Tier changes for OneDrive affects Office 365 subscribers, free users
Microsoft is changing the amount of space available on its OneDrive, following the abuse of the cloud storage service by some users. Effectively reversing a change from one year ago, Office 365 Home, Personal, and University accounts will lose their unlimited OneDrive allowances in favor of a fixed maximum of 1TB, with other alterations to plans including the removal of the 100GB and 200GB plans, a new lower-capacity tier, and the reduction of the free storage allocation from 15GB to 5GB.
Prices reduced across paid iCloud options, 500GB tier removed
Apple has implemented its pricing structure changes to iCloud, one it initially revealed during last week's "Hey Siri" special event. The iCloud storage plan changes to existing subscribers started being implemented yesterday around the world, the same day as iOS 9 became available to download to devices, with the plans reduced from four paid tiers to just three, with each offering better value to users than the previous charges.
Apple service lowers prices, increases privacy and value
In light of Wednesday's announcements about iCloud storage, we thought it might be a good time to go over the various services (sometimes a bit confusing) that iCloud offers these days, with a particular eye now on its value for off-site storage of data, given the new and in some cases dramatically-lower pricing. There's plenty of competition, of course, but Apple does sweeten the pot with a few, perhaps compelling, advantages that may -- for some -- be worth a second look.
Monthly charges for iCloud storage now in line with major competitors
Earlier today, as part of its unveiling of the new iPhones and other products at its special event, Apple revealed it was cutting the price of iCloud storage. Customers can pay $1 per month to get 50GB of online storage, an increase from 20GB previously, while those with greater data storage needs can get 200GB of storage for $3 per month, saving $1. Buying a whole terabyte of storage now costs just $10 per month, half its previous price.
Cloud storage made personal
When it comes to backing up files, many users are now looking to myriad cloud storage solutions. There is no doubt that over the past few years, cloud storage has taken off, yet as ISPs begin to add tighter data usage restrictions, we, as users, are being forced to more closely monitor our uploads and downloads. Seagate, however, thinks it may have a solution to this problem with its Personal Cloud NAS. Does it? Read our full review and find out.
Comprehensive backup and booting solution for Macs
Apple did a great thing in bringing Time Machine to the rest of us: it made backups a more familiar idea, and it made them far easier to understand as well. Something that is easy and familiar is something that you're going to do, and Apple was right that we really, really needed to back up our work. Now Apple is more focused on cloud storage than it is hard drives -- and there are several cloud backup services -- but the humble hard disk has a lot of advantages. It also has SuperDuper 2.7.5, which is a capable, albeit slightly technical, application for copying your data, and for creating a hard drive that you can run your Mac from in emergencies.
Unlimited file storage on Amazon servers undercuts cloud storage competitors
Amazon is going after Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, by offering customers unlimited cloud storage at a very low cost. The retailer is upgrading its existing Cloud Drive service by adding two more tiers for non-Prime subscribers, each providing unlimited storage of files and photographs, but with subscription prices that severely undercut the same offerings by its competitors.
Google Play Music expands track storage to 50,000 songs
Google Play Music has received an upgrade to its music storage component, allowing customers to keep more songs on its servers for streaming to computers and mobile devices. The music locker has increased its upper limit of 20,000 tracks to 50,000, double that of the paid iTunes Match service. Despite vastly increasing its storage capacity, the digital locker is still a completely free service.
Cloud storage firm ends support for 10.5, earlier on May 18
Users who are still using OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard) are probably used to it by now, but yet another company has announced it is dropping support for the 10- and seven-year-old (respectively) operating systems. Dropbox, the well-known cloud storage firm that offers browser-based and native-app cloud storage for a wide variety of platforms, is informing users who access the service on the obsolete OS versions that support for them will end on May 18.
Cap of 1 terabyte removed in favor of unlimited storage on OneDrive
Microsoft is upping the ante in the cloud storage market, by offering some users unlimited OneDrive storage. Subscribers of Office 365 will soon see their allowance upgraded from their current 1TB allocation, itself raised from 20GB in June, with Home, Personal, and University customers set to receive the upgrades starting from today.
Dropbox updated to accommodate iOS 8
Cloud storage platform Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, in light of the release of iOS 8. Dropbox allows users to store their files remotely, and its iOS app provides access to any file saved to one's cloud account. Dropbox v3.4 includes a restored automatic back-up functionality for iOS 8, which was briefly not working for those who installed the latest iOS release.
Simplified Dropbox Pro pricing brings service in line with Google Drive, OneDrive
Cloud storage service Dropbox has drastically updated its paid offerings, changing not only the pricing, but also adding new features to the subscription. The new Pro account provides a large 1 terabyte allocation of cloud storage to customers, far more than the old Pro account allowed, with the Pro subscription priced at $9.99 per month.
Boxcryptor beta now available for Mac, supports Yosemite, iCloud Drive
Cloud storage encryption software, Boxcryptor, has released two new OS X beta versions. Boxcryptor protects users' files that are in the cloud, applicable to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and more. The newest version offers added support for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and iCloud Drive, as well as support for Spotlight and Trash enabled in the Advanced Preferences. Saving and loading of preferences and offline support are improved. Boxcryptor can now better handle sync conflicts, with auto-fixing for modified encrypted filenames now available. For both Boxcryptor and Boxcryptor Classic for OS X, OSXFUSE is no longer required to run the software. Boxcryptor is available in three pricing options, ranging from free to an unlimited business version for $95 per year.
Google Drive for Work subscription, Google Docs mobile app changes detailed
Google announced a number of changes to Google Drive and Google Docs as part of its Google I/O keynote yesterday. As part of a more serious effort to take on Microsoft in enterprise, Google has launched a subscription to Google Drive for Work, providing unlimited online storage to business customers for $10 per month per user, among other extra new features.
More storage provided to Office 365 subscriptions, lower costs for extra capacity
Microsoft is becoming more aggressive in the cloud storage market against Google, by making a number of changes aimed at attracting more users. The free allocation of OneDrive storage will be doubled from 7GB to 15GB, bringing the service in line with Google Drive, with Microsoft also making some changes to storage included with Office 365 and its paid storage options.
Irista offers 10GB free cloud storage, extensive image organization
Canon is introducing a new service designed to support owners of its cameras, while at the same time taking on Dropbox, Flickr, and Google Drive, by offering its own brand of online storage. Iristra is photography-focused cloud storage that works just for images, with the service said to provide extensive cataloging, collecting, and tagging options.
Photographs automatically uploaded to Eyefi Cloud after being shot
Eyefi is expanding the usefulness of its Wi-Fi-equipped SD memory cards, by launching its own cloud storage service. The Mobi SD card, released last year, will now not only wirelessly transfer photographs taken by a digital camera to a mobile device, but it will also provide the option of automatically uploading it to the Eyefi Cloud.
Dropbox debuts Carousel app for iOS and Android
Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have attached to their Dropbox account, with the free storage size starting at 2GB. Carousel is free to download through iTunes and Google Play, and requires a Dropbox account to utilize its features.
Across-the-board drop in price for Google cloud storage
Google has drastically reduced the price of Google Drive storage. The changes, which will certainly apply pressure on competitors in the cloud storage marketplace, such as Box, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, sees users being offered 100GB of Google Drive capacity for $1.99 per month, down from the $4.99 it was priced at previously, with higher storage values also seeing considerable reductions in cost.
Microsoft offers 100GB OneDrive storage via Bing Rewards scheme
After the success of its 100GB of cloud storage giveaway to 100,000 users as part of the SkyDrive rebrand to OneDrive, Microsoft is offering another way to gain the large block of online storage. The Bing Blog claims users of the Bing Rewards scheme, a program that offers discounts and other incentives for using Bing, will exchange 100 credits for a code, which provides access to the same 100GB allocation for one year, though the promotion will only be offered until June 30th of this year.
Compression utility software company releases beta of ZipShare web app
WinZip, the maker of the popular file compression utility, has introduced a beta version of its new web app. Named ZipShare, the cloud platform lets users 'zip' and share files from a hard drive or from cloud storage providers. The service will also feature file management, encryption, and file sharing, and is designed to work like a plug-in to various cloud platforms. Currently in beta, a commercial launch is planned for later this spring, with basic file sharing available at no cost and varying service levels available at a monthly rate starting at $10.
RealPlayer Cloud now available for international users
RealNetworks has announced today that RealPlayer Cloud is now available for international users. RealPlayer Cloud provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage space, with additional storage available through subscription plans starting at $5 per month for 25GB of data. The app offers users moving, watching and sharing of videos with any user on any device, across platforms, supporting a wide variety of video formats.
Nextt app that facilitates group communication adds 'self-destruct' option
Group communication app Nextt has been updated for iOS and Android. Nextt is a private network for close friends to connect online, aiming to make social planning easier. Nextt's update includes a "self-destruct" option, intended to focus group planning to make decisions before the conversation's expiry. The update also includes improved private messaging, and notifications through email or SMS. Nextt is free for both iOS and Android users.
Monthly payments offered for OneDrive storage capacity upgrades
Microsoft has relaunched its SkyDrive service as OneDrive, following its UK trademark battle, and has taken the time to make a number of updates to the cloud-storage service. In a wider push to compete against other cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, OneDrive will be providing new ways for users to earn extra free storage, and a new monthly payment option for buying more capacity.
Xbox One update due February 11, adds battery life indicator
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to have an update released, addressing issues encountered by users since the console's launch. The update is due February 11th, featuring issue corrections regarding storage management, and the addition of a battery life indicator for the console's controller. Libraries will be split into two separate lists of 'My Games' and 'My Apps', as to simplify file searches. Also expected in the update is the added ability to use a USB keyboard with the console.
Kickstarter for alternative cloud service and device combo exceeds its campaign goal
San Franciscan siblings Karisma and Sam Nagar have successfully crowd-funded their cloud device and service Pixeom, with eleven days to spare in its Kickstarter campaign. The Pixeom Exchange Device is a prototype that offers an alternative to corporate cloud services that require access to its users' information to use its digital space. Aiming to facilitate a new type of data exchange for Internet users, Pixeom functions by centralizing one's own cloud network in a personal home device, as opposed to a large, remote data center. All of a user's cloud service needs will be supported within the device at a one-time purchasing cost, facilitating storage, social networking, and online auctioning functions that focus on privacy.
QuadStick video game controller for quadriplegic gamers succeeds Kickstarter goal
Complex mouth-based controller for quadriplegic console gamers, QuadStick, has succeeded in reaching and surpassing its Kickstarter goal of ten thousand dollars. Composed as a single joystick, four sip-and-puff sensors, a lip position sensor and a push switch, the controller outputs to both USB and Bluetooth, and then into gaming hardware. QuadStick will be compatible with PCs, Android devices and PS3s, and with the addition of an adapter, Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well. Controller configuration is available,with pre-arranged setups built in. Users can use its straws to shift between different control methods.
Unified file browser app Octonius combines viewing of Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive content
File browsing app for iOS Octonius has released its latest version of the software, optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. Octonius synthesizes viewing of file content on Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive, allowing its users to track and organize their cloud storage. An Octonius account features several options for viewing and organizing, such as the "Flow" tab, which visualizes a stream of accessed files that are ordered chronologically. Users can add notations to a file, or add it to a particular collection.
OneDrive name to spread across SkyDrive apps in near future
Microsoft has revealed the new name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service, six months after losing a trademark dispute over the name. Rebranded as "OneDrive," Microsoft will be updating the entire service to the name with little in the way of major changes, aside from updating to the new name in apps and moving existing users to the OneDrive.com domain.
Vast cloud storage plan offers more than existing free services
Chinese Internet company Tencent will be offering a version of its cloud storage service to international users in the future, according to a company vice president. The free storage, which is said to be around 10TB per user, will be made available in the US sometime next year, with the company also preparing to launch an English version of a photo sharing app in the US in the coming weeks.
Updated version of Cyberduck adds support for multipart uploads, bucket lifecycle config
Cyberduck has announced the availability of its latest version of its FTP/SFTP/WebDAV file server client software, Cyberduck 4.4. Featuring a complete refactoring for improved performance and testability, Cyberduck has accommodated developments in cloud storage by adding support for multipart uploads. Bucket lifestyle configuration has also been added in Amazon S3 to archive objects in Amazon Glacier and multi-region support for OpenStack Swift. Other improvements include bug fixes and improved file transfer reliability for higher throughput. Its version for Mac now does not require Java Runtime for installation. Available for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, and Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Cyberduck can be downloaded from Cyberduck, and is soon to be updated in the App Store.
RealPlayer Cloud app streams video from storage to smartphones, Roku
RealNetworks has launched its own cloud storage app specializing in video. RealPlayer Cloud for iOS, Android, computers, and Roku will allow users to store video files online, with the new app able to stream or download videos from the storage, automatically reformatting the video to match the device and the available connection speed.
Text editing tool brings Box in line with Google Docs
Cloud storage service Box has revealed a future update to its apps and service which will bring it more in line with offerings from Google and Evernote. Box Notes is a word processor which, in a similar way to how Google Docs operates within Google Drive, allows users to create and edit documents directly in Box storage accounts.
Drop-ins to help add Dropbox functionality, data syncing
Dropbox wants to become more useful to its customers as well as developers, by offering itself as a cloud storage provider for apps. The company used its DBX developer conference to introduce the Dropbox Platform for third-party app syncing, along with a number of tools for developers to allow apps to easily synchronize data across multiple devices.
AT&T Locker cloud storage app reaches Windows Phone 8
AT&T has released its cloud storage app for Windows Phone 8 devices. Spotted at WPCentral, the AT&T Locker, already available on iOS and Android, provides users access to a free 5GB storage allocation, with options to extend the storage further also available at a cost. Despite appearing in the Windows Phone Store for all to download, it will only accept registrations from the carrier's subscribers, and not from others.
Dropbox improves software performance
Dropbox announced yesterday that its cloud storage software app for the iPhone and iPad received an update. Dropbox allows users store photos, documents and videos on its cloud platform and share them easily between other users, or other devices. Available on the iTunes Store, v2.3 includes the addition of link sharing; a swipe function to quickly share, move, delete or 'favorite' an item; improved software performance, and a new ability to select and share multiple photos with other users. Dropbox provides 2GB of space free upon signup, an additional 3GB when users upload photo and video files, and 500MB per referral. Upgrades start at 100GB for $10 a month.
Developer joins Box iOS app team to add document viewing technology
Enterprise-oriented cloud storage firm Box has acquired Folders, an iOS app used to manage files from cloud storage services. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, will see the technology behind the app rolled into Box's own iOS app, with Folders developer Martin Destagnol being drafted in to help with its integration.
The good, bad, and pricey among cloud solutions
In fashion, trends come and go like breezes: quick, occasionally refreshing, and usually leaving little trace that they were there in the first place. It's the same in the world of computing, where we've gone in the space of a few years from desktops and iPods to ultrabooks and smartphones. One thing has remained constant amidst the ever-changing standards of computer form factors, though: you need a place to hold your stuff. Thus, among the fleeting fads there's one computing trend that looks like it might have staying power: cloud storage.
Free storage offer dwarfs that of existing cloud storage services
Former Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has claimed that his new data storage service, Mega, will be offering users 50GB at no charge. The large-capacity offer eclipses free cloud storage offers from existing services, such as Dropbox and SugarSync, and will apparently require little to no effort to obtain, as opposed to some usage and promotional actions others require.
Usable as web server, secure FTP, network video recorder
D-Link has added another network-attached storage device designed for home use to its networking catalog. The ShareCenter Cloud Storage 4000 can hold up to 16 terabytes of data over four 3.5-inch SATA drives, and can also take advantage of dedicated mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry to allow remote access to files through a personal Cloud portal.