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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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Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Today, Microsoft is announcing Azure App Service, which brings together a few of their Azure services under one umbrella offering. Now, Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services, and Azure BizTalk Services will simply be known as Azure App Service, with one central location in the cloud. The aim is to make using Azure easier for Developers, who can now look to one central spot for all their deployment needs. It also satisfies Microsoft’s ‘write once and deploy everywhere’ goal of late.

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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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Utomik cloud gaming service promises a lag-free experience

Utomik cloud gaming service promises a lag-free experience

Despite what naysayers have been saying, it seems that the next gaming revolution might indeed be cloud gaming services. Or gaming rentals, if you like. But while that market is occupied by giants as early as now, with Sony's PlayStation Now and NVIDIA's GRID vying for gamer loyalty and money, Silicon Valley startup Utomik is daring to compete head on. And it just might be able to do so, depending on how well it is able to deliver its promise of an almost "instant play", lag-free cloud gaming session.

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Adobe Document Cloud takes your work wherever you go

Adobe Document Cloud takes your work wherever you go

Even traditional workers may soon have nowhere to hide. Continuing its invasion of the cloud, Adobe is announcing its third "Cloud" product, following its more popular Creative Cloud (CC) and less known Marketing Cloud. While Document Cloud may sound like a storage service that will take on Dropbox or Google Drive, it is actually a more focused product. While it does store documents on the cloud, it is actually more interested in getting you and others to sign them or to keep track of changes to them.

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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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After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

Apple's App Store and iTunes have sprung back into life, after technical issues brought the download stores offline in the early hours of this morning. Downloads of apps, music, and video resumed at approximately 1:30pm Pactific today, after what Apple described as a DNS issue left users not only unable to get to the App Store and iTunes on their iPhones and iPads, but temporarily killed the Mac App Store and iBooks Store too. In total, the services were offline for more than ten hours.

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App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

Apple may have had a good Monday with the launch of the Apple Watch and the new MacBook, but Wednesday is proving to be a downer with App Store and iTunes problems meaning new downloads and updates are unavailable for many. The downtime began more than five and a half hours ago, according to Apple's own service status page, with users unable to access not only the App Store and iTunes for software, music, and video downloads, but the iBooks Store and Mac App Store also affected.

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Rocketbook digitizes notes, then erases them in the microwave

Rocketbook digitizes notes, then erases them in the microwave

Try as we might, some of us cannot substitute writing on paper with writing on a display, no matter how sensitive the device and precise the stylus. Still, digital copies are the best way to store notes, and notebooks that digitize what one writes have been the long-running compromise, giving the best of both worlds. Rocketbook is one example of this, but with a twist: when writing with a specific pen, one can microwave the notebook for 30 seconds to erase the papers, making the same paper notebook reusable.

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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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