Western Digital introduced the My Book Live late last year. It’s goal? To simplify your networked storage woes. Today’s release furthered WD’s ideal by adding attractive and easy-to-use mobile apps to the stable. WD reiterated its stand supporting the idea of the personal cloud. Traditional cloud storage solutions offer a substantial featureset, but at the cost of simplicity and, all too often, security.
The My Book Live hooks into your router and lives on your network. Instead of moving it from computer to computer, you can push and pull data to and from the device just by sending files through the air. What really makes this an attractive solution is the easy access it gives to your data. Leave an essay at home? Just log in and get it.
Today’s app releases bring another level of mobility and access to your files and media, in the form of the WD 2go and WD 2go Pro. Each app is available for the iPhone, iPad and most Android devices. Now, if you want to stream your media or show off your pictures? Just tap an icon on your mobile device and you’re good to go.
The WD 2go Pro app costs $2.99 (the basic 2go app is free), but brings a few extra features to the table:
· Clipping: Users can clip files, photos, songs, videos or folders to download a copy from the My Book Live drive to a mobile device, enabling subsequent access even without an Internet connection.
· Automatic sync: New or modified files added to the My Book Live automatically sync to mobile devices.
· Content sharing: The WD 2go Pro app allows users to email files, share files as a link, print and open files with third party apps.
· Additional security: Users can leverage an additional layer of security by locking mobile access to the My Book Live drive with a 4-digit pass code.
Owners of the My Book Live can also use it to stream within a home network as well, not just to an Internet-accessible personal cloud. Movies and music can be sent to any DLNA-capable device, including certain televisions, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, or WD’s own WD TV Live Hub.
In addition to remote and mobile access to the personal cloud, WD’s My Book Live features a built-in media server that streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV® LiveTM network media player, Blu-ray DiscTM player, Xbox 360®, PlayStation® 3, and connected TV.