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Choosing a cloud storage provider is like choosing a car: There's something out there for everyone's different needs. One of those needs is getting the most value for the least money. Here we break down what it'll cost you on the major providers, how much you get and what they'll offer you for free.

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When it comes to cloud storage on Windows Phone, most users seem content to utilize Microsoft’s SkyDrive system. After all, it ties into Xbox, PC, tablets, Windows Phone itself, the web and it is constantly being improved upon by the company.

However, people live different lives and have different circumstances, including having job requirements that require access to other cloud storage options. So with that, it’s good to see Copy (www.copy.com), an official app from Barracuda Networks, land on Windows Phone 8 (they already have clients for iOS and Android).

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Here’s an interesting twist: An HTC Windows Phone design is evidently being reused for a new Android phone. Yes, after a few cycles of having it in reverse it appears now that HTC will take their highly praised 8X design and recycle it for a new Android M7.

The images come via Android Police and while this is far from official (or 100% confirmed), the phone looks different enough from the 8X to be legitimate.

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Design and innovation is hard. And a lot of times, those in the industry tend to arrive at the same conclusion, even if designers took different paths and they weren’t watching the competition. Such is the case when two things look 'inspired' by each other. But all too often accusations of "copying" abound when in fact, it was more a meeting of general design trends.

The Zeitgeist of Style, if you will.

In other words, we’re not accusing Apple of anything here except maybe of not being too different than current fashions. (It's cool, Apple. You don't always need to lead.) What we are saying is that these two “technology things" look very familiar. Kind of.

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Wild rumor turned into fact today as copy and paste is being slowly pushed out to certain developer devices.

The OS update bumps the version number to 7.0.7338 from the current 7.0.7004.0, which is also probably not the final shipping version. In fact, Conflipper noted back in November that they are internally up to the 7.0.75xx level already--so this is definitely early/incomplete. No other new features are noted with the OS upgrade, so this may be just an early tester version to get feedback on usage and stability from developers.

Of course once you finally see it in action, you're left a little crestfallen---almost a "that's it?" kind of thing. After all, this is pretty basic and boring stuff here. Still, such a small feature will go a long, long way for PR with our new OS.

Source: Pocketnow

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Although we just showed you how to use your phone as a USB drive, which is excellent for copying media or just carrying files between computers you sync with, one downside was it wouldn't work for Office files (docs, PowerPoint, Excel) or PDFs.

Luckily, over at Marauderz Stuff, they figured it out: they created a simple webserver program for your local network. The idea is you download and install this mini-app to your PC, run it and then via Wi-Fi, you can connect your phone up to your PC. Since Mobile Internet Explorer allows downloading of documents, that's all this is doing: creating a local web page where you can list files to transfer easily.

It's almost too simple.

The author even includes a walk-through video (after the jump, along with directions) to show you how it works and how it looks. Seems like the Windows Phone community is rocking pretty hard these days, solving quite a few "issues" with ease.

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Hey, look! It's Windows Phone update!

The Windows Update feature on Windows Mobile 5-6.5 was, to put it mildly, a pretty cruel joke. Always sitting there, teasing you, but not once did it every bring a blessed update.

So we have to show you Windows Phone 7's update screen. And what's more, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore made a big deal about an update coming in the early part of 2011 that will bring copy and paste to Windows Phone. And every Windows Phone will receive the update. So there it is, folks. Stare at it long enough, and it will eventually work. We hope.

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Well, it was just a matter of time before 3rd party developers come up with a way to mimic the ZuneHD/Windows Phone 7 start menu on Android--actually, we're kind of shocked it took this long.

'Zune Home Launcher' is not a bad beginning, though we'd argue it misses the best part of 'Metro': the dynamic start tiles. In fact, the "list as a Start menu" thing is probably the weakest part of Metro at this point (we're not looking to endless scrolling, something already common on Android).

With rumors that Android 3.0 is going to get a much needed UI overhaul, we're curious as to where all of this is going for our closest competitor.

See the video of Zune Home Launcher in action at AndroidCentral.

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Just got the bad news from another session at MIX10 in Las Vegas: There won't be any copy-paste action going on, at least at first, as apps are going to be pretty well sandboxed.

That's the long and short of it. Whether you really need copy and paste is one of those things that'll be debating until the end of time -- or at least until it actually comes to WP7S. So strap in, everybody. It's gonna be a long ride.

Also gleaned from this afternoon's sessions is that despite Silverlight crawling all over the operating system, it won't actually be baked into Internet Explorer. That means you won't be able to take advantage of the usual Silverlight fodder you find online.

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