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It's hot -- rolling out a new -- of external hard drive is but all are the new bells and whistles aren't that joining us now and this week's all things didn't.
-- -- As -- Mossberg personal technology columnist.
At the Wall Street Journal's Walt -- the interesting column this morning and but you mean it was there are some issues with what was the upside and downside.
-- -- -- At -- upside of this is you know that this is that this is a kind of a commodity item external hard drives and people know they should back up their computers but loads of people probably most people don't or don't very often.
So what Hitachi is done is to.
-- bring out -- on new line of external hard drives with some different bells and whistles than the main one is that.
It includes both a a way to back up your computer to the drive you just bought from them.
But also to back up your computer parts of your computer.
The clout to an online backup service that they run.
Just pretty reasonably priced in fact they give you.
Some storage free.
And so from one pretty simple screen you can back up both to the hard disk -- to the cloud.
And that's -- yeah there there's other software in there that does some other things but that's the -- of it.
Well -- kind of a similar version of this at home Apple's time machine which does it wirelessly have got to plug it in minutes or wirelessly -- latte what it is slow.
-- have this -- well.
This little different than that Brian because it's not.
Wirelessly going to a -- that sits in your house the wireless part of this is going actually all the way to be Internet.
Okay it was a long and uploading to -- Ed Koch.
When you have a lot of data.
The first one the first back up is very slow and the ones after that where they're just backing up what's changed.
Tends to be much faster -- that's been my experience with.
Any wireless backup I've tested and that was true here to the first -- -- much slower and then it got faster after that.
You found Walt that the file organizing which was one ahead.
Whistle or bells.
Thinking if I did not happen a lot out not -- a lot won a lot of stake for hair.
Well yeah I mean if they have -- it's really quite beautiful.
And and there is some functionality in their what they have is this completely separate.
Second piece of software that comes with this and what it does take all -- photos music.
Regardless of what folders -- from your computer and it displays them on this kind of wall of thumbnails.
It goes out into infinity -- you can scroll through it and zoom in on on one of the video you can even play it if that's the document you can click and open it.
But I found it pretty hard if you have.
Tens of thousands of files like I do.
Pretty hard to block one.
One out of -- it's in other words it's it's a visually beautiful display.
It is broken down by year and month but you.
It is I didn't find it optimal for finding a particular file.
And but this has nothing to do with the backup and restore part also which makes -- -- confusing me.
This has some social networking features -- it it has some let's just show you some stuff we think is -- -- from around the web so it's.
It's just like thrown hand and some people might love -- I just thought it was kind of superfluous and bottom line.
You couldn't get an unqualified.
I couldn't give it -- qualify review because Wembley don't have time time to go into -- all but there were coupled.
Bugs and glitches I ran into the company said it is fixing them.
I assume that if it fixes them.
And this would be.
A good solution because it does do local and the cloud backup.
Walt I can't let you go that asking about apple apple expected to make some comment tomorrow about the iPhone four's antenna issues out there what do you make of apple do you think.
That maybe we in the media are over blowing this or do you view this as a significant issue for apple.
-- I think it's a significant issue if only because of book of the PR and I also think there are people -- had.
A worse experience on this than they had with the last iPhone but.
I you know going all the way back about a month in my review -- Brian you might remember.
I did go into this question -- our view.
Of reception and it's seen in and it continues I continue to have the same experience and I'm.
Using that second one of these iPhone -- because I went in and bought one.
At the time I was using a loner from apple and and it's the same thing it's a it's a mixed bag.
If I'm in a week -- area.
My experience -- been that this works somewhat worse than the last one if I'm in a normal or strong area it's somewhat better.
I'm dropping marginally fewer calls overall.
But if I'm in kind of if the coverage area for AT&T.
Not going to do as well as the as the old one which is why I said in my column.
Even though I thought it was the best Smartphone on the market and by the way that's also what consumer reports said.
Before they got into their antenna test.
That I couldn't recommend it for someone who didn't have good AT&T coverage and I you know I feel the same way there are obviously some.
As we all know now about antennas if you.
On any cell -- when you holding your hand you're -- -- -- I guess the word he uses a ten you wait you're -- hope lower the strength of the antenna but if you put the entire antenna around the edges of the phone.
You risk that being a more significant thing.
I gotta tell you the way I normally I've not tried to hold this in some weird -- do better I just hold it.
And it may be that my hands aren't as big as some other folks hands but I'm not cover and that.
That -- when I normally hold it so.
You know it's a mixed bag I would say sometimes it's -- in some ways it's better in some places and situations it's it's worse -- Ever -- -- go back and read your review.
'cause it was extensive and god for that and are acting and I'm a note I'm in a tweet right now while it was great to say thank you so -- an -- garrison law.
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