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  • Linksys rolls out WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi router

    The engineers at Linksys jumped into the way-back machine to design the new WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router. While the stackable enclosure sports the classic blue/black color scheme of the classic WRT54G 802.11g router, you'll find all-new hardware inside, including a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM processor, 128MB of flash memory, and 256MB of DDR3 RAM.

  • LG smart TVs share data about users' files and viewing habits with the company

    Smart TVs manufactured by LG Electronics are sending information about users' viewing habits and files back to the company's servers. The company confirmed the behavior and said it plans to release firmware updates to correct it.

  • Swiss Army knives to lose USB drive security features

    Swiss Army knife firm Victorinox has pulled the plug on the security software used by its combined knife-and-USB stick products and has advised customers to back up their data by 15 September.

  • Toshiba and SanDisk use 19nm process to shrink 128Gbit memory chips

    Toshiba said this morning it has shrunk the size of its 128Gbit NAND flash memory chips, in the race to bring more storage to products like USB storage and memory cards.

  • New USB stick comes with built-in PIN keypad

    A US company has come up with an original take on ultra-secure portable storage, fitting a full PIN entry keypad to a USB stick.

  • Freecom outs first ever USB 3.0 hard drive

    After 8 years of success the USB 2.0 standard has begun its long journey into obsolescence. Dutch storage company Freecom has announced the first mainstream storage product based on ?SuperSpeed' USB 3.0.

  • Microsoft Windows 7 security changes backported to XP, Vista

    Four months after it modified Windows 7 to stop the Conficker worm from spreading through infected flash drives, Microsoft has ported the changes to older operating systems, including Windows XP and Vista, the company announced on Friday.

  • New company launches cloud NAS

    A start-up has developed a device designed to seamlessly connect network attached storage to online backup services such as Amazon's S3 Simple Storage Service

  • Lexar releases 16GB encrypted flash drive

    Lexar Media has 'dramatically expanded' the storage capabilities of its USB flash drives after announcing a 16GB memory stick that comes bundled with a number of security features, including encryption and a file shredder.

  • Buffalo ships low-cost crypto drive

    Buffalo Technology has become the latest vendor to announce a USB hard drive featuring built-in, hardware-backed encryption. Almost as interesting is that is costs almost the same as the same drive without security.

Latest Features

  • Why Google Chromebooks are doomed to failure

    Everyone wants what Microsoft's got, namely control of the most widely used computing platform. Or, more accurately, everyone wants the billions and billions of dollars that flow in from the dominance of desktop computing.

  • The flash dance extends itself

    The first flash-based notebook computers have been announced and storage media manufacturers are facing a radical expansion in flash SSD's addressable market.

  • The four pillars of Hercules

    Imation is firing on all four cylinders. The flash market is in its early days; removable hard disk should do very well; the removable media market is ripe for consolidation.

  • Making USB drives secure

    Portable USB storage with built-in cryptographic functions can be highly secure, convenient to use, and comprehensively managed.

  • The five fallacies of endpoint security

    Before dismissing this as another round of marketing jargon, consider this: the endpoint proponents might have a point.

  • Maxtor sells out to Seagate

    Only two US hard disk drive manufacturers will be left as Seagate buys Maxtor. It leaves Western Digital a lot smaller than the combined Seagate/Maxtor concern.

  • The slow take-up of U3

    Will security help push the take-up of U3 drives?

  • Stealing data is easy

    Anybody with a USB key drive and access to your PC, or network through it, can steal data easily in seconds, and then walk out of the door with your secrets in their pocket.

  • The flash memory-disk dividing line

    Can hard drives compete with flash USB storage? Cornice says you'd better believe it.

  • Pocket storage

    USB key-fob or thumb-drives tend to be insecure. Are there alternatives?





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