All this talk lately about how apps optimized for the iPad's Retina Display are taking up all the precious storage real estate reminded me to tell you there's actually a solution to all of this. While it might sound inconvenient to store your media on a separate device, it might be time to consider it so that you don't have to forfeit downloading new apps to make room for media. Many manufacturers now offer Wi-Fi-enabled hard drives that stream to your iOS device, and it's worth the additional cost if you use your iPad primarily as an entertainment portal.
There have been plenty of rumors flying around in recent months that the MacBook Pro may soon resemble the MacBook Air, slimming down and losing bulky, traditional hard disk and optical storage. But what if the Pro lineup was simply being absorbed into a larger Air?
Own a mid-2011 iMac and already starting to feel the squeeze with your internal storage? The wizards over at iFixit have discovered that last year’s 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac is capable of adding a second internal hard drive -- and is now offering the tools to do it yourself.
ioSafe, the makers of the fire- and water-proof Rugged Portable hard drives, have just announced the next generation of drives that are both Thunderbolt compatible and thunderbolt proof. Not only does the drive hook up to a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, but it's also safe in a lightning storm -- or, perhaps more commonly, an electricity short from a bad power outlet.
Seagate announced this morning that it will be releasing a GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter for its existing GoFlex portable and desktop hard drives. The adpater will work on the GoFlex Desk External drives, as well as the GoFlex Pro Ultra-portable drives. If you own either of these, you can purchase the adapter to access the drives via the Thunderbolt port built in to your Mac.
Honestly, we're just happy to hear that someone's finally making hard drives at the consumer level. 8TB Raids are nice, but unless you're a professional video or music producer, they're not too practical.
Hooray, another Friday is here! It seems like they come faster and faster this time of year, which is a good thing for those of us who need to get out and do some Christmas (or other holiday) shopping, buy and trim the tree and start getting the apartment or house in order so those miscreant relatives have somewhere to stay. If the mere thought of all that has you exhausted, take a break for a few moments and catch up on all the tech news for Friday, December 2, 2011.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple today that revealed plans for a next generation Hybrid Drive utilizing both a hard-disk drive (HDD) and a flash drive.
Intel will be releasing a hybrid drive system in 2012, called Smart Response; but Apple’s application indicates they have plans to make their own. Where Intel’s hybrid will focus on putting mass storage on an HHD but keeping the OS, favorite apps, and essential services on a Solid State Drive (SSD), Cupertino seems to be focusing more on handling issues that cause HDD failures.
There’s some fierce competition between hard drive manufacturers, and Hitachi isn’t going to let Seagate enjoy the 4TB spotlight for even a full week. The company’s G-Technology division has introduced their own 4TB disk and is packing two of them inside a whopping 8TB G-RAID external case complete with Thunderbolt.