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Dropbox Extensions let you do almost everything inside Dropbox

Dropbox Extensions let you do almost everything inside Dropbox

Like it or not, “the cloud” has become an essential part of modern life. At the very least, more and more people are using cloud storage to hold their files, especially the ones they need on the go or to collaborate with others. Cloud storage, however, really offers just that: storage. To do anything with the files stored in them, you often have to not only launch other apps, you also have to download and re-upload them in the process. That’s why Dropbox has developed a new Extensions system so you can do all of the things you need to do without leaving Dropbox at all.

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IBM to buy Linux maker Red Hat to stay relevant in the cloud

IBM to buy Linux maker Red Hat to stay relevant in the cloud

IBM is the granddaddy in computing. Some might even call it the last surviving dinosaur. It has more or less survived lately on the server business but the rise of the cloud and cloud providers has seen its name overshadowed and almost forgotten. Now it’s adopting a strategy that may make it more enticing for those who want to move to the cloud without being locked in. The company has just announced a bid to acquire a fellow granddaddy, this time in the Linux space: Red Hat.

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Dropbox starts automatically scanning text in images

Dropbox starts automatically scanning text in images

Dropbox has launched a new feature that automatically scans the text found in uploaded images, the company has announced. The new OCR feature extracts any words it finds from PDFs, scanned document images, photos of receipts, and more, making it easier for users to search the content. The feature is only available to certain Dropbox account types, however.

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You owe Google+ thanks for the best Google app

You owe Google+ thanks for the best Google app

Google+ may have been the butt of a million social network jokes, but before you cheer too loudly for its demise you should also give it the credit it deserves for launching one of Google's best products. The writing is on the wall for Google+, its creator confirmed today, beginning a ten month long sunsetting process that will end in August 2019.

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Plex Cloud service will be shuttered on November 30

Plex Cloud service will be shuttered on November 30

Plex has decided to shutter its cloud server option due to ongoing technical difficulties, the company has revealed. It's disappointing news for users who had frequently requested a cloud option, which enabled subscribers to use a cloud storage account filled with content rather than a local drive.

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Nintendo Switch Online cloud saves get some bad news

Nintendo Switch Online cloud saves get some bad news

At some point later this month, Nintendo Switch Online will launch. We've been talking about Switch Online since before the console even released, and over time, Nintendo has slowly detailed the service and just what you'll get for paying its $20 yearly fee. In addition to online multiplayer capabilities in games that support it, you'll also be able to back up your game saves to the cloud, which is a critical feature that the Switch needs.

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Microsoft OneDrive adds automatic folder backup for desktop and more

Microsoft OneDrive adds automatic folder backup for desktop and more

Microsoft has updated its OneDrive cloud storage service with new auto-backup options, making it easier for users to make sure all of their content is safety stored with as little effort as possible. Microsoft calls the feature Folder Protection, offering a Windows 10 prompt that instructs users on how to setup that automatic backups. Desktop, Documents, and Pictures are all options.

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WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon

WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon

WhatsApp users have received an email from Google informing them of a big new change: their backups will no longer count against their Google Drive data allotment. WhatsApp first introduced these backups in 2015, enabling users to store a copy of their messages in the cloud. Over time, depending on how heavily the app is used, these backups can grow into multiple gigabytes, a substantial amount for Google users who only have the 15GB included for free with their account.

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Dropbox free 1TB pro upgrade: cloud storage has become cheap

Dropbox free 1TB pro upgrade: cloud storage has become cheap

While the “cloud” still lacks a formal, universally accepted definition, it has become a common term thrown around in both tech and media. Cloud storage has, in fact, become so common that there are already dozens of business competing in a once Dropbox-dominated market. It now has Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Box to contend with, among others. To widen its lead, Dropbox just upgraded its Pro and Business Standard tiers with an additional 1 TB all for free. Sadly, the needle hasn’t moved at all for its other plans.

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Full Photoshop for iPad tipped for 2019

Full Photoshop for iPad tipped for 2019

Adobe, it seems, is gearing up to release the full version of Photoshop on iPad - something that could be official in just a couple of months. Bringing Photoshop to iPad is part of a strategy shift for the company and its Creative Cloud suite of apps, as it wants to make these apps cross-platform in the hopes of making subscriptions more attractive to end users. Not only that, but Adobe wants to pull in more casual Photoshop users in addition to giving the professionals that already use its apps some oft-requested functionality.

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Adobe Project Rush is basically iMovie in the cloud

Adobe Project Rush is basically iMovie in the cloud

A new Adobe Creative Cloud app was revealed this week at VidCon 2018, an app called Adobe Rush. This is a video editing app, but better than that, it's a video editing app that works on multiple platforms and stores data in the cloud. Adobe's positioning this app as the best place for video editing individuals of all sorts to start their video editing journey - but they also want people who use multiple devices to use it, so it's... kind of for everybody.

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Apple’s iCloud promo gives a free month – but it needs to do more

Apple’s iCloud promo gives a free month – but it needs to do more

Apple would really like you to start paying it for iCloud, and it's rolling out a new promo to encourage users to get a taste for a bigger chunk of online storage. The new promotion applies to users who are currently taking advantage of the free iCloud storage tier, in an attempt to coax them into making more use of the paid services.

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