Whether you use it for backup, for shuttling your media between computers or for archiving old files you can't quite bring yourself to delete, an external hard drive is always handy. Seagate are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary this month, and they've given us a 640GB FreeAgent Go USB hard drive to give away to one SlashGear reader. Find out how to win after the cut.
Most digital libraries flourishing and ubiquitous connectivity spreading, having access to our personal data and media wherever we are is looking all the more appealing. NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices have had the ability to share via broadband for years, but most owners don't take advantage of it; into the mixture steps Seagate, whose new FreeAgent DockStar takes the company's FreeAgent Go USB hard-drive and makes remotely sharing its content incredibly easy. Obvious addition to every home network, or is there a sting in the tail? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Seagate have announced the world's first SATA 6Gbps hard-drive, the Barracuda XT, a huge chunk of 2TB capacity aimed at high-performance workstations. The Barracuda XT 2TB spins at 7,200rpm and is the first to feature the faster-speed SATA interface, though it's also backward compatible with SATA 3.0Gbps and 1.5Gbps.
Backing up your data and media from your computer to an external drive is very important in case of a crash, but many users also want to be able to access that content from anywhere they may be. Seagate has announced a new device called the FreeAgent DockStar that connects the external storage drive to the Internet making the data on the drive accessible from anywhere you can get online.
Seagate have announced their latest media player, the 1080p-capable FreeAgent Theater+, and if you've already bought into - or are willing to adopt - the company's FreeAgent Go USB hard-drives then it might be a straightforward way to get digital content on your HDTV. The FreeAgent Theater+ adds HDMI, ethernet and both Dolby Digital and DTS 2.0 audio to the original Theater, as well as a whole flood of supported codecs.
Marvell's SheevaPlug wall-wart Linux PC has finally come of age, with the company announcing mainstream retail partners including Buffalo, D-Link, LaCie and Seagate, together with beginning distribution of the Plug Computer development kit in Europe. The original SheevaPlug has a Marvell Kirkwood processor with a 1.2GHz Sheeva processor, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage; resembling a wall-wart, it plugs directly into a power socket and offers a single USB 2.0 port and a gigabit ethernet port. Suggested uses included a home server, NAS or other form of network-connected device.
SlashGear has been hanging out with Google this week, at the I/O 2009 conference. You can read our first day and second day highlights for the full details, but perhaps the most interesting news was Google's Wave demo for iPhone and Android, and Andy Rubin's confirmation that there should be 18-20 Android handsets on the market by the end of the year. One of those is expected to be the HTC Hero; make sure to check out the promo video for the chin-heavy smartphone.