Google IO 2016 Coverage

How to recover data off of your microSD card: a valuable lesson in backups


If you have important or sensitive data on the microSD card of your smartphone or tablet, it’s important to make sure that data is backed up immediately. You could store it in the cloud or on another device without paying a dime.

If it’s too late for that, there are still a few things you can do to try and recover the data off of your microSD card. Keep in mind that nothing is a guarantee when a microSD card malfunctions, has physical damage or can’t be read by the computer. It’s quite possible that critical components for the microSD to work have stopped functioning.

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[Deal] Get 100GB of OneDrive storage for free through Bing Rewards


Through their Bing Rewards program, Microsoft is offering users access to 100GB of OneDrive storage for a two-year period. The offer is good until the end of February.

To take advantage of this special offer, you need to start out with a Microsoft account. If you already have a Microsoft account, sign-in at If you do not have an account, you can sign up for one for free. Read more

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


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


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


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 more

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

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?


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.

Source: Droid-Life

Google To Launch IaaS Cloud Service At Google I/O

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