In this article, we will discuss about how cloud computing helps you in your daily life. Cloud computing means different thing for different people, it is like the famous story of blind men and the elephant. Each one looks at cloud computing in their own perspective which is based on their background and experience.
For some it may be OS virtualization, for some it is virtual storage and so on. This article is not about Enterprise Cloud computing which most of you are familiar. But it is about the some of the cloud computing services which can enrich your daily life, makes it easier. Recently Apple iCloud enabled one lady in US to retrieve her stolen iPhone. In the last one year iPhone’s “Find my phone” helped many to retrieve their lost iPhones and some could wipe out their sensitive data remotely before the thief had access to them.
Storage in the CloudBefore cloud computing became widely used terminology there were few online storage services which offered limited services. Xdrive was one of the earliest popular online storage which was mapped to Windows explorer Storage as X drive. Xdrive was later taken over by AOL and by 2009 it went down with AOL. Now storage in the cloud is all the more important when we live in a time where most of the devices we carry around are mini computers. In this multi-platform environment it is easier if we could store and retrieve files if it is stored in a central place which supports all the platforms. There are many cloud storages services available today. I will discuss some of the popular ones.
3. Pogo PlugPogo plug storage is famous for their NAS drive but recently they announced a cloud storage service for PCs too with 5GB limit. It has iOS client apps and works for all kinds of files, even media files can be shared. Pogo drive is free for only 30 days and then it cost you $29.9 for further use.
4. Google DriveGoogle Drive gives 5GB of free storage and is accessible from PC, iOS devices and Android devices. It is tightly integrated with Google Docs so you can edit DOCs in the Google Drive. You can install the client app in desktop as well as smart phones and access all services of Google Drive.
The GUI is exactly liked Google Docs so it is easy to navigate. One biggest advantages of Google Drive is its ability open almost 30 types of file formats including media files. It automatically syncs the desktop file with cloud versions pretty fast.
Once you snap any Photos it will be stored in Photo stream which is in the cloud and immediately available in all iOS devices using Wi-Fi. Recently this came handy for Katy McCaffrey when she lost her iPhone in a cruise ship. The person (Nelson) who robbed her phone went on clicking photos of him and his friends which automatically uploaded in iCloud for Katy to see. She posted all this photos in Facebook with a caption “Adventures with my stolen iPhone” which went viral in the web and Katy got her iPhone back and Nelson and her girlfriend lost their job! Read more in the following link.
Documents in Cloud
“And now with iCloud, you can keep your work up to date across all your iOS devices. You don’t have to save your work or transfer any files. Your documents — with all your latest edits — automatically appear everywhere. iCloud is already built into Apple iOS apps like Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. It can also work with other iCloud-enabled apps. So you can do things like create a spreadsheet on your iPad and make edits to it on your iPhone. Or start sketching on your iPod touch and add the finishing touches on your iPad at home.” Apple says.
This is a very interesting feature. With Find My Friends, you can choose to temporarily share your location with a group of people. It’s perfect for a weekend camping trip or a day at the amusement park. Share locations for a couple of hours — or a couple of weeks. When the trip is over, the sharing ends, too.
You can put on and off the feature of sharing your location with your friends at your wish. If you want little privacy just flip the switch to off. It allows parental control to override the settings.
6. CubbyCubby from LogMeIn a recent addition but very promising (http://www.logmein.com/) I love their LogMeIn apps where I can log into my home computers from office, if required….
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