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Synology launches DSM 4.2 beta

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This is a major upgrade from DSM 4.1 that brings improvements for both home and business users at no additional cost. Since DSM has a vast amount of features, the list of improvements is accordingly long. However, some of the major new or improved features include the following:

The Quick Connect features now supports DS audio, DS photo+, and the new DS cloud apps for remote access without the need to configure the router. This makes setting up the server much easier for novice

DSM offers a Web interface that resembles a native GUI of an Linux distribution, both in terms of look and functionality.

  • A mobile app called DS cloud is now available for iOS users to sync files from their mobile device, the way Dropbox works.
  • The server’s Package Center is now revamped to organize applications better. Applications are add-in programs that users can install (or remove) from the server to add more functions and features to it.
  • The Cloud Station is now upgraded to version 2 and allows for nearly unlimited synced accounts and folders. The size limit of syncable files is also increased to 10GB (up from 5GB). This limit is just for individual files; you can sync an unlimited amount of data.
  • The DS video app, which plays back videos stored on the server, is now available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones, and offers support for MKV subtitles.
  • The DS photo+ app can now be set to automatically sync photos from iOS devices.
  • Video Station’s new player allows streaming video to a browser without the need for browser plug-ins
  • Audio Station now supports streaming to Bluetooth speakers

 

In addition, for business users, DSM 4.2 also includes Synology High Availability (SHA) features for all x86-based models (not just select few), allowing even smaller businesses to minimize the risk of downtime. DSM 4.2 now provides support for Amazon’s Glacier service among its other cloud backup options.

Like the previous update, DSM 4.2 beta is available via download and manual upgrade. When the final version is available, which is in a month or so, users can choose to upgrade to it automatically from within the existing DSM’s user interface.

Google Chrome OS to launch within a week?

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Previously said to launch in the fall, rumors are circulating that Google’s Chrome OS will launch within the next week. While Google is mum on the launch of their new OS they have been known to launch projects in beta form ahead of schedule in the past.

It is expected the the first release of Google OS will not run on standard laptop anddesktop computers, but will run on set of Google OS endorsed devices such as select netbooks. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the Chrome OS project.

Only time will tell if this release rumor pans out, but if true the next week should be interesting if Google does in fact launch their operating system and how the technology community reacts to the new OS.

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Apple releases new update beta to developers

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Apple has released a second beta version of the next Snow Leopard update (10.6.2) to its developers, according to AppleInsider.

According to users of this beta build, the new update has improved almost 150 “general focus areas” since the last update, 10.6.1, was released only weeks ago. These include updates to core services like Time Machine, Spaces and Front Row as well as several applications including the new QuickTime Player, Photo Booth and Address Book.

AppleInsider also reports that the update particularly focuses on Wireless Wide Area Network(WWAN) support for mobile data services and adds enhancements to MobileMe, iDisk, Exchange support and NTFS and WebDAV filesystem support.

Finally, the new update fixes performance and stability issues that are largely tied to drivers and OSX’s OpenCL compiler, includes a number of security patches and bugs including updates to thesoftware update service, printing and parental controls, and fixes a bug caused when switching between applications using the Dock.

Users across the internet have reported several issues with Snow Leopard since its release in August 2009, with the first update, 10.6.1 being issued to users just days after launch. This initial update fixed numerous issues including an outdated version of Adobe Flash that shipped with the operating system.

No expected release date has been issued for the 10.6.2 update at this time.

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