New products: Wi-Fi Thermostat, Mobile HDD, My Cloud EX2 Ultra

Several new products items for your OS X and iOS devices were introduced this week. Here’s a summary of some goodies that were announced …

Honeywell’s new second generation Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat is now compatible with Apple HomeKit for control using Siri, and easy integration into other current smart home ecosystems.


The second generation Lyric thermostat features the same sleek aesthetic and intuitive features of the original, such as location-based, customized temperature control, says Jeremy Eaton, vice president of Honeywell’s Home Comfort business. It also can be integrated into other current ecosystems, such as Samsung® SmartThings, and can link to many home products and services that customers choose, including those from Honeywell, such as the Lyric security system.

Seagate Technology is shipping what it says is the world’s first 2TB, 7mm hard disk drive (HDD)— the Seagate Mobile HDD. It weighs 3.17 ounces and is 25% lighter than the previous generation of mobile hard drives. 

A smaller 7mm drive frees up valuable space in a mobile device to accommodate additional designed-in features, such as bigger batteries, more memory and better air circulation, according to Matt Rutledge, Seagate’s senior vice president, client storage. With up to 2TB of space, the Mobile HDD enables affordable high capacity storage, while supporting over 200,000 photos, 250,000 songs or 124 hours of high definition video. The drive is available in both 1TB and 2TB capacities.

Western Digital has updated its prosumer solutions with My Cloud EX2 Ultra, a two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. It’s designed from the ground up for creative professionals and prosumers that need to automatically sync content across computers, share files and folders and enjoy multiple backup options.

My Cloud EX2 Ultra has been upgraded with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor. Users also have access to 1 GB of DDR3 memory. Drive management options include RAID 0, RAID 1; JBOD and spanning modes, while data protection options include NAS to NAS, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra  NAS comes preconfigured in RAID 1 mode.

My Cloud EX2 Ultra is currently available at select U.S. retailers and online at the The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $159.99 for the diskless My Cloud EX2 Ultra, $349.99 for the 4TB model, $449.99 for 8TB, and $599.99 for 12TB. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the Apple App Store.