Microsoft's SkyDrive won't be around much longer -- at least, not by that name.
SkyDrive, the software company's cloud-based storage service, will soon be called OneDrive, Microsoft General Manager for Consumer Apps and Services Ryan Gavin announced Monday.
The move comes several months after a British court ruled that Microsoft's use of the SkyDrive name was infringing on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) Group's Sky trademark. Rather than continue to battle it out in court, Microsoft decided it was time to change the service's name.
Gavin acknowledged that the BSkyB dispute … Read more
A wise man once told me there are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who will. In other words, it's not matter of if, but when.
For many folks the simplest solution is a cloud-based backup service that archives just your critical stuff: documents, music, photos, and the like. Set it, forget it, and enjoy some PC peace of mind.
Typically such a setup will run you $50-$60 per year. If you're not ready to commit to that kind of expense, here's a cheaper point of entry: You can get … Read more
Apple on Thursday released updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The update included a bug fixes and feature enhancements to the iOS, OS X, and iCloud.com versions of the apps.
One such feature included in the update was the ability to password protect specific documents. By adding an extra layer of protection to a document with a password, it ensures sensitive information will only be viewed by those it's meant for.
Adding a password to an iWork document -- no matter the platform -- is extremely simple, taking just a few taps or clicks.
Setting a password on … Read more
Investors have poured another $250 million in funding into cloud-storage company Dropbox, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
With this latest round, the 7-year-old company is valued at $10 billion. Investment firm BlackRock led the funding round, unnamed sources told the Journal. Also, two other investors are in discussions with the company, which could bring an additional $100 million to $150 million to Dropbox, according to a report from Recode.
We've contacted Dropbox for comment and we will update if we hear back.
This latest infusion of cash nearly doubles the amount Dropbox has raised from investors. The company … Read more
Watching 3D printing evolve reminds me of the nascent days of desktop publishing -- now complete that deja vu with Adobe jumping into the market. The company thinks 3D printing is on the cusp of going mainstream and sees a coming inflection point in the consumer market once full-color printers, full-color content, and a robust marketplace for third-party downloadable models emerges. Adobe sees its role as providing the tools for helping generate the full-color content -- that makes sense given its users and applications.
Box is a free file-sharing and storage cloud app akin to Dropbox, offering several useful features and a clean interface that's incredibly easy to navigate. At the time of this review, Box is bumping up the storage to 50GB of free space for iOS users, so if you're looking for a cloud storage app, now is the time to grab Box.
Though the app has been available for a few years now, the latest version of Box is a complete redesign of the interface for iOS devices, making all the most common actions easy to get to. The … Read more
Cloud-storage service Box already beats the likes of Dropbox and SkyDrive by offering 10GB of free storage to anyone who signs up for a personal account. (Those two competitors give you just 2GB and 7GB, respectively.)
That's pretty good, but it just got way better. As you may have heard earlier today, Box is now offering a whopping 50GB of free cloud space to help celebrate the launch of its new iOS app.
A tiny startup you've probably never heard of is heading to the US Supreme Court, and it could change how the entire country watches TV.
The top court in the country on Friday agreed to hear the case pitting television broadcasters against Aereo, an online subscription service with arrays of miniature antennas that grab over-the-air programming, stream it online to paying members, and store it for them in a remote DVR.
The big media companies, riled by lost revenue, say that Aereo is guilty of infringing their copyrights. But this is more than an arcane dispute about broadcast technology. … Read more
A friend of mine recently asked whether she should pay to have her laptop repaired or just buy a new one. Repaired for what? The hard drive had died, taking all of her data with it.
If you don't have some kind of cloud-backup solution in place, you're facing the same potential nightmare. I don't bother with whole-system local backups anymore because they're time-consuming and a hassle, and restoration rarely seems to work properly. Rather, I protect just my data, which can easily be restored to any PC (or just accessed online).
That's my long-winded … Read more