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iCloud downtime today gave Apple – and users – a big headache

iCloud downtime today gave Apple – and users – a big headache

It's not been a great week for cloud behemoths, with Apple's iCloud the latest online service to suffer embarrassing downtime in the past few days. More than four hours passed with users complaining of being unable to access files stored in iCloud Drive, synchronize their calendars, and more.

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Google broke Pi world record, requests 31.4-trillion works of art

Google broke Pi world record, requests 31.4-trillion works of art

Google Cloud is the world champion for Pi calculation, announced today, Pi Day, aka March 14th, or 3.14 2019. This is the first time the Pi calculation world record was ever broken in the cloud, and it breaks the most recent world record breakage, that of Peter Trueb in November of 2016. This calculation calculated Pi (π) to 31.4 trillion decimal places - that's 31,415,926,535,897 decimal places, beating the previous record by a significant margin.

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Dropbox device linking limits just got added for Basic accounts

Dropbox device linking limits just got added for Basic accounts

Dropbox has quietly added a new limitation on free accounts, putting a cap on how many devices can be linked simultaneously. The cloud storage service offers new users 2GB for free, along with access across multiple devices; however how those devices are linked to an account is changing, and it could end up causing frustration.

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Google Docs grammar suggestions begin rolling out to more users

Google Docs grammar suggestions begin rolling out to more users

Back in July, Google starting rolling out a grammar checker for Google Docs. This was no simple grammar checker Google had been cooking up, but rather one that was powered by machine learning. It's an impressive tool that tries to find the nuance in complicated grammar rules, but the problem is that the tool's initial launch was pretty limited in scope, as it was at first only available to users in G Suite's early adopter program.

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Adobe Creative Cloud users getting ‘color fonts’ free in February

Adobe Creative Cloud users getting ‘color fonts’ free in February

This month the folks at Adobe made a push to bring love to users for Valentine's Day in the form of color fonts. Color fonts are a strange new beast, the likes of which only began to make sense here in this computer-first generation, one in which the letterpress techniques of the past have gone the way of the dodo. They're extinct, and the world is crumbling as a result.

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Dropbox adds time-based comment support for videos and audio

Dropbox adds time-based comment support for videos and audio

Dropbox has added time-based commenting for audio and video files, the company has announced. This new support makes it possible to leave comments at specific times on both content types, eliminating the need to put the comments in a separate email or document. Other Dropbox users with access to the file can view the comments and leave their own, simplifying the collaboration process.

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Rocketboard by Rocketbook pulls old whiteboards into the digital age

Rocketboard by Rocketbook pulls old whiteboards into the digital age

Businesses and offices are getting more tech-savvy in the tools they use to collaborate, from video conferencing to group chats to cloud file sharing. One such growing market is the digital whiteboard that tries to recreate the experience of markers and collaboration while burning a hole through your company’s pockets. Now you can save that money for more important things (like victory parties) with the Rocketboard, four magical stickers that can turn any bored whiteboard into an exciting productivity and collaboration tool.

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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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