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Toshiba Canvio Connect drive backs up mobile devices through Pogoplug

Toshiba Canvio Connect drive backs up smartphones, shares files remotely

While we’re used to connected hard drives that share their contents with phones and tablets, the reverse isn’t common — why don’t many of these drives safeguard our mobile content from the start? Toshiba is as baffled as we are, so it’s launching its Canvio Connect portable drive with handheld access in mind. While the USB 3.0 disk has no built-in networking of its own, a software bundle for Macs and PCs (we’ve confirmed that it’s Pogoplug) lets travelers back up photos and videos from their Android and iOS devices, reach the drive’s files through the internet and partake in 10GB of free cloud storage. The new Canvio can also serve as a traditional external drive for computers, although it’s still improved in that space when the enclosure is about a third shorter than that of its predecessors. Toshiba expects the mobile-savvy Connect to arrive in mid-May at prices ranging from $ 99 for a 500GB model through to $ 190 for a 2TB version.

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Pogoplug Launches New Hardware, Brings Unlimited Storage To Your PC

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Pogoplug is launching the fourth generation of its flagship product today, the Pogoplug Series 4. As with all Pogoplug hardware, the new device lets you attach your hard drives and plugs into your router in order to instantly give you your own personal cloud of online storage.

The service also comes with 5 GB of free online storage optimized for mobile users, and allows you to purchase additional cloud storage, if need be. However, all users of the Pogoplug device who host their own storage, can do so for free.

The pricing for the updated Pogoplug hardware remains the same as before: $ 99.99. It offers four different types of connections, including USB 3.0 (x2), USB 2.0 (x1), SATA/USM (x1) and SD Card (x1).

The hardware is designed to work with Pogoplug’s accompanying software suite, a freemium offering that allows you to stream your storage photos, music and movies to any PC or Mac via the web, or to your smartphone or tablet. The premium version ($ 29) includes the the ability to stream to any connected device, not just home computers. And for those not interested in buying any hardware, the software can function on its own to turn your computer into a software-based version of Pogoplug.

The company also offers a cheaper Pogoplug Mobile device for $ 79 which works with iOS and Android via mobile apps, offering mobile-specific features like automatic backup of mobile photos and videos, which, for Android users, offers something similar to Apple’s iCloud for their platform. The mobile product also works to convert your media into streamable bite-sized formats that are better for mobile viewing and sharing.

The bigger question with Pogoplug, and its now almost dizzying (and, yeah, I’m gonna say it: confusing) array of choices is why someone would choice this option over those from cloud storage and services companies including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Dropbox, Box.net and others?

While it’s true that those using the software only (no device) and those who want mobile-optimized content and backup, will have to pay for additional storage beyond the 5 GB, no-frills Pogoplug users get everything for free, save for the one-time purchase price involved with buying the hardware. And that is a bargain, even if Pogoplug’s cloud is not.

And Pogoplug is especially helpful for those of you who, like me, have about 5 old USB hard drives laying around the house, all with content you would like access to from anywhere, but no easy way to just get them online.

The new Pogoplug is available at www.pogoplug.com/expansion.



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Pogoplug Series 4 expands your cloud storage, makes it easier to hibernate

Pogoplug has already moved to the cloud. Now, it’s coming back down to Earth. Today, the company unveiled its latest “cloud expansion device,” known as the Pogoplug Series 4, pictured above. As the fourth incarnation of Pogoplug’s original device, this box effectively allows users to host their own unlimited storage, for those moments when 5GB (or even 10GB) of cloud space just won’t cut it. With Series 4, you’ll be able to hook up your HDD through one of four different connection ports, including two USB 3.0 inputs, one USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot. The model also features plug-and-play support for Seagate GoFlex external drives, or any other USM-compliant products. It’s available now for $ 100, so head past the break for more details in the full PR.

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Pogoplug Series 4 expands your cloud storage, makes it easier to hibernate originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pogoplug Series 4 expands your cloud storage, makes it easier to hibernate

Pogoplug has already moved to the cloud. Now, it’s coming back down to Earth. Today, the company unveiled its latest “cloud expansion device,” known as the Pogoplug Series 4, pictured above. As the fourth incarnation of Pogoplug’s original device, this box effectively allows users to host their own unlimited storage, for those moments when 5GB (or even 10GB) of cloud space just won’t cut it. With Series 4, you’ll be able to hook up your HDD through one of four different connection ports, including two USB 3.0 inputs, one USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot. The model also features plug-and-play support for Seagate GoFlex external drives, or any other USM-compliant products. It’s available now for $ 100, so head past the break for more details in the full PR.

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Pogoplug Series 4 expands your cloud storage, makes it easier to hibernate originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pogoplug lets Drobo into its Cloud, offers 10GB of ‘public’ storage to sweeten the deal

Do you use a Drobo for your RAID storage needs? Wish you could access that data from wherever your travels take you? Well then, wish no more! Today the company has a announced a partnership with Pogoplug aimed at getting your Drobo hooked up to the cloud. So long as you’ve got an internet connection, you’ll now be able to use Pogoplug software to privately access your data and multimedia from wherever you may be. Better yet, Cloud Engines is also throwing in 10GB of free off-site storage on its recently minted — and Dropbox-like — Pogoplug Cloud service. Curious for info on getting started? You’ll find details in the press release after the break along with a cringe-inducing “demo” video reminiscent of The Office to further explain it all.

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Pogoplug lets Drobo into its Cloud, offers 10GB of ‘public’ storage to sweeten the deal originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Nov 2011 09:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

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Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile. The device works like the company’s current Pogoplug product – you attach your hard drive or drives, plug it into your router and instantly have your own personal cloud. In short, it’s like a NAS (network-attached storage) box for your home.

But with the new Pogoplug Mobile, the system has been optimized for use with mobile devices. It’s more of a “mobile accessory,” says CEO Daniel Putterman. That’s why you’ll soon find it on the shelf next the Bluetooth headsets, and not hidden away in the hard drive aisle, he says.

Pogoplug devices have typically appealed to the DIY, “host-it-yourself” crowd, who eschew using the cloud storage offerings maintained by big companies like Google, Amazon, Apple or Microsoft, or the online services from smaller startups like Box.net and Dropbox. Instead of paying for storage as a service, often through monthly or yearly fees, Pogoplug only requires a one-time investment: the cost of the hardware and software.

For Pogoplug Mobile, that price is $ 79.99 – a bit cheaper than the original device, which is still $ 99. The software product, which also works with the newly launched hardware, is $ 29. However, the software is an optional, if highly practical, add-on.

With the Pogoplug Mobile device, which works with iOS and Android via mobile apps, there are new features that the original Pogoplug doesn’t offer. For example, Pogoplug Mobile automatically backs up the photos and videos on your mobile phone to your home network. For those familiar with Google+’s “instant upload” feature for Android users, the effect is the similar. Requiring no effort on your part beyond the initial configuration, your mobile photos and videos are not only archived for you, but also converted to streamable and bite-sized formats for easier mobile sharing.

Users can control whether the syncing occurs over 3G or Wi-Fi, and whether the original media, the converted file or both should be sent back home. Android users also have the option of syncing additional directories, too, via the Settings.

So why would anyone want to use a Pogoplug when there are other options out there? As noted above, some prefer a one-time charge over a recurring fee, while other simply prefer being in control themselves. Plus, even in the case of Apple’s forthcoming iCloud, only the most recent 1,000 photos are stored in the cloud for 30 days – in order to not lose them, you still have to sync your device to your PC or Mac to keep them forever. With Pogoplug, there’s more of a “set it and forget it” appeal.

Still, despite its desire to be seen as more of a mobile add-on, the company will likely be challenged to explain these sorts of differences to end users, who are wooed by Apple’s “it just works” marketing surrounding iCloud. Why buy hardware when Apple does everything for you? Indeed, why think at all about where files live and in what format? Although Pogoplug has always had a bit of geek appeal, its desire to go mainstream is clearly visible with this product launch. Whether it can cross over remains to be seen.



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PogoPlug Video and Buffalo CloudStor now shipping, streaming your stuff all over the place

Yes, you’ve seen these guys before, and now the latest PogoPlug offspring are ready to ship. Both PogoPlug Video and its storage-sporting cousin, the Buffalo CloudStor, put their own unique twist on the firm’s remote access service. As you might recall, PogoPlug Video, which is now available exclusively from Best Buy for $ 200, allows you to hook up your external hard drives and share streaming video, music, and images to devices anywhere with internet access. Buffalo’s CloudStor, on the other hand, provides the same cloud-based access, with a little something extra. It’s the first PogoPlug branded gadget to sport integrated storage, and comes in three iterations, ringing in at $ 150 for 1TB, $ 210 for 2TB, and $ 250 for the 2TB Pro version. Now you can share all your favorite kitten clips, without ever uploading them to YouTube. Isn’t that precious?

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Pogoplug Now Converts, Streams Your Video Into The Cloud


Say you have a lot of home movies. Like a lot. And you want to stream them on the Internet to where you are. What do you do? Well Pogoplug Video is the answer. This device transmits your legally downloaded content into a format that can be easily streamed to any computer in the whole wide world. The device grabs video from your home network and then converts it on the fly. It also support AVCHD streaming straight out of…
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