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New security threat at work: Bring-your-own-network

Employees who bring consumer hotspots into their workflow introduce new risks to a company.

Artist's project to blast gold-plated artifact disc into orbit

The Last Pictures project is scheduled to blast off this fall, sending a communications satellite into space with a gold-plated, photo-filled disc attached to it that is meant to be a cultural artifact for aliens to find.

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Helium gas shortage risks popping WD's drive plans

With worldwide demand and prices at an all-time high, Western Digital's plans to use helium in its drives may be ill-timed as the world's reserves are quickly drawing down.

Disk drive shipments rebound from Thai floods

A year after a flooding disaster in Thailand took out a large portion of hard disk drive production, the industry has fully recovered with shipments to the computer market expected to hit a record level this year.

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Hard disk drives vs. solid-state drives: Are SSDs finally worth the money?

Should you replace your hard drive with an SSD or a hybrid drive? Will you get your money's worth?

Helium-filled WD drives promise huge boost in capacity

Density of helium is one-seventh that of air, thus reducing hard drive platter drag.

Cutting the cable and making wireless charging a reality

Imagine sitting down at work, plopping a mobile device on the desk and having it wirelessly charge itself while, at the same time, synchronizing new data to your PC.

Dell, VMware to Sell Bundled System That Supports Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Dell's new vStart for VDI is based on VMware's View 5.1 VDI software and Citrix XenDesktop 5.6.

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Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books Using DNA

Research team stores 5.5 petabits, or 1 million gigabits, per cubic millimeter in DNA storage medium.

Crucial Unveils Bargain-Priced SSDs for Older Laptops

Crucial today announced a new solid-state drive (SSD) targeted at users who want to upgrade older computer systems with a flash drive that boasts a price well under $1 per gigabyte of capacity.

Consumer Tech Market Will Hit $2.1 Trillion in 2012, Says Gartner

Consumers worldwide are projected to spend some spend $2.1 trillion in 2012 on digital information and entertainment products, such as mobile phones, computing equipment, digital media and services, according to Gartner.

Western Digital Bounces Back With a Vengeance

After devastating monsoonal floods in Thailand shut down several of its key disk drive plants, drastically hurting its revenue and market standing, Western Digital this week reported record financial results for 2012.

Bank of America Tops 23 Banks as Best in Online Experience

Bank of America topped a list of 23 large or regional banks to be named the best in user online experience by Keynote Competitive Research.

Box OneCloud Now Supports Android Devices

Subscribers to this enterprise service can now access Android apps and store and share Android files.

Apple's iPad: A Microsoft Clone

Analysis: Who's on first? It's true -- Apple copied Microsoft with iPad, not the other way around.