Western Digital Announced MyCloud OS 3 and Adds Arcus Surveillance Software

Western Digital has a great line-up of NAS devices that already come with a lot of good features and plenty of functionality, we’ve seen that for ourselves recently in the review of the WD EX4100 NAS. WD recognized that one thing was missing from their NAS when comparing to the competition and caught up on that by partnering with Milestone Systems and adding their Arcus Surveillance software to the upcoming and newly announced My Cloud OS 3.

The Milestone Arcus Surveillance software will be available first on WD’s My Cloud Business Series NAS systems beginning this month and it is expected to be available on other My Cloud systems such as the My Cloud Expert Series in the future. Milestone Arcus is designed to be embedded in hardware devices and as such a perfect choice for WD. This enables WD My Cloud OS 3 users to turn their NAS into a full-fledged networked video recording systems for their offices or homes. After installing the Arcus app, users can install up to 16 cameras where the first two are free and more will require the purchase of additional licenses.

My Cloud OS 3 will also bring a lot of other features that mostly centre around photo and video capabilities, and Chromebooks and Chromecast are also supported with this new OS version. My Cloud OS 3 will be available as a free download at the end of September 2015 for the models My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4, My Cloud Expert Series EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud Business Series DL2100/DL4100.

Production Image of the Upcoming Mass Effect Title Revealed

Ken Thain, Bioware’s Cinematic Director, has tweeted a production image of the upcoming Mass Effect title. The tweet states that the team is getting their “motions on at TheCaptureLab in Vancouver. A very cool scene for the next #MassEffect.”

The image shows two actors in motion capture suits getting the animations ready for the game. An image of the game can be seen, though faintly, on the left side of the image. Though the image is not so great and does not reveal a whole lot about the title, it does seem to be a start for Bioware revealing some more content and information about the next Mass Effect.

Bioware’s latest Mass Effect title should be revealed at E3 in June, where the developer is expected to reveal some gameplay footage. Until then, producer Michael Gamble states in his tweet that the title is reaching another milestone soon.

“The ‘Mass Effect’ team is finishing another milestone soon? It’s almost like we are building a real game or something.”

While Gamble seems pleased with the end of the milestone, it still does not reveal what the milestone is exactly. Also, the producer has requested that a race selection should be added for the next iteration in the Mass Effect saga, since its universe was created to be so vast and features a variety of races.


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OpenMediaVault Version 1 (Kralizec) Announced

It’s been about 5 years since Volker Theile started his work on OpenMediaVault (OMV), and now his work has reached the first large milestone. It can soon call itself Version 1. It isn’t that there haven’t been any updates, far from it actually as the system is updated very frequently with new features, bug fixes and security improvements, Volker just keeps the version numbers very realistic compared to others.

OMV recently achieved another milestone when it was picked as Source Forge’s Community Choice for September. It looks like the users and fans like what Volker is creating and aren’t holding back to show their support. Our recent article on how to set up a simple NAS with OMV was very well received as well.

Considering that Volker does almost all the work himself, this is all very impressive. All the base coding is done by him as well as the core concept, but there are other people contributing some codes here and there. There’s also a big third party plugin system called OMV-Extras for almost anything that isn’t included in the base system, and more plugins are released all the time.

I wanted to develop a software solution that allows me to easily set up a NAS in my home network. During my time as the project leader and main developer of the FreeNAS project, I realized that the code base couldn’t fulfil the plans and vision I had for the software.

Volker originally started his work on homebrew NAS’ systems with FreeNAS, the FreeBSD based NAS OS. But the direction the software took wasn’t the vision Volker had for a home NAS for everyone, so after 3 years he split from the group in 2009 to create OMV himself.

The new version should be released on the 15th September and will bring a lot of fixes and improvements. Some of the main new features are the change to Debian 7 Wheezy, better support for low-powered units like the Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard or Cubox. Volker has also changed the use of Apache for the web-interface into Nginx and that should give a nice performance boost in that area. A Dashboard with widgets will be added and system can now be put into stand-by mode.

Excerpt from the changelog:

  • Debian 7 (Wheezy)
  • Improvements regarding performance on slower systems (Raspi, …).. Updates and Plugins are bsp. indexed, that is, the search for new updates or plugins will not be launched each time when the user invokes the WebGUI to.
  • File systems on non-rotating drives are with the mount option ‘discard’ hooked (ext3, ext4, btrfs, vfat, jfs, xfs).
  • Infrastructure improvements for plugins
  • Systems can be put into standby mode (hybrid suspend / STB, Suspend to disk / STD, Suspend to RAM / STR). There, the mode is automatically selected which is supported by the system. Priority is STB, STD, STR.
  • Many bug fixes
  • Dashboard with widgets
  • Small improvements in various services, bsp. SMB (bsp. Public shares)
  • The ClamAV plugin now supports a quarantine.
  • Use rrdcached to reduce disk I / O of collectd.
  • Add asynchronous I / O (AIO) support to SMB / CIFS.
  • Add ability to audit SMB / CIFS file operations per share.
  • Add button to manually empty the SMB / CIFS recycle bin.
  • Add feature to revert configuration changes.
  • Supporting stateless address autoconfiguration (SLAAC) for IPv6 network interfaces.
  • Supporting stateful address autoconfiguration for IPv6 network interfaces.
  • Add ability to customize look via WebGUI ‘css / omv-custom.css’ file.
  • Use php5-fpm FastCGI process manager.
  • Change webserver from Apache2 to nginx.
  • Add PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy) support and other security improvements.
  • Improve PAM configuration. Block users for 180sec after 3 failed login attempts WebGUI. Check the pam_tally2 manual page for more information.


Thank you OMV for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of OMV.

Users Have Sent More than 100 Million Yo’s

What started out as one of the most ridiculous apps on the market, Yo, seems to be very popular with it’s users. Combined the users have sent over 100.000.000 Yo’s to each other by now. Yo said in a statement to Mashable that they had over 2.7 million registered users and 1.2 million of them are monthly active.

The app first gained major attention when it was reported by Financial Times back in July that investors had put $1 million into the app. At this time the app only let users send the word Yo to each other. This however seemed enough to both gain the large user-base as well as financial backing from investors. The company managed to pull in a total of $1.5 million and is now valued around $10 million. A lot for what it is.

Yo launched a dedicated live-site towards the 100 million countdown, but the counter froze once that was achieved. Last month Yo updated it’s limited app with some more function, seems sending a Yo wasn’t enough. Now users can attach links to their messages and also receive notifications from apps and websites as well as send hash-tagged messages.

Thank you mashable for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Yo.

WRC Powerslide Now Available On Stream

The developers at Milestone are well known in the world of video game racing, having created many iconic titles since they started out in 1996. Now they look to continue that trend with the release of yet another racing title which has just hit consoles and Windows PC. The game, WRC Powerslide, is now available on Steam at a special discount price for the first week. The game is due to be priced at € 9,99 but if you get in early you’ll be able to pick it up for just €8,49 (15% off).

With a colourful and smart style, WRC Powerslide offers the chance to try all the WRC licensed elements with an arcade attitude. Through two different game modes – Single Player and Multiplayer – the players can pick up a car from WRC Class, Class 2 and Class 3, choose between 8 different rallies – with 3 special stage per each – and compete against other friends/opponents. Furthermore, during the competition, all the drivers will find 6 different Power Ups (Extreme Pace, Flatout, Horn Power, Hailstorm, Thunderbolt, Cloud of Dust) on the road which contain bonus/malus to speed up the vehicles or to slow down the other ones. At least, thanks to the introduction of the brand new on top camera – that will show a great portion of the track – players can enjoy exciting WRC 2012 calendar’s panoramas.

It’s a nice change of pace from the often simulation focused WRC racing games, and being able to bring the camera up above the track and take an almost top down view reminds me of great arcade racing games such as Micro Machines. Just kick back and watch the powerslides flow.

Developed by Milestone studio, WRC Powerslide is now available for PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE and Steam for €9,99.

Thank you WRC Powerslide for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of WRC Powerslides Facebook.

5 Million Galaxy Note 3 Handsets Sold in One Month

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released about a month ago and given the Galaxy Note series’ popularity, it does not come as a surprise to find out that the Galaxy Note 3 has done pretty well for itself. According to a statement made by Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, he has confirmed to a Korean media outlet that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has managed to sell 5 million units worldwide in a month since its release.

To put this into perspective, the original Galaxy Note took about 5 months to hit the 5 million mark, while the Galaxy Note 2 took 2 months to reach the previously mentioned milestone, so we have to wonder with the Galaxy Note 4 and how did Samsung manage to move 10 million units in one month (5 million in half a month). We can estimate that there are bigger numbers to be seen when the Galaxy S5 will be released.

The Galaxy Note 3 was released last month and users definitely liked what they saw, given the number of handsets sold, but looking back to when the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced back in IFA 2011, many thought the idea of a smartphone with a 5.3” display was a bit ridiculous. However, it looks like phablets are getting a lot of appreciation from more and more people every day.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information.