Cloud Storage

New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

Are you in the market for a new computer this holiday shopping season? If so, Chromebooks might be on your short-list of possible purchases. The pros and cons of Google’s cloud-centric computers can be debated breathlessly, but one there’s one feature that might put you over the top this year. Google is giving anyone who purchases a new Chromebook a full terabyte of cloud storage via Drive for two years. Free. that’s right, buy a Chromebook, get 1TB cloud storage for two years at no cost.

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Dropbox opens Carousel up to iPad, the web

Dropbox opens Carousel up to iPad, the web

As cloud storage solutions for your photos go, Dropbox is fairly popular. The enterprise-focussed solution is also consumer friendly, with photo storage being a fairly new angle for them. If you store your photos in Dropbox, you might be a bit bothered by the lack of viewing options outside of an iPhone or Android device via Carousel. For those who want more, Dropbox is delivering, and is introducing an iPad app as well as a web app for your photo viewing pleasure.

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Eyefi Cloud gets loose as WiFi card need cut

Eyefi Cloud gets loose as WiFi card need cut

Back in April, online gallery and photo sharing service Eyefi launched Eyefi Cloud, pairing cross-platform synchronization with its WiFi-enabled memory cards for digital cameras; now, that cloud is getting set loose. Eyefi Cloud is now available for those without one of the company's Mobi WiFi SD cards, so that any smartphone or tablet, or a camera that already comes with WiFi baked in, will be able to upload their shots online to a chunk of library storage, as well as get easy access to that storage from multiple devices.

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Google Drive for iOS brings TouchID, file access in any app

Google Drive for iOS brings TouchID, file access in any app

There are plenty of cloud storage options out there, but none quite as good as Google Drive. Google's home-grown cloud storage option is cross platform, available to anyone for free, syncs seamlessly, and is easily accessible. A big part of Google’s cloud storage footprint is on iOS, where both iPad and iPhone owners use it in place of — or addition to — iCloud. Today, Google ash upgraded Drive to suit a growing number of iOS 8 users, as well as the ever-increasing iPhone 6 user-base.

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Chrome’s new Google Drive extension blurs the cloud

Chrome’s new Google Drive extension blurs the cloud

Google continues to hammer away at the divide between what lives in the browser and what's on your computer, releasing a new extension for Chrome that allows files stored in Google Drive to be opened up directly into the relevant app. The plugin effectively further blurs the lines between the cloud and local apps, bypassing the need to first download a copy to your PC or Mac and also making it more likely that you'll have the latest version stored on Drive too.

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Amazon Prime photos unlimited storage’s big caveat

Amazon Prime photos unlimited storage’s big caveat

So you're considering picking up an Amazon Prime account because you heard you get unlimited storage space for photos, yes? There's a reason you might not want to do that. When you get an Amazon Fire Phone or Fire tablet or Kindle device, you may get Amazon Prime as well. Once it expires - if you allow it to expire, that is - you might have a tough time looking at those photos you've been saving for months and months. Those photos will start disappearing.

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Dropbox and Microsoft team on Office iOS & Android cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft team on Office iOS & Android cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft might not seem like the most obvious of bedfellows, what with Microsoft already having its own OneDrive cloud storage service, but sure enough the two are teaming up to integrate Dropbox into the Office apps for iOS and Android. The pairing, which will be enabled when Microsoft pushes out new versions of its Office apps in a few weeks time, will open the door to direct access to files stored in Dropbox from the Office apps themselves, as well as embed Office editing directly into the Dropbox app. While it may seem counter-productive for Microsoft, it could make a big difference for Office adoption across Apple and Google's platforms.

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Prime Photos adds unlimited galleries to sweeten Amazon’s cloud

Prime Photos adds unlimited galleries to sweeten Amazon’s cloud

Amazon is offering unlimited photo storage to all of its Prime subscribers, adding Prime Photos to the list of perks included in the shipping service. Launched first on the poorly-selling Amazon Fire Phone, Prime Photos automatically uploads images not only from the retailer's own handset and its Fire tablets, but from iOS and Android devices in general thanks to new apps for each platform. Desktop apps for Windows and Mac throw photos from there into the cloud too, and the combined gallery can then be accessed across multiple platforms including consoles and set-top boxes.

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Xbox Music OneDrive integration seems ready for launch

Xbox Music OneDrive integration seems ready for launch

One awaited feature for Xbox Music users might already be ready for prime time. Although it was already hinted a few months ago, the convergence of Microsoft's two distinct products, Xbox and OneDrive might seems to be close at hand. Like breadcrumbs, clues are laid out for sleuths to follow, revealing that almost everything is in place for Xbox Music users to upload and keep their tunes on OneDrive's spacious cloud storage. All it might actually need is for Microsoft to give the signal and flip the switch.

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Google buys Firebase for real-time cloud syncing

Google buys Firebase for real-time cloud syncing

Google has made another acquisition, this time snapping up Firebase. If you’ve not heard of Firebase, that’s alright, nobody will fault you for that. Their service is meant to allow Developers easy cloud sync with apps, and have that data synced to device in real-time. the Firebase crew will all join Google’s Cloud Platform team, which Google says gives them “the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development”. Existing Developers using Firebase will see improvements automatically, with no additional work needed.

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