Last time we looked at the cloud and its benefits. This week we take a closer look at some of the best cloud apps and how they are helping us manage information better. Let’s face it all computing power is about the storage of and access to information also called data. Data is the lifeblood of any system. Let’s take a closer look at three of the best!
One of the main reasons Apple has dominated the portable music industry was not just because they had really cool players like the iPod but because they gave people an easy way to access music through their iTunes music store. In exactly the same way the iCloud complements the iPad and AppStore by storing the information in the Cloud and seamlessly synchronising it to all devices that you own e.g. iPads, iPhones etc. For example photos taken with the iPad can be stored directly to the photo stream, which is in the cloud and within seconds appears on your phone, anywhere, anyplace, anytime! The same applies to notes which can be very useful. You can even backup your devices to the iCloud negating the need for a sync to a computer or laptop.
More than just notes
The notes on the iPhone are very handy but a little limited to basic copies of sticky notes (by default they too are yellow!) If you want to do more there’s a fantastic notes application from Evernote. This lets you add so much more than just text, photos, video and web clips (grabbed from your browsing by a web clipper). This is proving to be a hugely invaluable tool for students or anybody doing research, it’s really caught on very quickly. What I really like too is that you can encrypt sections of a note for privacy – great for stuff like financial details or passwords. Again you can access your notes from anywhere and another thing I like is that your notes are stored locally and synchronised to the cloud – so that if the cloud fails (heaven forbid) or more likely if your broadband connection is down you still have access to your notes on the device you are using!
File transfer made easy
Ever try to send 30MegaBytes by email? Well if you did you shouldn’t! Email technology has not changed in 40 years and the Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) was never meant to send really large attachments. Many email systems have a limit set to 10 or 20 MB so it just won’t work. The alternative is File Transfer Protocol (FTP) – not for the faint hearted, however Dropbox have made it really easy – just open an account, upload the file and send the recipient a link to it! The files remain there for easy access anytime!