Toshiba Introduces Canvio AeroCast Wireless HDD and Adapter

Toshiba has introduced the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive (HDTU110XKWC1), a device that blends the benefits of 1TB external storage with the wireless freedom as well as having a built-in SD card reader. The AeroCast drive supports up to 6 simultaneous users and has its own hotspot integrated making the need for internet or router connection unnecessary. Users can also connect the drive to their Chromecast device to experience their personal digital content with Toshiba’s Google Cast Ready app.

“Storage needs are changing. By understanding the importance of mobility, we have taken storage to the next level. With integrated wireless capabilities, we empower our users to share and stream their personal digital content the way they want, wirelessly,” said Maciek Brzeski, vice president, Branded Storage

The AeroCast Wireless HDD has pass-through mode, so you don’t have to lose your internet or other wireless connection just because you connect your wireless HDD. It also comes with a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 5-hours of truly wireless storage. The maximum wireless speed is 150MB/s with the support for 802.11b/g/n. It also comes with a default micro USB 3.0 connector and cable to connect it directly and get all the speed the drive inside can do.

The size of just 121.4 x 86 x 24.4 mm and the weight of just 280 grams makes the Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive highly portable. It comes with a 1 year limited warranty and an MSRP of $219.99. The official support list includes iOS 6 or newer, Android 2.3 or newer, Windows 7 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.7 or newer. Mac OS X users will however need to download the free NTFS driver as there isn’t any Time machine support.

Toshiba also introduced the Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter that can make any USB storage medium wireless. This is basically the wireless functions of the above hard drive but without the own storage. Attach any USB hard drive you might have to the adapter and enjoy the content on your Chromecast, Android, iOS, Windows or Mac OS X device.

Where the Wireless Hard Drive used the USB 3 interface, there wasn’t really any need for it on this device as it only supports 150Mbit/s via the wireless connection anyway. So instead Toshiba added a USB 2.0 interface to the adapter. It measures just 63 x 48 x 10 mm and weighs 24 grams.

While some might argue that it’s weird Toshiba didn’t add a direct connection feature to the micro USB charging port, there really isn’t any need for it as you could just use the drive directly. Only time it would be useful would be a firmware upgrade.

The Canvio Cast Wireless Adapter (HDWW100XKWU1) comes with a $79.99 MSRP and a 1-year limited warranty.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information

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Biostar Announce Latest Quad-Core Powered Mini-ITX Motherboard

As the name suggest, this is the second motherboard from Biostar using the J1900 Celeron CPU. We’ve seen the low profile version a little while ago, and now Biostar has unveiled the more versatile version for home theatre use. They also say that gaming shouldn’t be a problem on it, but I suspect they don’t mean top titles in full details.

The on-board quad-core J19000 Intel Celeron processor runs at 2 GHz and has a burst up to 2.41 GHz. It has 2MB L2 Cache and uses a max of 10 watts. The iGPU runs at 688 MHz base and has a maximum frequency of 854 MHz with support for DirectX 11 and HDCP. The motherboard supports two DDR3 SO-DIMM modules up to 1333 MHz up to 8GB, allowing for a total of 16 GB RAM.

Connections wise this tiny board has a lot to offer; it has two SATA2 ports and headers for printer, serial and USB 2.0 connections. It also has 2 system fan connectors if the passive design should run too hot for you or you just want to be on the safe side. The IO panel has separate PS2 connectors for keyboard and mouse and four USB 2.0 ports. It also has a single USB 3 port for the high-speed file transfers. The RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port is powered by the RTL8111G and the on-board 5.1 sound is powered by the Realtec ALC662 Audio chip. It has both HDMI and VGA output to allow for older and newer hookups, and the motherboard also has a single PCI-Express x4 connector for further extensions with add-on cards.

The 1900NH2 also features two things I find awesome; the first is the Moisture-proof PCB design that allows you to use it in very humid places such as coastal and rural areas or outside-kiosks. Besides the moisture-proof PCB design it also has Electrostatic Discharge protection (ESD) against accidental electricity charges from user’s touching areas of the board or when connecting and disconnecting devices such as flash drives.

Being a Biostar motherboard it also supports the SmartSpeedLAN software for QoS and uses the solid eXtreme Durable Capacitors (X.D.C). It also has the newest BIOS version that allows for direct online updating and it supports the BIO-Remote2 for remote control via Android or Apple devices. The motherboard is available and sells for £62.95 on Amazon among other popular retailers.

Thank you Biostar for providing us with these information

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QNAP Releases New NAS Products Featuring Quad-core Intel Celeron CPU’s

QNAP announced the release of the new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series (available in 2, 4, 6, 8-bay) and the 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series (4 and 8-bay) that provide a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. Coupled with exclusive QvPC Technology, these new series can serve as cost-effective PC substitutes that enable direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, XBMC digital entertainment, and more.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series is powered by a quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz and 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), supports 2 or 4 LAN ports that provide up to 400MB/s read & write speeds in port trunking mode, and achieves 70+MB/s read & write AES-256bit encryption performance. “The new models deliver high performance that maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “The high-quality hardware also provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, transcode Full HD videos in real-time or offline, and enhance their business productivity with SMB features built-in,” added Hsu.

QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies, allowing users to operate the TS/SS-x53 Pro series as a PC when they plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. With QvPC Technology, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series is transformed into a cost-effective device with PC functionalities for users to directly access stored data on the NAS, run multiple applications using Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web on Google Chrome, enjoy Full HD videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, monitor the Surveillance Station in real time with local display, and much more.

Users can install the Virtualization Station from the QTS App Center to extend the functionality of the TS/SS-x53 Pro series by operating multiple Windows, Linux and UNIX-based VMs. Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshot, VM import/export, dedicated LAN ports, user permissions, and more. Users can conveniently operate VMs as remote desktops via web browsers for instant management or troubleshooting.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series, with integrated hardware acceleration, provides superior real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities to convert videos on-the-fly or in the background to universal formats that can be smoothly played on computers and mobile devices. In the event of limited Internet bandwidth, users can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting lower resolutions to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile mobile app. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows multiple users to simultaneously watch different videos stored on it without affecting the performance of other running applications. “This powerful transcoding feature makes the new series perfect for organizations where videos are at the heart of their daily work or digital offerings, increasing their productivity and providing higher-quality videos near-instantly,” added Hsu.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series has a range of comprehensive business applications and is ideal for SMBs to build a secure private cloud. It supports VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix® virtualization solutions to simplify virtual storage management. The cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users makes the TS/SS-x53 Pro series an ideal centralized storage solution for organizations with a large number of users. The support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL improves the efficiency of permission settings. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series can also act as a domain controller for Windows, and offers flexible backup solutions for Windows® and Mac® users and disaster recovery solutions including RTRR, rsync and cloud storage backup. The IT Management Station (powered by Mandriva® Pulse) provides an IT system management solution for businesses of all sizes to centrally manage multi-OS and multi-site IT assets. With the unique Signage Station, business users can easily create animated content and advertisements for promoting their services.

Featuring a scalable design, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows administrators to connect a QNAP expansion enclosure (UX-500P or UX-800P) to increase the total storage capacity to 96TB with multiple volumes (varies by models). The UX-500P and UX-800P tower expansion enclosures offer SMBs with budget-friendly options to expand their storage capacity on demand to fulfill storage-intensive applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and for backing-up the entire content of the connected Turbo NAS.

The TS-x53 Pro series

  • TS-253 Pro: 2-bay tower model
  • TS-453 Pro: 4-bay tower model
  • TS-653 Pro: 6-bay tower model
  • TS-853 Pro: 8-bay tower model
  • Quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with Virtualization Technology (VT-x), 8GB or 2GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-253 Pro) / 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro)

The SS-x53 Pro series

  • SS-453 Pro: 4-bay tower model
  • SS-853 Pro: 8-bay tower model
  • Quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with VT-x, 4GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-453 Pro) / 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (SS-853 Pro)

The new TS-x53 Pro and SS-x53 Pro Turbo NAS series are available now or on route to your favourite QNAP reseller.

Thank you QNAP for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of QNAP.