Realizing that business users and consumers alike are producing far more digital content than a few years ago, Microsoft has increased the amount of free OneDrive cloud storage available to Office 365 subscribers by 50 times.
Today, OneDrive comes with seven gigabytes of free storage, and Office 365 comes with 20 gigabytes of OneDrive storage. As of today, that’s changed: Microsoft will increase the free quota to 15 Gbytes, and OneDrive subscribers will receive a whopping 1 terabyte with their subscription. The changes will roll out over the next month.
“We chose that quota few years ago, and frankly, times have changed,” said Angus Logan, the head of product marketing for OneDrive, of the old limits. “The amount of storage that people are needing now, the amount of digital storage they’re spinning off, is quite a bit. Instead of recording 50 Kbytes of notes, I could end up recording 500 megabytes of video with my notes. Or everytime I take my Lumia and push that hardware button it uploads 10 megabytes to the cloud. It’s just a lot more than we needed before.”
By comparison, Logan noted, Dropbox offers 2 Gbytes for
June 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Aereo Letter to Customers (Post Supreme Court)
A Letter to Our Consumers: Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology – An Update on Aereo
“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” –Charles Kettering, inventor, entrepreneur, innovator & philanthropist
A little over three years ago, our team embarked on a journey to improve the consumer television experience, using technology to create a smart, cloud-based television antenna consumers could use to access live over the air broadcast television.
On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers.
As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court. We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps. You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today. All of our users will be refunded their last paid month. If you have questions about your account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @AereoSupport.
The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a
June 30, 2014 | Comments Off on How Supreme Court ruling affects Aereo, the Cloud, and You!
The court was loud and clear: Aereo’s streaming TV business is illegal. But the decision raises more questions than it answers.
The chief of streaming-TV startup Aereo has said that his mission to bring unbundled broadcast TV to the Internet has greater stakes than just the fate of his company — and that it’s the crusaders, taking on those with power, who fill graveyards.
Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia may end up correct on both counts. A 6-3 Supreme Court decision Wednesday found that Aereo, whose antenna-plus-cloud-storage technology streams over-the-air TV signals, is illegal if it continues to operate without paying broadcasters any fees. The ruling handed a victory to the networks’ owners, some of the biggest media companies in the world, in their fight to shut it down.
The decision kills Aereo as we know it, but it may affect more than just one service operating in just 13 cities for little more than an analyst-estimated 100,000 subscribers. While the Supreme Court answered one question clearly, it raised many others for Aereo, its customers, its foes and its relative peers, services like Dropbox and Apple’s iCloud that might be collateral damage. For consumers, the …
June 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Lauren and Tim's Fitness Gadget Review
The pros and cons lists are not comprehensive lists of each fitness band’s features. Rather they are just some of the distinguishing features we found most useful for each.
Fitbit Flex – $99.99
Pros: Comfortable, great phone app, easy to use, tracks sleep and can even go back to log sleep after the fact, vibrating alarm, tracks water and food consumption.
Cons: no display, hard to keep the 2-piece band dry and can get moldy where the tracker fits in.
This is a great product for someone who just wants to keep track of basic fitness, sleep, and food. The display shows 5 dots that help track your progress, but has no ability to tell time, or give exact feedback directly from the band.
Striiv Touch – $99.99
Pros: Comfortable, small, water-resistant, smartwatch, phone notifications directly to your wrist, sleep tracking, great phone app.
Cons: Battery life with constant use is only about two days.
This is a personal favorite of the products tested. Striiv has done a great job making fitness fun and accessible for everyone. The striiv touch has an in-app game to help you meet your daily step goal, as well as being …
June 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Podcast 1426 June 28, 2014 : Rick Broida: Gadget Guy & Lauren and Tim Talk Wearable Tech
Supreme Court Bans Aereo Services
Our crew commented briefly on this significant decision against innovation for consumers of digital content. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Aereo violated the copyright privileges of TV broadcasters.
Lauren Baker, (aka Gary’s daughter and most frequent guest on the show in 16 years) recently graduated from U of M with a degree in sports management and her friend Tim VanRiper (childhood friend and fellow Wolverine) review a wealth of fitness devices. So what’s worth the try and why?
The device’s design remains vastly in line with its other Galaxy Tab counterparts, except for a thinner and lighter shell. But it packs a powerful punch with new features, technologies, and some enterprise goodies.
It’s the Korean electronic giant’s latest bid to take on Apple, its arch-rival Apple in the mobile space, with its flagship annual tablet.
News that the IRS lost tens of thousands of emails sought by Congress unleashed a loud round of forehead slapping around Washington, and the obvious question: How could this happen?
It seems impossible to some that in this age of digital dominance, emails relating to a controversy involving federal government officials could simply vanish.
But transparency advocates and experts in retrieving email from antiquated government computer systems say they’re not at all surprised. The reason: The IRS’s record-keeping procedures — like erasing backup tapes every six months — have been known for years as critical weaknesses in government record collection. These observers say all of the warning signs were there for years before large troves of messages from as many as six IRS employees caught up in the tea party scandal were destroyed through a combination of equipment failures and inadequate archiving procedures.
Keeping track of your car is one thing — keeping track of drivers is another. The Audiovox Car Connection lets you do both through one simple device that installs in your vehicle’s OBDII port without tools. All you need to do is create an online account and you’ll have instant access to your car’s whereabouts and mechanical health from nearly anywhere.
Easy to install and use for instant updates
Plug the Car Connection into your car’s OBDII port (typically located under the steering wheel) — it’s that easy. Then log in to Audiovox’s My Car Connection website to register your vehicle, choose a plan, and activate your account. You’ll be able to start tracking your vehicle from your computer, tablet, or smartphone once your registration is complete. Got a fleet of vehicles at your disposal? You can manage up to 20 different devices from one account.
You can track your car’s path using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Real-time vehicle tracking
The Car Connection utilizes wireless technology to provide the location, direction, speed, and history of your vehicle, including a path you can revisit later. The interface makes it easy to set …
Just a collection of gimmicks on a top end smartphone? It better be more than that or Jeff Bezos and Amazon have gambled too much too late. On the other hand Jeff is used to let it all ride on a single roll and coming up a winner. The secret seems to be that he is willing to lose $$$$ up front in order gain a loyal (hooked on Prime) customer later.
June 21, 2014 | Comments Off on Podcast 1425 June 21, 2014 : Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood, #SMDetroit and AT&T Hotspot
Summer Social Media Daze
Our social media guru and new mom, Emily Hayhas been on maternity leave for the last few months but has managed to stay connected to the world of social media. Today she introduces us to two of her friends: