Got a Chromebook? Got pics? Good news. Auto-sync to Google+ is now live

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If you’re a Chromebook user with lots of pictures to store, don’t fret.

When you connect your phone/tablet, camera or storage card to your Chromebook, your photos will now be automatically stored to Google+ Photos. Of course the photos will be set to private, so don’t worry about “my eyes only” pics getting out for “other eyes.”

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Adobe Revel, a new photo and video management app, is now available in the Play Store

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Adobe’s new photograph management service Revel now has an official application ready to download in the Play Store. In addition to just having a singular place for photos and videos, Adobe Revel encourages users to share photos the albums of their friends or family. On the Play Store page, Adobe says Revel is “the private place to view and share your everyday photos.” Both the application and service are free to use.

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Samsung planning to free up storage space on Galaxy S 4 for users

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It looks like Samsung is about to respond to the recent criticism of the Galaxy S 4 that the guaranteed 16GB of internal storage turned out to be about only half of that, due to bloatware and the heavy Touch-Wiz UI. Samsung’s initial response was that users should get expansion microSD cards to get some more storage— obviously this wasn’t an acceptable answer to end-users. If a company promises a certain amount of storage, then the phone should actually have that amount of storage, or at least something close to it.

After an outrage from the Android community, Samsung seems to have taken a complete 180 turn on the issue. Today the company announced that it would be looking to update the phone to optimize software in order to free up space for customers. Whether this means they’ll be removing some bloatware or some of the Samsung “smart” features, we know either way that the company is looking to right their wrong. Check out the press release after the break. » Read the rest

15GB of free storage now offered between Drive, Gmail and Photos

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google_drive_15gbGoogle knows that everybody loves more free storage space, so they have tripled the amount of free cloud-based storage they offer on Google Drive from 5GB to 15GB. Kind of. Previously, Google Drive offered 5GB of storage, and Gmail offered 10GB. Now, 15GB of free storage will be shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos (previously Picasa), so while there is still the same amount of space being offered, users can now freely choose how they want to split up their 15GB. Compared to other free cloud storage competitors, Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage, Apple iCloud 5GB, and Microsoft SkyDrive 7GB.

In addition to the additional free space, the previous lowest tier option for additional storage space, $2.49 per month for 25GB, has been removed, making the new cheapest option $4.99 for 100GB. All of these changes will roll out in the next few weeks.

Source: Google Drive Blog

Is the next wave of Google Nexus products advancing?

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According to a leak from UK based phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, our Nexus 7 storage problems are soon to be over. The image above clearly lists a 32gb version of the flagship Google tablet and although it doesn’t say how much the new version will cost, I’m willing to bet it’ll be around $300, which is still less than its rival, the 32gb iPad. So it finally seems Google is listening to our complaints.

There’s more news too. Right above the aforementioned Nexus 7 leak is a line that reads: “Invisishield for Samsung Nexus 2″. Woah. This is hardly the first time a Galaxy Nexus successor has been mentioned, but so far most of the previous rumors have been proclaimed as bunk. Now we actually have a semi-reliable leak to drool over as we anxiously await Google to unveil the next iteration of the pure Google experience, and as we have seen from the early iPhone 5 leaks, these accessory manufactures are generally pretty reliable when it comes to leaks.

This single photo of a blue and yellow inventory system has officially started me salivating for the next wave of Google products to drool over.

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Google To Launch IaaS Cloud Service At Google I/O

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Sources have told GigaOM that Google will likely be launching a cloud services platform next week at Google I/O to compete with Amazon’s EC2 and Microsoft’s Azure services. Sure, Google already has cloud services with its App Engine and Google Cloud Storage, but this would be a more comprehensive enterprise-level offering known in the industry as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).

Cloud computing comes in three flavors, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). They each provide increasing levels of rented virtual resources. With IaaS, users simply rent use of servers provided by one or more cloud providers. PaaS users rent servers as well as the system software to use in them. SaaS users also rent application software and databases along with the servers and system software.

So now that we know the different types of cloud computing, we can see that Google is making a play for an IaaS model to rent out virtual servers and storage space for corporate markets, ultimately targeting one of Microsoft’s biggest strengths… their enterprise developer community. By partnering with third-party companies such as Rightscale and Opscode, Google has focused on making it easier to write, deploy and manage applications in order to lure enterprise developers to its platform.

We’ll find out more at Google I/O next week!

source: gigaom

SanDisk Announces Extreme Pro microSD Cards, “The Worlds Fastest Mobile Memory Card”

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Have you ever wished you could increase the read/write speed of your Android device’s microSd card? Well you can, by replacing your existing memory card with the “worlds fastest mobile memory card” from SanDisk. Just announced today, SanDisk’s Extreme Pro microSDHC cards boast the fastest speeds available for your portable device and reportedly support read speeds up to 95MB/s and a write speed of 90MB/s. The cards are available now in both 8GB and 16GB configurations and sell for $59.99 and $99.99 respectively. You didn’t think the worlds fastest speeds were going to come cheap, did you?

If this sounds like just the thing you have been looking for, head to the source link below to place an order. Before you spend that kind of cash, make sure you use the site’s compatibility checker to be sure your device will support the speedy little cards.

Full press release after the break

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Manage All Of Your Cloud Storage With SanDisk Memory Zone, Also Makes For A Decent SkyDrive Client (Video)

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Now-a-days cloud storage is beginning to become the norm and several of you by now have probably caught on to the fact that you can open several cloud storage accounts to get yourself a decent little chunk of the storage space in the sky.  Well, how do you manage so many accounts at once?  SanDisk wants you to take the guesswork out off wondering how much storage each of your services has left thanks to its application, SanDisk Memory Zone.  While we’ve written about this app in the past before, Memory Zone has been given a few updates and allows you to keep even better tabs on not only how much storage you have left but also serves as a file browser for each of those storage services.  The application assists in helping you control and manage all of your content seamlessly and with very little effort.  Whether you have content on your memory card, your phone’s storage or directly in the cloud, you can easily move files to and from with just the click of a few buttons.

SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the Android™ phone.

SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone. Cloud services supported: Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Facebook.

So, if your device is getting bogged down due to limited storage space, then maybe it’s time to better manage your device. In addition to the integrated functionality you’ll also have the opportunity to secure your content while on the go by applying a password protection feature.  You can also backup/restore all of your files on command.  So, without further ado, what are you waiting for?  Get the application now and start uploading your videos, photos, music, docs and whatever else you want.  In addition, when initially surveying the application, I noticed that it had pretty decent SkyDrive support, something that is lacking a bit on the Android platform.  This application is the closest I’ve seen in  the Google Play Store that will allow you to seamlessly navigate through your SkyDrive files, all for the price of free.

SanDisk Memory Zone not only allows you to transfer and back up your files, it also allows you to secure them through a password protection feature. So you have the peace of mind knowing your videos, photographs, music and other files are not only available, but they’re available only to you.

Get seamless, integrated storage connectivity between your phone, your memory card and your files in the cloud. It’s never been easier to enjoy, manage, share and protect your digital assets.

Unlike utilities with awkward and difficult to navigate folder structures, SanDisk Memory Zone has an intuitive, graphical user interface that lets you get the job done, fast.

Check out the quick video demo below as well as the screen shots of the app in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Box.net Extends Free 50GB Of Storage Offer To LG Owners As Well

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Looks like Sony Ericsson Xperia owners aren’t going to be the only ones benefiting from the generosity of Box.net.  The company is extending the offer to LG lovin customers too.  For those who download the official Box.net application and sign up for an account via their LG smartphone will get to acquire 50GB of online storage at no cost.  The offer begins today and is good until March 31st 2012.  You’ll need Android 2.1 or higher for the app to run properly and will also require a screen res of 320 x 480.  If you’re looking for an extra decent amount of storage and don’t want to spend a whole lot, this would be the way to go.  Don’t forget to let us know how well the service works (or doesn’t) in the comments below.

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HTC and Dropbox team up to offer 5GB of storage

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The is no question that HTC is on a mission to differentiate itself from other Android manufacturers. First they teamed up with Beats by Dr. Dre, and now they are teaming up with Dropbox.

The deal will allow an extra 3GB of Dropbox storage for owners of HTC phones running Sense 3.5. Normally, Dropbox gives out 2GB of storage for free, but this deal will now bring the total to 5GB. At this point we don’t know if there are plans to make the offering to older versions of Sense, but lets hope so.

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