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Lite-On eNAU608: Lightweight Optical Drive Goes Anywhere

Having two disc-labeling technology options is a plus, but this portable delivered unimpressive performance.

The Optical Drive: Appendix of the Modern PC

Once a core component of every laptop and desktop PC, the silver spinning disc is rapidly going the way of the floppy.

Speedy USB 3.0 Spec Quickly Becomes a Consumer Reality

Expect parity in pricing with USB 2.0 and for USB 3.0 everywhere in 2011.

What's New and Hot in Storage at CES

The Storage Stories of CESJoin us on a tour of the newest in storage from CES and the Storage Visions conferences.Check out PCWorld's complete coverage of CES 2011. Iomega SuperHero Dock for iPhonesIomega has released a unique...

Hitachi-LG Data Storage Shows Off Hybrid Optical Drive

Optical drive concept could help boost system performance, too.

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Lite-On IHAS524-T98: Multiformat Disc Burner Etches Labels Onto Media

Inexpensive CD and DVD writer uses the underside of media to etch a label, but there's no support for Blu-ray Disc.

CDs: Obsolete by 2015?

Music will shift nearly entirely to digital downloads within years, edging out optical media and players, survey predicts.

Fearing More Wikileaks, Military Bans DVDs, Thumb Drives

The U.S. government, concerned of more 'Wikileaks', banned CDs, DVDs and USB drives from classified military computers.

Is the optical drive going the way of the floppy?

Technology is ever changing. What was ubiquitous one day can be archaic the next. Cassette drives no longer run software. We don't transfer files on a floppy...

How Do I Back Up My Photos?

Not sure what photo backup method to use? Learn about the benefits of online backup services, hard drives, and optical discs.

Hitachi-LG prototypes 1TB Blu-ray cartridge storage for network backups

Hitachi-LG Data Storage has developed a prototype data storage device that uses Blu-ray Disc cartridges, each capable of holding a terabyte of data.

Would You Pay $30 For an At-Home, One-Time Movie?

Hollywood studios are considering an offering that would let you rent movies just as they leave theaters for $30 a pop.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 9 Integrates Social Network Uploads, but Lacks Strong Integration With Its Organizer App

Not a huge upgrade, but still an excellent video editor, especially for the price.

Roxio Creator 2011 Adds 3D

The refreshed all-in-one media software suite offers tools to create, edit, and share 3D photos and video.

Google Voice Failures: Lost in Transcription

Google’s Web-based phone service sends voicemail transcripts to your inbox. Whether they make any sense is another matter entirely.

Sharp Unveils 100GB Blu-ray Disc

New discs, drives are the first to support BDXL specs, but rewritable 100GB and write-once 128GB BDXL will follow.

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Apricorn Aegis NetDock: An Affordable, Convenient Laptop Companion

This docking station is ideal for netbooks; it packs an optical drive and powered USB ports, and can come with an optional hard drive.

5 Things You’ll Actually Like About the New Hotmail

Microsoft will launch an update of its e-mail service this summer with some innovative and useful features.

"Kill Your Facebook Page" Backlash Gains Speed

Calls for people to delete their Facebook accounts are gathering momentum. Critics cite privacy concerns and plummeting trust in the company and its leader, Mark Zuckerberg.

Twitter Bomb Joker @PaulJChambers Fined $1500 in #TwitterJokeTrial

Bomb-joker Paul Chambers has been convicted and fined $1500 for his inadvisable tweet about blowing up an airport.

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