Tag - Cloud Storage
Microsoft has sent an email to affected users of its OneDrive cloud storage service that it will be reducing their free storage from 15GB to 5GB. The latest change to OneDrive free storage allocations affects OneDrive subscribers who did not get bonus space through subscribing to Office 365. All new users who sign up to OneDrive have been capped a 5GB of free storage since the initial policy change was announced late last year, which is in line with the free allocation Apple offers iCloud users. Office 365 subscribers are not affected by the change in policy.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. In light of tomorrow's general release of the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, today's items are all things you can use to keep your data safe by backing up your mobile devices to cloud storage, and also a way to recover your lost files.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE