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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.

Speedy 8Gbit, 16Gbit SATA Express systems coming this year

The new SATA Express specification will define new device connectors and motherboard connectors that will support both PCIe drives and existing SATA devices, offering a low-cost solution to fully utilize the performance of SSDs and hybrid drives

SSD prices continue to plunge

Solid-state drive pricing has dropped about 30% this year, reaching what researchers call the magic price point of $1-per-gigabyte of capacity, according to information from IHS iSupply and Dynamite Data

Citrix to buy mobile device management firm Zenprise

Citrix plans to buy mobile device management company Zenprise and integrate its software with its Citrix CloudGateway and Me@Work software for managing mobile apps and data.

Dual-identity smartphones could separate work from play

In the near future, you'll be able to buy a smartphone that runs two interfaces, splitting your professional and personal lives.

Sandy forecast

US East Coast tech centers brace for Hurricane Sandy

Technology centers, including hosting services for all sizes of business and large financial organizations, are implementing disaster recovery plans in the face of the storm coming their way.

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.


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.


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.


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.