Last year we reviewed Seagate's FreeAgent Theater+ Media Player and generally liked what we saw, particularly the device's ability to play back most file formats. For 2010, Seagate has put out an updated version of that product that offers very similar features but has a more compact design and a built-in slot for the company's GoFlex external USB hard drives, which conveniently work with both Windows and Mac computers.
A USB media player allows you to view on your TV multimedia files that are stored on your computer, without much fuss. Of course, game consoles such as … Read more
Seagate's new and flexible GoFlex family of external storage devices got a little more flexible on Monday when the company introduced the latest addition to the family, the GoFlex Home network storage system.
It's an NAS server that turns any desktop version of the GoFlex external hard drive into a network storage solution. It comes with a Gigabit Ethernet port to connect to an existing network, such as a router or a hub.
According to Seagate, the new NAS server works with both PCs and Macs and is compatible with Apple's Time Machine. It also supports the … Read more
Seagate just launched the newest version of its HD digital media player and has generously offered to give one away to a lucky Crave reader. As the follow-up to Seagate's FreeAgent Theater HD Plus, which we gave high marks, the new model is called the FreeAgent GoFlex TV because it's compatible with Seagate's new GoFlex external drives that can connect to both Mac and Windows PCs.
This is what Seagate has to say about the GoFlex TV HD:
"The GoFlex TV HD media player makes it easy to access, view, and play your digital media files … Read more
Seagate's new superflexible external-hard-drive family just got a new member, and it's a significant upgrade.
The company announced Tuesday the latest addition to its FreeAgent GoFlex line: an desktop external hard drive called the 3TB GoFlex Desk that offers 3TB of storage.
Like other drives in the GoFlex line, the new 3TB GoFlex Desk comes with the flexibility to adapt its standard USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 connection just by changing the adapter.
On top of that, it's one of a few solutions on the market that comes with an … Read more
For a while, it has seemed impossible to design anything new or innovative when it comes to portable hard drives other than to increase their storage space or add minor features, like an e-label, in the case of the WD My Passport Studio. As it turns out, however, Seagate has been working on another major evolution.
The company announced Tuesday an entirely new line of storage solutions called FreeAgent GoFlex that emphasizes flexibility. The new storage family includes both portable and desktop external drives. Each comes with an array of cable adapters that allow it to quickly switch to difference interfaces. With this new family, the concept of an external hard drive has changed significantly.
Traditionally, an external hard drive has circuit boards with selective built-in ports for different interfaces. These interfaces includes USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA. Low-end or ultraportable drives generally support USB 2.0 only, whereas higher-end and desktop drives tend to support more interfaces. However, all of them share one common shortcoming: they are stuck with whatever ports they come with.
With Seagate's new FreeAgent GoFlex design, an external hard drive is now divided into two parts, the storage and the cable adapter. The storage part is just the hard drive itself with no circuit board. Essentially, it's like any internal SATA hard drive with a protective case. The second part is a small adapter that can be snapped-in tight on the first part to make it a complete external storage solution. The two connect via the standard SATA interface.
An adapter contains the circuit board that determines the functionality of the drive and can be designed to support different interfaces and features. Each FreeAgent GoFlex drive will come with a USB 2.0 adapter of its own and have the capability of working with any other adapters. This way, your new external hard drive can be quickly changed to support any interface or have any added features that Seagate offers.
The best thing about the new snap-in adapter design is that the adapters also work with any internal hard drives.… Read more
For the majority of homes and apartments, a home router such as the D-Link DIR-855 or Linksys WRT320N would make a viable wireless network. However, if you want to share the Internet with a few neighbors or cover a warehouse with a wireless signal, you'd need an enterprise-class access point. The problem is this type of access point is generally expensive.
Ruckus Wireless wants to change this fact and announced Monday its new line of enterprise-class access points, the ZoneFlex 7300 series, which includes two products, the ZoneFlex 7343 and ZoneFlex 7363. The former is a single-band (2.4GHz) Wireless-N access point that offers speeds up to 300Mbps and costs $499. According to Ruckus, this is the only sub-$500 enterprise Wireless-N access point on the market.
The ZoneFlex 7363, on the other hand, has support for the dual-band standard (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and offers the maximum bandwidth of up to 600Mbps. For this reason it costs $100 more than the ZoneFlex 7343.
According to Ruckus, the ZoneFlex 7300 series models are the first access points in their class to integrate Ruckus patented smart antenna array and dynamic beam-forming technology, called BeamFlex, designed to deliver high throughput speeds at long range.… Read more
BorgWarner will supply turbochargers for the Opel 1.6-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) engine and the VW 1.4-liter TSI EcoFuel engine.
CNG engines produce about 70 percent less nitrous oxide than diesel engines and about 25 percent less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines, but are slower to accelerate than the fossil fuel counterparts.
To lower weight and guarantee a fast response on the Opel Zafira ecoFlex Turbo, BorgWarner worked with Opel to optimize the water-cooled turbocharger. The engine delivers powerful performance, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/hr) in 11.5 seconds.
BorgWarner also worked with Volkswagen … Read more