After more than a decade of quiet, Sony‘s suddenly brought back their robotic pet companion AIBO, and he’s gotten quite an upgrade since the last time we saw him.
Photos taken on smart phones are priceless and the thought of losing them to theft or damage is painful. Now Dropbox has updated its version for Android where it allows automatic upload to your account. Whenever you snap a pic, you can be rest assured that it stored safely in the cloud which is accessible through your desktop and other devices.
Having a low 3G data plan? You can opt to have Dropbox upload only via WiFi so that you won’t incur surprise 3G downloads in the background. After installing, you will be prompt whether or not you wish to upload all existing photos/videos stored in your phone. Alternatively you can skip this step and Dropbox will only upload new photos. You can get your free Dropbox account here. By default, it comes with 2GB of storage but you can get more by inviting friends or purchase additional space.
Apart from Dropbox, Google+ also offers a similar feature where it automatically upload your photos and videos to your private album on Google+. This eventually would make it easier to share to your friends if you’re an active Google+ user.
If you need to stash up more than just photos, another service called Box is offering a whopping 50GB of cloud storage for Android. There’s no automatic photo uploads for Box but with a generous serving of 50GB, who would complain? You can download Box here and it is valid until 23rd of March 2012.
Data on a smart phone are as valuable as the ones on your computer. With precious photos and sensitive data on the move, managing data can be a hassle. Now SanDisk, a major manufacturer of microSD storage has introduced a data management app called Memory Zone for Android platform. It offers a variety of data management tools such as scheduled backup, data management to manage both internal/external memory and even uploads them to the cloud.
The interface seems to be pretty easy and simple to use, perfect for those who can’t navigate their way around File Managers. For cloud syncing, it works with your existing Dropbox and Box.net account. There’s also an encryption function to make selective files private from unauthorised users.
To download, head over to the Android Market.
Watch the demo video after the break.
All things considered this is not a actually a “Facebook Phone” but a phone that’s build around Facebook, designed to be hyper-connected to the social network allowing users to connect with Facebook through a mobile platform on a deeper level.
The official name of the device — as it was earlier revealed — is the INQ Cloud Touch. There are two versions of the device one with a touch screen and another adds a QWERTY keyboard into the mix. Essentially both devices are run-of-the-mill Android phones with customised Facebook features.
The INQ Cloud’s customised UI provides comprehensive options for the Facebook user ranging from a visual news feed with images and video to one-button access to features like Facebook Chat and location-based check-ins.
Specs wise its, you get a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 5MP camera and a 600MHz Qualcomm processor with 4MB of on board storage. It’s nothing much but it gets the job done. The Cloud runs Froyo (Android 2.2) and INQ says a Gingerbread upgrade is in the works.
The reason INQ gave the Cloud phone a modest specs is because the makers wanted it to be affordable and accessible to a market that will find this device appealing.
Fair notion and specs-wise the Cloud phone looks to be a decent mid-level smart phone. Unfortunately it is almost certainly not coming to Malaysia.