Review: Western Digital My Book Live

By on February 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM.

Review: Western Digital My Book Live

We live in an era of connected devices, be it smartphones, tablets, PCs and even televisions. However, the problem is that cloud storage has not been fully realized due to a myriad of issues. Here is where local cloud paradigms come in. People who want the connected experience in their households can purchase these Network Storage Devices (NSDs) and hook them up with their local Wi-Fi connections and setup their local cloud, where all the devices in the household have access to NSD. The Western Digital My Book Live is one of the most popular NSDs on the market and it works well across a wide array of devices. Let's see if it’s the perfect storage medium for your personal cloud. More →
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Thailand floods may hurt shipments, increase prices for PC makers

By on November 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Thailand floods may hurt shipments, increase prices for PC makers

The devastating flooding in Thailand could hurt HP, Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft during the fourth quarter of this year, IDC said in a recent report. The research firm originally projected shipment growth of 5.1% for the PC industry during the quarter but it now expects PC shipments to fall between 2.2% and 3.4%. Moving into 2012, IDC said shipments could drop as much as 13.4%. “A lot of these plants are still under water, and it’s unclear how much damage they will find when the water recedes,” IDC analyst Loren Loverde explained in an interview with Bloomberg. “It’s also unclear how quickly the cleanup can begin and how much time it will take to bring in replacement parts to rebuild.” A recent report from Goldman Sachs also suggested that PC shipments could drop 8.5% during the first quarter of 2012. Hard drive manufacturers Western Digital and Seagate Technology both have plants that were flooded in Thailand. Seagate’s CEO Steve Luczo told Bloomberg that hard drive prices from his company could jump $10 to $25. “If you’re thinking of buying a laptop for Christmas, I’d buy it now,” Luczo suggested. More →

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