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Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos, the new cloud-based photo storage service that was spun off from the Google+ social network, celebrated a big milestone this week: hitting 100 million monthly active users. This comes only 5 months after the service debuted, seeing apps for the web, iOS, and Android released back in May. The spin-off from Google+ was widely praised, as it made the service simpler to use without the social sharing aspect, as well as combining features from Dropbox and Apple's iCloud service.

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Dropbox launches new features for better team collaboration

Dropbox launches new features for better team collaboration

Dropbox has announced it's launching a new set of features aimed at improving collaboration for teams of co-workers. Available for both Basic and Pro users, one of Dropbox Teams' goals is making it easier for users to keep their personal files separate from those for work. This came about after the company realized that roughly 60% of both Basic and Pro users were utilizing Dropbox for work purposes, and in turn keeping both personal and work files in one account.

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Nextbit Robin gets Verizon version too

Nextbit Robin gets Verizon version too

Following the news that Nextbit's Robin smartphone had reached double its campaign goal on Kickstarter, topping $1 million, the makers announced that they will be adding a Verizon-compatible model to the purchasing options. Prior to this, the cloud-connected device was only available for the carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss explained that the Verizon model will be specifically designed for that carrier's network, so users shouldn't expect to switch after purchasing that version of the phone.

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The Egg: a personal web space in your pocket

The Egg: a personal web space in your pocket

The folks at Eggcyte have created a device called The Egg - shaped like an egg, "hatched inside Intel", made for personal media sharing. This device works with a private key, its own unique web space, and and the ability to view and share videos, photos, music, and files of all sorts. The Egg is its own 256GB storage space and can be accessed from its own screen or from a browser using a mobile or desktop device. But why would you want such a thing?

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Nextbit launches “Robin” phone on Kickstarter

Nextbit launches “Robin” phone on Kickstarter

Nextbit, a group of software developers and veterans from HTC and the original Android 1.0 team, has kept their promise of debuting something "awesome" and "different" in the smartphone market. Today they've launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Robin phone, a "cloud-first" device with endless storage. See, once the 32GB of internal storage starts to fill up, Nextbit's custom software begins sending everything from photos and files to apps and their data to the cloud for safe keeping.

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Google will upload mailed hard drives, USB drives to cloud for developers

Google will upload mailed hard drives, USB drives to cloud for developers

While the vast majority of us common users can get by with cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive by simply uploading files via our local WiFi connection or from our phones, it's not exactly the same situation for developers with terabytes of data that needs to be migrated to cloud storage in a hurry. Fortunately for them, Google now offers an "Offline Media Import/Export" service that will take mailed in hard drives, USB flash drives, and tapes and upload the data to the cloud, for a fee, of course.

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Dropbox can now store web links along with your files

Dropbox can now store web links along with your files

Gone are the days when we all had homogeneous types of data for a single purpose. Project references now usually include not just documents, images, and other files, they usually point to web pages as well. Gathering them all in one place might not be that difficult if you're talking about digital files, but when URLs are thrown in the mix, it begins to get a bit messy. Well, now Dropbox has a way to keep even those under control, allowing users to simply dump links alongside other supported file types.

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iCloud.com now lets users restore deleted files

iCloud.com now lets users restore deleted files

With no announcement whatsoever, Apple has just added a new feature to iCloud.com, the browser version of its cloud storage service, that has it rivaling Dropbox just a tad: the ability to restore recently deleted files. Unfortunately, the feature isn't exactly easy to find, buried in the Advanced Settings menu, so most iCloud users may not even notice it exists. Should they find it though, they'll be able to restore documents and other files, in addition to recently deleted contacts and calendar entries.

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Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

Evernote clarifies top plan’s ‘unlimited’ storage: 10GB per month

In April, Evernote introduced updated plans in the form of Plus and Premium, both of which come with a subscription fee and features commensurate with what each plan offers. The premium feature is targeted at Evernote power users — those who use it frequently, likely daily, and need ample space to do so. As such, Evernote announced that the premium plan offers “unlimited” storage, but users soon discovered that, as with buffets and mobile plans, there’s still a limit -- the company just didn’t anticipate you’d manage to hit it.

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Kim Dotcom announces third file storage service as nonprofit

Kim Dotcom announces third file storage service as nonprofit

Kim Dotcom, the well-known internet entrepreneur behind file hosting sites MegaUpload, and its successor Mega, has announced he's planning to launch a third file storage service, but this time as a non-profit. This comes after last week's news that Dotcom is not involved with Mega any longer, following a "hostile takeover by a Chinese investor," as he phrased it. While Mega has denied the accusation, Dotcom went on to publicly state that he lost faith in the site's security and privacy, and users' data was no longer safe.

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PSA: Disable auto backup when you uninstall Google Photos

PSA: Disable auto backup when you uninstall Google Photos

When Google formally divorced Photos from Google+, some thought it was the best thing to do. Others, however, thought nothing of it. It was, after all, just another way to give Google access to your digital life. While Google Photos offers a lot of conveniences and fun features, it does naturally require you to store your photos on Google's turf. Easy enough to disable right? Just uninstall Google Photos and you're safe. Not quite, because apparently, Photos doesn't exactly clean up after itself once you've decided to show it the door.

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Amazon Cloud Drive mobile app launched perhaps prematurely

Amazon Cloud Drive mobile app launched perhaps prematurely

Amazon may have a booming business when it comes to enterprise cloud and remote computing services, but for consumer storage, Google and Dropbox, and sometimes even OneDrive, lead the race. Trying to catch up with the big players, Amazon has launched its own mobile app for its Cloud Drive, but that might be doing it more harm than good. It's not that the app is plagued with broken features. It's that there are very few features to speak of, earning many disappointed, even irate, reviews from mobile users.

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