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If it happened any other way, it just wouldn’t be as satisfying, now would it? After years of leaks, murmurs, hubbub and other familiar synonyms, Google’s mythical cloud storage platform is now official… sort of. As Lady Fate would have it, the company apparently outed a memo of the features on its French blog earlier today, but before it could yank the ‘pull’ switch, an eagle-eyed reader managed to grab the text and run it through — surprise, surprise — Google Translate. What’s left is an official-as-you’ll-get-right-now transcript of Google Drive’s features, but contrary to the hype, it all feels way more enterprise-centric than consumers may have wanted. For starters, there’s no real mention of music (we guess Google Music is on its own, there), and there’s just 5GB of free storage for “documents, videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs, etc.” According to the brief, it’s designed to let users “live, work and play in the cloud,” with direct integration with Docs and Google+.

We’re also told that Drive can be installed on one’s Mac, PC or Android phone / tablet, while an iOS version will be “available in the coming weeks.” Of note, Google’s making this accessible to visually impaired consumers with the use of a screen reader. As for features? Naturally, Google’s flexing its search muscles in as many ways as possible; if you scan in a newspaper clipping, a simple Search All within Drive will allow results to appear directly from said clipping. If you upload a shot of the Eiffel Tower, it’ll show up whenever you search for the aforesaid icon. Moreover, Drive will allow folks to open over 30 types of documents directly from a web browser, including HD video, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and more — “even without the software installed on your computer.” For those concerned about access, the new platform will have the same infrastructure as any other Google Apps services, giving admins a familiar set of management tools on that end.

On the topic of storage, just 5GB are provided gratis, with 25GB costing $2.49 per month, 100GB running you $4.99 per month and 1TB demanding $49.99 per month, with a maximum of 16TB ($799.99 per month, if you’re curious) per user; thankfully, Google Docs will not be included in your usage total. Finally, the note played up the ability to “attach documents directly into your Drive Gmail,” and given that it’s intended to be an open platform, Goog’s promising to work with third party developers in order to enhance Drive’s functionality even further. The source link below is still dead as of right now, but it simply can’t be long before the lights are officially turned on. Oh, and if you’re not enamored at the moment, the outfit’s suggesting that “many more developments” will be arriving in the coming weeks.

Update: It’s live on the Google Play store, and a pair of explanatory videos are embedded after the break!

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Google Drive official: 5GB of free storage, Chrome web apps, Wave-like sharing and editing (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Splashtop Pro released for businesses

Posted by wicked November - 2 - 2011 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Now that Splashtop has its consumer Android remote desktop offerings on the market, they've now placed their efforts on the next logical customer — businesses. Aiming for the enterprise market and looking for the love of IT Admins everywhere Splashtop Pro is now available and will help bring your desktop PC to your Android tablet or smartphone.

Splashtop Pro is the fastest way to enable mobile workforce. In 30 minutes, a company’s workforce is up and running with mobile tablets with full access to their apps and files on their computers,” said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop. “We are excited to bring the ease of consumer apps to the corporate IT world, while supporting IT to centrally control and manage secure connectivity among devices.”

The services are available to IT Admins who can sign up for a Splashtop Pro account that supports 5-25 users on a 30-day free trial basis. After the trial though, it's $15 per person / per month for access or $149.99 per person / per year. For the full details you can hit the source link below.

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Do you remember 720p smartphone displays?

Chances are that the sentence above does not really make sense to you because the first 720p smart phones are just in the process of being released. Only having about a month in the spotlight, these displays are already being kicked to the sideline by Toshiba. Earlier this year, Toshiba promised a 4 inch smartphone that would feature a 367 ppi display. However, they have now upped the ante with a 6.1 inch tablet phone “thingy”.

It is unclear whether or not the device will be a phone or a tablet, but we do know that the 6.1 inch display will have an incredible 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. That translates to 498 pixels per inch (pixel density). In addition, Toshiba says that it will “boast a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7 million colors, 61 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, and viewing angles of 176 degrees both horizontally and vertically.

If you are still not satisfied by what looks to be the most incredible and un-believable smartphone display, Toshiba has added one last feature – 3D capabilities – that do not require glasses. With a display like this one, users can now watch movies in full HD (1080p) and also in 3D without those pesky glasses. The question is, can we do both at the same time?

And just for perspective, look how this upcoming display from Toshiba literally dominates every single display on the market – including the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus. Remember, we are talking about a display with 498 PPI – a huge improvement!

There is no information on when, where,  or how this will hit the market, but we are sure that Toshiba has leaked this information to try to keep people from buying into 720p displays when mobile devices with displays better than  1080p are right around the corner. Also, if you’re wondering about the 6.1 inch size, and are thinking what kind of device would that go in, then worry not. Much like Samsung was able to reduce the size of the 1280×720 Super HD AMOLED panel from 5.3 inches in the one used in the Galaxy Note to the 4.65 inch variant for the Galaxy Nexus, so too will Toshiba be able to make this one smaller for use in smartphones! And you know it’s coming to Android first!

Any thoughts? 720p enough to seal the deal for you like on the LG Optimus LTE, or the Galaxy Nexus?

Source: Engadget, Chart via Anandtech

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Acer Iconia Tab A501 with HSPA+ hits AT&T on September 18th: $330 on contract

Posted by wicked September - 12 - 2011 - Monday Comments Off

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As promised, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is hitting AT&T just before summer draws to an official close. The carrier just announced it’ll start selling the 16GB model next Sunday, September 18th for $480 — or $330 with a two-year contract. When we first heard about this way back in March, we knew it would be a “4G” device, and today AT&T clarified that this means HSPA+, not LTE, so sorry to burst anyone’s bubble. Even so, five months after the A500 went on sale it remains one of a select few slates with a full-sized USB port, so there’s that to consider if you’re still on the fence about getting a tablet. As planned, it’ll ship with Android 3.0, and an Acer rep confirms 3.1 is coming via an over-the-air update, though she couldn’t say when, exactly, that’ll happen. You can sign up for a monthly plan, if you so choose, though you can also pay as you go, with $15 getting you 250MB and $25 expanding your allowance to 2GB. Customers who commit to two-year agreements will have the same choices, to be honest, except they’ll also have to contend with overage fees — $10 per gigabyte or $15 per 250MB, depending on the plan.

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Verizon to offer Intuit’s GoPayment in retail stores, free after rebate

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2011 - Thursday Comments Off

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There’s nothing worse than missing out on your favorite street meat because you’ve only got plastic. But even smaller vendors may soon be able to process that dollar hot dog with a credit card, as Verizon Wireless is making Intuit’s GoPayment card reader available in its 2,300 retail stores. The small business-friendly machine plugs into a BlackBerry, Android or iOS device to transform the smartphone or tablet into a credit card processing machine using a free app. After a $30 mail-in rebate, the hardware is free with no monthly fees and a 2.7-percent fee per transaction. Merchants who upgrade to the premium version for $12.95 per month will only have to fork over 1.7-percent fee per swipe, bringing the net income on that dollar tube of processed meat to just over 98 cents. Plus, Intuit is throwing in two months gratis for the paid version. Check out the full PR after the break, and don’t forget the ketchup and mustard.

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Verizon to offer Intuit’s GoPayment in retail stores, free after rebate originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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