Month: October 2012

Going with the grain — ScienceDaily

Reducing information stored in thin magnetic layers to the physical size of single grains could improve computer hard drives. Despite increasing competition from alternative technologies such as solid-state drives, magnetic disks remain an important data storage technology. Not only are…

Cassettes are the future of big data storage

By Paul Brands Like a mixtape, only bigger (Photo: Saturno Dona/ Alamy) THE cassette is about to make its big comeback, in a big way. From updates posted by Facebook’s billion users, to medical images shared by healthcare organizations around…

Rock On! The compact disc celebrates its 30th anniversary

Highlights of history On October 1, 1982, Billy Joel’s “52nd Street” was released commercially on CD CDs did not overtake cassettes in popularity until the late 1980s. CDs remain popular but lose ground to MP3s and music streaming Whether the…

How Billy Joel’s “52nd Street” Became the First Compact Disc Released

The first commercial compact disc was released on October 1, 1982 in Japan, heralding a quantum shift in the way fans would consume music for the next two decades – and triggering a new torrent of profits for the recording…