Cloud storage has become so widely spread and popular that most users rarely think about what service they are using and who is giving them all of the free online space. This of course is the desired effect with major players like Google Drive and Dropbox integrating their platforms so seamlessly with other applications that using them is as natural as your own hard drive. Microsoft is also big on the cloud storage scene, but oddly enough is generating far less hype, yet if you are on a recent Windows PC or a Lumia device, chances are that you already have a OneDrive account.
Just like the aforementioned Google service, Microsoft also offers 15GB of free storage out of the box. And while you may be thinking that you really don’t need another service to do the same the fact of the matter is that its client is already integrated in Windows 8 and newer version and puts you one click away from synching your files to the cloud. Microsoft has a limited time promotion through the Bing Awards program that can significantly sweeten the storage deal with 100 GB of free storage for two years. Read more »
Dropbox has updated its iPhone and iPad app to version 3.7. The app’s latest build brings a new action extension for iOS 8 that lets you upload files directly from other apps. You will now see a new Save to Dropbox option in the sharing menu for certain types of files, thus meaning that you will no longer have to open up the cloud storage app to perform the task.
To set up the new extension, open the share menu for a file that you want to save, scroll to the far right of the bottom row of gray icons, tap More (…), and toggle on the Save to Dropbox option. You can also drag and place the extension icon anywhere in the list. Read more »
Google Play Music for iOS got treated to a significant update. Version 2.0.3828 of the application is currently available for free in the App Store.
The new app build finally makes it compatible with the Apple iPad. Read more »
Today Microsoft has revealed some more cloud storage integration features for both its Office apps for iOS as well as Office Online. This follows the Dropbox integration that debuted last year.
As it turns out, though, Microsoft doesn’t want to force you to use Dropbox in order to get neat Office integration. So starting today, other cloud storage providers can be natively integrated into the Locations picker in the Office apps for iOS (as seen in the example screenshot above). Read more »
Google has announced that it’s shutting down its real-time expert assistance service Helpouts. “The Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors, but unfortunately, it hasn’t grown at the pace we had expected,” the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post.
The service will be discontinued on April 20, and you’ll be able to download your Helpouts history by using Google Takeout until November 1 this year. Read more »
Apple brought two-step authentication to FaceTime and iMessage. The Cupertino giant has been using the feature for iTunes and iCloud accounts since 2013.
Going forward, iMessage and FaceTime users will need to enter a second security code after their user name and password. Read more »
Facebook has added a new feature today, and it’s already rolling out to accounts in the US. Basically, you can now add a “legacy contact” in the Security section of your account. This will be the digital ‘heir’ to your Facebook presence after you die.
Once someone lets Facebook know that you’ve passed away, the company will ‘memorialize’ the account and starting at this point the legacy contact will be able to do certain things with it. Read more »
Vanessa Wittman has officially joined the ranks of Dropbox as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to the new occupation she was a high ranking executive, SVP and CFO at Motorola Mobility, after it was acquired by Google in 2011 and during the first year of Lenovo’s ownership as well. Wittman has also worked as the CFO of Marsh & McLennan so quite an impressive CV there.
Motorola’s shifting fate is the sort of battle-hardening turmoil that distinguishes a professional so Dropbox could have scored big by roping Vanessa in their ranks. She will be taking the place of longstanding Dropbox CFO Sujay Jaswa, who has set the bar pretty high. Read more »
Pinterest has partnered with Apple to launch App Pins, a feature that’ll let you stick iOS apps to Pinterest boards, allowing other users to download and install them on their iPhone or iPad without ever leaving the visual bookmarking service.
“Let’s say you’re Pinning workout inspiration to your Marathon Training board. If you see a fitness app that helps you reach your goals, you can download it right from Pinterest,” the company said in a blog post. Read more »
The Flipboard app is pretty popular on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and now the magazine-like news reading experience has finally received a Web version too. Flipboard for the desktop is here now, already accessible at Flipboard.com.
So far Flipboard has prefered to remain a mobile-only offering, but the time was apparently right for it to move to the Web too. This has to do with the Web itself having evolved recently, a consequence of that being that now Flipboard is confident that it can offer its “print-like aesthetic” in this space too. Read more »
If you’d like more online storage, but don’t want to pay for it, this will surely suit you well. Microsoft is currently offering 100GB of OneDrive storage space for free for two years. All you need to do is sign up for Bing Rewards – which is also free. The one catch? This is US-only.
Here’s how it works. If you have Microsoft account, you log in and then head to the Bing Rewards Dashboard. If you haven’t signed up for Bing Rewards before, you’ll see a “Join Now” link. Click that, then choose “Try it now for free”. After you see the “Welcome to Bing Rewards” page, go to “Earn and explore”, then click on “Free storage”, and finally choose “Get my storage”. That’s it. Read more »
Google has always put high emphasis on security. Seeing how most everybody nowadays has a Google account it is only natural for the tech giant to constantly take steps to secure its primary asset and source of income – its users.
But rooting for proper online behavior and aiding with security concerns all over the internet means little if Google can’t be sure that their own subscribers are safe. Naturally there are several tools available to users for improving Google account security and in order to promote their frequent usage and spread the word the company is now offering 2GB of free additional Drive cloud storage to anyone who takes the time to run their security checkup. Read more »
To mark its sixth birthday, the image hosting/sharing service Imgur has announced that it is making its Pro service free for all. Imgur Pro typically costs $3 per month or $24 per year (if you pay in advance).
The company has ditched its subscription-based model in favour of ad-supported business. Read more »
Google has acquired Odysee, a company offering an iOS and Android app that allows you to automatically backup photos and videos from your mobile devices to your personal computers, as well as lets you privately share them with others. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
“Odysee’s vision was to be the easiest way for everyone to capture unlimited memories and access them everywhere. We are very excited to join Google where we’ll continue to focus on building amazing products that people love,” the company said in an announcement post on its website. The company will now be a part of the Google+ team. Read more »
Just a couple of days after there were reports that Microsoft will soon integrate Cortana into its Office productivity suite the Redmond-based company has updated its digital assistant with a new interest category.
Dubbed Lifestyle, the category contains a Fitness Tracker that claims it will “keep up with your workouts.” The update seems to be rolling out slowly, as not everyone has received it yet. Read more »