Hard drive prices may be skyrocketing, but USB keys are almost a dime a dozen these days. Maybe that’s why people lose them so much; apparently, folks drop memory sticks at major rail lines by the literal bucket load. Misplacing all that data doesn’t sound smart, but security vendor Sophos recently tested an auction lot of 50 lost USBs on Sydney railways, and their findings show that losing those sticks may have been a good thing after all – since most of them were riddled with malware.
There's a new speed demon in Sony's stable of Memory Stick cards, and it's called the PRO-HG Duo HX. Capable of transferring data at 30MB/s, Sony says this is their fastest memory card yet.
Where this kind of speed will really pay dividends, says Sony, is when using features like burst shooting for DSLR or recording HD video. Using a 32GB capacity HX series Memory Stick in an Alpha DSLR camera, a user can snap about 260 images in 60 seconds (JPEG mode/Large [14MB]). That's about 160 percent more images than what's possible with a PRO Duo Memory Stick.
For recording duties, Sony claims a user can transfer about 175 minuts of HD video (1920x1080) or a 30GB file in just 17 minutes when paired with the compatible high-speed adapter, while doing so on a 32GB PRO Duo Memory Stick would take four times as long.
Available this summer, the new HX series will start out at $60 and range in capacity from 8GB to 32GB.
You can only swim against the tide for so long. Sony, after 11 long years swimming against the tide, has announced that its giving in, and it too will produce a line of SD cards.
Sony says “the new cards will complement” their existing Memory Stick line of memory cards, but it concedes the Memory Stick’s unpopularity by saying it needs to “satisfy the needs of a broader range of users.” (Such as everybody else in the known universe.)
Sony’s SD/SDHC cards will be Class 4, and range in capacity from 2 GB to 32 GB. A line of microSD/microSDHC cards will also be available, with capacities from 2 GB to 8 GB. Retail prices will range from $14.99 for the 2 GB SD card to $159.99 for the 32 GB SDHC card. MicroSD cards will range in price from $14.99 to $44.99.
Don’t think Sony’s yet given up on out-lasting the tide. According to Sony, the “Memory Stick is [still] the recommended media for Sony products.”