Kenwood has released 6 new car radios that allow connections to your USB hard drive or MP3 player. The radio then detects and replays digital audio files that are stored in WMA, ACC, or MP3 formats. Four of these 1-Din models, KDC-W534UA, KDC-W5534U, KDC-W6534U, and KDC-W7534U, connect through the rear while the other two, DPX501U and DPX701U, have their connections in front. There is even a supplied USB cord and an optional iPod adapter. So far there is no word on product availability or price. In the meantime, we’re going to work on getting our PC’s into the passenger seat.
No, this isn’t just a hard drive turned on its side, it’s a new technology called perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). This new technology allows for higher data storage density on the drive by stacking the storage “bits” vertically and more densely. The new MHW2 line using PMR achieves up to 160GB in capacity in a compact 2.5” form factor.
Perpendicular storage isn’t the only update to these drives. Engineers also incorporated new anti-shock and power saving technologies allowing the device to withstand up to 300g’s of mechanical shock and energy efficiency as good as 3.8milliWatts/GB, both of which are industry best according to Fujitsu. The 80GB and 160GB versions of the drive will be available October of this year.
Read More | Fujitsu
Just in time for the holidays, Plextor announced today that their PX-B900A Blu-Ray Disc drive will be released to distributors in North and South America this October. This new multi-function drive promises to support the next generation of optical storage data technology.
The PX-B900A can burn more than 9 hours of HD video (about 23 hours of SD) on a dual-layered 50 GB disc. Compatible with Windows software, it works with write speeds DVD-RAM, Dual Layer DVD, Double Layer DVD, DVD±R/RW, and CD-R/RW. The drive comes bundled with a rewritable 25GB BD-RE media disc and software WinDVD BD, Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus, DVD Movie factory, BurnNow, Data-Add, and BD-DiscRecorder. Also included in this package is a 1-year full warranty and unlimited toll-free tech support.
As an early fan of Plextor, I am hoping that Santa is passing out lots of these, because at an MSRP of $999.99, it’s more than a tad over my budget.
Read More | Plextor Corporation
We know many people who are wary of discarding their old hard drives, especially after the drives have died without offering the option to reformat. We know people who have opened them up and scratched up the platters manually, and others who just have a drawer full a bunch of drives. At Gear Live’s Seattle Mind Camp, Pablos of the Shmoo Group asked everyone to bring their old hard drives so that we could give them a proper burial. The result? An 8,000-degree hard drive meltdown, thanks to a little thermite.
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Sony said today they’ve begun U.S. shipments of 50GB dual layer Blu-ray Disc recordable (write once) media. It is priced at around $48.
The Sony 50GB Blu-ray Discs offer a special technology on them which reportedly offers features like “scratch guard, archival reliability to prevent data/image corruption and deterioration, stable writing that reduces fluctuation as the disc spins, and temperature durability to prevent warping during severe changes in temperature and humidity.” Sony expects to ship 50GB dual layer rewritable BD media later this year.
Read More | Sony 50GB Blu-ray Disc Product Info
SmartDisk, a maker of storage products and technologies, today has a new 2” by 2” external USB hard drive available. The SmartDisk ByteSize is priced at $119.99 for a 6GB model and $149.99 for an 8GB drive.
The ByteSize from SmartDisk is a “mass storage class” computer add-on, meaning it requires no driver installation when used with operating systems like Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows XP and Windows Me. Few other details were made available, but this device looks to be a pretty standard USB hard drive computer peripheral.
Read More | SmartDisk ByteSize Product Information
The folks at Creative Motion know how to light up a room. Check out their latest home entertainment offerings, a pair of CD racks that will have your friends and family looking twice (or maybe shielding their eyes) at the brilliance.
The item on the left is the Glitter Rack, and the title is very descriptive: It can certainly hold up to 32 CDs, but its main claim to fame is the sparkling glitter chips floating through the space of the center glass. On the right is the one for all you DNA fans out there. It’s the Kinetic Blacklight CD Rack, and the center of this one is a spinning colorful helix lit up by a blacklight bulb in back.
Pricing varies a bit between the two racks. The Glitter Rack goes for $29.99 USD. The Kinetic Blacklight Rack holds 36 CDs, and you can get your hands on it for $39.99 USD.
Read More | ChipChick
Apricorn added a new external hard drive to its product line up today with the unveiling of the Aegis Portable. This 2.5” hard drive is available in 40GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB storage capacities.
The Aegis Portable weighs 5.5 ounces and has an integrated USB cable as well as shock mounting. Features on this external hard drive include PC and Mac compatibility, backup software, encryption software and a padded neoprene pouch to carry the drive while traveling.
Read More | Apricorn Aegis Portable Product Info
Why do you need a PC to burn your photos and videos to DVD? Sony wants to you know that you don’t - not if you buy their new DVD burner. It’s the DVDirect MC1, and it takes the PC out of the burning equation. You can record camcorder, VCR, or even PVR videos right onto DVD+Rs and DVD+RWs. If static images are more your thing, then you can copy those JPEGs or GIFs right to a DVD-R or DVD-RW as a DVD slideshow. Just stick the memory card or stick in the slot and away you burn.
Like most other similar products these days, the MC1 allows you to print those images as well, to a PictBridge-compatible printer. You can look at those images, the videos, and (of course) the finished products on the built-in LCD screen. Lastly, if you must include that PC, just make sure you have a USB cord handy.
Read More | SonyBurners
Lexar said today they are bringing the PowerToGo software platform to their JumpDrive Lightning USB flash drives so users can create a virtual desktop environment they can carry from one Windows-based machine to another. These drives are available in 1GB and 2GB capacities and price from $79.99.
The PowerToGo-equipped JumpDrive Lightnings will let users install and run many standard Windows applications directly from the USB drive. Once done working a host computer the drive is removed, leaving no history behind. Also included on JumpDrive Lightnings will be the EverNote software product for capturig, storing and accessing information, such as typed and handwritten notes, web clips, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms, sketches, photos and documents.
Read More | Lexar JumpDrive Lightning Product Page
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