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When Google began offering its Drive customers a huge 1TB worth of cloud storage for just $10 per month back in March, it seemed inevitable that its competitors would soon follow-suit. In June, Microsoft was the first to do so, offering 1TB as a perk to its Office 365 subscribers. Today, Dropbox has finally joined in as well, which is major mostly because this is a company that infamously holds off on adjusting its plans even when competition heats up. Today, the company has effectively merged all of its Pro accounts into one, offering everyone huge 1TB storage for just $10/mo. Those needing business-class features can gain the same storage plus other admin features for $15/mo. Considering the... Read more...
Over the course of the past month, Apple and China have shared headlines for two different reasons. First, we learned that the country's media deemed the iPhone to be a threat to national security, and mere weeks later, rumors surfaced that the country would begin banning Apple's products. Really, this is all very silly, but so far, Apple seems to be largely undeterred. It is an interesting coincidence, though, that Apple's just begun storing iCloud data for Chinese users inside of China itself. While Apple would prefer to keep all user data in countries where the lack of freedom of speech and privacy are not major issues, this could be a step in smoothing out what the country thinks of the company.... Read more...
Microsoft recently rolled-out an upgrade to free OneDrive accounts, but is only now sending out emails to its users to notify them of it. Previously, the company gave any new sign-up 7GB of storage for free; that's now been bumped to 15GB, to match Google with its Drive service. Both are a vast improvement over Dropbox, which offers a mere 2GB of free storage to its users, requiring referrals to increase it to a maximum of 18GB. Because of Google's move to offer 15GB for free, I think this action was pretty-much required by Microsoft if it wanted to properly lure new users in. However, even 15GB is rather paltry compared to the 25GB free that the service originally gave. Maybe we'll get there... Read more...
A company called littleBits has taken the hobby DIY kit to a whole new level with its Internet of Things-friendly cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle that allow you to add connected intelligence to any number of otherwise “dumb” items. The $59 cloudBit is designed to work without any need for wires or soldering, and it’s technically its own tiny computer board running Linux and packed with a FreeScale i.MX23 ARM926EJ-S processor, 64MB of RAM, a 4GB SD card, and an 802.11b/g USB adapter. There are also ADC and DAC I/O pins, as well as GPIO. littleBits mentioned a number of applications the cloudBit can be used for, including a DIY Nest alarm, a doorbell alert system that sends... Read more...
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has his work cut out for him. Although Microsoft is still one of the most important tech companies in the world, the company’s dominance is slipping as technology evolves rapidly. The company’s old product paradigms simply don’t work anymore, and Microsoft has appeared out of touch and confused at times when it comes to key areas such as mobile and the not-quite-right and relatively unpopular Windows 8 operating system. Nadella sent a lengthy (really, really lengthy) memo to all Microsoft employees espousing his values for the company moving forward, and he has a grand vision. For starters, he’s throwing out any affection for tradition and... Read more...
In a lot of ways, the public is resigned to the fact that almost nothing is truly "private." We're given identification numbers from birth, nearly everything about us is volunteered online, and even our mobile devices have GPS modules in them. In a lot of ways, those things are worth the hassle, and worth giving up some level of privacy. But secret, unlawful data collection could turn into a larger deal in the future, at least according to Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith. Per Smith, we could be looking at a "bleak" future if the privacy of citizens isn't elevated in importance. To quote: "I want law enforcement to do its job in an effective way pursuant to the rule of law. If we can’t... Read more...
The cloud storage market is hotly competitive, and amid the dustup between various providers, consumers are winning. The latest win for us is that Microsoft announced that it’s slashing the cost for its OneDrive cloud storage service by a whopping 70% and offering better freebies, too. Every OneDrive user gets 15GB of cloud storage for free--up from 7GB--and the cost for Microsoft’s paid plans are suddenly quite low. You can get 100GB of storage for $1.99 or 200GB for $3.99. For comparison, the old prices were $7.49 and $11.49 per month, respectively. Finally, Office 365 subscriptions are getting backed by substantial storage options. Office 365 Home costs $9.99 per month, which gets... Read more...
The Internet is as wide and wonderful as it is dark and dangerous. So many individuals and groups use it as a powerful platform for advocacy, raising awareness, disseminating “dangerous” (to tyrants) ideas, and more, but all too often those entities face threats from actors looking to censor them, knocking them offline using DDoS attacks. Cloud provider CloudFlare has unveiled something called Project Galileo that seeks to protect against those threats. “CloudFlare is partnering with NGOs and civil society groups to identify outlets for free-expression online,” reads the website. “Once identified, CloudFlare will extend our Enterprise-class DDoS protection to ensure... Read more...
Organizing your collection of digital photos is often a chore, though it doesn't have to be. There are services intended to make photo management a lot easier, including a new one by Canon. It's called Irista and it's essentially a digital image storage center in the cloud to take the place of Dropbox, Google Drive, and other similar cloud-based services. Unlike those others, however, Irista is solely intended for photographs (JPEG and RAW) -- you can't store Word documents in Irista, for example. On the flip side, by focusing on photos, Canon is able to offer some compelling features, such as no individual file-size limitations. There are storage limits, however, starting with up to 10GB for... Read more...
If Acer, the world's fourth largest PC maker in terms of shipments, thought competing in the computer space was tough -- which it certainly is -- just wait until it gets a feel for the competition in the cloud sector that it's about to dive into. Acer's venture into the cloud will consist of making software and offering online computer services as part of its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) initiative. According to Reuters, Acer announced BYOC after posting losses for three quarters in a row. However, the company is pretty light on details at the moment, so we're not sure how exactly it plans to roll out this initiative. What we do know is that Acer sees BYOC as the future of cloud computing. It... Read more...
NVIDIA's GRID is a virtual GPU technology that allows for hardware acceleration in a virtual environment. It's designed to run in concert with products from Citrix, VMWare, and Microsoft, and to address some of the weaknesses of these applications. The problem with many conventional Virtual Desktop Interfaces (VDIs) is that they're often either too slow for advanced graphics work or unable to handle 3D workloads at all. Now, with GRID, NVIDIA is claiming that it can offer a vGPU passthrough solution that allows remote users to access a virtualized desktop environment built around a high-end CPU and GPU. The test systems the company is using for these 24-hour test drives all use a GRID K520. That's... Read more...
When NVIDIA first announced that it would create a workstation-class remote virtualization system that enabled full GPU acceleration with latency-free streaming I was more than a little skeptical. Not only did it seem like a solution in search of a problem, the bandwidth requirements and technical heavy-lifting to support professional PC users seemed too steep to surmount in a few short years. Then, this week, NVIDIA announced that it would offer a free 24-hour test drive of NVIDIA GRID to anyone who wanted to see what the technology could do. We took the company up on its offer and what we've seen is damned impressive. Understanding NVIDIA GRID NVIDIA's GRID is a virtual GPU technology that... Read more...
Box continues to think outside of itself (see what we did there?) with new and improved ways to approach the cloud storage game. Following the launch of a redesigned app for iOS users, Box just rolled out an overhauled version for team Android, as well as a special bonus for LG device owners -- 50GB of free space. Dubbed "Box for Android 3.0," this latest release represents a pretty significant update focused on making the cloud storage service both faster and more intuitive. To accomplish those goals, the latest release offers up a bunch of features. There's now a lightening quick document previewer with pagination, search-in document, presentation mode, and more tricks, which supports a wide... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard this week announced plans to invest more than $1 billion over the next two years on cloud-related product and engineering initiatives, professional services, and expanding the global reach of HP Helion, a new portfolio of cloud products and services. HP Helion is intended to help organizations build, manage, and consume workloads in hybrid IT environments. It's a mix of existing HP cloud products and services, new OpenStack technology-based products, and professional support services all neatly packed into a unified portfolio. For those who are not familiar, OpenStack is a co-founded cloud computing project that's intended to provide a ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform... Read more...
Microsoft has done a good job of embracing the cloud as it pertains to its lucrative consumer products--look no further than Office 365 and the free online Office suite at Office.com as proof--but the Redmond company may be taking things even further by rolling out a cloud-based operating system, too. The information is from Russian leaker WZOR, which noted that rumors that Windows 9 or Windows 8.2 will be free could actually point to a free version that would actually be cloud-based. It’s somewhat difficult to parse the language of WZOR’s post on the matter with a rough Google translation, but it appears as though users could download and install the so-called “Windows Cloud”... Read more...
There’s another 6TB HDD player in the mix, as Seagate announced its latest enterprise-class hard drive, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v.4, and the company claims that it can beat the competition’s performance by 25%. Regardless, 6TB is incredible density for a single HDD, and Seagate’s version features enterprise-class reliability and Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) with Instant Secure Erase for security. The 7200rpm drives offer either a 12Gbps SAS interface or a SATA 6Gbps interface, and Seagate says that they’re ideal for data centers that are supporting cloud solutions, as well as surveillance applications and enterprise backup and restore. “Unstructured... Read more...
When Google slashed the prices for its cloud storage service earlier this month, it appears to have set off a price-cutting jamboree among some of its competitors, some of whom have also launched new features to boot. In an email, IDrive said, “We launched Sync functionality today, got NSA Proof private key encryption, increased storage plans like crazy (how about 2TB for $150/yr?) and doing all of this to strike back against Google Drive.” IDrive now offers backup/sync plans that run from 600GB for $49.50 per year (300GB backup/300GB sync) to 8TB for $499.50 per year (4TB backup/4TB sync). IDrive pricing Box, the service most often compared to Dropbox even though they’re focused... Read more...
It's often said you have to spend money to make money, and if that's true, Cisco may make a fortune in the cloud space. That's because the networking guru is reportedly planning to invest a king's ransom -- $1 billion, to be precise -- over the course of the next two years building data centers that will help run a new service it's calling Cisco Cloud Services. Cisco specializes in networking hardware, and while that remains profitable, the company is seeing a growing trend where businesses would rather rent computing services in place of buying and maintaining their own equipment, The Wall Street Journal reports. Currently the biggest player in the cloud space is Amazon and its cloud business,... Read more...
Western Digital’s original My Cloud personal cloud storage solution brought a unique approach to the NAS segment, for individuals and the SOHO crowd, and the subsequent multi-bay My Cloud EX4 offered a beastly amount of storage--8TB, 12TB, or 16TB--via the same “My Cloud” platform. WD introduced the My Cloud EX2 as something of a ‘tweener' solution, bringing a two-bay option that isn’t as hard on the wallet as the EX4 yet offers a copious amount of storage capacity and more powerful features such as RAID... WD My Cloud EX2 Personal Cloud Server Review... Read more...
Western Digital’s original My Cloud personal cloud storage solution brought a unique approach to the NAS segment, for individuals and the SOHO crowd, and the subsequent multi-bay My Cloud EX4 offered a beastly amount of storage--8TB, 12TB, or 16TB--via the same “My Cloud” platform. WD introduced the My Cloud EX2 as something of a ‘tweener' solution, bringing a two-bay option that isn’t as hard on the wallet as the EX4 yet offers a copious amount of storage capacity and more powerful features such as RAID. Even with a few more choice features on board, the My Cloud EX2 is designed to be as simple to set up and manage as the original single-bay My Cloud.... Read more...
Dropbox is a hugely popular cloud storage and sharing service with individuals, but the company has its eye on the enterprise market, for sure. That couldn’t be clearer with the company’s acquisition of Zulip, a messaging service that’s not yet even out of private beta. Zulip’s integration into Dropbox wasn’t supposed to be public for a few more weeks, but TechCrunch acquired a letter from Zulip to its users that let the news slip early. Credit: TechCrunch Zulip is designed to focus more on conversations on various topics rather than simple one-to-one chats, and it uses threaded replies and subsections, too. For instance, as you can see in the screenshot, a topic... Read more...
The consumer-level cloud storage market is a highly competitive one, and Google is taking things up a notch (or is it down?) by deeply cutting the cost for Google Drive storage. The monthly cost for 100GB is now $1.99, and it’s $9.99 for 1TB. Google has also added a new 10TB tier for $99.99 per month. Previously, 100GB cost $4.99 per month, and $49.99 was what you paid for 1TB of storage. Users can still have 15GB of Google Drive storage for free, and the high-end storage options don’t end with 10TB; 20TB is $199.99 per month, and 30TB is $299.99 per month. That’s a lot of numbers to digest all at once, but here’s arguably the most important one: 1TB of cloud storage for... Read more...
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