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  • New chip said to boost thumb drive performance up to 50%

    Posted October 8, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Silicon Motion says new crystal IC should drop USB flash temps by 30%.
  • How to add USB 3.0 to your desktop PC

    Posted June 26, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    The latest external hard drives offer USB 3.0 connectivity, but older desktops don't. Here's an easy and inexpensive remedy.
  • How fast is USB 3.0 really?

    Posted May 24, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Does USB 3.0 live up to the hype or is Thunderbolt a faster alternative?
  • How to upgrade your external hard drive to USB 3.0

    Posted May 21, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Ready for an unconventional upgrade? How about this: You can turn an old, pokey external hard drive into a blazingly fast one with about 10 minutes of your time and $15 of your money.
  • New specs ease connections by wire or wireless

    Posted January 9, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    The Wi-Fi Alliance demonstrated the emerging Miracast wireless display technology at International CES here Tuesday by sending live computer game animation from a smartphone to a 27-in. television.
  • Kingston's 1TB thumb drive packs massive storage capacity in tiny package

    Posted January 8, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    For anyone interested in fitting every digital music file you own onto one USB thumb drive, you are in luck. Kingston has just broken the thumb drive capacity limit, cramming 1 TB of storage into its' latest USB drive announced Monday. But before you get too excited, there are two things to consider. One, the price of this thumb will likely be $2000 or more. Second, this thumb drive is just as easy to lose, leave behind, and accidentally send through the washing machine as all your missing 265 MB thumb drives.
  • How to cope with the end of FireWire

    Posted November 1, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Mac shops with significant FireWire investment may not need a total Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 makeover, but staying put with current hard drives and devices will come at a price
  • Western Digital announces its smallest external drive with USB 3.0

    Posted September 6, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Western Digital announced its smallest form factor external hard drive for Macs and PCs that includes a USB 3.0 port, backup software and encryption.
  • Review: Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt external hard drive

    Posted July 2, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    The scoop: MiniStation Thunderbolt (HD-PATU3), by Buffalo Technology, about $240 (500GB version; 1TB also available, price TBD)
  • Review

    Toshiba's 1TB USB 3.0 drive; winter gloves for touch-screening

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    The latest external hard drive from Toshiba features 1TB of storage capacity, a USB 3.0 connection (with USB 2.0 support), a free 30-day trial of cloud backup software, file/folder data encryption (256-bit, via password protection), an internal shock sensor to protect it from drops, and a drive space alert system that tells you if the drive is full.
  • USB 3.0 to reach smartphones, tablets by year end

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 12:00 am

    USB 3.0 ports will reach smartphones and tablets by the end of the year or early next year, the USB standards setting organization said on Sunday.
  • Thunderbolt vs. SuperSpeed USB 3.0

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Intel will tell you its new high-speed interconnect technology, Thunderbolt, is not in competition with Universal Serial Bus (USB), the ubiquitous standard for connecting computers with other devices.
  • Thunderbolt: Beyond USB and eSATA

    Posted September 19, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    Very quietly, there's been a war brewing in computer peripheral interfaces. Backed by Apple and Intel, Thunderbolt may end up surpassing both USB 3.0 and eSATA. Here's what you need to know about the new interface technology.
  • Windows 8 to natively support USB 3.0, mobile broadband modems

    Posted September 14, 2011 - 8:52 am

    Windows 8 should make using your peripherals easier and more efficient, especially if you use a USB 3.0 device or a dongle-style modem to connect to a mobile broadband network.
  • USB 3.0: Great technology, but hard to find

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    USB 3.0 offers data transfer speeds that are five times faster than USB 2.0, so why hasn't it caught on?
  • AMD opens up USB 3.0 for PCs with chipset support

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    Upcoming chipsets from Advanced Micro Devices will support USB 3.0, which could make it easier for PC makers to add ports based on the interconnect to laptops.
  • Review

    Hands-on: Seagate's GoFlex Slim drive makes your data more portable

    Posted April 6, 2011 - 6:03 am

    Seagate's new 320GB GoFlex Slim external hard drive offers USB 3.0 performance in a nicely thin case; however, you will pay for the privilege.
  • Storage buying advice: how to store your data

    Posted March 28, 2011 - 10:27 am

    We live in a world fuelled by data, and PCs and modern digital gadgets need to store their data somewhere. Data is stored inside a PC, laptop or similar device, and is often expanded with external storage for backups or simply to expand on internal capacity.
  • Intel Thunderbolt bolts through data transfers

    Posted February 25, 2011 - 11:58 am

    After a few years in development, Intel formally unveiled its next-generation data transfer interconnect. The new Thunderbolt standard represents a shift in the underlying technology--and a potential shift in how we can do things down the road.
  • Sapphire builds Intel 'Sandy Bridge', USB 3.0 motherboards

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 12:33 pm

    AMD and ATI GPU stalwart Sapphire has announced it is building a range of Intel motherboards. The Intel products are all being made by Sapphire in Taiwain, and will be available direct from the company.
  • Speedy USB 3.0 spec quickly becomes a consumer reality

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 11:46 am

    In some ways, the wait for USB 3.0 and its faster bandwidth speeds has felt interminable over the past year, as hard drives slowly began to ship, and system adoption appeared to lag. But judging from what I'm seeing and hearing here at CES, USB 3.0 adoption is actually proceeding ahead of where its 2.0 predecessor was a year after launch.
  • Rocstor embraces USB 3.0 for new hard drives

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:35 am

    Storage company Rocstor has added two new USB 3.0 devices to their product line up, just in time for CES 2011.
  • New high-speed I/O interface debuts at CES

    Posted January 5, 2011 - 11:18 am

    The war is over and USB has won ... or has it? At CES this week a new wireless SATA interface will try to dethrone SuperSpeed USB by offering speeds of up to 6Gbps vs. USB 3.0's max of 5Gbps.
  • Will Light Peak leave USB 3.0 in the dust?

    Posted November 5, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    Last year, Intel surprised everyone by unveiling Light Peak as an incredibly high-speed connectivity technology that could handle multiple functions. Now, it looks like Light Peak might hit mass market alongside Intel's other next-generation connectivity option, USB 3.0, which could change the game of what next year's PCs may offer.
  • Steve Jobs: No plans for USB 3.0 on Macs

    Posted November 2, 2010 - 11:39 am

    Steve Jobs reportedly has no plans to add USB 3.0 connectivity to Macs any day soon according to an email from the Apple boss.

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