Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Amazon Takes on iDrive ahead of Apple

The rumors have been strong for some time now that Apple will use their server farm in North Carolina to upgrade their .me account service. Well, Amazon may have beaten them to the punch today with the release of Amazon Cloud Drive.

Essentially the same as iDrive but with a few added benefits. Any media you buy from Amazon is added to the service but does not count against your cap (of 5GB for free, then a dollar a GB in junks of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000).

The main benefits that they tout are:

  1. Upload files from your computer.
  2. Your files are securely stored online.
  3. Access your files from anywhere.

These benefits are the same as many others offer and perhaps Apple will also offer. iDrive has been my service of choice for sometime and works flawlessly. One that many forget is that Windows Live SkyDrive also offers this service at 25GB for free.

I have not found one service to be significantly better or worse than another so choose the one that's right for you and if 25GB is all you need, Windows may offer the answer.

Even for Mac users.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tango: A Better Facetime

I've been using Tango as my sole iPhone video chat application for a while now. The app allows you to have free, high quality video calls over both Wi-Fi and 3G. Most importantly though, you are not limited to calling family and friends who own iPhones as it is works on other smart phones (read: Android) as well.

Set-up is simple. The app pulls in your contacts automatically and searches it's database for which of them is on Tango. You can, of course, invite your friends to join if they are not already using the service.

The only drawback...this software is designed for phone to phone communication. A desktop app that also ties into the service would be a nice addition.

Free app, free service (beyond cell phone costs and service plan) so a nice addition at the right price. Great for free.