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Help the Internet Archive Replace its Scanning Equipment after Devastating Fire

internet archiveLast week, a devastating fire swept through the offices of the Internet Archive’s San Francisco office, damaging high-tech scanning equipment to the tune of $600,000. Luckily 20 boxes of damaged books were already digitized, and therefore, completely safe from the blaze. Workers are currently using another location to scan physical books for the time being.

If you haven’t heard about the Internet Archive, it’s a great non-profit with probably one of the largest collection of digital data available for public use. Here’s what 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes gives you: Read more

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Wear Your Computer on Your Wrist with Stormfly

Cloud computing’s hyper-mobility is powerful, but it’s not always feasible. If you’re always struggling to find better data speed and increased security, then you should look into Stormfly wristbands – the USB 3.0 powered harddrive that puts your PC on your wrist. Just plug in the USB wristband and reboot the device and you’ll have your own operating system on hand with all of your personal data.

 

We built StormFly for speed. Running an Operating System from a USB is not easy, there’s a lot of information spinning back and forth to make things happen at lightning speed. Because of that we designed USB 3.0, the latest USB standard, and we tweaked it a bit to give it some properties of SSD (Solid State Drives). The result gives you a device that not only allows you to run your Operating System, it also gives you a standard USB storage device that is super-fast.

Stormfly is a product from Now Computing and the Kickstarter campaign aims to give you an ultraportable option that removes all of the uncertainty of cloud computing. You won’t have to wait for dependable wi-fi or slow servers. The wristband is only accessible with your personal password and if you lose your wristband, Now Computing sends you a replacement product with data from the last time you backed up. Read more

My Big Campus Now Offering Unlimited Cloud Storage to Schools, Students

Online storage is not really a problem anymore–unless you need to store a lot of large files. Then you’ll need to fork over some dough, and as your storage needs increase the costs tend to pile up.

That’s why I am pleased to share a new offer from My Big Campus. Lightspeed Systems, a California based tech company, is currently offering a special deal for schools, students, and staff. For a limited time they can sign up for unlimited storage on Lightspeed System’s My Big Campus platform.

It supports virtually any type of file up to 100MB in size, including video, documents, images and more. The service includes a free anti-virus and malware checker, and it offers each user their own personal digital locker with unlimited storage and mobile access. Files are scanned as they are uploaded, and any that pose a security risk will not be added, ensuring the safety of the user and the network.

You can access My Big Campus via any web browser or from Android and iOS apps. To sign up for the free offer, send an email to support@mybigcampus.com.

My Big Campus via EdTech Times

Amazon Expands Cloud Drive to Italy and Spain

Running out of space on your hard disk? Amazon can help. The retail giant announced this morning that their cloud storage service, Amazon Cloud Drive, is now available in more European countries. In addition to the recent launches in the UK, Germany,and France, Amazon customers in Spain and Italy can now securely store all of their digital files in the Amazon cloud. Read more

Amazon Cloud Player Launches in France, the UK, & Germany

Amazon has launched their cloud-based music app in three new countries. Music aficionados in Germany, the UK and France can now upload their music to Amazon’s servers and then stream the music to virtually any device with a web browser.

The Amazon Cloud Player iOS app is also now available in those three countries, thus giving Amazon even more places in the world where the retail giant competes with Apple.

Note that you’ll have to upload the music before you can play it, a process that is designed to be as simple as possible. Space is limited to 250 songs (in addition to the ones bought from Amazon), but if you upgrade to the premium service the limit will be increased to 250,000 songs.

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Microsoft SkyDrive Comes to Android

Microsoft launched SkyDrive in 2007 so they could offer cloud storage as part of the Windows Live, but it was only in the past year that they really started making it a competitive service.

In December 2011 MS released a SkyDrive app for iOS and Windows Phone, and a few months later they released apps for Windows and OSX. And today Microsoft released an app for Android. Just like the other SkyDrive apps, the new Android app gives you easy access to all of the documents you’ve stored on the service. SkyDrive offers new users free storage (up to 7GB)with more available at competitive rates.

You can find the app in Google Play. You’ll need to run Android 2.3 and above to use the app, though Microsoft notes that it works best with Android 4.0.

As for me, I’ll be busy today. I’m moving my Amazon Cloud Drive files to Dropbox, my Box.net files to Google Cloud, my Dropbox files to Microsoft SkyDrive, my  Google Cloud files to iCloud, my Microsoft SkyDrive files to SugarSync, my iCloud fils to Amazon Cloud Drive, and my SugarSync files to Box.net. (Did I miss one?)

I’m kidding, of course; I just wanted to list as many alternative cloud storage services as I could recall. There are quite a few options out there and they’re all worth consideration.

 

Amazon Launches Cloud Drive in the UK

Amazon offers quite a few services here in the US, but they’ve always kept mum on the topic of when they were going to expand a service internationally. That’s why today’s new comes as something of a surprise.

Amazon is now offering the Cloud Drive service in the UK. It includes a free 5GB of storage which you can access from a browser or Windows or OSX apps. You can upload virtually anything, and if you run out of room you can lease more storage with prices starting at just £6 a year.

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ES File Explorer Adds Support for MS SkyDrive

ES File Explorer is one of the better file managers for Android and today it picked up a new feature which made it even better.

Each of the cloud storage services offer their own app so you can download content to your Android device, but have you ever wanted to take the easy route and use one app to access them all? Now you can. In addition to Dropbox, Box.net, and Sugarsync, ES File Explorer now lets you log into your account on SkyDrive and transfer content.

That’s not a complete list of the cloud services, but it is a darn sight better than having to use multiple apps. I, for one, have accounts with several of the services mentioned above and I’m looking forward to discarding the proprietary apps.

You can download the ES File Explorer app here.

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Amazon Launches Cloud Drive Apps for OSX, Windows

Amazon followed in the footsteps of Dropbox, Google and others today. They’ve just released the first apps for their cloud storage service, thus removing the need to access it via a web browser. The apps aren’t going to do much good, though, because the Windows app doesn’t support XP, which is still the most popular version of Windows. But at least Vista and Windows 7 owners will be to upload docs, music, and photos.

There’s no word yet on apps for other platforms, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see an app released for the Kindle Fire in short order.

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Google Drive Now Live

Google launched the long rumored Google Drive today and it turned out to be both more and less than expected.

Google is not new to cloud storage; they’ve offered vast amounts of space in Gmail as well as storage in Google Docs for quite some time now. So it should probably come as no surprise that Google Drive is pretty much an expansion of Google Docs. It build on the editing and sharing abilities of Google Docs and offers 5GB of storage for any files you care to upload. You can also get more storage; upgrades cost 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. In addition, when you sign up for a paid plan you Gmail account will also be bumped to 25GB (from 7.9GB).

There are Google Drive apps for Windows, OSX, and Android, and you can find them via the Google Drive website.

Google Drive Android app

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