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Acer Joins the Personal Cloud Party With the Orbe

At the start of the year, we saw Personal Cloud devices (you’re not allowed to call them home servers anymore. Fact.) announced by a variety of consumer electronics manufacturers, including Samsung’s HomeSync and Sony’s Personal Content Station – two Android based devices offering remote access to your digital stuff. Today at the Computex trade show, Acer threw their hat into the ring (or should that be up in the air) with the Orbe.

Not much is know about the Orbe at this point, but Engadget reports that it’s a 2TB storage hub (so twice the capacity of Sony and Samsung’s forthcoming efforts) housed in an (slightly squashed) orb shaped chassis. The device is designed to be always on and always connected.

The wireless device includes a rear Ethernet connection for hitching up to your router, and from there, you can stream and share away on your PC, Phone or Tablet. At this point, we’d assume that all devices are supported for connection, rather than just Acer hardware.

Is 2013 the year of the Personal Cloud? With mainstream tech brands getting in on the act, it certainly looks like it.

Image credit: Engadget

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.

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