>Pogoplug have announced their second-generation device, and it aims to build on the usability of the original multimedia sharing brick. As well as a new hardware design, with four USB 2.0 ports versus the first-gen model’s single port, there’s also new software with better integration with social media and online galleries such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The core concept, however, remains the same: a sixty-second setup, basically amounting to plugging in at least one hard-drive, an ethernet connection and power, and registering the Pogoplug serial number to a free account online.
Once that’s done, any drive plugged in to any of the four USB 2.0 ports (or, indeed, even more drives using a USB hub) can be accessed via the web interface, either locally or across the internet (either from a computer or certain smartphone mobile clients). There’s automatic synchronization between the Pogoplug account and iTunes, iPhoto or Windows Media Player libraries, together with more straightforward browsing and even a global search function that turns up content no matter which volume it’s stored on.