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Microsoft has announced that SkyDrive will soon become OneDrive, the name change comes more than six months after Microsoft was forced to rename SkyDrive following a trademark case with British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB).

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Why OneDrive? Because it is one place for all documents and one place that is seamlessly connected across all devices.

As the new name is rolled out across the existing SkyDrive portfolio, the service will continue to operate as normal with all content available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as before.

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Today Sony’s Andrew House unveiled PlayStation Now at CES 2014, a streaming game service that will provide instant access to its games library from previous generations including PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3.

The service will not be limited to only PlayStation devices (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) but also to non PlayStation devices such as televisions, tablets, and smartphones.

“Soon, playing your favourite PS3 game on a tablet will become a reality,” Andrew House said.

CES 2014 attendees can test drive PlayStation Now at the Sony CES booth on Sony Bravia TVs and on PlayStation Vita, House announced. “For the first time ever, you can play blockbuster PS3 titles including PlayStation Game of the Year The Last of Us and Beyond on a Bravia or PS Vita exclusively at the show.”

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Leveraging Gaikai’s advanced cloud-based technology, PlayStation Now will allow you to:

  • Play video games instantly across multiple devices, similar to the way you might stream TV, movies, and music.
  • Stream full games to all of your compatible PlayStation devices including PS4, PS3, and PlayStation Vita as well as non-PlayStation devices, beginning with 2014 BRAVIA TV models and expanding to numerous other internet-connected devices.
  • Always play the most updated version of your game. With games hosted in the cloud, you can take your game with you – just log in with your Sony Entertainment Network account on a compatible device and your games and saved progress will be easily available.

PlayStation Now can be accessed by renting games by title or opting into a subscription model.

A closed beta will occur in the United States at the end of January with expected launch in summer 2014 no date for the UK at the moment.

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Western Digital has expanded its recently introduced My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions with My Cloud EX4, a high-performance four-bay network attached storage (NAS) solution for creative professionals, prosumers, workgroups and anyone looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage massive amounts of digital data.

“The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customisation capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for.”

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Featuring the category leading WD Red line of hard drives specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems, My Cloud EX4 customers enjoy ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage. WD Red drives are powered by NASware 2.0 technology, which improves drive reliability and protects customer data in the event of a power loss or disruption. Additionally, WD Red hard drives feature 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology that significantly improves overall drive performance and reliability.

My Cloud EX4 provides several capacity options, allowing customers to choose from a drive-less enclosure that allows customers to customise their capacity and add additional drives as their library of digital content grows, or an 8 TB, 12 TB or 16 TB model. With Easy-Slide-Drive technology, My Cloud EX4 allows customers to easily install or hot-swap drives in seconds, without the need for a screwdriver, toolkit or trays. Additionally, customers can attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drives to the USB expansion ports on the My Cloud EX4 to instantly expand their storage capacity.

Ultimate Data Protection

My Cloud EX4 arms users with multiple options to secure digital data from a potential loss by providing RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 or allowing users to select from spanning and JBOD modes for even more options to manage data. Customers can also use their My Cloud EX4 to back up all of their computers and devices with WD SmartWare Pro software for PC users. Mac users can utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. The My Cloud EX4 can also backup itself, either to another My Cloud EX4 in a different location, or to cloud services such as Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive. To ensure 24/7 data protection and reliability the My Cloud EX4 includes redundant power supplies and Ethernet ports.

Advanced Streaming and Serving

My Cloud EX4 serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, configurable for up to 16 TB of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA/UPnP certified multimedia device such as gaming consoles, smart TVs and WD TV Live media players. The Twonky 7.2, DLNA-certified 1.5 media server and iTunes server make for simple streaming of large movie and music libraries.

Additionally, the integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P download server provide advanced data serving options for My Cloud EX4 users.

Customers can also customise their NAS, monitor system health, manage users and energy saving features with the My Cloud EX4 dashboard, as well as use a suite of third party apps, including aMule, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin and SqueezeCenter.

Anywhere Access to My Cloud EX4

Available for iOS and Android devices, the WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and share, save and manage files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps. The My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files from their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.

Price and Availability

My Cloud EX4 is currently available at select retailers and online at the www.wdstore.co.uk . MSRP is £319.00 for the drive-less My Cloud EX4, £679.00 for 8 TB, £799.00 for 12 TB and £999.00 for 16 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. My Cloud EX4 comes with a two year limited warranty.

Compatibility

My Cloud EX4 is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.

CodeLathe have launched a new Windows 8 mobile app that lets individuals watch videos, listen to music, see photos and open documents that are stored on their computer (PC, Mac or Linux). This personal cloud service allows Windows 8 device user to enjoy and share their personal media without worrying about storage limits, privacy and data security.

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Tonido offers users secure access to their home computer’s entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos from anywhere without having to upload them to a public cloud service. Individuals simply download the free Tonido server app to their desktop and the free Windows 8 app to their mobile devices.

The app safely connects users to the files stored on their desktop within seconds. Users can access their files via Wi-Fi or 3G mobile networks, backup their photos and videos from their Windows 8 devices to their Tonido personal cloud and download files for offline viewing.

Tonido’s Windows 8 App will offer the same unique features that are enjoyed by over one million users on iOS and Android devices:

· Remote File Access – Browse files and documents, download them locally, edit them and re-upload.

· Download for Offline Use – Save files locally so they are available without internet access.

· Music Streaming – Stream an entire music collection without saving it to a device.

· Video Streaming – Easily stream videos and iTunes playlist from a computer to Windows 8 devices.

· Sharing – Share selected files, music and media to guest users either via direct links or email.

· Media Organization – All music, photos, videos are indexed by name, date and information such as artist, album and genre.

· Complete Compatibility – Tonido persona cloud software is available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

· Plug-and-Play Remote Access – No fiddling with router settings.

· Simple Access from Any Device – Easy to remember web URL provides access to a personal computer.

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The Tonido server app is available for free at http://www.tonido.com.

The Tonido Windows 8 app is available from the Windows Store at http://www.tonido.com/windowsstoreapp/

WD have introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. WD’s My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organise, centralise and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of their personal data.

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Customers can get their personal cloud up and running in minutes with WD’s rich web-based user interface for seamless web-guided setup. WD’s software auto-detects the drive to make setup simple for novice users. Once the My Cloud drive is setup, customers can easily connect their computers and mobile devices with WD’s free desktop and mobile apps. With a Gigabit Ethernet connection and Dual-Core processor, transferring files is blazing fast, allowing customers to quickly centralise all of the digital content scattered across various devices onto My Cloud. With direct file uploads from mobile devices, important files and videos can be safely moved to My Cloud, freeing up valuable space on users’ tablets and smartphones.

Customers can also use their My Cloud to back up their computers and digital files. For PC users, WD SmartWare Pro software offers options for how, when and where to back up files. Mac users can utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.

Complete Control

My Cloud users can store and organise their families’ photos, videos, music and important documents in one secure place on the home network. With the new My Cloud desktop app, navigating, controlling and sharing these files from anywhere in the world is simple and intuitive. My Cloud is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities, providing bountiful storage capacity with no monthly payment required. Customers can also attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive directly to the USB expansion port on the My Cloud drive and instantly expand their storage capacity.

Additionally, My Cloud serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, storing terabytes of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live media player, as well as smart TVs and gaming consoles.

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Accessing the Personal Cloud

Available for iOS and Android devices, the new WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and access their files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app also makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps.

Additionally, the My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files between their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.

Price and Availability

The 2 TB and 3 TB My Cloud is currently available at select UK retailers and online at the www.wdstore.co.uk . The 4 TB My Cloud is expected to be available in November. MSRP is £129.00 for 2 TB and £159.00 for 3 TB. The My Cloud mobile app is currently available for download from the App Store and Google Play. A two drive and four drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.

Capacity and Compatibility

My Cloud personal cloud storage is available in capacities of 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, as well as DLNA/UPnP enabled devices.

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Dropbox has updated it’s iPhone and iPad app to version 2.3.

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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.

Features:

  • Always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
  • Add files to “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing.
  • Easily save photos and videos to your Dropbox.
  • Share your photos and docs with family and friends.
  • Save email attachments straight to your Dropbox.

What’s New in Version 2.3

• Easily share a link to a folder
• Swipe on any file to quickly share, move, delete, or favorite
• Select and share multiple photos with your family, friends, and other humans
• Bug fixes and other magical performance improvements to keep you happy

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Xbox One’s cloud provides three times the CPU and storage of one console, Microsoft has revealed. Microsoft’s Jeff Henshaw said that the Xbox One’s cloud offers game developers three times the resources to create bigger levels.

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“We’re provisioning for developers for every physical Xbox One we build, we’re provisioning the CPU and storage equivalent of three Xbox Ones on the cloud,” claimed Henshaw.

“We’re doing that flat-out so that any game developer can assume that there’s roughly three times the resources immediately available to their game, so they can build bigger, persistent levels that are more inclusive for players. They can do that out of the gate,” he added.

 

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Dropbox has updated it’s iPhone and iPad app to version 2.2.

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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.

Features:

  • Always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
  • Add files to “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing.
  • Easily save photos and videos to your Dropbox.
  • Share your photos and docs with family and friends.
  • Save email attachments straight to your Dropbox.

What’s New in Version 2.2

– Support for viewing all your photos in Dropbox.

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Dropbox has updated it’s iPhone and iPad app to version 2.1.4.

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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.

Features:

  • Always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
  • Add files to “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing.
  • Easily save photos and videos to your Dropbox.
  • Share your photos and docs with family and friends.
  • Save email attachments straight to your Dropbox.

What’s New in Version 2.1.4

• Support for Indonesian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

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Wuala, the cloud storage service owned by Wuala, rolled out an app update yesterday on all supported platforms, bringing video streaming to the new LaCie NAS units.  Read on for details.

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Wuala, the cloud storage service owned by Wuala, rolled out an app update yesterday on all supported platforms, bringing video streaming to the new LaCie NAS units.  It also fixes bugs, which resolved an intermittent Wuala connection bug with the 5big NAS Pro that I have for a review unit.  Here is the Android change log:

What’s New

What’s in this version:

New features in version 2.6: – Pictures: Zoom in on a picture. – Streaming: Stream your videos or songs directly from the cloud, your LaCie 2big NAS or LaCie 5big NAS PRO. Other changes: – Many bug fixes New Permissions: – “prevent phone from sleeping” and “view network connections”: required for streaming music in the background.

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I have confirmed that this change applied to Android and Windows 7, and the video streaming worked just fine on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 running Android.  I’m also working on an updated review of Wuala, so stay tuned for that; in the meantime, go ahead and download this update if you are running Wuala.

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The high street is turning into the i-street, as the rise of wireless-enabled smartphones, tablets and other devices sees more than 10 million Britons a week logging on to public WiFi while out and about, new research reveals.

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The figures from The Cloud, the biggest high street WiFi provider in the UK, show that almost a quarter of the nation (22%) uses WiFi in shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and other public venues every week – with a hardcore 2.8 million (6%) logging on every day, the equivalent of one in 10 smartphone users.2

Among techier 25-34-year-olds, this rises to one in three people accessing a high street hotspot each week (33%) – and one in 11 (9%) every day.

And with an estimated 28 million Britons now owning smartphones, and 7.3 million tablets,3 the research also reveals the extent to which wireless internet usage out and about is no longer the preserve of young people or Londoners.

A fifth of 45-54-year-olds (19%) use public WiFi at least once a week, as do 10% of people aged 55 or older.

And although London boasts the greatest proportion of high street WiFi users (47%), the North East (42%) and South West (40%)

Moreover, data from The Cloud’s own national network of more than 18,000 hotspots show that users in other cities are more prolific ‘WiFiers’ than Londoners. While people in the capital appear to be “WiFi snackers” – quickly logging on to check emails or social media – users in Nottingham, Cardiff and Sheffield spend at least 50% longer online in a typical session.

Likewise, public WiFi users in Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham and Reading download on average 50% more data per session than Londoners, with people in Brighton downloading almost double.

Overall, one in three users (35%) log on for more than 15 minutes on average, and nearly one in 10 (8%) for more than half an hour.

According to The Cloud’s own data, there were more than two billion minutes spent online using public WiFi in the first 10 weeks of 2013 alone, with more than 800 million megabytes of information downloaded in total.

Vince Russell, managing director of The Cloud, said: “As smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices become ubiquitous, we’re increasingly looking to take our in-home internet experience out and about with us. With 3G connections frequently throttled and 4G not yet a mass-market proposition, this means many of us are turning to high-speed WiFi.

“As a result, we’re seeing shops, cafes, pubs, gyms and other places where people live their lives looking to meet this demand by offering free WiFi to their customers.

“Some seven million people pass through The Cloud’s venues every day, with hotspots ranging from Wick in the Highlands to Penzance in Cornwall, all in the kinds of venues where people want to take time to surf the web, catch up on emails, news and sport, and even listen to music or stream HD video.”

There are 200 new venues added to The Cloud’s network every week. Its hotspots are in major high street venues and public places, such as Greggs, Caffé Nero, PizzaExpress, Wetherspoon pubs, Eat, Pret A Manger, Wagamama, WH Smith, the City of London, and Network Rail and London Overground stations.

All Sky Broadband Unlimited, Sky Fibre Unlimited and Sky Connect customers are eligible for free, unlimited access to The Cloud WiFi via Sky’s app, WiFi Hotspots from The Cloud.

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