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Kingston's Wi-Drive Streams Media To iDevices

Kingston's Wi-Drive Streams Media To iDevices

When a new, innovative product pops out, it's almost always followed by an equally innovate product by a totally different company. For whatever reason, companies tend to start thinking about things and developing things simultaneously. Out popped the iPad, and then, out popped a zillion competing tablets. Out popped the GoFlex Satellite from Seagate, and now, out pops Kingston's Wi-Drive. If you're familiar with the former, you'll understand what the second one is all about -- the Wi-Drive is a wireless, portable storage solution, allows users to expand the number of documents, images, music and video files they can access from Apple devices.

It looks like an average portable HDD at a glance, but it's actually capable of far more. When used with the App Store, it allows customers to stream video, access music or share files with other Apple device owners. The Wi-Drive utilizes Flash-based technology to store data from USB-compatible PCs. These files are then easily retrieved via Wi-Drive’s built-in wireless signal without requiring cables or an Internet connection. Three users can work simultaneously with different file types from a single Wi-Drive without any performance disruption.


To begin using Wi-Drive with any of the compatible Apple products, users simply drag and drop files from their PC to Wi-Drive via USB cable, similar to a typical USB Flash drive data transfer. Users then download the Wi-Drive application from the App Store before connecting the Wi-Drive to their device. It'll be available in both 16GB and 32GB sizes later this month, with pricing set for $129.99 and $174.99, respectively.
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I guess I can see how this would be useful if you are some place that does not have any internet connection though at least around where I live this is not a problem. It is possible to find Wi-Fi connection just about anywhere. The most I have ever had to drive was 1 mile.

So I guess my point is depending on the area you live in this type of drive is unnecessary with the use of cloud storage.

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So this is only going to really benefit Apple users? I love this technology, but the Apple-only part seems pretty lame.

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So I can't use this with other devices too? That's too bad, because I think it would be cool to have a HD that I could share with multiple devices over wireless.

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