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That 64GB, $800 Microsoft Surface Pro you plan on buying next week? Maybe you should temper your storage expectations a bit, as the base model actually only allots 23GB of that space for use. The larger 128GB version offers a bit more space at 83GB, but is still losing a massive 45GB of space to the full Windows 8 operating system and various included applications. Microsoft confirmed as much this afternoon, and issued the following the statement:
“The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition.”
The Surface RT suffered the same issue when it launched late last year — the 32GB base version only included 16GB of storage, while the 64GB version had 46GB available. The situation is what we’d call less than ideal, though you can always expand the on-board storage via the solutions Microsoft proposes. Of course, that means doling our more cash on an already expensive tablet — not the best thing to find out after you’ve shelled out $800.
If you hadn’t noticed, Dropbox is on a major photography kick lately, and it’s not stopping just because the holidays are nearly in full swing. Its new Android beta helps users deal with their photos by the bushel, either sharing or scrapping multiple photos at once as well as organize them into photos. Anyone less than photographically inclined will still see a few interface tweaks that partly mirror the earlier iOS updates, as well as a new option to receive betas as soon as they’re posted. There’s inherent risks to using unfinished code, so take that into account before getting involved; it’s still hard to resist when Dropbox has been handing out free storage to Android device buyers like candy.
Via: Android Police
Source: Dropbox Forums
When Sony and Box came together last year to offer Xperia owners a tantalizing deal of 50GB of free storage for life, the promotion was only set to run for a year. Now that shopping season is upon us once more, however, the holiday spirit must’ve moved them to extend the partnership for yet another year — that, or Sony needs any edge it can to move those Xperia devices to consumer hands. Just as with the prior promo, Xperia and Sony tablet users can snag 50 gigs of cloud storage completely gratis just by signing up or tapping into existing Box accounts on their devices before December 31st 2013. However, do note that the offer doesn’t extend to the Xperia X10 mini, the X10 mini pro and anything that has firmware older than Android 2.1. Now that Sony has this going for two years straight, maybe they should extend this to a lifetime scenario, or as long as Box sticks around to offer up that sweet storage in the sky.
In its former life, Eye-Fi was the exclusive provider of a practical in-camera WiFi solution. That was 2006. Now, as manufacturers begin to implement wireless technologies of their own, it’s back to the drawing board for the former king of in-cam 802.11. Circ appears to be the company’s latest lifeline — a cloud storage solution for your photos that promises seamless syncing, efficient organizing, simple sharing and, best of all, unlimited storage for free. That bargain-basement price tag does come along with a catch — you can only use the service with two devices — but an affordable Plus version will only run you 50 bucks each year, including support for up to 20 computers, smartphones, tablets or Galaxy Cameras. The service is currently open to beta testers, but since the site just went live, you may have some luck if you add your name today. You can also sign up to be notified when Circ’s ready for primetime — all at the source link just below.
Samsung has partnered with Dropbox to offer extra storage for Galaxy S III owners. Once you’ve registered the newly minted handset, your current storage allocation will be topped up to a maximum of 50GB. The free storage will remain valid for two years but there’s no indication if there will be discounts for those who’ve become hooked on all that online real estate — we hear it’s very moreish.
Samsung and Dropbox offer Galaxy S III users up to 50GB of extra storage originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 14:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If it happened any other way, it just wouldn’t be as satisfying, now would it? After years of leaks, murmurs, hubbub and other familiar synonyms, Google’s mythical cloud storage platform is now official… sort of. As Lady Fate would have it, the company apparently outed a memo of the features on its French blog earlier today, but before it could yank the ‘pull’ switch, an eagle-eyed reader managed to grab the text and run it through — surprise, surprise — Google Translate. What’s left is an official-as-you’ll-get-right-now transcript of Google Drive’s features, but contrary to the hype, it all feels way more enterprise-centric than consumers may have wanted. For starters, there’s no real mention of music (we guess Google Music is on its own, there), and there’s just 5GB of free storage for “documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, etc.” According to the brief, it’s designed to let users “live, work and play in the cloud,” with direct integration with Docs and Google+.
We’re also told that Drive can be installed on one’s Mac, PC or Android phone / tablet, while an iOS version will be “available in the coming weeks.” Of note, Google’s making this accessible to visually impaired consumers with the use of a screen reader. As for features? Naturally, Google’s flexing its search muscles in as many ways as possible; if you scan in a newspaper clipping, a simple Search All within Drive will allow results to appear directly from said clipping. If you upload a shot of the Eiffel Tower, it’ll show up whenever you search for the aforesaid icon. Moreover, Drive will allow folks to open over 30 types of documents directly from a web browser, including HD video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and more — “even without the software installed on your computer.” For those concerned about access, the new platform will have the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, giving admins a familiar set of management tools on that end.
On the topic of storage, just 5GB are provided gratis, and while upgrade details are a bit murky on the consumer side, we’re told that administrators can pony up $4 per month for 20GB of storage, with a maximum of 16TB per user; thankfully, Google Docs will not be included in your usage total. Finally, the note played up the ability to “attach documents directly into your emails Drive Gmail,” and given that it’s intended to be an open platform, Goog’s promising to work with third party developers in order to enhance Drive’s functionality even further. The source link below is still dead as of right now, but it simply can’t be long before the lights are officially turned on. Oh, and if you’re not enamored right now, the outfit’s suggesting that “many more developments” will be arriving in the coming weeks.
Google Drive detailed: 5GB of free storage, business-focused approach originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Is space at a premium in your Google Docs folder? Good news from Mountain View, then, as it’s just stealth-increased the storage allowance for its cloud-based document editor. Unfortunately, anyone that’s already plumped for a paid extension of their Google Docs storage won’t see an extra 5GB on top. This new storage limit also tallies with what we’re expecting to see from Google Drive — presumably pretty soon.
Google Docs bumps up free storage to 5GB, primes servers for Drive? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive cloud storage and sharing app for Windows Phone — you know, the one that offers more free storage than a certain competitor. New features include a batch-select tool to make moving files around easier while on the go, the ability to directly manage folder permissions and the quick sharing of files with approved recipients in your People Hub. Version 2.0 is currently available for download in the Marketplace — even for low-end Windows Phones.
In other news, Microsoft has revealed pricing for its just-launched Skydrive app on Windows desktops, setting you back $10, $25, or $50 a year for an additional 20GB, 50GB or 100GB. Scrapped in the process is the 25 gigs of free storage that Microsoft once offered to new users, now dropping that pro-bono capacity to just 7GBs, save for the lucky few that opted in before the company announced its new pricing structure.
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SkyDrive app for Windows Phone gets 2.0 update, reduces free storage capacity originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Mountain View has been leaking Google Drive details like a glacial trickle, but we still have no firm notion of how much free cloud storage it’ll bring or just how deeply it’ll be integrated with other services. There have been rumors of a Dropbox-like 2GB limit, but now a screenshot purporting to show the beta version’s main welcome page points to a healthy 5GB instead. Moreover, Google’s Support portal mentions that the Drive app for Android will have document-editing capabilities, which brings us back to the question of whether this is a whole new service, or an add-on to Google Docs or indeed a complete re-branding of Google’s documents platform. Regardless, calling it ‘Drive’ still makes it sound like sat nav.
Google Drive leaks suggest 5GB free storage, in-app document editing originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
How much cloud storage space do you need? 2GB? 5GB? Pah! Box.net scoffs at your puny storage needs, and plan to offer a substantial 50GB of free storage (again) for anyone packing a Sony Ericsson Android phone. While the plans have leaked ahead of schedule, the fine details haven’t been hammered out just yet; the official blog tells us that the company’s “working to provide this offer very soon to all Xperia customers.” When the offer does go live, logging in to (or creating) a Box.net account on any Xperia handset will open the floodgates to 50 gigs of intangible internet storage fo’ life. If this keeps up, it shouldn’t be long till we’re looking at gratis terabytes and are freed of our not-exactly-crippling USB stick addiction, right?
Box.net befriends Android, will offer Sony Ericsson Xperia phones 50GB of free cloud storage originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.