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Toshiba has introduced two new 2.5-inch (laptop) hard drives offering the largest amount of storage in their classes, meanwhile in separate component news, we confirm our report last week that Apple has reached a quarter million deal with Samsung to secure iPad screen supplies.
Toshiba’s first drive is the standard 9.5 millimeter-thick, two-platter hard drive model MK7559GSXP with the maximum capacity of 750GB. This is a standard SATA 2 hard drive that can fit in any laptop computer.
The second drive is a three-platter drive that comes in the new 12.5 millimeter thick platform, which offers 750GB and 1TB of storage.
As this is a thicker drive it is possible we may have to wait a while longer before 1TB becomes standard issue in Apple’s thin laptops, but the theoretical maximum is in sight. We can imagine this kind of capacity would benefit anyone involved in serious video or audio production work.
Despite public clamour over the rift between Apple and Macworld, the company’s secretive plans to develop its own mobile processors for future iPods, iPhones and other devices remain critical to its future, or so it seems.
Apple’s decision to acquire the military-grade technology expertise of PA Semi earlier this year, and its more recent attempt to hire an IBM chip expert to lead its iPod team, Mark Papermaster, all contribute to what is known on its plans.
The iPhone seems set to make its debut in South Korea, following a change in rules requiring handsets sold in the country use a mobile standard called Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI).
Developed in the country, WIPI support was required to be included in all handsets sold in South Korea. Apple’s iPhone 3G doesn’t support the standard, meaning the company was unable to introduce its device into the territory – until now…
The effect of this has been to create a unique local market for handsets, dominated by Samsung and LG Electronics.
Following on from our predictions for the Apple TV earlier this week and yesterday’s insightful presentation by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix today announced of Linux and open source boffin Greg Peters as vice president of partner development.
In making the move, Netflix also confirmed its interest in helping push for services and hardware to let consumers access streaming content on their TVs, showing Apple to have some competition in the den.
The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
Shazam has today announced that its service can be fully integrated with operators’ music stores to allow users to download tracks directly to their handsets, with T-Mobile the first operator to integrate Shazam with its own music store on Samsung’s new music phones.
The Shazam service is now embedded into Samsung mobiles, including the latest Beatb (model: M3510) and the Beats (model: M3200) mobiles. The Shazam application on Samsung’s new phones allows users to seamlessly discover music simply by holding their mobiles to the tune for just a few seconds and then go on to buy identified tracks through operators’ dedicated music stores.