Google cuts down prices of storage plans on Google Drive

What exactly is Google Drive all about? Its a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing.

Google Drive

Google Drive

It has been 2 years since Google launched Google Drive & its available for free upto 15GB and syncs all your content from Google services like Gmail, Google+ Photos.

Nowadays storage devices like hard disks, pen drives cannot guarantee your data’s security, so online cloud storage is next best thing to rely on.

Google Drive is available for your desktop, mobile and tablet, all you need to do is, download and install the app and start backing up your data. It automatically syncs your data from Gmail and Google+ photos also.

Google Drive online cloud storage service

Google Drive online cloud storage services

Google provides 15 GB of free space, additionally it charges $1.99 approx INR 122 per month for 100 GB (previously $4.99) and up to 30 TB priced at $299.99 approx INR 18,000 per month. you can choose from various plans.

Google Drive online storage plans

Google Drive online storage plans

You can sign for any of storage plans here, https://www.google.com/settings/storage or you can stick to the 15GB free plan.

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Google launches new Add-Ons for Docs & Spreadsheets

We regularly use Google Docs & Spreadsheets to create notes or write articles or even create lists and often rely on external tools.

To make our work easier, Google tied up with developer partners to develop add-ons -tools that give you more features in your documents and spreadsheets. A few of them include Merge from MailChimp, EasyBib from Imagine easy, Workflows and many more..

Check out the video below which gives the step by step process of how to use add-ons.

To browse through Add-ons, you need click on Add-ons, then select Get Add-ons and then it open a window with list of apps currently available. All you need to do is, to install any app and it will automatically appear across all docs and sheets.

Here are few apps we installed and used –

Merge by MailChimp
With Merge you can send customized emails from Google Docs. You can use merge tags to pull info from spreadsheet into document [see image]. Once data is merged, hit send and your custom emails will be delivered.

Merge by MailChimp

Merge by MailChimp

EasyBib by imagine easy.
It helps you cite books, journals, and websites in MLA, APA, and Chicago style by entering in titles, journal article names, and websites right inside your document.

EasyBib by imagine easy

EasyBib by imagine easy

Many more apps to look forward, there are various categories to choose from like Business Tools, Education, Social & Communication and more..

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Google Replaces Chrome App Scratchpad with Google Keep, Migrate Now

Google Keep, Scratchpad

Google Chrome App Scratchpad replaced by Google Keep

Google has made it official, it’s replacing the Scratchpad app for Chrome with Google Keep. This one is a no-brainer, as both apps do the same thing and Keep is obviously the more expansive service.

Keep is cross-platform, it works on the web, so in Chrome, but there are also mobile apps for it.If you are a Scratchpad user, you have to enable Google Docs sync and all of your lists will be transferred to Keep. .

Google hasn’t been working on Scratchpad for a few months now and will soon retire it. Users are being notified of the impending closure, but for the time being you can still download, install, and use Scratchpad from the Web Store.

How many of you have used Scratchpad, other alternatives is using Google Drive which allows you to create doc files and save them, which can be easily accessed anywhere.