One of the biggest complaints I hear from iPhone users is that they often run low on disk space due to the amount of photos that they have stored on their device. Amazon today announced that Amazon prime members will now have unlimited storage in the Amazon CloudDrive app for full resolution photos. The Amazon App offers automatic background upload of your photos from your iPhone or iPad. Once the photos are stored on CloudDrive, they can be accessed on any device that has Internet access.
The Amazon CloudDrive back up of photos is being offered to all members of Amazon prime at no additional cost. If you are not currently a member of Amazon prime, a free 5 GB storage limit is still being provided. If you have been unable to upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS because you are out of disk space, the option to back up all of your photos to Amazon CloudDrive would allow you to delete photos on your device knowing that you have full resolution backup copies in the cloud. Once you have your photos stored in the drive, you can delete the photos from your device and apply any updates that are waiting for you.
Although Apple offers iCloud backup of your photos, free space is still limited, and Amazon provides another option for you. If you are a Microsoft office 365 subscriber, Microsoft OneDrive also provides you with unlimited backup of all of your photos. Google Drive, and Dropbox also provide options for backing up photos if you are already a subscriber of one of those services. It is nice to see that several of the cloud drive services are offering easy ways to back up and preserve all of the photos from your mobile devices.
You can download the Amazon CloudDrive Photo backup app from the app store now.
Dropbox announced today that Dropbox Pro will now inlcude 1 TB of storage and enhanced sharing controls. This makes Dropbox much more competitive with Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. Existing users will see the increased storage and new sharing controls in the next few days. Dropbox Pro will continue to cost $9.99 per month. See my post on Mobile4Law.com for more information.
iStick is a crowd funded USB thumb drive that bills itself as the world’s first thumb drive to have a lightning connector port compatible with recent iPads and iPhones. The idea behind the device is that you can easily plug it into your desktop or laptop and transfer files to the iStick and then with the slide of a switch you will be able to use it on your iPhone or iPad.
Walt Mossberg of Re/code recently reviewed the iStick and came away mostly impressed. The difficulty with the device, as noted by Mossberg is that you cannot natively access files stored on the iStick from the specific app you want to use. Instead you download an app made for the iStick and browse the file within the iStick app, and use the iOS open in feature to launch the file in the app you want to use.
The iStick may be a convenient way to access files quickly on your iPad or iPhone, but it won’t be cheap. Retail pricing ranges from $129 for an 8gb model to $399 for a 128gb iStick. Attorneys should also be concerned about the security of the device. IStick has promised a 4 digit pin code to start, but there is no mention of encryption. Since this is a small device that can easily be lost or stolen, this is an important feature that attorneys and legal IT departments should demand and may require.
The iStick is expected to begin shipping to backers within the next 30 days, with mass production to follow. It will be an interesting item to check in on when it is available in its final form.