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Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google allows for full-sized photo backups -- including the newly launched functionality from desktop -- on its social network, something it says results in a lot of Google+ users storing RAW photo files. When RAW photographs are viewed, a RAW-to-JPEG conversion takes place so that file size is kept low and the speed of the service is faster. Today the company has announced an improvement to this, boosting quality.

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Microsoft SkyDrive accounts now top out at 200GB

Microsoft SkyDrive accounts now top out at 200GB

Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 at an event earlier this morning. Included in that announcement was also details of the docking station and a variety of covers, but it seems there was also a bit of good news for those who were hoping to have a 200GB SkyDrive account. In short, Microsoft announced just that and have begun teasing about how that will be "enough storage for a photo every hour from birth to graduation."

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iCloud.com goes out of beta ahead of iOS 7 launch

iCloud.com goes out of beta ahead of iOS 7 launch

As owners of iPhones, iPads, and iPods eagerly await the release of the new iOS 7, Apple prepares its cloud service for the onslaught of upgrading users as well as new users that will be purchasing the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s later this week. Now Apple has finally lifted the curtains off iCloud.com, bringing it out of beta with a fresh new look that matches well with the iOS 7 redesign.

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Box Notes launches with real-time document collaboration in the cloud

Box Notes launches with real-time document collaboration in the cloud

Cloud company Box has announced its new Box Notes service, a cloud-based document creation and collaboration tool that allows multiple users to join forces on projects. The service pits itself against certain other competitors, not the least of which is Google Docs, with the service being completely integrated into Box's platform.

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TiVo Network PVR brings DVR to the cloud: goodbye high-end hardware

TiVo Network PVR brings DVR to the cloud: goodbye high-end hardware

This week the folks at TiVo Inc. introduced a transition point for the digital video recording universe, that being the movement of TiVo Roamio DVR technologies to a cloud-based system. With this new TiVo Network PVR, users will be able to extend the digital video recording experience they've known - or perhaps have not yet experienced at all - to low-cost IP clients and consumer provided devices. This includes tablets, smartphones, and more - and it means TiVo Network PVR may be deliverable without high-cost TV boxes of the past.

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iCloud Beta update brings iOS 7 design to the public

iCloud Beta update brings iOS 7 design to the public

The public beta iteration of iCloud for iOS device of all sorts has been given a reboot today, bringing with it a full user interface redesign to match iOS 7. This is the first time the public - most of the public, that is - will get a hands-on experience with the look and feel of iOS 7, not to mention the relatively sizable move in UI elements to a more flat-faced layout.

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iWork iCloud public beta rolling out today: here’s what you’ll get

iWork iCloud public beta rolling out today: here’s what you’ll get

What was once a private beta meant only for developers is now trickling out into the public. For those who signed up to be invited to the public beta of iWork for iCloud should be getting them now. Apple originally unveiled the new cloud-based office suite at WWDC last month, and now the software is ready for a public chewing as the company looks to get feedback before an official launch.

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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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BitTorrent Sync Android app arrives as cloud-less Dropbox alternative

BitTorrent Sync Android app arrives as cloud-less Dropbox alternative

Cloud storage is great and all, but with so many concerns about privacy, some people just can't trust companies with their personal files. BitTorrent Sync looks to solve such a dilemma with a new app launching for Android devices that offers a cloud-like storage system without the cloud. The app entered public beta today with the launch of the Android app.

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Oculus Rift unconvinced by Xbox One and PS4 VR potential

Oculus Rift unconvinced by Xbox One and PS4 VR potential

The Oculus Rift team still intends to ignore the Xbox One and PS4 and focus on PC and Android, concerned that lengthening development cycles for consoles could see them left behind in virtual reality, even with the cloud's help. "There's no reason it can't technically work," Oculus Rift CEO Brendan Iribe conceded to OXM, but pointed out that "one of the concerns that we do generally have around consoles is that their life cycles are getting longer all the time." While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are considered powerful today, they could be seriously out-performed when it comes to VR in the next few years, Iribe argues.

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Dropbox hack allows bypass of two-factor authentication

Dropbox hack allows bypass of two-factor authentication

Many online services are implementing two-factor authentication to bulk up security and prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information. Dropbox is just one of those online services that offers the feature, but it's been recently discovered that the company's two-factor authentication method is still vulnerable to breaching.

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Megaupload loses petabytes of data as Euro host pulls plug

Megaupload loses petabytes of data as Euro host pulls plug

Petabytes of Megaupload data trapped on one hosting company's server has been deleted without warning, outspoken founder Kim Dotcom has revealed, meaning a huge number of predominantly European users have likely seen the end of their content. Leaseweb, one of several server providers Megaupload paid to store files, wiped 690 servers Dotcom told TorrentFreak, giving no notice to Dotcom's legal team or, indeed, the US court still tussling over what should be done with user data.

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