The Google Drive desktop application in Windows 7 creates a nice little shortcut in your Favorites folder for easy access to your files. Using Windows Explorer, you can copy files to it like any other file or folder in Windows. But there's a faster way to copy files to your Google Drive account. Using the Send to context menu option, you can right-click on any file or folder and send it straight to your Google Drive folder. Here's how to set it up:
Brand new SkyDrive users get 7GB of storage for free. Existing users (those with accounts as of April 22) continue to get up to 25 GB of storage for free if they opt to do so. After that, an additional 20GB costs $10 per year; an additional 50GB costs $25 per year; and an additional 100GB, $50 per year.
Microsoft also made available for download on April 23 a preview version of SkyDrive for Windows, a local version of its SkyDrive client. … Read more
A new Web site is offering 10GB of online storage for free. The catch? It's only in Russian...at least for now.
Launching today as a beta version, Yandex.Disk (English translation) is the latest in a growing lineup of cloud storage sites, letting people store files online and access them from computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Files stored locally and online can be synchronized among multiple devices to ensure that the versions stay consistent. So the same document you save on your desktop PC can be accessed and edited on your mobile device. You can view and launch your … Read more
With the latest update to GarageBand for iOS, a slew of new features were added. Users can now create jam sessions, share songs using Facebook, and send songs to iCloud. While jam sessions and sharing your latest song on Facebook are both great new features, iCloud is proving to be the most useful.
By sending your songs or projects to iCloud, you can easily back up and share songs between iOS devices. If you start a project on your iPhone and want to finish editing it on your iPad, send it to iCloud and watch as it magically appears on … Read more
Considering how strong a leader Google is, when it comes to cloud-based productivity solutions (Google Apps), it's a little surprising that the company hasn't introduced a bona fide cloud storage service yet.
Google is expected to officially announce and launch an online storage service dubbed Google Drive, or GDrive, as soon as the first week of April, according to GigaOm and its sources.
Coincidentally, registration for Google I/O, Google's annual conference for developers in San Francisco, kicked off this morning. It would make sense, if Google waited until June to officially introduce Google Drive for added … Read more
If you've been using the Dropbox mobile app or desktop software, chances are you didn't notice the major redesign of Dropbox.com. The redesign makes it easier to do almost everything in your Dropbox folder from a Web browser. Here are some tips on navigating the redesign:
Check out the Action Bar The dynamic action bar, which sits above the file and folder list, changes as you click on different folders and files. For most files and folders, it displays actions like, Download, Delete, Rename, etc. When you click on the Photos folder, it changes to … Read more
A couple weeks ago I asked you to name the best free backup program for Windows.
And, boy, what a response! Hundreds of people chimed in with dozens of great suggestions, ranging from Windows 7's built-in backup utility to folder-syncing backup hacks like SyncToy.
Today, let's talk online backups. I'm a big believer in the diversified backup plan, one that combines local and cloud-based solutions. The reasons should be obvious: an external hard drive can be stolen, destroyed in a fire, or even wrecked by malware. That's less of a crisis if your data also lives … Read more
Looking for free, reliable cloud storage? Dropbox offers 2GB, while SugarSync gives you 5GB. Microsoft's SkyDrive raises the stakes even higher with 25GB, though for the moment it lacks any official companion apps.
Not enough? Check out Box, which is currently offering 50GB of free cloud storage to Android users who install the Box app on their smartphone or tablet. (The promotion also extends to owners of the HP TouchPad, RIM PlayBook, and other devices. See the FAQ page for details.)
Although Box positions itself primarily as a provider of business storage solutions, this deal is for personal use … Read more
Sick of living in the cloud?
The new Pogoplug Series 4 is a device that looks to take the best of cloud computing and home network-attached storage and combine the two into a seamless experience. Available today, it certainly seems like a perfectly timed idea in the wake of seemingly daily frustrations with services like Apple's own iCloud and iTunes Match.
Maybe the fourth time's a charm: I've reviewed multiple Pogoplugs before, but none of them came close to what this new version offers. The Pogoplug is a NAS drive without the complications, and it's finally hit a sweet spot for price, size, and feature set. The newly released Pogoplug Series 4 is a latecomer to the holiday shopping season, but if you're getting fed up with iCloud and what other cloud services have to offer, then this $99 device might be what you're looking for.… Read more
Ultrabooks have arrived. Yet, for many, 2012 will be the first year they seriously consider buying one. If they're the future of laptops, then they have a long way to go before they become what people want in the present.
From one perspective, ultrabooks and the MacBook Air are the most exciting laptops to come around the pike in a long while. From another perspective, they're the sort of laptops that provide the least amount of computing value for the dollar, and are precisely the sort of fancy gadgets that cash-strapped holiday buyers will skip for better deals. After all, computers are commodity devices, right?
Well, yes and no. The iPad and the Kindle Fire have quickly shown that stylish, fun devices can quickly trump beefy specs, although in both cases they're relatively affordable buys. A friend of mine who recently e-mailed me summarizes the ultrabook situation perfectly:
"From my Luddite perspective, it's completely invigorated the laptop market for consumers just when everyone was beginning to crank out the same old 5-pound, 15.6-inch, DVD/Webcam, dual-core whatever machine."
He argued that the size and weight of these laptops are far more important than performance, gaining a family acceptance factor that trumps an ability, for instance, to play PC games with higher-end graphics.
I've had a hard time recommending ultrabooks for everyone, though. While they're getting awfully close to being the "laptop for everybody" that Apple's MacBook Air is currently gunning to be, a few key improvements still need to happen in 2012. As we look ahead to the Consumer Electronics Show, where new laptop announcements are a common occurrence (stunningly enough, CES is less than six weeks away), this is what I hope happens to make ultrabooks more relevant. … Read more