Oplink Mobile Interactive Security to Launch New Integrated 3G/4G Cellular Alert

Fremont, CA – May 15, 2013 – Oplink Mobile Interactive (mi) Security, a division of Oplink Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPLK) today announced the launch of new integrated 3G/4G cellular alert, monitoring surveillance solution for home and businesses customers through wireless carriers.

Oplink’s wireless security system is a great opportunity for wireless carriers to expand their relationships with their customers and increase RMR. Using reliable mobile cloud and cellular technology, Oplink’s solutions enable real-time sensor and video intrusion alerts, monitoring and video clip reporting by alerting multiple tiers of caretakers at once, covering multiple sites.

Oplink also offers a flexible payment plan similar to wireless carriers. Its current offerings are AlarmShield, VideoShield, TripleShield and BizShield equipment packages and services.

Oplink Security will be exhibiting at the 2013 CTIA Wireless on May 21-23, 2013 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

Oplink is looking to partner with global, regional and local wireless carriers to take advantage of this exciting growth opportunity.

About Oplink

Oplink Mobile Interactive (mi) Security, a division of Oplink Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPLK), is a mobile interactive security (mi Security) industry leader, offering Smartphone users an innovative mobile solution to protect home or business. Oplink’s highly integrated system provides burglar, fire, senior alert protection services and multiple-video surveillance. Oplink’s revolutionary device cloud collaboration system integrates various wireless security sensors, IP cameras, storage devices, and Smartphones/tablets. With simultaneous multi-site viewing, you can easily access and monitor each device from anywhere in the world. The primary owner of the system can also determine the hierarchy of users who can gain access to the system and who will receive alarm notifications after a sensor triggered event.

Conventional security systems require in-home technicians for installation and maintenance of equipment, which is a costly procedure and introduces security risks into your private residence or place of business. Oplink Security is world’s first and only Plug-N-Play solution that features automatic installation, one-click activation, and automatic device add-on for any new future Oplink Security devices.

Multiple joint-account owners can all download the free Oplink Mobile App (available for iOS, Android Windows Phone) to enjoy Oplink privileges. The system is equipped with optional WiFi battery power backup and 3G/4G communication redundancy protection that meets alarm industry standards. Oplink’s in-a-box security solution includes wireless sensor modules, IP CAMs, network storage and other wireless devices, available in various combinations. Boxed solutions, components, and services can be purchased from the Oplink Security Webstore at http://www.oplinksecurity.com/.

Samsung Link to replace AllShare Play multimedia-sharing app

IDG News Service – Samsung’s AllShare Play application, which allows file sharing among the company’s mobile devices, has been renamed Link,
and it has a new user interface and search features.

The Link app will replace the existing AllShare Play app on Samsung smartphones and tablets. Users will get a pop-up on their
Samsung device prompting an update of the service, after which the Link application can be installed.

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In addition to sharing images and music, the AllShare Play application beamed video between TVs, smartphones and tablets compatible
with the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) specification, which allows multimedia content sharing between devices. The
multimedia files stored on AllShare Play will be transferred to Link. Users have to log into their Samsung accounts to access
the service.

With Link, users will be able to search for content across all registered Samsung devices tied to an account. AllShare Play
was largely designed to index files stored locally.

“Users can view, play, and send content from one device to another or access content saved on storage services such as Dropbox
and Sugarsync. This service is preloaded and deeply integrated into your Samsung device,” Samsung said in an email describing
the Link service.

Content can be accessed online through Samsung’s Link website.

Link also has a “brighter” user interface, Samsung said. Link also makes it easier to browse and attach photos to third-party
applications and could be useful for Galaxy Note devices, which are designed for use with the S-Pen stylus.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam’s e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

Lenovo EMC px2-300d Nework Storage Review

I’ve been meaning to equip my home network with a network storage device for years. I’ve used them profusely in the past for various consulting gigs. But the convenience of a centralized location for my content, accessible by both the devices on the network as well as remote accessibility by me and any admins I assign, is tech cheese to tempting to leave languishing.

So when Lenovo’s px2-300D network storage arrived, I was front and center. This division of Lenovo is actually born from the old Iomega, as part of a recent acquisition. Applications and some names have been rebranded but the functionality of the px2-300d remains the same. It’s a great device that is fairly simple to set up and plays host to a number of handy features. But there are some definite bumps along the road.

We received the 4TB version. But the unit can be had in 0-6TB flvors. That 0 version is the unit minus and hard drives. How’s that work, you ask. Well the px2-300d is fully fledged computer with two drive bays, and VGA port option to connect a dedicated display. It offers RAID support (RAID 0,1) and dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. The drive bays house two server class hard disk. So expect reliable stabilty over speed. Those drive can also be swapped out and upgraded as needed. Plus the px2-300d speaks several network languages, including CIFS/SMB/RALLY (Microsoft), NFS (Linux/UNIX), AFP/Bonjour (Apple) and the usual suspects like FTP, SFTP and TFTP. So cross-platform file and content sharing is wholly available. So your Windows based content can shack up with your Apple and iOS files in a non-segregated setting.

The specifications read like so. The px2-300d is powered by a Intel Atom Dual-Core CPu clocked at 1.8g with 2GB of RAM, the aforementioned dual hard disk (2tb a piece =4tb total), 2 x 10/100/1000mbs Ethernet ports, 1-UBS 3.0 and 2-USB 2.0. This allows you further expand your storage options with portable USB drive solutions. This goes above and beyond what a garden variety NAS is capable.

You can setup your px2-300d in a couple ways. Connect it to your network/router via the ethernet cable and begin dragging and dropping files. It works like any other storage solution on your network. Plus it can do Time Machine backup or set daily backups with EMC Avamar. It also supports many other more expansive backup options like Atmos, DLNA so you can view the system as a media device. The px2-300d also supports UPnP and video surveillance. Connect up to 16 cameras using MindTree SecureMind Surveillance manager. The system can be super simple or imensely robust.
Yet if you want to access the the drive remotely for yourself or your appointed admins, many users will be put off by having to fortward network port to get these bits up and running. I was surprised and annoyed by this hurdle. A device as sophisticated as the px2-300d should be above archaic port forwarding workarounds.

But I have to admit, once this is knocked out, the new NAS from Lenovo is quite the impressive bit of tech. There are several level of protection including built-in McFee VirusScan, user quotas, device-to-device data replication, Active Directory and more for business class IT folks. Moreover nearly nothing happens on the drive without you knowing. Pictures didn’t upload correctly? You’ll receive and email. Admins uploading content remotely? You receive an email about that too. It’s great plus the built-in display on the face will provide further status updates. There’s a quick transfer feature. So when a USB drive is plugged in–be it a traditional drive or even a smartphone–your data is instantly transferred. Bluetooth and a built-in FTP drive are also available. You can even assign a PIN for added security.

The biggest pothole to overcome is the price. The unit sent our way will hit you for no less that $699 from the manufacturer. So look elsewhere for reduced rates, if that’s too steep. Once that’s out of the way allot some time to digest that goofy port forwarding to get remote sharing access. That said, the px2-300d is a great network storage solution. It’s a bit overkill for users merely looking for a centralized network storage solutions for photo galleries. Also streaming video works well but make sure your bandwidth is up to snuff. But there are a long laundry list of other function and features that run the gamut between work and play–making px2-300d a must-see on your list of potential NAS options.

Editor Rating:

Very Good

Bottom Line: The Lenovo EMC px2-300d Network Storage is an impressive little computer masking itself as a simple NAS. It’s feature set is seemingly endless. It offers ample storage, protection and more remote access options than you could imagine. Plus it plays nice with Mac and PC-based content, keep you in the know with status email notifications and speaks more networking languages any NAS has a right.

Pros
• Simple intuitive interface
• Email notification status updates
• Ample security w/ built-in McFree VirusScan
• self-governing computer specs w/ VGA and USB 3.0
• Supports all major network protocols

Cons
• Pricey
• Slight learning curve for newbies
• Unnecessary port forwarding

You can buy the Lenovo EMC px2-300d Network Storage 4GB at Amazon for $249.99.

ASUSTOR announces integration partnership with Y-cam Solutions

PRESS RELEASE

Taipei, Taiwan, May 14th, 2013 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, announced today that it has collaborated with well-known British IP camera company, Y-cam Solutions. All ASUSTOR NAS devices will now be fully compatible with Y-cam IP cameras, providing home and small business environments with an optimal and cost-effective surveillance solution.

ASUSTOR NAS provides users with efficient and stable network storage. All ASUSTOR devices come equipped with cross-platform file sharing and multi-tasking capabilities, making it an optimal platform to build a surveillance system on. As well, all devices come preinstalled with ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center application. Users need only enable this application in App Central to receive 4 free IP camera channels with which they can quickly set up their own surveillance system. Surveillance Center features a web-based interface that allows users to easily monitor cameras, execute real-time recordings, schedule recordings, playback video and more. Presently, ASUSTOR NAS is compatible with over 100 different IP cameras models from the most popular brands. ASUSTOR’s collaboration with Y-cam Solutions creates yet another reliable and sound surveillance solution for the consumer market.

“Enhancing customer experience has always been our top priority, therefore maintaining compatibility with supporting manufacturers that mirror our beliefs in quality, integration and providing future-proof solutions is crucial. ASUSTOR creates outstanding recording solutions and we are delighted that this partnership will add an extra dimension of support for all of our customers” explains Commercial Director at Y-cam, Simon Carr. “Y-cam customers are already taking advantage of our extensive compatibility and it’s a pleasure to add the ASUSTOR range of products to this list – further enhancing our customers’ experience by combining their storage expertise and smooth surveillance software with our professional quality IP cameras”

“We are very happy to announce this integration with Y-cam Solutions. ASUSTOR has taken advantage of its expertise in storage and surveillance management to continually expand its support for a growing number of IP camera models and brands,” said James Su, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “The ease of use and all around quality of Y-cam cameras have been widely espoused by the European media. This integration will also include the new night vision Y-cam Cube range of cameras as well as their waterproof models, which gives users greater options for 24/7 surveillance both indoor and outdoor.”

All of ASUSTOR’s AS 6 Series devices come equipped with the Intel® AtomTM 2.13 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM (expandable up to 3GB), combining supercharged performance with low power consumption. As well, all devices come preinstalled with the ASUSTOR DATA MASTER (ADM) operating system which features an intuitive and user friendly interface, true multitasking and background operation, and a real-time application search for instant launches. ASUSTOR NAS provides users with features such as cross-platform file sharing, comprehensive backup and data protection solutions and the App Central NAS App library which lets users create an optimized device for business or personal use.

For more product information, please visit: http://www.asustor.com/

For a full list of compatible IP cameras, please visit: http://www.asustor.com/service/ipcam?id=ipcam.

About Y-cam Solutions

Y-cam Solutions Ltd is a British manufacturer of affordable and easy-to-use remote monitoring solutions designed for residential and small-medium business users. Founded in 2005, Y-cam is a young and dynamic company that creates innovative wireless cameras, apps and services that help people stay connected to whatever is important to them. For more information, visit www.y-cam.com and follow Y-cam on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ycamsolutions) and on Twitter @ycamsolutions.

About ASUSTOR

Founded in 2011, ASUSTOR Inc., a subsidiary of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., is a leading innovator and provider of private cloud storage (network attached storage) and video surveillance (network video recorder) solutions. ASUSTOR is devoted to providing the world with unparalleled user experiences and the most complete set of network storage solutions possible.

Photos Take the Spotlight in Updates to Google’s Social Network

Users of Google’s photo service will get a one-click option to enhance photos.

Google may dominate Web search, but when it comes to social networks, the company’s Google Plus service is an underdog against Facebook and Twitter. As of December, Google Plus users were spending about 12 minutes a month on the service, according to the company, a smidgen of time compared with the hours that Facebook users spend on that site every month.

But Google has one unique weapon in its quest to build traffic for Google Plus: it is increasingly tying all of its services, from search and maps to video chats and photo sharing, to the social network. Google doesn’t consider Plus a social network in the Facebook sense, but views it more as a connective layer personalizing and connecting Google’s myriad of services together for each user.

The company said on Wednesday at its developer conference in San Francisco that about 390 million people a month used the network of services, with slightly less than half using the core service, called the stream, which features updates and posts from a user’s social network.

To increase the time spent on the service and make it more useful, the company unveiled a redesign of the stream and related apps at the conference.

The most striking improvements are to Google’s photo sharing service. When users upload a batch of photos to Google’s online photo album via Picasa or mobile devices, Google’s algorithms will sort through them and attempt to choose the best of the bunch — eliminating blurry shots, duplicates and bad exposures and favoring photos of smiling people, landmarks and those that are aesthetically pleasing

“Photography is very labor-intensive,” with all the editing and uploading that comes along with shooting photos, said Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of engineering. “At Google, we think we can give you some of your time back.”

Users will also get a one-click option to automatically enhance photos to fix red eye, adjust exposure, soften the look of human skin and correct other flaws.

The quirkiest new photo feature, which Google calls “auto awesome,” can stitch together a series of snapshots — a child blowing out birthday candles and cutting a cake, for example — into a short animation, or merge multiple photos shot at different exposures into a single image with high dynamic range.

To encourage users to make Google their principal place for photo storage, the company will allow users to set up their mobile devices to automatically upload all photos to Google, with unlimited free storage at standard resolution and 15 GB of storage at full resolution for high-quality prints.

All of the new photo features are scheduled to be rolled out later on Wednesday and will be available on existing Google Photo albums as well as new ones.

The Google Plus stream of updates has been given a new multi-column format.

The more familiar part of Google Plus, the page showing the stream of updates from your social networks, has been given a new multicolumn format. It creates a busier look, but also offers a view of more updates, including photos, at one glance.

Google’s Hangouts service is getting easier access from mobile devices.

Leveraging Google’s strength in search, the stream will also feature automatic hash-tagging of topics mentioned in a post and use those to provide links to more information from a user’s social network or the broader Web. For example, a friend’s comment about an event like the Boston Marathon bombing could pull up other comments and related news articles.

Hangouts, Google’s text and video chatroom service, will also receive some new features, including easier access from mobile devices and other Google services like Gmail and archiving features that can keep a permanent history of a conversation within a group, whether it’s a business discussion about the merits of various strategic plans, the evolution of a romance or family debates about where to go on vacation.