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Galaxy Note 5 Memory Management Guide: How to Free Up Internal Storage Space on your Note 5

Sufficient storage space is crucial to keeping smooth performance in today’s high-end mobile devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (#Samsung #GalaxyNote5). Having insufficient memory space will hinder you from getting the best from your device as it too will make it unable to perform even the most basic processes, such as installing apps or syncing emails for instance.

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Just in case you might find that you are already starting to run out of storage space, we’ve offer some memory management tips that will help you free up some space and get your Galaxy Note 5 back to its optimal performance whenever needed.


 

Delete Unnecessary Files

Stocked files like music, photos, and videos are among the factors that may slow down and/or make your device run out of space in time. To free up storage space, you can remove those files that are no longer used or needed. Here’s how to delete pictures or videos from your Galaxy Note 5 Gallery:

  1. Tap the Apps icon from any Home screen.
  2. Tap Gallery to open the gallery application.
  3. From the Gallery screen, tap the MORE icon.
  4. Tap to select Edit from the options menu.
  5. Now tap each photo you want to delete. You can also tap an album to delete it if applicable.
  6. Once all the files you want to delete are highlighted, tap Delete to proceed.
  7. Tap Delete again to confirm deletion of selected files.

Use Cloud Storage App

It is not convenient to carry extra gadgets no matter how badly you need those extra gigs. Good thing there’s a way to move your files to the cloud or upload your files over the internet so you can access them from anywhere as long as your phone is connected to the Internet. There’s a lot of cloud-based storage you may choose from including OneDrive, Dropbox, Box.com and Google Drive to name a few excellent options.

After you download a cloud storage app, you can start moving files from your Note 5 by highlighting them, hitting the options button, and the tap Move. Just select your Cloud app as destination of your selected files.

If you prefer to use Dropbox for instance, you can go to the Dropbox settings by opening the application and then turn on the Camera Upload feature. Doing so will back up all your pictures from the phone, including those you will take in the future.

Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

To make the most of your phone’s internal storage capacity, you can disable or uninstall applications you don’t use.

There’s no point of keeping applications you no longer used in your device. Applications come in various sizes, and are usually taking up the most space. So if you are no longer using an application, better have it uninstalled. You can always get it again later if you want to anyway.

Here’s a standard procedure on how to Uninstall Apps on your Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Tap to select the application you want to uninstall.
  5. Tap Uninstall.
  6. To confirm uninstallation of the selected app, tap Uninstall again.

Clear App Data

Another way to save some precious megabytes of your phone’s internal storage space is by clearing app data. Note Android saves data when you do anything in an application. While this data can be useful for apps that you often use, it’s no longer so good if you have several unused apps filled with data on your phone. Thus, it’s recommended to clear these out to free up some space.

Important Note: Clearing the app data will reset the app to default settings. This means all your preferences and personal settings like bookmarks and saved passwords will also be erased.

Here’s how to clear app data on your Galaxy Note 5:

  1. Tap Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to and tap Applications.

Note: You may need to tap the Device tab and then tap Applications. Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version the device is running on.

  1. Tap Applications Manager.
  2. Swipe to the ALL tab.
  3. Now, tap the application for which you want to clear data.
  4. Tap Clear Data to initiate the clearing process.
  5. If prompted, read and review the information on deleting app data and then touch Clear to proceed.

Wait until the data clearing process is complete.

Clearing of the application data or cache is also a recommended procedure if an application on your phone is not responding. Frozen or unresponsive app is a memory-related issue. You can clear the temporary files from the app cache to free up memory and resolve the problem.

Move Other Important Files/Apps to a Computer

Despite the fact that your Galaxy Note 5 has large internal memory, its lack of microSD card support will somehow negatively impact its processing speed especially if you’re piling up videos or files on it. To prevent such problem to manifest on your device in the future, it’s important to transfer some of your precious videos and other files to a computer for backup purposes. You can do it either through a file transfer app or via USB (direct connection). Here’s how to do it:

  • Transfer Files using File Transfer App (web-based). Google PlayStore offers you a lot of file transfer tools you can use to transfer files from your Note 5 to a computer for as long as you have installed a browser into it. Just select the app that suits you best, download and install it, and then start moving files to free up your phone’s internal memory.
  • Transfer Files using USB (direct). This is a commonly used method to transfer files between mobile phones and PC. Using the supplied USB cable/connector will not require Internet connection to complete file transfers. All you have to do is use the USB cable to connect both devices. After ensuring the connections are secured, go to your computer, find your phone under Portable Devices, and locate the folder that contains the files you want to transfer to your computer. Then you can start copying then paste them to the computer with ease.

In case you need further assistance, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to transfer files from your Note 5 to a computer:

  1. Connect your phone to the computer using the supplied USB/charging cable.
  • The larger end of the cable must be attached to the charger/accessory port at the bottom of the phone while the USB end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer.
  • You will be prompted with the device driver software, which will automatically install on your computer the first time you attach the phone to the computer.
  1. On your Note 5, drag the status bar down to show the notification panel.
  2. When you see either Connected as a media device or Connected as a camera, that means the device is successfully connected and recognized.
  • For most transfers, you may opt to use Connected as a media device.
  • To change the option, tap the notification panel on your phone to open the USB computer connection screen and then tap to select your preferred option.
  1. You can now start accessing files on your phone from your computer and transfer some of them to free up some space on your phone.
  2. On your computer, navigate to the detected device using the My Computer menu, and open it.
  3. For internal storage space, select Phone.
  4. Select a folder (destination) and copy files to that folder on your computer.
  5. When you’re done, disconnect your phone from the computer.

File Transfer from Galaxy Note 5 to a Mac computer

Many Mac users however, might consider file transfer via USB a bit challenging because there are some instances that your Mac computer may not recognize your Galaxy Note 5 (considering it’s an Android phone). In this case you can download Android File Transfer on your Mac computer beforehand.

Here’s how:

  1. On your Mac computer, download Android File Transfer app.
  2. Double click the file named androidfiletransfer.dmg.
  3. Drag Android File Transfer to Applications.
  4. Get the USB cable and connect your Galaxy Note 5 to your Mac computer.
  5. Wait for the Android File Transfer app to launch.
  • Typically, the app launches automatically.
  • Once the app opens, you can start viewing all the files in your phone.
  1. Copy or cut the files you want to move to a designated local directory (folder) on your Mac computer.

Use USB Flash Drives for BackUp

Another alternative method is using a USB flash drive with a microUSB port. It’s very helpful in case you have a large amount of data you want to have at all times.

A USB flash drive has two plugs — a micro USB plug for connecting to other smartphones and tablets and a regular-sized USB plug that goes into your computer. These drives are not only compatible with the Galaxy Note 5 but also on most smartphones running Android 4.0 or higher platforms.

To use it, simply plug it into your Galaxy Note 5’s micro USB port, and it should be recognized in seconds. Once recognized, access the drive’s storage space using the File Manager of your Galaxy Note 5. If you don’t have one installed, then you can always get one online.

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MediaFire now offering 1TB of cloud storage for $5 per month

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The folks at MediaFire are now offering users 1TB of cloud storage for just $5 per month. This is much cheaper compared to rivals like Dropbox or Google Drive, with the latter offering the same amount of storage for $10 per month. One area where MediaFire falls behind though is with regards to dedicated applications and support on other devices. However, the team is reportedly launching revamped iOS and Android apps in the coming days, so as to make things easier for users.

If you’re looking for a long term storage solution, MediaFire fits the bill perfectly. However if you’re looking to access content from the cloud on a regular basis, Dropbox or Google Drive might be a better alternative, although it won’t be long until MediaFire gets there. Thanks to cloud storage services like these, users can save large files on the cloud without worrying about losing them. We’ve seen mobile manufacturers bundling smartphones with plenty of free cloud storage, so even they realize its potential.

Source: MediaFire

Via: Android Central

The case for bigger smartphone and tablet storage

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Kids today are becoming exposed to the world of gadgets at an early age. Digital Natives, they’re called by marketers, advertisers and producers of content. After all, they’re born into a world that is increasingly becoming oriented toward mobile devices — smartphones, tablets, touch-screen devices, wearable tech, and the like.

My kids are no strangers to this phenomenon. In fact, they are more used to manipulating on-screen elements through touchscreens rather than user interfaces like keyboards and mice. When they need to research something for school, Google is their friend. In fact, the teachers now encourage elementary-aged children to do research online. I feel so old having to deal with CD-ROM encyclopedias and actual library research in my day.

Storage not enough

There is one thing that gets me bothered when it comes to kids and devices, and it’s storage space. Storage — or the finite aspect of it — seems to be a concept alien to kids at a certain age. For example, I gave my old Samsung Galaxy S3 to my 9-year old and she can’t seem to stop taking videos, photos, screenshots and screen recordings, to the extent that multimedia would fill up the internal storage in less than a day.

This makes one thankful that most Android devices in the market support external storage through microSD. But not all devices support storage expansion, however. This makes me wonder why Apple has chosen not to offer storage expansion on iOS devices since the start. On Android, even Google flagship devices like the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 don’t even have storage expansion.

Does the lack of microSD slot on some devices mean that the manufacturer intends to encourage buyers to go for the more expensive model with the bigger capacity? Is the $40 difference between a 16GB Nexus 7 and a 32GB model justified? I could buy an extra 16GB microSD card for just a fraction of that price! It’s great news that some brands are now planning to upgrade their flagship models with expandable storage where there used to be none, like this UK-bound HTC One.

Cloud vs. local storage

Flash-based storage is cheap these days, at less than $1 per gigabyte, with the trend is going downward — and that’s for SSDs. Mobile phone storage is likely to be cheaper. One might think that smartphones and tablets should have as much storage necessary, and this would only be limited by the physical space available on a mobile device. Why aren’t manufacturers giving us more? If 64GB can fit into a microSD, why shouldn’t this be the minimum for smartphones and tablets?

With the popularity of cloud-based storage, device makers are perhaps banking on users leaving it up to services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Amazon CloudDrive. There’s even a new service called SurDoc that offers up to 100GB cloud storage. But we’re forgetting something. Even if we can store all our data on the cloud, we would have to consider the data consumption that will be required every time you backup or access data, which can take a toll on your data plan or allocation. And it’s not just about data allocations. How about markets where mobile broadband — or wired broadband, for that matter — is not fast enough to allow seamless file transfers?

Multimedia file sizes are becoming bigger and bigger, with the improving quality of smartphone and tablet cameras. We’re installing more and more games and apps on our devices. Recent data says smartphone users have an average of 25 apps. It seems, however, that local device storage is not catching up. If it were up to me, I would want my devices to have at least 128GB storage out of the box, plus expansion capability via microSD. Is this not a reasonable request?

SurDoc Offers 100GB Free Cloud Storage For Android Devices

Is your Android device running out of internal storage space? If your device has a microSD slot then you could use it for storage expansion or you could choose to avail of a cloud storage solution. There are various cloud storage solution provides available for Android devices such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box to name a few which offers ample space and a companion  Android app to make saving files easier.

SurDoc

While most of the popular cloud storage providers offers free storage space starting at 2 GB a new cloud storage service is offering 100 GB of storage space for free. SurDoc is available for Android, Windows, and Mac and offers a hassle-free way for users to make backups of their important files. The free plan provides 100 GB of storage space. There’s also paid plans available starting at $2.50 a month that lifts the restriction on special file size as well as an $8.33 a month plan that comes with unlimited storage options.

Getting SurDoc into your Android device is easy as you only have to search for the app which is currently available at the Google Play Store. Once installed on your device you can sign in to your account or if you are a first time user you can easily create an account.

Signing up for an account is easy as you don’t need to provide all of your details. You can simply sign up using your Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or Outlook account. Once you have signed up you will just have to verify your account from the confirmation email sent and you are good to go.

Key Features

  • Starting with 100GB of free storage, you can earn up to 1TB for free by inviting friends (10GB per referral)
  • Ultra secure storage – SurDoc is the only cloud storage service provider who cannot read your files
  • Auto-upload photos, videos, music and more from your mobile device through WiFi
  • Auto-backup files from all of your devices to your personal cloud
  • Access, view and edit files in your personal cloud regardless of file format without installing or buying any other software or app
  • High-fidelity view, best online viewer
  • Easy file sharing through links, email, Facebook and Twitter
  • Fill out forms, comment on documents, and add signatures to documents on the go

What’s probably the best feature of this service is that the information that you store is protected making it inaccessible by anyone except you. The company even claims that “Nobody can view your files but you – not a hacker who has full control of the cloud company’s server, not the government if your files are subpoenaed, not even the cloud company’s own employees.”

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Apple iCloud Milestone, the Service Now has 300 Million Users

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This week marks an Apple iCloud milestone because the service has now reached 300 million users. It should be noted that the Cupertino-based company’s cloud storage service saw a drastic growth since its inception in October 2011.

From October 2011 to July 2012 alone, its number of users bubbled up to 150 million. Then, just six months after, the number of users for Apple iCloud increased by 100 million, making the total number of users 250 million. Basing from that period to the present month, another 50 million added up.

The news broke out after Peter Oppenheimer, the chief financial officer of the company, revealed the figures during its earnings conference call. It was also the time when the figures about the Apple profit for the last fiscal quarter came into light.

About the Service

The iCloud is around 1 and a half years old now. The service provides ways for iOS users to store and sync information in their device ranging from calendar data, emails, pictures and other files. So far, it was listed by various analysts as one of the top cloud storage service provider in the U.S. due to the huge number of its users.

Controversies

The Apple iCloud was not without controversies though during the course of its operation. One of them was being a subject in a lawsuit in the Arizona court on 2011 because of its alleged patent infringement. Another was the censorship issue that came out after users found out that it filters some phrases like “barely legal teen”. There was also the complaint about the storage and limiting its features to iOS users only.

Source: GSMInsider

Box.com Now Gives 50 GB Free Cloud Storage For New Subscribers

Are you looking for a good cloud storage solution that offers a large storage space? You might want to check out the latest promo of over at Box.com that’s being sponsored by Dell. The cloud storage provider is offering 50 GB of free storage for life when you sign up for the service.

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The best part of this deal is that you don’t have to own a Dell computer to avail of it. Anyone can sign up for the service and still get 50 GB of online storage space. Although it is dubbed as an “Exclusive Offer” from Dell we are still not sure where the exclusivity lies.

Since this is just a promotion you better sign up as early as possible since there’s no information on the website when this will end.

Getting 50 GB of storage space is already an excellent deal considering that the alternatives offer a much lower space.

  • Dropbox – 2 GB
  • Google Drive – 5 GB
  • iCloud – 5 GB
  • SkyDrive – 7 GB

One reason why you should get Box is that they have an android app available. This makes it easy for you to easily back up your data such as photos and videos from your smartphone and access them from any device.

One minor hitch to this though is that you are only limited to a maximum file size of 250 MB per upload. This means that you won’t be able to upload your HD quality videos. You can however signup for a premium plan where the file size limit can be increased.

As of now the company is offering two paid plans to choose from

  • Business Plan – $15/user/month (2 GB file size limit per upload)
  • Enterprise Plan – (2 GB file size limit per upload)

For most people though the 250 MB file size limit won’t be a problem. If you want to free up some space on your smartphone’s microSD then sign up for a Box account right now.

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Bitcasa Gives Infinite Cloud Storage To Android

You must have heard of DropBox, Box or even SugarSync when searching for a cloud based storage solution. But have you heard of Bitcasa? Just like the previous named services, this service also offers a cloud based solution for anyone who wants to have a secure place to store their data. The only difference is that while other services impose a limit on the amount of data you can save, they don’t.

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Yes, you read it right. There is no limit to the amount of data you can store on Bitcasa servers. The great thing about this is that it is  free as of now. You can go ahead and register for an account and download their Android app on Google Play. This will allow you to upload all your photos and videos on your phone to your Infinite Drive. There’s also a client made for Windows based PC or if you are using Google Chrome you can get its extension. This allows you to access your data from almost any device be it a PC, smartphone or a tablet.

Some of the features of Bitcasa include

  • Instant streaming, access everywhere
  • Infinite storage
  • Safe backup
  • Easy content sharing
  • Automatic data organization

Bitcasa CEO Tony Gauda said that “With our mobile app releases, we are now making all of your data easily available from mobile and PC/Mac clients while taking the security of that data very seriously. By announcing our cross-platform support today, we are offering our global users secure access on all computers, mobile devices, or Web browsers by streaming from the cloud while allowing them to keep the data they access more often localized on their hard drive.”

One of the interesting features of this service is that your data is stored in encrypted format. This means that the system itself will not see what data you have uploaded. This is actually a great way for the company to protect your files from unauthorized access.

For a limited time only this service is free to try out but will eventually cost  $10 a month for unlimited storage. This is actually a cheap price to pay compared to what other services are offering.

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Dropbox Acquires AudioGalaxy, Hints at a Cloud Based Music Service

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Dropbox has been in the news since its inception and has had a huge role to play in making cloud storage more attractive to customers. It is after Dropbox that major companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple followed suit with their own cloud services. And now, the company has another feather in its hat as it has just acquired AudioGalaxy, which is a personal music streaming service that started off in 1998. This wasn’t an audio streaming site when it first started up (although it introduced music streaming and radio services shortly after). AudioGalaxy basically allowed users to remotely stream music from their computer with the help of their mobile device or a flash enabled browser. As a prerequisite, both devices needed to have the software on board. This obviously in some cases was against the law. But they mended their ways soon to make things more legal and open. So you might be wondering as to why Dropbox would be interested in this service. Well, the answer is pretty straight forward. Well, it doesn’t need a genius to guess that Dropbox could well be contemplating stepping into the cloud music arena.

Unfortunately for AudioGalaxy fans, it seems like Dropbox might want to pull the plug from the service for now. Its website states that it’s not accepting new users anymore. It is believed that the functionality will be restored sometime during the course of 2013. We’re of course merely speculating that Dropbox could bring up a cloud based music service, but that seems like the only viable option for Dropbox after having acquired AudioGalaxy. Let’s hope something good comes out of this, and having known Dropbox and the way it functions, we expect just that.

There are several big names in the cloud music industry, including Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player, Spotify, Grooveshark, iCloud to name a few. We’ve just recently learnt of a possible SkyDrive cloud music service which could very well see the light of the day. So the trend suggests that most cloud storage services have had no hesitancy in stepping to the cloud music arena. Some of these services have some limitations, mostly pertaining to geography. So if Dropbox manages to get this rumored new music player to most parts of the world, it should be an instant hit. Dropbox users are increasing in number since most new Android users these days are getting 25GB or 50GB of free Dropbox storage, which is a nice way to make new customers. While the cloud storage scene is still picking up steam, cloud music could prove to be a game changer for all. Let’s hope we get to see some competitive offering from Dropbox, which is if it plans on doing so with AudioGalaxy.

Source: AudioGalaxy Blog
Via: Android Police

Apple Blocks Microsoft From Updating SkyDrive on iOS, Needs 30% Cut From Revenue

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Apple, being the juggernaut that it is, is known to be pretty ruthless when it comes to its rules and policies. This is reflected by the numerous lawsuits that we see being slapped by the company, and the number of developers stuck in limbo because of its app submission policies. We’ll speak about the latter today as the company seems to be having tough time negotiating with Microsoft over the SkyDrive app and the revenues generated by it. Apple basically wants a 30% cut of Microsoft’s revenues made from the SkyDrive app when users opt for paid subscription of the online cloud storage service. Microsoft seems to be disagreeing with Apple over this, as it doesn’t intend to give Apple a slice of its revenues. And due to this, Apple seems to have barred Microsoft from updating its SkyDrive app on iOS.

The last known update of SkyDrive for iOS was made in June, and Microsoft claims that it has a few big fixes ready with the new update which is being held up all thanks to Apple. According to The Next Web The main concern for Microsoft with the 30% policy is that many users would continue with the service for a couple of years and Apple would still get its cut irrespective of which device the user is using at that time. This is because, making any purchases within the app utilizes the Apple Account, and it is very unlikely that a SkyDrive user would cancel his subscription and reapply when switching to a new device as it would make no difference to the user. Microsoft is raising some serious concerns, which Apple clearly seems to ignore. It must be noted that it’s not only the official SkyDrive app that has been plagued by this, but also developers who have third party SkyDrive apps are being barred from updating their apps.

One can argue that Apple being the owner of its products is within its full rights to make companies/developers adhere to its rules and regulations. But it would behoove Apple to make some exceptions to its otherwise insane rules, so as to accommodate for the thousands of users who use the app. New users are given 7GB of free SkyDrive storage, which will obviously require some expanding for some users. Microsoft only recently introduced the ability to purchase additional storage right within the application, and hasn’t been allowed to make updates ever since. Microsoft could possibly remove the ability to buy additional storage while within the app, but that seems unlikely in the current scenario.

TNW claims that Microsoft had in fact offered to remove the ability to get SkyDrive subscription from within the app, which was flatly rejected by Apple. Microsoft can remove the application entirely from the AppStore, but that won’t solve the problem which is faced by third party app developers. Developers’ cries have been voiced on several forums, without much affect. Apple went through a similar mess with Dropbox where apps using the Dropbox SDK were rejected as it redirected users to make purchases out of the application and not as Apple would want (in-app purchases). Developers ultimately had to remove the feature to make purchases altogether to get their apps approved. But things are different with Microsoft, unsurprisingly.

What do you think should be the solution to this? Microsoft isn’t a small player in the cloud storage arena, and losing them won’t be a viable option for Apple. But it seems like we’re pretty much headed in that direction. We wonder what’s going to happen with the Office for iOS application which is slated to arrive early next year. And since it is believed to utilize Office 365 subscriptions, it should also have the ability to buy subscriptions, unless Apple doesn’t want users to do that.

Source: The Next Web
Via: Microsoft News

SkyDrive to Feature Cloud Based Music Player Soon

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Cloud is the new medium of storage. Services like DropBox, SkyDrive, iCloud, Google Drive etc have strong presence in the market. Google Drive has its following thanks to Android, and DropBox is the service which sparked it all off initially. Most manufacturers offer their smartphones with hefty DropBox storage. SkyDrive too has its fair share of users as every Windows Phone user gets a certain amount of free storage on the service. So it won’t be wrong to say that people are increasingly looking towards cloud storage to replace physical storage. And now, if reports emerging from liveside.net are to be believed, Microsoft could be looking to bring a new cloud based music player to SkyDrive. The folks at LiveSide had a brief look at the source code of SkyDrive.com and found that there was some code involved for the addition of a music player to the service.  Moreover, resource images gathered by them from what seems like an internal testing version of SkyDrive, shows a pause, play, forward and the usual array of music control buttons. This pretty much confirms the authenticity of the report. SkyDrive recently added support for Album Artwork, which could have well been an indication of what’s to come on the cloud storage service.

It must be noted that Microsoft announced this past October that it was working on a new scan and match feature for Xbox Music. It now seems like the Xbox Music service that MS announced will in fact be replaced by the aforementioned service. It wouldn’t make much sense for Microsoft to launch two competing cloud based music services, so it seems like the music service announced by MS in October is gone for good. The service is expected to go live sometime during 2013, with no full details available yet. With Amazon and Google having their own cloud based music services, it would be interesting to see if Microsoft’s new offering will do some damage.

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So is there a remote possibility of seeing the Xbox Music and SkyDrive Music Player separately? The chances of that happening are very slim, but we don’t rule it out. Although, as WP Central states, Microsoft would not want to confuse its users by having two services of the same nature. Some users were actually able to stream music right from their SkyDrive account, and then reportedly, the files were pulled off from their account. Could it be Microsoft testing out the said music feature? We’ll know in the days to come.

This new feature is certainly a welcome addition, especially for Windows Phone users who rely heavily on SkyDrive for their cloud storage needs. Microsoft should bring this feature to the fore sooner rather than later, so as to reduce the number of migrations to other competing cloud music services.

Source: LiveSide
Via: WP Central

Google Updates Drive App For Android And iOS

Through its official blog, Google announced the new updates for the Google Drive app. There is one set of updates for the Android version of the app, and another for the iOS version.

Users of the iOS version may now edit Google documents, a feature which was once only available on the Android version of the app. This is a big improvement considering that just this summer, users of the Google Drive app on the iPhone or the iPad could only read files. Now, however, users can already create documents, edit them, and add some formatting. They can furthermore work with others in collaboration on the document as well as save images and videos from their mobile device straight to the cloud.

Apart from this, iOS users can now view Google presentations on their mobile devices. This includes the ability to access speaker notes and view the presentation in full screen. Swiping to move from one slide to another is also permitted. The update likewise makes possible the creation of new folders as well as organizing existing files into folders via the app.

The Android version, meanwhile, does not have as many feature additions as the iOS version. Creating documents through the Drive app had already been made available to Android users earlier. However, the update now lets users create folders and filter folders to organize their files better. Writing and replying to comments as well as viewing tables in documents has also been introduced. Lastly, the pinch-to-zoom feature to give users a better view of documents has been added.

Google Drive is free to download, and entitles users to 5GB of cloud storage for free with its use. Those who need more space may shell out a fee of $25 per year for each 25GB that they add. It requires a minimum of Android 2.1 or iOS 5.0 to function.

via androidpolice

Review: Dropbox

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Download: Google Play | iTunes

Dropbox is another cloud based storage client that you can upload files to from your computer. Dropbox has a very unique system of doing things, but since Google Drive has come along I felt like it’s worth reviewing Dropbox. Google Drive and Dropbox are essentially the same thing and to be honest, Google probably does the cloud storage better than Dropbox due to the amount of resources they have. Still, even though Google Drive has released Dropbox is still one of the top cloud based storage applications. Google Drive hasn’t completely destroyed them just yet (if Google decides to destroy them, I’m sure they would just buy their company).

Both Google Drive and Dropbox have some fantastic syncing capabilities.In this area, I think Dropbox does it better just because it’s been out a lot longer and always improving on it. The only time I have had issues with it is when I for some reason, wasn’t logged into Dropbox on my laptop. That made grabbing files off of the cloud server pretty dang difficult considering it was things I uploaded from another device. Google Drive essentially does the same thing when it comes to Syncing but again, isn’t as developed because it’s only been out a little while now.

Uploading files on Dropbox is as simple as putting files in the folder. Same thing with Google Drive. It’s all very easy to do and easy for anyone to understand. I think that most people would choose Dropbox over Google Drive even after giving Google Drive a try because they already have all their files up on Dropbox. The only thing is, Dropbox gives you a certain amount of free space without a subscription so using both Google Drive and Dropbox may save you some money if you distribute your files between the two services. That could also be a bad thing if you don’t like having your resources and files all over the place instead of just one designated client.

If you’d like to know my opinion though, Google Drive will probably take over in the future. They have a lot more resources than Dropbox has, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they took over the cloud storage industry or even just bought out Dropbox. I’m sure a lot of people would agree with me on that too.

My experience overall is that both apps have no issues aside from some slowness here and there. Overall though, there has been no issues and everything has been very fast in the speed department. It’s very easy to access files once uploading them so it’s very convenient. If you’re also trying to share files constantly for your news website both Dropbox and Google Drive are good for that. Again, the only difference between the two is that one’s been out longer and have had more time to improve their service while the other is more new.

I recommend looking at both of these apps to try and find a preference and then download their respective clients for the PC or Laptop. Both applications are free aside from services they ask that you subscribe to if you need more space.

Whoops Partner Leaks The Name Google Drive

Everyone is waiting to see the next great product from Google. We’ve heard rumor after rumor that Google is going to unveil a cloud based storage system similar to box.com and dropbox. So far the name we keep hearing is “Google Drive”.

Well it looks like partner LucidChart has let the cat out of the bag. Theverge.com obtained the screen shot above showing that LucidChart’s synchronization tool will work with the forthcoming Google Drive. As soon as Theverge reported on this, the page seen above quickly disappeared, which gives the rumor even more credibility.

If that’s not enough for you, LucidChart’s CEO Karl Sun is a former Google senior engineer so there is already a relationship between LucidChart and Google.  There’s no telling when Google will officially announce or release the Google Drive service, however Google IO is just two months away and that’s where they officially unveiled Google Music Beta last year.

We’ll see.

source: Theverge via Google9to5

Drop Box Adds Photo Functions To Combat Box.com’s 50Gb… Box Still Wins

The battle of the boxes is heating up. Just hours after Box.com CEO Aaron Levie let the Android community know that his company was giving all Android users who download and just simply login to box on their Android phone, 50 gb of free data, DropBox announces new photo features.

DropBox has announced an instant upload feature that is reminiscent of the instant upload feature found in Google+. Many tech sites are suggesting that while Google+ has 90 million users, only a small percentage of those are active users and a smaller percentage of those are actually using the Google+ Android app.

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