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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.

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.

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.

Hybrid Drives Already Passe, as SSD Sales Skyrocket

Hybrid drives, which combine NAND flash with spinning disk, are selling like molasses compared to SSDs and SSDs with cache, according to IHS iSuppli.

How Fast Are the MacBook's USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt Ports?

Thunderbolt can transfer a full-length, high-definition movie in less than 30 seconds.

Dell Announces 'Storage Blades,' Converged Data Center Strategy

Dell Tuesday announced a storage array in a server blade form factor that can be combined with networking and server blades in a single chassis.

Mobile Devices Bring Cloud Storage -- and Security Risks -- to Work

The risks associated with BYOD and cloud storage services highlight a problem IT shops now face: The potential loss of corporate data to an insecure public cloud.

Hard Drive Prices to Remain High Until 2014

A new report from IHS iSuppli states that drive prices that skyrocketed after flooding in Thailand will remain high for the next couple of years.