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Why Should You Use a NAS to Safeguard Your Data?



There is a data explosion underway. Every day, we produce tons and tons of content – be it documents, images, videos and so on. However, storing all of that data safely is a major concern. While many of us have moved more and more of our lives into the mysterious realm of “the cloud”, local storage is something that is still perceived to be safe and secure. 

And for good reasons, of course. While the benefits of cloud storage are well known, a NAS is an efficient and convenient way of being able to access all your files on any of your computing devices, without handing over your personal data to a third party such as cloud storage company.

So What is a NAS?
A Network Attached Storage (NAS) straddles the line between a local hard drive and cloud storage, and gives you the benefits of both. A NAS is an intelligent storage device connected to your home or office network. You can store all your family and colleagues’ files on the NAS, from important documents to precious photos, music and video collections. By using a web browser or mobile apps, you can access files and use various services provided by the NAS via the Internet.

A NAS gives you the security of physically owning the drive on which your data is stored, while also having the convenience of being able to access that data from anywhere. It can also be shared with multiple users, in lieu of a more powerful server. NAS devices are perfect for small businesses, as well as consumers with multiple computers. If you own a desktop PC, laptop and tablet and want to access all your content — whether important office documents or movie files for streaming — on each device, then you may be an ideal candidate for a NAS.

NAS for Businesses
Businesses with 50 or fewer employees need to store ever-increasing amount of data. They also require affordable solutions to back up data, share files, and collaborate on a single file at the same time. However, very few have the luxury of dedicated IT support.

Many begin by storing files on a traditional server, but when backup, or collaboration issues arise, the server is quickly rendered inadequate. Others choose public cloud storage, which is convenient for collaboration but raises concerns about control of the data and costly subscription fees. NAS can simplify your work and solve the above issues. Most of all, it’s easy to use and cost-effective. Let’s take a look at what else NAS can do for your home.

NAS for Home
How many photos and videos do you take each day? Is your phone or laptop running out of space? Our constant challenge is that the number of our digital files keeps going up and they are scattered across different devices and services. To consolidate these files into one safe place, you need a secure and centralized storage solution.

The major drawbacks of storing files on the public cloud are letting someone else hold all your personal files and high monthly subscription fees. The shortcomings of USB drives range from a lack of off-site access and automatic backup to portability that can lead to loss or damage. NAS is the best alternative and a necessity for the modern home. Read on to find out what else NAS can do for you.

Why Consider NAS Solutions from Synology?
Synology offers some of the most affordable NAS solutions on the market, which can be set up for file storage and forgotten about. The Synology DS218j, for instance, is part of the latest generation of NAS drives, and offers two bays for up to 24TB of storage capacity. The DS918+ is a similar model but with four bays, allowing for a ridiculous amount of space to be made available with enough drives.

Synology’s DS918+ NAS

The Synology DS918+ is designed for SMBs and IT enthusiasts. With a powerful built-in AES-NI hardware encryption engine, DS918+ provides exceptional encrypted file transmission. Also capable of transcoding up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K videos at the same time, DS918+ is ideal for sharing and storing ultra-high definition media content.

Synology DiskStation Manager

The best thing about Synology is its hardware and software ecosystem that is built upon DiskStation Manager (DSM), the operating system running on Synology NAS. Synology offers one of the best choices in dedicated apps in DSM’s Package Center that work seamlessly with your Synology NAS device to offer a wide range of features at the click of a button. 

Synology DSM’s Package Center

What Synology NAS Can Do for Business Users? 
For businesses, traditional file-sharing practices are fraught with inefficiency. Some businesses use email attachments to share files and eventually face file size limit and version control issues. Synology NAS, as an on-premises centralized storage device, can fulfill the needs of modern file sharing and collaboration.

Synology Active Backup for Business

Synology’s Active Backup for Business makes backup easy through a unified, intuitive console without license fees. For PC backup, it supports bare-metal recovery to restore the OS, settings, applications, and data; your employees can have instant, self-service recovery without bothering IT admins.

If you can’t tolerate outages such as server or storage failures, then you need a High Availability (HA) solution to ensure employee access to data and services at all times. Two Synology NAS can form a HA cluster. All services and data requests are handled by the active NAS and mirrored to the standby, passive NAS in real time. If the active NAS malfunctions, the passive unit will take over in seconds, meaning your employees can continue to access files and services.

Video surveillance can deter criminals and improve employees’ accountability. With Surveillance Station, you’ll get a wide array of security options to secure your investment and livelihood. Surveillance Station streamlines deployment and technical support by complementing VMS and NVR. 

The support of 6,000+ IP camera models allows for flexibility on camera selection. You can remotely access live and recorded footage via web browsers or mobile devices. By triggering different events and sending push notifications to your mobile devices, or via SMS and email, you will be kept notified if something is out of the ordinary.

Synology Drive

In addition, Synology’s Drive, allows businesses to sync files between a centralized NAS and their PCs/Macs. Drive supports restoring previous versions and sharing files directly from local computers to maximize efficiency. If you are using Mac, you can also back up your Mac to Synology NAS via Time Machine.

What Synology NAS Can Do for Home Users?  
With a Synology NAS, all your family photos and videos taken by their mobile phones can be backed up automatically to one personal place on your NAS with Moments. Most importantly, photos are automatically grouped together according to similar faces, places, and subjects with the power of AI technology.

Synology Moments

Want to watch videos from computers, mobile devices, Apple TV, and Android TV without having to copy them between devices? Video Station streams videos to these devices. It also enriches your video collections with auto-downloaded posters, searches subtitles from the Internet, and lets you share videos with friends.

Sharing files stored on NAS with friends is a breeze. Simply right-click a file or folder and select Share File Links or Create File Requests and a link will then be generated. Your friends can follow the link to download the selected file or folder, or upload files to your NAS, with or without a DSM account.

How to Start?
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14-inch 2021 Laptop Guide: The Top Picks for Your Next Laptop in the UAE



For a long time, the majority of laptops fell into one of three camps. There were 13-inch laptops meant for portability, 17-inch laptops for people who needed large displays, and 15-inch laptops for everyone else! Nevertheless, every now and then some brands would buck the trend with a 14-inch laptop, which provides the portability of an ultra-slim machine with enough screen space to be productive.

Whether you are looking for a laptop for gaming or a creative workstation for content creation or simply an everyday laptop for this back-to-school season, one of the first things you would consider is price and the best possible features. Ideally, the top 14-inch laptops should be packing serious internals and hardware ranging from quality processors to amazing graphic cards while still keeping things nice with a minimalist, thin, and light design, and would not break the bank either. Here, we have rounded up some of the top 2021 14-inch laptops that you could get your hands on in the UAE.

HUAWEI MateBook 14

Display: 14-inch 2K eye-comfort FullView display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i5/i7
Battery and charging speed: 56Wh large battery + 65W SuperCharge
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.49kg Aluminium Alloy
Size: 307.5mm ×223.8mm ×15.9mm

Huawei’s latest all-rounded sleek laptop features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display with a resolution of 2160-by-1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and with support for 100 percent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio and peak brightness of 300 nits. In terms of performance and workload, this 2K all-rounded laptop does not disappoint. The 11th Gen Intel Core Processor powers the HUAWEI MateBook 14 for heavy computing and getting work done smoothly.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products, which Huawei recently launched. This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors like the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable providing you with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 Leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control.

Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the easy swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

Besides aesthetically pleasing designs and high performance, battery life is also an essential part of the user experience. The 56Wh high capacity battery in the HUAWEI MateBook 14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging, but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. Moreover, when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

HP Pavilion 14-DW1002NE

Display: 14-inch display
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core Processor i7
Battery and charging speed: 40Wh Battery + 45W Express Charge RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 1.72Kg Metal Body
Size: 324.30mmx 222.80mmx 18.94mm

HP’s Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne comes with a 14-inch touch-screen display with a screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You get to see more content with 178° wide-viewing angles and a vibrant picture. In addition, with touchscreen technology, you can control your PC right from the screen.

The HP Pavilion x360 14-dw1002ne is fitted with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor for getting things done fast with good performance and stable connectivity. Battery life and charging speeds are key factors when deciding the top laptops available in the market. HP’s Pavilion 14-DW1002NE comes with a 40Wh battery which lasts long.

Meanwhile, the 45W HP’s Express Charge can provide users with 50% bbattery power in approximately 45 minutes. In terms of computing and processing convenience, this laptop comes fitted with 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage (SSD) for sleek multitasking. This combination is ideal for running several programs smoothly.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05

Display: 14-inch touch-screen
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i7
Battery and charging speed: 60.7WhBattery + 65WExpress Charge
Storage: 1TB SSD
Weight: 1.36Kg Metal Body
Size: 320.6mm x 208.18mm x 14.9mm

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 comes with a 14-inches touch-enabled display with an FHD+ screen resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. Edged with razor-thin bezels, the 14-inches display offers stunning clarity, colour, and detail, and 300 nits of brightness. Optimised with machine-learning technologies, the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 offers ultra-responsive, intuitive performance in a remarkably thin and light laptop.

When fully charged, Lenovo claims the Lenovo Yoga Slim 14 ITL05 will run all day—for up to 14 hours. In addition, when you need a boost, switch to Intelligent Cooling mode, which is co-engineered with Intel, for an extra 15-20% battery life. Alternatively, there is Rapid Charge Pro, which gets you back to 80% capacity within an hour. The 60.7Wh battery can be charged up to 50 percent in 30 minutes with standby mode or while powered off.

Moreover, with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB internal memory storage you are guaranteed smooth computing and multitasking regardless of the workload. There are many 14-inch laptops in the UAE market covering a gamut of budgets and use cases. While some can be happy with a system good enough for web surfing, others need a laptop that can handle tasks that are more intensive.

So there you are! The top picks for 14-inch laptops in UAE for 2021. Take your pick.

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Video: Here’s How to Use HUAWEI’s Super Devices to Setup a Smart Office



Technology has evolved in many ways and over the years we have seen how innovative gadgets have become. From smartphones, laptops, and smartwatches, these devices are now part of our daily lives. The past year has also shown us that work isn’t just situated in one place and that contributing factors mean that offices should now be smarter than ever before.

Having multiple devices can be overwhelming and shuffling from one device to another doesn’t always translate to a seamless experience. What if there was a solution that allows different types of devices to connect and collaborate so it can give you a convenient, smooth, and secure multi-device experience – something like a Smart Office experience?

In this video, we show you how to set up your very own Smart Office, using HUAWEI’s Super Devices such as the HUAWEI MatePad Pro with 2nd Gen the HUAWEI M-Pencil, the HUAWEI MateView, and the HUAWEI MateBook X Pro:

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What Do We Know So Far About HarmonyOS, Huawei’s Open-Source Operating System?



With Huawei about to make a major announcement about the future of HarmonyOS, this seems like a good time to take stock of the story so far.

On August 9, 2019, Huawei announced that it had been working on a new operating system called HarmonyOS. During his speech, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer BG, spoke about Huawei’s intention to launch several products running this new OS, and promised that HarmonyOS would be open source.

HarmonyOS will support different types of devices, ranging from household appliances such as range hoods, air conditioners, and water purifiers, to wearable devices, mobile phones, smart cars, computers, and TVs. After more than a year’s iterative update to the OS by Huawei R&D department, the first product running on HarmonyOS 2.0 — the Huawei Vision TV — was launched on September 10, 2020. Two months after that, Huawei made a beta version for phones available to developers.

In terms of the UI, Android users will likely find HarmonyOS familiar and intuitive. They will be able to do the things they are accustomed to doing with their phones in more or less the same way they always have. However, what makes HarmonyOS interesting is the new capabilities it will bring.

With the rapid development of 5G and AI technologies, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is beginning to take shape. However, the IoT market still suffers from fragmentation. Huawei is presenting HarmonyOS as an operating system for the IoE. It allows different devices to connect and share their capabilities with each other.

We know that the moment it appears on phones, HarmonyOS will already be compatible with millions of existing apps. Developers have two major incentives to adapt their Android apps for HarmonyOS. First and foremost, Huawei already has a user base of hundreds of millions of mobile phone users, and many of those users will be able to upgrade to HarmonyOS on their current Huawei phone.

If Huawei’s user base alone is not enough to attract developers, Huawei has also invested $1 billion in Shining Star, a program that offers financial incentives to developers who adapt their apps to run on HarmonyOS. Both the hardware and software end of HarmonyOS is characterized by openness.

In addition to opening up the source code to app developers, Huawei has also invited third-party manufacturers to create HarmonyOS-compatible hardware. Currently, more than 300 app developers and more than 20 hardware vendors have participated in the construction of HarmonyOS ecosystem.

In a recent interview, Wang Chenglu, President of Software Engineering Dept of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said that he expected HarmonyOS to be running on 300 million individual devices in 2021. In a different interview in December 2020, he spoke about how Huawei is trying to reduce the workload for developers who choose to adapt their apps for HarmonyOS.

“Developers often spend a lot of time and effort on developing apps for devices in different sizes and different interaction modes. HarmonyOS, however, encapsulates complex operations of different devices into APIs, which developers can use directly. This means developers only need to focus on app development, since UI adaptation will be done automatically by HarmonyOS,” Chenglu added.

Huawei says that HarmonyOS has received strong support from ecosystem partners and developers. “In the future, more ecosystem partners will apply HarmonyOS to ever-increasing variety of devices and innovative apps, making Huawei’s vision of a Seamless AI Life a reality,” the company says.

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