Online Storage & Data Backup

Google Photos to end unlimited storage for some types of video files

Google is telling users that some video file formats will start counting toward their Google Photos storage cap, changing a rule that had been in place since 2015 that allowed users to store unlimited photos and videos as long as they let Google compress the files.

But Google added a note to its Google Photos Help page recently, stating that any "unsupported" files uploaded after December 6 will begin to count against a user's storage total. Thankfully, the list of... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Play Store rolls out feature to help Android users monitor storage in 'My Apps'

The Google Play Store is testing a new storage tracking tool called My Apps according to Android Police. The feature monitors how much space your apps are taking up on your device.

The feature's reach is limited for now, but here's how to find the tool when it's fully live:

Open the Google Play Store app.Tap the Settings hamburger in the search bar.Tap My Apps and Games.Tap Installed.

The section will display all the apps installed on your phone. If My... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software

New Dropbox Extensions let you open a file with the web app of your choice

Dropbox is a convenient way to access and view your stored files from any connected PC or mobile device. But sometimes you also want to edit or modify a document, image, or other file. In the past, you'd have to download the file and work with it offline. Now, there's an easier option.

SEE: How many photos you can store in the cloud?

Dropbox has officially unveiled a feature known as Extensions, as described in a new blog post. Through... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Productivity Software , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Microsoft OneDrive update gives users more control over shared files and photo uploads

Microsoft has spent the entire month of November releasing updates to their cloud storage app OneDrive on both iOS and Android. Today, they announced even more changes to the app that will allow users to block downloads for certain files and immediately upload all photos from their device's camera roll to a OneDrive account. This feature was previously only available to Android users but will now expand to everyone regardless of device.

Users will also changes to the MyAnalytics feature, which... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Drive won't count backups from WhatsApp toward your storage cap

Google and WhatsApp have struck a deal that will allow Android users to store their WhatsApp backups on Google Drive without counting toward the storage cap. The new storage policy will take effect November 12. Previously, WhatsApp users could use Google Drive to backup messages, but the backup counted toward Google Drive's storage limit.

In a blog post, WhatsApp said users will have to manually update old backups or they will be automatically deleted from your Google Drive storage account... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Online Storage & Data Backup , Android Software

Microsoft OneDrive can now back up and protect your folders

Microsoft OneDrive users now have a new option for backing up critical folders and files.

Currently rolling out to OneDrive on Windows, the service's folder protection lets you add your documents, desktop, and pictures folders to OneDrive. Any files contained in those folders will be backed up to your online storage and synced to other computers and devices running OneDrive. As such, you'll be able to access those folders and files from anywhere.

SEE: Keep Your Photos Safe in the Cloud with the Best Online Photo Storage

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Topics: Business Software , Online Storage & Data Backup , Office Suites , Windows Software , Mac Software

Best Free Internet Software for Windows and Macs

Even the savviest of Internet users can benefit from tools other than a Web browser and its addons, and the contents of this kit has changed as the Net has evolved. For example, we no longer require third-party download managers or online activity erasers, but VPNs (virtual private networks) and encrypted cloud data backups are no longer just business services. Let's give you an overview of which Internet software you need, and which you don't.

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Topics: Blogging Software & Tools , Miscellaneous Internet Software , Internet Software , P2P & File-Sharing Software , Online Form Tools , Download Managers , Social Networking Software , Online Storage & Data Backup , Search Tools , FTP Software , Bookmark Managers

The best mobile Internet software -- after your browser

The Internet offers more than you see in a Web browser window. An assortment of mobile apps and services can connect to blogging and social sites, online storage and backup, and search and downloading utilities.

Mobile Internet software FAQs

How do I manage my blog from my phone? If you use Tumblr ( Android... Read More »

Topics: Blogging Software & Tools , Miscellaneous Internet Software , Internet Software , P2P & File-Sharing Software , Online Form Tools , Download Managers , Social Networking Software , Online Storage & Data Backup , Search Tools , FTP Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Bookmark Managers

How many photos you can store in the cloud?

Apple and Google offer free cloud storage for your photos, but is the free amount enough? How many photos can you store in 5GB or 15GB of cloud space? When should you pay for more storage? Photo services offers multiple packages, so we did the legwork for you to find out how many photos you can store in Google Photos, Apple iCloud, Flickr, Dropbox, and several other services.

We're estimating that the average photo is 3MB. But photo file size depends... Read More »

Topics: Online Storage & Data Backup , Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , Digital Photo Tools