Cloud Storage

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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Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox has added Touch ID support to its app for iPhone and iPad, putting a biometric barrier in the way of accessing files saved in the cloud storage system. The security addition, which builds on Apple's opening up of Touch ID as an authenticator for third-party apps in iOS 8, joins the existing PIN code lock which can optionally be enabled, demanding your fingerprint before it will let you browse through folders or upload new files. It comes at the tail-end of a PR war for Dropbox, as it attempts to distance itself and its security measures from a recent hack.

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Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

With all the hoopla around cloud services, their leaks, and their security holes, one name has managed to remain out of the media's spotlight. At least so far. It would, however, be naive to presume that Dropbox is infallible and perfect just because of that. In fact, this latest revelation just proves that it isn't immune from bugs that would irreversibly lose data as well. Luckily, at least if you believe the company, it only affects a rather small subset of Dropbox users.

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Google Drive for Education offers unlimited storage

Google Drive for Education offers unlimited storage

As a place to store digital books and notes, Google is calling Drive as a backpack for the 21st century. Now it is making that backpack infinitely large as it announces Drive for Education, which gives students and educators an unlimited amount of cloud storage, along with the usual advertised benefits of Google's cloud solution.

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iOS 8 “Reset All Settings” reported to wipe iCloud Drive docs

iOS 8 “Reset All Settings” reported to wipe iCloud Drive docs

iOS 8 might be taking another PR hit this week, though hopefully in a more limited fashion. Some users have started reporting that iOS 8's option to reset their phone's settings erased iWork files stored in the beta version of iCloud Drive, with some left without an option to recover them at all.

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OneDrive gives 30GB total if you enable auto upload now

OneDrive gives 30GB total if you enable auto upload now

Ramping up again its marketing tactics, Microsoft has announced a time-limited offer for OneDrive across all supported platforms. While Microsoft's cloud storage solution probably can't compete yet in terms of popularity or pricing scheme, it is trying to entice users with something that's quite hard to pass up: 30 GB of free storage.

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iCloud gets two-factor authentication ahead of iOS 8

iCloud gets two-factor authentication ahead of iOS 8

Apple’s iCloud has seen its share of bad press lately. In the wake of a scandal that saw celebrity photos leaked online — allegedly pulled from iCloud — scrutiny has been high. As iOS 8 rolls in, Apple has brought back one feature to make iCloud much more secure.

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OneDrive now supports files as large as 10 GB

OneDrive now supports files as large as 10 GB

Microsoft is once again upping the ante on its cloud storage solution. After increasing OneDrive storage capacities across the board and reducing price tags everywhere, they are now giving what they claim is a top user requested feature: the ability to upload and store large files, up to 10 GB in fact.

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iCloud pricing confirmed — here’s how it stacks up

iCloud pricing confirmed — here’s how it stacks up

When Apple mentioned iCloud Drive at WWDC this year, some details were left out, namely pricing. Now, Apple has confirmed the pricing for each tier of their cloud storage service, giving us a view of just how it will match-up to other offerings you may have or be interested in.

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Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

This week a leak of explicit celebrity photos has summoned the need for additional security measures. Not just the kind of security measures you take by purchasing "keep me private" apps and the like, but the kind that includes common sense and the flipping of a few key switches in your phone. As it turns out - you CAN take whatever photos you like without having them leaked to the public.

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