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Toshiba Introduces Write-Once SD Card

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on April 28th, 2011

Toshiba has announced an SD card like you have never seen before. It allows users to store up to 1GB of content, but the content can not be erased or modified in any way. Write once and that’s it. It also can not be formatted. It looks like any other SD card and can be used just like a normal card.

What you store on it stays on it. Toshiba is targeting “governmental offices” and businesses with the Write-Once Card and they have already started selling them in Japan. The company is probably testing the waters with this low capacity card, hoping to deliver media on them eventually.

Samsung launches premium SD card range in South Korea

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2011

Samsung has launched their new premium SD card and microSD card range in South Korea. Samsung’s memory cards are known for being rugged and reliable so you can count on them. They will be available in two categories, Essential and Plus. Class 4 for Essential and Class 6 for Plus. And they come with a limited warranty.

The cards range in capacities from 4GB to 16GB with a read speed of up to 17MB/s and a write speed of up to 13MB/s. The cards are water-proof, magnet proof and dust proof and will survive temperatures from 85C to -40C.

Planex MZK-SNG02US USB and SD card Ethernet converter

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Chances are that you own several SD memory cards as well as USB flash drives. If you carry important data on either and want to share your USB device or SD memory card over the network, Planex has a new solution. The new MZK-SNG02US.

It is iTunes and DLNA compatible and will allow you to access the content stored on any SD memory card or USB hard drive to any DLNA-compatible device, whether that’s your computer, smartphone or game console. The device features a Gigabit Ethernet port and FTP support.

Minimalist SD Card Reader

Posted in Memory by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

We’ve seen plenty of memory card readers, but some are better looking than others. The Elecom MR-C27 SD card reader has a pretty nice design, even if it is somewhat like a toaster. It features four SD card slots for your SD/microSD/miniSD cards.

Your cards won’t pop out like toast, but this will look good on your desk. It will cost you $48, but hey, it’s designed very well and looks great.

Raw Steel Super Tough SD Card

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

As a general rule, SD cards are not tough. They’re wimpy and easily broken. Not this one though. The Raw Steel Super Tough SD card from Hoodman has protective metal imbedded in the front to make it extremely rugged.

The storage device is also made using epoxy, so it is waterproof as well. Sounds like this memory card is tougher than your digital camera. It’s available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of storage sizes and the SDHC cards will be released on November 15th.

JVC SD Card-based HD player

Posted in JVC by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2010

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. JVC’s latest CU-VS100 HD player features two SD and SDHC card readers so you can play SD/SDHC content on your HDTV. The device connects to your TV through an HDMI port.

The JVC CU-VS100 is compatible with most popular audio and video file formats including .mts, .m2ts, .mov, .tod, .mod, .mpg, JPG, MP3 and WAV. They throw in a remote controller with every purchase and an A/V cable.

zoomIt adds SD card access to iPhone, iPod touch

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2010

ZoomMediaPlus has announced its new zoomIt application-enabled accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. It works with the company’s free zoomIt app. It’s an SD card reader for the iPhone and iPod touch. Some features include support for all iPhone OS 3.0 file types, including photos, videos, music, and documents, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, PDF and others.

The app allows you to view, listen and share the files via e-mail, Facebook, and Flickr, and supports the transfer of files from the card to the iPhone or iPod touch for unconnected access. The app will also allow you to save photos and videos from the card to your Camera Rolls, or move media from the Camera Roll onto the SD card.

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Eye-Fi SD cards get update for sending video to Facebook

Posted in Digital Cameras by Shane McGlaun on October 29th, 2009

eyefi-sbOne of the best things I bought to go along with my wife’s digital camera was the Eye-Fi SD card. She can never remember how to upload pics to Facebook and I end up having to do it for her. Thanks to the Eye-Fi, the uploading is done automatically and I don’t have to bother.

Eye-Fi announced a new update today that allows users of digital cameras that can record video to automatically upload the video directly to Facebook without having to use a computer. The video is also added to RSS feeds to tell friends when it is uploaded.

New 15-Inch MacBook Pro features 7-Hour Battery Life, SD card slot

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2009

New 15-Inch MacBook Pro features 7-Hour Battery Life, SD card slotToday Apple announced new MacBook Pro models with the same upgraded, 7-hour battery life as the 17-inch MacBook Pro, more memory, a processor upgrade, and storage, as well as an SD-card slot. They are shipping today.

According to Apple, the battery will last 5 years or 1,000 recharges since it’s non-removable. The base model features a 3.06 GHz Dual Core Intel processor, 4GB of memory, a 250GB 5400rpm HDD, and an upgraded display at $1,699. That’s $300 less than the current model. If you want to upgrade to a 2.66GHz processor with a 320GB hard drive, that’ll cost you $1,999, while the 2.8GHz model with a 500GB hard drive will hit at $2,299.

Panasonic’s first Blood Pressure Monitor with SD Card

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

Panasonic’s first Blood Pressure Monitor with SD CardPanasonic recently unveiled it’s first Blood Pressure monitor with an SD card slot. You can save health data on the SD card for up to 5 different people. Tip: If you have 5 people in your house unhealthy enough to need this device, you are in some serious trouble and should probably be in the hospital right now.

The data can be read via your computer or your doctor‘s PC. No word on pricing yet. All I know is that the 5 of you better start exercising pretty darn quick.

SD Card Association announces Embedded SD

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 12th, 2008

SD AssociationMany portable electronic devices that are used today store data from office documents to music and video files using SD storage in the form of full-size SD cards and microSD cards. The association that promotes the SD format — the SD Card Association — announced a new standard today for Embedded SD storage.

The new standard would allow manufacturers to embed SD memory inside devices like cameras, phones, and MP3 players. The new specification allows makers to build devices that have internal and external storage using the same specifications.

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Nintendo is “working on a solution” to Wii storage

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2008

Nintendo is “working on a solution” to Wii storageWe’ve seen the writing on the wall and it seems to indicate that Nintendo is working on some USB devices for the Wii, but Laurent Fischer of Nintendo Europe quashed that idea while another option now seems open. According to GamesIndustry.biz, he says that the company is “working on a solution” to the Wii storage problem, but he also says “definitely there’s no plan to issue hardware,” like a hard drive.

So the thinking now is that Nintendo is working on a firmware update that would allow downloaded games to be played directly from SD cards, but no one knows for sure. We may get more details as E3 approaches.

Eye-Fi announces a trio of new products

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on May 12th, 2008

Eye-Fi SD CardsIf you shoot lots of pictures at your home, the office or a friend’s house—really anywhere there is a Wi-Fi hotspot– the Eye-Fi may be the perfect SD storage card for you. The SD card has a built-in Wi-Fi connection that basically allows the SD card unlimited capacity by sending images to your PC directly over the wireless network as they are taken.

Previously, Eye-Fi only had one product in its line but today it announced three products. The Eye-Fi Explore is the most expensive at $129. It automatically finds nearby Wi-Fi networks and adds geolocation tags to images taken automatically using Skyhook’s global Wi-Fi positioning system. The Explorer also allows the uploading of images from over 10,000 Wayport hotspots in the U.S. and has 2GB of storage capacity.