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Where'd They Go?

Where'd They Go? by Gary Woods

It used to be when you got a laptop computer it had a lot of options for getting data on and off the device. Also, there were ports for projecting the laptop image on a TV or a projector screen, listening to audio and even slots for the memory cards in your camera.

When I got my MacBook Air it had 2 USB ports a Thunberbolt Port and an SD card slot. I use the Thunderbolt port to hook the computer up to my projector and one of the USB ports to run the remote control for the Keynote presentations I do. The other USB port then gets used for the Jump Drive people bring to me for their talks.

If you're keeping score that doesn't leave any ports for an external hard drive and this is definitely something to reckon with because the MacBook Air's 128 GB Solid State Drive needs a little help.

All this seemed hopeless until I found the Seagate Wireless Plus external hard drive. The drive functions as a Web portal with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliance. This means you can use the drive to watch movies, listen to music, view photos, watch recorded videos and print photos.

The Seagate device has an elegant industrial look with just a single power button on its case. The WiFi on the Wireless Plus is always on unless the drive is connected to a compute's USB port.

Seagate has free Apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets as well as Amazon's Kindle Fire. The 1 TB drive retails for $200 which is pretty pricey for an external drive but I think the built-in WiFi justifies the price. If you're in the market for an external hard drive it's definitely worth a look.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc