Bitcasa: Coming to a TV near you!

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With the world becoming increasingly connected, it only makes sense that you should be able to see what you want, where you want, on what device/screen you want.

At Bitcasa, we’re committed to making all your content-viewing dreams come true… one device at a time. Today, we’re excited to share that our latest Android update will include our first step towards full Chromecast support. We are enabling cast for videos and music in addition to providing a few core controls: pause, play and volume adjustment.

What does that really mean? It means you can now stream any of the content stored in your Bitcasa account, to your TV via Chromecast. Want to broadcast your son or daughter’s embarrassing baby pictures during her birthday party? Done! Want to reminisce over that time you sang “Baby Got Back” at a karaoke bar? Done!

When it comes to sharing and viewing content with your friends and family, mobile and PC just don’t cut the mustard. Now you can sit back, relax, bring out the popcorn and view your content the way it should be viewed, reliving your best-captured moments on TV! Because your cat deserves to be admired in HD!

As you try out the first iteration of Bitcasa’s Chromecast support, we’d love to hear from you so that we can integrate your feedback into our plans for a more immersive casting experience.

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Taking A Leap Into 2014

2013 brought lots of change to Bitcasa – as a company and as a product. We’re excited to announce that 2014 is going to be an incredible year for us.

Before we look ahead to what Bitcasa has in store this year, I’d like to take a moment to reflect some of the accomplishments that were essential highlights for us and our users.

  • Internationalization. We were extremely happy to launch localized versions of all of our Bitcasa apps and the web portal. Considering the fact that 75% of our users are overseas, this was a huge step for our global community, who are now able to use Bitcasa in their native languages.

  • Data Management Growth. Not many of our users realize that we hit a major milestone with data management during 2013. Bitcasa has now reached 35 petabytes of managed data and still growing!

  • Linux and API Integration. Bitcasa finally unveiled our headless Linux client, along with much anticipated API integration. Our goal is to promote development while also fostering developer interactions.

  • Community Forums. In effort to provide even more support to our customers, the dedicated Technical Support team created and began management of the Bitcasa Community Forums – a place where users can ask and answer questions while creating interactions with other Bitcasa users.

These accomplishments, along with many others, were the driving force to propel Bitcasa into another incredible year. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect from us this year:

  • Continued API and Partner Support. Bitcasa API integration was a huge success in the development community and we are very much looking forward to carrying that into 2014 — we are 100% committed to offering 3rd party developers a range of tools to offer their users the best, fastest, and most effective cloud storage experience.

  • International Expansion. We will keep moving forward with our efforts to expand Bitcasa on a global scale. Along with improved international infrastructure, Bitcasa will be laser-focused on improving performance for our international users. [And planting our first flags in international territories will be one of the keys to success!]

  • Use Bitcasa to Collaborate. That’s right – in 2014 users will see the options to sync and share their data. The Bitcasa platform is going to provide a wide variety of ways to collaborate, providing you even more ways to get the most use out of it.

  • Upcoming Partnerships. We’ve got some extremely exciting partnerships that we’re very eager to announce in the upcoming year. Stay tuned to see what businesses we’ve teamed up with!

While this upcoming year is packed with some thrilling developments, we also understand that there were some inevitable hurdles we had to jump over during 2013. With every business, the path to success may include roadblocks and difficult decisions. It’s my hope that our users understand that while every decision may not have been an easy one, the most important goal was to provide the best solutions for our customers.

Bitcasa has grown faster than any other cloud storage in terms of data management. We’ll continue to leverage what we’ve learned in order to move forward and maintain our goal of revolutionizing the way you store and access your data. We’re here to make a difference and change the way people access the public cloud.

2014 brings a bounty of excitement for Bitcasa and I, along with the entire team, are so pleased to jump start into another outstanding year for our users.

Thanks,

Brian Taptich, CEO

Ta-Da! iOS Gets a Sleek New Look

Sleek, smart and streamlined…what could be better than that? We’ve released our Bitcasa iOS7 app and it’s ready for you to download.

 

We’ve incorporated your feedback into the new app making it easier than ever to put your digital library to work on your iPad and iPhone. See what’s in store on the new app:

  • Out of sight, out of mind! Now uploads and downloads will intelligently finish even when the app is closed.
  • Sharing is only a click and a swipe away with our new feature that lets you send photos, videos and more via text message.

Have you given the iOS7 app a test drive on your iPhone or iPad? Let us know what you think.

Collaborate with Bitcasa and Otixo!

otixoBitcasa is excited to announce that we’ve added another great application today! With our latest partner, Otixo, you can now privately collaborate on the files you store in Bitcasa.

Otixo lets you access all your online files and is a great way for your teams and colleagues to collaborate with you on various projects. Whether you’re editing a term paper together, organizing vacation photos, or need to share private documents with a client, Otixo has you covered. By allowing you to create and work from virtual “Spaces“, you can share any cloud file from any cloud service. It’s a powerful, new way to collaborate!

With the powers of Bitcasa and Otixo combined, you’re not only able to share files and folders with multiple people, but you can set unique access permissions, keep up-to-date on projects with Activity Logs and see immediate updates whenever you make changes to your files.

We’re really happy that Otixo is now using Bitcasa to give you another way to make your files more useful. Happy uploading (and collaborating)!

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Protecting Your Right to Privacy: Report Recommends Reigning in NSA

We firmly believe that you and only should have full control of your digital belongings, which is why we applaud the White House for its recent consumer privacy recommendations that help ensure the privacy of your digital belongings.

In December, the White House published a report by The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies which suggested significant changes to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices. The recommendations are designed to limit the organization’s previously unrestrained reach and ensure data privacy for both US and non-US citizens.

One of the early recommendations (Recommendation 1) states government agencies should require a section 215 order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before they can compel a third party to reveal private information about an individual. According to the report, this approval should only be granted if the government has reason to believe the information will protect “against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities”, and the scope and the focus of the order must be reasonable.

Linked to this recommendation is the suggestion (Recommendation 4) that the government should not be able to collect and store vast quantities of private and personal information. Additionally any program involving data collection for the purpose of foreign intelligence must be “narrowly tailored to serve an important government interest.”

Much of the distrust and public outrage came from allegations that the NSA had created ‘backdoors’ to major software and cloud services in order to glean private data and user information. The report addresses this concern in Recommendation 29, which states that the NSA should stop undermining secure encryption standards and work to protect data stored on remote cloud servers.

Recommendation 29
We recommend that, regarding encryption, the US Government should:
(1) fully support and not undermine efforts to create encryption standards;
(2) not in any way subvert, undermine, weaken, or make vulnerable generally available commercial software; and
(3) increase the use of encryption and urge US companies to do so, in order to better protect data in transit, at rest, in the c
loud, and in other storage.

If the government adopts the recommendations, the NSA will not be able to access personal or private data to the same degree and without the necessary sign offs or approvals. We commend these recommendations and trust that the Obama administration will act on these to protect people’s basic right to privacy.

No matter what the government decides you can rest assured that we designed our software so that your privacy is guaranteed, as we believe only you should have control of your data and who sees it. Our innovative approach to security means that even we can’t access or see our customers’ data and with features like client-side encryption your personal files and data is in safe hands. Consumers, should have a right to privacy and we hope the hope the government will take the right actions in response to the report.

View the full 300 page report here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2013-12-12_rg_final_report.pdf

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In 2014, Get Your Digital Belongings in Order

As the year comes to a close, most of us are putting together our New Year’s resolutions. This year make room for resolutions that apply to your digital life! It may not be as alluring as goals like travel to Fiji or work on getting a six-pack, but making your digital belongings a priority will help make the rest of your life a little bit easier.

So start 2014 off on the right foot and get your digital life in order with these five resolutions:

1. Ditch the Clutter

Is your digital library a digital disaster? This year promise to take your organization up a notch! Instead of stashing your digital belongings any which way, create specific folders and subfolders. Try labeling individual folders for each person in your family so you can group their important documents together in one place. When it comes to organizing photos and videos–make use of subfolders and consistently label them by year, month and then event so you can easily access, organize and sort them.

2. Exercise your Ability to Share

Share everything! Let family and friends revel in hilarious home videos and coworkers and business partners take advantage of your perfected work templates. Don’t forget to put all of Bitcasa’s sharing features to use, including the ability to post digital content directly to Facebook and Twitter right from Bitcasa mobile’s app.

3. Safeguard your Belongings

As we head into 2014, take time to protect the files and information that matter most. From health records to passports, scan hard copies of important information to create digital backups. Doing so now will lessen the stress when you need last-minute access to personal documents.

4. Slim Down Storage Space on your Devices

Reserve your computer’s desktop space and your device’s internal memory for a few key digital files. All the rest? Move them to Bitcasa! On Bitcasa they’re just as easy to access and even easier to share. Bonus points: By clearing up memory space on your computers, phones and tablets you’ll speed up the overall performance, making it a win-win situation!

5. Spend More Time with Friends & Family  

Managing your digital library consumes time. Put the ‘Mirrored Folders’ function to use so you can spend less time glued in front of the computer screen worrying about backing up files, and more time doing things that matter most. With this function, any changes made to files on your computer will automatically and continuously sync to your Bitcasa Drive. Take a few moments to set up “Mirrored Folders”, for a refresher on how to do so check out this article.

So what are you waiting for? Put these tips into action and set yourself up for a successful 2014. Happy New Year from the Bitcasa team!

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Plex Integrates Bitcasa

Plex integrates Bitcasa

We’re excited to announce that your Bitcasa Infinite Drive can now be connected to Plex, the world’s best media streaming server. Plex is a premiere media app that organizes and showcases all of your personal media files. Now through our Bitcasa API, Plex has integrated Bitcasa as a great storage option for their Cloud Sync service.

In our untiring quest to make your media consumption as easy and enjoyable as possible, Plex + Bitcasa means you can now:

  • Showcase your media content in a beautiful Home Theatre experience
  • Stream your Plex content without using up additional device storage space
  • Stream easily even in limited bandwidth situations
  • Enjoy your media on the go without running a Plex server

Through the month of January, sign up with the promo code PLEX20 to get 20% off your annual 1TB subscription.

Experience your media on Plex today. Your media has never looked this good!

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Have you Checked out our New Web App Yet?

We’ve released an intuitive, sleek Web app with enhanced capabilities that make it easier to store, find and stream your digital content.

Some of the cool new features in our updated Web app include:

  •  Intuitive design: We’ve added a navigation sidebar on the left so you can easily drag and drop files to move or upload them and quickly select files to move, copy and rename.
  • Improved data and device management: Do you use Bitcasa from your smartphone, desktop AND tablet? Now you can view all of your Bitcasa-connected devices in one screen. With a unified view you can remotely manage and cancel sessions in the case of lost or stolen devices.

  • Unified viewer: From movies to RAW images, you can simultaneously view multiple files with our new unified viewer.

  • Share with family and friends:  Have a birthday photo album you want to quickly share? With the new app update sharing just got simpler! Thanks to deeper integration with Facebook, Twitter and email you can more easily send files to your social circles with the click of a button.

Bitcasa New Portal

 The introduction of our slick new Web app is just one of the ways we are making it easier to access and store your digital belongings. On our roadmap we also have bandwidth controls, collaborative folders, large upload performance, increased computer resource management (CPU, memory usage, etc.) and Proxy support.

 Stay tuned for more updates and let us know what you think of the new Web app!

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Introducing Support for Linux

Today, we are thrilled to (finally!) introduce our much awaited headless client for Linux. Just as our recently launched API provides third-party developers with the opportunity to directly access the Bitcasa Storage Platform, our Linux client gives you even more convenience and flexibility.

With Linux you can build your own apps on top of the Bitcasa platform, directly connect to any device to extend the capacity and power your FTP server or backup Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices.

The new Linux client is something our team has been working rigorously on, and we’re very excited to see the innovations that come from your ideas.

Availability:  The Linux client is available today under our new pricing terms that were introduced last month. Any current Infinite customers on the old pricing plan who want to use the Linux client can simply contact Technical Support and ask to be switched to the new Pro Plan. Infinite customers who switch to the Pro Plan will receive five terabytes of storage at no additional cost. Your account will auto-renew the Pro Plan at the end of your current cycle with the original pricing of $99/year or $10/month.

We regret that we cannot offer Linux on our old infinite-pricing plans. Last year’s release of our alpha Linux client taught us some valuable lessons. Unfortunately, we saw a small number of users exploiting the technology in severe violation of our terms of service, and as a result, this is a decision we had to make in order to protect the 99 percent of our customers who use our technology as it’s meant to be used.

Faced with the decision to either NOT release the Linux client or to offer it at our new pricing, we decided that this compromise will ensure that we’re able to continue to support you infinitely.

If you wish to change your plan or have questions about your account, please contact our Technical Support team directly and they will take care of it. We hope you understand the rationale behind our decision and enjoy the new Linux operating platform.

 

 

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Investing in the Future of Bitcasa

People’s stuff has become increasingly digital: the number of photos, videos, documents, and other files are exploding. And as the amount of personal data continues to grow, people need a home to safely store all of these digital belongings. That’s why we’re committed to designing The Bitcasa Platform with YOU at the center, making your digital belongings infinitely useful, infinitely accessible and infinitely private.

We strongly believe in our vision for the future, so we’re excited to announce that we’ve raised $11 million in funding! This funding will be used to accelerate product development — particularly around new usability features — and quickly scale to meet the growing international demand.

These days people don’t always have control of their own digital belongings, or know how to store them in a way that’s affordable, private and accessible. Bitcasa is here to solve that, making your data easy to store, share and use!

Stay tuned for updates as we continue investing in The Bitcasa Platform!

Thanks,

Tap

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