Dropbox Ups the Cloud Storage Game with new 1TB for $9.99 Deal

2 hours, 4 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The online storage and file sharing service Dropbox increased its paid Pro storage option from 100GB a month for US$9.99 up to 1TB. The new price point brings Dropbox in line with Google Drive's 1TB offering, and it also brings some extra features to the table that make the deal even more enticing.

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1TB for $9.99 a month is pretty competitive, especially since Dropbox is throwing other useful features, too. Your move, Apple.

Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

3 hours, 46 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives for Enterprise

9:16 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Seagate announced Tuesday that has shipped the first 8TB hard drive, a 33 percent increase in capacity from the 6TB enterprise monsters that were announced just last April. The devices come in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, and it doesn't use helium to increase capacity, a concept being pursued by Western Digital. Instead, as noted by Computerworld, Seagate is using a technology called shingled magnetic recording (SMR). The company hasn't announced pricing, and said that it was shipping the drive to "select customers," with wider availability starting next quarter. The 6TB enterprise drive shown below can be purchased for US$599. Now, if I could just get an iPhone with more than 64GB of storage.

VPN Unlimited 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

4:51 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

VPN Unlimited – 3-Year Premium Plan for $19

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Don’t trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? We have a deal for you that can help with these issues. For $19, you can get a three year plan with VPN Unlimited. With VPN Unlimited, you can access restricted content (think being in China and being able to access sites that are blocked by the Great Firewall). Plus, your data is encrypted. With this three year plan, you can access your VPN service from your Mac, PC, or Linux box, as well as your iOS or Android mobile devices.  It retails for $65, making the $19 price a killer deal. There are more details on the deal listing.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-26

2:10 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The Los Angeles school district canceled its contract with Apple for iPads in the classroom. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why that happened, and they also take a look at what's on the TMO staff's iPhone Home screens.

deadmau5 to Open 2014 iTunes Festival

12:32 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple added several more artists to its 2014 iTunes Festival lineup in London, including deadmau5 as the event's opening act. The company also added an iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV Tuesday morning ahead of next week's concert series.

LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

10:30 AM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.

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It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.