Box.net – 50GB Free Online Storage for iOS Users

Online storage is becoming quite a popular commodity. Between Dropbox.com, iCloud, minus.com, Ubuntu One, and box.net, there’s no shortage of options if you find yourself running out of storage space locally.

Recently, box.net started a promotion where they’re offering 50GB of free storage to iOS 5 users. There’s no catch. You don’t have to have “x” number of friends sign up. You don’t have to tweet anything. You don’t even have to write a blog entry (hmm…). All you have to do is download the box.net iOS app to your iOS 5 powered iPhone or iPad and log in from the app. The promotion began on October 12th, and runs for 50 days.

Seems like a pretty good deal, especially given that Dropbox only offers 2GB for free. So.. is it?

Getting the free space is as easy as it sounds. As soon as you log into your account (or create a new one) within the iOS app, you’ll see that your account has been allocated 50GB. From there, it’s a bit touch-and-go. There’s a lot of upselling attempts going on. Make no mistake about it, the promotion is a loss leader, and box.net wants to convert as many accounts as possible to paid accounts. I’ve been signed up for one week, and have gotten two “I’d like to talk to you about upgrade options” emails.

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Flash Running on the iPhone

In light of the recent news regarding Apple’s modification of their ToS regarding how iPhone (and now iPad) applications can be developed… what seems to be a thinly veiled effort to specifically undermine Adobe’s attempts to bring Flash to those devices… I thought it might be worth demonstrating that Flash can absolutely run on the iPhone.

A picture, as they say…

Google Calendar Now Syncs with iPhone

My wife and I are both Google Calendar users. We like the convenience of having access to our calendars anyplace we have web access, and we like being able to see each other’s events on our own calendars.

A few weeks back, I spent the better part of a weekend trying to get my iPhone set up to sync email, contacts, and calendar. For contacts, I’m not quite sold on Google Contacts at this point, so I’m sticking with Outlook. Google Mail syncs easily enough with the iPhone via IMAP. But the calendar… the calendar was a source of great frustration.

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iPhone Case and Screen Protector

After picking up my new iPhone a few weeks back, one of the first things I did was purchase a case. I wanted something to protect it from accidental drops, as well as something to protect the screen from scratches. I’m not a big belt-clip fan, so whatever I chose also needed to be fairly unobtrusive so that I could keep the phone in my front pocket.

The first purchase I made was the iSkin Solo. The Solo offered both a protective case as well as a screen protector. I ordered it online, so didn’t have the opportunity to get a good feel for it beforehand other than reading reviews (which were mostly positive). As noted, this was the “first purchase”, and not the solution that I ultimately went with.

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iPhone – Apps Worth Having

Following up on my mini-review of the iPhone, I thought I’d post a list of the apps that I’ve installed over the past week, and quick thoughts on each. IMO, it’s really the apps that set the device apart from other phones. Sure, the touch screen is nice and the accelerometer is cool, but it’s the apps that really make the iPhone unique.

In no particular order…

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iPhone – iGot One

A couple of days after X-mas, with the blessing and well-wishes of my lovely wife, I headed down to the local AT&T store to pick up my X-mas present. A shiny new 8GB iPhone 3G.

I hadn’t really been big on wanting one in the past. I’ve had Windows Mobile based smart phones, which I liked a lot… it felt like I was carrying around a mini-me version of my computer. My assumption had been that the iPhone was the same type of “toy”, but for Mac users. Being a PC person (not to start the inevitable flame war… nothing at all against Mac, I’ve just always used a PC, I’m used to it, and haven’t had the issues myself that have driven others to make the switch), I didn’t really think a little portable Mac (as was my perception) fit well with my desktop PC.

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