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Friday, October 7, 2011

Western Digital Releases It's Latest WD TV Live

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:20 PM

http://globalmessaging1.prnewswire....WQ9MjgyJmFtcA==

"Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions and maker of the popular WD TV® media player family, today introduced the next generation of its WD TV® LiveTM streaming media player, an easy to use Wi-Fi® enabled media player that is the first in its category to deliver the Spotify® music service.

WD TV Live features WD's newest intuitive user interface that delivers the latest hit movies, TV shows, music and online services from companies like Netflix®, Hulu PlusTM and Blockbuster® directly to your TV. The new streaming media player connects to the Internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet connection, with the high performance 802.11n wireless connectivity supporting Full-HD 1080p video resolution."

Western Digital's newest iteration of the WD TV Live streams personal media such as photos, video and music and also premium internet content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Pandora, YouTube, Facebook and others. The newest addition to the WD TV Live list is Spotify. The WD TV Live and WD TVLive Hub are the first streaming media players to deliver Spotify's music service. The WD TV Live streaming media player has a MSRP of $99.99 USD.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Western Digital Introduces WD TV Live Hub Media Center With 1 TB Storage

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Prod...asp?DriveID=891

"Get your family and friends together, sit back, and enjoy! Whether it's your own videos, music, and photos or Internet entertainment, with the WD TV Live Hub media center you can enjoy it all in the comfort of your living room in brilliant high-definition. Put your personal media on the high-capacity built-in hard drive and stream it to any screen in the house...Watch popular movies and TV episodes instantly - Don't wait for the mailman to deliver your movies and don't settle for streaming to your small computer screen. Access Blockbuster On Demand® or your Netflix® unlimited membership and watch TV episodes and movies on your big screen."

It seems like everybody is in the media-streaming-set-top-box business, and this is Western Digital's new product. It supports Netflix and Blockbuster On Demand, which is pretty standard. What's also standard is a crummy user interface - but looking at this video below, it looks like Western Digital may have finally moved beyond the DOS-like directory listing I've seen on their previous products.

Curious how this new product compares with previous offerings from Western Digital - they have a chart for that. I'm not very familiar with Western Digital's media players, but if that comparison chart is correct, the previous version didn't pull metadata for media files - that's really old school. Glad to see the new one is smart enough to do that! The list of supported formats is fairly broad, but without ISO support, it's not something that interests me very much. Is ISO support important to you, or do you rip your DVDs and don't need it?

We've requested one for review, so fingers crossed, we'll be bringing you some hands-on experience with the product soon!

UPDATE: Oh look, here's a review of it already!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Western Digital Updates My Book Live NAS / Media Streamer

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.wdc.com/en/company/relea...66-df81dbd02995

"The My Book Live definitely doesn't mark Western Digital's first foray into the world of connected storage, but the devil's in the details on this one. The company's newly released network drive falls into the budget-friendly My Book line, but promises access to files at up 100Mbps, or triple the speed of standard USB 2.0 units. Additionally, Apple Time Machine support comes baked in from the factory, and there's also an integrated DLNA-compatible media server that can stream photos, videos and audio through any number of devices (WD TV Live Plus HD, Xbox 360, your Blu-ray player, a PlayStation 3, etc.). It'll also double (triple?) as an iTunes music server, and when paired with the company's refreshed WD Photos app -- which is now optimized for iPad and iPhone 4 -- users can flip through their photo albums remotely. The My Book Live is now available for $169.99 (1TB) / $229.99 (2TB), and the aforementioned app can be sucked down as we speak from the action-packed App Store."

I like the Western Digital NAS range and it's one I have recommended to friends and family looking for a simple way to store photo's, music and files. They are simple to set up and I rarely get called because something isn't working. A great device in my opinion and if you are looking for a simple home NAS then it's certainly one you should consider.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Win 1 of 2 Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6bYZQo82Y

Want to win one of two 1 TB hard drives? Then jump over to this YouTube video and read the contest rules. Enjoy!


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Maximum PC Reviews The Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/re...or_600gb_review

"For years, if you wanted the speediest consumer hard drive you could get your hands on, you went with a 10,000rpm Western Digital Raptor. Its first incarnation, released in 2003, was a 37GB single-platter drive using a PATA-to-SATA bridge. The next year brought a 74GB SATA 150 drive, and thereafter the drives roughly doubled in size (and went up a SATA spec) every couple of years. Last time WD refreshed the line, it bumped the capacity to 300GB, named the resulting 100MB/s-plus drive the VelociRaptor, and promptly won our Kick Ass award. But that was 2008-several hard drive generations ago. And though Western Digital's latest VelociRaptor ups the ante with 600GB of space and a 6Gb/s SATA controller, the drive now has to compete with solid state drives and high-capacity, high-performance drives like WD's own Caviar Black series."

The VelociRaptor has always been one of the, if not the, fastest drives you could buy for your system, excluding SSD of course. It always lagged behind other drives on capacity, trading the space for speed, and making it highly sought after for those wanting fast system response times. Western Digital have now increased the capacity to 600GB from 300GB making this a good option for your OS and program drive. Check out the review at Maximum PC.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Speck's New Line of Hard Drive Cases

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Cases
Manufacturer: Speck
Where to Buy: TwoZip, SkinPro, TechStyle [Amazon Affiliate]
Supported Devices: Western Digital Passport portable hard drives
Price: From $19.95 USD

Summary: In recent years, the cost of storage has dropped drastically, causing more people to carry more content along with them. Whether it’s the need to bring along a few Virtual Machines for work, or for toting their favorite movies on a cross-country flight, many have turned to the Western Digital Passport portable hard drive to store their wares. Speck, in turn, has designed several new cases to carry and protect those hard drives. The three newest Speck Passport cases are the TechStyle, SkinPro, and TwoZip.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Western Digital Joins The SSD Brigade

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/0...6/wds_own_ssds/

"WD has announced its SiliconDrive III product range based on SiliconSystems' technology and targeted pretty much at the same networks: communications, industrial, embedded computing, data centre, aero-space, military and OEM medical markets, which prize reliability and data integrity highly. These are products with SATA, EIDE, PC Card, USB and CF interfaces, not SAS or Fibre Channel or PCIe."

While this does not mean you can waltz down to your nearest Circuit City CompUSA local computer store to pick up a slick new Western Digital SSD, Western Digital's entry does mean that you will be able to soon. Of course, where Western Digital treads, Seagate will not be far behind, which can only mean the two big HDD manufacturers will duke it out, sooner, rather than later, in the SSD space, and we can only benefit with cheap SSDs! I just hope that they will not make too many compromises in the upcoming battle. That and cheaper SSDs soon!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I've Gotta' Whole Lotta' Hard Drives Goin' On

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:12 AM

http://www.westerndigital.com/en/pr...asp?driveid=576

Four of these 1 Terrabyte Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives arrived for me yesterday - aren't they pretty? The key benefit these hard drives offer is power-related: they use only 6 watts when in use, 4 watts at idle, and only 0.8 watts at sleep or idle. They achieve this through a variety of technologies, including a variable RPM of 5400 to 7200. Clever stuff! Would anyone like to guess what I'm going to be using them for?


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Western Digital Finally Joins SSD Club

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.dailytech.com/Western+Di...rticle14712.htm

"Hard drive maker Western Digital has announced that its acquisition of SSD manufacturer SiliconSystems has been completed. The acquisition cost Western Digital $65 million in cash. SiliconSystems is a leading supplier of SSDs for the embedded systems market."

I have to say that the writing has been on the wall that SSDs are going to replace hard disk drives for quite some time. This is why I find it surprising that Western Digital has taken so long to get involved. Sure, solid state is still quite expensive but prices are coming down, capacity is going up. Several companies have already have built up a good reputation for SSDs and now Western Digital has an uphill battle. Still, it is good to see another major manufacturer enter the market since it should mean that prices will continue to drop. I've yet to jump on the bandwagon but I've seen the performance difference it can make. The future of Solid State is now just that much closer.


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