Google Drive and Its Comparison With DropBox, SkyDrive, Box.Net & SugarSync

After being in rumours for almost 5 years, Google officially launched Google Drive – its cloud sharing and data storage service. The service went public last week and you can now share and store documents, videos, photos, PDFs, Google docs and many other files with this new and innovative cloud sharing service from Google.

Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive vs SugarSync vs BoxGoogle Drive offers a 5 GB data storage space and allows you to store files on Google’s servers. You can even purchase more storage space, if required. Google drive offers 25 GB for $2.50 per month and 100 GB for $5 per month and you can access Google Drive service from the Mac, PC and Android based devices.

You can sync any of your files stored on your Windows desktop, Mac based system or Android based system to the Google Servers. All you need to do is to download the Google Drive on your system and set up a specific folder where you want the files to be synchronized. When you put any doc file, photo or a video in the drive it will automatically get synchronized in your set folder.

I don’t think I need to tell you that Google Drive is not the only cloud sharing service. In fact it has many well established competitors such as SkyDrive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, and many more. If you are wondering about switching your cloud service from any of these to the all new Google Drive, I can help you with that. Below is a quick comparison of Google Drive Cloud Storage / Sharing service and the other services.

Google Drive vs DropBox vs SkyDrive vs Box vs SugarSync


Dropbox Cloud Sharing Service

Dropbox is one of the most famous and commonly used cloud sharing service these days. It was launched three years ago and has been used by millions of users since its inception. Dropbox is being used both by individual users as well as the business houses. It offers 2GB free storage to the registered users. The users can access the stored files from anywhere and through any of their devices running on BlackBerry, iOS, Android, or PC/Mac/Linux platform.

The company has recently added a new feature of public link which allows you to create a public link. This link can then be shared with other users. The best part about Dropbox which makes it even more popular, is, that the developers can create applications using the great API feature. Another most liked feature of Dropbox is the PIN based security.

The upload limit for a single file in Dropbox is 2 GB. The only thing where Dropbox lacks from Google Drive is the cost of extra space. It offers 50 GB at the price of $10 per month and 100 GB at $ 240 whereas Google Drive costs pretty less at 100 GB for $5.


SkyDrive Online Storage Service

SkyDrive is the cloud storage service from Microsoft. A recent update by the company states that the users of SkyDrive can upgrade the 7GB storage to 25 GB space. SkyDrive can also be downloaded and used though any device running on iOS, Windows Phone, Mac and PC. The big advantage of this cloud sharing service is that it is integrated into Microsoft Office Suite.

One more popular feature of SkyDrive is that the users can access the files even in a linked computer. SkyDrive provides extra space storage at rates lesser than Google Drive and obviously very high storage than Dropbox. It offers 100 GB free space at $50 per year for which Google Drive charges $60. The only glitch about SkyDrive is that only the operating systems Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 can make best out of its service integration.


Box Online Storage Service

The Box actually does not stand in the competition of the Cloud Sharing services. We can call it an underdog in this aspect. The Box recently announced the 50 GB free space for the lifetime users using it on Android devices, however it provides 5 GB free storage to the regular users similar to Dropbox and Google Drive. Box is actually lagging far behind the other cloud storage services and the worst part about it the bad folder management.

The uploading interface of Box is also not impressive. Box allows just 100 MB size limit for the upload file which is too less as compared to the other services. Box is currently accessible on devices running on BlackBerry, iOS, Android, Mac, Web OS and PC.


SugarSync Online Storage Service

SugarSync also offers the starting 5GB free storage to registered users. It offers a Magic Briefcase service which is not available in other such services. This Magic Briefcase syncs all the files in the linked devices. SugarSync however not have the drag and drop option in its file manager option.

SugarSync is accessible on devices running on Symbian, BlackBerry, and iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. The major advantage of this service is the multi-platform presence. You can purchase extra free space on SugarSync. It offers 30 GB at $60 per year and 100 GB at $180 per year.

This was a quick comparison between Google Drive and some of the leading players in the cloud sharing segment; I might have missed some points but this should help you in deciding upon which is the best service for you. I would be happy if you guys add on any major difference you feel in these cloud sharing services. If you ask me, I would say that Google Drive is best in terms of pricing and also looks futuristic.

So, which service suite you better, are you going to make the switch to Google Drive?

Google Drive Finally Launched – Offers 5GB Free Online Storage

After being in rumours for almost 5 years, Google finally launched its online cloud storage service, Google Drive. The service was announced to be available to the public at the Google’s official blog. Google Drive comes with 5GB of free online storage with loads of features. Just to let you know, Google Drive is not the first of its kind and it already has competition from some majors in this field – Dropbox, iCloud, Microsoft’s Skydrive and LogMeIn’s Cubby to name a few. It comes with 5GB of free online space to start with and you can of course buy more space at an additional price.

With the launch Google Drive, Google also has jumped into the lucrative business of online cloud storage and with more and more people getting very particular about protecting their personal data, this seems to be a safe bet.

Here is a quick comparison of Google Drive with DropBox, SkyDrive, Box.Net & SugarSync which will help you decide the best option for you.

Google Drive Launched

As Google drive has been in the rumours for more than 5 years now, announcing the service on its blog, Google joked about its new product comparing it to the Loch Ness monster, and confirmed that unlike the mythical creature, Drive actually does exist. Below is an excerpt from Google blog.

Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actually does exist.

Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.

As I mentioned Drive comes with 5GB free space which is enough to store the high-resolution photos of your recent trip, scanned copies of your important documents and still you would be left with some space. Still, if 5GB is not enough for you, Drive comes with an option to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB.

Check out the below video for Intro to Google Drive:

What do you think about the cloud sharing service from Google – how well is it going to compete with the other players in the market?

Are you going to make the move to Google Drive?

Google Drive Cloud Sharing Service to be Launched Next Week

[Update]Google Drive Online Cloud Storage service has been launched.

Google is going to launch its much anticipated cloud storage service, Google Drive next week. As reported by TheNextWeb, Google Drive will be available for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android and will be free. It comes with 5GB free online storage and of course, you will be able to buy more space at an additional price. The 5GB free space that Google Drive comes with, is more than the 2GB free space that Dropbox comes with.

Below is what a Google Drive Screenshot tipped by TalkAndroid says:

Google Drive for Windows – Access files on your computer from anywhere

It’s free and installs in seconds

All your files – everywhere

Put files in Google Drive and you can access them on your desktop, mobile phone, or tablet and

Always up to date

Make changes to a file in one place and it automatically updates everywhere.

5GB of free space

You get 5GB from the start and you can upgrade to get more space at any time.

Google Drive

Online Cloud Storage is a lucrative business and the big shots are getting into this as early as possible as file storage has become a way for the web service companies to retain users – remember Facebook’s interest in buying out Instagram for a whopping $1 billion?

And, with people starting to understand  the importance of backing up and storing data, this is a niche worth investing in. I use Apple iCloud (to backup my photos via photostream) and Dropbox (for my docs) and they are a lifesaver at times making all my important docs and photos backed up and available from anywhere and on any device I use.

All these Online cloud storage companies are beginning to come out with cloud-based apps which enable me to have instant access to my online stuff.

Recently, LogMeIn launched their cloud sharing service, Cubby. With Google Drive joining the league, they will be directly competing with Amazon Cloud, Apple iCloud,, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, and other online storage services. But its main competition is going to be with Dropbox and we will have to wait and watch what Dropbox does to retain its users – maybe they increase the free storage to 5GB 😉 or something of that sort. With competition growing in this sector, users are also getting benefitted with every service trying to prove its edge over the other.

Google Drive online storage service will be hosted at (currently not accessible). So, do check it out once it is announced to be live. We will keep you updated when it becomes available and will also be posting details about the service.

What do you think about Online Storage services and which one do you use and why?

LogMeIn Launches Cubby Cloud Storage Service to Compete With the Likes of Dropbox and iCloud

If you have ever accessed your PC remotely, there are very good chances that you did it on LogMeIn. If  you are not aware of LogMeIn, it is a well known remote desktop access, file sharing and system management service using which you can access any of your systems’ desktop from anywhere in the world.

LogMeIn have now launched their cloud sharing service, Cubby which is still in beta mode. This is a service which will be in competition with already existing cloud sharing services like Dropbox and iCloud.

Cubby-Cloud-Sharing-Service-by-LogMeInWith Cubby, your stuff is available across all your computers, tablets, and smartphones and always accessible at So, every single important file that you want to access, is available at a single place. Any folder on your hard drive  can be turned into a Cubby from right where it is and synced and shared over the Internet making it accessible everywhere. Similar to Dropbox, Cubby-created folders, and subfolders, can include public links that can be sent to others for accessing and downloading content from those folders.

Now, you may think – how is Cubby different from existing services like Dropbox?

Unlike other services where you need to copy files over to a different folder, Cubby lets you keep your existing file structure, allowing you to “cloud-enable” the folders you want synced from wherever they are on your system!

You simply need to download and install the Cubby desktop application on your PC or Mac. If you want your stuff to be the same on all of your computers, then install Cubby on each of your computers. You can install it on as many computers as you like and there are no storage limits when you’re syncing between your own computers – unlimited peer-to-peer (P2P). Storage limits only apply to cubbies that are synced to the cloud.

As Cubby is currently in the beta mode, you can go to and enter your email address to be sent out an invite and you will get an email from Cubby team when its your turn. Also, you can download Cubby iPhone and Android apps from the links below.

Cubby Website | Cubby iPhone App | Cubby Android App

So, direct your browsers to website to get into the queue and do share your feedback how you find Cubby service as compared to Dropbox or iCloud.

[How To] Create an Ecommerce Website with Joomla

There are many people who invest in ecommerce because they have seen the potential of this business strategy. Many people can provide you proofs that you’ll surely generate good income if you establish an online shop. Yes, there are many advantages of having online store but there are still challenges that one must overcome to become totally successful in this field. One challenge is your website must be functional and contain informative information. Creating an ecommerce website with Joomla is a way to have a functional and manageable website.

Joomla-EcommerceJoomla software is used to build, manage, or create a website. Others think that Joomla is used to create an ecommerce site but it is not.

The website you build with Joomla is a true online store website that is equipped with all the features you need to completely and effectively manage your website thus increasing your sales. It is not just any ordinary website that is modified a little to have the basic feature an online store should have.

The software is an award-winning CMS (content management system). This type of system keeps track of the content you have in your website. Also, even if you have no advanced technical skills, its easy-to-use feature allows you to easily manage your website.

With Joomla, you can power up web portals or sites of different corporates, online magazines and publications, ecommerce sites, government sites, and other online applications.

A skilled developer can also take advantage of Joomla’s capability to build application bridges, reservation systems, customize product catalogs, reporting tools of data, communication tools, control systems for the inventory, business directories, and many others.

When you are ready to use Joomla to build your website, just download the software for free. When creating an ecommerce website with Joomla, you need to read the basic details and check the basic requirements before you install Joomla. You can also refer to their test demo to give you detailed instruction on the installation process. Before you can view the demo, you need to create an account, activate it, and sign in using the account.

If you are new to this software, ask for help. There are lots of available documentations you can find on the internet. You can also visit related forums to ask advice or to gather strategies and information. Joomla also provides a quick start guide to help you quickly set your website running.

If you use your own host, you’ll need a web server with MySQL and PHP before you install Joomla. After installation, you can start making and uploading text content, images, documents, and any of the extensions that Joomla provides for your usage. Add your products and their respective descriptions.

Joomla also allows you to manage orders of customers and customize the overall feel of your website. Joomla also provides templates that you can modify and develop to help you enhance the appeal of the site. Configure the settings of your website such that you provide more options for shipping and to support more currencies.

Maintenance of your website must be regular. Stay updated by visiting forums about Joomla and share techniques and your own discoveries about Joomla.

This is a guest post by Ajeet Khurana. Suppose you want to gain insights regarding ecommerce make sure to visit where Ajeet composes fresh and authentic articles on a regular basis.

5 Useful Linux Open Source Audio Players

Windows and other Operating Systems have lots and lots of application for running songs on various audio players. But what about Linux? Yes, we have found a solution for it and brought you some of the most useful Open Source Audio Players designed for Linux Platform. Here’s a list of 5 most useful Open Source Audio Players for Linux.



Rythmbox is a fully featured audio player and embedded into Linux and it is motivated by the Apple iTunes approach and its concept. It provides various options such as the user can categorize the music according to the album last played and the most recent track played. Which eases out the task of the user to listen to their favorite audio in a single click. It is free as well as a strong – thanks to the GStreamer media framework it provides. Using this player, user can burn their favorite music tracks on to a CD and other media as well.


As the name itself implies, Listen is an audio player which is preferred by many users because of its user friendly nature. It also has a media guide and a music library in which user can download music online and update music form the system in which is installed. The various supported files it can play are: wav, mp3,flac,wma, mp4 and rmv. It also offers straight forward access to the lyrics which are available online.


This audio player is supported by many platforms. It is motivated form the approach of Amarok. It provides several interactive options for the users. It has a feature that can get hold of the lyrics as well when a song is being played and users can also add music from different categories into the music library. It supports various music file formats and as mentioned above, Clementine audio player is compatible across various platforms and supports Mac and Windows machines as well.

Quod Libet

Quod Libet music player and its manager are written using Python as python is useful for writing scripting as well creating applications. It organizes music in an entirely different manner which other players fail to do. It has a music library which gets updated automatically when new songs tracks are added. It supports many types of music file formats. It is fully feature rich and provides many options like editing tags of the music files which the user wants to play.


It is multi platform audio player and is supported by MacOs, Linux, Ubuntu and Windows as well. It provides very powerful features and is a perfect audio player for music lovers using Linux platform. It is very user friendly and proves successful in providing the music experience which you may have not experienced in a long time.

The various file formats it can play are: wav, mp3, flac, wma, mp4, flv, 3gp and rmv. It also offers straight forward access to the lyrics which are available online and users are able to view them as the song proceeds.

This is a guest post by Chintan Jain.

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Take the news with you – Times of India News Reader Desktop Application Review

Gone are the days when people used to wait daily for the morning newspaper. Technology is on its innovative spree and everything is getting digitalised, then why not your newspapers.

Till 1999, everyone used to learn about the latest news majorly through two medias, Newspaper and Television. As time passed by, Evolution in Digital World started, which made the access to the internet even cheaper and easier with the days passing by. With such a development happening around, almost all the News Providers started publishing their News Content Online; which user can read freely from their desktop, laptop or mobile.

Now, the only challenge with this was, to read the news, you have to be always connected to the internet, which is not possible at all times. To target such users, News Companies started developing Offline News Readers. Using such products user can download the news while they are connected to Internet, and can read in offline mode.

The Times of India’s answer to this is called the Times of India (TOI) newsreader.


Below are the exclusive features that the TOI News Reader has to offer:

1. Read the NEWS when you are not connected to the Internet

Out of all the features that this Newsreader provides, this is the one, I liked the most. The Times of India News Reader gives you the ease to take the news with you.

What this means is that you have to download the news into your local machine (in the software’s database) once in the morning and you are all set. You don’t need to be online. Simply read the stories you want, when you want.

2. Browse the news in interesting ways

This feature of TOI News Reader, caters to the reading styles of all people. Whether you like skimming headlines or diving right into the news, choose a reading style that you like. It allows you to change the theme of the reader and customize it to suit your reading habits.

3. Connect back only when you want to

Update the reader when you want to and get access to the latest news from your favourite section. It’s quick and it’s easy. You are surely going to love it.


Below is a picture of the reader with the key points highlighting some main needs that this application caters to:


  1. Preferences: In this section, you can find your connectivity status and also, has a link to setting like update frequency, City Preferences, Search mode etc.
  2. Latest News: This section gives the links to the latest news from various categories. Clicking on any of the thumbnails, takes you to that particular category where you can see all the news for the selected category.
  3. Select View: In this section, you can select the view you want the news to be shown; Tile view, Coverflow view or Tile3D view.
  4. Show Related Articles: When you reading some news article, this button gets highlighted and gives you the Related Articles.
  5. Read Aloud: This is a great feature which reads the news aloud for you. So, using this feature, you can just sit back and the application reads the news articles you are interested in.

In addition to this, TOI News Reader provides Scribble or Ink facility on News Article. Also, user can search News in offline mode, this search includes News stored local machine.

The TOI News Reader is based on Quibbler which is a product designed and developed by Indigo Architects. Quibbler is a desktop application which runs on user’s machine and provides a intuitive user interface.

As per the excerpt from Quibbler website,

The idea behind Quibbler is; make it possible for an end user, to read Latest News, even if they are not connected to the Internet. Whenever you are connected to Internet, just run Quibbler for five minutes, it automatically syncs up with News Server, and stores all the latest news on user’s machine for offline reading.

The TOI version of Quibbler avails Latest News and Media from TOI server, to it’s end users. Currently, it is being used by thousands of users on daily basis.

Try the application by clicking on the button below and do let us know your views about the Times of India News Reader.