Nokia's Contacts on Ovi database has failed, leaving users without any of the updated information they made since January 23rd. The failure, which was brought about after cooling in the hosting center broke down, proved irretrievable, and as such the Contacts team was forced to restore it from the most recent backup from an earlier center, with data approximately three weeks old. As a result, any profile details, images or friendships set up since that date are no longer available.
After playing with VIA's ARTiGO A2000 barebones NAS earlier in the month, and coming away impressed with the file-sharing and backup performance of its 1.5GHz C7 processor, we're interested to see VIA drop the same CPU into their altogether more serious 8-bay rack server. The VIA NSR7800 is a 2U rack server with eight 3.5-inch SATA-II drive bays and dual gigabit LAN, which apparently consumes at least 50-percent less power than rival products.
Microsoft have officially confirmed their My Phone backup and synchronization service, after it was spotted running ahead of time last week. An official announcement regarding the service - plus an invite-only beta - is expected for Mobile World Congress, but what we do know now is that My Phone will offer synchronization of contacts, appointment and other date, together with photo sharing, for Windows Mobile handsets.
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It looks as though Microsoft have prematurely launched their mobile backup service, codenamed SkyBox, an announcement of which is expected at Mobile World Congress later this month. Now named My Phone, though found at getskybox.com, the beta service promises 200MB of storage for contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, photos, videos, text messages, music and documents, via an on-phone sync app.
Further evidence suggesting Google is preparing to launch an online file storage service called GDrive has emerged, this time detailed in a file within the company's Google Pack. Categorizing GDrive under "Online file backup and storage", it goes on to describe it as "reliable storage" for files and media that can be accessed from multiple devices including cellphones.
We expected Mobile World Congress next month to be dominated by the Palm Pre, but Microsoft could be planning a few headline-grabbing announcements of their own. According to Neowin, three new Microsoft mobile services are slated for launch, together with the official unveil of Windows Mobile 6.5. They also suggest that the leaked GUI screenshots first spotted last November are authentic concept shots for the new WM6.5 honeycomb web start menu.
SanDisk have announced their latest USB flash memory stick, the Ultra Backup USB, which features both the company's sliding retractable USB plug and a dedicated backup button. Available in capacities up to 64GB, a press of the backup button triggers an automatic sweep of specified folders for new files, which are also encrypted with password-protected access control and ultra-secure AES hardware-based encryption.