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[Deal Alert] 256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD card on sale for $135 at Amazon ($45 off)

Cloud storage is great. With it you can safely tuck away all your important photos, videos, documents, and other digital possessions in someone else's server and access them at any time. Any time you have an internet connection, that is. For people who fly often, have a limited data plan, slow internet, or a severe case of paranoia, local storage still reigns supreme. If you need a lot of it for a reasonable price then look no further. Today, you can grab a 256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSD card for just $135 at Amazon.

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Kingston announces 1TB and 2TB flash drives, because why not

Since the very first disc drive, the 5MB IBM 350, storage has only become cheaper, smaller, and more plentiful. Today at CES, Kingston Digital announced the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (that's a mouthful) flash drives, which will be sold in both 1TB and 2TB configurations.

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The previously announced Google Play billing for Drive storage is already live for some

Google announced a couple weeks ago that billing for Google Drive would move over to the Play Store subscription system. At the time it said this would happen sometime in January, but it looks like it's already live for some people. Time to check your Google Play account page.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, and Walmart offer deep discounts on MicroSD cards and Wi-Fi storage today

It's well into the evening now for most of the US, so presumably the bloody melee that is retail Black Friday sales is mostly over. If you've set your broken bones and patched up your bruises and you're still itching for some deals, the big box online stores are still offering discounts on MicroSD card storage, plus SanDisk's Wi-Fi-powered flash storage devices. Let's break it down by retailer, shall we?

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SD Association announces new 'App Performance Class' for SD cards

The SD Association is the trade group which oversees the specification for (you guessed it) SD cards. SD Specification 5.1 is about to roll out, and there's something of particular interest for Android users in there—a new app performance class for cards that have been certified to be fast enough to run apps on your phone.

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[Deal Alert] Up to 50% off of PNY storage devices on Amazon Gold Box today

Another day, another deal and today's comes from Amazon's Gold Box sale. Certain PNY flash storage items are on sale for up to 50% off. These include flash drives, SD cards, microSD cards, and OTG accessories. Most of the storage media are pretty high capacity, too.

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Android 7.1 feature spotlight: Storage now separates System into an entry all of its own

Android's storage management has steadily improved over the last few years, with a storage manager added in Marshmallow and adoptable SD cards as well. The next small, iterative improvement arrives in Android 7.1 Nougat, with System now separated out into its own entry in the storage management screen.

This means that, when viewing the storage that has been used, it will now show System storage and how much has been taken up by the System - on my 6P running 7.1, System takes up 4.57GB. On my Wileyfox Spark, which runs Marshmallow (albeit Cyanogen OS, but still) ... I can't tell because there's no System entry.

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[8-Hour Deal Alert] Get a 200GB SanDisk microSD card for just $59.99 as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day

Storage is constantly getting cheaper and cheaper, which is great news for consumers. Less than a year ago, this very product was considered a deal at $135. This isn't the first time this deal has come, but right now, you can pick up a 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card for a penny under $60 as part of Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day.

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Telegram version 3.11 adds group previews, personal storage, faster downloads, trending stickers, and more

Stickers: they're seriously business. Apparently. Not being into all of these newfangled messenger alternatives I've really never seen the point, but they're important enough that super-popular alt messenger Telegram thinks they need their own "trending" section in the app. Version 3.11 adds a trending sticker area to its dedicated sticker page, so you can browse the most popular images being used by the service's hundreds of millions of users. Neat.

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[Update: Down To $24.90 Until 1AM ET] [Deal Alert] Silicon Power 128GB MicroSD Card Drops To All-Time Low Price Of $29.95

Storage is always getting cheaper thanks to the unstoppable march of technology. That's particularly apparent in the prices of microSD cards, which are more affordable than ever. I remember once paying $100 for a 1GB SD card, but that was many years ago. Today, you can get the Silicon Power 128GB microSD card for $29.95.

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