Samsung has revealed its new line of CF and SDHC cards boasting waterproof, shockproof, and magnetproof functionality. Now I'm sure we've all had the experience of dropping memory cards and cringing at potential gigabytes of lost data, but these new cards are practically begging you for torture.

Samsung claims that the new cards can withstand up to 24 hours of water submersion. They can also absorb 1.6 tons of pressure and resist 13 times the amount of magnetism emitted by a typical home-theatre speaker. If that isn't enough for you, the new cards are said to retain data for up to 10 years without a refresh.

For internationally jaunting photographers, Samsung's new cards should be a no-brainer. The SD and CF cards' respective transfer rates of 17MBps and 45MBps should accompany your Pulitzer prize-winning photos quite well. With the cards coming in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB varieties, you'll have enough room for loads of the highest-resolution photos.


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For the rest of you, better start thinking up some exciting excuse to pick one up.