QVIVO: free unlimited cloud media storage

QVIVO is a new storage service that offers unlimited cloud media storage. It is still in beta but is smooth and gorgeous! One of the interesting features is the support for magnet links and it makes QVIVO one of the first services to offer this capability for free. QVIVO follows a social approach and you can invite or make new friends in this cloud based service. Features at a glance:

  • Free, unlimited storage with 5 hrs of streaming per month (for free users). Invite 5 friends each month to unlock unlimited streaming.
  • Enjoy it in your browser. Android and Apple apps available too.
  • Upload videos, music and photos. QVIVO will convert all media content for streaming.
  • Upload or paste magnets, links for Dropbox, web links or just drop the files to upload.
  • Movies, TV shows and music auto-organized with artwork.

Webpage: QVIVO

Symform: welcome to massivly distributed cloud storage

symform_compSymform is a new name among cloud storage services. But it’s more than just any cloud storage, it’s a distributed cloud storage. In addition to patented RAID-96™ P2P distributed storage technology, it also encrypts each block for extreme security and reliability. Users can virtually get as much cloud space they want by sharing excess local space on their devices and contributing to the distributed data storage network of Symform. Here come the goodies:

  • 10GB free to start with. Cloud storage grows by half the local storage you share. To share local storage on a device the device should have 80% uptime. You can tune the shared storage anytime.
  • Very fast because there is no central pipe, no bandwidth throttling, and no data volume limits.
  • Connect any directory on your system to the cloud, not just one root directory.
  • Reliable: requires 33 unrelated, unknown, and geographically disparate drives to fail at nearly the same time before a single block of data is lost. Symform adds 50% redundancy to all blocks before they are distributed globally throughout the network. To recover a block of data (part of a larger file) 64 of the 96 devices it is spread across need be available. When Symform sees that fragments are not available it automatically regenerates and redistributes them to other devices.
  • Files stored in fragments: a lot safer that storing an entire file in a single location in the cloud. Breaks each file into blocks and then shreds each block into 64 fragments, adding 32 parity fragments to each 64 for redundancy. Symform distributes those 96 pieces to 96 different devices on the fastest online backup network. This ensures that theoretically no one can reconstruct a single block of your files unless they get data from 63 others.
  • Security: uses patented RAID-96™ technology. It would need the right 64 people to first find each other, then “collude” to re-construct a single block of encrypted data. Just a single encrypted block! Then they would have to break the military-grade 256 AES encryption. Finally, they would have to repeat this process for each of the other blocks of the file with a new set of 64 people and a new key!
  • Parallel connections: uploads files over multiple concurrent connections to multiple locations for the fastest cloud backup.
  • Optimal bandwidth usage: uses bandwidth at the lowest priority. Uses more bandwidth only when network is idle.
  • Native clients for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and NAS devices.

Webpage: Symform

Ubuntu One to be dropped soon

ubuntu_logo_81x81Canonical has decided to shutdown the Ubuntu One service, the main reason being the fierce competition between cloud storage services. Many of them are providing free storage in 100s of GBs and Canonical doesn’t have any interest in becoming a leader in cloud storage as it would warrant much more investment in something totally different than their flagship convergence. Both the storage and online music services would be snapped with effect from Jun 1, 2014. User data would be available till Jul 31, 2014 and deleted afterwards. If you have any data on Ubuntu One, ensure that you download the data.

There are plenty of alternative cloud storage options like Copy, Dropbox etc. which have native clients for Linux.

The official Canonical blog post with more details.

Bitcasa: complete privacy in the cloud

cloud_compBitcasa may not seem irresistible if you are not concerned much about privacy and data security. In other aspects it is as good as any other regular cloud service. But if it lives up to the advertisements, your data is in a strong vault inaccessible to anyone else. Features:

  • Up to 20GB free through referrals and simple tasks
  • Claims complete privacy and security, files are encrypted before they leave your device
  • Has clients for Linux, Win, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile
  • Google Chrome plugin

Website: Bitcasa

Syncany: sync, share files between services

syncany_compSyncany is a cloud storage and filesharing application that can connect to multiple services. When we first came across it, we were not sure whether to review Syncany as it is written in JAVA which is quite bulky by itself. However, after considering the capabilities of Syncany we decided to go ahead. Syncany is still a work in progress and is currently hosted on Github. But the storage types it supports even now include many popular services:

  • Local Folder: uses any local folder as storage. This could be any mounted device, network file systems (NFS), or any virtual file system based on FUSE.
  • FTP: uses an FTP folder as remote repository.
  • IMAP: uses an IMAP folder as remote storage. Stores file chunks as e-mail attachments.
  • Google Storage: uses a bucket in the Google Storage service as repository.
  • Amazon S3: uses a bucket in the Amazon Simple Storage Service as remote storage.
  • Rackspace Cloud Files: uses a Cloud Files container as remote storage.
  • WebDAV: uses one folder in a WebDAV as remote storage.
  • Picasa Web Albums: encodes the file chunks in images, and uses a Picasa album as repository.
  • Windows Share (NetBIOS/CIFS): uses a Windows share as data repository.
  • Box.net: uses a Box.net folder as data storage.
  • SFTP/SSH: uses an SFTP folder as data storage.
  • more to come …

In order to compile, install and use Syncany you need to check-out the latest code from Github and follow the INSTALL instructions.

Webpage: Syncany

Copy: migrate files from other storage providers

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Update: Copy will be discontinued from 1 May, 2016.

Copy has just added a new feature which is going to knock off many. At least I was looking for a straightforward way to do this for a long time – migrate my files stored with other cloud storage providers to Copy. And they have just added the option to do that through a partnership with Mover! Login to your Copy account and click on the “” icon on top left (shows More Options on hover). Select the Migrate from Another Service option and you will be presented with a pop-up with the currently supported services list.

Copy supports migrating files from Google Drive, Box and (you’re going to jump up!) Dropbox. And it doesn’t stop there. It also supports any other service that Mover supports. Isn’t that cool?

If you are not familiar with Copy head on to our earlier article on Copy and sign up. Copy is rapidly growing in popularity because of its quality multiplatform service as well as the strong differentiating factor: Copy talks in GBs and TBs only. Amen!

pCloud: cloud storage with cool features

pcloud_compUpdate: Free pCloud account can now reach 30GB. The Linux client is fully functional.

pCloud doesn’t strike as any outstanding service when you take a quick look at the description: another relatively new cloud storage service that offers up to 20GB free space in the cloud. Who would even bother checking out the homepage? People are talking in TBs nowadays. However, when I created an account to check it out I found it interesting, specially two features which are not yet very common in the cloud storage arena but will be welcome by Chromebook or tablet users.

Features

  • You can download any file directly to pCloud bypassing your local machine. In other words you can upload links
  • Non pCloud users an upload files to your pCloud shared upload space
  • Extract archives in the cloud
  • 10GB initially with 20GB through invitations, get started tasks etc.
  • No speed or file size limits
  • Stream media files and mark your music folders as favourite for a quick access
  • Backup FB, Picasa, Instagram photos directly
  • Sharing with friends
  • Easy sign up and instant login
  • Clients for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

Limitations

  • 20GB is not even remotely catchy. Now the free space limit is 30GB. Might appear less to many.

Webpage: pCloud

Koding offers 100TB free space [expired]

koding_comgCheck out this review of Koding first.

Koding.com just announced they are giving away 100TB of free space! I received a mail with the same information as well. They have redesigned their interface and service this year and to celebrate they have now upgraded the initial capacity of the base VMs to 4GB (which was 1GB previously). If you are a new user, use my referral to sign up and we both get 1GB extra:

Existing users use the link below to sign-in and upgrade:

To grab more space invite your friends this week and when they create an account both of you will gain 1GB each! Cool, eh? Hurry as this offer is for this week only and users are already rushing in. However, remember that the maximum size limit for a VM is still 16GB. So if you have already reached it, you won’t get any far.

Webpage: Koding

File Expert & GCloud: nice combo to manage files on Android

file_explorer_compFile Expert is an Android file manager with many cool features. But where it makes a real difference is that it can backup your files to its own cloud service GCloud. GCloud offers 1GB storage for free with other enhanced paid modes. File Expert is designed for mobiles whereas its mod File Explorer HD is for tablets. Features:

  • Supports all generic file operations you expect from a strong file manager
  • Organizes files in categories so that you can search faster
  • Lot of options to share and transfer files (Bluetooth, WiFi, FTP…)
  • Multi-tab GUI
  • In-built support for many archive and file types
  • Recycle Bin, text editor, resumable downloader
  • Sync data in GCloud cloud storage
  • Manage files on PC when your device acts like a server
  • and many many more…

Webpage: File Expert, File Expert HD, GCloud

[Courtesy: Jester Raiin]

MultCloud: manage multiple cloud services together

cloud_compThe problem I face with multiple cloud accounts is managing them or remembering what I have uploaded to which service. MultCloud makes the job easier by giving a single interface to handle multiple cloud services like Dropbox. Box, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync and Amazon S3 with a single login. Features:

  • Can handle multiple accounts of the same service
  • Virtually adds up all the space from multiple same service accounts
  • Can transfer files across services
  • Preview files
  • Share files with friends
  • Search all accounts at once

Webpage: MultCloud