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Google Drive adds support for file shortcuts (Updated)

Cloud storage services like Google Drive have made collaborative work massively more convenient, and soon(ish), it'll get even better: Google will begin testing file shortcuts in Drive over the next few weeks.

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Google's service outage today was caused by... a router failure (Updated)

Reports have started to flood in that several Google services, including Gmail, Nest, YouTube, Drive, and even Search, are down for many. Outages appear to be mostly affecting the eastern US, though not everyone is affected.

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Spike in uploads to Google Drive is slowing down video processing

While many people are hunkering down for the next couple of weeks, it's a great opportunity to do some spring cleaning of your home, computers, and other gadgets. At least that's something I've been trying to do, but maybe you're just kicking back with a game and binge watching a show you've been meaning to catch up on. As it turns out, quite a few people are putting Google Drive to the test as uploads have evidently spiked and are now causing slower than usual processing time for videos.

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WhatsApp is working on password-protected Google Drive backups

When you think about it, WhatsApp isn't the most intuitive messenger when it comes to moving from phone to phone. You need to turn on local backups or enable uploads to Google Drive and have to remember to back up before you factory reset your old phone, otherwise you might lose your most recent messages. And from a security standpoint, these backups are a nightmare, too — in contrast to messages you send and receive, they aren't encrypted. WhatsApp is looking to change that and is working on password protection for its cloud backups.

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Google moved your phone backups in Drive's desktop site — here's how to find where they are now

Google has recently tweaked how you get to your phone backups from the desktop version of Google Drive. Previously accessible from the navigation menu on the side, they've been relocated inside the "Storage" view that shows all your files by size.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Drive on Android

We've already looked at open-source alternatives to several major Google apps and services in this series, but there are still a few categories left to go over. Now it's time to check out the open-source equivalents to Google Drive, the company's cloud storage product.

Thankfully, the feature gap between Google Drive and the alternatives isn't massive — all of them have clients for desktop and mobile, easy file sharing, and other features. Depending on what hardware you have on hand, these options might not even cost you anything.

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Google Drive is now available as a Progressive Web App

Chrome apps are almost dead, but the idea of apps via PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) lives on. Google Drive is the latest Google service to pick up a PWA, following YouTube Music and Google Photos on its trip through the future. It's not a game-changing experience, but it can make interacting with your cloud-stored files in Drive feel a little bit more native, and it offers Drive users an app-like option now that the era of Chrome Apps is just about over.

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Google Drive passes 5 billion installs on the Play Store

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Chrome omnibox will show Drive file suggestions for G Suite users, and I'm jealous (Update: Out of beta)

One of the little annoyances of my online life is the inability to quickly launch Google Drive files by just typing their name in the Chrome omnibox. I always start doing that then remember that this is reliant on my browsing history and bookmarks, so I go to Drive instead, find the file, and bookmark it if I think I'll need frequent access to it. Turns out things are a little easier for G Suite users, and they're about to become even better. Color me jealous.

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Google One subscribers will have their inactive Android backups axed just like everyone else

Back in 2017, we broke a story about how Google will delete all Android backups from devices that haven’t been used in two months. This report still remains true, but with the help of an eagle-eyed reader (thanks, John!), we now know that despite additional features, Android backups for paying Google One customers are also at risk.

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