Cloud Storage

Google dangles 2 GB of Drive space to secure your account

It's mid February again. While that time is usually associated with chocolates and sweet nothings, for Google, it's associated with keeping your online accounts secure, especially your Google account. In celebration of "Safer Internet Day", Google is encouraging everyone who accesses the Web to take concrete steps to make sure their identities and payment information are safe and sound. And to make that exhortation even more enticing, it is dangling once more the promise of free 2 GB storage on Google Drive to everyone who takes those steps.

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Google Drive gets easier to organize

Having all of the cloud storage in the world isn't very useful if you can't find your files. Sure, you know they're in your Google Drive somewhere, but isn't it better to know exactly where everything is? Yesterday Google announced a few new features that should help keep things organized.

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Google to offer $1 million in security grants next year

When you upload files to the cloud, you expect them to be safe from prying eyes. Unfortunately, there are people out there that spend their time trying to break into servers just to access whatever is being stored inside. Google understands this, and that's why they're dedicating a huge chunk of money to people who want to keep their servers safe.

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Microsoft does a U-turn, returns 15GB to old OneDrive users

Running a cloud storage, of course, costs money and offering some amount of that space for free will incur some amount of loss. It can also be prone to abuse, whether free or paid, and sometimes you just have to set your foot down. But when you punish well-meaning, innocent users along with the bad, you're bound to get some very unhappy, not to mention vocal, people. It's a lesson Microsoft learned the hard way when it nerfed its OneDrive storage space for existing free users, which It is now returning with an apology.

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Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive users on Android, iOS, and desktop-based web browsers have been given a boost in functionality this week as Google kicks search in the bum. Users will be able to search not only terms, not only titles of files, but file types as well. Users on all platforms will be able to search for file types, and all platforms will now have quick-access to Advanced Search straight from the standard search box in-app.

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Apple ups iTunes Match, Apple Music song uploads to 100,000

Apple users with huge music collections now have a lot more cloud space to use when it comes to storing their tunes. As Apple's senior VP Eddy Cue promised six months ago, the limit for iTunes Match and Apple Music libraries has been increased from 25,000 to 100,000 songs. Back in June, just prior to the launch of Apple Music, Cue said that the release of iOS 9 would bring about the upgraded limit.

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Beware Amazon’s $5 Unlimited Cloud Storage Black Friday deal

Amazon has revealed a Black Friday deal in which you'll get Unlimited Cloud Storage for five dollars - seems pretty good, yes? The five dollar deal will get you Unlimited - yes, really - storage on Amazon's servers, on the internet. You can access this data wherever you go, just so long as you have one of Amazon's apps that do such a thing. The problem here isn't the first year, it's every year after that. Once your first year of service is done, Amazon's pricing schedule goes back to normal.

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Google Drive update brings notifications to Android and iOS

This week the folks at Google have updated their cloud storage system Google Drive. This system's apps now work with Sharing Notifications, this bringing the entire system into the forefront of the Android experience. Where before the app was only a secondary doorway into the Google Drive environment, now it becomes part of your device in a real active way. A number of other bits and pieces of features come with this update as well.

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OneDrive free down to 5GB, Office 365 unlimited space ends

Last year, Microsoft seemed to be intent on pushing OneDrive as a serious competitor to the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. It announced several promos, some of them permanent, to entice users to switch over to its cloud storage solution. Among them was a 15 GB starting space for all free accounts. Now it seems that Microsoft is rather abruptly and unceremoniously putting a stop to most of those benefits, ending the unlimited storage offer for Office 365 users and reducing the free storage from 15 to 5 GB. All because of abusers.

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Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos, the new cloud-based photo storage service that was spun off from the Google+ social network, celebrated a big milestone this week: hitting 100 million monthly active users. This comes only 5 months after the service debuted, seeing apps for the web, iOS, and Android released back in May. The spin-off from Google+ was widely praised, as it made the service simpler to use without the social sharing aspect, as well as combining features from Dropbox and Apple's iCloud service.

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Dropbox launches new features for better team collaboration

Dropbox has announced it's launching a new set of features aimed at improving collaboration for teams of co-workers. Available for both Basic and Pro users, one of Dropbox Teams' goals is making it easier for users to keep their personal files separate from those for work. This came about after the company realized that roughly 60% of both Basic and Pro users were utilizing Dropbox for work purposes, and in turn keeping both personal and work files in one account.

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Nextbit Robin gets Verizon version too

Following the news that Nextbit's Robin smartphone had reached double its campaign goal on Kickstarter, topping $1 million, the makers announced that they will be adding a Verizon-compatible model to the purchasing options. Prior to this, the cloud-connected device was only available for the carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss explained that the Verizon model will be specifically designed for that carrier's network, so users shouldn't expect to switch after purchasing that version of the phone.

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