College Students, Get Set for the “Great Space Race” on Dropbox

 

 

Space is important, and especially for college students. No, we don’t mean physical space – which we can somehow manage. We’re talking about virtual space, where all our photos and music and documents can be stored safely. That’s why Dropbox has announced The Great Space Race set to happen over the next eight weeks, giving college students an opportunity to get up to 25GB of Dropbox space for the next two years.

So how does it work? It’s all about collecting points, and here’s how you get to do it. Each student that signs up for the race wins his/her school 1 point, and another 2 points for going through the “Get Started” guide. Signing up itself gets you an extra 3GB of space, and to win more, you need to complete each of the 3 thresholds Dropbox has set.

It’s a great initiative by Dropbox as it tries to build customer base among schools and colleges, where there’s ample opportunity to do business. And what’s more, it’s even interesting for the students who participate. So, what are you waiting for? Want space, join the Great Space Race!… Read the rest

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Google Revises BigQuery, Its Data Offering App

In a recent official blog, Google Inc. announced upgrading two latest user-friendly features for BigQuery, which is the firm’s popular big-data offering application.

A safe, reliable, cheap, and secure operation, BigQuery lets users analyze Big Data stored in the cloud using SQL. Using BigQuery, consumers get an insight into the real-time business within seconds.

The search giant revealed that BigQuery integrated with several other partner solutions to make it easy to import data from other cloud services.

Google in its blog said that a processing feature is added to schedule less time-sensitive batch queries.

They have also added a tool to connect BigQuery to Microsoft Excel to remove manual import of data and running queries directly within Excel, which consumes lot of time.

In the past, BigQuery was a bit more expensive process for IT than simply spinning up and uploading data to a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) program.

The team at BigQuery has always worked into introducing latest and innovative features to make it handy for business users.

BigQuery offers business users a cloud platform, through a self-service model. It’s cheaper and effective. In case you haven’t tried it yet, try it at https://cloud.google.com/products/big-query.html.

Users just need to pay 2 cents per gigabyte processed for batch queries, and 3.5 cents per gigabyte processed for interactive queries.… Read the rest

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Introducing Updated Google Chrome OS…

Google Chrome continues to get better and better to offer you a smooth and easy online experience. And with pets on the desktop, storing files in the cloud, and a slimmed down app-list, Google’s Chrome has just got a lot more fresh and fun.

Google recently announced the updated version of its Chrome OS, which is made with app lists experience to offer you easy use while accessing websites and your favorite applications.

Along with an uninterrupted browsing experience, this updated Chrome OS version will also provide the browser-based operating system file management to match the original product vision, which was a thin layer on hardware that puts storage into the cloud services.

With this version, now you can easily save a file directly to Google Drive, instead of saving it locally and then uploading it.

This latest update by Chrome OS looks somewhat similar to Apple’s Mountain Lion, which has iCloud as the default storage space for certain files. However, it is also to be noted that Google does not mandate or default the file location, it has just added Google Drive as an option, which you can opt for.

In addition to this, Chrome’s app launcher also underwent a change, which you can now see neatly clinging to the corner of desktop. There is also a search box at the top of the app list, which you can use like an omnibox to quickly sort and browse applications.

Providers at Google have also added visual improvement to the Chrome OS, which now allows custom wallpaper, so that you can put your baby’s pets’ pictures on the desktop. Other additional features this updated version offers include audio support for USB and HDMI, an updated Cloud Print dialog, and many bug fixes.

So go update your Chrome to enjoy the fresh experience, if you haven’t done it as yet!… Read the rest

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Users Can’t Store Nudity or Profanity in Microsoft’s Cloud!

Providers of Cloud Storage services are working on to simplify the life of users even more. Services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and SugarSync are trying to get a shift in how users deal with content on a daily basis.

In this technologically advanced world, it is important for users to be productive every hour. And what cloud storage does is- it lets users make things easier by accessing pictures, movies, music, and important documents at any place, any time.

All users need to do is- pay a sound monthly fee!

Although these services store almost everything users need, but within the limitations of their own policies and restrictions.

Among all, it is noted that Microsoft’s SkyDrive turns out to the most restrictive of all.

Doubting it?

Let’s take a look at first two parts of the Windows Live code of Conduct for SkyDrive:

You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute, or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that:

• depicts nudity of any sort, including full or partial human nudity, or nudity in nonhuman forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga.

• incites, advocates, or expresses pornography, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, hatred, bigotry, racism, or gratuitous violence.

This code of conduct clearly implies that users cannot store anything that is nude or porn, which also includes nude or partially nude paintings and even cartoons. And this code applies to everything including private files that users upload and store on Sky Drive.

Another issue that concerns users is SkyDrive being linked to Microsoft account. This means that in case Microsoft suspends users’ SkyDrive, users also lose access to any connected Outlook or Office software or Windows Phone and Xbox 360 devices. This extremely severe code of conduct could end up cutting off other services that users depend on.

However, there seems to be another concern. Microsoft is forcing users to use SkyDrive in its new Windows 8 and Office 2013. SkyDrive is rooted inside the Windows 8 OS. Also noted is that SkyDrive is the default for saving files in the new version of Office, instead of local hard drive. However, Microsoft has made it extremely easy for users to save to the cloud. But the question that remains is that what happens to the file stored in SkyDrive that contains too many swear?

On being asked to through light on its strict policy, Microsoft refused to answer.

Let’s take a look at other four cloud storage providers to see where they stand on the issue of content restrictions.

Box

Box is a relatively easy-to-use service, which has its main target on businesses. This service attracts business consumers and teams through promotion strategies such as 50GB storage bargains for Android and iPhone users. A spokesperson from the company also stated that customers can use Box with no worries as long as they do not violate the law or DMCA in any manner. As per reported, the company’s terms of service includes:

You may not use Box in any way that violates applicable federal, state, or international law, or for any unlawful purpose.

Dropbox

Just like other companies, Dropbox also have its own terms of service, DMCA policy, and acceptable use policy. However, the company’s policy did not mention any content restrictions (such as porn or nude drawings) besides telling users not to break the law in any manner.

Google Drive

Google Drive also has a list of restrictions that it imposes on content. The company has rules against “publishing” (read: sharing) content that includes sexually explicit material, bullying, violence, and more.

On being asked about it, Google officials neither confirmed nor denied whether Google Drive users could upload porn to the cloud legally or not. But what it said does imply that users can store adult content in Drive as long as they do not share it with friends.

Also just like Microsoft, Google also offers users easy accessibility to all its services via a single account. But that means that in case users uploaded anything that violates Google’s laws, users might just lose access to Gmail and other services too.

SugarSync

SugarSync just wants its users to work under Terms of Use, but the company doesn’t have any specific content restrictions.

However, comparing all service providers conclude that Microsoft remains the most restrictive cloud storage provider in the market. The company is strict and rigid in its policy as to what users can upload and what they cannot. This move seems to be a way by Microsoft to deter cyber crime. But the fact that it does not even allow profanity or curse is something that the company might want to reconsider.

As mentioned above, the four other companies do allow users to store whatever they want as long as it is done within the laws and policies.… Read the rest

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