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Microsoft showcases cloud-powered Windows 8 People app

Microsoft showcases cloud-powered Windows 8 People app

Microsoft continues to detail the progress and various features that you can look forward to in Windows 8 on its MSDN blog. The latest entry goes in depth with the new People app, pulling in contacts from various services across the internet and saving them in an easily accessible cloud storage service. That means that after the initial import, you’ll be able to access the same contact list across your desktop, smartphone, and laptop.

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US Department of Justice not keen on returning MegaUpload data

US Department of Justice not keen on returning MegaUpload data

Innocent bystanders who lost mountains of data, personal files, documents, and more when the popular but illegitimately operated cloud-based site MegaUpload was taken down, may end up being just plain out of luck, at least for a while. The US Deparment of Justice wants to block former user Kyle Goodwin from accessing his high school football videos which he uploaded to the site.

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AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III ditch 48GB Dropbox promo

AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S III ditch 48GB Dropbox promo

Samsung may have dug in its heels and refused to carrier-customize the Galaxy S III in the US, but differences in availability of the free 48GB Dropbox promotion show not all phones are created equal. While two years of free storage through Dropbox was announced alongside the Galaxy S III originally, it seems not all carriers have decided to take part. "Select carriers have opted-out of the promotion on phones otherwise eligible" Dropbox writes in its customer support pages on the promotion. "Unfortunately, AT&T and Verizon are among these carriers not currently participating."

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Dropbox Ice Cream Sandwich update adds video streaming

Dropbox Ice Cream Sandwich update adds video streaming

One of the pioneers of cloud-based file storage solutions has just rolled out an update for anyone using an Android device with version 4.0 or higher (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich). The new update to the service's Android app adds the ability to stream videos that are stored in your Dropbox account. A variety of file formats are supported.

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Samsung Smart TVs to get Gaikai cloud gaming

Samsung Smart TVs to get Gaikai cloud gaming

Samsung has plans to enter the gaming business, starting off by partnering with cloud gaming service Gaikai. The South Korean manufacturer will be introducing a Samsung Cloud Gaming (SCG) platform on its new 7000 series and up Smart TVs. The service will be powered by Gaikai, but the UI and game selection is customized by Samsung.

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Sony mulling cloud gaming purchase

Sony mulling cloud gaming purchase

Here’s an interesting little rumor: Sony is reportedly looking into streaming game services, and more specifically aiming to acquire either Gaikai or OnLive. Information has pointed towards Sony purchasing a cloud gaming company and announcing the buy at its E3 conference this coming Monday. Sources have told MCV that Sony is poised to sign an agreement with “a high profile cloud gaming firm.”

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Dropbox Dropquest scavenger hunt goes live

Dropbox Dropquest scavenger hunt goes live

If you want an extra gigabyte of storage on your Dropbox account, the online cloud service invites you to compete in its second annual "Dropquest" online scavenger hunt. While there is a prize involved, it's really more about having fun if you have nothing better to do this weekend. Company engineer Rajeev Nayak described it as "a gift to our users." The company did not say how long it will take to complete the challenge, though last year's event was finished in as quickly as three hours.

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Box may be going to IPO territory

Box may be going to IPO territory

Even though it is now facing tighter competition than ever and its future may be facing a whole lot of uncertainty, cloud storage provider Box looks like it might be thinking about filing paperwork for an initial public offering. The company will have to prove that it is differentiated from more well-known cloud brands like Dropbox and exciting newcomers like Google Drive.

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Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Baidu Cloud set to launch next week

Android and iOS may be seeing massive success in Europe and the United States, but Baidu is poised to compete against both in China. The search based company is planning to launch a new version of its operating system, Baidu Cloud, which will feature cloud-based products such as storage. Executives at Baidu have told Reuters that the company is in talks with “global” partners.

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Adobe Creative Cloud launches today: $49.99 per month

Adobe Creative Cloud launches today: $49.99 per month

If you don’t fancy dropping a large amount of cash on Adobe’s individual products, its new Creative Cloud subscription is probably your best bet. Adobe has officially launched the service today, which will give you access to the Adobe CS6 suite for $49.99 a month. That includes Photoshop, InDesign, lllustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and a few more on top.

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