Synology Disk Station DS410j NAS

There are a number of legitimate reasons why NAS devices are becoming so popular in work environments, but because of the costly setup investment, they have remained more of a luxury than a necessity for home users.

More affordable products are finding their way to the market all the time, however you should be wary with some of them. For example, one of the cheapest 4-bay NAS devices available right now is the Promise NS4300N SmartStor at just $290. I made the terrible mistake of purchasing this product because of the attractive price point alone.

HP's ultra-sensitive accelerometer

HP Labs announced the development of a new accelerometer sensor that is 1,000 times more sensitive than those used in current mass-produced devices such as the iPhone and many others. The sensor was built as part of the company's CeNSE (Central Nervous System for the Earth) research program, which intends to build a global sensing network to measure and track changes in a wide range of things around the world.

The idea behind the program is that having more advanced and ubiquitous sensors will lead to an information ecosystem that aids better decision making, lower energy use, and more efficient use of resources. The first commercial application for HP's technology will be a wireless seismic sensor network that Shell Oil will use to detect underground oil reserves and drill more efficiently.

Microsoft releases new Movie Maker, shows HD webcam

Microsoft has released their latest version of Windows Live Movie Maker. The new release has a simplified, more focused feature-set and excludes infrequently used tools. Users can upload videos directly to YouTube and Facebook, burn files straight to DVD, play videos on HDTVs, and save in a wide spectrum of resolutions, including 480i, 720i, 720p and 1080p.

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