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Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

This week the system known as Google Stars - also known as Google Collections - has been revealed in enough detail that we’re able to move forward with some thoughts. Though not entirely public, Google has let loose a few details in code on what Google Stars might be, and how it might be integrated with several services in play already. Google addict Florian Kiersch has done the lion’s share of investigation into this system - we’ve had a chat with him this afternoon about his findings.

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Google Drive subscriptions slashed

Google Drive subscriptions slashed

Google has slashed the price of Google Drive storage, with some tiers now a fifth of the price they were before, as the company pushes its cross-service cloud. While 15GB is still free to new sign-ups, the 100GB upgrade is now $1.99 per month, a $3 saving on the old price. However, that's not the biggest cut.

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HTC Advantage gives 6 months of One cracked screen cover

HTC Advantage gives 6 months of One cracked screen cover

HTC has launched a new program, HTC Advantage, to try to persuade One-series smartphone buyers that they're backing the right horse, with the promise of free cracked-screen repairs and timely Android updates. The new "ownership experience" will give any HTC One, HTC One mini, or HTC One max buyer in the US six months of cover should they crack or smash their Android smartphone's screen, in addition to a chunk of online storage for backup.

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Google+ Auto Backup brings drive uploads to desktop

Google+ Auto Backup brings drive uploads to desktop

The same service you’ve been using with your smartphone for several months is hitting the desktop world this week with Google+ Auto Backup. This software ships - strangely enough - with the newest version of Picasa, uploading your photos automatically from a certain directory to your Google+ social networking account. This service works with photos that are 2048pixels on their longest end unless you’d like to devote Google Drive space to the effort.

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Microsoft gives some Windows Phone users 20GB of SkyDrive for 1 year

Microsoft gives some Windows Phone users 20GB of SkyDrive for 1 year

Microsoft last night sent out an email to some of its Windows Phone users informing them of some good news. They will get 20GB of additional SkyDrive storage for one year, in addition to the 7 free GB that SkyDrive users already get. The holiday gift only applies to "Windows Phone Enthusiast Users".

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Gmail bakes in Google Drive uploads for attachment boost

Gmail bakes in Google Drive uploads for attachment boost

Google has fully baked Google Drive integration into Gmail, aiming to circumvent traditional attachment downloads by saving them straight to its chunk of cloud storage. The functionality, Google says, effectively bypasses the usual download/upload routine of receiving email attachments and then storing them to the cloud, with a one-click shuttling from email to Drive and the ability to instantly preview them in the browser.

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Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Gmail adds more quick action buttons to subject lines

Google today announced its "quick action buttons" for Gmail have expanded to more Google and third-party developers. If you've never seen these, quick action buttons are little grey rectangular buttons that appear inline with subject lines in your inbox which you can click or touch to take some sort of action on the contents. For example, if you get a Google Calendar invite, you can RSVP without ever opening the email.

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Google Drive for iOS adds multiple account support plus printing

Google Drive for iOS adds multiple account support plus printing

Google has updated Google Drive for iOS, adding support for multiple accounts allowing users to switch between work, personal, and any other Google account they might have, without having to log out in-between. Google Drive v2.1.0 also supports the search giant's single sign-in system, streamlining access by automatically logging into multiple Google products on the same device after a single app is used for the first time.

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Quickoffice liberated for iOS and Android with 10GB Drive sweetener

Quickoffice liberated for iOS and Android with 10GB Drive sweetener

Google has slashed the price of Quickoffice for Android, iPhone, and iPad, making the productivity apps free across both platforms, as well as throwing in a 10GB chunk of extra Google Drive storage for eager sign-ups. Formerly $14.99, Quickoffice is now a free download, Google confirmed today, with full Microsoft Office compatibility across Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

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Google Cloud server-side data encryption now automatic

Google Cloud server-side data encryption now automatic

With the expanding role of Google Cloud Storage in services and apps outside its own, the service has been updated for greater security in both the public and private enterprise arenas. This week Google Cloud Storage has been updated with 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard, creating a unique key for each individual object's data and metadata. With this security update to Google Cloud, you'll have automatic encryption for all data before its written to disk.

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Google Drive encryption tipped incoming for NSA protection

Google Drive encryption tipped incoming for NSA protection

With the recent fiasco with the NSA and PRISM program, concern for user privacy has skyrocketed tremendously, and now that the word is out on tech companies, they have no choice but to make things better for their users. Google is doing its part, and it's said that the search giant is secretly testing encryption methods for Google Drive files for protection against the NSA.

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Google Ventures-backed Kibits brings “Collaborate” for mobile teamwork

Google Ventures-backed Kibits brings “Collaborate” for mobile teamwork

This week the team at Kibits have launched "Collaborate.com", a full mobile and web browser-based environment for teamwork, aiming to bring together groups of associates that aren't always working in the same zip code. This platform works at launch on iPhone, iPod touch, Android, and inside web browsers and integrates the content of services such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and Apple's iCloud in a single workroom environment, and they're launching this week.

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