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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

"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, February 9, 2012

Another Option for 5GB of Free Online Storage

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

"Dropbox is dead simple for syncing files across your computers, but doesn't offer much in the way of customization or advanced features."

Signup couldn't be easier, and it gives you some flexibility and customization about what you want to sync from your computer. You can also keep files in sync across various devices. Free storage is always a good thing and they also offer reasonable storage rates should you need more than 5GB. But remember that you should also keep a stored copy that you can access in case the online version gets lost. Stranger things have happened. You can check it out here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

50GB Free Storage for iOS Devices? Heck Yea!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 PM

"As evidenced by the overwhelming crowds during past iPhone and iPad launches, it's clear that our lives revolve around mobile. That's why we're happy to announce that we're giving away 50 GB of free storage to anyone who uses a Box Personal account on an iOS device."

The folks over at are giving you 50GB to use with your iOS device, and you can read all about it here. Well, that is if you can get through, because, as you might have guessed, the servers are working overtime and it might take several tries. So if you can't get through just yet, the basics are as follows:

  • Go to iTunes and download the application;
  • Wait until midnight tonight (I'm guessing whatever time zone you are in);
  • Log in to your account or register for a new one via the app.

That's pretty much it! You will get 50GB of storage free, your upload size limit increases to 100Gb from 25GB and it will allow you to stream content using AirPlay.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Online Storage Pricing Comparison of the Big Three

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:17 PM

"With the iCloud price tiers revealed yesterday, Federico Viticci of has done a nice job comparing Apple's cloud storage offering to those of Dropbox and SugarSync, two of the most widely used cloud storage services out there."

The chart is nice comparison in several different denominations. From what I can see, it appears that SugarSync is actually the best deal. What storage solutions do you use, and with the details of iCloud out in the wild, is that going to change what you do in the future?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

i-FlashDrive for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:30 AM

"Though the product's official name is i-FlashDrive for iPhone ($99-$192), PhotoFast's packaging notes that this white glossy flash drive is also compatible with the iPod touch and iPad as well."

It appears this is a great little device to get files from your computer onto your i-device. You can get them in capacities from 8GB to 32GB and simple plug in the USB end to your computer, transfer the files, then plug it into your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and transfer the files. Simple.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Cloud is Crowded with Music Choices

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

"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 has done with their music services. Both basically let you store your purchased music in "the cloud" and access it from your device. For, 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 and iTunes to purchase since I go for the deals, but my main storage is iTunes. With Google joining 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, May 9, 2011

Amazon's Cloud Player Now iOS Compatible

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Late last week, iFans noted that Amazon quietly made some changes to its new Cloud Player for playing music stored by users in its new Cloud Drive service, making the player compatible with iOS devices for the first time."

Pretty cool, but I wish it was an app. It is a bit cumbersome to use Safari, go to, input your login credentials and then get to the page for your Cloud Player. Oh, and you also get this annoying "browser not compatible" message that you need to ignore to get there. Other than that, not a bad interface and I'm hoping this is just the first step in getting an iOS app out there. Have any of you signed up for the Cloud Player service? I have, but I haven't really used it since I keep pretty much everything in iTunes.

Monday, April 11, 2011

What is the Potential for the Cloud?

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

"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 6, 2011

Apple Orders 12PB of Storage

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:19 AM

"Wow, Apple has placed an order for about twelve petabytes (12PB equals to 12,000TB) of storage from Isilon Systems, the Seattle, Washington-based maker of clustered storage solutions company with more than 1,500 clients, reported."

That is a hefty bit of storage, so conjecture is ramping up about what exactly Apple intends to do with it all. One thing swirling about is that they are going to use it for video downloads from iTunes, or perhaps for the rumored cloud storage via MobileMe. The full story is here at the Storage Newsletter (who knew there was a newsletter for storage?). What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1.5 Terabytes That You Can Slip Into Your Pocket? Seagate Says "Yes, Here You Go!"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

"SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - September 21, 2010 - Designed to address the explosive worldwide demand for digital storage, Seagate (NASDAQ: STX) today launched the world's first 1.5 terabyte (TB) 2.5-inch portable external drive. Available immediately, the new 1.5TB FreeAgent® GoFlexTM ultra-portable drive delivers an all-in-one, technically advanced solution to help jump-start, build, store and enjoy libraries of digital content in one's preferred medium-whether on a Mac or PC, or a television, at home or on the go. With 1.5TB of capacity people can now store and carry up to 60 HD movies, 750 video games, thousands of photos or tens of thousands hours of digital music."

There's not a lot you can do to make hard drives exciting beyond offering them with more storage, or faster speeds - but Seagate is giving it their best shot with the FreeAgent GoFlex drive, which offers both. First we have the 1.5 terabytes of storage - that's an amazing amount of storage for a drive that you can fit in your pocket! They've added speed as well with the USB 3.0 connection; I don't have a single computer with USB 3.0 yet - and realistically, USB 3.0 won't be common until Intel and AMD support it at the core chipset level - but it's important for accessory makers like Seagate to bring products like this to the market to drive adoption. The nice thing about USB 3.0 is that it's backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so you're not losing anything by purchasing products with it - and when you to get a computer with USB 3.0, products like this one will become even faster. Nice!

Like all Seagate GoFlex drives, it comes with an OS X NTFS driver, so it will work on both your Mac and PC without re-formatting. And you can swap the cable for Firewire 800 (it's an additional accessory) if you're so inclined to get a boost in speed over USB 2.0 on your Mac.

A little bit of extra icing on the cake: you'll get a free digital copy of the most recent Star Trek movie, and the option to purchase unlock codes for 20 other Paramount movies. I wonder if it's an HD copy of the movie? I suspect not. Still, not a bad little bonus!

Full press release after the break.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Drobo FS Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 12:00 PM

"Drobo announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo FS network-based data storage system on Tuesday. The Drobo FS supports up to 10TB of storage, and on the fly user-replacable hard drives."

This also has Gigabit Ethernet, and supports Drobo Apps so you can use it as an FTP server, Web Server or iTunes server. The pricing ranges are $699.00 USD without the drives, $999.00 USD with 4.5 TB of storage or $1,499.00 USD with 10TB of storage

Friday, February 26, 2010

Pics of Apple's NC Data Center

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"Aerial footage of Apple's massive data center in rural North Carolina clearly show how large the $1 billion complex is. Shot recently by a local realtor, the footage shows a massive facility the size of a shopping mall."

One of these days I'll have to drive to The Dalles, about 30 minutes from where I live, and take some photos to post here of Googles Data Center. That is if I can get close enough with the tight security they have there. Impressive structure here, and it certainly seems to be bigger than the one in The Dalles, but Google has 3 or 4 large buildings instead of one massive structure like this one.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

iPad and the File System

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple is dramatically rethinking how applications organize their documents on iPad, leaving behind the jumbled file system and making file access between the iPad and desktop computers seamless."

Basically it works the same as the iPhone does: apps will store all their documents within their own directory, so when you delete the app, you delete the files. But they will also let you specify which documents you want to share wirelessly. In doing so, the iPad can be mounted via WiFi and you can drag and drop the files back and forth between the iPad and your computer. There will also be syncing capability via iTunes and/or MobileMe, but those details haven't been sorted out yet. Basically they are making it easy for the average person to move things around without having to learn any file hierarchy, which to me is a pain anyway. The storage capacity doesn't sound like much, but to be honest, I have the 32GB iPhone 3GS and I have yet to run up to the storage limit. I imagine it would be the same with this device. But it sounds like a pretty good system of being able to move files in case I do happen to hit the wall. 

Friday, July 31, 2009

Apple Bumps Time Capsule Capactity to 2TB

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple has quietly upgraded its Time Capsule product, introducing a new higher capacity model, but kept prices unchanged."

Basically they kept the price points the same at $499.00 USD and $299.00 USD, but doubled the capacity at each level. They also have some refurbed 500GB Time Capsules available for $199.00 USD.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Review: for the iPhone

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

Screenshot of

Product Category: iPhone App
Where to Buy: iTunes App Store
Price: Free
System Requirements: iPhone/iPod Touch
Specifications: requires about 200k for installation, and needs some free memory for downloading files.


  • Allows you to view supported file types on the iPhone/iPod Touch;
  • Intuitive interface;
  • You can share files from the app with people in your contact list.


  • Many bugs and easy to crash;
  • No way to share with people not in your contacts list;
  • Lack of landscape mode makes reading some documents difficult.

Summary:'s iPhone application is a good idea, but the implementation needs a little work. Read more...

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