CES 2015 Las Vegas, NV Caesar’s Palace
One company that we always are sure to visit during CES is Kingston. Over the years they have had a number of interesting demos and products that are dropped on the world during CES. This year was no exception. David Leong was quick to get into the meat of the presentation and showed off the next generation of the Cloud gaming headset. This new headset features 53mm drivers and a power USB audio adapter to push 7.1 virtual surround sound.

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We run into SanDisk at CES 2015

CES 2015 Las Vegas, NV – SanDisk Impromptu meeting   
Occasionally when you are at CES you run into some interesting people. This happened yesterday when we were hanging out with the guys from eteknix.com. We had the chance to catch up with the SanDisk gang and talk about storage for a few minutes in the Lobby Bar at the Palazzo. Although SanDisk did not have much new to show they did have some cool products that we are looking forward to get into the lab in the near future.

The world of storage is evolving very quickly as the way PCs are built change. We have watched as the traditional single dive systems have given way to hybrid drives, multiple disk systems and even systems with additional cache in them. All of these measures are designed to give you more options for your system, but there is (at times) a limit to what can be done. This is typically the size of the drive. For years the typical disk was 3.5 inches and about ½ of what the common bay height was. With the original SSDs this dropped significantly and has been followed on by mSATA, mini-mSATA and now M.2. These offer high density storage in a very small package. Today we are checking out ADATA’s SP900NS38 256GB M.2 SATA SSD. Let’s see what kind of performance it offers shall we?

There is an interesting story that is making the rounds on the internet that relates to Synology NAS devices, but so far has not really gotten the right press coverage. As with many things, the rush to get the story out often means a lack of data to properly cover the incident. In the case of the Synology boxes that were taken over to mine dodge coin this appears to be the case. So with that in mind let’s take a look at the story as it transpired.

The need for a place to put your digital stuff is always going to be. There really is just no getting around it. The question is, do you want to trust your files to the cloud, or do you want to keep them in your possession? For some the cloud looks like an attractive alternative. It is inexpensive and you can access you information from anywhere you have an internet connection. At least the cloud used to be an attractive alternative until the news about how poor security is at many of these places along with the news that when you put your files online you lose some of your ownership rights. So what do you do when a bigger or external drive will do the trick? Well simply put a Network Attached Storage device is perfect for this. Almost all of them come with multiple drives in some form of RAID to protect your data and, in many cases, can be accessed from anywhere you have an internet connection. Today we are taking a look at a NAS from Synology that is aimed straight at the home. This is the two bay DS214SE 2200. So let’s dive in and see if Synology can do for the home what they have done for small to medium businesses.

Corsair has started selling Force LX SSDs
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Corsair has introduced a new series of solid state drives called Force LX , which currently consists of two models. Corsair Force LX family is made from 128GB (CSSD-F128GBLX) and 256GB (CSSD-F256GBLX) SSDs, both coming in the same classic 2.5 inch package and 7 millimeters thick. Mentioned models have data read speed of 560 MB/s, while the write speed depends as ever about the capacity of the SSD.

A team of Japanese researchers from Chuo University in Tokyo said they have solved one of the biggest problems that still limits the development of solid-state drives. Specifically, with currently available SSD technology it is not possible to directly write the data to the NAND chips over other data. Instead, data is written to the free part of the SSD drive, while old data is formatted. This way of operation eventually leads to fragmentation of data and reduces the performance and life-cycle of SSD drive.

Sandisk company unveiled its first SSD drive with capacity of up to 4 TB. It is a solid state disk Optimus Max from Optimus series. The disc is based on the 19 nanometer architecture NAND chips and is manufactured in the factory which Sandisk shares with Toshiba. Optimus Max is optimized for tasks that are oriented towards reading data such as image storage and daily provides a total of 1-3 direct data set.

Free cloud storage for ASRock motherboard owners
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Currently on the market there are a variety of cloud solutions, and the company Kloudian Systems Inc. consider that their solution is much better compared to all others. Kloudian's Orbweb.ME allows you to easily connect all your smart devices with your computer, and creates an easy way of accessing your data.

Japanese companies Panasonic and Sony have introduced a new standard format optical disc called Archival Disc which will be able to store between 300 GB and 1 TB of data per disc. Companies at the presentation highlighted how the new optical disc format has the advantage of good resistance to humidity and temperature changes, as well as the effects of dust.