Cloud Storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Mophie may have its roots in providing snug-fitting extra power for the iPhone, but the future is all about the next big headache in mobile: storage space. Sure, running out of juice by mid-afternoon is an annoyance on your smartphone, but, Mophie points out, running out of memory is even more stressful. It might not happen so often, but with memory card slots getting rarer, having to face deleting your photos, music, and videos is a lot worse than needing to squat by an outlet. Enter the new Mophie Space Pack line and the companion Space app; I caught up with the Mophie team to find out more.

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Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Office Online gets cosy with Dropbox’s cloud

Dropbox and Microsoft are ramping up their collaboration, building on last year's efforts to bake the cloud into Office on mobile devices with support for the web, too. The new feature means that while working with Office Online, it's possible to access a Dropbox account directly, opening existing documents or saving new ones there. Conversely, if you're logged into Dropbox, it's now even more straightforward to preview a document within the browser.

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Google Drive now backs up photos, videos automatically

Google Drive now backs up photos, videos automatically

Many of us have photos and video spread all over the web and across devices. Depending on how you’ve got your cloud storage set up, it’s not likely you've got all your media in one centralized location. Today, Google is taking steps to solve that for us. In Drive, you’ll soon see a new “Google Photos” menu option, which brings all your photo and video storage to a more convenient location. This move was rumored earlier this month, though it’s not exactly what sources claimed Google may end up doing.

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Amazon broke the cloud storage mold, but is it your best option?

Amazon broke the cloud storage mold, but is it your best option?

With Amazon making a big splash today in announcing unlimited cloud storage at a really low monthly (or yearly) price point, many are starting to take a look at what that might mean for them. Do you really need unlimited storage? Is the backup worth it in the long run? Rather than leave you hanging, we thought it best to take a look at what other options are around, and what that might mean for you. Turns out, Amazon has a place, but it might not be for you.

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Amazon announces unlimited cloud storage plans — yes, really

Amazon announces unlimited cloud storage plans — yes, really

Here’s the thing about cloud storage: you have to pre-determine how much storage you want. Sure, you can upgrade or downgrade, but sometimes not at the drop of a hat. Also, our needs change. One day you might be fine with 100GB of cloud storage, but that upcoming trip may see you needing a lot of room for your photos and videos. Rather than juggle different storage options, Amazon is just giving you unlimited storage. Starting today, Amazon will have two tiers of cloud storage, both offering unlimited upload.

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Seagate Personal Cloud Review

Seagate Personal Cloud Review

Cloud storage is the current step we’re taking when it comes to managing our files. We also look to cloud storage to keep our pictures and videos safe, too. With all the security mishaps of late, keeping your info locked away on someone else’s hardware might be concerning. If that sounds like you, Seagate has a solution. Their Personal Cloud offers similar cloud-based features as your existing provider, except it’s all yours. Does it perform as well as it’s billed, though? We find out.

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Eyefi’s Mobi Pro WiFi SD card is here, links camera and cloud

Eyefi’s Mobi Pro WiFi SD card is here, links camera and cloud

When you’re out and about snapping pics, the last thing you want to think about is whether or not you have (or will have) a reliable WiFi connection. Your camera probably has an SD card slot, but does your computer? Instead of forcing compromise, Eyefi wants to let you take pics or video and leave the rest to technology with their new Mobi Pro WiFi SDHC card. Instead of thinking about how you’re going to transfer files from your SD card to your computer, Eyefi is taking care of everything.

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Google unveils Nearline, their hot new solution to cold storage

Google unveils Nearline, their hot new solution to cold storage

Some info stored in the cloud is important, and should be kept ready for quick access. Other stuff isn’t as necessary at the drop of a hat, and companies have the option to tuck it away. That ‘cold storage’ option could take hours to query, which isn’t ideal for businesses or their customers. Today, google rolled out a new option named ‘Nearline’. It’s more like lukewarm storage, where you won’t get the info instantly, but the three-second average return is much better than three hours.

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Google Drive may offer auto-backup of photos instead of Google+

Google Drive may offer auto-backup of photos instead of Google+

You’re out and about, you snap photos — then you drop your phone. A shattered screen stares back at you, and your info is just tied to what is now a really expensive external drive. This is why cloud storage is so neat — you can remotely store your files without worry of damage to the hardware. It’s even better with automatic backups, so news that Google Drive may soon allow for automatic backups of photos is really enticing, especially for those who don’t want to sign up for a Google+ account.

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Apple now allows everyone to create, save files in iCloud

Apple now allows everyone to create, save files in iCloud

One of the things Apple had working against them when it came to creating files for use in the cloud was actually creating files in the cloud itself. Though you could save a Pages document or presentation made via Keynote in iCloud, creating one via iCloud.com wasn’t really a thing. Until now. Today, Apple is rolling out file creation in iCloud, all via a browser. Now, you don’t even need access to an OS X or iOS device to use Pages, Keynote, or Numbers.

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