Google Drive

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First of all I must I admit that I am a big Google fan.  Yes, I know they spy on you and you are absolutely correct that are growing very big and have their tentacles in a number of things and true like sky net in Terminator they will take over this planet and enslave the human race but while this goes on in the background I just wanted to tell you about a new cloud based service called the Google Drive…

A little history, before Google actually came up with the G-drive many applications were created that used your Gmail account space as an online storage but not to much success.  Actually it was a pitiful attempt but nonetheless a worthy cause.

Google’s entire business is based on offering the best cloud services around, so the fact that the company didn’t offer a true cloud-based storage service up until now is downright odd. Certainly, you could store files in Google docs or Gmail, but without a proper desktop component to sync with them, neither was especially efficient. But with the introduction of Google Drive, the search giant has managed to give its users a place to keep their files and more, turning Drive into one of the top cloud-based storage solutions virtually overnight.

The setup is super simple and pretty much functions like the popular cloud based services like Dropbox and Sugarsync.  Google actually gives you 5 GB of space and from what I hear your Google docs do not count against that space.  Currently G-drive is available for PC’s, Mac’s, Android and iPhone are soon to follow.  The cool deal with G-drive is that you can share files and have multiple people edit them.  Truly a collaborative tool!!  Ofcourse you can buy more space by upgrading to 25GB where you mat 2.49 a month or $30/year.  Not too bad right.  Exactly and Google is trying to get you from being a free user to a paid subscriber.  As an incentive it will bump your email account with 25GB of space.

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The interface is pretty simple and well integrated with your online Google docs account.  One of the service’s biggest advantages is its ability to recognize and open more than 30 file types, including HD video files of up to 10GB in size and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (PSD) files. Don’t have either program installed on your desktop? No problem, Google Drive’s preview mode allows you to open and preview those files without issue.  One of Google Drive’s more useful features is its ability to interface with apps from the Chrome Web Store.

Google Drive has what it takes to take on Dropbox, Box, Skydrive and other cloud services.  For users and businesses heavily tied to Google Docs, Google Drive will likely make more sense.  So go ahead and give it a try.  You know you already use gmail so chances are that this may be something you may actually like.

Inside look at how the iPad is made – Marketplace

Most of us just cannot get enough of Apple products.  I must admit they are sleek, trendy, appealing and super cool.  Ever wonder how these devices are made?

We all know that these products are made in China, and Foxconn has been all over the news for bit now, but wouldn’t it be interesting if we could get a glimpse of the inner workings of this factory.

Thanks to Rob Schmitz from American Public Media’s Marketplace, we can all take a peek at the iPad production line.  The hope is to educate user on the reality of Foxconn Longhua facilty.

Lets take a look, shall we…

 

iBook Author

Apple iBooksRecently at Apple’s education-themed event at the Guggenhiem Museum in New York City, Apple unveiled iBooks Author, a OS X application for creating digital books, available in Apple’s App store to download for free. The idea behind iBooks Author is teachers and other educators should be equipped with tools that empower them to create and distribute their own digital materials to the masses..

Traditional non-digital books are materials that one uses to gain some knowledge and then apply this knowledge to lead a better, more productive life.  In short, many believe that if you go to school, graduate and get a job, you will have all the required tools for leading a happy life.  The cost of text books, however, is exorbitant and since many students struggle to afford them, text books purchases often represent an obstacle on the road to success.

iBooks Author strives to be to the book industry what iTunes is to the music industry.  In 2001, when it was first introduced, iTunes immediately began reshaping the music industry through the iTunes “jukebox” software that lets users create and manage their own music library on their Mac.  Today, iTunes accounts for 70 % of all digital song sales in America.  In essence, Apple took a simple concept whereby people were given the choice to download a single song for merely 99 cents, rather than downloading the entire album at a higher cost.  Initially, most music labels saw this delivery method as a threat, but contrary to popular belief, the iTunes delivery method caused music piracy diminished.

iBooks Author hopes to attain similar success, by staying focused and keeping the process simple through, for example,  the use of drag and drop features not only for videos, but for photos and documents too.  Moving beyond the main text, authors can also use iBooks Author to arrange glossaries by highlighting and clicking words, and clicking again to add a definition.  In addition, authors can use iBooks Author to publish straight to Apple’s App store. Apple is hoping that the iBooks Author app will turn educators in authors, the same way that iMovie and Garageband turned amateur into video and audio editors.

 iBooks Author is an amazing program that enables anyone to quickly create a polished interactive e-book.  By using iBooks Author, in conjunction with the iPad, teachers can engage in many new and meaningful academic activities with their students, as long as they all own iPads, of course.