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We are seeing increased demand on devices such as tablets to be used on the move, but with the average high-end amount of storage in tablets being around the 64GB mark, there is a need for a more portable storage solution, for those who work with large amounts of data.
The Buffalo MiniStation Air is hoping to be a solution to this problem, by providing 500GB of storage for data on the move. The handheld device is compatible with PC, Mac, and also tablets and smartphones through the use of an app. Cleverly, the device has its own internal wireless data connectivity, which allows you to stream to and from your devices while on the move. It also transfers data very quickly from your PC or Mac thanks to its USB 3.0 connectivity.
My first hurdle was turning on the device. There are two buttons on the side of the device, and I couldn't tell if the device was out of battery, or if I wasn't pressing the correct button, or even pushing it hard enough. I managed to switch it on a couple of times and it worked, but then I tried the same button to switch it on again and it wouldn't, so I resigned to giving it a good charge before trying again.
Again, I had trouble with the button, but after pressing it a few times, a couple of lights came up on the shiny black surface to indicate that it was on and that the WiFi was working. I then connected the gadget to my mobile device, by turning on the wireless and typing in the key which is on the back of the gadget. I then downloaded the accompanying app and was ready to give it a whirl.
I was testing it out using my iPhone 4, and annoyingly the app kept crashing which soon became very irritating. I figured out that if I didn't click on things too quickly and allowed the app a little more time to think, it wouldn't throw a hissy-fit and chuck me out of the application. But as soon as I became used to the layout of the app again, I'd pick up speed in accessing the files, and yet again I would be chucked out of the app!
When I did manage to spend more than 30 seconds at a time inside the app, I found it well organised. Data can be transferred from your computer onto the device in the same way as an external hard drive or USB stick. You could also add data from your mobile device onto the MiniStation Air, and also transfer data from the MiniStation Air onto your mobile device.
I was also really pleased with accessing photos, music and videos because it was extremely quick and easy to do so. There was an added joy that while watching videos, the wireless connection was so good that I didn't need to wait for any length of time for it to buffer.
For £100, you get a fair bit of storage for your money, however the fundamental bugs with the iOS app was very disappointing, but hopefully something that can be quickly fixed with an update.
Computer Weekly talked to Anand Krishnan from Microsoft's UK developer and platforms group in the run up to the launch of Windows 8 and we published a video on why to develop for Windows 8 earlier in the week.
Before we wrapped things up we took five minutes to ask Krishnan a few questions about the hardware surrounding Windows 8, and what the operating system will mean for the future of computing.
He said: "We think we're standing on the edge of a revolution, redefinition of what it means when using the word 'device'. I think it has to date stood for phones and tablets, and we're walking into a world now where a device is just a computer."
Krishnan then gave us a quick taster of Windows 8 operating on a tablet, while also giving his opinion on why the upcoming Surface Tab from Microsoft is so expensive.
The price for the Surface was announced last week, at a starting price of £399 for the standard 32GB RT version of Windows 8. Exactly the same starting price as the standard Apple iPad.
"I pre-ordered mine in the first hour," he said. "I think it's very good value... but I looked at what I got 32GB expandable, keyboard, Office and Microsoft streaming music service. I think it's a good price point."
Welcome to the second edition of the Computer Weekly Complete Guide to Audio. Last week, my colleague, Matt, sampled a range of headphones available at the moment, from all-round general use to the desktop listening.
Giant headphones seem to be on trend at the moment, with "hipsters" showing off their headgear on the street. Whether you like to show off your kit or keep it on the down-low with buds, there are plenty to choose from on the market.
This part looks at noise cancelling headphones as well as a pair of dynamic bass headphones.
My first reaction to these headphones were that they are huge - Colossal even in the current market of headphones! I was shaking my head looking at the semi rigid case they belong in which I think is larger than the case for my first ever CD Walkman.
Setting up the device was generally straight forward, attach the camera, plug into a power socket and your USB port and away you go - no device software needed.
There is no 'ON' button, so I was waiting a little while for a confirmation light, and it wasn't until I noticed Skype notifications coming out of the device speakers that I realised it was all connected with no software downloads - very simple.
Ease of use
Hit video call on Skype and the ConferenceCam connects like any other web cam.
Tested on Windows 7 using Skype, my first impressions of the video quality were great. The image was very sharp, thanks to the full HD camera. And the all-in-one audio and video worked really well, picking up voice clearly on both ends of the call.
The device is £199.99 and also comes with a little remote control which allows you to sit back and adjust the angle of the camera using its 78 degree field of view (this can also be done on the base of the device). The camera also has a zoom function, however this could be a little smoother.
Logitech claims that its ConferenceCam bridges the "small meeting gap" in the market. It accommodates groups of 3-4 people without them having to sit each other's laps. This removes the need for a large scale meeting room video system which can be very costly. It is also surprisingly light; weighing 568g it can easily be picked up and taken into a meeting room.
So how many people can you actually fit in the cameras field of vision? We thought we would experiment in the CW office....
Well, we very comfortably fitted seven in the frame and as you can see the picture is great.
Diary of an outcast: Apple's Special iPad 2 Event
I will start with my favourite post, the infamous Apple event. I had been invited to Apple events before but somehow started getting missed off the list. I hate Apple so it was no surprise that they didn't want me there. Safe to say that after this post not only was I missed off the list but Computer Weekly never received an invite from Apple ever again.
iPhone Vs N97
This was the first big video project that me and David (video editor) put together. At the time I was so happy that I'd got the N97 I decided to make a video pitting it against the iPhone while mocking Apple's advertising campaign. Little did I know that the N97 would prove to be the worst purchase I've ever made in my life.
HTC Desire HD Review
David (who stars in this video) and I wanted to do something different and create a cool video review. This is what we came up with.
Sadly once we started recording David (and the department he worked for) were made redundant. It didn't effect the video but it wasn't a happy time for us. Having cleared out his desk he set up at home the next day to finish it. This was our last hurrah and the last video I made. Very proud of it.
What is the best mobile OS around?
At this point, no one wanted to be in any of my videos. The company was starting to cut back on them and so I tried to play four roles with four outfits and a moustache before I got told that what I was doing wasn't a productive use of my time. Honestly, how could they say that?
This video used to have a voting element that has since been removed because we couldn't afford to pay for the server the flash sat on.
The most ambitious video we ever tried.
Video: The future of business cards, I'm not taking the Poken
There was a girl I was desperate to go out with at my work. I needed to do a video to have a reason to talk to her but the only thing I'd been sent was a Poken. No phones or cool gadgets. Somehow I persuaded her to help me make this video. We're still together :)
Video review of the wiimote like Gyration Air Mouse
This video is pretty much when I realised that I can be funny. What people don't realise is that filming didn't take long but discussions between David and I on what was funny took forever.
He would stand there saying "That's not funny" every time I cracked a joke or did something stupid. Or one of my favourite lines of his was "You might think that's funny, but it isn't".
Video: Palm Pre vs the iPhone - The big debate
I had 2 weeks before Christmas to do a video armed with my wit and a white wig that was left over from a very bad 'Back to the future' spoof I'd made where I played the Doc. That video was so bad that the company we producd it for sent us a letter saying that if the video ever saw the light of day, they'd sue my a** off.
David went on holiday with a week left of editing/filming to do so I didn't have anyone to tell me that what I was saying wasn't funny and some of the editing is a bit off. It's still a good video but we felt it was rushed.
Video: I heart iPad - Dating website matches man to iPad
What do you do when you get your hands on an iPad before the UK release? Write a review. Then what? Make a video about having a special relationship with it. Yep, not sure why.
The HTC and Google story: A love affair and a tragedy
Lord knows what compelled me to write this. Had I taken more time to craft it, I think it could've been great but when I read it now I feel it's rushed. Still good, where the idea came from I'll never know.
Video: Flip Mino HD review
This video took 84 takes. For no reason at all I couldn't stop laughing during recording. We got in trouble because it was meant to take a couple of hours but took almost two weeks.
Video: Zeemote review - Is this the future of mobile gaming?
I did this video because Zeemote said that they'd give me a free phone if I reviewed it. So...
GeeklyWeekly Sexy Halloween Special
Wow, how bad is this video? It doesn't even have anything to do with gadgets!!