GoDaddy teams with Microsoft to offer Office 365 to small businesses

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Microsoft and GoDaddy have partnered to offer Office 365 as the exclusive business-class email and productivity tools service for GoDaddy’s small business customers.

GoDaddy is offering customers three different tiers of Office 365 service: Email Essentials, Business Essentials, and Productivity Plus. The Email Essentials plan is only $4 per month, and is tailored to very small business customers. It lets the business set up an email using the company’s own domain; comes with 5GB of email storage, plus 2GB of SkyDrive Pro cloud storage; and lets customers sync email, calendar, and contacts across devices and platforms.

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ioSafe unveils massive disaster-proof storage capacity with 1513+

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Every year at CES ioSafe has raised the bar for disaster-proof storage—often with dramatic demonstrations involving fire, or guns, or massive bolts of electricity. This year ioSafe scaled back the theatrics but announced a new product that lets you store massive amounts of data in a private cloud that can survive virtually anything.

ioSafe announced the new 1513+. It is a disaster-proof network attached storage device capable of storing up to 90TB of data. More importantly, the data can be accessed from virtually anywhere over the Internet, allowing you to gain the benefits of a private cloud without the security and privacy concerns of public cloud services.

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The ioSafe 1513+ has five drive bays of disaster-proof network attached storage.

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Younity brings Snapchat-like capabilities to the rest of your files

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Storing data in the cloud has a variety of benefits--most notably that it makes the data conveniently accessible from virtually anywhere and easy to share data without sending huge file attachments via email. Those perks come with some consequences as well, though, because storing data in the cloud exposes it to greater risk, and sharing it with others places it out of your control. Younity has a different approach. 

Younity recently added a new feature that allows you to share photos, music, videos, documents, and any other data indexed by the app with other Younity users. The shared data, however, can’t be permanently downloaded, and you have the ability to “unshare” and revoke access at any time. By default, access to the shared data expires after seven days.

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Shared data will automatically expire, and access can be revoked.

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5 last-minute high-tech gifts for road warriors

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With its long airport lines, endless string of hotel rooms, and fat-saturated meals, work travel is hardly glamorous. So why not give the road warrior in your life something to ease the many miles they'll rack up in 2014. Here are a few ideas to help you out if you need some inspiration.

1. Timbuk2 Hudson Laptop Briefcase

This bag is functional and durable, made of water-resistant waxed canvas with leather trim. It has a rugged, distressed look that gives it some character. One side opens fully, like a briefcase, and has padded pockets for a laptop and/or tablet.

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Box strategy holds lessons for other businesses

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When the topic of cloud storage comes up, Box is usually mentioned as one of the chief players along with rival services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, and others. However, storing data in the cloud is one of the only similarities Box has with these competitors, because Box is marching to the beat of its own drum.

On the surface, Box seems like a cloud storage option, and it is. It’s also much more than that. Box does not think in terms of providing cloud storage. Box has a larger vision: “To make sharing, accessing, and managing content ridiculously easy.” Storing data in the cloud is just one element of how Box strives to achieve that goal.

This week, Box unveiled some significant updates to its service, along with the announcement of a new consulting practice to guide customers. Box now includes basic data loss prevention functionality, and introduced features for the IT admin console that can automate document workflow. In addition, Box is now offering professional consulting services—partnering Box Consulting with Capgemini to offer expert guidance to help customers get the most from Box cloud services.

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Study finds most mobile apps put your security and privacy at risk

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The average smartphone user has 26 apps installed. If recent research conducted by HP is any indication, approximately, well, all of them, come with privacy or security concerns of some sort.

The HP study focused purely on custom business apps, but there's no reason to believe the issue doesn't extend to commercial apps you find in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Many apps have access to data or permission to perform functions they shouldn’t.

Almost every app HP tested contained some sort of privacy issue.
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Why mobile and cloud will converge to become Mobile Cloud

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Everything’s coming up mobile these days. Gartner estimates that PC sales will make up only about 13 percent of device sales in 2013—and some undisclosed portion of those PCs are notebooks. The more we rely on small, mobile devices to get things done, the more we also depend on cloud storage and services to extend functionality beyond what the mobile device itself is capable of. That’s why mobile and cloud will become mobile cloud.

The IEEE Computer Society lists mobile cloud as one of its Top Technology Trends for 2014. IEEE explains, “Mobile devices are constrained by their memory, processing power, and battery life. But combined with cloud computing, data processing and storage can happen outside of mobile devices.”

Storage is a major constraint for most mobile devices. Smartphones typically have only 8GB or 16GB of local storage, while tablets tend to have 32GB or more but still max out at 128GB. Ultrabooks, and many notebook PCs, have abandoned traditional hard drives in favor of solid state drives (SSD), which are typically only 128GB or 256GB. There are larger SSDs, but they’re prohibitively expensive for most purposes.

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