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Ford Uses Cloud Storage to Power Focus Electric Vehicle

Ford Motors has announced owners of its upcoming electric vehicles, including the Focus Electric, will have the ability to remotely manage some aspects of their vehicles over the AT&T wireless network.

Diskeeper 2011 Now Available, Includes SSD Optimizer

Diskeeper Corporation has just introduced its 2011 product. New features include an Instant Defrag technology that eliminates small fragments on the fly and HyperFast, a solid state disk (SSD) optimizer.

Iomega Intros ScreenPlay DX Home Media Center Products

Iomega has introduced its ScreenPlay DX line of home multimedia products in 1TB and 2TB models as well as a storage-less version. The product features a QWERTY remote control and supports 1080p video playback in a variety of formats.

Samsung SE-406A External Slim 3D Blu-ray Drive Announced

Samsung has announced its new slim external 3D Blu-ray drive, the SE-406A. The drive is USB powered, eliminating the need for an AC power adapter. Look for it to hit retailers this April.

Toshiba Updates External STOR.E Drives To Include SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Today Toshiba announced they are updating their STOR.E External drive lineup to include the newer and faster USB 3.0 interface. While not Thunderbolt, it is a step in the right direction, with more laptops offering USB 3.0 as standard, even on lower configurations. Backwards compatiblity is also strong with USB 3.0, working with older interfaces, albeit at a slower 30MB/s connection speed. The updates cover the 2.5-inch STOR.E STEEL S and the 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch STOR.E ALU 2S.

Seagate Momentus XT SD24 Firmware Update

Almost a year ago we reviewed the first hybrid SSD/HDD (well, first in a long time); the Seagate Momentus XT. Since that time it has remained the one and only drive in the hybrid drive category and gained a ton of popularity in the enthusiast market. While offering a very good mixture of performance and capacity, which can be crucial in single drive notebook configurations, there were limitations like fast spin-down times and the small cache size that many hoped would be fixed or improved. Today we look at the latest firmware patch, dubbed SD24 for the Momentus XT, which helps fixes this drive's most complained about flaw; lag associated with spinning down too quickly at idle.

6TB Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II Released

Western Digital has announced a 6TB My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system. Designed largely for Mac users who are creating, editing and storing video and photo files, the My Book Studio Edition II offers a quad interface (eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0), Time Machine support and a top capacity of 33% than the previous model. 

Seagate Enterprise SSDs and HDDs Updated

Seagate has announced several updates to their enterprise hard drive and SSD lines. The Pulsar.2 is an MLC NAND based SSD that offers capacities up to 800GB and the Pulsar XT.2 leverages SLC NAND to deliver Seagate's fastest drive speeds to date. On the hard drive front, the Savvio 15K.3 gets a capacity boost to 300GB while the Savvio 10K.5 goes up to 900GB, both in a 2.5" form factor. Seagate also updated the 3.5" Constellation ES.2, bumping it up to 3TB. 

OCZ Technology Acquires Indilinx

Today OCZ Technology announced that they will be purchasing Indilinx, which is one of the primary manufacturers of SSD controllers and software. Currently OCZ uses Indilinx in a variety of products, including the Z-Drive and Onyx-series SSDs.

Addonics Announces External CipherChain Full Disk Encryption

Addonics Technologies has announced a tool used to fully encrypt storage solutions. The CipherChain is a pass-through device between the storage device and the system.