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Most of us have been abroad and been in the situation where we want to just quickly check email, Facebook or read Connected Digital World, but know that our mobile provider will charge us a fortune for the smallest amount of data. Well now you can avoid that fear with a mobile hotspot from Globalgig.

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As part of Globalgigs ‘1 plan, 1 price, 40 countries’ package, you can choose how much data you want, for how long you want it – and then, within the chosen plan, receive no further bill, regardless of how many Globalgig countries you visit.

Globalgig’s hotspot device connects up to 5 devices simultaneously (mobile phone, laptop and tablet) or the new SIM only option for tablets or 3G devices allows customers to have their own personal hotspot.

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Globalgig operates in: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Vatican City, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Testing and Final Thoughts

I’ve tried mobile hotspots (mi-fi) in the past with varying degrees of success. The two biggest stumbling blocks for them have been price (they are not usually cheap) and where you can use it (different countries require different devices unless you get an unlocked one).

Also, depending on the country and the provider, you may not be able to sign up for just a month, or if you can it’s usually expensive and time consuming to arrange, although all of those things still work out less painful than using your own roaming data!

One of the things that drew me to Globalgig was the fact it was the same hotspot device and same package wherever I went, so if I happened to be in the US on holiday I could use it, and then if I was at Gamescom in Cologne for work the following month it was the same.

One important point to note is that the maximum speed you can get from the Globalgig device is 3G, but for most people that will be more than sufficient, but keep that in mind depending on what you want to use it for.

I have personally tested the Globalgig service in a few different European cities and also in a few US ones too. Overall I was impressed how easy it was to use (just switch it on, connect your device, and surf) and for the most part I got good speeds, given the limitation of 3G. It is important to note that speeds can vary drastically depending where you are (although this is down to the service provider in that location providing the service to Globalgig) so it is worth checking the coverage for where you going.

Battery wise the device lasts for a good few hours, depending on your usage. I found that it was quick and easy to just power it on when I needed it, power it off when I didn’t, and just leave it in my pocket or bag and not think about it. Like any mobile device it can get a little warm so don’t put it in the same part of your bag as chocolate (yes, I did that, once!).

If you are planning on going abroad and you don’t want any nasty roaming bills then I highly recommend you take a look at Globalgig, as they will have you covered. And as a bonus you can also use it at home in the UK too.

Mine is in the bag ready for my next trip!

Learn more about Globalgig by visiting their website.

Three 321 Pay as you go

Have you or someone you know had problems working out the price for  Pay As You Go is the past. Then Three UK believe in keeping things simple as well as offering the customers great value for money.

Three don’t believe you should have to convert your credit to get the most for your money (not unless you want to anyway!)  Neither do Three think you should have to pay high base rates just because you choose not to buy an add-on. That’s why we’ve decided to go back to basics and make things as simple as 3-2-1.

Thomas Malleschitz, marketing director at Three said: “Consumers are forced into choosing where they want best value – whether that’s calls, texts or internet. Our new rates strip things right back to basics with a simple, clear and transparent rate for calls, texts and internet use that offers clear value across the board. It’s important to us that our Pay As You Go customers can use our Ultrafast network to chat, text and enjoy the internet without making a trade-off on value. This is Pay as You Go in its purest form.”

As top-up plans were originally, You will pay 3p for each minute of talk time, 2p a text and 1p for 1MB of data. That’s it. And every penny of credit you add to your account will go to paying for those functions. “Credit lasts until every penny is spent,” claims the Three. The new 3.2.1 Pay as you go starts today (1st July).

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A new Xbox One cloud server centre called Project Mountain will involve Microsoft spending $700 Million. With that amount setting up a new cloud server centre in Iowa in Des Moines, in order to support Microsoft’s cloud computing services and Xbox Live.

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According to a report on GI.biz, the investment will take Microsoft’s total spend to around $1 billion. Microsoft has already revealed that Xbox Live will be supported by 300,000 servers across its network, which seems pretty impressive.

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Last week we told you about T-Mobile’s new Full Monty package which includes unlimited data. Then we told you it was being capped at a maximum speed of 1Mb/s. Now it’s not!

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This is what T-Mobile are offering:

  • Unlimited internet, texts and T-Mobile calls
  • Plus 2000 minutes to other networks

From just £36 a month (24 months)

This is what has been said to clarify the situation:

Our groundbreaking Full Monty plan allows for full enjoyment of data services on the latest smartphones, such as social networking, browsing, music downloading and video streaming.

We continually look at our customers’ data needs and requirements to ensure we’re able to provide a great network experience for everyone.

We can confirm that we do not have a 1Mb/S maximum data download speed in place for The Full Monty plan – nor for any of our other pay monthly or pay as you go price plans – and we are confident that our average data speeds are as good, if not better, than anyone else in the industry.

T-Mobile joined forces with Orange in 2010 giving customers free access to each other’s signal and coverage. Further to this, thanks to the ‘big 3G switch on’ last year, we now offer our customers the UK’s widest 3G coverage. We are constantly developing our network, and recently announced we’re investing a further £1.5billion in network improvements over the next three years.

We apologise for any confusion caused by this matter.

So, it’s back to looking quite good! Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

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Earlier this week we told you about T-Mobile’s new Full Monty package which includes unlimited data. Well it turns out that while it’s unlimited, it’s actually capped at a maximum speed of 1Mb/s.

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This is what T-Mobile are offering:

  • Unlimited internet, texts and T-Mobile calls
  • Plus 2000 minutes to other networks

From just £36 a month (24 months)

This is what was just revealed via a tweet with T-Mobile support:

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So while the tariffs are still unlimited, they are capped at a MAXIMUM speed of 1Mb/s, which I have to say is very disappointing.

What do you think?

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T-Mobile have today announced a new package they are calling the Full Monty.

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Get The Full Monty

Our amazing new Full Monty plans go on sale 1 February, but if you really can’t wait, you can find out more details and order right now.

This is what you’ll be getting…

  • Unlimited internet, texts and T-Mobile calls
  • Plus 2000 minutes to other networks

From just £36 a month (24 months)

More info soon, but this certainly looks very interesting!

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Acer also announced their AcerCloud, which Connects All Personal Devices Securely for
Anytime, Anywhere Access to Digital Media and Data.

Intelligent connectivity and storage — in a personal cloud space

Acer today previewed its upcoming AcerCloud, which securely connects all personal smart devices for anytime, anywhere access. Featuring Acer Always Connect technology, users can retrieve multimedia and data files anytime, even when their main PC is in sleep (standby/hibernation) mode. Users can enjoy these advantages knowing that their information is stored and transferred securely via strong encryption and authentication. Bringing users tremendous functionality and value, Acer will include the AcerCloud, without additional cost, on all new Acer consumer PCs.

Acer reduces the complexities of today’s fast-paced lifestyles by developing solutions that enable devices to communicate, simplifying the process of content sharing. With the ever-growing number of smart digital devices, users need to share and back up their multimedia and data files in a simple, smart way.

Create, acquire and consume on different devices

AcerCloud makes it easy to take photos on a smartphone while on the go, and then view them on a main PC at home or in the office, without the delay and complication of manually transferring files. It also allows users to purchase a movie from an all-in-one PC, and then watch it on a tablet or smartphone on a train or airplane. As long as the main PC is in sleep (standby/hibernation) mode, Acer Always Connect technology can wake it up through Wi-Fi® so media can be retrieved via a mobile device. AcerCloud, meanwhile, intelligently uses local and cloud storage together so all data is always available. Other features of AcerCloud include:

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Through PicStream

, users can take holiday snapshots on their smartphone, back them up on the main PC, and share them efficiently with other smart devices. Users can stream photos via clear.fi in the Cloud to PCs and other devices; photos are backed up permanently on their PC, and temporarily accessible for 30 days in their personal cloud and on other devices.

AcerCloud Docs

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Professionals can update sales documents on a PC and save them, and the documents will be put into the personal cloud and streamed to other devices. They can then go to their meeting with their notebook or tablet PC and have immediate access to all the updated files. The files will be temporarily accessible for 30 days in the personal cloud and on the devices, or they can choose to download the files on to other devices for long-term storage.

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With Acer’s unique clear.fi Media application, users can also access all their multimedia at any time. They can use clear.fi to connect to the personal cloud and stream live, or download and enjoy content offline for convenient on-the-go entertainment.
Acer Inc. President Jim Wong stated, “AcerCloud not only provides the simplicity and efficiency when accessing and sharing data, but it’s also free with a new Acer PC and gives our users peace-of-mind, knowing that their data is safely transferred in a personal cloud space.”

AcerCloud will be bundled on all Acer consumer PCs starting Q2 2012. It will support all Android devices, while future support is planned for Windows-based devices. The service will be available in America, Europe, Asia and China.

Having just sat through a live demo, which for the most part worked very well, AcerCloud looks very interesting.

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Do you need a backup drive capable of being both fireproof and waterproof? Would you like some data recovery services thrown in just in case? Then look no further than the SoloPRO from ioSafe.

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Who are ioSafe?

From their website:

ioSafe is the technology leader of disaster proof hardware. Since 2005, our patented technology provides unparalleled physical security protection against fire, flood and theft for thousands of homes and businesses. Like an aircraft black box, ioSafe adds physical security and protection to irreplaceable data.

Encryption and network security are often used to protect data. Wildfires and hurricanes care little about whether the data is encrypted. Firefighters won’t ask your permission before hosing down your entire computer system. Any offsite vaulting strategy will have vulnerability for the most important data in your business – the data you just created – not the data from last week. Backing up even one terabyte of data to the cloud could take up to 10 months with the typical business or home connection.

Physical security of data is often overlooked. Nearly every business, large or small has vulnerabilities. ioSafe specializes in hardware to help protect vulnerable data wherever it may reside. Designed to be bolted to the floor, survive building collapse or padlocked to anything immovable, our steel outer casings combined with fire and flood protection are designed to provide the ultimate physical security for external data storage.

According to IDC, over 100,000 external desktop hard drives are sold every day. By 2014 digital content in an average US home could total almost 12 terabytes according to Coughlin Associates! The higher download speeds and slower upload speeds have made it impractical to perform online backup for anything more than a few gigabytes. To upload a terabyte, nevermind 5 or 10TB to the cloud anytime soon will be impractical for all but the largest of businesses.

ioSafe high security technology gives you the choice between a pretty red unprotected drive and a fireproof, waterproof external hard drive starting at less than $150 and storing up to 2TB. Which drive do you want protecting your business data or your family photos and videos? How much are they worth to you?

Specifications

Operational Details
  • Single 3.5 SATA disk: 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB, 3TB capacities available1
  • Quiet forced air cooling
  • Multi-platform compatibility with Mac & PC/Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Server & Linux (fully supported with eSATA)
  • USB 3.0 or eSATA/USB 2.0 Interface

1 3TB support limited to Windows 7, Server 2008, Linux and Mac

Disaster & Security Specifications
  • Fire protection – 1550°F, 1/2 hour per ASTM E119
  • Flood / Submersion protection – to 10 feet water depth, 72 hours
  • Proven data protection and recovery
  • Tested per UL, FCC and CE Standards
  • Physical theft protection
  • Cable lock or floor mount
  • Kennsington® Lock Compatible
Support
  • 1 Year Data Recovery Service (DRS) Standard (3 and 5 year plans available)
  • 3 Year manufacturer’s warranty for defects Standard (5 year available with purchase of 5 year DRS upgrade)
  • Up to $2500 included for forensic recovery service
  • Advanced Replacement included for warranty/DRS exchanges
  • Expedited shipping for DRS support
Inside The Box
  • ioSafe SoloPRO External Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • eSATA Cable (eSATA model only)
  • Power Supply
  • Owners Manual and Warranty
Electrical
  • Electrical — AC input
  • Voltage: 80 ~ 264 VAC at 50/60 HZ
  • Typical Power Consumption: < 25W
System Requirements
  • Intel Pentium II 350 Mhz-compatible or Mac G3 processor & greater
  • USB for Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS 8.6 & greater or Linux based NAS devices
  • eSATA for full support of Windows Server or Linux Server systems
  • For USB 3.0 or eSATA/USB 2.0 speeds, the system must support applicable specifications
Operating Environment
  • Operating: 0-35° C (95°F)
  • Non-operating: 0-1550°F, 1/2 hr per ASTM E119
  • Operating Humidity: 20% – 80% (non-condensing)
  • Non-operating Humidity: 100%, Full water immersion, 10 feet, 3 days
Physical
  • Size: 5.0″W x 7.1″H x 11.0″L
  • Weight: 15 lbs

The ioSafe SoloPRO Data Recovery Service

The ioSafe SoloPRO Data Recovery Service (DRS) provides a one time use, no questions asked data and hardware recovery service. For any loss, no matter the reason. Whether your business is a victim of a drive failure or a natural disaster — we’ve got you covered.

With the ioSafe SoloPRO DRS you get to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your data is protected by the best data recovery service in the industry.

One time use, no questions asked, data recovery service

Up to $2500 for forensic data recovery

Free Advanced Replacement for expedited recovery

Direct access to ioSafe’s experts — one point of contact

Replacement hardware pre-loaded with recovered data

When we say “any reason” we mean it. It doesn’t matter what happens. We’ve got you covered.

Need a few examples? We’ve got that covered too :

  • Fire damage
  • Flood damage
  • Accidental damage
  • Human Error
  • Disk failure
  • External Enclosure failure
  • Accidental deletion
  • Viruses
  • Power failures
  • An intern dumps soda on your drive
  • Anything you can think of…

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ExpressCache from Diskeeper improves PC speeds by incorporating Solid State Drive (SSD) technology advances into a Windows 7 system to provide near-instantaneous access to the most frequently accessed data.

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Comprised of User mode and Kernel Mode components, ExpressCache uses the SSD as an intelligent cache, coupled with an HDD, to improve overall system performance and greatly speed up Windows PC startup, application launches and data access speed.

Features

· Reduces boot times by up to 60%+ and keeps them optimum for the life of the system

· Intelligent automatic caching of the applications and data that the user needs

· Ability to preload applications in cache for optimal first use performance

· Selectable quantity of SSD storage to be used

· Compatible with other Windows applications as it operates as a Windows component

· Monitors application I/O activity, cache use and cache hit rates and adjusts caching to maintain maximum application performance from the amount of SSD storage available

· Maintains full safety and integrity of all data in event of SSD failure or removal, as well as unclean shutdowns resulting from power outages

· Operates automatically, invisibly and silently in the background, with no user interaction required

· Uses file fragmentation prevention technology to improve file system performance using Diskeeper® high performance defragmentation engines

· Supports ATA8-ACS2 TRIM specifications for SSD optimization

Benefits

· ExpressCache speeds up overall system, boot up and application performance (cache hit rates in 80%-99% range)

· Any combination of SSD and HDD can be used, making it a far more flexible solution than Hybrid Hard Drives. Individual components can be upgraded independent of the other

· ExpressCache increases file system performance while maintaining the full safety and integrity of all system data

· ExpressCache provides superior overall performance than SSD systems at a fraction of the cost

 

ExpressCache is available for license to OEMs and computer manufacturers for broad scale deployment in 2011, so expect to see it on a laptop near you very soon! I think this looks very interesting and we will bring you more on this in the near future.

Check out this exclusive video made for UWHS:

ExpressCache: Intelligent Data Caching and Pinning Software by Diskeeper Corporation

Jim from Integrity-Checker.com has been in touch to let us know that their Integrity Checker Add-in for Windows Home Server V1 and Windows Home Server 2011 has been updated to version 1.20.

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What is Integrity Checker?

In this digital age, data originates from many paths and numerous devices. With your server at the heart of your data, it’s necessary for you to guarantee integrity. Integrity Checker runs on your Windows Server; quietly, efficiently, and automatically watching for new data. As data is detected, Integrity Checker automatically generates hash-stamps to guarantee the integrity of your data.

Integrity Checker supports Windows Home Server, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

Here is what Jim told us about the update:

We are proud to announce the release of version 1.20 of Integrity Checker for Windows Home Server (original) and Windows Home Server / Small Business Server 2011.  Integrity Checker is an invaluable tool for the server administrator; quietly, efficiently, and automatically watching for new data arriving on the server.  As data arrives, Integrity Checker generates, and attaches, a SHA1 integrity hash for each file which can later be used to validate the files contents.  The perfect tool for verifying large file downloads from the internet, validating the consistency of your hard drive, and authenticating your data before a backup operation!

We’ve had wonderful feedback over the last month; and we’ve listened.  Here are the new features for version 1.20:

  • Integrity Scan results now display failures and warnings separately to optimize result viewing and locate errors more easily
  • New “Copy To Clipboard” feature available when viewing Integrity Scan results
  • Customizable folder watching – real-time, scheduled daily, or manual
  • Allow customizing the location of the Integrity Checker “cache” folder
  • Integrity Scans can now scan a single folder.  Now supporting – full system scan, a single file, or a single folder

Find out more about Integrity Checker http://www.integrity-checker.com/

Existing users upgrade free http://www.integrity-checker.com/update.html

Learn how to administer Integrity Checker http://www.integrity-checker.com/howto.html

Look out for a review shortly here at UWHS.

HP have today announced the release of two free add-ins for Windows Home Server. Ok, one new add-in and one update.

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HP MEDIASMART EXPANDER FOR TIVO

The first is an update to our previously released TiVo add-in.  This update will allow customers to schedule series recordings of their favourite programs and have them automatically copied over to their MediaSmart Server or Data Vault.

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You can check out our article here: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/07/13/update-to-hp-mediasmart-expander-for-tivo-add-in-for-windows-home-server/

EASY USB TRANSFER

The second is a new add-in – Easy USB Transfer.  Easy USB Transfer will allow the contents from a connected USB drive to be copied directly over to the MediaSmart Server or Data Vault.  This capability is a great benefit for customers who routinely create large amounts of data (i.e. a photo or video shoot).  Easy USB Transfer can be used as part of their normal workflow to offload the data for editing, backup, or to free up the USB drive for the next job.

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Check out our review here: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/07/13/review-of-the-hp-easy-usb-transfer-add-in-for-windows-home-server/

Other things to know about both add-ins is that they will only work with HP MediaSmart Servers running the 3.0 update or later, or the HP DataVault servers.

The add-ins can be found here: http://www.hp.com/united-states/consumer/everyday-computing/mediasmartserver/us/en/index.html

It’s nice to see HP releasing more updates – I wonder if we will see anything else from them before Vail hits the streets? And no, I don’t have a release date, but you have to imagine that HP will be spending a lot of time on the new version of Windows Home Server and less time on the current release. Hopefully I will be proven wrong!

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