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iOmega StorCenter ix2 NAS server is Bluetooth-friendly

iOmega StorCenter ix2 NAS server is Bluetooth-friendly

The iOmega StorCenter ix2 NAS server was announced today and it's getting a bit of Bluetooth support, though not as much as many would have liked to see.  

In fact, the new NAS server can only really be described as "Bluetooth-friendly," which means it will support some USB Bluetooth dongles. You would have to pay extra for the dongle, though it would allow you to send files and such from your mobile devices straight to the server for backing up or for sharing with others.

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LG N4B1 4TB NAS with Blu-ray burner

LG N4B1 4TB NAS with Blu-ray burner

LG have unveiled what looks to be the world's first Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with a built-in Blu-ray drive.  Looking to have borrowed a few design cues from Apple, the N4B1 has up to 4TB of storage (presumably spread across some sort of RAID array) and a Blu-ray burner for making copies of data to be stored off-site.

Drobo NAS gets SDK for UPnP, Linux support and other tweaking

Drobo NAS gets SDK for UPnP, Linux support and other tweaking

Data Robotics has released an SDK for their Drobo robotic RAID array.  The Drobo, which we reviewed in August last year, attempts to make backup and data redundancy straightforward by automating much of the RAID process; while it initially was intended for connection to a single PC, the company subsequently released a networking component called DroboShare.  With the SDK, Drobo can already be used for UPnP/DLNA media streaming.

I-O DATA HDL2-G NAS with RAID & Toshiba TV integration

I-O DATA HDL2-G NAS with RAID & Toshiba TV integration

Typical, you wait all this time for a straightforward twin-drive RAID array and two turn up on the same day.  Well, maybe it's not something we've been actively waiting for, but hot on the heels of Western Digital's My Book Mirror Edition comes I-O DATA's HDL2-G.  Again, it's a dual-drive unit offering 1TB or 2TB of storage in RAID-0 Striped format, only this time I-O DATA have done the sensible thing and fitted a gigabit ethernet port as well as USB. 

Apple Time Capsule Review – Backup Made Easy for Leopard Users

Apple Time Capsule Review – Backup Made Easy for Leopard Users

Data backup falls resolutely at the dreary end of the tech-task scale; periodically market researchers release stats showing how few people take the time to safely copy their accumulated files, usually prompting a guilty DVD burning session which never gets repeated. Apple's Time Capsule, then, was welcomed with excited upon its announcement; with the slick, careful design Apple are renowned for, could they manage to make even backup sexy? To be fair, it's a pretty huge challenge. You'll be hard-pressed to find a nicer looking network hard-drive, or one so straightforward to set up, but Time Capsule undoubtedly has its caveats.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo review

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo review

So I met with Buffalo at CES, and then shortly after they were kind enough to send me their LinkStation Pro Duo for review. I must say I am impressed, it is quite squarely aimed at business users, but for home users, it has some fairly useful features as well.