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3 Cloud Computing Technologies

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Dropbox, according to the company, is “One place for all your stuff, wherever you are.”

Do you store documents and such in the cloud? What companies provide excellent cloud storage? Not to worry, everything will become crystal clear after reading this article.

Taking Shape

There are many cloud services out there and 99.99 percent of the time they can be overwhelming at first glance. But, three will be discussed in this article, they are Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Dropbox.

1. We have come to know Google for its abundance of services such as Gmail, Google Reader, Google Calendar and Google Voice. Now add Google Drive to this list, as it is an excellent resource for cloud storage.

What is Google Drive? Google Drive lets you store, edit and access your files anywhere on the web, on your hard drive or on the go. Here are some of the ways that you can use Google Drive on the web with a screen reader:

  • Organize files into folders;
  • Download, upload, create, store and edit files;
  • Share files and folders with family, friends, colleagues or classmates;
  • Store files so that you can retrieve them from any device.

2. Apple iCloud is an interesting cloud-based service, also. Why? It makes sure that you always have the latest versions of your most important things; this means that documents, apps, notes and contacts are all accessible on whatever device you are using. You also can share photos, calendars, locations, etc. with ease. Apple iCloud even helps you find your device if you suddenly lose it.

Here are other features of Apple iCloud:

  • It gives you the freedom to work with the document of your choice on the device of your choice;
  • You can safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud;
  • You can access this information from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.

3. Dropbox, according to the company, is “One place for all your stuff, wherever you are.” Going a step further, this means that all of your photos, docs, videos and files can all be housed in one convenient location on the Web. How does this work? Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and the Dropbox website. This allows you to access your items from anywhere. You can send people links to specific files, photos, and folders in your Dropbox, too.

In short:

  • To use Dropbox, you simply store files in the Dropbox folder;
  • Dropbox automatically syncs your files everywhere, so they are available on any Internet-connected machine where you have installed Dropbox or that has a Web browser;
  • All Dropbox applications for Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, etc. are free to download.

 The Cloud Type

As our lives become more and more hectic, we need cloud-based services that can help us get more organized and are easily accessible in the process. Try one, try them all!

Web Links:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0%2c2817%2c2372164%2c00.asp;

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/6034939?p=accessibility&hl=en&rd=1;

https://www.dropbox.com/tour/1;

https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/65;

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2343852,00.asp

-Kimberly Williams

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