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Briefly: G-Drives with Thunderbolt, Tocomail's email for kids

updated 02:19 pm EST, Wed February 12, 2014

G-Drive with Thunderbolt, G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt added to G-Drive line

G-Technology has announced its expansion of products utilizing Thunderbolt with the release of external hard drives G-Drive with Thunderbolt and G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt. Designed for consumers and creative professionals, the latest G-Drive storage products offer high-speed transfers, incorporating 7,200 RPM hard drives. Enclosed in aluminum, the hard drives are formatted for Mac computers by default, but can be reformatted for other compatibility if desired.

The G-Drive with Thunderbolt is available in 3TB ($300) and 4TB ($400) formats, and features a Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interface, delivering 165MB per second sustained data transfer rates and an integrated heat-sink, optimal for storage-intensive applications. The G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt is suitable for portable usage, and offers transfer rate speeds up to 136MB per second, also utilizing Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. The G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt is Time Machine-compatible for quick backups of documents, music, digital video and photos. Available in a 1TB capacity, the G-Drive Mobile is priced at $220. Also announced today is the shipping of G-Technology's G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt, optimized for professionals requiring support for 2K and 4K digital cinema.

Tocomail's safe email for kids available as iOS app, web format

Tocobox has released its child-friendly email service, offered in the form of an iOS app as well as web platform. Tocomail features parental controls as well as child-oriented elements such as a drawing board, custom avatar creation, a pictorial timeline and a colorful aesthetic. Parents can monitor a safe contact list so who a child communicates with can be controlled. By upgrading to the premium service, adult users can access a general list of contacts, and emails received by anyone not on the safe list will be sent first to a Quarantine box, to be approved or rejected.

The drawing board feature included allows kids to use 'postcards', stamps, pens, brushes and other tools to draw pictures that can be attached to e-mails. The Contact List can be customized with profile pictures, and the overall user interface is adaptable based on the age of the child. The iOS app is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and requires iOS 5.1 or later, with the web platform accessible on all Internet-accessing devices. A premium account is priced at $3 per month on a month-to-month basis, or $30 for a yearly subscription.

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