Cloud Storage

Apple rejecting apps with Dropbox functionality

Apple rejecting apps with Dropbox functionality

Apple famously doesn’t allow apps to have links to external subscriptions or purchases, instead requiring developers to adhere to the in-app purchasing system. That way, Apple can take its 30% cut, and all would be right with the world. Is Dropbox starting to face the same problem? Developers are reporting that their apps are being rejected for including Dropbox functionality.

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LG Cloud looms for 2D/3D multimedia streaming

LG Cloud looms for 2D/3D multimedia streaming

LG has revealed its own multi-platform cloud media service, LG Cloud, squirting content between PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. Compatible with 2D and 3D content, the LG Cloud introduces the company's Real-time Streaming Transcoding technology to perform server-based media conversion to suit whatever device you're currently using; so, if you're on your Android smartphone but want to watch a Full HD .MKV file, the film will be automatically converted to suit the handset.

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You’re already using Google Drive

You’re already using Google Drive

Believe it or not, you've been using Google Drive now for weeks, even months - and years! It's just Google that's changed the name of the services it already had that's confusing you. Or exciting you, depending on how you've experienced the Google brand powerhouse so far. Google Drive has been around though for quite a while - every Google service you use is part of it, whether you knew it or not.

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Google Drive fights privacy paranoia

Google Drive fights privacy paranoia

Google Drive may have convinced many cloud storage shoppers on the basis of wallet impact, but the search giant faces skepticism and doubt over the privacy of users' data. Announced early this week after years of speculation, Google Drive offers 5GB of free space and up to 16TB of extra storage at rates in some cases just half what rivals like Box charge; however, long-standing unease around Google's privacy policies prompted many to go digging through the cloud service's terms & conditions, with only confusion to be discovered.

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Google Drive falls foul of China firewall

Google Drive falls foul of China firewall

Google Drive has seen China's Great Firewall slam it its cloud-storage face, the latest service from the big search firm to be blocked from billion-strong population. Launched earlier this week to take on DropBox, Box and SkyDrive, Google Drive offers 5GB of free storage and the option of a monthly subscription for extra capacity, using optical character recognition (OCR) to pull text and objects out from photos and PDFs. However, Chinese web users will have to make do with homegrown alternatives.

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Linux Google Drive tipped for May

Linux Google Drive tipped for May

The cloud storage system known as Google Drive has informally been confirmed by a Google Docs Community Manager by the name of Theresa Wu. In a quite simple comment on Google+ this week she noted that the teams are indeed hard at work on a bit of desktop integration for the Linux environment, noting that the community should only have to "sit tight" and their prayers would be answered soon.

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Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

Google Drive mini Review for Desktop

The reason why Google Drive will succeed is its instant ties with the rest of Google's heavily branded set of services. That's all I really should have to say in this review, as all Google's web-based applications end up powering through with the brand power of Google (with a few choice examples of apps going the way of the appasaurus rex.) When it was announced that Google would be hosting a cloud-based data storage service, it wasn't because everyone expected they'd somehow be able to store data better than anyone else that there was a lot of excitement, it was because it was Google!

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Sony PlayMemories Online takes on Google Drive

Sony PlayMemories Online takes on Google Drive

Sony has relaunched its cloud storage service in the aftermath of the Google Drive reveal, rebranding Sony Personal Space as PlayMemories Online and offering 5GB of free storage. PlayMemories Online supports photo, video and audio sync from Android,  iPhone and computer clients, as well as access to them from the PS3, Sony's S-Frame digital photo frame, and eventually BRAVA internet-connected TVs.

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Google Drive vs DropBox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Box

Google Drive vs DropBox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Box

As Google Drive ramps up to clobber the rest of the cloud storage services in the world, or so Google hopes, we've got to explore these services by the numbers one by one. If you're going to head to the cloud right now, where will you go? You've got more than just the small handful we've got listed here, but let's get started with Google Drive, DropBox, Box, SugarSync, and SkyDrive just for starters.

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