Tech News: 300GB Discs / PonoPlayer

Hey Guys it’s Dave from Computing,
it’s Monday the 10th of March 2014 and it’s time now for the most recent tech stories.
Sony and Panasonic have introduced a new variant of optical disc that they refer to as the
Archival Disc, it boasts a capacity of 300 GB as opposed to the rather small 4.7 GB of
a standard DVD. They are described as being an “effective solution for protecting valuable
data into the future”. The new Archival Discs will become available
in 2015 and will make use of a triple-layer, double-sided configuration, with the same
laser wavelength as Blu-rays at 405 nm. As their name suggests, the discs are designed
for long term storage with water and dust resistant properties, along with the ability
to withstand significant changes in temperature and humidity. In addition, the Archival Disc
will have “inter-generational compatibility between different formats”.
Through the use of inter symbol interface cancelation technology and multi-level recording
technology, Sony and Panasonic intend to be able to increase the capacity of the discs
to 500 GB and 1 TB. I must say, I would be most interested in
such a storage solution, I continue to burn data to discs. This is because I’d rather
not lump my files all onto external hard drives, purely because hard drives fail and it’s not
a good idea to keep one collecting dust somewhere. The versatility of Discs and the ease of usage
makes them a very attractive prospect, however, I have to wonder if the discs will be compatible
with existing DVD-ROM drives. Will we be able to burn these discs using current technology
or will a new Archival Disc-specific drive be required? Time will tell.
Next up, Are you an audio-enthusiast who wants a portable music player with far better audio
fidelity than what a consumer-grade iPod can provide? Well, you might be in luck because
music legend Neil Young and his company PonoMusic is launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help
raise funding for the development of just such a device. On March 15th you’ll be able
to become a backer of the PonoPlayer, a portable, high-quality jukebox. It will have a storage
capacity of 128GB and will cost $399. According to its creators, the hefty price tag will
be worth it because of a more natural sound with digital filtering and Ayre Acoustics,
ESS, the most advanced digital-to-analog converter and “perfectly flat” frequency response, regardless
of the headphone you use. As you might image, a specific music store will be able to supply
you with high quality music tracks that you can download.
Moving on, do you fancy a desktop computer you don’t need to turn off? Well Fujitsu’s
new Esprimo X923 is a 23-inch all-in-one with a 1920 x 1080 iPD LCD display and a choice
of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. It also offers up to 16GB of RAM and has a low power
active mode, which continues to stay connected to your network but consumes so little power
that you can leave it on continuously. No pricing or release date info just yet but
all will be revealed. And finally, today’s tech question and it’s
a sci-fi related one today, which technology would you most like to see us one day develop,
teleporting or faster than
light travel?

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31 thoughts on “Tech News: 300GB Discs / PonoPlayer

  1. faster then light travel. If the past is any indication we are on a good way to do it. Most of the things today have been theoretically conceived at the beginning of the last century. Giving the current pace of technology we might be ready at around 2050 ( yes, largely optimistic, but the theoretical possibility of the "warp drive" that is warping space time itself, has been put out there last year.)

  2. I never liked backing up on CD, I find the started to fail after about 4 years, So as a long term backup I don't think they are that great and I found DVD failed sooner. and dual layer DVD were even fast… I think the more data they are cramming together in the same area is the cause of the fast lost of data (little amounts of damage effect a much larger area of data than before)

    I like idea of have 3 backups and updating them (3 harddrive of different ages and type if different locations) if one fails you get another and replace it with no data lost. I use a drive in my computer, a usb harddrive and a NAS so far I haven't lost any data. even with moving to new harddrive (reasons: more storage and failures) 

    I think these disk would be an ok idea but I really don't want the effort of taking them out and checking them every few months which will also push them to failure faster.

  3. Teleporting would be nice, but faster than light travel would be better. But really teleporting is faster then light travel when you think about it.

  4. Faster than light travel, is the only scientific way teleporting could happen, teleporting just a nice name for it

  5. I want a teleporting wrist watch be so helpful or have the feature in my cell phone. Just find a place to go on the gps and hit teleport button. Bank robbers would so love this feature lol.

  6. faster than light travel, physically impossible but I don't reject the thought of teleporting (bends in space and time) 

  7. Teleporting. But both, when taken to our realm of physics, would have extreme downsides, when looked at from a certain standpoint. Travel to a planet faster than light? Well, what if when you came back here, you basically went back in time, and you're here before you're born.

    A lot of errors in it.

  8. teleporting… an alternative to planes… :)) I also like the 300gb disc, a great idea for dumping your media files, that is if people still have dvd players, lool… it'll probably be a bit pricey considering the capacity of these discs. thank you for another great video dave 🙂

  9. I'd take teleportation. I would appreciate the extra sleep I'd get every day by not having to account for my morning drive to work. ^^

  10. Where would I be able to teleport to? If you can just teleport to anywhere in the universe, then there's no need for faster-than-light travel.

  11. In essence, faster-than-light travel would be teleporting. That is, unless you were trying to travel amongst galaxies. Anywhere in earth could essentially be traveled to in less than 1/7th the speed of light in less than a second, as the speed of light would circle the earth 7 times per second.

  12. Faster than light travel for sure, the other would follow shortly since to me teleportation seems easier to figure out. The other way around we might be in for a long wait to get faster than light travel.

  13. Both…very cool! Neil, is so cool. You had to be there. 🙂

    I'd like pants that fit!  Then I'll think about space, lol!

    peace!  Thumbs way up.

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