Box gives you a great interface for viewing and storing files in the cloud

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

Microsoft, GoDaddy offer Office 365 plans for small businesses

Microsoft and GoDaddy are extending their partnership announced in the fall of 2013, the pair announced Monday.

GoDaddy will be offering its small-business customers a choice of three Office 365 plans that will be connected to their domain names.

The Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy plans include:

Email Essentials, starting at $4 per user per month for 5GB of email storage and 2GB SkyDrive Pro storage Business Essentials, starting at $9 per user per month for 50GB of email storage, 25GB of SkyDrive Pro storage Productivity Plus, starting at $12.49 per user per month for 50GB of email storage, … Read more

Collaborative word processor Quip arrives on Android

Watch out Google Drive, Android is getting another mobile productivity suite. Quip, the company building "Microsoft Office for mobile," launched its official Android app Thursday.

Quip gained some buzz when it first launched because it was created by Bret Taylor, the former CTO at Facebook and an engineer who helped build Google Maps. The company's goal is to build the service to write, edit, and collaborate on the go, but right now it faces competition from Evernote, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and Apple iWork.

Quip's word processor does many of the same things Google Docs does, … Read more

Apple lets fly with iWork collaboration features

At Apple's iPad event in San Francisco in October, the company demoed a handful of collaboration features that would come to iWork, making it more of a direct competitor with Google Docs. But almost a month after that press event, we hadn't seen those changes in the software.

On Thursday, though, Apple released a beta update for iWork for iCloud that includes the features. Among the new tools that let multiple people work together on a project: you can see a list of who is currently working on the project, and each person's individual cursor; and you … Read more

Apple challenges Microsoft, Google with iWork collaborative tools

Apple has rolled out a new version of iWork that lets you collaborate in the cloud with other people.

Announced today at Apple's iPad launch event, the new iWork uses Apple's iWork Beta service to let you share and work on files in the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps.

Demonstrating the new feature, Apple Internet Software and Services Vice President Eddy Cue showed how he was able to make changes to a document that was just created by iWork Vice President Roger Rosner. The changes made by different people show up in real time.

"You can even … Read more

Flickr founder plans to kill company e-mails with Slack

When Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and his team realized that their online game Game Neverending wasn't going to be a hit, they turned the game's photo-sharing tool into a stand alone product -- and got lucky.

Flickr was a hit. It quickly caught the attention of Internet giant Yahoo, which bought the site for a reported $35 million in 2005.

Fast forward 8 years and Butterfield is at it again. His new company Tiny Speck, which employs much of the same team as before, shelved its online game Glitch last year. Now, they've taken the customized communications … Read more

Review: GoToMeeting lets you administrate and conduct meetings for up to 25

GoToMeeting allows you to host a virtual meeting with up to 25 attendees. This version of software is a 30-day, full-featured trial, but you will have to register and provide your credit card information. After the free trial, you can purchase the software by paying either monthly or yearly subscription fees. Most of the engine used for this application does not need to be downloaded, so installation of the executable is easy and fast.

The setup goes smoothly, and within minutes you will be able to create and start your online meeting. GoToMeeting allows participants to connect using Windows, Mac, … Read more

Review: Google Drive is sleek, fast, and useful if you already use Google storage

Google Drive offers quick storage and a really attractive layout. However, it's not worth getting too excited over as it just doesn't offer any landmark features if you're not already tethered to Google's ecosystem. If you just want some extra cloud storage, it's a no-brainer. However, if you're looking for one place to keep your data, this one might not be for you.

This app gives you 5GB of cloud storage to hold your files. If you want more, then you have to pay up; there's no way to unlock more by sharing … Read more launches new platform to map the world

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- wants to bring geospatial data to the masses, beyond where Google Earth has gone. The company, which launched Wednesday at the Future in Review conference here, is built around a geospatial visualizer, with more than 2 million data layers that can be overlaid on maps, and a broad set of collaboration tools.

"We want to harness the collective knowledge of the online global community, sharing expertise and enthusiasm," said company CEO Kevin Montgomery. "We are providing worldwide geospatial infrastructure to empower people." grew out of Intelesense, a company … Read more

Throw ideas against a virtual wall with Padlet

Web app Padlet calls itself a "multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki." Which is to say, it's a blank canvas where you can throw ideas around with a virtual group. Each participant can post his or her thoughts, along with any files, photos, videos, and links that pertain to the discussion.

I hosted a Padlet conversation between me, myself, and I using a MacBook, a Windows laptop, and an iPad. Padlet worked flawlessly on each device. Let's take a look at how it works.

To start a Padlet session, head to its Web site and click the … Read more