Entries with tag hardware products.

Seagate Releases “World’s Fastest” 6-terabyte Drive

 Seagate now offers a 6-terabyte hard drive the company claims to be “the world's fastest,” with an operating speed of 7,200 rpm. This would make the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4 25 percent faster than any competing drive of this size. Seagate designed the new 3.5-inch drive to meet the needs of corporate users, particularly cloud services providers. “Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 zettabytes (16 × 1021 bytes) of data by as early as 2017,” according to Seagate vice president of marketing Scott Horn. "This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs.” Seagate increased the density of its drives from 831 to 1,000 bits per square inch, which means they are able to hold more data. This is a 50 percent increase from the previous generation of storage technology, according to Seagate. The new drive will also be available in 5-, 4-, and 2-Tbyte capacities and comes with self-encryption and a humidity sensor. Pricing details were not released. The drive will be available via Seagate’s cloud partners and resellers. (PC Mag)(Computerworld)(Seagate)

Company Markets “USB Condom”

A security and hardware specialist has invented and released a new product—called the USB condom—that prevents outsiders from compromising USB devices. Stephen A. Ridley’s USB Condom blocks data pins in a USB device, which keeps data from potentially being stolen from the USB device, while leaving the power pins free. This is designed to help people who plug their USB devices into, for example, a public charging kiosk or a coworker’s computer. Ridley’s int3.cc (http://int3.cc) website says the product, which it is distributing, is now out of stock but will be available again soon. (SlashDot)(Hot Hardware)(int3.cc)

Australian Government Grapples with Domestic Technology Pricing

The Australian Parliament has released a set of recommendations on how to deal with the high cost of computer goods and digital downloads sold by domestic vendors. Australians typically pay 46 percent more than US consumers for the same hardware products, as much as 50 percent more for software titles, and 84 percent more for gaming software. The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications said there is no good reason for domestic vendors to charge such high prices. It has suggested changing Australia’s copyright laws and advising consumers to bypass geolocks or geoblocks on software placed by vendors to restrict access to products or services. The change to copyright law would ensure that any consumer choosing to bypass that technology would be doing so lawfully. It heard testimony from representatives of Adobe Systems, Apple, and Microsoft, each of which reportedly had different explanations for why their products cost more in Australia. (Tech News World)(Forbes)(Ars Technica)(The Australian)

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