This new era of portable SSDs is replacing hard drives and cloud storage

A picture went viral on the internet a few years ago, of a woman standing beside a stack of papers as tall as her. The woman, American computer scientist Margaret Hamilton… and the papers, lines of computer code that controlled the Apollo 11, helping humans reach the moon. That same stack of code could be stored more than a million times on an SSD today, and the SSD would be no larger than the size of your thumb.

SSDs are rapidly becoming the future of storage. They’re replacing the clunky hard-disks (HDDs) as well as the expensive cloud storage bundles we’ve become so used to over the past few years. A good SSD is universally compatible too, giving you the same freedom and access as a cloud-storage account would, without the need for an internet connection. Take the TRANSFAST SSD, for instance. It’s roughly the size of a Bic lighter, but comes with a mind-numbing 2 Terabytes of storage, up to 550Mbps of read/write speed, and supports virtually every device you own, from your laptop and phone, to your tablet, DSLR, and even your gaming console.

The TRANSFAST measures a mere 73mm in length (2.8 inches) and weighs 24 grams (0.8oz). It sports a metal body which not only allows it to look sleek and compact but also doubles as a nifty heat-sink, ensuring that the SSD remains cool during file transfers. A Type-C port allows you to rapidly transfer as well as read files from the SSD, making it perfect for everything from backups to using as a drive to store and edit heavy video footage. In fact, with its ability to read data at 550Mbps and write at 480Mbps, you could practically transfer a BluRay film in the time it took you to read this sentence. Moreover, the USB-C port gives the TRANSFAST unrivaled compatibility, allowing it to work with Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, DSLRs, the Nintendo Switch, and a host of other gaming consoles including the PlayStation.

The TRANSFAST comes in 1Tb and 2Tb variants, both encased in the same slick-yet-rugged aluminum body. As portable as the TRANSFAST is, it’s shock-proof too, making it unaffected by drops. With its cover in place, the TRANSFAST’s outer shell is waterproof too, and just to make things easier, each TRANSFAST Portable SSD comes with a 3-year warranty. The 1Tb variant comes at an early-bird price of $130, while the 2Tb version should set you back by around $236 – but then again, they’re just a one-time payment… So, why are you paying those expensive iCloud and Google Drive subscription fees again?

Designer: Michael Lee

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TRANSFAST – Universally Compatible Portable SSD

Powered by USB 3.1 Gen 2, this next-generation universal connectivity solution allows TRANSFAST to hit stable read and write speeds of up to 550MB/s, which is 30x faster than your typical USB flash drive. Store and carry practically all your data around with you, right in your pocket.

Features & Benefits

High Speed Transfer – TRANSFAST can quickly backup a large number of multimedia files so you spend less time waiting. 20GB sized video footage will only take about 42 seconds.

Capacity, file transfer speed, and black magic speed test video.

Universally Compatible – From your DSLR to your drone, and from your laptop to your phone, you’ll be able to connect it to everything. This will finally allow you to seamlessly back-up, restore, and transfer files between the all of devices around us.

iPad pro & Android demo video.

Large Capacity – More affordable and safer than cloud storage. Unlike subscription-based business models of a cloud drive, all your data exists offline on the SSD, which means you can access your files without an internet connection, making you safe from data-breaches and hackers.

Efficient Design – The heat generated during high capacity usage can be spread evenly to its surface, as TRANSFAST is individually crafted from Anodized Aluminum using CNC machines for rigid durability to ensure that the TRANSFAST delivers superior endurance and stability.

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Skullcandy’s $25 ‘affordable’ TWS earphones are going to be an absolute disaster for our environment

What can you buy for $25? A great bottle of wine? Two large pizzas? A pair of TWS earphones? No, not those cheap ones off of AliBaba, I’m talking a real pair of TWS earphones from a bonafide audio company. Earlier today, Skullcandy launched Dime, a pair of budget wireless earbuds. They come with a 12-hour battery life (with the case), are IPX4 water-resistant, and cost 1/10th the price of the AirPods. At a price of $24.99, the Dime might be the cheapest pair of TWS earphones from a reputed audio brand.

“Dime breaks down all barriers formerly associated with true wireless,” says Jeff Hutchings, Skullcandy’s chief product officer, in a press release, “Offering stellar sound and unmatched simplicity at a price that makes it possible to throw a pair in every bag.” The TWS earphones come with a plastic construction and in 4 colours – Black, Gray, Green, and Blue. At their ‘throwaway’ price, the earphones really cut corners in a few places. They come with a 3.5 hour battery life, extended to half a day when charged in the case. The Dime doesn’t sport ANC (or any noise cancellation for that matter) or wireless charging. In fact, the earbuds don’t even come with touch-sensitive controls. They do, however, come with actual buttons (one on each earbud) that let you control volume, answer/reject calls, or cycle through music. Other than that, they’re just a pair of solid earphones with a secure fit and an IPX4 water-resistance rating, making them perfect for wearing while going on a jog or while at the beach. As far as sound-quality is concerned, $25 bucks will only get you so far… but given this is coming from a company as big as Skullcandy, they should sound pretty good for their price.

While this is a story about consumer-friendly innovation and how one company managed to make good TWS tech accessible to a large group of people by bringing the price down, it’s also a story of the environmental aftermath of such decisions. The earphones come made from plastic, although there’s really no indication of whether the plastic’s recycled or not (my money is on ‘No’). However, that’s just a small part of the Dime’s critique. The most important part about these earphones really is their price tag and the ‘throwaway’ culture that tag really feeds into, intentionally or unintentionally. At $25, there’s no way these earphones are designed to be repaired (repairing them may actually be more expensive), which means if and when they ever get spoilt, Skullcandy just expects you to throw out the old pair out and buy a new one instead. Given their size, and how ridiculously tiny the components within them are, chances are they’ll never be recycled for parts either… and once thrown, the Dime will just end up in a landfill or the ocean, resulting in plastic pollution, e-waste, and millions of tiny lithium-ion batteries entering our soil or waterways. Skullcandy? More like Skull-and-cross-bones…

Designer: Skullcandy

Razer’s new stainless steel reusable straw makes sustainability ‘sexy’!

Why does a gaming tech company need to launch a reusable straw? I imagine it’s vertical integration of some weird sort, given how much time gamers spend sipping carbonated beverages. Or maybe there isn’t really any logic to it – like the time Tesla sold surfboards, or The Boring Company sold flamethrowers. The point is that logic aside, Razer’s unveiled a series of collapsible, portable, reusable, stainless-steel straws. They retail for $19.99, come with a cleaning brush, and are capped with a silicone tip so you don’t accidentally burn your lips off hot beverages.

The Razer Reusable Straw comes made from food-grade 304 stainless steel, with a telescopic design that allows it to be disassembled when not in use, for easy storage. When put together, the straw measures 230mm – optimally long enough for a Venti-size drink at Starbucks, although it isn’t diametrically wide enough for a McFlurry or Boba Tea (so don’t bother trying). For hot drinks, the anodized black straw comes with an acid-green silicone sleeve that prevents your lips from accidentally touching hot metal. The entire straw is infinitely reusable, and comes with its own cleaning brush for maintenance-purposes, all packaged in a nifty silicone carrying case with a carabiner, so you could strap your Reusable Straw right to your belt loop like EDC, or tuck it into your pocket and carry it with you everywhere you go.

Designer: Razer