The first memory cards to comply with the UHS-II standard
Toshiba is crowning its new microSD memory cards as being the fastest the world has ever seen. They're supposedly the first in the industry to comply with the UHS-II interface standard, which is an ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Version 4.20. Specifically, the new cards are UHS Speed Class 3 enabled, which allow for 4K video capture at constant minimum write speeds of 30MB/s.
Samsung's new line of SD and microSD memory cards look so good it's a shame they'll spend most of their time hiding inside your digital camera or other portable device. Regardless of the fact that memory cards are destined to spend most of their days out of sight, Samsung decided to add a bit of bling to seven new models of SD and microSD cards as part of either its High Speed Series or Plus Extreme Speed Series.
There was a lot of confusion about Windows Phone 7's microSD card support approaching the launch. Most phones do not have a slot, and some of those that do are not accessible. One notable exception is the Samsung Focus on AT&T, which gives users easy access to the card. Now Engadget has gotten word that AT&T is recommending that people not try to swap in a bigger card, or risk degrading performance.
The problem is in the way Windows Phone 7 uses that extra space. It is merged with the internal NAND flash memory to create one data store. So a card that isn't up to snuff could bring things to a messy halt. AT&T says that cards will be available in the future that are "Certified for Windows Phone 7". They have also cautioned that the speed class rating is not the only determining factor.
Microsoft was aware of this issue prior to the launch, but for some reason AT&T is only getting around to telling customers now. Do you have a Samsung Focus? Have you successfully swapped the microSD card?
Since our recent review of the iPhone 4, we've been doing a lot of thinking about smartphones. They've come a long way from their humble beginings, but we're still not satisfied. There are still features that are either present in only some smartphones, or none at all, that we think are absolutely vital. Here's our quick list of 10 features that should be completely mandatory in every phone.
Check it out, and when you're done hit the comments and let us know what you think. Did we miss a big one? Is one of ours dumb? We want to hear about it.
You will have to part with a paltry sum of $20 to own the SlotMusic player. Price alone won’t decide the fate of the SlotMusic player, though. It will hinge, eventually, on the success or failure of SlotMusic cards. The MP3 player comes with batteries and earphones.
SanDisk is teaming up with major music labels, including Sony BMG, to offer “slotMusic”; 1GB memory cards preloaded with full length albums.
The albums will be sold at retailers likes Wal-Mart and Best Buy and will be encoded in high quality mp3 format. The microSD cards will have no DRM restrictions, allowing the music to be easily downloaded to a computer or loaded onto an mp3 player. SanDisk also anticipates that be offering 1GB cards, artists will take the liberty of offering more than just an average 11-track album, maybe even venturing to offer music videos, interviews, album art, bonus tracks, and other premium content.
This business venture is an interesting one, especially considering that SanDisk seems to be attempting to revive physical media. This could prove to be a difficult endeavor, especially with companies like Apple being ahead of the game with iTunes. There’s speculation that this is SanDisk’s way of trying to offset the takeover bids from Samsung and Toshiba, though analysts say there is little the company can do to try to stay independent.