Dropbox is Killing Mailbox and Carousel

Dropbox is killing two apps next year. Dropbox’s email client named Mailbox and the other one is its photo management app called carousel.

Dropbox is killing some of its most expensive apps next year. Dropbox’s email client named Mailbox, which it acquired last year by paying a whopping  $100Million and the other one is its photo management app called carousel.

As the Dropbox CEO Drew Houston said in his blog post, they are doing it to focus on other products such as Dropbox paper.

…we’re sorry. It’s not easy to say goodbye to products we all love. But ultimately, we think this increased focus will help us create even better experiences for you in the months and years to come.

Mailbox was one of the most talked Dropbox app, it worked with Gmail and its iOS and Android apps were good enough to make email more streamlined and simple. The other app (called Carousel) was photo creation and management app available for both major mobile platforms and it will be killed off by March 31st, 2016.

However, If you use any of the two apps, you don’t need to worry about the data saved in each app. The Mailbox app works with Gmail, you can find all created and received stuff on your Gmail account.

Similar to Mailbox, photos from Carousel app can be found in any user’s Dropbox account where they were always visible.

Killing One for Another

Dropbox has already said that they are doing this because they want to focus on other services. Paper is the latest collaboration tool from the company which is competing with Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365.

Definitely, Paper is a more important project and as it is in a public beta, it needs some attentions.

…we’ve learned the vast majority of our users prefer the convenience and simplicity of interacting with their photos directly inside of Dropbox. With this in mind, we’ve had to make a difficult decision.

-Carousel Blog

It seems that company will make some of Carousel’s feature available in Dropbox’s file management.

It will be interesting to see how it affects the Dropbox and its products.

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Now You Can Upload 100,000 Songs to Apple Music Library

Good news for people with too large music collations, Apple Music new allows its users to upload up to 100K songs. Previously it was locked at 25K.

Good news for people with too large music collations, Apple Music new allows its users to upload up to 100K songs. Previously it was locked at 25K.

Apple’s Eddy Cue announced in the past that they are working to increase upload limit of user music into Apple Music servers.

MacRumors has confirmed that the limit has been lifted for Apple Music and iTunes match. This will make it possible for music enthusiasts to stream and download their own music content which is not yet available on Apple Music or iTunes.

When scanning for Music files on iTunes, it will match all music files with the iTunes or Apple Music library and if any file is not found, it can  uploaded to Apple Serves to make it available for streaming on the go.

At the time of writing, Apple has not yet updated its support page. 

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Lumia 550 is The Cheapest Windows 10 Phone at $139

Microsoft’s Lumia 550 is the latest budget smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile.The phone costs just $139 and it is available for sale from today.

After launching its flagship Lumia 950XL at $649, Microsoft seems to focus on Budget consumers. Announced on its blog, The Latest Lumia phone from Microsoft, called Lumia 550 costs just $139.

At this price, Lumia 550 is not powerful enough to support all new features introduced in Windows 10. People who are interested in using Windows Hello and Continuum need to look for other higher end Lumia phones.

At $139, the phone ships with a 5MP camera, a 4.7-inch display and LTE. The Lumia 550 has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard memory. The Phone looks like any other Lumia device, having a Plastic back and two color variants (Black and white).

lumia 550

Windows 10 has done well for desktop and Laptop computers. However, the mobile phone market is radically different for Microsoft.

Microsoft is trying to make Windows 10 a USP. The Lumia ships with standard Windows Apps and it will run all universal apps made for Windows 10. The list is currently tiny compared to Android Apps.

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Further Reading: Windows Phone is best for you if you are concerned about security and hate iPhone.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a Ridiculously Cheap $5 Computer

Who would have thought that on one day we will be able to buy a computer for less than  a coffee. The new Raspberry Pi Zero, which is a product of famous Raspberry Pi foundation costs just $5.

Announced  via its blog, it is already available for sale in UK & US and It is included free of cost with December copy of MagPi, a Magazine that is about these products.

The Raspberry Pi Zero, includes some seriously impressive specs for this price. These are the specifications for Raspberry Pi Zero.

  • 1Ghz, Single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • One Mini HDMI poet capable of 1080p, 60FPS output
  • Micro USB power similar to most of the Andrid Smartphones these days

One thing for sure, the $5 is not just a gimmick. You can use it for tons of your Raspberry Pi projects. The size is also half of the older A+ model. The 1GHz processor can run some good code and it definitely capable of running Minecraft and Raspbian etc.

Raspberry Pi computer
Pretty Small it is.

Talking about the dimensions, the Pi sizes around 65mm x 30mm x 5mm which is fairly small for a computer.

The Raspberry Pi Zero has some IO ports but it does not ship with any connector or cables so if you are interested in buying this, keep in mind that you will also have to buy them if you don’t have one now. These cables an connectors can be bought from Swag Store for £4, it includes a Mini HDMI and a Micro USB.

 

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Google’s Star Wars Easter Eggs Are Simply Awsome

World is getting more and more crazy about the upcoming Star Wars movie.When the complete internet is following latest adventure of Nerdy franchise, how can Google ignore the craze.

World is getting more and more crazy about the upcoming Star Wars movie. Tons of publishers are covering the movie and market is flooded with Star Wars gear. When the complete internet is following latest adventure of Nerdy franchise, how can Google ignore the craze.

Google+Star Wars

To celebrate the Star Wars release ( and make it sure that Google cares about its fanatic users) Google has created some stuff just related to Star Wars. From the basic credits style easter eggs to a customized UI for each side, you can enjoy all right now.

The first one is a simple search result easter egg showing the iconic Star Wars opening crawl, To see that just type A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away  on Google Search and see for yourself.

star wars google

Google has also added a pause and stop button if you want to open any link from the search results.

The most interesting addition is a site launched by Google that is able to change UI of Google Apps according to which side in the Star Wars you choose.

Just head to google.com/starwars and from here, you can choose which side you are with. Both sides differ in customization and you will need to sign-in using your Google Account to apply these changes.

Google's Star Wars Easter Eggs Are Simply Awsome

The site changes tons of aspects on Google web Apps such as theme of Gmail and Google Chrome. Changes according to the side you choose.

These changes will be removed on 1st February of 2016. If you want you can revert back to default theme or change side from the site.

Google has promised that it will continue to create these easter eggs and sites in future.

Bonus: Star Wars Honest teaser.

Nothing else can be better on creating a parody trailer of Star Wars than Screen Junkies.

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Microsoft Has an Android App to Convince you to Switch To Windows Phone

In its attempt to make people to switch to Windows Phone, the Redmond giant recently released an Android App on the Play Store. The App is named AppComparison and it tries to do what the name says.

We already know that App gap is the biggest problem in Windows Phone. This is -for the most part- why people don’t think of it even as a choice when they are buying a smartphone.

However, Microsoft thinks that it can fix it by creating an app for Google Android. In its attempt to make people to switch to Windows Phone, the Redmond giant recently released an Android App on the Play Store. The App is named AppComparison and it tries to do what the name says.

The AppComparison scans all installed apps on your phone and then compares them to the Windows Phone apps.

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After the scanning is done, the app shows a list of apps which are available for Windows. As obvious not all apps are ported to Windows Phone platform yet. Therefore if the AppComparison can’t find an app it will show you similar app to lure you to switching to Windows Phone.

appcomparision

Almost all the attempts of Microsoft have failed in getting users to switch to Windows Phone. It will be interesting to see how the latest idea works.

Android users are loyal to their Mobile OS, recently when Apple created an Android app called “Move to iOS” people slammed it in the ratings and reviews.

The App just has a rating of 3 out of 5 stars at the time of Writing. In a few reviews, users have reported that it can not find alternatives for all apps which is fairly predictable.

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Activision Acquired Maker of Candy Crush Saga

The maker of Guitar Hero Games -Activision Blizzard has acquired King Digital entertainment for a whooping $5.9 billion in Cash.

The maker of Guitar Hero Games -Activision Blizzard  has acquired King Digital entertainment for a whooping $5.9 billion in Cash.
King Digital is the company behind the famous (and hated by some people) game Candy Crush Saga. The Company announced the acquisition process in its official blog post.

Activision is already known for some of the greatest games for PCs and game consols such as Diablo and guitar hero series, the company hopes that this will help the company in gaining better grounds in smartphone gaming industry . King digital has almost 200 mobile gaming titles and these will defiantly help Activision in penetrating deep in the mobile gaming market.

Combining all the titles of both companies Activision has now 1000 games. Activision is hoping that this acquisition will help the company in competition with other brands such as EA Games. Recently EA announced that it has more than 1560 million users on the mobile gaming.
Be it good or annoying, King soft has made a big impact on Mobile gaming and it will be really interesting to see how Activision performs on mobile gaming after this acquisition .

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Facebook Wants You to Listen Music in Facebook App

Facebook want you not to leave the app, even for buying or listening music. The social network giant announced via its blog post that the iOS app of Facebook will have a new way to share with public.

Facebook app for iOS now allows a new type of sharing called music stories. With this you will be able to share 30 sec. music clips to Facebook.

The service currently supports Apple Music and Spotify only but Facebook has promised that it will add support to other services soon. Also right now the new post type is not supported on Android Version of Facebook app. We can hope that it will be included soon on other platforms as well.

Instead of just listening music sample or preview on App, the service will also support buying the music from music stores or adding them to user playlists.

The previews from Apple Music and iTunes are available directly through Facebook. If you want more, click through to stream full tracks on Apple Music or add music to your library with a single click to purchase through the iTunes store.

Facebook is trying really hard to not give users a reason to leave Facebook app. The Video Sharing support, Instant Articles and now released music stories prove this.

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The New Windows 10 Update is Rolled For Testers

Microsoft has started to take some last measures to start delivering Windows 10’s first major update.

As I already covered in the past that a new major Windows 10 Update is coming this November. Microsoft has started to take some last measures to start delivering Windows 10’s first major update.

The new build which is codenamed threshold 2 is now rolled to testers. After one week of testing, Microsoft will release it for public.

The new update addresses some of the biggest issues currently present in Windows 10 and also it tries to polish Windows 10’s UI and UX. The biggest one is that it will now let users use licence key of Windows 7 and 8 to activate Windows 10.

With this update the title bars of desktop softwares can be coloured, although there was already a work-around to do that. The other changes include a tighter Skype integration for Video Chat and messaging.

Keeping the new features on mind, Microsoft has still not addressed any privacy concerned and still no extension support is added on the fall update for Edge. Microsoft has stated that extension support will be added in next year in 2016.

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Microsoft will most probably releas this Windows 10 update next week on November 10th on its Patch Tuesday.

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Microsoft Backs-Off from It’s Promise of Unlimited OneDrive Storage

Recently, Microsoft announced tons of changes in its OneDrive service on a blog post and none of it seems to be a good news.

This is what happens when someone puts 75TB data on OneDrive.

Recently, Microsoft announced tons of changes in its OneDrive service on a blog post and none of it seems to be a good news.

Microsoft is reducing the allotted storage in almost all Tires of OneDrive. These will be applicable on 2016 and users will be soon notified by Microsoft if they are affected by this.

Office 365 subscribers are now reduced to 1TB of OneDrive Storage from Unlimited storage. This is quite a downgrade as people were able to store unlimited data on their OneDrive accounts.

The bad news doesn’t stop here though,  Microsoft is also reducing free storage limit to 5GB again. This seems to be rediculas keeping in mind that Google still offers 15GB of free storage on its Google Drive. Although, Apple’s iCloud is at a similar state at 5GB free storage.

Microsoft has made changes on its free plan several times since the inception of OneDrive. At the launch it was 25GB of storage, than it was changed to 5GB. After that it was again increased to 15GB.

TL;DR is that now free users have 5GB of storage. Even if you enabled Camera Roll feature in OneDrive’s Android or iOS app, it will no longer benefit in storage.

There is one more thing to hurt customers, Prices are also being increased of storage plans and some plans are removed altogether in the OneDrive service.

You will no longer be able to buy 100GB or 200GB monthly plans, instead there is only one plan -50GB for $2 per month. Users who already have one of these plans will not be affected.

Microsoft has said that if a user has stored more data than the new plans, they will be able to keep it for next 12 month.

Why Microsoft is Doing this?

Microsoft has tried to give some reasons on the blog post, the best one is that some users were storing too much data on their OneDrive Account.

A small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average.

Some users stored more than 75TB of data. (Seriously? 75 TB? how many torrent movies did that guy kept in there) This may make some sense reduction of Unlimited tier but that is not making sense in the matter of reducing free storage to 5GB from 15GB.

However, Office 365 still is cost effective compared to other storage plans on the internet. These changes will be applied form 2016.

What do you think about the reduction on data storage in OneDrive? Will you be switching back to Google Drive or other services or will you stick with it? share with us in the comments below.