Drobo Redefines Storage for Creative Professionals

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

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

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

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

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GNC #967 Is Title II the Answer

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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Foursquare has a New Superhero Logo

Foursquare logoThere are times when big changes call for a new look. Foursquare has had many things change since Swarm came into existence. Today, the company unveiled a brand new logo.

They give some reasoning behind the new logo in their blog. “We designed it to be a mix of map pin and superhero emblem. We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision.”

The superhero logo is eye-catching. That being said, there are other new changes that I think people will be more interested in than the logo. The biggest one has to do with check-ins. “First, starting tomorrow, we’re moving all check-ins to our new app, Swarm. Don’t worry; all your past check-ins, all your friends, all your photos, they’re all automatically in Swarm.”

It is clear that users of Foursquare are being encouraged to start using Swarm (which in some ways replaces what Foursquare used to be). The blog says: “For everyone still using Foursquare to check-in, you’ll need to download Swarm to keep checking in.”

I think this will irritate many of the people who used to enjoy Foursquare before it changed. It was controversial when Swarm changed how mayorships were done. (Instead of their being one mayor of a particular place, there are now multiple mayors – one for each grouping of friends). That was enough for many to stop using Foursquare and to swear they would never use Swarm.

Now, you have to use Swarm in order to keep doing check-ins through Foursquare. No Swarm – no ability to check-in. Oh, but you can use Swarm without Foursquare and still have the ability to check-in to places.

Foursquare is becoming a “personalized local search”. It can be used to help you find a local place for lunch, dinner, coffee, and more. “Once you teach Foursquare a couple of things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100% yours”, says the blog. Foursquare is transforming into something completely different than what it used to be. It remains to be seen if people will consider this change to be “super”.