Crucial has announced the immediate availability of the Crucial Ballistix Sport XT memory. Designed for gamers and enthusiasts looking for fast and responsive performance, Ballistix Sport XT modules offer XMP profiles for advanced speeds and timings as well as easy...
Just when you think you've seen every kind of USB memory stick in the world, another one comes along. This one dispenses post-it notes. Very handy, if you use post-it notes, which unfortunately I don't.
It's got two gigabytes of memory built in, with an unspecified number of post-it notes. Not sure how easy they'd be to 'refill' either, though I suppose you could just chop a normal pad into strips and stick the bottom one on with glue. Of course it suffers from the same problem as every other USB stick - if you knock it by accident, then you've got a very good chance of damaging the port or the stick.
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Samsung has managed to cram 32GB of memory onto a single RAM stick, by developing a 4Gb RAM chip (4Gb = 512MB). The 32GB capacity is possible by shoehorning two 16GB modules onto one unit. Of course the real effect will probably be an increase in the availability of 16GB RAM sticks, which are much easier and cheaper to create.
Considering most people still run 32-bit operating systems, which can cope with a maximum of 3.8GB of RAM, this development is one to file under 'wait a few years', especially as most people will likely plump for 32-bit Windows 7 for compatibility reasons. Despite the scientific progress, the market is still stuck in the 2GB - 4GB range that it has been for a couple of years.
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There's a lot of people out there, myself included, eager for the N97, hoping it'll be a valid rival from Nokia to the omnipresent iPhone. Well, perhaps there isn't too long to wait after all, given that over the weekend, Play.com put up a pre-order page for Nokia's next flagship device. In fact, it's still up at the time of writing.
That page confidently claims that the N97 will arrive on the 31st March, and cost the princely sum of £480 sim- and contract-free, and unlocked. There's some specs too - I've listed them over the jump. Now... any advice on how to scrape together £480 by the end of March? Answers in the comments please.
If I learnt anything from the second series of Heroes, it's that people who turn stuff into gold tend to end up in an early grave. A cautionary tale for Super Talent, who make USB drives out of 18 carat solid gold. The Pico-C USB drive. Oh, they cost US$599, by the way. What do you get for that cash? 8GB of storage, 30MB/s transfer speeds (gold's a very good conductor) and water resistance, in case you drop it in your $300 glass of champagne.
The company will also etch anything you like onto it for no extra cost, like a pretty zebra, your primary school nickname (big ears), or maybe even your company's logo. The whole thing arrives in a black velvet jewelery box with a certificate of authenticity and a gold keychain. I'll say again - US$599. That's £380. Yowch. Grab one on eBay and spraypaint it gold instead.
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Over the past few years, there's been a vast army of competing memory card formats, fuelling an army of card-reader devices that let you use the most popular formats. Luckily the industry seems to be settling on SD cards as a universal format, but the choice still remains between SD, MiniSD, and the tiny MicroSD. Reports that the NanoSD, FemtoSD and YoctoSD cards are forthcoming are all false...
If you've just been caught doing something by a mouse, science has come up with a useful way to get you off the hook - it can now erase the memories of mice.
This would also mean you could tell a mouse a joke, erase its memory, then tell it the joke again. A mouse could also watch "Total Recall" and be amazed, then erase its own memory of ever having watched "Total Recall" and be amazed by it all over again. Plus you could buy your mouse the same present for Christmas every year and it would never know. The real-world applications for this technology are boundless...
Excellent news if you were thinking about buying a PS3. Awful news if you've just bought one. According to a number of online retailers, Sony are bringing out their 80GB PS3 on Friday, rather than a week Friday as was previously thought...
Speaking of memory, the industry's darlings SanDisk have shown off a clever way of transferring data to and from your phone, the SanDisk Mobile Ultra.
Offered in microSD/SDHC and M2 forms, the kit comes with a USB adapter which you can slot the teeny cards into, and transfer the data to and from your PC via the USB port. They're not fooling around with the storage capacities either, advertising 2GB, 4GB and 8GB varieties. With prices ranging...