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Microsoft dangles OneDrive incentive to boost Bing

Microsoft dangles OneDrive incentive to boost Bing

Yesterday, Google enticed users to update their account security details by offering a couple gigabytes of Google Drive storage in return, leaving users with both a potentially more secure account and a little more storage space in their cloud account. That seems to be something of a trend for the week, with Microsoft having also rolled out some extra cloud storage space to users in return for an action -- though, in this case, the reward is 100GB of space rather than 2GB.

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OneDrive steps up its Photos game ahead of Windows 10 launch

OneDrive steps up its Photos game ahead of Windows 10 launch

One of the highlights of Windows 10 paraded last week was the focus on Photos, not only on desktops and tablets but also on phones as well. Part of that "unified experience" is in the consistency of the apps. The other part of that is in the cloud. Microsoft's cloud, that is. The latter is now falling into place with an update to Microsoft's OneDrive storage solution, across all supported platforms, that offers a better way to experience your photos while you wait for Windows 10.

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Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

Dropbox acquires CloudOn in talent grab

CloudOn has been acquired by Dropbox, the company has announced. It appears this was a talent grab, and under the acquisition -- the terms of which having not been revealed -- the cloud storage service will bring in 30+ new employees, as well as CloudOn's Israeli office. That latter office will be used by Dropbox as part of its hiring in the nation, the company's product, business, and mobile lead said in an interview recently. This is the latest of many acquisitions on Dropbox's part.

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Drones, hubs and clouds: Ubuntu Core makes IoT play

Drones, hubs and clouds: Ubuntu Core makes IoT play

Linux is making another play for the Internet of Things, with Ubuntu figuring that as devices from thermostats through home hubs to personal robots and drones get smarter, they'll need a more flexible brain. Snappy Ubuntu Core is the latest platform for smart devices, promising gadgets that run exactly the same software whether locally or relying on the cloud, and thus bypassing questions about whether users are regularly upgrading, if old firmware is still in the wild, and where apps are going to come from. While Ubuntu clearly isn't alone in its IoT ambitions, Ubuntu Core does at least have an advantage some rival schemes don't: it already has users.

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Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS has seen some interesting new features of late. Remote Desktop sharing finally hit Chrome, and you can now run Linux in a window without leaving Chrome. Though both are still works in progress, they signal a new direction for Chrome OS wherein the “browser OS” gets a bit more desktop. There may be another cool feature rolling in, as code commits in Chrome’s Developer hub, Chromium, suggest Google Drive will soon be able to take files straight from an external drive or SD card to the cloud.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Volvo announces connected helmet for bicyclists

Volvo announces connected helmet for bicyclists

Whether you’re driving a car or riding a bike, road safety is important. We’ve seen various car manufacturers offer their take on the connected road, showcasing how your next car may be able to communicate with other vehicles or traffic lights. That’s wonderful, but what about bicyclists? If you’re in an urban setting, you likely run into bicyclists (like, not literally run into them, I hope) on your daily commutes. Volvo, in an attempt to include all road-going beings to the connected world, have created a bicycle helmet meant for the new age.

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You can now stow your own My Maps in Google Drive

You can now stow your own My Maps in Google Drive

With yet another holiday fast approaching, Google is trying to help make your vacation planning a lot easier, and keep you inside its ecosystem of services while doing so. But even if you're not dreaming of your remote island getaway, getting Google's My Maps creation tool inside Google Drive is still a convenience for any traveler, or even just a digital surveyor, as it puts all your custom-made maps in a single location, stored on Google's cloud, of course.

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Intel unveils its IoT platform for businesses everywhere

Intel unveils its IoT platform for businesses everywhere

After failing to take the mobile device industry by storm, Intel is starting to look elsewhere for its next big break. It has already set its eyes on wearables, as the MICA smart fashion bracelet demonstrated. Now it is also laying the foundations for another venture, the so-called Internet of Things, or simply IoT. Intel's new IoT Platform is poised to cover anything and everything needed for enterprises to set up and then customize their own IoT implementations for securely connecting devices to the cloud and, in the end, save money and energy.

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New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

Are you in the market for a new computer this holiday shopping season? If so, Chromebooks might be on your short-list of possible purchases. The pros and cons of Google’s cloud-centric computers can be debated breathlessly, but one there’s one feature that might put you over the top this year. Google is giving anyone who purchases a new Chromebook a full terabyte of cloud storage via Drive for two years. Free. that’s right, buy a Chromebook, get 1TB cloud storage for two years at no cost.

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