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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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iTwin file-sharing USB dongle Review

iTwin file-sharing USB dongle Review

It's time to take a look at the iTwin, a device that in just a few simple clicks, a web connection, and a push into your USB ports will connect two of your computers together for shared storage. Once you own an iTwin, you do not have to pay any additional cost to use it, it has no limits other than the storage space your computer(s) work with themselves, and though it is a two-piece device, its creators have a deal where you can purchase a replacement half for half the price of the original set - well played!

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Asustor AS 6 series NAS hands-on

Asustor AS 6 series NAS hands-on

Computex 2012 is being flooded with laptops, tablets, and hybrids by ASUS, but the company has one more thing up its sleeve: a new NAS product. This will mark the first time that ASUS has decided to enter the NAS market, an interesting move, and the range seems to have all the features one would expect. Military grade 256-bit encryption is on board, plus support for 2.5- and 3.5-inch HDDs, including SSDs.

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Pogoplug Team makes your server a personal cloud

Pogoplug Team makes your server a personal cloud

Pogoplug continues to push its idea of the personal cloud, and its latest product, Pogoplug Team, targets businesses who might be wary of putting their data onto somebody else's servers. In effect a server-based version of the existing Pogoplug Software, Pogoplug Team is intended to be loaded onto a company's server system and, for $15 per user per year, offers all the typical streaming, remote access and file sharing individuals have had for some time.

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HTC makes no Sense

HTC makes no Sense

You have to ask yourself whether HTC enjoys floundering. The company was doing so well, with an eye-catching range of appealing new devices that didn't feel like yesterday's hardware, along with the promise of a more proactive approach to software and services. Now it has dropped the bomb on HTCSense.com, its web-based hub for smartphones and tablets: after April 30, Sense online syncing of Contacts, Messages, Footprints and Call History will all be wiped out. There's "renovation" incoming, HTC claims, but it's hard to think of a much worse way that the company could've handled it.

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Seagate GoFlex Satellite update adds simultaneous WiFi streaming and web

Seagate GoFlex Satellite update adds simultaneous WiFi streaming and web

Seagate has released an update to its GoFlex Satellite WiFi-enabled external drive and its companion iOS and Android apps, adding support for simultaneously connecting via WiFi to the portable HDD and to a separate data network. Announced last May, the GoFlex Satellite is a 500GB drive positioned as a way to offload data from your smartphone and tablet, while still being able to stream it easily. However, until now using the WiFi connection meant your phone or tablet was unable to also connect to a home or office WiFi network.

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Dropbox Facebook integration goes live

Dropbox Facebook integration goes live

It is now possible for users who have both a Facebook account and a Dropbox account to send files and folders to one another in a seamlessly integrated social capacity. In other words, users can choose to share their Dropbox files with friends and colleagues through a newly implemented Facebook integration platform. This comes after the cloud-based company hired former Facebook executives.

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Space Monkey puts your cloud on other users’ desks

Space Monkey puts your cloud on other users’ desks

The cloud is getting complicated: Space Monkey wants to give you all the benefits of a hosted cloud-storage account, like ease of access and data security, but with pricing more akin to a local drive. An apparent hybrid of DropBox, Pogoplug and BitTorrent, Space Monkey is an oversized external 2TB drive that offers half its storage for you and the rest for hosting tiny chunks of other users' encrypted data. Rather than storing a copy of your content in some random server somewhere, it's distributed among other Space Monkey users' boxes.

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MegaUpload’s takedown by the numbers

MegaUpload’s takedown by the numbers

Believe it or not, it was and is possible to track the traffic that MegaUpload and the rest of the piracy-laden file-sharing groups out there have compared to the rest of the web. A series of studies have been conducted by a few sources we're checking out today and the results are staggering, depending on how you look at it, with the first giant being the one hour following the January 19th raid of MegaUpload. In that one hour, the entirety of the Internet lost between 2 and 3 precent of its total volume in traffic.

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Pogoplug storms Best Buy and Wal-Mart, inks Softbank partnership

Pogoplug storms Best Buy and Wal-Mart, inks Softbank partnership

Pogoplug will be pushing its personal cloud devices in front of many more people, it's been announced, with the Pogoplug Series 4 headed to every Best Buy store in the US in May, while the Pogoplug Mobile will go on sale in Wal-Mart from April. Meanwhile, a deal with Japanese carrier Softbank will see a co-branded Pogoplug Mobile - which we reviewed here - offered, along with a 20GB cloud storage account.

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