Cloud Storage

Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive

Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive

Last week, Amazon announced a new service for uploading large amounts of data to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage. Dubbed Snowmobile, it's an actual 18-wheel semi-truck hauling a storage container filled with hard drives. See, it's not meant for times when you need to back up your photo or video collection, but rather for an entire company's data, such as a movie studio's archives or a government agency's library of satellite imagery.

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Plex Cloud launched for Media Server lovers without hardware

Plex Cloud launched for Media Server lovers without hardware

Now for those users that like the idea of using Plex Media Server but don't want the hassle of actually hosting the server themselves, the company has expanded. Plex has launched Plex Cloud, taking the approach other cloud storage companies have worked with and turning it on its head. While other cloud storage groups have launched their storage first, then their organizational tools, the Plex crew have been creating and refining their organizational software for while now - approximately 8.7-years, at this point.

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Apple iCloud rises higher with new 2TB offer

Apple iCloud rises higher with new 2TB offer

For the modern computer user and knowledge worker, cloud storage is an inevitable fact of life. For mobile device users with very limited internal storage, it becomes a necessity. Apple’s iPhones have long been criticized by some camps for lacking a data storage expansion option and the company is unlikely to change its ways. Instead, it is now offering even more space on its iCloud storage service, up to 2 TB in fact, to give more room for your photos, videos, and files.

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Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Smartphones these days, even the lower spec ones, are capable of taking high resolution (though not always high quality) photos. That means those photos take up more space on the smartphone's storage. And when you have a measly 16 GB of internal memory, with no microSD card option, you will inevitably run out of space. That is precisely the point that Google is trying to make in a rare and admittedly amusing Google Photos video ad. And it is aiming its guns at, what else, the 16 GB iPhone.

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Nextbit Robin “ember” red arrives in limited quantities

Nextbit Robin “ember” red arrives in limited quantities

Summer is here, at least for those in the northern half of the globe. The season brings images of beaches, sun, and, red. That's precisely why Nextbit is taking the opportunity to launch a new shade for its so far one and only smartphone. Appropriately called "Ember", this Nextbit Robin in red has all the things that made the smartphone interesting and adds an interesting color choice to it. Plus, beta testers are getting an early taste of the promised cloud smart storage support for videos, ensuring they won't run out of space recording all that summer fun and mayhem.

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Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Moto Z Droid Edition's free 2-year Original Quality Google Photos storage should come with a more apparent disclaimer. As we've spoken of on more than one occasion before, no free cloud storage-based gift is ever really free. There's always a reason why you'll want to take a second glance at what happens when your temporary free storage has expired. In this case, it has to do with Gmail, believe it or not.

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Transcend StoreJet Cloud is a personal server with up to 8TB of space

Transcend StoreJet Cloud is a personal server with up to 8TB of space

Tired of having to upgrade your Drive space or worried about someone hacking your preferred cloud storage company? Transcend has introduced a personal alternative called the Storejet Cloud. Coming in both 4TB and 8TB sizes, the Transcend Storejet Cloud is designed for those who have a lot of data to store, but would rather do so on owned hardware stored in one’s own home or office.

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Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

While it began life much earlier as part of the Google+ social network, it's now been one full year since Google Photos was launched as an individual cloud-based photo storage service. To celebrate, Google has shared some stats on the service to highlight its rapid growth, most notable is a user count of over 200 million, an impressive figure for just 12 months.

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Don’t fill up Google Photos or Gmail will stop working

Don’t fill up Google Photos or Gmail will stop working

Today I received a rather rude awakening - after years of abusing the space Google had given me for online storage, my ticket had come up. I'd been uploading files to places like Google Drive and Google Photos at full resolution, without a care in the world, doing so every day, automatically, without a care in the world! The mortality of this freedom became all too real to me today. Today, Google gave me a rather scary warning. If I didn't make some space, they'd stop my emails.

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Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Today Google revealed a project they're in the middle of working on, allowing muralists to "reimagine the facades of Google Data Centers." Once massively blank flat walls, just asking for graffiti, now coming alive with the artwork of some of the most awesome large-scale artists in the world. This is Google's latest vision for keeping their physical footprint on this earth a beautiful one. If they're going to have a giant box sitting in the middle of nowhere running countless computers for the cloud, they may as well look beautiful in the real world.

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Dropbox for Education is good for schools, but not individuals

Dropbox for Education is good for schools, but not individuals

Dropbox is perhaps one of the most well-known cloud storage services out there. They offer users 2GB of free storage space, with the option to increase that by recruiting friends and completing other tasks. While they have offered Pro and Business plans for their users, the educational field has been left out of their plans. But today's announcement will hopefully make sharing files a bit easier for some educational establishments.

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Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

Nextbit Robin phone comes to Amazon, save $100 during first week

The Nextbit Robin, the Android-powered smartphone with a focus on storing unnecessary content in the cloud instead of locally, has landed on Amazon, giving those who missed the successful $1.36 million Kickstarter a chance to pick one up. And there's a great incentive to buy it on Amazon too: it's available for $100 off the regular asking price, but only from today, May 4th, through May 10th.

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