iHub brings cloud-free synchronization to OS X and iOS

Berlin, Germany-based Nova Media has announced iHub, a forthcoming OS X application that enables Macs and iOS devices to synchronize their address books and calendars securely over a local wireless network.

iHub runs as a background application on a Mac and allows other devices on a local wireless network to synchronize their information with it. Because all data is stored and transferred locally, the company says, iHub is inherently safer than cloud-based services that rely on Internet connectivity to function. If no local Wi-Fi network is available, as might be the case on the go, iHub can also turn a Mac into a hotspot to which your other devices can connect in order to sync up.

Because it takes advantage of existing data-exchange technologies like CalDAV and CardDAV, iHub only needs to be installed on the single Mac that acts as a central repository for your data. All other devices—including those that run iOS—can then connect to it and sync their data wirelessly without having to install any additional software or connect to iTunes.

But there is a catch: iOS devices must be running version 3.1.3 or higher of the operating system in order to sync calendars, while only the upcoming iOS 4 will allow users to sync their address books. As a result, iPad owners will likely have to wait until the fall, when the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system becomes available for owners of the company's tablet.

iHub requires OS X 10.6 or higher; at press time, Nova Media had not yet announced pricing or availability for the software, but the product's page on the company's Website includes a notification feature that will advise registered users when iHub becomes available.

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