So, with three – soon four – major players all competing with one another, who should you go with? Finally, there’s also Dropbox Teams, which allows you to get 1,000GB or more storage for a more costly rate.
Now, this particular service is still rumored, so thus, nothing officially has been revealed. But, if you want unbeatably priced storage with good functionality behind it, and are situated with either Microsoft or Apple ecosystem-wise, SkyDrive is my top pick.
You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web. Here are 6 Cloud storage apps for iPhone, with the help of which you can save your documents over the cloud. So today I have picked some cloud storage apps which you can use on your iPhone, and store your data on them.
The Special feature of Google drive is that you can also share your drive with anyone and you can work on them collaboratively. Like Google drive  you can not make a new Document or a Spreadsheet, as in Google Drive but you can only upload them on your Drive and see them any time. You can store everything with DropBox, but you can not edit the documents with the help of this app. Cloud storage has become very popular nowadays, and there are lot of good cloud storage services out there, that offer lot of unique features.
I have compared the cloud storage services on following features: Free storage space, data encryption, single file size limit, supported OS, two-step verification, data sync, file sharing with others, file viewer and media player, etc. There are 8 cloud storage services in this post that come with the feature to upload a file without any limit.
Almost all the cloud storage services support most of the popular platforms (desktop client, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone).
Data Sync is a very important factor to have the updated data in all the devices connected with your cloud storage account. Many services have this feature, but the one that I like personally, which supports a huge list of file formats and let you play media files is: Google Drive. When I have to choose a particular cloud storage service, the features I consider are: free space, security, file viewer and editor, and supported platforms. So, which of these cloud storage service is your favorite? Which features are more important for you while deciding on a free cloud storage service? Unless Microsoft has fixed it recently, I believe that uploading whole directory subtrees (folders within folders) is not supported directly by OneDrive. We can’t find that location, so please choose from these options: Check your spelling and try again.
Enter your email below to get exclusive access to our best articles and tips before everybody else. Many new laptops, tablets, and devices in between are coming with an ever-smaller amount of storage. If you don’t have a free Micro SD slot, you may want to examine USB flash drives instead.
We’re mostly focused on internal storage here, but you may also want to consider cloud-based storage solutions. If you just want an archive for your files that you can occasionally access from anywhere, you may want to consider cloud storage. This is an especially good idea if your laptop has a slow mechanical drive — not to get more space, but to upgrade it to a much faster (but smaller) solid-state drive. The next time you get a laptop or tablet with a small amount of storage space and need more, just pick up a Micro SD card or low-profile flash drive. The USB connector on my tablet, like those on most new phones and tablets is of the micro variety. Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site. One of the biggest complaints people have about their smartphone is that the battery doesn’t last long enough. We partnered with The New York Times to find the answer by testing, on both Android and iPhone smartphones, a slew of procedures that people, publications, and—in some cases—smartphone manufacturers suggest for getting more use time out of your phone.1 The article on the NYT website includes a summary of our findings, but if you want to know more, read on for our extended recommendations.
Before we get into the specific changes—to settings or behavior—that you can make to extend your phone’s use time, we want to point out some activities that have a big impact on your battery. Similarly, when you’re using a mapping app for long navigation sessions, your phone’s screen is on and the app forces the phone’s GPS circuitry to refresh at a more frequent rate than in normal usage.
If your battery is getting low, or if you need it to last longer on a particular day, avoid video streaming and GPS navigation unless you’re connected to a power source. Anyone can make a few simple changes to their phone’s settings, or to their own behavior, that can have a significant effect on how much power a device uses.
The component that uses the most energy on your smartphone, by a considerable margin, is the screen: The more you use it—for checking Facebook, streaming Netflix, texting with friends, whatever—the faster your battery drains. When you are actively using the phone, you can extend the battery life by reducing screen brightness: In Wirecutter testing using the Geekbench utility’s battery-intensive routines for an hour, an iPhone 6s used 54 percent less battery—12 percent of a full charge versus 26 percent—with the screen brightness at minimum compared with maximum brightness. The screen where you enable the auto-brightness setting on an Android (left) and iOS (right) device. Using a dim screen in bright environments is tough, however, so most phones offer an auto-brightness mode that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness based on ambient light: In bright environments, the screen gets brighter, in dim environments, it gets dimmer.
If you spend much of your smartphone-screen time on the Web, one of the easiest ways to make your battery last longer may surprise you: Install an ad blocker. The Ghostery browser for Android (left) and the iOS screen for enabling an ad blocker (right). We ran an automated Wi-Fi Web-browsing session in Safari on an iPhone 6s, cycling through a set list of websites for two hours with no ad blockers; then we ran the same test with the 1Blocker ad blocker installed. A feature called push automatically delivers new email, new or revised calendar events, and updates to your contacts list (such as from a Gmail or iCloud account) to your smartphone whenever such changes occur on a central server.
Mail-retrieval settings on an iPhone, with accounts set to fetch new mail every 30 minutes.
If you have a single email account and you don’t receive much email, you won’t see a real difference in battery usage between push and fetch. Anecdotally, during January’s Consumer Electronics Show, when Wirecutter staffers were receiving hundreds of press-release emails each day, having push enabled meant having to charge our smartphones by early afternoon; switching to fetch or manual allowed the same phones to survive well into the evening before needing a charge. The manual setting will save the most battery life, but you likely won’t see a huge benefit over fetch, and you’ll lose the convenience of being notified of new mail and events on a regular schedule.
If you switch from push to fetch or manual, and you don’t notice an improvement in battery life after a few days of use, you might want to switch back to push for the convenience it offers. More and more people are using streaming services such as Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify to get their tunes. For example, in our testing, playing locally stored music over Bluetooth headphones and speakers for two hours used about 5 percent of an iPhone 6s Plus’s battery. Tapping the down-arrow button in Google Play Music (left) or Apple Music (right) lets you download an album or playlist to your phone for offline listening. Some services, including the paid versions of Apple Music and Spotify, let you download individual playlists to your phone. While battery technology continues to improve, smartphone batteries remain sensitive to temperature—they work much better when you use them in moderate temperatures. Both iOS and Android phones include an airplane mode that disables all wireless circuitry, including Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, and NFC.
The Android (left) and iOS (right) screens where you enable battery-saver (low-power) mode. Similarly, both iPhones running iOS 9 and later and Android phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow include a low-power mode (sometimes called battery-saver mode) that significantly reduces the phone’s power usage by disabling power-hogging features.
While both airplane mode and low-power mode conserve battery life, they do so at a heavy price.
Airplane mode is most useful when you’re in areas with bad reception and your phone starts consuming a lot of energy searching for signals—enabling airplane mode prevents your phone from expending that energy. You may have noticed that when you’re in a place without good Wi-Fi or cellular coverage (say, when you’re camping in a remote area), your phone’s battery seems to drain much more quickly.
You can’t improve the signals in areas with sketchy or no coverage (other than by upgrading your home Wi-Fi router to get a better signal there, perhaps), but you can conserve battery life by disabling the phone’s wireless circuitry.
If you’re in a location with solid Wi-Fi but poor cellular coverage, note that some smartphones on some carrier networks can use Wi-Fi calling, which routes calls over a Wi-Fi network. Both phone platforms provide a simple way for you to see which apps are using a lot of battery power.
The Android (left) and iOS (right) screens where you can see which apps are using the most energy.
On Android, you can see a similar list by going to “Settings” then “Battery”; here, too, you’ll see a sorted list of the items that are using your battery power.
Other apps, however, consume a seemingly disproportionate amount of power when you’re not actively using them, and the information on background time is especially useful here: Be on the lookout for apps that are active for extended periods in the background and are using a lot of battery power, because these apps are sucking battery juice even when you aren’t actively using them. If you find such apps, you’ll need to decide whether this background activity is important to you.
Some apps are regularly active in the background, but you may be willing to put up with that because you find what they do useful, or because they don’t draw a huge amount of battery power. If you disable background activity for a particular app, but it persists in using a large amount of power in the background, the app may have a bug. For example, using the Maps app on an iPhone or Android phone for GPS directions for a short trip will consume minimal battery life, as these apps are designed to minimize GPS use; having the screen on during that navigation will consume significantly more. However, a run-tracking program that’s monitoring your precise location for the duration of an hour-long run will affect your battery level. Both Android (left) and iOS (right) let you see which apps are using your location and choose which ones to allow. Note that on an iPhone, some apps let you choose whether to enable location services for each app all the time, or only when you’re actually using the app—an option we wish more apps would provide. Android similarly allows you to change an app’s permission to get your location (go to “Settings” then “Apps,” choose an app, and tap “Permissions”), but your only options are to allow or prevent that access. In addition to push email, which automatically notifies you of new email messages as they arrive, smartphones support push notifications, which allow apps to provide new information, sound alarms, display reminders, and more, instantly.
Determining exactly how much energy notifications use is difficult—in Wirecutter testing, receiving a few dozen notifications over the course of an hour didn’t noticeably affect battery usage—but both Apple and Google recommend disabling notifications as a way to conserve battery power. As a bonus, fewer push notifications means fewer interruptions in your day and less time spent using your phone (which, of course, also helps your battery last longer). Both Android (left) and iOS (right) allow you to configure notifications on a per-app basis. If you get a lot of notifications but have reasons (or just a predilection) to keep them coming, consider disabling notification vibrations instead. AirPlay is Apple’s alternative to Bluetooth for streaming music wirelessly from your phone to speakers. We tested audio streaming via AirPlay and Bluetooth from an iPhone 6s Plus, first using locally stored music and then using tunes streamed from Apple’s Apple Music service. Interestingly, when streaming the same music, AirPlay used barely more juice, 14 percent, because the phone was using the same Wi-Fi connection for both tasks; Bluetooth’s battery usage, however, jumped to 10 percent, because the phone had to use Wi-Fi—to stream the data from Apple Music—whereas it didn’t before. You’ve probably seen lists of things you should supposedly do to extend your phone’s use time.
Unless you’re at the edges of a Wi-Fi network, where your phone is struggling to get a solid connection (see Disable cellular or Wi-Fi when the signal is bad, above), and you have a good cellular-data connection—in other words, your phone is keeping both Wi-Fi and cellular active, and switching between the two—you’re usually better off keeping Wi-Fi enabled. There’s a good chance you’ve seen this “tip” for extending battery life: Close (or force-quit, as it’s commonly called) apps that you aren’t currently using. Although that may sometimes be true on a computer, smartphones are designed differently: Once an app is no longer in the foreground—meaning you aren’t actively using it—most or all of its processes are frozen. For the most part, you can just use your phone and its apps, without having to worry about force-quitting anything or installing an app that claims to “manage” your memory. A better approach is to use your phone’s battery-usage screen, as explained above, to find the biggest battery-usage offenders. Along the lines of the previous myth, many apps in Google’s Play Store for Android claim to improve your phone’s performance by serving as an always-running “memory manager” or “task killer.” As noted above, manually closing applications is a bad idea—Android can properly keep apps and processes suspended, using little to no resources, just fine on its own. You’ll find many Android apps that claim to improve battery life or to better manage tasks, but few are worth the trouble. As we mention above, many apps that use your location do so only intermittently—with the exception of a few bad apples, or apps that really do require constant location tracking, most apps are well behaved in this respect. As a result, we don’t recommend disabling all of your phone’s location-based features just to extend your battery life. Many people, and even smartphone vendors such as Apple, claim that using Wi-Fi for wireless data consumes less battery than using a cellular signal, so you should use Wi-Fi whenever you can. You’ll see the biggest impact of using cellular data when your phone has to switch between cellular towers in a continual search for a good signal.
Both iPhones and Android phones include a hands-free feature for accessing their respective virtual assistants.
However, contrary to tips you might see online, if you have a phone that supports this feature, disabling it won’t conserve much battery life.
Having Ok Google (left) and Hey Siri (right) always listening is convenient, and neither feature uses much energy unless you’re actively having it do something for you.
Actually using Siri or Ok Google uses some energy, so if your phone’s battery is getting low, you should probably stop asking the phone question after question during your commute.
For many years, devices that used rechargeable batteries required “conditioning” or “calibrating,” a procedure that prevented the battery from forgetting how much capacity it actually had if you didn’t fully drain the battery between charges (a phenomenon called the memory effect). However, every battery does gradually lose capacity over time as you use and recharge it, and the phone’s software isn’t always good at accounting for this capacity change. A common warning around the Internet is that you should use only the charger that came with your phone.
Similarly, some people worry that using a higher-current charger with your smartphone—say, by using Apple’s iPad charger with an iPhone, which charges the phone much faster—will damage the phone’s battery.
All of this is to say that as long as you’re using a well-made charger, it’s okay to use one that charges your phone more quickly than the charger it came with, or one that can charge even faster than your phone allows. If, after following these tips, you find that your phone still can’t survive through the day, the battery may be defective; you should take your iPhone to an Apple Store, or contact your Android phone’s vendor, to rule that possibility out.
If the battery is fine, and the phone is less than two or three years old—so you don’t plan on buying a new one with better battery life soon—you might consider purchasing an external battery.
Our pick for the best iPhone 6 battery case, Anker’s Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case, offers the most charge for the money.
If you have another type of phone, if you don’t want a bulky battery case, or if you want the flexibility to charge multiple devices, a USB battery pack is a better option.
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Helpful for businesses especially who have need for such cloud storage and collaboration tools. Until today at least; Microsoft has just pushed out a pretty major update to the cloud storage service. It allows you to seamlessly backup your iOS devices to the cloud and sync photos and documents across all devices.
But I did want to touch on it to make everyone aware that it’s in the pipeline and likely will be released very soon. SkyDrive cloud Storage service is provided by Windows, with a free online storage space of 7 GB. If you want to edit the file you might need to open the file with an app which allows you to edit them. But if you want to edit them you need to download them or you can use any other app from your iPhone which will help you to edit them.
But from its website, you can upload almost anything and you can access them anywhere on your iPhone.
For a normal user, it sometimes becomes difficult to determine which cloud service to go for.
So, depending on the feature that is more important for you, you will know which service to go for. It is so because it supports Client-side encryption with zero-knowledge privacy (your files won’t be decrypted on the cloud by anyone). Those who are more conscious about the security of their accounts, they would like to definitely have this feature.
Both of these cloud services are handy to edit text files, Excel files, or other documents. And yes, OneDrive does support uploading entire folders while retaining their directory structure. You can get a 32 GB Micro SD card for under $20 on Amazon, or a 64 GB Micro SD card for under $40.
Traditionally, most USB flash drives have been fairly large and poked out of the device quite a ways.
They’re mostly a USB plug, and only a small nub will poke out of your laptop or tablet. If you can open up your laptop, you can replace its internal drive with a larger drive — or insert a second internal drive, in the off chance that your laptop has a second drive bay. I find that if I keep media files on the NAS, almost everything else I use fits easily onto a smallish SSD. That's exactly what I'm working on right now: I just bought a hard drive bay for the optical drive bay on my laptop. Doing so requires a standard known as USB OTG (On The Go), which is only supported in some devices. For many people, just making it through the day can be a challenge, which is why you see so many “How to make your phone’s battery last longer!” articles in your friends’ Facebook feeds.
The following may seem obvious to you, but many people engage in these activities regularly.
Watching a movie on, say, Netflix requires your phone’s screen to be on continuously (the biggest battery drain), your phone to maintain an active Internet connection (another notable drain), and the phone’s processor and graphics processor to decode the video and audio. It’s also making heavier use of cellular and Wi-Fi connections in order to aid in pinpointing your location. If you’re concerned about running your battery down too quickly, limit the amount of time you’re actively using the phone (that is, with the screen on). But a quick and easy change that can help extend its battery life without much fuss or annoyance is to shorten the delay until your phone automatically turns its screen off. A Moto X Pure Edition Android phone used 30 percent less (21 percent of a full charge versus 30 percent).
In a moderately well-lit office, our iPhone 6s test phone used only 16 percent of a full battery over an hour of the Geekbench stress test with auto-brightness on (with initial brightness set at 50 percent). Much of the debate around using this kind of software, which is designed mainly to prevent certain kinds of ads from loading while you’re browsing websites, focuses on revenue (for publishers) and annoyance (for readers).
Without the ad blocker, the test used 18 percent of the phone’s battery, but with the ad blocker, it used only 9 percent—so viewing ads doubled the impact of Web browsing on the phone’s battery! Although push is convenient, the feature can use a goodly amount of power, as it requires your phone to always be listening for new communications from your account provider.
But the more accounts you have on your phone, and the more messages and events each of those accounts receives, the more energy your phone will use, as it has to communicate with those account servers continually. Alternatively, you can enable push for only those email accounts on which you really do need to see messages immediately, using fetch or manual for the others. However, streaming requires your phone to maintain an active wireless connection—Wi-Fi or cellular—to the service you’re using to stream music. Streaming that same music over a strong Wi-Fi connection used 10 percent of the phone’s battery—twice as much. Apple notes, in its publication on maximizing battery performance, that you’ll get the best battery life when you use the phone in temperatures of 62° to 72° Fahrenheit. For example, on an iPhone, enabling low-power mode disables email fetch, the Hey Siri feature, background application usage, automatic downloads of app updates and other data, Wi-Fi scanning, and some visual effects. With airplane mode you lose the ability to communicate with another device, be it a wireless keyboard or another phone, as well as the ability to access Internet services. Low-power mode is a better alternative when your phone’s battery is on its last legs and you just need to make it to the next charge, or when you know you’ll be away from power for a prolonged period and you want to stretch the phone’s full charge as long as possible. But if you use your phone a lot over the course of the day, if you frequently use location-related apps and services, or if you regularly find yourself in areas with bad cellular or Wi-Fi coverage, you can expend a bit more effort to improve battery life.
Modern smartphones are designed to use the minimum amount of power to get the best connection, so when you’re in a spot with good coverage, such as in an urban area, power usage is much lower—sometimes by factors of ten—than when you’re in a rural area with poor coverage, or where you have no signal and the phone is constantly searching for one. However, rather than using airplane mode (described above), you can disable just the wireless feature that’s using lots of energy.
Some cellular carriers also offer “micro-cells,” which plug into your Internet connection to provide a strong, local cellular signal over licensed frequencies for that carrier in your area. For example, on an iPhone running iOS 9, go to “Settings” then “Battery,” and scroll down to “Battery Usage” to see a list of the apps using the most battery power, sorted by the amount consumed. You’ll likely find that the apps with the highest battery usage also have the longest on-screen time—in other words, they’re using a lot of battery because the screen is on most of the time you’re actively using them. Examples might include an email app that spends lots of time checking for new messages even when your phone is asleep, an RSS reader that updates articles in the background, or a fitness app that constantly monitors your location. For example, on one of our test iPhones, the Moment app, which tracks location and activity throughout the day, used power in the background for nearly 94 hours over 7 days, claiming about 5 percent of overall battery use during that period.
You can take advantage of the previous tip (going through the battery-usage screen) to find big offenders: If a location-based app is using a lot of battery power, especially in the background, chances are good that the app is using GPS, Wi-Fi, and the phone’s sensors frequently. If you choose “While Using the App” (under “Settings” then “Privacy” then “Location Services” then the app’s name), the app will still be able to determine your location while you’re actively using the app—in other words, when it’s on the screen—but not when it’s in the background. You can, however, set a systemwide location limit: Go to “Settings” then “Location,” and choose between “High accuracy” mode, which uses GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular networks to determine your location, or “Battery saving” mode, which disables GPS to save energy at the cost of accuracy. Push notifications can be very convenient—they’re part of what makes a smartphone great—but every notification uses a bit of energy, as it requires your phone to wake up for a few seconds, including turning on the screen, to show you a message and give you a chance to act on it. If a particular app or service (say, Twitter or your email client) is constantly producing notifications, consider disabling notifications for that app. Every time your phone vibrates, it uses energy to move a little motor in the phone; over dozens or hundreds of notifications, that power drain adds up.
AirPlay claims better sound quality and longer range, thanks to its use of a higher-quality audio format and your existing Wi-Fi network, but AirPlay uses quite a bit more of your battery than Bluetooth. When playing locally stored music, AirPlay used 13 percent of the phone’s battery over two hours, while Bluetooth used only 5 percent. In other words, Bluetooth uses less of your battery than AirPlay, but you’ll see the biggest battery savings if you store your favorite music on your phone, as noted above, rather than stream it from the cloud. But Bluetooth was designed from the start to minimize battery usage, and it has only gotten better over time. However, if you’re in range of a strong Wi-Fi signal, your phone uses less energy to connect to the Internet with a Wi-Fi connection than a cellular one. While an app may still be loaded in RAM (temporary memory), the app is unlikely to be doing stuff in the background to drain your battery.
Of particular concern are apps that you’ve specifically given permission to do things in the background, such as apps that monitor your location, and apps that refresh their content in the background.
If an app is listed there as consuming a huge amount of battery power, and it isn’t an app you’ve been actively using or one that you’ve given permission to do a lot of things in the background, the app might have a bug that’s causing it to suck up battery power. What’s more, Android automatically kills older processes, or big memory hogs, as performance starts to lag. Even using the Maps app for short navigation sessions doesn’t consume more than a few percents’ worth of your battery’s capacity—and as we noted, having the phone’s screen continually on is a big part of why navigation draws a lot of juice.
In doing so, you’re unlikely to see a big jump in use time, but you may end up turning off useful features that you’ll miss having available. As we explain above, your phone uses significantly more power when trying to find and connect to a weak signal. We found that after an hour of Web surfing, an Android phone had used roughly 4 percent of a full battery more when we were driving in a car than when we were stationary with a strong LTE signal; an iPhone used 8 percent more of a full charge.
With this feature enabled, you don’t have to press or hold a button to activate Siri or Ok Google, respectively—you just say, for example, “Hey Siri” and then speak your request or command.
In our testing with an iPhone 6s Plus and a Nexus 6P, we saw a negligible difference in battery usage between having the always-on virtual assistant enabled or disabled over a two-hour period.
Similarly, only some Android phones with certain energy-efficient components provide the option for always-on Ok Google; on other models, Ok Google works only when the the screen is on, when you’re already using the phone.
But just having the feature enabled isn’t worth worrying about—and the feature can be quite convenient. If you periodically (once every couple months) charge the phone fully and then use it until it dies, your phone’s software will determine the battery’s current capacity and thus allow the phone to better estimate how long it will last on a charge.
This idea isn’t so much about extending your battery life on a daily basis but rather a warning that using a different charger could damage your phone’s battery—either by being poorly made or by supplying too much power. And some flagship Android phones come equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology, which allows faster charging—with a compatible charger—by bumping the voltage rather than the current. You do have some theoretical risk here, as charging a battery with too much current can shorten the battery’s life cycle (how long it will maintain good capacity) over long periods. There’s some truth in this claim: Many chargers you can buy, especially budget models you’ll find online or at your local shopping-mall kiosk, are poorly made or constructed with low-quality components. These accessories, which can take the form of a bulky case with a built-in battery, or a separate battery that connects to your phone with a cable, provide the power you need to last an additional few hours at the end of the day, or even to fully charge your phone’s battery.
Our guide to the best USB battery packs covers models ranging from pocketable packs that will get you through a meeting or an evening out all the way up to large batteries designed to support you through a week off the grid. Although we ran tests that were as controlled as we could make them, it isn’t possible to completely control all factors and still actually use a phone.
With a heavier email load, the difference would likely be even greater, because push would require the phone to retrieve new messages more frequently, whereas fetch would retrieve new mail on the same 30-minute schedule.
Weak or nonexistent Wi-Fi signals make your phone consume more power than a strong Wi-Fi connection, but with the modern Wi-Fi chips present in smartphones, it’s a very small difference compared with the energy your phone will burn with a weak cellular connection. On an iPhone 5s or later, the screen doesn’t turn on if the phone is face-down on a table, in a bag, or otherwise blocking the phone’s light sensor, but the phone still wakes up. If you’re traveling with others, or if you have multiple devices, you can conserve battery power on most of the devices by using a single device to connect to the cellular network and act as a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth hotspot for the others. When readers choose to buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we earn affiliate commissions that support our work.
All you need to do is put all of your assets into a shared folder on the company network anda€”presto!a€”there they are for everyone to use. A corporate image library deserves a lot more security than the weak barriers associated with this makeshift solution. Simply placing a shared folder on a server does little to protect you from the effects of losing your assets to attack, natural disaster, or other hazards. Whether hiring more IT people or having current IT personnel manage shared folders for digital assets, the costs will probably be higher than going with a software as a service DAM system. This is in great contrast to DAM systems designed to easily manage several versions of the same asset.
Request a demo of Widen software-as-a-service DAM to see how easy and effective a quality DAM system is. While Sarwan was a bit critical of the post, his main problem seemed to be that we didn't focus on the right (or most persuasive) arguments for abandoning a shared folder system in favor of DAM software. The attributes of DAM software that Sarwan says we should have focused on don't necessarily exist across all DAM platforms, and even when they do, they aren't executed the same way by every DAM provider. We're glad that our content is sparking a discussion about what's best not just for DAM vendors individually, but for the industry at large.
It also has a good set of file recovering features; a one-month history of your work is kept, you can undo changes to files and even undelete them. All that rumors have suggested so far is that it will offer 5GB of storage for free (still more than Dropbox), and will tie in nicely with Google’s ecosystem. Their pricing is hard to beat, and most of the functionality that anyone will need has been added in the latest update. But, as far as cross-platform file storage and syncing is concerned, SkyDrive is unbeatable. So, if you have too much data on your iPhone, then you need to figure out a way to store documents.


SkyDrive also allows you to store your every type of file on it But if you want to edit them you need to download them  on your system.
SugarSync also gives you sharing option to share your files which can be access from drop down menu of every file or folder.
But again I failed to see any online editor inbuilt for editing or making a new online document.
Frankly, it is very difficult to find an absolute best, as each service has something unique to offer, and what might be important for someone might not be that important for someone else.
Among these two services, OneDrive can be a good choice as you can earn additional space up to 20 GB for free.
Many cloud services support this feature: Box, Tresorit, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, SpiderOak, and IDrive.
So there won’t be any use of such services that provide too low a storage space and support unlimited file size.
I’ll try to confirm whether all the services support this feature or not, and see if a column can be added to the article. They wouldn’t be ideal for leaving in a laptop and throwing that laptop in a bag, but not all flash drives are that physically large. With a flash drive like this, you can leave it inserted into your device the entire time and treat it as a permanent expansion to your device’s storage. Upgrading your laptop is often possible, but it’s definitely more work than quickly plugging in an external storage device! You can always load a movie or two on the SSD if you need to and you can stream music when you're out.
I take the drive that came with it, put a sticker on it with the date the warranty expires. If a mobile device doesn't support USB OTG, a Flash drive won't work on the USB jack, with or without a Micro-B port or OTG cable. But many of the claims in those articles are specious at best, and some of the tricks they suggest could actually shorten your battery life. For example, we watched Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on Netflix with the volume and screen brightness both set at 50 percent. With our Android test phone, a similar test resulted in the phone’s using 25 percent of a full charge.
But ads, just like any other form of online content, use resources: Your phone must download the ad images and video and then display them (often running browser scripts too), and these tasks use energy.
We ran a similar test on a 2015 Moto X Pure using the Ghostery Privacy Browser and got results that were even more dramatic: With no ad blocker, a two-hour browsing session in Chrome used 22 percent of the phone’s battery, whereas the Ghostery ad-blocking browser (which uses the same browser engine as Chrome) consumed only 8 percent.
Most phones let you configure them to use “fetch” instead, where the phone polls a server on a schedule—say, every 30 minutes—or only when you manually tell the phone to do so. For example, to compare the effect of push versus fetch on the same email load, we tested an iPhone 6s Plus configured with three email accounts, receiving a total of 20 to 30 messages per hour.
This active connection consumes a significant amount of power in comparison with playing that same music if it were stored on your phone.
In cold temperatures, you’ll see much shorter battery life, though the battery will regain its normal use time when the phone warms up. Indeed, in our testing on Android and iPhone smartphones, enabling airplane mode resulted in the battery level dropping by just a few percent over four hours during normal use (or as normal as use can be when the device is in airplane mode, as we note below). Both platforms can automatically switch to low-power mode when the battery level dips below a certain threshold (to squeeze an extra hour or so out of your phone when its battery gets low), or you can make the switch manually at any time.
If you forget to disable this mode, you might miss calls and text messages or be unreachable for loved ones. For example, on an iPhone, you can go to “Settings” then “General” then “Background App Refresh” to choose, for individual apps, whether each one can refresh its content in the background; you can go to “Settings” then “Privacy” then “Location Services” to determine whether an app can track your location in the background. But if you value Moment’s tracking and analysis, you might consider that amount of battery usage to be acceptable. Depending on how much you value that app’s features, you can choose to let it continue to do its thing, or you can disable location features for it (either via your phone’s location-services settings or through the settings in the app itself).
On an iPhone, go to “Settings” then “Notifications,” tap the app name, and disable “Allow Notifications” (or switch to a less-intrusive form of notifications, such as a Badge App Icon).
On an iPhone, you can disable all vibrations by going to “Settings” then “General” then “Accessibility” then “Vibration.” Alternatively, you can go to “Settings” then “Sounds” and tap individual items under “Sounds and Vibration Patterns” to disable vibrations for each.
But other tricks don’t really help your phone use less energy—in fact, some may cause your phone to use battery energy more quickly. In our testing, having Bluetooth on but not actively connected to a device used a negligible amount of battery power over several hours. In addition, if you regularly use apps that rely on your location, having Wi-Fi enabled helps your phone determine its location without relying solely on power-hungry GPS features, so it actually helps your phone’s battery last longer.
Your phone’s operating system also automatically closes apps in the background when it needs RAM for other tasks. You likely want them to perform those tasks—force-quitting the apps will prevent them from doing the very things you gave them permission to do. Restarting applications repeatedly will probably cost you more battery life than leaving them alone, and any automatic task manager will itself be demanding power constantly from your phone. Instead, follow our tips above to check if any of the apps consuming the most battery life also track your location.
For example, when we tested in a location where both Wi-Fi and LTE signals were strong, on an iPhone 6s Plus an hour of browsing over Wi-Fi used roughly the same amount of battery power as an hour using LTE; on a Moto X Pure Android phone, LTE used only 2 to 3 percent more of a full charge than Wi-Fi. So if you’re in a location where the Wi-Fi signal is bad, but you have a good cellular signal—so your phone is regularly switching between the two—disabling Wi-Fi and forcing your phone to use just cellular data will likely conserve battery power. Although this feature is convenient, it requires your phone to constantly listen for that special phrase, which uses some power. The battery won’t last any longer as a result, but the phone’s battery meter will be more accurate.
In reality, the phone itself contains all the circuitry responsible for charging its battery.
And even if using a higher-current charger on a daily basis does affect the battery’s life cycle, you likely won’t see a difference unless you keep the phone for longer than a couple of years—at which point you’ll be seeing shorter battery life anyway (just possibly not as short) due to age of the battery.
Some of these chargers are counterfeit, sold as believable-looking versions of phone makers’ own chargers. Similarly, although we performed multiple tests for each procedure, we conducted the tests on particular combinations of phone configurations and software, so our specific results may differ to some degree from what you’ll experience on your own phone. It wouldna€™t take a skilled hacker to compromise a shared folder, nor would it be difficult for disgruntled (or careless) employees to make you regret taking measures so lax. Why use IT people to help manage assets when their skills are needed for overall optimal network performance? Instead, Sarwan writes, we should have focused on repurposing, search capability, web integration and metadata.
Certainly these functionalities are important and worth examining, but we think it makes more sense to focus on them in the context of a search for the right vendor, rather than in the context of decisions about whether to implement DAM at all. This has always been progress we've valued deeply, and you don't need to take our word for it.
Dropbox, a popular choice for quite some time (its name is practically the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about cloud storage) is being threatened by SkyDrive, which really stepped up its game today. You can even remotely browse and snag the files on your PC quickly and securely from anywhere in the world that you have an Internet connection. I think that tying this in with Android phones as far as file syncing and backup would be awesome, to provide users with iCloud-like functionality. However, they still lack an Android client, and probably never will have a BlackBerry client. From iPhone you can sync only images, but if you have also synced any media file you can also watch them with live streaming on your iPhone.
You can also see any documents on your iPhone, but if you want to edit them you need some other app which supports editing of document files. Keeping that in mind, below I have summarized which services are the best for each feature. So, if there is one feature that is very important for you, you will know which service you should go for.
However, I would go with Google Drive. It is so because it supports a huge list of File Types, extending its functionality to edit those files, and lets you chat with collaborators in real-time. However, I must say, that Copy, Dropbox, ASUS WebStorage, and Box also offer a lot of features that one might be looking for. This means you could get an SD card, insert it into your device, and leave it there all the time.
They’re similar in size to the USB receives used by modern Logitech wireless mice, for example. Depending on how much speed you want you may want to invest in a faster and more expensive USB 3.0 flash drive instead.
If, for some reason, I need warranty service, the original drive goes back into the laptop BEFORE it is sent in for warranty service.
On an iPhone 6s Plus, streaming over Wi-Fi for an hour consumed 5 percent of a full battery; LTE streaming used 11 percent. For example, if you unlock your phone 25 times per day, and your screen-lock delay is three minutes, changing the screen-lock setting to one minute can cut the time your screen is on by up to 50 minutes.
In other words, enabling auto-brightness will save most people a good amount of battery life compared with setting it to a bright level all the time, though not as much as if you kept the brightness down all the time; the advantage of auto-brightness is that the screen will remain easily readable in all environments. Excessive heat, on the other hand, can permanently shorten your phone’s use time—you shouldn’t use or store your phone in extremely hot environments (this includes leaving your phone in the car on sweltering summer days).
Contrast that to nearly 10 percent over four hours during the same type of use with airplane mode disabled. In our tests, both iPhones and Android smartphones used significantly less battery power with battery-saver mode enabled—as much as 54 percent, depending on the phone we used. Low-power mode similarly disables many useful features, including background processes’ use of wireless communications. On Android, go to “Settings” then “Data usage,” select an app, and choose “Restrict background data” for background data usage; to disable location tracking, go to “Settings” then “Apps,” choose an app, select “Permissions,” and then tap to disable location permission. On Android, go to “Settings” then “Apps,” tap the app, choose “Notifications,” and then toggle the switch for “Block all” to prevent that app from bothering you. Here are some suggestions that you may hear about but (with a few noted exceptions) you shouldn’t bother doing. Even when connected to a Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) device that regularly communicates with your phone, such as a recently made fitness tracker, Bluetooth uses very little of your battery.
Finally, quitting apps can actually have drawbacks: When you force-quit an app, that may purge all of its code from your phone’s RAM, which means that the next time you open the app, the phone has to reload all of that code—which, of course, requires energy. If so, and if you don’t need that location tracking, consider disabling the function just for those apps. In other words, as long as you have a good signal, you probably won’t see a huge difference between Wi-Fi and cellular data, and switching between the two is likely not worth the hassle.
Conversely, if your phone is struggling to get a good cellular signal, try finding an accessible Wi-Fi network (at a coffee shop or restaurant, for example) to use instead.
If you find that your phone claims it has 80 percent of a charge left but dies a few hours later, try this procedure. The AC adapter (as it’s more accurately known) simply converts the AC current from a wall outlet into low-voltage, low-amperage DC current that it provides via a USB port.
However, we expect the general trends to be true for most people based on our testing methods. We’re conducting additional tests on Wi-Fi battery usage, and we’ll update this guide with those results. However, once they realize that shared folders don't allow for effective management of their assets, and that it's not as cost-effective as they had hoped, they usually switch over to real DAM software. They will probably be constantly struggling with ways to store assets, dealing with user complaints, and wasting time in their permanent challenge of making it easier to use the shared folder. We've been consistently recognized as an industry leader in producing materials that help to inform the marketplace, and we're sure this isn't the last time Widen content gets people talking. If you are a user of either, and require access to the cloud service of your choice on the device, you’ll have to go with Dropbox.
In the end, I have still tried to give my favorite cloud storage services, which I believe have a good combination of different features.
This keeps MY data out of the hands of whoever gets my laptop.Once the warranty expires, the drive is usually wiped, ghosted on a regular basis as a backup. When we switched to a 30-minute fetch schedule, the same phone, handling roughly the same amount of email, was active in the background for only 4 minutes over 24 hours. The “foreground” figure refers to how much time you had the app open; subtract “foreground” from “total,” and you’ll know how much time the app has been busy in the background. Disable these settings, and the app’s background use will likely go down considerably, if not completely.
Where Bluetooth does have a noticeable impact on battery life is when you’re actively using the Bluetooth connection, such as when you’re streaming audio to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. This is why you can charge your phone using the USB port on a computer, a USB battery pack, or a charger in your car—the phone is designed to charge from a variety of power sources that can produce a wide range of current.
So if you’re replacing your phone’s AC adapter or buying an extra, stick with a reputable vendor that sells UL-listed models. Finally, note that when we mention tests on specific Android and iPhone devices, or even different models on the same platform, those results aren’t directly comparable, because different phones have different battery capacities, different software, and different hardware.
Since all of these issues have already been figured out and incorporated into quality DAM systems, it's much easier and more cost effective to go that route.
On top of this, Google wants to get their foot in the door of this market with Google Drive. I’m sure that for Android users, Google is also cooking up a good solution with Google Drive.
It’s difficult to determine conclusively how much of Mail’s energy use is specifically attributable to communication with mail servers, but in these tests, having push active over the course of a day with this particular email load2 caused Mail to account for 5 to 10 percent more of the phone’s total battery use. We recommend using these modes only when you must, rather than as regular battery-saving methods. The lesson here is simple: If your battery is running low, you shouldn’t stream audio over Bluetooth. If you’re sure you’ve entered it correctly, go back to the product page, and click on ‘Add to basket’.



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