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What Is Google Drive?

April 25, 2012 1 comment

Google has finally taken the lid off of the long-rumored Google Drive, giving users another option to stack files on the cloud. Initially when i first came across it i wondered if with already established players like DropBox or iCloud or even Sky Drive would Google be able to capture the market?

Google Drive

Essentially, it’s a beefed-up version of Google Docs. You can store your documents, photos, music, videos, etc. all in one place. It syncs with your mobile devices and your computer, so if you make a change from one gadget, it will automatically show up if you were to access it elsewhere. It tracks your changes too, so if you make an edit to the document and hit save, you can still look back at all your revisions from the past 30 days.

You can get up to 5GB of space for free, after which you can upgrade. It’s $2.49/month for 25GB, $4.99/month for 100GB, and $49.99 a month for a whopping 1TB. If you move to a premium account it also automatically expands your Gmail storage to 25GB. Noy bad i have to say for such great service.

It can handle more than 30 different types of files, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and HD video, and you don’t even have to have those programs installed on your computer. Drive also pretty much does away with email attachments, which makes sharing a lot easier. If you wanted to show a friend a video of your vacation, you could just pass them a link to that file, rather than adding it to a clunky message. You wouldn’t have to upload it to a message and your friend wouldn’t have to wait around to download a big file. (Neat i have to say)

Though Apple’s iCloud only caters to iOS users, the Google counterpart is open to all platforms. It’s easily accessible from a wide variety of devices, like Android tablets and phones, as well as the iPad and the iPhone (though only through a web browser at the moment). An app for Android dropped today, and an iOS version is coming in the next few weeks. You can also download Drive for your Mac or PC. Now that’s Google’s way of getting people hooked up to this service pronto.

With 45 million users, Dropbox has been the leader when it comes to cloud storage. However, it only gives you 2GB free. And for most people, 5GB is pretty sufficient, meaning they’re going to go with Google Drive.

I would say Google Drive is slick, clean and responsive. I definitively would recommend it to users considering most of us already use abundant Google services so why not add to the list 😀

#cheers

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Chip Wars !

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Intel vs ARM

Intel vs ARM

Every time anyone thinks about buying a “personal computer” we would automatically think about a comp with Intel inside and windows running as our OS. Well this ideal thought process may just have taken a wild turn considering the recent events in the realms of Technology.

In the past Intel did try to venture into the mobile chip manufacturing market but fell flat in its effort. With the recent rejuvenated effort on their part in  re-entering this sphere considering the world is moving slowly but surely into our phones. Adding more spice to this latest announcement was the fact Intel is linking up with Google to bring processors for their handheld devices running on Android OS. It virtually bring a close to a 30 year partnership of Intel and Microsoft ( often also called Wintel ).

MS Window

MS Window

This was in someway triggered by Microsoft announcing early this year that Windows 8, which would run on machines lacking x86 processor architecture used by Intel and AMD.

New era!

New era!

From my reading i would say by about first half of 2012 we might see Intel powered smartphones and tablets.  Despite 80% market share of Intel in the present market it has constantly been under pressure by ARM (who produce low power consuming chips which are more suitable for phones), who apparently happen to have  a monopoly in the mobile market.

Many would say Intel vs ARM may be a David vs Goliath story but Intel is feeling the pressure and are in the path for confrontation.

With Intel + Android (Google) & Windows 8 heating up the tech sphere, customers can expect better products in the coming months.

#cheers

Google snares Motorola!

August 16, 2011 4 comments
Google

Google

Google has once again taken a huge leap by acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash.  It is by far the largest investment done by Google and the speed in which it has be carried out shows how serious they are in trying to safe guard their Android OS. It would now mean they directly compete with likes of Apple and Research in Motion directly bringing a new dimension into the mobile world!

This show of intent and execution has show how Google are not just satisfied with just developing the Android mobile OS but they wish to get into the market themselves, considering it has significantly taken over the market-share.  As of now through sources Motorola Mobility will act as a separate business under the arm of Google.

The 63% acquisition costing Google about $40 per share has been in the rumour mill considering Google missed out on Nortel which as we know was taken over by a consortium of players which Google claims were playing behest for Microsoft, Apple etc.

Highlighting the “openness” of the Android platform, the mobile operating system will still be available for other manufactures, Google CEO Larry Page said,  “Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success” and is keen to “work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences”.

However, the deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval in the United States and under the European Commission which as people speculate would be routine work for Google.

The Main reason for Google to go in for such a huge investment was due to the war waging in courts across the globe involving Google, Apple and Microsoft on the patent front. Google is publicly positioning the deal not as a means to buy its way into the handset market, but as an opportunity to buy Motorola’s portfolio of patents – some 17,000 of them. To some extent this acquisition may solve the problem.

Google thou has some win-win situations arising from the deal,

With the patents issue being the main reason, Google also now has got into its treasure trove set-top box business which was under Motorola Mobility. Considering along with Cisco, Motorola Mobility happen to be the market leaders in various markets.  now Google can grow upon this base to improve its foothold!

But many would suggest Google would now face questions from other manufactures about them getting into the market and fighting directly with the likes of HTC and Samsung who have invested and got Android in some sense to it’s present market share! but as of now the company has categorically stated that it intents to keep Android OS as open as it is today!

Android

Android

Google has not only ensured Android remains a key player in the market, But also put immense pressure on Nokia and RIM to come up with better shit!! Microsoft now must some how acquire a player who could help propel its Window Mobile OS platform and rumor has it they may just think of acquiring Nokia or RIM! Wouldn’t that be news.

All i can say is it’s a Win-Win situation for customers due to such immense competition in the market!

#cheers

Curious Case Of The Cloud!

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Cloud

Cloud

With the sudden burst of “Cloud Computing” in the field technology, a debate rages on whether it is a sustainable approach in the long run. We should go about putting the pros and cons head to head so as to understand if we do need this intriguing tech to make the world a better place.

Steve Jobs announcing iCloud has caused a flutter after Google had previously put in the public domain its plans of the Cloud based operating system – Chrome OS. With it being fully based on the Cloud services it basically does our everyday normal computing in a cloud that is accessible through internet connection. It has put forth the debate about the security of the data and its reliability. Analysts are sceptically about people putting all their vital info in the hands of Google, Apple or any other company for that manner, They feel it’s a high risk to take considering the volume of cyber-crime being high these days!

Cloud based services on one hand offer various advantages of fast and efficient facilities to the customer with so many wonderful applications available to them at the click of a button. Music on the go, Apps up for use, Data back-up instantly etc, the customer has such varied functionalities at their disposal for a price worth thou. Such is the advantages that one would instantly consider it an essential and a dream from some Sci-fi movie but data security is a prime issue and also the availability of high-speed INTERNET connectivity is not available to the majority of the countries. We could say such tech may just about be available to a small percentage of people across the globe  (India may have a long wait till it catches up) .

To conclude, I would wait for further advances in the technology so that we can use this multi-facet tool to its fullest but have a rational approach towards the security of data and its availability to the masses!