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Synology DiskStation DS416play review: Cloud who? Personal servers can be cool and feature-filled too

This is one of the most difficult reviews I've had to write to date. I've been using the Synology DS416play for several months, yet everytime I sat down to start writing, I felt overwhelmed by what I should and shouldn't discuss and eventually found myself drifting to work on another simpler and more urgent news article. I love detailed reviews, I enjoy delving deep into every single feature a product offers and discussing its benefits and limitations, as evidenced by the lengthy reviews I've written on Android Police over the years. But if I wanted to do the same for this NAS, I knew I'd end up with 10K+ words at the very least without even scratching the surface of many options.

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Synology Releases DS Cloud, Lets You Sync Files From Your NAS For Offline Viewing On Your Android Device

Last week, Synology released a couple of new beta apps – DS Download and DS Video – for owners of its NAS boxes. Now it's added a third app, called DS Cloud, that allows Synology NAS owners to sync files to their Android device for offline viewing.

DS Cloud seems quite useful, as it lets you select certain files and folders you want to sync, as well as per-folder behavior, which basically ensures you always have the most recent version on your device (I wish Dropbox could do this!). You can also only allow it to sync over Wi-Fi, and quickly access files that have been recently updated.

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Synology Releases Two Apps For Its NAS Units: DS Video And DS Download

If you own a Synology NAS (network attached storage) box, then life just got a lot better for you. Why? Because the company just released a pair of apps for your Android device that will let you control/access certain aspects of your NAS unit.

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First off, we have DS Video. Just like it sounds, this lets you stream any of the video content stored on your NAS directly to your Android device. It automatically sorts the videos into categories: movies, tv shows, home videos, and recorded programs. And if you have a DTV dongle on your NAS, you can even remotely manage the recording schedule.

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