Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 24th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Dropbox, one of the most popular mobile storage apps, has been updated to incorporate the new functions of iOS 8. Now users can find Dropbox file notifications in the today tab of Notification Center. This will make it easier to see your most recently modified files and open them with just a tap.
You will also be able to create and manage shared folders from the app. For added control, Dropbox for Business or Dropbox Pro users will also be able to manage permissions on those shared folders, making it easier to manage access to your files.
Also, the app can import and export your files to and from iOS apps that also support Apple’s new Storage Provider App Extensions. Now you can pull a document from your account and edit it with ease or share your vacation photos without all the hassle.
See all the new features in the Dropbox update for free on the App Store.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 8th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
MediaFire, the “Native” IOS storage app, has received an update that makes storing your media a lot easier. Some of the new features include automatic camera roll backup, a built-in music player, and the ability to upload multiple photos and videos at once. MediaFire also allows users to stream music in the background now. The app received a new design to make it run faster and look cleaner. To celebrate the update, MediaFire has permanently reduced their pricing plans. Regular accounts get 50 gigs of cloud storage for free, and premium accounts will receive one terabyte of storage for pricing starting at $2.50 per month or $24.99 per year. You can download MediaFire from the App Store for free.
Posted by Rob Rich on April 9th, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Looks like today has been a big day for Dropbox. Not only has the cloud storage service announced new features for Dropbox and Mailbox, but it’s also revealed an all new photo gallery app called Carousel.
First off, ‘Dropbox for Business’ is now available for all users, and can be connected to their personal Dropbox in order to give them full access to all of their files whenever they need them. A new “auto-swipe” feature has also been added to Mailbox that will learn from your actions and start to perform them automatically – things like sorting emails into specific folders, muting conversations at certain times of the day, etc. It’s basically Skynet, only instead of trying to wipe humankind off the face of the earth with an army of machines it helps to keep your inbox organized. Finally there’s Carousel, a new photo gallery app that automatically organizes your photos, makes private sharing a breeze, and backs everything up so you won’t have to worry about losing any precious memories.
A little over a year ago, everything changed. My daughter, Peregrine (Pip, for short), was born, and along with the myriad recalibrations, adjustments, and joyous changes that birth brought with it, I also finally came to terms with the true value of the iPhone camera: baby pictures! Hundreds and hundreds of them (no exaggeration) were taken by me, by friends, and by family, and then scattered over hard drives, social networks, and of course iPhones. The problem then became figuring out how to organize and store them privately and securely. As a devoted Mac user it’s easy enough to keep photos stored on iPhoto, but that’s a local option only, with limited cloud storage and sharing (those 1,000 photos on iCloud? Please!), and god forbid my hard drive crashes without proper backup.
I thought all of my problems with cloud storage for photos were solved when Everpix came along. Here was a fantastic, well-designed app that also had great web-based software and a Mac-based uploader. Best of all, it could load in all of my photos from various social streams, eliminate or hide duplicates, and handle a potentially unlimited number of photos for a reasonable monthly or yearly price.
There was just one big problem though; Everpix went out of business.
Before I get to the heart of this article, there are a few lessons to learn from my Everpix experience.
One: Always keep all of your photos on a local hard drive.
Two: Backup said hard drive as often as humanly possible (something I still don’t do, so do as I say, not as I do).
Three: Never, ever assume that a site, app, or service will exist forever. It won’t; it just won’t. They will all go away at some point. Some will last five years. Some will last a year or two. Some of the very best won’t even make it that long.
So I found myself back at square one, trying to find another good (read, as close to the effortless Everpix as I could get) cloud-based storage solution for my photos. Read on for my look at nine different cloud storage services that work with iOS.
I’ll admit to having some storage issues on my iPhone 5, but that’s mostly due to the games I have installed. However I know that there are also plenty of users out there who tend to fill up their devices with photos, music, and movies; and they’re exactly the sort of users LaCie wants to help with the Fuel.
The Fuel is a 1TB (1 Terabyte, as in 1,000 gigabytes) wireless storage device for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It allows for up to 500 movies, 160,000 songs, or 190,000 photos in total. That’s a lot of storage! It also lets you share that data with up to five devices at one time, as well as stream content to Apple TV or external speakers using AirPlay. And as I’ve said; it’s totally wireless. It also offers a USB connection if you’d prefer to guarantee a steady data stream and doesn’t require an internet connection for wireless transfers.
The LaCie Fuel will be available through various retailers as well as the official site soon for $199.99.
Posted December 12th, 2013 by Jeff Scott Our Rating:
A fantastic drive for those willing to give up physical size and deal with a couple hiccups for storage space. This 1TB drive holds hundred of movies all streamable to any iOS device with the Seagate Media app.
With the rise in popularity of “cloud” services like iCloud, Dropbox, and Box, another category of cloud services has started to pop up describing themselves as “personal clouds” or “private clouds.” PocketCloud, and it’s iOS app PocketCloud Explore, is one of those services.
These personal clouds often provide access to a remote computer instead of uploading all files to a “cloud” server in possession of the service. With the free version of PocketCloud Explore, users gain access to one remote computer, have 2GB of actual cloud storage, are limited in upload/download size, and audio and video streaming are restricted to 30 seconds. Subscribers can use ten remote computers, the upload/download limit increases to half a GB, and video and audio streaming becomes unlimited in length (Windows only, Mac coming soon).
PocketCloud comes with a companion program that must be installed on the remote computers users wish to access on the fly. The program is available for both Mac and Windows, but the Mac version is unable to stream audio and video as of now.
A PocketCloud subscription will cost $5 per month, but it’s currently on sale ($7.99 for three months and $23.99 for the year).
I’ve had all three iPads. My first iPad was the 32GB WiFi original, then the 16GB WiFi iPad 2, and now the 32GB WiFi iPad (third-gen). I made a huge mistake buying the 16GB version for my last iPad 2. The second I decided to start putting movies and TV shows on my iPad 2 was the moment I regretted it. Kingston now sells a “flash drive” that may help others in similar situations with their iOS devices.
The Wi-Drive is a portable drive (16 or 32GB) that connects to WiFi and extends storage for iOS devices. Along with the free Wi-Drive app, the drive can be loaded up with files from a desktop or laptop and stream those files to an iOS device. It can even share the data with up to three different users at the same time.
The drive is about the size of an iPhone 4, so it fits in most pockets and bags. A USB cable transfers files from computers to the drive. The 16GB version is available on Amazon for $44 and the 32GB version for $95.
Apple’s new iCloud service is the promise of MobileMe made real. Imagine a PC-free future, traveling our world with an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and yes, even a Mac or PC, without ever having to sync them together again. Apple’s got that future started with iCloud, and we spent a little time trying it out. We’ve untethered our iPhone and iPad and we’re here to tell you how to do it and how it works.
Before we start, though, here’s a quick video, right from Apple, explaining the concept.
iCloud wants to be the basis of our wireless future. The basics of iCloud are contained in the settings app on the iPhone and iPad, the System Preferences on a Mac, and the iCloud Control Panel on a Windows PC. First up, we needed to update our iTunes to version 10.5, then our iPhone 4 to iOS 5, via that new iTunes. When activating a new iOS device, users will see a couple of new screens to walk them through the iCloud setup. The best way to do this is to log in with an Apple ID, either one that already exists, or creating a new one from the iCloud screens.