 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 1,200 MB/s. While the top sequential read speeds […]

HAMR technology could lead to 80TB hard drives (with 20TB HDDs coming this year)

SSDs may be faster and more durable than hard drives with spinning platters. But HDDs still have a few things going for them — they’re cheaper on a cost-per-gigabyte basis and the highest-capacity hard drives can store way more data than an SSD. And it looks like that’s going to remain the case for a […]

UFS 3.1 promises speedier smartphone storage

JEDEC, tht organization responsible for setting the standards for the storage used in most smartphones, has released a new Universal Flash Storage 3.1 specification. In a nutshell, UFS 3.1 should bring faster performance to smartphones and removable storage cards, while also reducing power consumption. Among other things, that’s because the UFS 3.1 standard includes: Write […]

Kobol Helios64 open source NAS coming in March (network attached storage)

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices like those offered by Synology and QNAP are basically specialized computers that are designed to let you do things like back up your data or set up a home server. But for the most part they run proprietary software. But Kobo’s upcoming Helios64 is designed to be a more open […]

Microsoft lets Office 365 users buy more OneDrive storage, protect some files in a “Personal Vault”

As cloud storage solutions go, Microsoft’s OneDrive isn’t a bad deal — you get 15GB of storage for free, or you can pay $2 per month you for 50GB. And if you sign up for an Office 365 subscription you get 1TB of online storage for as little as $70 per year… not to mention […]