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Personal Cloud Tonido Launches New Windows Phone App

Secure, limitless Personal Cloud brings anywhere content access to Windows Phones

AUSTIN, Texas, Apr 24, 2014 — CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud, today launched a new Windows Phone app for its Tonido personal cloud product. With this new release, Codelathe solidifying its leadership position in offering the best in class mobile apps across all major platforms. The new app is part of its private file sync, sharing and mobile access solution that enables data access anytime and anywhere, from any device.

“As Tonido reaches mainstream – crossing over million users, our users expect our solution to provide the best experience in all major platforms,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe “ With this new Windows Phone app,  we are one of the very few companies that truly support all major mobile platforms. “

The fully redesigned app uses Windows modern UI to improve user experience and takes advantage of all the powerful features of Windows Phone. The app allows users to remotely access files on computer running Tonido using their Windows Phone. Tonido does more than just provide access, it also streams compatible video and misc files from computer to Windows Phones. This release includes some major features similar to the Tonido’s iOS and Android apps. Here are some of the key features of the new Windows Phone 8 app

  • Access all remote files
  • Share files with friends and colleagues
  • Download and upload files from phone
  • Automatically organize your photos, music and video collection
  • Create and Manage music playlists for your music
  • Stream video and music

“We believe in providing a great user experience through a native app that takes advantage of the underlying platform,”   said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe “Our Windows Phone app is designed ground-up for Windows, using all of its capabilities and modern UI.”

The Tonido server app is available for free download at http://www.tonido.com.

The Tonido Windows Phone app is available for free on the Windows Store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/tonido/4eeacbe9-7405-47cc-acd0-f418471f992a

 

Dropbox Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Change – What it means to your Data and Rights?

 

Today Dropbox has changed the Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy  once again.  We don’t have the legal expertise to comment on the  merits and demerits of Arbitration clause or the importance of user rights to seek legal remedy in a court of law.  From the user comments on the blog post, it does seem like a unpopular move by Dropbox.

But we can say one thing: Once personal data moves from your computer to a 3rd party cloud, the data is not yours anymore…

Luckily our users have Tonido. We are proud of the personal cloud service that we have created and run over 5 years to  safeguard your privacy and online freedom.  At this time, there is no better challenge in the internet and our team is ready to carry on the fight with your help.

We promise to our users that we will make Tonido as the #1 Personal Cloud .

 

File Synchronization Performance Benchmarks – Tonido vs. Dropbox

Users’ desire to access their content from anywhere  and the Proliferation of smart phones, tablets and game boxes like Xbox, PS3 in modern homes  and has created a  new market category of Personal Cloud solutions. Various research reports from leading research firms predict that the next decade will be an era of Personal Clouds and forecast the active accounts associated with personal cloud storage services will exceed 1 billion at the end of 2013.

When it comes to Personal Clouds, There are mainly 2 schools of thought

  1. Personal Cloud based on Public Cloud (Yeah  It is kind of Oxymoron).  Ex: Dropbox and Google Drive are major offerings in this category
  2. Self hosted Personal cloud solutions like Tonido, arkOS, Own Cloud and others

We (Tonido) are one of the early proponent of self hosted Personal Cloud concept. Now we can confidently say our Personal Cloud server,  mobile apps, sync and drive clients can give serious competition to popular public cloud compatriots in terms of functionality, UX, Performance and value. You don’t have to take our word for it.  Do your own research.  Check our mobile apps rating in the respective app stores, Read independent media reviews or check out user reviews of Tonido in popular news forums or just try the Tonido software by downloading from here.

But when you compete with multi-billion dollar behemoths like Google or Dropbox for a market share , it is imperative to change the narrative to objectivity and bring quantitative numbers to the table.If we are going to compete in terms of perception, it is a lost case and we don’t have the resources to pull it off.

So we did a comparison study between Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox’ s  two way file synchronization performance within LAN.  When the Tonido server and sync client is on the same LAN network,  our Smart LAN switch technology enables direct file, media sync  instead of going through our relay servers. In similar fashion, Dropbox’s LAN Sync  enables faster sync if two clients are on the same LAN. The benchmark results based on our tests will prove the merits of  Tonido Personal Cloud in an objective fashion. Based on our user metrics over the years, we estimate 70-80% of access happens within home LAN and the remaining 30% of access happens over WAN.  So it is very important to provide a superior experience when the access or sync happens within the home LAN and Tonido provides that superior experience.

Test Setup:  Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox Clients

Both computers under test are situated in the same LAN, connected to the same router and ran the latest versions of Dropbox and Tonido software.

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Test Results: Two way File Synchronization Performance in LAN (Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox)

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Based on our findings, In Average, Tonido Sync is 3 to 5 times faster than Dropbox in the same LAN. Let us know your experience in the comments.

Happy Holidays from Team Tonido

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for your continued support.

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Alternative to FTP: How Tonido FileCloud Can Help Your Organization’s File Sharing Needs

Most companies that have to share large files online know the limitations of FTP. Employees that share large files have to download an FTP client or use a cryptic login to a web browser to share files. In order to have any type of collaboration, once your files have been updated, you have to email everyone involved to let them know there’s a new version. When you take into consideration how many emails are ignored or fall into a spam filter, it’s no wonder collaboration can come to a screeching halt with FTP.

What About Email?

While email is great for sending and receiving small files, most of us have learned the hard way if you send anything over 2 MB in length you don’t know if it’s going to arrive at the other end. While some companies have increased the size of emails that can flow through their servers, you never know if it’s going to make it. To top it off, sometimes you don’t even get notification if the email failed to get delivered.

File Sharing to the Rescue

Online file sharing makes handling large files easy. Anyone with a web browser (and proper access) can post and retrieve files securely. Collaboration improves with file updates that let everyone on the list know when a change is made. In addition, advanced features like version tracking make collaboration easy. File update notifications can tell people when a file needs to be reviewed.

Using a private cloud solution allows you to maintain your own hardware and security. You have more flexibility with your customer data and critical enterprise files. Regulatory compliance is much easier, as some regulations will not allow a public cloud provider.

Tonido filecloud easily meets these needs with a private cloud solution that gives you total control over your secure file sharing. Filecloud allows administrators to set up shares that are accessed securely by employees and customers alike. Sharing files is as easy as sending a link via email.

Filecloud supports auditing so you no longer have to worry about who changed which files when. You can easily tell if a person has seen a file and made appropriate changes.

Since you own the product, filecloud will allow your company to set up your own branding with custom logos and a domain. This can be great for establishing trust amongst employees and customers.

Mobility has become a way of life for business today. Most employees need access to their files from phones or other mobile devices. Filecloud allows file access from anywhere using a mobile device for Apple, Android, and Windows.

Tonido filecloud gives you a simple solution that is installed on your network. You control permissions in any users that have access to it. Once it is set up, employees can access the system from their computer or mobile devices from anywhere. Click on http://www.getfilecloud.com to find out more today.

New Tonido FileCloud 4.0 Now Offers Mobile Device Management, Smart Notifications & Document Preview Support

Latest Update to On-Premises Private Cloud Offers Enhanced Mobile Device Security, Advanced Configuration Options to Serve Enterprises, SMBs and Managed Service Providers

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, today launched Tonido FileCloud 4.0, adding new mobile device management (MDM) capabilities, file-change notifications, document preview and advanced administrative and configuration options to its on-premises file sharing and mobile access solution.

The only self-hosted enterprise-grade file sharing and sync solution, Tonido FileCloud puts businesses, schools, ISPs and MSPs in control of their data and infrastructure to ensure complete security and privacy, with the convenience, accessibility and real-time sync of web-based file storage. With this latest update, FileCloud 4.0 gives users even more control and customization options to address mobile device management.

Unlike other on-premises file storage solutions, FileCloud is designed to meet the mobile accessibility and security needs of the modern business environment with robust apps, and now mobile device management, for iOS, Android and Windows 8,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “With FileCloud 4.0, we’ve raised the bar even higher, adding more powerful tools and customization options to streamline the most common administrative tasks.”

The new FileCloud 4.0 now includes:

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) that gives administrators real-time visibility into all mobile devices connected to FileCloud, to view data access activity and send push notifications to device owners. Using the FileCloud MDM dashboard, admins can also remotely wipe or block mobile devices to prevent unauthorized access to FileCloud if a device is lost or stolen.
  • Smart Notifications that alert users in shared folders when files or folders are changed or edited, to keep everyone on the same page with real-time collaboration, consistency and versioning control.
  • Built-in document preview that enables users to view common file formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and .txt files, inside a web browser, without the need to download the full files and regardless of the software installed. This allows FileCloud users to share documents with other users running different operating systems and software without any conflict or compatibility issues.
  • Enhanced administration tools that allow FileCloud admins to customize FileCloud templates, error messages and news feed options with point-and-click ease within the admin user interface dashboard, instead of requiring a configuration file. In addition, admins can see a real-time graphical snapshot of storage capacity, current usage and user activity, as well as add and configure access and security settings for users individually or by uploading a CSV file. Built-in file logging tracks all user-file interactions in a central log file for easy audit reporting.

FileCloud Version 4.0 is a major milestone for us and the industry. The addition of MDM and remote data wipe capabilities sets a new standard in the market for enterprise-grade cloud storage and sync,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “The new MDM capabilities make the solution very attractive to security-conscious enterprises.”

Tonido FileCloud offers the only secure, on-premises file storage and mobile access platform with truly cross-platform compatibility for all mobile devices, as well as any web browser and desktop drive sync. With built-in enterprise-grade security, Active Directory support for user authentication and petascale capability to serve even the largest organizations, FileCloud offers a complete file sharing solution in a single, simple, flexible and affordable solution.

To get started with a free 30-day trial of FileCloud, visit www.getfilecloud.com.

Tonido Personal Cloud App Revamped for iOS 7

New app release includes a redesigned interface, AirPrint support and improved video playback

AUSTIN, Texas, October 03, 2013 – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, announced today that the company has updated Tonido Mobile to take advantage of the best new features in iOS 7.  The new iPhone and iPad app features a complete overhaul of the user interface, mobile printing via AirPrint and optimized video playback with closed caption support.

“When Apple, Google and Windows make significant updates to their operating systems and hardware, we ensure that Tonido users can take full advantage of new functionality,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “In that spirit, we have taken significant steps to optimize Tonido Mobile for iOS 7.”

Tonido Mobile allows iOS, Android and Windows users to access documents, photos, music and videos stored on their home computer from anywhere in the world. The free service provides the accessibility of the cloud without running into the storage limits, costs and security flaws of public cloud storage.

The latest version of iOS app includes three key improvements:

  • Interface Redesign The Tonido user interface was rebuilt from scratch to complement the iOS 7 flat design paradigm.
  • AirPrint Support – iOS users can now print documents directly from the Tonido app using AirPrint, a technology that enables instant printing from Apple devices without the need to download and install drives.
  • Video Optimization – User can now enjoy smoother video playback along with subtitles and text made available through closed caption support.

“iOS users are our top demography and ardent supporters of Tonido Personal Cloud,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “Our team has done an excellent job in this redesign to bring the best possible user experience. With this new app launch, we are confident that we will maintain the best personal cloud software in the Apple ecosystem.”

Tonido Personal Cloud may be downloaded for free at www.tonido.com.

The Tonido iOS app is available here in the iTunes Store

For more information on the Tonido iOS app, visit www.tonido.com/ios/

 

 

Video

http://youtu.be/WgCIoC8RCls

 

Tonido iOS App Brings Ultra Fast Indexing to Help Families Organize Personal Media

-  New app auto magically organizes photos, music, videos and makes it accessible via iPhone/iPad from anywhere -

Austin, TX – May 14, 2013 — CodeLathe, the leader in Personal Cloud software and services, today launches a major update to its Tonido personal cloud server and iPhone/iPad app that will help families to automatically organize and catalog their personal photos, music and videos. Tonido lets individuals watch videos, listen to music, see photos and open documents that are stored on their computer right from their mobile iOS device. Users can now share their personal media without worrying about the privacy and security of their data.

 

 

“Media indexing and organization is one of the most requested features by our user community. When we set out to build this feature, our aim was to achieve a new benchmark in media indexing performance. We are extremely pleased with what we have achieved. For instance, our test results show Tonido takes only a few minutes to index a collection of 31714 photos, 11259 songs, 1734 videos using a Quad Core 2 GHz Intel Core i7, 4 GB RAM Mac OSX 10.7.5 computer. Furthermore, subsequent reindexing of this large media collection takes only 5 seconds. With Tonido’s superior media indexing performance, users can now catalog their large media collection in a few minutes. ” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe.

Tonido offers users secure access to their home computer’s entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos from anywhere without uploading it to a public cloud service. Individuals begin by downloading the free Tonido server app on their desktop and the free mobile app onto their iOS device. Employing smart LAN switching technology to use gigabit access speed within home LAN networks, the app safely connects users to the documents stored on their desktop in seconds. Users can also access their files via Wi-Fi or 3G mobile networks, backup their photos and videos from their iPhone/iPad to their Tonido personal cloud, and download files for offline viewing.

“Today, households store terabytes of personal data in the form of photos, music and home videos on their PCs or NAS devices. Organizing this large personal media collection manually is an onerous task. Also, uploading terabytes of personal media to multiple online services for organization is not a practical solution. Tonido’s automatic media indexing and management technology solves this problem elegantly. It automatically catalogues photos, music and videos and makes it accessible from anywhere using one’s iPhone and iPad. Tonido is an extremely useful app for anybody with a large collection of personal media. Management of personal media has never been this easier,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe.

 

Tonido Features

- Automatic organization of photos by year and month based on EXIF Meta data

- Automatic indexing of music and organize it based on Song, Artist, Genre and Album names

- Automatic, multi-format live video transcoding and streaming (including MOV, MP4, M4V, MPG, MPEG, AVI, VOB, MKV, WMV, XVID, FLV, SWF, OGG, GP3, MTS, M2TS). Requires no manual conversion of video files for playback.

- Automatic multi-format music streaming and playlist support (including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, and more)

- Tonido companion server apps are available for all computer platforms: Windows, Mac OSX and Linux

- Plug-and-Play remote access. No fiddling with router settings

- Easy to remember web URL access to one’s personal computer

- Stream Music and Videos to Apple TV using Airplay

- Listen to an iTunes Playlist from anywhere

 

The Tonido server app is available for free download at http://www.tonido.com.

The Tonido iOS app is available for free on the iTunes App Store at:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tonido-file-access-music-video/id388726418?mt=8.

For more information on the Tonido iPhone/iPad app, visit:http://www.tonido.com/ios/

 

Screenshots:

http://www.tonido.com/ios/docs/tonido_ios_media_kit.zip

Factsheet:

http://img.appular.com/Tonido/TonidoiOSFlyer.pdf

Trailer:

http://youtu.be/YRO5Xs8-yC8

 

About CodeLathe:

CodeLathe, founded in 2008, is a pioneer in personal cloud products and services, offering turnkey personal/private cloud storage and sync solutions to leading mobile carriers, enterprises, network and external storage device makers to create value-added products and services. CodeLathe also offers personal cloud software and services directly to customers under its own brand, Tonido. CodeLathe’s mission is to enable customers to run their own personal/private clouds and provide a compelling alternative to public online services. Over half a million devices run Tonido (http://www.tonido.com) personal cloud software and a quarter million users use it daily. CodeLathe is also a maker of the popular portable network attached storage device, TonidoPlug (http://www.tonidoplug.com). Tonido™ and TonidoPlug™ are registered trademarks of CodeLathe LLC.

 

 

 

How our Users Rave about Tonido?

 

Holy cow, this looks awesome!

I’ve spent literally weeks looking for the right solution to share photos and videos with family. Started with SmugMug, then Amazon Cloud, then Google+/Picasa, then S3. Some have lousy control over permissions, some don’t have decent iPad apps, some don’t have any sort of transcoding for large files. And the killer: all of them cost a fortune for storage. I just can’t spend $1000/yr for family photo sharing. Then I started looking at the Gallery/Coppermine/Piwigo stuff. But what the hell do I want to become a sysadmin/programmer for, especially when the end result is going to be so awful looking? I’ve wasted so much of my life on LAMP — it sucks me in because I can do it, but then I get really irritated with the long term consequences of following that path. I thought OpenPhoto would be a good compromise, but now they’re TroveBox, and no longer work on local storage, but I installed the git version, and it almost seemed good enough. And throughout this, I almost bought a Synology device, but really the photo/video apps aren’t all that slick, and although they’re great for data protection, they’re sort of anemic in terms of speed/hardware. Oh, then there was the XBMC/Plex media sharing class of stuff, which is what I was probably going to end up with, but again, they are meant for sharing video, on TVs. No file-level permissions, user experience is TV-based, Plex would make everybody enter into a world of TV channels to see my Photo “channel”.

I’ve truly been going crazy with all of this.

You really need to advertise more. Only recently, when I started searching for “private cloud”, have I been finding solutions closer to what I need. And even then, it’s taken me days to get here.

If I’m still as excited about this after trying it out for a few days, I’ll be happily paying for the Pro (so cheap! And only I will need to pay, no need to get my mom agitated over cost!) or Biz subscription. Any OS VM I like, in front of a FreeNAS, and that sucker can run all year long.

The one thing that’s going to be missing is ability to add comments to photos. Then notification to group members that there are new comments. And maybe emailing of individual files — social sharing. But at this point, it’s the best trade-off I’ve seen.

Anyway, the tl;dr version: Awesome work, folks!

 

- Happy User

 

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Tonido Debuts Tablet Ready Android App to Access, Share and Stream Personal Media

- New app optimized for Android tablets makes documents, videos, and music available across desktop and mobile devices -

Austin, TX – April 2, 2013 – Access media files from any location while enjoying the security, privacy and unlimited storage of a personal server with Tonido. Developed by CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud software and services, Tonido lets individuals watch videos, listen to music, see photos and open documents that are stored on their computer right from their mobile Android device. Users can now share their personal media without worrying about the privacy and security of their data.

“When compared to the iTunes App Store, Google Play lacks high quality, tablet ready apps to stream personal media. Tonido for Android fills that void and allows the user to access their media collection, even their iTunes playlists, from anywhere. The Tonido Android app brings users an enhanced experience through pleasing aesthetics, effortless remote access and sharing. It is extremely simple to use and is perhaps one of the most functional and beautiful apps on the Google Play Store. It is a must have for anybody who has a large digital media collection,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe.

Tonido offers users secure access to their home computer’s entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos from anywhere without having to upload it to a public cloud service. Individuals begin by downloading the free Tonido server app on their desktop and the free mobile app onto their Android device. Employing smart LAN switching technology to use gigabit access speed within home LAN networks, the app safely connects users to the documents stored on their desktop in seconds. Tonido also supports a wide range of video and audio formats including MKV and FLAC. Users can also access their files via Wi-Fi or 3G mobile networks, backup their photos and videos from their Android device to their Tonido personal cloud and download files for offline viewing.

“As Android devices set to overtake the iPad in market share, there is a clear need for Android apps optimized for tablets. Tonido’s new Android app is primarily designed for the personal consumption of media on a tablet. In some cases it is even better than our iPad app. More than ever, customers are realizing that their personal data is no longer safe in popular online services and they’re turning towards personal cloud services like Tonido for their remote access and sharing needs. The new Android app gives users one more reason to use Tonido Personal Cloud, where their personal data is safe and users hold complete ownership of their personal data,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe.

Tonido Features
● Automatic, multi-format live video transcoding and http live streaming (including MOV, MP4, M4V, MPG, MPEG, AVI, VOB, MKV, WMV, XVID, FLV, SWF, OGG, GP3, MTS, M2TS). Requires no manual conversion of video files for playback
● Automatic multi-format music streaming and playlist support (including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, and more)
● Access personal iTunes Playlist from Android devices
● Tonido companion server apps are available for all computer platforms: Windows, Mac OSX and Linux
● Plug- and-Play remote access. No fiddling with router settings
● Easy to remember web URL access to a personal computer

The Tonido server app is available for free download at http://www.tonido.com.

The Tonido Android app is available for free on the Google Play Store at:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tonido.android&hl=en

For more information on the Tonido Android app, visit: http://www.tonido.com/android/.

Screenshots
http://www.tonido.com/android/docs/tonido_android_media_kit.zip

Trailer
http://youtu.be/0fs61JhUchE