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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

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WD preparing to ship flash chips with a whopping half a terabit of capacity

Western Digital is now manufacturing 3D-stacked NAND flash chips that have 64 layers, 16 stories higher than its previous 48-layer technology -- meaning its 33% more dense.

Atomic storage

Atomic-scale memory can store 500 times more than today’s best hard drive

Scientists at Delft University in the Netherlands have developed an atomic-scale “hard drive” that can store the entire U.S. Library of Congress on a 0.1mm wide cube.

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Tesla will make 'significant' upgrades to Autopilot driver assistance system

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Sunday his firm will send over-the-air upgrades to its vehicles with Autopilot capability, after a crash involving the technology resulted in the death of a driver.

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Tesla Model X autonomously crashes into building, owner claims

In the latest of several Tesla vehicle accidents, the owner of a Tesla Model X SUV claims the vehicle suddenly accelerated on its own and crashed into the side of a building.

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HP begins selling its mondo Jet Fusion 3D printer for offices

HP today began taking orders for its new Jet Fusion 3D printer. About the size of two washing machines, the printers will start at $130,000 for the 3200 series and in the low $200,000 range for the 4200 series.

Intel, Micron 3D NAND

These technologies will blow the lid off data storage

Data storage manufacturers have repeatedly come up against walls in their quest for ever larger drives and faster performance. And each time, new technology allows them to scale those walls and keep going. They're about to do it again.

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Seagate's blistering new 10GBps NVMe drive is the world's fastest-ever SSD

Seagate will show off at an industry event today a 10GBps SSD, 4GBps faster than any previous drive.

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SSD prices plummet again, close in on HDDs

Consumer-grade SSDs saw a 12 percent price decline over just the past quarter. Based on DRAMeXchange’s analysis, the price difference between 128GB SSD and 500GB HDDs will shrink to less than $3 in this year.

IronKey thumb drives

Kingston buys encrypted flash drive maker IronKey

Kingston has purchased Imation's IronKey subsidiary, a maker of encrypted USB drives.

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Flash memory's density surpasses hard drives for first time

The production of 3D or stacked NAND flash in recent years has led to non-volatile memory exceeding the areal density of HDDs. This means that flash memory products with higher capacity can be built using the same surface area.

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Ford to add 13 electric vehicles to its lineup, plans $4.5B investment

The car-maker will invest additional $4.5 billion in electric vehicles by 2020, when, it says, some 40% of its vehicles will have EV models.

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SanDisk, Toshiba reveal world's highest capacity 3D NAND flash chips

SanDisk and Toshiba today announced a new fabrication plant: a 48-layer 3D NAND flash chip that doubles the capacity of previous chips.

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Average cost of a 128GB SSD now just $50 for PC makers

Contract prices being paid by laptop and desktop manufacturers for SSDs have dropped dramatically over the past year.

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Ikea's wireless, phone-charging furniture to jumpstart high-tech home goods

Ikea's recently announced wireless charging line of furniture is expected to jumpstart a trend that will amount to 10 million sticks of high-tech furniture sold in just two years, according to a new report.

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Teen hacks car with $15 worth of parts

With just a little soldering and assembly, a 14-year-old built a device to wirelessly communicate with a vehicle's controller area network (CAN) and remotely start and unlock the vehicle.