As our lives become increasingly digital, it’s not uncommon to own multiple digital devices. Chances are you work on a Windows® PC, a smartphone and a tablet—leaving the content you need isolated on each one. Here's how and why to get your various devices talking and sharing.
The most straightforward way to share data between any two devices is via a cabled connection. Most devices can share data via USB or Wi-Fi®, and you’ll often find that a single USB cable or Wi-Fi® connection will work to get a variety of devices communicating.
Most Android™ devices will automatically appear in Windows when you connect them to your PC via USB. You can use Windows Explorer to copy files back and forth between the two devices in the same way you’d move data across an external hard drive, digital camera or other storage device. Of course, certain files, like your calendar and address book, will sync automatically when you're connected.
Storing data in the cloud is becoming a popular option. If you have a lot of data, you might want to keep some of it on an external hard drive and send key content to the cloud where it will be secure and available on any of your devices. Services like Dropbox and SkyDrive give you gigabytes of secure, Internet-based storage space to stash any type of digital content.
For larger storage space there’s the Bitcasa Infinite Drive, a new invention that lets you store all the files you could ever create. It lets you store files without worrying about running out of space or losing your data. You also have infinite versions of every file in case you accidentally delete a file or need a version from a few minutes or a few years ago. Better than that, everything you store on the Infinite Drive is available on your phone and tablet.
A new utility called HomeSync Lite, available on the Samsung ATIV PCs*, lets you use your computer for personal, cloud-based storage without relying on the Web. With HomeSync Lite, all of the Samsung devices in your household can store photos, music, documents or anything else directly on your ATIV PC's hard drive, or on the Bitcasa Infinite Drive. That way you’ll never have to worry about backups or the Internet connection going down. Up to five people in your household can have their own accounts, and can choose to keep their HomeSync Lite content private or to share it.
*HomeSync Lite is available on select Samsung ATIV One and ATIV Book PC models.
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