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Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

This week the folks at Google enabled PDF edits for mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and the like) in the Google Drive app. Users will need the official Google Drive app for iOS or Android to make this work, but the feature will be turned ON by default - so no worries about searching for settings before you hit the ground running. Users will be able to enter text in text fields, tap checkboxes, tap radio buttons, and select options from a dropdown menu. UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This feature will be available to G Suite users soon, and Google has not announced a release for non-G Suite consumers.

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Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Photos divorce: Who gets what?

Google Drive and Google Photos will soon de-sync photos and videos hosted between the two. Google suggested that "automatic sync" between the two services was just "confusing" for users, so they've decided to "simplify" the experience. Accidental deletions and appearances of counting data twice will soon be out the door - sort of.

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G Suite gets easier sharing for the Google averse

G Suite gets easier sharing for the Google averse

G Suite and Google Drive offer a lot of handy tools to its enterprise customers, but there's one rather glaring issue with them: in order to collaborate on Docs, Sheets, and Slides with team members or clients, everyone needs to have a Google account. Google itself recognizes that it can be a "significant barrier for collaboration" when the person you're trying to work with doesn't have a Google account, so today the company is changing the rules.

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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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Google One just launched for all (or most)

Google One just launched for all (or most)

Assuming you've got a paid Google cloud storage account, you've now got Google One. Google One is the name for a service which adds features to what was previously just known as Google cloud storage, or paying for Google Drive expanded storage. Now, with a brand, Google One provides a renewed push for people to buy cloud storage from Google - because they'll be privy to certain benefits.

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Google Drive on Android adds password-protected Office file support

Google Drive on Android adds password-protected Office file support

Google Drive, the Internet giant's cloud storage service, recently received an app update for Android. The update was a minor one in terms of changes, bringing only some bug fixes and a single new feature: support for password-protected Microsoft Office files. The new support expands the service's usefulness for businesses and schools, making it possible to view an encrypted Office file directly within the app.

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Google One: What is it?

Google One: What is it?

This morning Google One was introduced to the world by newly minted Google One VP, Pavni Diwanji. This is a new name for a new subscription system with Google - and it begins with storage. This system takes over what was consumer-faced data storage, and ramps up from there. As Diwanji suggests, Google One is "a simple plan for expanded storage that includes extra benefits to help you get more out of Google."

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Original Dropbox seed pitch remains fresh a decade later (at IPO)

Original Dropbox seed pitch remains fresh a decade later (at IPO)

Today Dropbox launched their IPO to what's currently considered a rather excited public. The stock sits at +35.67% this afternoon, and it's daily high is at $28.49 USD. This public offering came just over a decade after Dropbox showed their first presentation for seed money. Today we're having a peek at that original pitch, finding it just about as fresh as it was 10 years ago. A surprisingly small amount has changed in Dropbox's business space since then.

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Google Drive will use AI to improve Shared With Me content

Google Drive will use AI to improve Shared With Me content

Any heavy Google Drive user knows the "Shard with Me" section can easily get cluttered and difficult to navigate, particularly if it is used for school and/or business. Here to help with that is Google's artificial intelligence, which will soon start guessing which files and people you're looking for and making them more visible. As well, the platform will start intelligently organizing the "Shared with Me" section.

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Google Photos adds DIY themed movies and photo books

Google Photos adds DIY themed movies and photo books

Google has announced some new options for Google Photos users, one of which is designed specifically for Valentine's Day. Google Photos will automatically create themed movies for users at times, but now anyone can create their own themed movie whenever they want using a bunch of different themes. Among those themes is a new one called "Valentine's Day Movie."

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Google Drive File Stream release signals death of Drive app

Google Drive File Stream release signals death of Drive app

The Google Drive desktop client is dead. Long live Google Drive File Stream! Actually, also long live Google Backup & Sync! Google has just announced the general availability of its new Drive File Stream desktop application for all G Suite users. But even if you aren’t such a customer, you might also need to pay heed, because with Drive File Stream’s availability comes the deprecation and, soon, shut down of the old Google Drive client for PCs and Macs.

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Google Drive will soon make it easy to Backup and Sync PCs, Macs

Google Drive will soon make it easy to Backup and Sync PCs, Macs

The cloud storage wars just got a bit more interesting. Box just recently announced its Box Drive offering to practically replace shared network folders at work. Now Google is also expanding the scope of its own Google Drive cloud solution but with a nod towards regular consumers instead of the enterprise. With the upcoming Backup and Sync tool, users on Windows and macOS will be able to select whole folders to sync with Google Drive, making it easy as pie to store all your data on the mothership.

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