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LaCie CloudBox Review

LaCie CloudBox Review

Backup devices are generally at the "less glamorous" end of the gadget scale, but ironically some of the most important. Not having the very latest smartphone or gaming device may be frustrating, but not as much as discovering the hard-drive in your computer has crashed and taken with it all your files, multimedia and other content. LaCie is hoping its CloudBox will prevent some of those headaches, a local/cloud double-act that pairs a simple network drive with a companion web backup service. Setup is, so the promise goes, simple; problem is, you pay for that convenience. Is the CloudBox heaven-sent or an unwelcome stormfront? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Apple Time Capsule using WD desktop HDD: Is this a “server grade” drive?

Apple Time Capsule using WD desktop HDD: Is this a “server grade” drive?

Teardowns of Apple's freshly updated Time Capsule have led to questions over what constitutes a "server grade hard disk" as per the company's promotional material, given it appears a regular Western Digital drive has been used. According to Apple, the new Time Capsule offers either 2TB or 3TB of "server grade" storage; when Hardmac opened their 2TB unit up, however, they discovered a standard WD Caviar Green HDD inside, rather than a specific enterprise-spec drive.

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Only 50% Of iPhone Users Backup To iTunes

Only 50% Of iPhone Users Backup To iTunes

Apple's iCloud announcement from WWDC 2011 sounds promising, freeing iPhone and iPad users from ever having to physically connect their iOS devices to their computers for backing up to iTunes. With the iCloud-powered iOS 5, backups will be automatically synced to the cloud. And thank goodness, now that we know from an insider tip that only 50 percent of iPhone users ever backup their data to iTunes. The iCloud will surely save a lot of data loss headaches.

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iCloud Time Capsule “personal cloud” reveal at WWDC 2011 today?

iCloud Time Capsule “personal cloud” reveal at WWDC 2011 today?

Apple's WWDC 2011 opening keynote is just hours away - don't forget to join us for the SlashGear liveblog! - but that hasn't stopped the leaks, rumors and speculation. iCloud is already on the agenda, and according to a Cult of Mac source it's not just a cloud music service but a way to put your entire Time Machine backups onto a new, intelligent Time Capsule. What's currently a basic NAS will, they suggest, get an Apple A4 or A5 processor upgrade as the Airport Express is tipped to, and be able to host users' Home folders and make them available to any Mac OS X or iOS device.

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Iomega SuperHero Review

Iomega SuperHero Review

Wouldn't it be great if there was a device that automatically backs up important data from your iPhone every time you charged it? A solution may be the Iomega SuperHero iPhone backup and charger that's designed to let you easily backup your contacts and photos directly to an SD card without the hassle of connecting to iTunes on your computer. This makes the backup process as easy as setting your iPhone onto a charging dock.

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MobileMe online-only shift detailed by leaky Genius

MobileMe online-only shift detailed by leaky Genius

A leaked screenshot purportedly from Apple's internal systems has confirmed that MobileMe is transitioning to be available exclusively online. Rumored earlier this week, as part of broad sweeping changes to the Apple backup and remote access service, the information sent by an Apple Genius to 9 to 5 Mac suggests that once the the remaining MobileMe retail boxes have been sold, customers should be directed to the website instead.

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Iomega Personal Cloud promises easy online access to data backup

Iomega Personal Cloud promises easy online access to data backup

Iomega has launched its new Personal Cloud Technology system, complete with online access and of content stored on the company's network-connected 2011 external drive range. It's kicking off with the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Edition, a pair of drives - one 1TB, one 2TB - which support gigabit ethernet and the contents of which can be quickly shared via the online interface.

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D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay consumer NAS revealed

D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay consumer NAS revealed

D-Link's latest two-bay NAS has arrived, in the shape of the D-Link ShareCenter Pulse. The first product from the company's fledgling consumer-centric refresh, with the DNS-320 packing a pair of 3.5-inch SATA hard-drive bays, UPnP media streaming, iTunes server functionality, standalone BitTorrent downloads and various power management systems that D-Link reckons make the ShareCenter Pulse relatively green.

They include hard-drive hibernation and "Green Ethernet", which intelligently controls networking power consumption based on the state of your cabling, together with a smart fan that automatically adjusts according to temperature. You can also schedule fixed downtime, turning the NAS off when you won't be needing it, and use it with Apple's Time Machine backup.

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Synology DiskStation DS211 Review

Synology DiskStation DS211 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS211 isn't the company's first NAS to cross the SlashGear test bench, but it's perhaps the most home-user focused model so far. A two-bay network-attached backup box, the DS211 also throws in DLNA media streaming duties and cross-platform compatibility. With a diskless retail price of around $320, is this the box you should be entrusting your data security to? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Drobo S v.2 adds USB 3.0 support; DroboPro FS gets offsite Drobo Sync

Drobo S v.2 adds USB 3.0 support; DroboPro FS gets offsite Drobo Sync

Data Robotics has updated its Drobo S backup system, with Drobo S v.2 adding USB 3.0 support for high-speed external drives. As we reviewed back in April, the Drobo S has two FireWire ports and an eSATA connection, along with five 3.5-inch SATA I/II drive bays and the company's BeyondRAID data protection system; the second-gen version keeps all that, but throws in USB 3.0.

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