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December 30, 2008

HP makes Windows, Mac PCs ‘MediaSmart’

The new home server backs up content from multiple computers on a home network

By CBR Staff Writer

HP has launched its new MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487, based on Windows Home Server platform. The server enables Windows and Mac computer home users to stream media across a home network and upload photos to social networking and photo sharing sites.

The home server automatically backs up and accesses digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network. The HP Media Collector enables the MediaSmart Server to copy and centralise digital files and libraries from networked PCs. iTunes music libraries can be centralised on the server for playback to any networked Mac or PC running iTunes.

The server backup duplicates shared folders to a separate hard disk drive while the online backup duplicates folders to Amazon’s S3 online backup service.

Jason Zajac, vice president of strategy at HP Worldwide Attach Group, said: “A growing number of digital-savvy households have both Windows and Mac computers, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of media files and documents scattered across these devices. The HP MediaSmart Server protects, stores and organises this content from anywhere on a network so consumers can access and share it any place they are connected.”

The HP MediaSmart Server can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Buy.com, Frys.com and NewEgg.com from January 5, 2009.

The end of 2008 also saw HP launching a wireless photo printing application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The application enables printing of photos directly from the iPhone over the HP inkjet printers to a local Wi-Fi network.

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