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Drobo Mini and 5D revealed: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and mSATA SSD

Drobo Mini and 5D revealed: Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and mSATA SSD

Drobo promised new hardware was imminent and the company has delivered, with two Thunderbolt-toting external storage units, the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini. Of the two, the Drobo Mini is arguably the most interesting: a 7.3 x 7.1 x 1.8 inch box that squeezes in four 2.5-inch drive bays with a special pop-out loading mechanism and a mSATA SSD bay on the underside that enables the new Drobo Accelerator, a caching system for speeding up overall performance.

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“Next-gen” Drobo fast incoming says CEO

“Next-gen” Drobo fast incoming says CEO

Drobo's next-generation storage arrays are "soon-to-be-announced" according to the company's CEO, with possibility of longer standard warranties among hardware and software improvements. Chief exec Tom Buiocchi revealed the fast-nearing refresh in responding to complaints about the existing Drobo, though did not confirm any specific technical information. However, Thunderbolt connectivity is almost certain to be included.

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Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 NAS hands-on

Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 NAS hands-on

Shuttle has branched out from its usual fare of small-form-factor PCs to jump into the network-attached storage (NAS) and personal cloud market, with the OMNINAS KD20 making its debut at Computex this week. A compact two-bay backup, file sharing and media serving box, the KD20 can handle up to 8TB across a pair of 3.5-inch SATA drives and comes with apps for various mobile platforms for grabbing your content while on the go.

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Synology DS412+ and DS112 debut

Synology DS412+ and DS112 debut

Sure, you have one or two hard drives with your multimedia collection safely backed up, but what about if you have some serious storage needs? Maybe you need to share and backup huge amounts of data across your office network, or maybe you’re fed up of physical discs and are backing up a large movie collection. Synology once again have the product you’re probably looking for.

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Synology DiskStation DS112j now available

Synology DiskStation DS112j now available

If you’re looking for a relatively simple way to share your hard drive contents over the network, but don’t want to spring for the more expensive multi-drive NAS solutions, Synology has you covered. Today they’re launching a new NAS product in their DiskStation line, designed for just a single hard drive, the DS112j. They’re hoping the affordable nature of the device plus its quiet operation will tickle your fancy.

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MegaUpload users offered data lifeline with EFF’s MegaRetrieval

MegaUpload users offered data lifeline with EFF’s MegaRetrieval

MegaUpload users with non-copyright infringing content trapped on the sized file-sharing site's servers could have a lifeline, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and one of MegaUpload's hosts exploring data rescue possibilities. Frustration at the site's downtime turned to panic last week, when reports from US prosecutors suggested MegaUpload's inability to pay hosting bills would see data deleted. Not so, hosts Cogent Communications Group and Carpathia Hosting have since said, and now Carpathia and the EFF have launched MegaRetrieval.

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Samsung Optical SMART Hub packs DVD burner with media sharing

Samsung Optical SMART Hub packs DVD burner with media sharing

Samsung has taken the wraps off of its latest multimedia-sharing device, the Samsung Optical SMART Hub, an external DVD burner that can share files via WiFi, USB and ethernet connection to your tablet, smartphone, smart TV or computer. Resembling a slightly oversized external drive,at 150 x 198 x 25 mm and 430g, the Optical SMART Hub works alongside a new Android app (with iPhone, Kindle and smart TV apps in the pipeline) for remote access.

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Microsoft help wanted ad hints at coming cloud backups for Windows Phone

Microsoft help wanted ad hints at coming cloud backups for Windows Phone

It's always fun for geeks to peruse the ads that are placed by the big tech firms looking for help in specific areas. The ads and the sort of people that they are looking to hire hint strongly at features that are going to be added to various products. Microsoft had a new ad up a few days ago that was seeking a new worker for the windows Phone Backup, Migrate, and Restore team.

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Pogoplug Mobile Review

Pogoplug Mobile Review

You can hardly click on the internet these days without stumbling across cloud storage, with seemingly anybody with some spare server space offering it up for offsite storage. What if you're more interested in hosting your own little cloud, though, with no monthly subscription fees but still access when you're on the move? Pogoplug has been helping set up self-hosted shared storage for some time now, but the Pogoplug Mobile promises to do it with an even smaller footprint and in a way that works seamlessly with your smartphone. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Pogoplug Cloud offers free 5GB cloud with local sync

Pogoplug Cloud offers free 5GB cloud with local sync

Pogoplug has launched a cloud storage service, Pogoplug Cloud, offering 5GB of free online storage space and seamlessly integrating with the company's personal cloud storage devices. The new online store - available through the desktop as well as via iOS and Android apps - can be used to stream photos, music and video from, create shared document folders, or act as an automatic backup of photos and video filmed on your smartphone. Those wanting more capacity can either pay for a bigger space on Pogoplug's servers or throw in a home unit instead.

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