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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Google Drive Joins the Cloud Storage Fray

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

http://mashable.com/2012/04/24/google-drive/

"We've heard the rumors for weeks, and seen leaked versions during an Android developer's Google+ Hangout and in one employee presentation. But now Google Drive, Google's 5GB cloud-storage service, is official."

Skydrive, Dropbox, Sugarsync, iCloud and now Google Drive. Plenty of options for you to store your stuff in the cloud, but only 5GB with Google. However it does get you a bump in your Gmail to 25GB. You can read about it on the Google Blog or check out this video on YouTube. And if all these different options are confusing for you, Mashable has set up a handy comparison page to sort through it all.


Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Cloud is Crowded with Music Choices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:22 AM

http://www.cultofmac.com/music-indu...ut-of-the-water

"When Google and Amazon launched their cloud music services, they did so without signing deals with the four major music labels. Apple will not be following suit, and according to music industry insiders, having all the contracts signed is what's going to let Cupertino kick the competition's teeth in."

I haven't tried Google but I sure like what Amazon.com has done with their music services. Both basically let you store your purchased music in "the cloud" and access it from your device. For Amazon.com, the first 5GB is free and you can buy additional storage at roughly $1.00 USD per GB storage per year. Apple is rumored to offer streaming of music thus they will need the agreements with the labels, that is if the rumors are true. Which brings up one potential problem with Google, since Google transcodes some of the music it creates a new digital copy, thus requiring a licensing agreement. I would think if you were just buying an MP3 and storing where you bought it there would be no problem.

I still use a combination of Amazon.com and iTunes to purchase since I go for the deals, but my main storage is iTunes. With Google joining Amazon.com in the cloud services, it certainly is giving plenty of options and puts a little pressure on Apple to get moving with their rumored service doesn't it? What are your thoughts, does Apple have the upper hand if they get the agreements? Which services appeal to you or which ones are you using now?


Monday, April 25, 2011

Apple Snags Agreement With Warner Music

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...ice_report.html

"Apple has reportedly reached an agreement with Warner Music, the third-largest record label, for its anticipated cloud-based music streaming service."

According to reports yesterday, it seems Apple now has two of the biggest music labels. There are four major labels: Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony and EMI. This thing is heating up it appears, with Google and Amazon.com also in the hunt and wanting to provide cloud based music services. Personally, I'd like to be able to store all of my music in the cloud, what are your thoughts?


Monday, April 11, 2011

What is the Potential for the Cloud?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

http://jacquesmattheij.com/the+dropbox+endgame

"The more I look at dropbox the more it intrigues me. Dropbox is one of the most basic applications ever (storage 'in the cloud') executed to perfection."

As someone that juggles files in my iTunes and iPhoto libraries between my home and my Macbook Air, I too am interested in what is in store as far as cloud storage. I would like a central repository that is affordable and that I can access when syncing my devices with my Macbook Air. Currently I have my main libraries on my Mac Mini at home, and my day to day computer is my Macbook Air with a 128 GB SSD. I have yet to run into storage constraints, but I avoid it mainly by keeping my iPhoto and iTunes files a "best of" so to speak. I would like one central repository that I can keep all of my files, and access when I need to add to or change the ones on my Macbook Air. What options do you use for cloud storage or have you found anything that would do an effective and affordable job?


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pogoplug for Your Cloud Service

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.cultofmac.com/pogoplugs-...w+(Cult+of+Mac)

"For years I've been shuttling movies and TV shows between Macs at home and work using a portable hard drive."

Now it appears he has a solution with the Pogoplug. This device basically turns any USB hard drive into a cloud server that you can access from other computers as well as your iPhone (and I would imagine your iPod Touch and iPad). It costs $129.00 USD and seems like a pretty simple solution for accessibility. You can access it via a web interface for either Mac or PC. Pretty good run down on what you need to do to set it up and it gives yet another option for those not wanting to use MobileMe or another cloud service. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Doxie, Portable Scanning and More

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/146...l?lsrc=rss_main

"Social networking and user sharing are widespread across the Internet. So why shouldn't peripherals follow suit? Doxie, which was first introduced back in August, has now made its official debut, arriving at this week's Macworld Expo. Portable, cute (as in a pink heart embellishing the power button), and simple, this scanner can scan images directly to the online cloud."

Announced just prior to Macworld, this little scanner works with a variety of applications (the list is posted here and includes my favorite Evernote) to make sharing or saving documents simple. You can either save to one of your desktop programs, to an online service such as Flickr or use Doxie's free cloud service and get a link to share. It saves them in PDF, JPEG or PNG file format up to 600 dpi color or 200 dpi grayscale. $129.00 USD is the price and will be shipping out by the end of March. If you don't like the pink heart decorations, no worries as it also comes with six different skins. This seems like just the thing for you road warriors out there, any thoughts?


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Need a New Job With Apple?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/12/2...k-in-the-cloud/

"A year ago Apple launched iWork.com in beta, which allowed users of their office suite of applications to publish documents online. It's a light feature set compared to Google Docs and Office 10 - just viewing and commenting. But a job posting suggests Apple may be creating a true collaborative cloud based version of the iWork apps."

"From design to development" is what the job posting says and also is what caught the eye of TechCrunch. You can view the job posting here, but it does sound like they are looking for someone to help them start something new. And from the text of the posting it will be associated with their beta site, iWork.com.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Google Docs Add Shared Folders

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/143...l?lsrc=rss_main

"If recent events haven't left you skittish about cloud computing's future and your distaste for Microsoft Word exceeds even your hostility for Dane Cook, then you'll be excited to learn of the latest additions to Google Docs. Google updated its Web-based collection of office productivity tools Monday to include shared folders-a much-requested feature among Google Docs partisans."

This makes it pretty simple to share files, since you can create as many folders as you want to separate documents and set the sharing options for each one differently. They have also added the ability to upload multiple files at once. If you haven't used Google Docs, and you need some form of sharing capability without the cost you may want to check them out.


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