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Drobo Redefines Storage for Creative Professionals

Posted by JenThorpe at 12:44 AM on July 30, 2014

Drobo Mini with SSDsCreative data makes the Drobo line of smart storage solutions. They have launched the Drobo Mini with Solid State Disk (SSD) drive. It can deliver up to 80% more performance compared to a Mini configured with traditional spinning hard drives. The Drobo Mini is the first portable and expandable SSD solution for filmmakers, photographers, and creative professionals.

The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. It features four 2.5” SSD drive bays with an mSATA accelerator option. The package is rugged and compact. It is less than 3 pounds of weight, which makes it easily portable.

Another great thing about the Drobo Mini is that it protects data without requiring user intervention to do so. If a drive fails, Drobo Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to data. It does this without performance being affected. Drobo Mini can do that if one drive fails and in the case of multiple SSD drive failures.

Additional security is provided with battery backup that protects against data loss in the event of a sudden power outage. It ensures that all data in flight is protected until power is restored.

The Drobo Mini with SSD is available now in three capacity bundles of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB and starting at an MSRP of $1,199 through Drobo Store.

Devolo Entering Smart Home Market

Posted by Andrew at 2:16 PM on July 29, 2014

Devolo LogoPowerline networking experts devolo have announced their intention to enter the smarthome market with a comprehensive array of products including movement and smoke detectors, radiator thermostats and switchable power outlets, taking on the likes of Nest and Belkin. Branded as “Home Control”, the products will be debuted at this year’s IFA show in Berlin in September.

Focused on providing customers with greater convenience, security and energy efficiency through innovative smart home products, devolo Home Control is the first smart home system that you can build yourself. Whether it’s a coffee machine that automatically starts ten minutes before breakfast, a switch that sets the entire house to night mode, or a motion detector that can tell people from pets, the possibilities for creating a smart home are endless.”

Devolo Powerline Data Rates“Simplicity is the promise of devolo Home Control with an easy installation process removing the need for tools or cables, and a range of components that can be combined as desired. Taking example from their successful Powerline ranges, Home Control products will be available in helpful starter kits, with the ability to expand and tailor the smart home through individual products.

I run devolo Powerline at home and while their gear is more expensive than the equivalent from Belkin or TP-Link, it’s very reliable and I’ve never had to reset any of the adaptors. In addition, the complementary “Cockpit” software and app is much easier to use and runs on both my PC and my tablet. Amongst other features, the app shows the data transfer rates between the paired adaptors and makes adding in new adaptors very simple. Going back to the new Home Control, the press release mentions that the Home Control products will have a “My Devolo” and if they can keep it simple with a cool app, I think devolo will have a winner on their hands.

Interestingly, what isn’t mentioned is whether the Home Control devices will use Powerline, ZigBee (or Wi-Fi) for the controlling signals. I have problems with ZigBee and the solid walls of my house, so a Powerline-based system could be a huge advantage. I’ll be very interested to see what comes out of devolo at IFA.

GNC #968 Battle for the Cloud

Posted by geeknews at 12:59 AM on July 29, 2014

The Battle for the cloud is here. I talk about my experience with some cloud products and how the price was has effected some things we do. I Also update on my Transformation. Discounts are still available by using promo code “podcast” @ mypurium.com/podcast

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Days 3 and 4

Posted by Langley at 9:55 AM on July 28, 2014

Verizon Will Slow Data Speed for Top 5% of Data Users

Posted by JenThorpe at 8:05 PM on July 27, 2014

Verizon logoVerizon Wireless has announced that they will be slowing data speeds for certain customers. This slowing down will start in October of 2014. It won’t affect all users the same way. They are focusing on the customers who use the most data.

It ties into Verizon Wireless’ Network Optimization policy (which was created in 2011). The purpose of the Network Optimization policy is “to ensure that all data customers would have the best network experience”. Something new has been added to the Network Optimization policy that will go into affect in October of this year.

The new change will affect a specific group of Verizon Wireless customers. From their statement:

Starting in October 2014, Verizon Wireless will extend its network optimization policy to the data users who: fall within the top 5 percent of data users on our network, have fulfilled their minimum contractual commitment, and are on unlimited plans using a 4G LTE device. They may experience slower data speeds when using certain high bandwith applications, such as streaming high-definition video or during real-time online gaming, and only when connecting to a cell site when it is experiencing heavy demand.

The slowed speed will not be a permanent thing. The top 5 percent of data users will only experience it when they are using a cell site that is currently at peak usage. When the cell becomes less busy, the normal bandwith speed will return. Verizon doesn’t consider the slowed speed to be “throttling”.

New Media Show #54 Philipp D. Svitek of AfterBuzzTV

Posted by geeknews at 10:39 PM on July 26, 2014

Rob and Todd have a talk with Philipp D. Svitek Executive Producer of AfterBuzzTV.com We also talk about the direction of Microsoft and Windows Phone 8.1 and the lack of podcasting support along with the absence of Google in the Community.

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San Diego Comic Con: Day 2

Posted by Langley at 9:13 AM on July 26, 2014

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Day 1

Posted by Langley at 9:19 AM on July 25, 2014

GNC #967 Is Title II the Answer

Posted by geeknews at 12:48 AM on July 25, 2014

This has been a great week, and I share some of the happening including all of the tech news of the day. I also dig into should ISP’s be categorized as common carriers aka Title II. I Also update on my Transformation. Discounts are still available by using promo code “podcast” @ mypurium.com/podcast

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TGP # 166 Transporter Sync The Verdict is in

Posted by Gadget at 8:18 PM on July 24, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #166 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!

Much to our disappointment, The Transponder does not deliver what it promises.There is NO STREAMING capability as clearly advertised on the box. Watch the second and final evaluation of the Transporter to learn all the facts.

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