Forgive our skepticism, but when your product has missed its original ship date by over half a year, we aren’t believing anything until we see it. Or, should we say, our colleagues in Europe see it. Iomega’s Olivier D’Eternod — Head of Product Marketing for EMEA — was recently on-hand at IBC in Amsterdam, and he was quoted over at Intel’s blog as saying that the ‘TV with Boxee’ would be “available in Europe by mid-October.” For those who can’t remember last week (let alone January), here’s a bit of a refresher — the company actually demoed its own version of the Boxee Box at CES, and promised then that it’d be out in February. Since? Radio silence. If all goes as planned, though, consumers in Germany, UK, Sweden, Spain and France should see it in around four weeks, with Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland and Portugal in line behind ‘em. He also hinted at a future where “access to premium content” was available, but smartly suggested that the company “bring this one to market first” before looking too far forward. Smart man.
Continue reading Iomega’s TV with Boxee (Box) hitting Europe by ‘by mid-October,’ or so it says
Iomega’s TV with Boxee (Box) hitting Europe by ‘by mid-October,’ or so it says originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Services like Spotify, which had an anything but subtle launch last week, help solve the evergreen issue of limited local storage by streaming millions of tracks to your devices. But streaming services require cell reception to operate (unless you’ve elected to store music locally), and often carry monthly fees. We’ve spent a fair amount of time testing Kingston’s Wi-Drive, which lets you access music, videos, and other files from a handful of devices simultaneously over WiFi — assuming you’ve loaded that content to the portable media server’s 16GB ($130) or 32GB ($175) of built-in storage. The device worked well during our review process earlier this month, and now you can pick up one of your own at sites like Amazon and Newegg, or at Fry’s and J&R US retail outlets. The server is likely to be a better fit for families than individuals simply looking to boost their iOS device storage, due to both price and capacity limitations, but if you need to stream media to several devices at once during your next road trip, for example, then the Wi-Drive may be worth the investment.
Kingston Wi-Drive for iOS hits stores today, lets you create your own portable music server for $130 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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With nearly 350,000 apps and counting, the iPhone‘s maximum capacity of 32GB doesn’t allow you to even scratch the surface of the App Store’s catalog. Throw in an HD movie, some TV episodes, hundreds of tracks and a few thousand photos, and you’ll be chewing through those available bytes in no time. Most manufacturers compensate this limitation by including a microSD slot for additional storage, but not Apple — you’re stuck with that original capacity until you’re ready to upgrade to a new device. Luckily, for those who need more storage now and don’t mind paying for it, AirStash, Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite, and now Kingston’s ultra-slim Wi-Drive allow you to boost gigs without upgrading, or switching to another platform. None of these pocket servers come without compromise, however — you’ll be spending over $100 for even the most basic option, while adding yet another device to your portable mix.
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Kingston Wi-Drive wireless storage for iOS review (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Jul 2011 14:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You know what that means, right? It means that Kingston’s on track for keeping its “July” release promise for the above-pictured Wi-Drive. For those who missed our preview last month, this is essentially a portable, battery-powered hard drive that’s meant to stream content exclusively to iOS devices. Think of it as a way to add more storage to a device that simply cannot accept more storage. Barring any last-minute fights with the number crunchers, this guy will ship for $130 (16GB) / $175 (32GB), and while an FCC appearance is no clear indication of “when,” it almost always means “soon.”
Kingston’s iOS-lovin’ Wi-Drive wireless storage device hops into FCC database originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Tempted by the allure of the cloud
? Still not quite ready to give up that local backup at home? Fret not, as LaCie’s
new CloudBox gives you a pinch of both. The gizmo pictured above may look similar to the company’s Wireless Space NAS
, but it’s actually a 100GB “hybrid HDD.” The device connects to a router exclusively via its single Ethernet port, enabling it to handle local backups while also automatically mirroring an AES encrypted
copy to a cloud server daily — even if your computer is off. Using LaCie’s Online Restore software, the offsite copy is accessible by up to ten previous volumes should the box ever become inoperable. The CloudBox comes with a one year subscription for online backups (mum’s the word on future fees), and will be available in July priced at $200. You’ll find more details in the PR past the break, as well as a video showcasing a variety of unfortunate — mostly baby induced — situations it’s intended for.
Continue reading LaCie’s CloudBox ‘hybrid HDD’ doubles your backups in the cloud (video)
LaCie’s CloudBox ‘hybrid HDD’ doubles your backups in the cloud (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s been a good long while since Apple unveiled a new Time Capsule, almost two years since the 2TB model rolled out. At the time that was a volume of storage that you couldn’t possibly fill up — even if you ripped your entire Peter Gabriel collection in lossless. Now, nearly 24 months later, you’re out of room for the latest Greatest Hits compilations, never mind Scratch My Back and the subsequent buddy album. Now Apple has your back, releasing an updated Time Capsule offering up to 3TB of storage for all your former Genesis frontman listening needs.
Apple unveils updated Time Capsule, bumps storage to 3TB originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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For a purportedly doomed manufacturer of magnetic storage, Seagate sure is spinning some interesting ideas these days — last year, we got modular, upgradable cables, and now the company’s testing external hard drives that don’t need pesky wires to function. According to filings, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite not only plays the network-attached-storage card with built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, it’s also got a 3.7V battery inside its case… making the product’s name somewhat apt, don’t you think? According to a leaked description, Seagate’s also planning a companion iOS app called “GoFlex Media” to let your iDevices stream content directly from the device. Mind you, none of that means you won’t be able to dock with your Satellite the old-fashioned way — FCC docs also mention a USB 3.0 cable that delivers data and power simultaneously.
FCC reveals Seagate GoFlex Satellite, a WiFi-capable battery-powered external hard drive originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 May 2011 13:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s a bit less silly than the National Day of Unplugging, but unless your weekend starts on Thursday, there’s nary a snowball’s chance in Hades that you’re going to skip tonight’s network comedy lineup in order to do something that you can clearly put off until tomorrow. But what if, dear readers, your data doesn’t make until tomorrow? What if those images from your first date vanish into the ether? What if you spend $4,598 next week in vain as a perplexed computer technician asks you if you’d ever considered backing your critical data up? For those that choose to act on World Backup Day, that future isn’t one you’ll have to consider, and a host of online backup services are urging you to sign up today in order to protect what’s most important to you: your stash of decidedly unbecoming Facebook messages. We’d also suggest investing in a NAS or RAID setup for your home, but throwing everything into a fireproof safe four miles below Arches National Park probably isn’t a bad idea, either. You know — in case your fail-safe fails. Not that we’d ever consider fear mongering…
World Backup Day reminds you to backup your world, today originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget question is coming to us from Michel, who seems to be having difficulty sleeping without a decent backup solution in his home. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“It’s been 6 years since the last Ask Engadget article on best home backup solution. Is there a good update yet? It’s for PC, and I need to be able to disconnect the hard drive and plug it in, and navigate the folders like on my main PC. Thanks!”
Home backup solutions have come a long way over the years, but having one that also funtions as a conventional external drive cuts down your options somewhat. We’re guessing this fellow is looking for something more akin to a Clickfree drive rather than a 5-bay NAS, so if you’ve got any recommendations in that area, shout ‘em out in comments below.
Ask Engadget: best home backup solution? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 23:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If you’re really serious about flooding your home and / or workspace with your legally obtained digital movies and music — and we mean, really
serious — QNAP’s Turbo NAS is clearly worth a good look. The company’s latest addition to the family (known as the TS-x12 line) sports a Marvell 1.2GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, gigabit Ethernet ports, and the RAID and iSCSI support of its predecessors
. Additionally, the TS-112 (single drive), TS-212 (dual drive) and TS-412 (you guessed it, four drives) include iOS WiFi and 3G streaming for your various Apple devices — and
it plays nicely with your PS3 and Xbox 360 via UPnP. Look for these bad boys this month, for a price to be announced. PR after the break.
Continue reading QNAP’s new Turbo NAS line features iOS streaming via WiFi, 3G
QNAP’s new Turbo NAS line features iOS streaming via WiFi, 3G originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.