The technology world will again bring us new tablets and smartphones in 2013, but what else can we expect — and how do we keep those power-hungry devices running and sounding great?
And more significantly, what do we do with all those digital files?
Backing up your digital data and accessing it is easy, but it’s also one of the most commonly avoided digital chores.
Western Digital, a world leader in digital storage, supplied some interesting facts concerning digital storage from a recent Omnibus Survey.
Results show 40 percent of desktop owners and 31 percent of laptop owners have experienced data loss, most often because their device crashed.
Included in that loss, for 41 percent of adults, were photographs — cherished information lost in a crash, or a lost or stolen hard drive.
In the survey, 41 percent of adults said the reason they don’t back up their digital files because they are not sure how to do it.
WD’s My Book Live Duo is one of the easiest all-in-one desktop solutions for digital file problems in any digital-oriented household. This includes photos, documents and videos.
After a simple setup creating your own personal cloud with no monthly fees, it stays in one centralized location on your home network.
Any Mac or PC can use it to back up content and even gives you access to check it on your own flat screen TV remotely or a tablet or smartphone from anywhere securely over the Internet.
The WD 2go Web access gives users access to the home cloud storage fee-free. Just log in and it mounts on your computer like a local or hard drive would.
With mobile devices including iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows and Android smartphones or tablets the WD 2go and WD Photos mobile apps let you view documents, stream video content or set up the photos to show off in a slideshow.
Oh, and by the way, Western Digital’s research also found that “one-in-six adults (16 percent) have lost information that was embarrassing and potentially something they wouldn’t want others seeing when their device crashed, was stolen or was lost.”
Details: www.WDC.com, 8TB $649, 6TB $479, 4TB $379
V-Moda’s newly launched M-100 headphones are the Taj Mahal of headphones in sound, design and durability.
The headphones are made with 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers (patent-pending) to produce the powerful sound. After just seconds of listening to music with the headphones on, you get it.
Craftsmanship is at the highest level for the M-100’s, constructed with a combination of steel and other metals for an eye-catching design.
They fold up into the included exoskeleton hard carrying case for portability. Each padded ear cup has the signature V-Moda shield on the outside, which can be replaced with personalized, engraved shields.
Also included: A pair of detachable Kevlar-reinforced cables, a SpeakEasy microphone cable and an all-new SharePlay cable for sharing music and media without extra adapters.
Each set of headphones is designed with durability to survive 70-plus drops on concrete; the SteelFlex headband is made to be virtually indestructible; the cables are designed to bend more than 1 million times.
Details: www.V-Moda.com, $300
Aperion Audio’s ARIS wireless hi-fi speaker gives you room-filling sound without a wire.