Free 15GB Google Cloud Storage to Shared Between Drive, Gmail, Google+ Photos

Google shared storage
Google shared storage
Google shared storage

Google free 15GB cloud storage is now shared between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. (tweet this)

Google free storage was separated into 5GB Google Drive and Google+ photos; 10GB for Gmail messages and attachments. With the new update, you get a universal 15GB storage pool for Drive, Google+ photos and Gmail.

Tip: Only photos larger than 2048 pixels use Google Drive storage. You can store unlimited number of smaller photos for free.

Your Gmail may take up a little space, and you store big files in Drive. Or, you can use the space to store high-resolution images in Google+ photos. It is up to you on how to use the cloud storage space.

For non-Gmail users who use Google Drive to store their files on Google cloud, this means they will get free 3x storage upgrade from 5GB to 15GB! On the other hand, non-Google Drive Gmail users now receive more space for their email attachments.

For Gmail and Google Drive users, the update do not give you extra storage space (still total 15GB) but you no longer need to remember how much free space you left in each Gmail and Google Drive.

Now you only need to remember one total space. You can check your storage usage at new Google Drive storage page.

Google Drive storage overview screenshot
Google Drive storage overview screenshot

Mouse over the pie chart will show you the breakdown of your storage use across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos.

Need more Google Drive space? Upgrade plan start at USD$4.99/month for 100GB. It is same price as before update. I noticed that 25GB upgrade (USD$2.49/month) has been removed.

The Google Drive storage update will roll out over the next few weeks. Google Apps users will also getting the shared storage.

[via Google Drive blog]

No More Free Google Apps, Alternative Solutions Found!

No Free Google Apps

No Free Google Apps

Google has killed the free Google Apps for your own custom domain. Available plans now are Google Apps for Business ($50/user/year) or Google Apps for Education (Free). Existing Free Google Apps users are not affected, Google do not charge them now.

Google Apps logo

Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device.

With USD$50 per year, you get 25GB Gmail inbox size, 5GB Google Drive storage, 24/7 customer support and 99.9% uptime guarantee.

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How to Enable Google Account Chooser [Tutorial]

Google Account Chooser

Google Account Chooser

In this article, you will learn how to enable Google Account Chooser and add all your Gmail and Google accounts for easy multiple account sign-in.

Google sign-in page now displays a Google Account Chooser which allows you to select the account you want to use. It’s a good news for multiple account user, as it greatly reduces the hassle to re-enter your email and password.

However, Google does not provide details step-by-step instruction for Google Account Chooser. Here I show you how to enable the feature and add your Google accounts.

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Will Gmail Phone Call Become Skype Killer?

gmail voice phone call screenshot

Google Gmail announced that now you can call landline and mobile phone numbers using Gmail voice and video chat. Yes, Gmail is now VOIP service provider!

Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be FREE for at least the rest of the year 2010. Calls to other countries will be billed at a very low rates, starting from USD$0.02/minute.

To dial a phone number, you click on the “Call phone” menu in the Gmail sidebar chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name. Google call phone works with your Google Voice phone number, if you have one.

Google phone call currently only available for U.S. based Gmail users. You will need to install the Google voice and video plugin. Google Apps users need to wait a little bit longer.

Outside US? Pray harder so that Gmail make it available to you soon.

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HOW TO: Use Gmail for iPad on Your Computer

Gmail for iPad (tablet computer)

As soon as Apple iPad available, Google announced a new Gmail interface specially designed for tablet computers (read: iPad).

The Gmail for iPad is a 2-pane design. The left is the list of your emails with excerpt; the right is the email message body. It looks similar to Apple’s official Mail app for iPad.

Though Gmail for tablet is not designed for your desktop or notebook. You can edit your web browser’s “user agent” info to fool Gmail to think that you are using an iPad.

The Apple iPad safari’s user agent string is:
Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10

FireFox users: Install User Agent Switcher Firefox extension to modify the user agent string.

Google Chrome users: There’s a User-Agent Switcher for Chrome extension but I can’t get it to work on Mac. If you are using Chrome on Windows, you can edit the Google Chrome shortcut and add the following string to the end of Target field:

-user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0(iPad; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B314 Safari/531.21.10″

Done. You are good to go. Visit http://gmail.com/ for your Gmail for Tablet.

Let us know if you have gotten it work and how do you like the 2-pane Gmail user interface.