| By Michael Lasky |
Whether you’re facing that mass file migration from an old PC to a new one, or you just want to move selected files from one digital device to another — or to the Cloud — new USB and wireless devices make this task as simple as dragging and dropping.
A quartet of devices makes it quick and easy to move documents, photos, music, and other data among PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones via USB, Wi-Fi — or both.
Plug-and-play remote access and data sharing
The iTwin (info) is a clever, peer-to-peer, file-sharing set of USB dongles. On first glance, the U.S. $99 device looks like a single USB flash drive with a male connector at each end. But pull the two ends apart, and voilà — you have two parts for connecting devices. No data is stored on either half, except for the code needed to install the device on PCs.
Nor are there any wires connecting the two. Instead, the dongles communicate through a Web-based, remote-network portal that uses 256-bit AES encryption. (To work, both devices do need a live connection to the Internet.)
Figure 1. The iTwin takes a novel approach to remote access.
The setup is a snap. You plug the iTwin, with both halves joined together, into your primary PC. The device creates both an encrypted ID shared by the two parts and a new folder that iTwin places on your PC. Drag and drop the files you want to access remotely into the folder. (The files are not moved; you’re simply creating a pointer to those files.)