Anyone can build an SD card, but not all SD cards are created equal

SD cards and microSD cards of all varieties permeate the consumer market. The price is continually dropping. They’re mass produced in huge factories in Asia. The cost of materials is so low you may start to wonder is there a way to ensure you receive a high quality SD card for your automotive, medical, body worn camera or other Read post...

Bringing Your Data Home

You had your picture archive safe on Flickr, your documents on Dropbox, and a running archive of your devices on Apple’s iCloud. But when something happens to one of these services—like the two-day Dropbox downtime—you wonder if keeping your archives in cloud storage options really is the best way to go about this.  Cloud Read post...

What You’re Paying for When You Buy SSD Drives Designed for Professional Video Shoots

Sure, you can get an SSD that looks as though it ought to fit your video camera for fairly cheap on eBay or off the shelf. So what makes a “professional video” SSD, well, professional? To begin with, not all SSD drives are compatible with a high-end video camera like that from Blackmagic Design. Some don’t fit the camera; a Read post...

How to get more Xbox One game storage with minimal effort

The stock Xbox One claims 500GB of storage, but in reality it only has 364.8GB of usable space. Each Blu-ray disc game you play has to be completely installed on the internal hard drive in order to play it – these games run between 20GB and 40GB on average! Additionally with Xbox One Backwards Compatibility and the plethora of Read post...

The importance of Blu-ray discs made in Japan

Having to look for some of the highest quality Blu-ray media on the planet can be a daunting task for individuals and organizations. The notion that buying direct from “the source” as the only reliable means is often on the top of their search to-do list.  While having dedicated countless hours sifting through forums on where the Read post...

Industrial SSDs on the Frontiers of Science: Using SSDs at the International Space Station

It’s not only high-end business and heavy-duty applications that rely on the power of Industrial Solid State Drives (SSDs) these days. Besides powering most of our earthly communications and industry, Industrial SSDs are also pushing the frontiers of science beyond the limits of our atmosphere. They have become the storage medium of Read post...

What Went Wrong With TLC NAND

When Samsung pushed the envelope and introduced their TLC-NAND flash memory for general use, it had the makings of a landmark innovation. TLC (triple-level cell) NAND is cheaper to manufacture than either SLC or MLC NAND, as it works by fitting more data  into the same NAND cell—three bits per cell, rather than the one bit or two Read post...

Your microSD Card: Is Cost All That Matters?

They look the same and have the same capacity.  For consumers shopping for a microSD card, the only difference might appear to be their price. Does it really matter which microSD card you buy? Should you go with the cheapest option? Turns out, there’s more to that little plastic chip than you can see on the outside. It may come as Read post...

Top 5 things cinematographers love about our Professional Video SSDs

Cinematographers and filmmakers love our Professional video SSD drives. After much discussion on the how and why we developed a series of SSD drives focused on video capture, primarily aiming towards certification for Blackmagic recording hardware, we have found the top 5 things that get cinematographers excited about our Read post...

Apple’s new Photos app, how to back up your photos without iCloud

Apple recently released a totally new Photos app for OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite that replaces the widely used long time software iPhoto. (To get the new app just update your Mac by visiting the App Store > Updates). The new Photos app is a needed breath of fresh air on the desktop, as it takes many ques from the iOS version of the Read post...