Tablet computers have limited capacity to store video, music and photo files, so you typically can carry only a fraction of your PC’s data on them, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Users can get apps that allow tablets to access files stored in the cloud through services like Dropbox or SugarSync, but these require an Internet connection and can be slow. Two companies – Seagate Technology and Hitachi – are introducing portable, companion hard disks that increase the storage capacity of tablets. And because most tablets lack USB connectors, these external hard disks stream their content to the tablets over a special, local Wi-Fi network they create. No Internet access is required. The content remains on the external device, though you can download files to the tablet’s own memory for permanent storage there. The Seagate device is called the GoFlex Satellite; the Hitachi device is called the G-Connect.


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