We get a lot of press releases in any given day, and some of them are worth a mention, but we can't devote a full news story to them. So we've gathered them together in one spot.
Buffalo USB 3.0 external drives now out
Buffalo tells us it now has ultra-fast USB 3.0 hard drives available in Australia. For desktop users, the DriveStation HD-HXU3 comes in 1TB ($199), 1.5TB ($279) and 2TB ($379). For those who want something a little smaller and more portable, the MiniStation Lite USB 3.0 comes in 500GB ($199) or 640GB ($229) models. While USB 3.0 prices currently have a $60 premium (or more) on their USB 2.0 counterparts, you should be able to find them at less than the RRP at shops such as Bing Lee and The Good Guys.
|The new DriveStation USB 3.0
Easy backup from Clickfree
Clickfree offers backup for PC or Mac without needing to install drivers or software: just plug in and go. It's been available overseas for years, but it's finally launched in Australia. The Clickfree C2 is a portable drive and backup software in one, at capacities of 500GB ($129) to 2GB, while the C2N is a networked version (from $189 for 500GB) that can back up all your networked computers via your router. The Transformer (from $99) turns a USB drive, iPod or iPhone into a backup and storage device. And if you need backup you can carry in a pocket, the Traveler ($99 for 16GB) fits into your wallet: it's the same size as a credit card. Available from major retailers.
Internode tops satisfaction survey, again
Internode has recorded an impressively high 93.4% customer satisfaction rating to top the Roy Morgan national ISP Survey. The survey of 7000 people covered broadband ISPs for the period covering 1 Jan-31 May. Internode was the only Internet Service Provider with a customer satisfaction rank of more than 90 per cent. Telstra Bigpond rated just 65.8% satisfaction. You can see the rest of the results at http://www.roymorgan.com/news/press-releases/2010/1138/
LinkedIn offers free access via Optus and 3
If you're into social networking, and you're never far from your twitter stream, you're probably already familiar with LinkedIn, which is the largest professional networking site, complete with references and professional associations. Apparently, according to LinkedIn, it's growing in Australia right now, and so it's partnered with Optus and 3 so that subscribers to those networks can access LinkedIn for free. There's a catch of course: for Optus, is for selected plans, and for 3 it's for new postpaid contracts across all handsets.