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Google Drive updated with Vault, Team Drives, Quick Access and more

Google Drive updated with Vault, Team Drives, Quick Access and more

Google has added new tools to its online cloud storage service, Drive. Among these new tools, as Google calls them, is the Google Vault for Drive capabilities, giving admins control over files stored within a Drive account. There’s also Team Drives, a way for teams of people to better manage their shared cloud files and their overall team members. Google is also making it easier to find files using machine intelligence-based Quick Access.

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Google Drive now offers discounted annual plans

Google Drive now offers discounted annual plans

Well that took them long enough. The battle for cloud storage supremacy has somewhat quieted down in recent months (will leave it to the reader to decide who won), so we don't really foresee any major pricing changes, save for the occasional seasonal sale or discount. That said, we're definitely welcoming with open arms any, hopefully permanent, change that will give our wallets, and our minds, a bit of a respite. Like even a 16% or 17% discount when purchasing Google Drive space for a whole year, instead of having to renew every month.

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Google Drive is making it easy to ditch iPhones

Google Drive is making it easy to ditch iPhones

The smartphone divide between the Apple iPhone and Google Android is one of the fiercest and most vicious in the tech industry. Lately, however, we’ve been seeing some exodus from either camp, dissatisfied with developments (or lack thereof) on either side. One thing that keeps people from completely jumping ship is the anxiety about their data, particularly contacts, appointments, and, more importantly, photos. Just as when it unveiled the Pixel phone, Google is making it even easier to jump from an iPhone to an Android. And all you need is a Google Drive account.

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Google’s Jamboard is a high tech whiteboard connected to the cloud

Google’s Jamboard is a high tech whiteboard connected to the cloud

It takes a company with a lot of vision (or a lot of money) to look at whiteboard and decide to connect it to the cloud, but Google has done just that with Jamboard. Introduced today, the Jamboard comes equipped a 55-inch touchscreen display that's capable of 4K output. If that sounds expensive, it's because it is, with Google saying the Jamboard will be offered for "less than $6,000."

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Google Drive search refined with natural language processing

Google Drive search refined with natural language processing

Google Drive’s search has been refined with natural language processing, Google has announced. The functionality is currently only available for Google Drive search on the web, but it is joined by other improvements that make the searching process faster and more simple overall. Simply put, the addition of natural language processing means a user can type a search term phrased the same way they’d say it if they were talking, such as, “find my November 2016 budget."

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Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive has made a small but significant change that better enables it to handle duplicate files. When the same file is downloaded and then re-uploaded, rather than changing the name to reflect that it is a duplicate, Drive will list the most recently uploaded file as “version x,” making it easy to see which file you edited last or to find an older version of the file that you may need.

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Google Drive adds support for file homescreen shortcuts

Google Drive adds support for file homescreen shortcuts

Google pushed out an update for the Android version of its Google Drive app this week; several changes come with the update, the primary one being new support for adding file shortcuts to the homescreen. The app is also a little more convenient for those who primarily manage their Drive account using mobile devices — it is now possible to alter the account’s storage plan from within the mobile app rather than having to fire up a laptop.

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Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Future Moto Z users: Beware free storage from Google

Moto Z Droid Edition's free 2-year Original Quality Google Photos storage should come with a more apparent disclaimer. As we've spoken of on more than one occasion before, no free cloud storage-based gift is ever really free. There's always a reason why you'll want to take a second glance at what happens when your temporary free storage has expired. In this case, it has to do with Gmail, believe it or not.

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Don’t fill up Google Photos or Gmail will stop working

Don’t fill up Google Photos or Gmail will stop working

Today I received a rather rude awakening - after years of abusing the space Google had given me for online storage, my ticket had come up. I'd been uploading files to places like Google Drive and Google Photos at full resolution, without a care in the world, doing so every day, automatically, without a care in the world! The mortality of this freedom became all too real to me today. Today, Google gave me a rather scary warning. If I didn't make some space, they'd stop my emails.

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Evernote adds Drive integration for easier file access

Evernote adds Drive integration for easier file access

Evernote and Google have teamed to make life easier for both of their respective users — Evernote now allows users to search Google Drive content directly, eliminating the need to toggle away from the app and to a different one. Users can add content from Drive to their Notebooks without leaving Evernote; browsing Drive content is also easier with this new integration.

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Google dangles 2 GB of Drive space to secure your account

Google dangles 2 GB of Drive space to secure your account

It's mid February again. While that time is usually associated with chocolates and sweet nothings, for Google, it's associated with keeping your online accounts secure, especially your Google account. In celebration of "Safer Internet Day", Google is encouraging everyone who accesses the Web to take concrete steps to make sure their identities and payment information are safe and sound. And to make that exhortation even more enticing, it is dangling once more the promise of free 2 GB storage on Google Drive to everyone who takes those steps.

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Google Drive gets easier to organize

Google Drive gets easier to organize

Having all of the cloud storage in the world isn't very useful if you can't find your files. Sure, you know they're in your Google Drive somewhere, but isn't it better to know exactly where everything is? Yesterday Google announced a few new features that should help keep things organized.

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