NAS Stories September 20, 2016

AAPL: 113.57

-0.01

On paper, the QNAP TS-251A looks like a well-specced network attached storage device for ttme use (buy it here for $319), featuring a dual-core processor and ample 2 GB RAM. It even has a HDMI port and bundled IR remote, so you can plug it into a TV and use it directly.

There are a hundred different features you can use a NAS for but I’m focusing on what I use: backup and a TV shows / movies server. I am looking for units that are easy to use and maintain with enough performance to handle multiple video streams at once, as I use my NAS to provide content for every television in the house. Here’s my hands on with the QNAP NAS and how well it handles media and backup tasks …

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NAS Stories March 15, 2016

AAPL: 104.58

2.06

I’ve recently been testing the brand new Synology DS-216+ NAS ($299), a network-attached-storage product meant for consumers. Although Synology products include a variety of features, I will be focusing on two primary functions that I consider most essential and most useful to people today: Mac backup and home media management (TV shows and movies).

With Apple no longer shipping optical drives in most of their products, I think now is a great time to convert your home movie collection of DVDs and Blu-rays to digital files, which a NAS is great for storing. The Apple TV 4 was another big factor: with an app, I can now view all the TV shows and movies, stored on my NAS, from my TV.

Before I owned a NAS, I was worried about two things: whether the features would be useful and how much hassle would be necessary to get everything up and running. Hence, my review starts with an explanation of the setup steps involved …

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NAS Stories October 7, 2015

AAPL: 110.78

-0.53

Update: The DSM 6.0 beta is now available to download. 

Today Synology is announcing a number of updates to its popular network-attached storage products including its first Apple Watch app, a new version of its DiskStation Manager web-based operating system, and new hardware including the company’s first router product.  expand full story

NAS Stories September 30, 2015

AAPL: 110.30

1.24

9to5Toys Last Call: Anker Dual-USB Solar Charger $40, WD 4TB NAS $160, Cards Against Humanity 20% off, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

TiVo makes the DVR sexy with 4K content, AirPlay and one-click commercial skipping

Anker 14W Dual-USB Port Solar Charger: $40 shipped (Reg. $50+)

WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS $160 shipped (Orig. $220)

Amazon Gold Box – Cards Against Humanity 20% off: Starter Kit ($20) and Expansion Packs ($8)

Get a no-contract iPhone 6s from Boost Mobile for just $450 shipped (Orig. $649)

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi: 16GB $380 shipped (Reg. $499), 64GB $490 shipped (Reg. $599)

More new gear from today:

LG 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide LED IPS Monitor: $620 shipped (Reg. $780+)

More deals still alive:

USB Power: Anker 15,600mAh Battery Pack $24 (Reg. $30), Lumsing Wall Charger + 3-ft. MFi Lightning Cable $10more

Four magazine subs for $16 (or less): Wired, Dwell, ESPN, GQ, Rolling Stone, Men’s Fitness, and many more

New products & more:

Bose’s latest connected speaker lowers the entry price into the SoundTouch family

Keurig’s new KOLD brewer lets you make Coca-Cola at home but it’s going to cost you

NAS Stories September 16, 2015

AAPL: 116.41

0.13

9to5Toys Last Call: QNAP NAS w/ AirPlay $135, Kanto Bookshelf Bluetooth speakers $250, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Explore the depths of the ocean with the new Trident submersible drone

QNAP NAS w/ AirPlay: TS-131 1-Bay $135 (Orig. $215), HS-210 2-Bay Fanless $155 (Orig. $289), more

Daily Deals: Western Digital My Book 3TB Hard Drive $90, Canon MAXIFY All-In-One Printer w/ AirPrint $80, more

Kanto YU5 Bluetooth 4.0 Bookshelf Speakers in five colors: $250 shipped (Reg. $350)

The Mega Mac 2015 Bundle: 15 solid Apps including MacBooster 2, Disk Drill Pro & More $25 (Orig. $564)

MacUpdate Bundle: 10 apps including Toast 14, DevonThink, ExpanDrive, Boom, iMazing and more for $50

Save $100 on Apple’s all-new 12-inch MacBook + extra $50 for students/faculty: 256GB model $1,150 w/ .edu (Reg. $1,299)

Apple is handing out free downloads of Super Hexagon for iPhone and iPad ($3 value)

Giveaway: Schoolhouse Electric makes the clock cool again, $290 value

More new gear from today:

This Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe bundle includes a working Han Solo mini fridge

Games/Apps: LEGO Jurassic World $38, iTunes gift cards 15% off, COD games for Mac 50% off, freebies, more

More deals still alive:

Aukey 13.3-inch Macbook Carrying Bag and Sleeve Case Cover $6.50 Prime shipped (Reg. $13)

Portable Bluetooth Speakers: Bose SoundLink Mini $159 (Orig. $200), Sony SRSX3 $60 (Orig. $140)

App Store Free App of the Week: Infinity Blade III goes free for the very first time (Reg. $7)

New products & more:

Wilson’s X Connected Basketball is a simple shot tracking solution

Sony takes the wraps off a new gold DualShock controller (and other colors too)

NAS Stories April 29, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch $1,300, iPad Air 2 64GB Wi-Fi $500, iPhone 6 cases from $2, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Spigen iPhone 6/Plus cases in multiple styles & colors from $4 Prime shipped (up to 80% off)

9to5Toys Specials currently has a VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription for $39 and ibVPN Total Plan 4 year subscription for $59. Either way you won’t have to worry about hackers for a long time.

Get into Network Attached Storage today with these deals on QNAP and WD Red products

Hulu just paid $180 million for Seinfeld, but this deal on the entire series for $65 is real and it’s spectacular

Patriot’s USB-C Flash Drives are primed for new MacBook and Chromebook Pixel owners

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 shipped: save 20% on apps, music, movies and more

Small States Review: Grovemade’s Laptop Stand combines quality craftsmanship & thoughtful design, giveaway

More new gear from today:

Skiva iPhone/iPad charging bundle: 3.2-ft MFi Lightning cable + 2.4A Car Charger for $9 Prime shipped (Reg. $17)

Spigen unveils new Apple Watch stand and protective solutions, get 15% off + 70-80% off iPhone cases

More deals still alive:

Add AirPlay music streaming to your house w/ JBL’s SoundFly Air Wi-Fi Speaker for $39 shipped (Orig. $200)

Harman Kardon AE in-ears w/mic & remote $49 shipped (Reg. $125+), more

New products & more:

The ON magnetic portable charging station from RUBIX takes inductive charging on the road

Review: Omaker M4 Splashproof/droppable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with NFC: $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $70)

Rock out with this scaled down Bluetooth-connected Iron Man Mark XLIII mask

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