Cloud Storage

Friendly Reminder, Gmail users: don’t fill up your Photos

Friendly Reminder, Gmail users: don’t fill up your Photos

Today I received a rather rude awakening - after years of abusing the space Google had given me for online storage, my ticket had come up. I'd been uploading files to places like Google Drive and Google Photos at full resolution, without a care in the world, doing so every day, automatically, without a care in the world! The mortality of this freedom became all too real to me today. Today, Google gave me a rather scary warning. If I didn't make some space, they'd stop my emails.

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Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Today Google revealed a project they're in the middle of working on, allowing muralists to "reimagine the facades of Google Data Centers." Once massively blank flat walls, just asking for graffiti, now coming alive with the artwork of some of the most awesome large-scale artists in the world. This is Google's latest vision for keeping their physical footprint on this earth a beautiful one. If they're going to have a giant box sitting in the middle of nowhere running countless computers for the cloud, they may as well look beautiful in the real world.

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Dropbox for Education is good for schools, but not individuals

Dropbox for Education is good for schools, but not individuals

Dropbox is perhaps one of the most well-known cloud storage services out there. They offer users 2GB of free storage space, with the option to increase that by recruiting friends and completing other tasks. While they have offered Pro and Business plans for their users, the educational field has been left out of their plans. But today's announcement will hopefully make sharing files a bit easier for some educational establishments.

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Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

The Nextbit Robin, the Android-powered smartphone with a focus on storing unnecessary content in the cloud instead of locally, has landed on Amazon, giving those who missed the successful $1.36 million Kickstarter a chance to pick one up. And there's a great incentive to buy it on Amazon too: it's available for $100 off the regular asking price, but only from today, May 4th, through May 10th.

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Dropbox Infinite puts your entire cloud on your desktop

Dropbox Infinite puts your entire cloud on your desktop

Although there are terabytes of storage space available in large boxes, severs, and contraptions, most consumer computers still come with at most 1 TB of space, especially in laptops and 2-in-1 tablets. Cloud storage services like Dropbox expands that almost infinitely and also solves the problem of collaboration as well. But accessing those files in the cloud is still cumbersome and can pretty much break your flow. With Dropbox Infinite, the most popular cloud provider aims to answer that problem as well, allowing any user full access to their 10 TB online storage as if they were installed on their 1 TB desktop.

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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

The NextBit Robin smartphone may be the first in a new era of smartphone - far more trusting in its creator. Or it could be a mistake, holding on to the cloud when the public continues to fear the worst - hiding their data in their mattresses instead of allowing the data banks to do their job with security. Then there's the NextBit Robin's hardware design. It's gorgeous. It looks like the sort of hardware you'd find in a museum under "historic groundbreakers in industrial design." It looks like someone contacted the finest designers of the 1960's, each of them bent on making all things as visible as they were functional, and told them to imagine a smartphone.

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Google dangles 2 GB of Drive space to secure your account

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

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

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

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 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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