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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.

Apple leads consumer cloud storage wars

Apple is dominating the cloud storage wars, followed by Dropbox, Amazon, and Google according to Strategy Analytics "Cloud Media Services" survey.

How big is the sound of music?

Music fans and major recording artists are adopting lossless audio file formats to keep copies of their music thats as close to a master recording as possible, leading to multi-terabyte-sized home music storage systems.


Western Digital claims HDD capacity doubled with nanotech breakthrough

Western Digital's HGST Labs announced a breakthrough in the ability to double HDD capacity through two innovative nantechnologies—self-assembling molecules and nanoimprinting.

Survey: U.S. falls behind on user-centered BYOD

Singapore leads the way in allowing users to own an untethered mobile device, according to a survey of 1,500 users in 10 countries by Dell; U.S. corporations lead on using VDI to control data on those devices.


Microsoft's SkyDrive users store 1 billion docs in its cloud

Microsoft said its cloud storage service now has one billion documents stored and added features to quickly save documents and get a link to share with others.

SSD onslaught: Hard drives poised for double-digit revenue drop

Optical drives could eventually be abandoned by PC makers, IHS iSuppli says

IronKey Workspace, a Windows 8 PC on a stick: Hands-on

This new IronKey USB drive lets you boot up an encryption-secured Windows 8 PC on any computer.

Hitachi unveils first 10K rpm 1.2TB hard drive

Hitachi today announced the industrys highest-capacity 10,000rpm enterprise-class hard drive, the Ultrastar C10K1200.

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.

17 Starbucks stores get wireless charging in Boston

Seventeen Starbucks stores in the Boston area are taking part in a wireless charging pilot program that will allow customers to recharge their phones by placing them on the charging surfaces of tables.

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.