Every time it seems like we're starting to run out of hard drive space, some genius comes along and invents a way to cram more data onto those spinning magnetic platters. But as far as we know, this is the first time that it's also involved making said platters even tastier than they already are.
Hard drives are getting bigger and faster every year, but they're just barely keeping pace with the rate at which our data are expanding. A new service called Bitcasa wants to be the last hard drive you ever need, by offering seamless and infinite (infinite!) cloud-based storage for all of your data.
Back in the day a 2GB flash drive was huge. It stored all your word documents and spreadsheets, with enough room for a bunch of photos. These days, our digital lives need to be high capacity and portable. Transcend's got a solution: 2TB USB 3.0 flash drives. Yes, please!
You might think your 1TB of storage is a ton. And it is! But it's got nothing on what IBM is cooking up: a 120 petabyte storage setup, the largest ever.
Compared to other, more modern storage mediums, optical discs are terrible. They're big, they're fragile, and they're hard to access. You may not agree, and neither does GE: they've just developed a commercial micro-holographic storage technology that can fit 500 gigs on an optical disc.
Backing up your data is always a compromise between resiliency and accessibility. LaCie's new CloudBox manages to seamlessly do both, which would be awesome if only it wasn't so ridiculously expensive.
There's a physical limit to the number of magnetic bits that you can stuff onto a given area on a traditional hard drive, and we're pretty close to it right now. For hard drives to get bigger without getting, you know, bigger, we're going to have to get creative, and one research team has done this by taking hard drives into the third dimension.
Keeping track of all your different passwords can be quite a task, so this little device gives you a handy place where you can store them all, completely independently from your computer or phone.
You probably have about a hundred trillion different microorganisms living in your gut right now, which is ten times the number of cells in your body. These microorganisms help keep you alive, but researchers have figured out how to get them to store your porn collection at the same time.
Video game consoles these days sure do end up cluttering your living room up. With four controllers, some fake instruments and any number of other peripherals, it ends up being a huge chore just keeping your space tidy. That's why I like the Level Up tower, which keeps all your gaming detritus nice and organized for you.