Recently, Seagate announced the GoFlex external hard drives, which are revolutionary in terms of their interface flexibility. Now Hitachi says it has an "industry first" of its own.
The company on Wednesday unveiled its latest in external hard drives, the new LifeStudio family. The drives are available in desktop and mobile versions, which share a new feature: the new Hitachi LifeStudio software designed to help users manage their "digital mess."
Hitachi bundles the software with any new LifeStudio external hard drive and it will launch automatically each time you connect the drive to a computer, be it a PC or a Mac. Apart from making data backup easy, the LifeStudio software is able to quickly find and organize digital content stored on any hard drive connected to the computer. For example, if you have a lot of photos and don't know where they're stored, the LifeStudio software helps find the one you need when you need it by automatically organizing them by date. It will display their thumbnails on a 3D wall in chronological order, somewhat like the Cover Flow feature on the iPod.
The software also integrates with social Web sites, such as Facebook and Flickr, and enables users to manage photo albums on these sites without having to use a Web browser to log in the traditional way. For example, from within the LifeStudio software, you can download your friends' Facebook photo albums. You can also quickly upload a photo to Facebook, view and edit comments on it, and so on. … Read more