If you're one of the 1.5 billion WhatsApp users of the world, you'll know how important it is to back up your messages. Google Drive backups are conveniently built into the app but have always taken up valuable bytes of your storage quota. Starting later this year, WhatsApp is teaming up with Google to make backups entirely free. Read More
You might recall the Google One announcement from a few months ago. Google's new storage plans are an even better deal than they once were with 2TB for $20 per month. That made Dropbox look a little behind the times with its 1TB offering. Today, Dropbox is catching up, at least in terms of total storage. The "Pro" monthly plan is moving from 1TB to 2TB, matching Google One.
The varying bus types, speed classes, and specification standards for SD cards can be confusing for the layman to navigate, but performance for the diminutive storage devices has been making a lot of progress over recent years. You can even buy one with over 500GB of capacity in a package smaller than a postage stamp, and now the SD Association is setting its sights on even bigger and faster cards with the new SD Express and SD Ultra Capacity standards as part of the SD 7.0 spec. Read More
Earlier in the year, Integral Memory introduced the world's first 512GB microSD card (which unfortunately isn't sold stateside). PNY is showing off the second 512GB microSD, the PNY Elite 512GB, at Computex 2018, and the card will run you $349.99 when it becomes available. Read More
Google Drive doesn't break the bank when it comes to storage. For a mere $20 a year, you can add 100 GB to your combined Google service data pool and apply that space to anything from Google Photos to overly-large emails. And now Google is making things a bit more clear when it comes to the subject of storage for its various services. The new Google One replaces all non-G Suite business Google Drive storage plans with a wider variety of storage options, some at an improved value. Read More
Memory cards may not be the sexiest tech products around, but with many of our phones and cameras still relying on them for additional storage space they're still important. Prices for high-capacity MicroSD cards have fallen substantially in recent years, but it's not just the how much you can fit on them that's important — endurance is also a consideration.
Designed specifically for intensive monitoring uses, such as surveillance, body, or dash cameras, the Samsung PRO Endurance MicroSDHC/MicroSDXC lineup offers up to an industry-leading 43,800 hours of continuous video recording. They have read speeds of up to 100MB/s plus FHD/4K support via write speeds of up to 30MB/s. Read More
So you need some more storage in your phone? Well, you're in luck as long as you've got a microSD card slot. The 200GB SanDisk card is on sale today for a mere $56. That's the cheapest we've seen it since the last Black Friday sale. Read More
The standards organization JEDEC has released version 3.0 of the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) specification. The new specification more than doubles the bandwidth from the previous version, providing up to two lanes at 1450 MB/s, for a maximum of 2.9 GB/s, compared to a maximum of 1.2 GB/s. The standard also includes temperature reporting mechanisms on the storage controller intended specifically for the automotive market, where electronics are subject to more adverse conditions. Read More
Smartphones come with more internal storage these days, but sometimes that just isn't enough. For those devices with the necessary slot, a microSD card can allow you to carry a massive media library around in your pocket. You can get some of the fastest cards out there today for a nice discount. Samsung's EVO Select cards are all on sale. The smaller ones are just a few bucks off, but you save more on the larger ones. Read More
We live in interesting times. As the USB Type-C standard slowly spreads, we're left with three different USB ports in operation. There's USB-C, USB-A, and microUSB, but no longer will you need different flash drives for all those devices. A company called Silicon Power has announced a flash drive that has all three connectors, and it doesn't look as awkward as you'd expect. Read More